This Week in Pac-10 Softball
Feb. 26, 2002
The Pac-10 continues to show that it is the premiere softball Conference in the country. Early on this season, 12 Conference teams have gone undefeated or have been declared the champion in their respective tournaments. Overall, Pac-10 teams have posted a 114-28 (.803) record and even more impressive is that Conference squads are 34-11 (.756) against ranked opponents. Additionally, Pac-10 teams have a winning record versus every conference (19) they have faced this season. . . This week, seven Conference teams will play in a combined four tournaments. ARIZONA will host the Hillenbrand Invitational while CALIFORNIA and OREGON STATE head to Fullerton, Calif., to play in the CSUF Worth Invitational. OREGON, STANFORD and WASHINGTON travel to St. George, Utah, to compete in the Red Desert Classic while UCLA hosts the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. ARIZONA STATE, the only team not to compete in a tournament this week, will host Eastern Michigan, Hawai'i and Boston College. . . Seven teams are ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll. UCLA takes the top spot this week, followed by No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Arizona, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 California, No. 8 Arizona State and No. 11 Oregon State.
THIS WEEK's SCHEDULE
Tues., Feb. 26Eastern Michigan at ARIZONA STATE, 4-6 p.m. (DH)
Wed., Feb. 27Eastern Michigan at ARIZONA, 4 p.m.Hawai'i at ARIZONA STATE, 4-6 p.m. (DH)CS Fullerton at UCLA, 1-3 p.m. (DH)
Fri., Mar. 1Arizona hosts Hillenbrand Invitational (1)Boston College at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.CALIFORNIA at CSUF Worth Invitational (2)OREGON at Red Desert Classic (3)OREGON STATE at CSUF Worth Invitational (2)STANFORD at Red Desert Classic (3)UCLA hosts Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament (4)WASHINGTON at Red Desert Classic (3)
Sat., Mar. 2Arizona hosts Hillenbrand Invitational (1)Boston College at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.CALIFORNIA at CSUF Worth Invitational (2)OREGON at Red Desert Classic (3)OREGON STATE at CSUF Worth Invitational (2)STANFORD at Red Desert Classic (3)UCLA hosts Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament (4)WASHINGTON at Red Desert Classic (3)
Sun., Mar. 3Arizona hosts Hillenbrand Invitational (1)Boston College at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.CALIFORNIA at CSUF Worth Invitational (2)OREGON at Red Desert Classic (3)OREGON STATE at CSUF Worth Invitational (2)STANFORD at Red Desert Classic (3)UCLA hosts Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament (4)WASHINGTON at Red Desert Classic (3)
(1) Hillenbrand Invitational, Tucson, Ariz.(2) CSUF Worth Invitational, Fullerton, Calif.(3) Red Desert Classic, St. George, Utah(4) Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tnmt., Los Angeles, Calif.
LAST WEEK's RESULTS
Wed., Feb. 20UCLA 14, UC Riverside 0 (Game 1)UCLA 6, UC Riverside 0
Fri., Feb. 22ARIZONA 11, Eastern Michigan 0 (1)ARIZONA 8, San Jose State 0 (1)Mississippi State 2, ARIZONA STATE 1 (2)ARIZONA STATE 4, Connecticut 2 (2)CALIFORNIA 7, Santa Clara 2 (3)CALIFORNIA 1, BYU 0, 8 Innings (3)Texas A&M 7, OREGON STATE 6 (2)OREGON STATE 4, Notre Dame 0 (2)STANFORD 6, CS Fullerton 1 (2)STANFORD 4, Missouri 1 (2)Penn State 4, WASHINGTON 3 (2)Fresno State 2, WASHINGTON 0 (2)
Sat., Feb. 23ARIZONA 12, Drake 2 (1)ARIZONA 12, Northern Iowa 2 (1)ARIZONA STATE 3, Notre Dame 2 (2)ARIZONA STATE 6, Michigan 4 (2)CALIFORNIA 3, UC Santa Barbara 1 (3)CALIFORNIA 4, Cal Poly 1, 8 Innings (3)Arkansas 5, OREGON 1 (Game 1)OREGON 3, Arkansas 0 (Game 2)OREGON STATE 2, Southern Mississippi 0 (2)OREGON STATE 5, Penn State 3 (2)Massachusetts 3, STANFORD 1 (2)Nebraska 2, STANFORD 0 (2)Long Beach State 3, UCLA 2, 9 Innings (Game 1)UCLA 10, Long Beach State 0 (Game 2)WASHINGTON 8, Boston 0 (2)WASHINGTON 2, Wisconsin 0 (2)
Sun., Feb. 24ARIZONA 6, CS Northridge 0 (1)Michigan 5, ARIZONA STATE 1 (2)CALIFORNIA 8, Illinois 0 (3)Arkansas 8, OREGON 5OREGON STATE 3, WASHINGTON 0 (2)Michigan 3, OREGON STATE 2 (2)STANFORD 1, CS Fullerton 0 (2)STANFORD 1, Fresno State 0, 8 innings
(1) Worth Wildcat Invitational, Tucson, Ariz.(2) NFCA Leadoff Classic, Columbus, Ga.(3) UCSB Invitational, Santa Barbara, Calif.
USA TODAY/NFCA TOP 25 POLL (Feb. 20)
1. UCLA (24) 2. STANFORD (1) 3. ARIZONA (2) 4. Oklahoma 5. LSU 6. WASHINGTON 7. CALIFORNIA 8. ARIZONA STATE 9. Nebraska10. Michigan11. OREGON STATE12. Pacific13. Fresno State14. CS Fullerton15. DePaul16. Iowa17. Florida State18. Alabama19. Notre Dame20. South Carolina21. Florida Atlantic22. Louisiana-Lafayette23. Georgia24. Mississippi State25. Massachusetts
PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK
ARIZONA STATE shortstop Kara Brun has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while STANFORD's Tori Nyberg was named Pitcher of the Week for February 19 - 24, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.
Brun, from Glendale, Ariz., batted .500 (8-for-16) with three runs scored, three home runs, eight RBI and one double. She also tallied 18 total bases, a 1.125 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage. In Arizona State's win over 19th-ranked Notre Dame, Brun hit two home runs, including a walk-off two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. In her next game against 10th-ranked Michigan, Brun hit a three-run homer to put the Sun Devils up 6-0. The blast would later turn out to be the difference in a 6-4 victory over the Wolverines.
Nyberg, from Belmont, Calif., made four starts at last weekend's NFCA Leadoff Classic, earning three wins against nationally ranked teams (#14 CS Fullerton - twice, #13 Fresno State). At the tournament, Nyberg allowed just 13 hits and struck out 23 batters .
It is the first weekly honor for Brun and the 34th for Arizona State all-time. Nyberg also earns the first award of her career. Stanford has now received 16 honors all-time.
2002 PAC-10 PLAYER SELECTIONS: Feb. 11 - Stacey Nuveman, UCLA. Feb. 18 - Amanda Freed, UCLA. Feb. 25 - Kara Brun, ASU.
2002 PAC-10 PITCHER SELECTIONS: Feb. 11 - Tia Bollinger, WASH. Feb. 18 - Erica Beach, ASU. Feb. 25 - Tori Nyberg, STAN.
Arizona: 17-2 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The 'Cats are currently in the midst of their longest winning streak of the season at 10 games. . . In 19 games this season, Arizona has outhomered opponents by a 32-9 margin. . . The Wildcats have now improved their home winning streak to 57 straight with five victories this past weekend in the Worth Wildcat Invitational. U of A's last loss at Hillenbrand Stadium came on April 9, 2000, when Stanford knocked off the 'Cats 4-3 in eight innings. . . By defeating CS Northridge, senior Jennie Finch broke the NCAA record for most consecutive wins with 51 (the previous NCAA record of 50 was set by Rebecca Aase of Florida State from 1991-93). Finch's last loss occurred on April 21, 2000, against Arizona State. . . Sophomore Leneah Manuma leads Arizona with 10 home runs on the year, seven of which have come with runners in scoring position.
Arizona State: 12-4 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Sun Devils are 4-2 (.667) against ranked opponents this year. Last season, Arizona State faced 35 ranked opponents (16-19), tying it with Cal for the most ranked foes played in the Pac-10. . . ASU is 5-0 in night games thus far. . . Through 16 games this season, sophomore Phelan Wright is leading the team in batting average (.451), runs scored (14), hits (23) home runs (four), doubles (six) and is second in RBI (13). At the NFCA Leadoff Classic last weekend, Wright went 9-for-16 (.563) with six runs scored, one home run, four RBI and four doubles. . . Senior Erica Beach is 8-2 this season with three shutouts, 47 strikeouts and an 0.78 ERA. . . Senior Missy Hixon needs 10 more doubles for the all-time Sun Devil record (40). . . Senior Kirsten Voak needs just nine more wins for the school record (82). . . Junior Kara Brun is four home runs shy of the ASU all-time record (22).
California: 15-4 (Overall ) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
Cal's current 11-game win streak is the longest since it started the 2001 season 32-0. . . Last week, the Bears swept the UCSB 'Softball by the Beach' Invitational, going 5-0 in the process. . . In Cal's two extra inning games against BYU and Cal Poly this past week, senior pitcher Jocelyn Forest posted a combined 29 strikeouts. Overall, Forest has a 1.30 ERA in 48.1 innings pitched this season. . . Freshman Cassie Bobrow has proven early that she is one of the top newcomers in the Conference. She has a perfect 4-0 record thus far to go along with an 0.00 ERA in 25.0 innings. Bobrow even threw a perfect game for the Bears last Sunday against Illinois, en route to defeating the Fighting Illini, 8-0. . . Senior third baseman Candace Harper is 18-for-39 (.462) with 12 RBI in her last 11 games. Additionally, she has hit safely in all 11 of those games.
Oregon: 8-5 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
Last weekend, Oregon made its first ever softball trip to Fayettville, Ark., and finished 1-2 against the Razorbacks. In that series, junior Andrea Vidlund proved to be a force as she finished the weekend 5-for-9 (.556) with two runs scored and four RBI. Vidlund hit her fourth home run of the season in Oregon's first meeting with Arkansas (Feb. 23). With that home run, she moved into ninth place in the Duck record books with 16 career homers. Vidlund is also hitting .465 on the year (20-for-43). . . Of the 14 Duck players with an appearance at the plate this year, 12 have at least one hit, led by Vidlund (20) and junior Alyssa Laux (16). . . Freshman pitcher Lindsay Kontra has posted both wins against ranked opponents for the Ducks this season (then-No. 19 SW Texas State and then-No. 13 Alabama).
Oregon State: 16-4 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
At 16-4, the Beavers are off to their best start, since they began the 1999 campaign with the same mark. Last week, OSU went 4-2 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, beating 19th-ranked Notre Dame and sixth-ranked Washington. Though the game against Washington was a non-conference matchup, the win marked the fourth consecutive year Oregon State has defeated the Huskies at least once. Prior to that streak starting in 1999, the Beavers had never defeated Washington. . . Freshman Kelly Petersen went 7-for-17 (.412) in six games this past week, scoring four runs and driving in two while leading the Beavers to a second-place finish in the Silver Bracket of the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Petersen currently has a nine-game hitting streak. . . Sophomore Monica Hoffman pitched 14 innings in four games over the weekend, giving up just four hits and one earned run while striking out 21 batters.
Stanford: 13-2 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
Stanford's No. 2 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll is its highest ranking in school history. . . The Cardinal have outscored opponents 75-22 this season. . . Stanford's 11 straight victories to begin 2002 was its second-best start in school history behind last season's 12 consecutive victories. . . In last week's NFCA Leadoff Classic, senior Sarah Beeson went 6-for-16 (.375) with two runs scored, one home run and three RBI. Her solo blast lifted the Cardinal to a 1-0 victory over 14th-ranked CS Fullerton (Feb. 24) in the Gold Bracket consolation semifinal. Beeson is currently leading the team with a .500 batting average in 15 games started. She also leads the club with 20 hits, five doubles and 13 RBI. . . Senior Jessica Mendoza is batting .319 this year and leads the team with six steals, getting caught just once.
UCLA: 17-1 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Bruins are hitting .415 as a team while opponents are managing just a .138 mark. . . UCLA has also outscored opponents 154-12 this season. . . Last week, senior Stacey Nuveman continued her phenomenal play going 10-for-12 (.833). She added two home runs and two doubles contributing to a 1.500 slugging percentage. She is currently hitting .592 with a 1.163 slugging percentage and a .718 on-base percentage. . . Sophomore Keira Goerl has been involved in three no-hitters against UC Riverside the past two seasons (Mar. 6, 2001 - complete game, Apr. 25, 2001 - combined with Courtney Dale, Feb. 20, 2002 - complete game). Goerl posted two wins last week, giving up just two hits in 14.0 innings of work. She also struck out 24 batters and posted an 0.00 ERA in the process.
Washington: 16-6 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
Last week, the Huskies made their seventh straight trip to the NFCA Leadoff Classic. In those seven years, the UW has posted a 30-9 (.769) mark, winning the tournament twice. . . With her two home runs this weekend, Washington sophomore Jaime Clark is just two home runs away from breaking the Husky career record. Clark has 42 home runs, including a team-best five this season, and is just one behind all-time leader All-American Jennifer Cline, who finished her four-year career with 43. . . UW head coach Teresa Wilson is just 10 games away from coaching her 1,000th career game.