This Week in Pac-10 Softball

March 19, 2002

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The Pac-10 season is right around the corner with Conference play beginning March 29. OREGON STATE and OREGON were supposed to kick off the Pac-10 year last Saturday (Mar. 16). Due to snowy conditions, however, the game was postponed to a later date. . . Pac-10 teams are 204-50 (.803) in non-conference play. . . Conference pitching continues to excel as five different pitchers have thrown 11 no-hitters this season, which is one ahead of last year's pace when 14 no-no's were dished out. . . There is only one tournament on the schedule this week with CALIFORNIA participating in the Bank of America Hawai'i Tournament. The rest of the Pac-10 take on non-conference foes at home, except for WASHINGTON, which travels to Santa Clara this week. . . Seven teams continue to be ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll whis week. UCLA takes the top spot once again, followed by No. 2 ARIZONA, No. 3 STANFORD, No. 7 California, No. 8 ARIZONA STATE, No. 13 Washington and No. 15 OREGON STATE.

THIS WEEK's SCHEDULE

Wed., Mar. 20Simon Fraser @ ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

Thur., Mar. 21CALIFORNIA @ Bank of America Hawai'i Tourn. (1)

Fri., Mar. 22Louisiana-Lafayette @ ARIZONA, 7 p.m.New Mexico @ ARIZONA STATE, 7-9 p.m. (DH)CALIFORNIA @ Bank of America Hawai'i Tourn. (1)

Sat., Mar. 23Louisiana-Lafayette @ ARIZONA, 7 p.m.CALIFORNIA @ Bank of America Hawai'i Tourn. (1)Colorado State @ OREGON, 12-2 p.m. (DH)BYU @ STANFORD, 12-2 p.m. (DH)

Sun., Mar. 24Louisiana-Lafayette @ ARIZONA, 1 p.m.CALIFORNIA @ Bank of America Hawai'i Tourn. (1)Colorado State @ OREGON, 11 a.m.WASHINGTON @ Santa Clara, 12-2 p.m. (DH)

Mon., Mar. 25San Jose State @ OREGON STATE, 2-4 p.m. (DH)Fresno State @ UCLA, 1-3 p.m. (DH)

(1) Bank of America Hawai'i Tournament, Hawai'i

LAST WEEK's RESULTS

Wed., Mar. 13ARIZONA STATE 3, Texas 2, 8 Inn. (1)UCLA 7, UC Santa Barbara 1 (GM 1)UCLA 4, UC Santa Barbara 0 (GM 2)

Thur., Mar. 14ARIZONA 8, Texas Tech 0 (1)ARIZONA 7, Notre Dame 0 (1)ARIZONA STATE 5, New Mexico 3 (1)CALIFORNIA 6, San Jose State 1 (2)CALIFORNIA 9, Miami, Ohio 0 (2)WASHINGTON 4, Utah 0 (1)WASHINGTON 5, Fresno State 4 (1)

Fri., Mar. 15CS Northridge 4, ARIZONA 3 (1)ARIZONA STATE 6, DePaul 5 (1)CALIFORNIA 1, Kansas 0 (2)CALIFORNIA 8, Syracuse 0 (2)Portland State at OREGON STATE, ppd.WASHINGTON 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 2 (1)WASHINGTON 10, Texas Tech 3 (1)

Sat., Mar. 16ARIZONA 1, Louisiana-Lafayette 0 (1)ARIZONA STATE 11, Rutgers 1 (1)ARIZONA STATE 3, ARIZONA 0 (1)CALIFORNIA 6, Sacramento State 2 (2)*OREGON STATE at OREON, ppd.Florida State 3, WASHINGTON 2 (1)

Sun., Mar. 17CS Fullerton 7, ARIZONA STATE 5 (1)CALIFORNIA 1, Wisconsin 0 (2)Nebraska 4, CALIFORNIA 3, 8 Inn. (2)WASHINGTON at Kia Klassic (1)

* Pac-10 Conference Game

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

USA TODAY/NFCA TOP 25 POLL (Mar. 13)

1. UCLA (17) 2. ARIZONA (10) 3. STANFORD 4. LSU 5. Nebraska 6. Oklahoma 7. CALIFORNIA 8. ARIZONA STATE 9. CS Fullerton10. Fresno State11. Florida Atlantic12. Michigan13. WASHINGTON14. DePaul15. OREGON STATE16. Iowa17. Alabama18. Louisiana-Lafayette19. Pacific20. Texas A&M21. Georgia22. Florida State23. Minnesota24. South Carolina25. Oklahoma State Wisconsin

PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK

ARIZONA STATE third baseman Phelan Wright has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while UCLA's Keira Goerl was named Pitcher of the Week for March 12-17.

Wright, from Los Alamitos, Calif., batted .700 (14-for-20) with four runs scored, nine RBI and six doubles as the Sun Devils were the lone Pac-10 team to advance to the semifinals of the KIA Klassic in Fullerton, Calif. (Arizona and Washington also participated). In all six contests, she posted multi-hit games with 20 total bases and a 1.000 slugging percentage.

Goerl, from Moreno Valley, Calif., threw a complete game shutout against UC Santa Barbara, scattering just two hits, striking out eight and walking one. During the contest, opposing batters hit .087 against the righthander.

It is the second weekly honor for Wright and the 35th for Arizona State all-time. Goerl earns the third award of her career. UCLA has now received 64 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. Mar. 18 - Phelan Wright, ASU.

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. Mar. 18 - Keira Goerl, UCLA.

* NFCA Player of the Week

PAC-10 NOTES

Arizona: 28-4 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The 'Cats 31-game win streak over ranked opponents (dating back to last year) was snapped last week with their loss to eighth-ranked Arizona State, 3-0. . . UofA's 20-game win streak from Feb. 15 - Mar. 14, is the longest streak in the Conference this season. . . Arizona has outscored opponents 231-36. In their four losses this season, the Wildcats have surrendered 17 of those runs. . . Wildcat pinch hitters lead the league with a .304 batting average (7-for-23). . . Lefthanded batters hit a measely .102 (13-for-127) against UofA pitching. . . Senior Jennie Finch was named an All-American Athlete for 2002 by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Finch was one of only 184 athletes around the country to be recognized. She has currently won 56 consecutive games and is 16-0 on the season. . . Junior leadoff hitter Lovieanne Jung has 14 multiple-hit games this season.

Arizona State: 28-7 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Sun Devils rank third in the Pac-10 in batting average (.317). . . Out of ASU's 156 RBI, 70 have come with two outs in an inning. . . Arizona State leads the Conference in fewest walks allowed with 41. . . ASU is 7-3 versus ranked opponents. . . The Sun Devils hit .400 (20-for-50) with the bases loaded. . . Sophomore Phelan Wright continues to prove she is one of the top players in the country, batting .484 (third in the Pac-10) with 45 hits (fourth in the Pac-10), 12 doubles (first in the Pac-10) and an .806 slugging percentage (sixth in the Pac-10). . . Senior Erica Beach has struck out 35 batters looking this season. . . Senior Kirsten Voak leads the Sun Devils with an 0.93 ERA. With 872 career K's, Voak is three strikeouts away from passing Arizona's Susie Parra for fourth-place on the all-time Pac-10 strikeout list.

California: 29-9 (Overall ) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
Cal leads the Pac-10 in fielding percentage with a mark of .983. . . Senior Jocelyn Forest was named to the Capital Classic All-Tournament Team. She posted a 4-0 record while striking out a combined 37 batters and giving up just three earned runs in 29 innings pitched. Additionally, Forest overtook Leslie Partch (1979-82) for second on the all-time Cal strikeout list. She broke the 1,000 career strikeout plateau at the Classic and currently sits at 1,008 (second in Pac-10 history). On the season, Forest leads the Conference with 179 K's and nine double-digit strikeout games. . . Last week, freshman Jessica Pamanian hit .529 (11-for-21), scoring five runs and driving in two. Junior Veronica Nelson also provided some offensive power by going deep three times and adding eight RBI in the Classic.

Oregon: 14-8 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
Out of 15 Oregon players, nine have 10 or more hits and five have at least 15. . . UO is hitting .295 as a team in non-conference play. . . After Duck batters struck out a Pac-10 record 398 times last season, Oregon is now second in the Conference in least amount of strikeouts with 101. . . With six home runs this year, junior Andrea Vidlund is tied for eighth all-time with 18 home runs. Vidlund ranks 10th in the Pac-10 with a .418 batting average. . . Senior pitcher Connie McMurren is currently second all-time in Duck history with 289 strikeouts and sixth in career wins with 44 victories. . . Sophomore Anissa Meashintubby is 5-2 with a team-low 2.20 ERA. She also leads Oregon with 42 K's on the season.

Oregon State: 24-9 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Beavers are 4-3 versus ranked opponents. . . The OSU pitching staff has a 276-51 strikeout-to-walk ratio. . . Oregon State has outscored its opponents 37-7 in the third and fourth innings. . . The Beavers have a total of five starters batting better than .300. Junior Brynnen Guthrie leads the way at .336, along with junior Clare Burnum (.330), junior Shelly Prochaska (.323), senior Michelle Chariton (.313) and freshman Alana Mendoza (.305). Guthrie leads OSU in RBI after 33 games, driving in 20 runs while hitting .336 (38-for-113) with four home runs. She is tied with Burnam for the lead in runs scored with 23, and is tops on the squad with 113 at-bats. . . Senior Crystal Draper has not had a decision in the last 11 games after going 8-2 over the first 22 contests. Draper ranks fourth in the Conference with 121 strikeouts.

Stanford: 26-2 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
Stanford's nine victories against ranked opponents this year ranks first in the Conference with Arizona for most victories over top 25 teams. . . The Cardinal is batting .323 with runners on base. . . Stanford has only allowed five home runs, which is tops in the Conference with UCLA for fewest home runs allowed. Last season, the Cardinal ranked third in the Pac-10 in that category, giving up 19 homers. . . Senior Jessica Mendoza ranks sixth in the league with 12 stolen bases. Mendoza hits .500 against lefties and .415 against righties. Overall, Mendoza is hitting .419 as she tries to become the first player in Cardinal history to hit over .400 in each of her four years. . . Opponents hit just .119 against junior Tori Nyberg when runners are on base (third in the Pac-10). Nyberg leads the Pac-10 with 20 games started and ranks second in the Conference with 16 wins on the season.

UCLA: 30-3 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
As a team, the Bruins bat .424 (36-for-85) against lefthanders and .365 facing righthanders (286-for-783). . . UCLA hits .347 with runners in scoring position. . . In a doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara last week, junior shortstop Natasha Watley hit .625, going 5-for-8 with three runs scored, two RBI, one triple and four stolen bases (on four attempts). She had an .875 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage in the two games. On the season, Watley has hit safely in 32 of 33 games played and is batting .537 (second in the Pac-10). She leads the Pac-10 in hits (66), runs scored (42) and total bases (91). . . Senior Stacey Nuveman leads the Conference with a .558 batting average and .667 on-base percentage. . . This week, sophomore pitcher Keira Goerl became the first Bruin pitcher since B'Ann Burns (1995) to win back-to-back Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors.

Washington: 25-8 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Huskies longest win streak in 2001 was six games. This season, however, Washington has already posted win streaks of nine and 10 consecutive games. . . Washington head coach Teresa Wilson coached her 1,000th career game March 15, versus Texas Tech, a 10-3 Husky victory. . . The Huskies tied a team game record for most stolen bases with seven versus Utah on March 14. The UW now has 69 stolen bases for the season, including four players in double digits. The Huskies had just 75 stolen bases in all of 2001. Washington's .302 batting average is 16 points higher than last year's squad (.286) after 33 games. The team ERA of 1.19 is almost a full run down from last season (2.12) after 33 games. . . Junior shortstop Jaime Clark hit .643 (9-for-14) in five games at the KIA Klassic last week with a teamhigh seven runs scored, four RBI and four stolen bases. She reached base in 10 consecutive plate appearances in the team's last three games over the weekend. Clark has at least one hit in each of her last eight games and in 16 of the last 17 contests. She has also reached base in all 33 games this season, including 27 via hits.

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