This Week in Pac-10 Softball

March 12, 2002

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The non-conference season is winding down and teams will begin their final preparations for Conference play in the next two weeks. OREGON STATE and OREGON, however, kick off Pac-10 play this weekend as the rivals will square off in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday (Mar. 16). Prior to their match up with Oregon, the Beavers will play host to Portland State while ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE and WASHINGTON compete in the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif. CALIFORNIA rounds out the five teams in competition this week with a date in Sacramento, Calif., for the Sacramento Capital Classic. . . Members of the Cats' 2001 NCAA Championship squad are currently in Washington D.C. for sightseeing and will meet with President Bush tommorrow morning (March 13) in honor of their sixth softball national title in school history. . . The Conference continues to have success outside the Pac-10, sporting a 184-45 (.804) record versus non-conference foes. . . Seven teams are ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll this week. UCLA takes the top spot once again, followed by No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 STANFORD, No. 6 CALIFORNIA, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 12 WASHINGTON and No. 14 Oregon State.

THIS WEEK's SCHEDULE

Wed., Mar. 13ARIZONA STATE at Kia Klassic (1)UC Santa Barbara at UCLA, 1 p.m.

Thur., Mar. 14ARIZONA at Kia Klassic (1)ARIZONA STATE at Kia Klassic (1)CALIFORNIA at Sacramento Capital Classic (2)WASHINGTON at Kia Klassic (1)

Fri., Mar. 15ARIZONA at Kia Klassic (1)ARIZONA STATE at Kia Klassic (1)CALIFORNIA at Sacramento Capital Classic (2)Portland State at OREGON STATE, 2-4 p.m. (DH)WASHINGTON at Kia Klassic (1)

Sat., Mar. 16ARIZONA at Kia Klassic (1)ARIZONA STATE at Kia Klassic (1)CALIFORNIA at Sacramento Capital Classic (2)*OREGON STATE at OREON, 2 p.m.WASHINGTON at Kia Klassic (1)

Sun., Mar. 17ARIZONA at Kia Klassic (1)ARIZONA STATE at Kia Klassic (1)CALIFORNIA at Sacramento Capital Classic (2)WASHINGTON at Kia Klassic (1)

* Pac-10 Conference Game

(1) Kia Klassic, Fullerton, Calif.(2) Sacramento Capital Classic, Sacramento, Calif.

LAST WEEK's RESULTS

Tue., Mar. 5ARIZONA 13, Boston College 1STANFORD 5, Baylor 2

Wed., Mar. 6ARIZONA 9, Boston College 0

Thur., Mar. 7OREGON STATE 3, Loyola Marymount 2 (1)STANFORD 14, Western Michigan 1 (2)STANFORD 2, Illinois-Chicago 1 (2)

Fri., Mar. 8San Jose State 1, ARIZONA STATE 0 (3)ARIZONA STATE 2, Buffalo 0 (3)Northern Iowa 2, ARIZONA STATE 1, 9 inn. (3)CALIFORNIA 12, Miami, Ohio 1 (3)CALIFORNIA 6, Santa Clara 3 (3)CALIFORNIA 7, Virginia 1 (3)OREGON 3, Boston College 0 (4)OREGON 6, UNLV 4 (4)OREGON STATE 7, New Mexico State 3 (1)OREGON STATE 1, Hawai'i 0 (1)STANFORD 11, Hofstra 2 (2)STANFORD 6, Georgia Southern 1 (2)UCLA 4, Long Beach State 1 (3)UCLA 8, UNC-Greensboro 0 (3)UCLA 4, Iowa 0 (3)

Sat., Mar. 9ARIZONA STATE 5, Georgia Tech 4 (3)ARIZONA STATE 1, Long Beach State 0, 8 Inn. (3)ARIZONA STATE 5, Iowa 1 (3)Iowa 4, CALIFORNIA 1 (3)CALIFORNIA 6, Northern Iowa 1 (3)Long Beach State 1, CALIFORNIA 0 (3)OREGON 3, Boston College 1 (4)New Mexico State 2, OREGON STATE 1, 8 inn. (1)OREGON STATE 3, Loyola Marymount 2 (1)STANFORD 4, Penn State 2 (2)STANFORD 7, Mississippi State 0 (2)UCLA 3, Virginia 0 (3)Iowa 1, UCLA 0 (3)UCLA 3, Virginia 0 (3)WASHINGTON 13, Simon Fraser 0

Sun., Mar. 10Notre Dame 9, OREGON 3 (4)OREGON STATE 3, New Mexico State 1 (1)Hawai'i 2, OREGON STATE 1 (1)STANFORD 4, Florida Atlantic 0 (2)

(1) Hawai'i Malihini Tournament, Oahu, Hawai'i(2) Speedline Invitational, Plant City, Fla.(3) NIST, Sunnyvale, Calif.(4) UNLV Invitational, Las Vegas, Nev.

USA TODAY/NFCA TOP 25 POLL (Mar. 6)

1. UCLA (24) 2. ARIZONA (1) 3. STANFORD (2) 4. LSU Nebraska 6. CALIFORNIA 7. ARIZONA STATE 8. Michigan 9. Oklahoma10. Fresno State11. CS Fullerton12. WASHINGTON13. Florida Atlantic14. OREGON STATE15. DePaul16. Alabama17. Iowa18. Pacific19. Louisiana-Lafayette20. Georgia21. Texas A&M22. Florida State23. Mississippi State24. South Carolina25. Wisconsin

PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK

STANFORD outfielder Jessica Mendoza has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while UCLA's Keira Goerl was named Pitcher of the Week for March 5 - 10, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Mendoza, from Camarillo, Calif., batted 9-for-19 (.474) this weekend in six starts at the Speedline Invitational in Tampa, Fla. Additionally, Mendoza scored 10 runs while tallying four home runs, six RBI, a double, two triples and a stolen base. For her efforts, she was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as the Cardinal went undefeated (6-0) in that event.

Goerl, from Moreno Valley, Calif., pitched more than half of UCLA's innings at the NIST, recording 36 strikeouts in 23.0 innings in the circle. Opponents hit a measly 0.67 against Goerl (2-1 during the week), who threw her fourth no-hitter of the season against 17th-ranked Iowa. In that game, she struck out 12 and walked two.

It is the fifth weekly honor for Mendoza and the 17th for Stanford all-time. Goerl earns the second award of her career. UCLA has now received 63 honors all-time.

2002 PAC-10 PLAYER SELECTIONS: Feb. 11 - Stacey Nuveman, UCLA. Feb. 18 - Amanda Freed, UCLA. Feb. 25 - Kara Brun, ASU. Mar. 4 - Jaime Clark, WASH. Mar. 11 - Jessica Mendoza, STAN.

2002 PAC-10 PITCHER SELECTIONS: Feb. 11 - Tia Bollinger, WASH. Feb. 18 - Erica Beach, ASU. Feb. 25 - Tori Nyberg, STAN. Mar. 4 - Amanda Freed, UCLA. Mar. 11 - Keira Goerl, UCLA.

PAC-10 NOTES

Arizona: 25-2 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
This past week, UofA extended its overall winning streak to 18 games (season best) and its home winning streak to 65 consecutive victories. . . The Wildcats have drawn 20,082 fans to Hillenbrand Stadium this year in 13 home dates, an average of 1,338 per game. . . Arizona has outscored opponents 212-29 and has won 15 games of less than seven innings due to the eight-run mercy rule, including 11 of its last 14 games. . . In the last two seasons, the 'Cats are a combined 39-2 (.951) versus ranked opponents. . . Senior Jennie Finch's career pitching record is 99-10. With one more victory, she'll become only the fifth UA pitcher in school history to win 100 games. . . Sophomore Leneah Manuma has 49 RBI in 69 at-bats. She has 10 multiple-RBI games and a six-game hitting streak (team bests). . . Sophomore Jenny Gladding has won nine straight starts after taking both of UA's losses in the Fiesta Bowl Tournament. Gladding has also helped herself offensively by going deep nine times this season.

Arizona State: 23-6 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
Senior All-American pitcher/designated hitter Erica Beach continues to move up the Sun Devil record book. Beach currently holds Arizona State's all-time record for home runs (22) and RBI (138), and is fourth in wins (61) and fifth in strikeouts (383). Last weekend in the NIST, Beach added two more wins to her resume, helping ASU win that tournament. During the run to the crown, Beach pitched 21 innings, with 18 strikeouts, allowing only one earned run for an 0.33 ERA. The NIST Championship was the second in the past three years for Arizona State and the third title in the history of the tournament for the Sun Devils. . . Sophomore Kristin Swetel went 1-0 versus with one shutout and an 0.62 ERA last week. She also recorded her first career save against Georgia Tech (Mar. 9). . . Head coach Linda Wells needs four more wins for 800 career victories.

California: 23-8 (Overall ) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Bears have a .981 fielding percentage. One of the reasons Cal has been such a force on the field is due to the play of freshman center fielder Kaleo Eldredge (1.000 fld. pct.) and junior Courtney Scott in the infield (.996 fld. pct.). . . Cal's all-time record in this week's Sacramento Capital Classic is 33-12 (.773), which is a tournament-high in wins and winning percentage. The Bears have won the tournament title twice (1994 and 2000). . . Eldredge is leading the team with a .352 batting average and six stolen bases. . . Junior Veronica Nelson has already walked 44 times in 29 games this season. She also has three of Cal's nine home runs. . . Freshman pitcher Cassie Bobrow leads the Bears with an 0.76 ERA in 36.2 innings of work.

Oregon: 14-8 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Ducks five-game winning streak from March 2 - 9 was their longest since they won five consecutive games in 2001 (Feb. 18 - 24). . . In 2002, UO has already duplicated last year's feat of two victories over ranked teams. . . Through 22 games, Oregon has 98 RBI after having just 197 in all 68 games last season. . . Two Oregon players are hitting above .400 heading into Pac-10 play. Junior AndreaVidlund leads the team with a .418 average (28-for-67) and senior Kristi Hall is hitting .400 (18-for-45). . . Vidlund's six-game hitting streak is also currently leading the team. She has had eight multiple-hit and nine multiple-RBI games this season. . . Junior Janell Bergstrom has hit safely in five consecutive games and is 4-for-5 over the Ducks' last two games.

Oregon State: 24-9 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Beavers have outscored opponents 123-62 and have a significantly better batting average than their counterparts (.277-.165). After opening its season with six straight weeks on the road at various tournaments, the Beavers play 13 of their next 14 games at home. . . With her 31 strikeouts in four appearances last weekend, senior Crystal Draper became the all-time leader in strikeouts at OSU with a total of 712. Draper surpassed four-time All-American Tarrah Beyster's (1997-2000) mark of 694. Draper accomplished her feat in 750 innings (199 innings less than Beyster). For her career, Draper averages 0.94 K's per inning, but has raised that mark to 1.38 this year (121 K's in 87.1 innings of work). . . Junior Shelly Prochaska was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Hawai'i Malihini Tournament after going 10-for-23 (.435), driving in three runs and scoring five.

Stanford: 26-2 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Cardinal is batting .301 as a team, which is 44 points higher than the end of last year (.257). Seniors Sarah Beeson (.465) and Jessica Mendoza (.419) lead the offense for Stanford. . . The Cardinal is currently in the midst of its longest winning streak of the season at 15. The team started the 2002 campaign with 11 consecutive victories. . . Junior Tori Nyberg was undefeated in five starts last weekend at the Speedline Invitational and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Pitcher. Over the weekend, she allowed just four earned runs and 24 hits in 32 innings pitched (1.12 ERA). She leads the Cardinal staff with a 16-1 mark and an 0.70 ERA. Additionally, Nyberg has posted 13 complete games and six shutouts this season.

UCLA: 28-3 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
Through the first six weeks of the 2002 season, Bruin pitchers have combined for six no-hitters, the highest total for a Bruin squad since Dee Dee Weiman and B'Ann Burns combined for 10 no-hitters during the 1994 season. So far this year, sophomore Keira Goerl has posted four no-nos while senior Amanda Freed has two. The duo of Freed and Goerl have also tallied eight double-digit strikeout games (Goerl-six, Freed-two) between them this season after only throwing two in 2001. . . In last weekend's NIST, UCLA posted eight triples, giving it 14 on the year. Last season, the Bruins finished second in the Pac-10 with 12 three-baggers. . . With eight home runs this season, senior Stacey Nuveman currently has 78 career home runs, giving her third place on the NCAA's all-time list. She needs just eight more home runs to break the NCAA record of 85, set by Arizona's Leah Braatz and Laura Espinoza. . . With three stolen bases in game one against Purdue on March 2, junior shortstop Natasha Watley became the first Bruin in school history to record 100 stolen bases. Watley currently has 108 career steals (sixth in Pac-10 history).

Washington: 21-7 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
UW moved to 8-2 overall in home openers with the 13-0 romp over Simon Fraser. . . The Huskies 13-run, 12 hit barrage versus the Clan was the second game in a row that the UW has reached double-digits in both runs scored and hits (also 15 runs on 12 hits against UCSB on March 3). . . Junior Jaime Clark broke the school career home record, breaking the previous record of 43 set by former UW All-American Jen Cline. Clark has 11 home runs so far this season, including six in the last six games, to bring her career total up to 48. . . Husky coach Teresa Wilson is slated to coach her 1,000th career game this weekend, as the UW makes its 10th consecutive trip to the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif. . . Three UW players have reached double-digits in stolen bases already this season, including sophomores Amanda Oleson (12) and Rita Roach (10) and senior Becky Simpson (10). . . With the Huskies first No. 12 ranking two weeks ago, the UW has now been ranked in the top 25 in each of the past 101 consecutive poll datings.

PAC-10 SOFTBALL ON FOX SPORTS NET

Sat., Apr. 6 UCLA @ ARIZ 1 p.m. PTSat., Apr. 20 OSU @ WASH 1 p.m. PTSat., Apr. 27 ORE @ ASU 1 p.m. PT

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