This Week in Pac-10 Softball
March 26, 2002
The Pac-10 season is finally upon us as rivals clash this week to kick off the 2002 campaign. ARIZONA travels to ARIZONA STATE while CALIFORNIA and STANFORD play one at Berkeley on Friday (Mar. 29) and a doubleheader on 'The Farm' the following day (Mar. 30). OREGON and OREGON STATE take on UNLV before renewing The Civil War and WASHINGTON travels to Pacific before a weekend stint against UCLA. . . Through the main stretch of non-conference play, the Pac-10 has a record of 222-53 (.807) with a 51-20 (.718) record against ranked opponents. Adding to the dominance of non-league foes is the fact that six Pac-10 pitchers have thrown 12 no-hitters while 44 double-digit strikeout games have been tallied. The Conference has also shown its power offensively, hitting .315 with a combined 217 home runs. . . Seven teams continue to be ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll whis week. UCLA takes the top spot once again, garnering all 27 first-place votes, followed by No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Arizona, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 8 California, No. 12 Washington and No. 15 Oregon State.
THIS WEEK's SCHEDULE
Tue., Mar. 26UNLV @ OREGON, 1-3 p.m. (DH)WASHINGTON @ Pacific, 12-2 p.m. (DH)
Wed., Mar. 27UNLV @ OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 29*ARIZONA @ ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*STANFORD @ CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.*OREGON @ OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.*UCLA @ WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 30*ARIZONA @ ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*CALIFORNIA @ STANFORD, 2-4 p.m. (DH)*OREGON @ OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.*UCLA @ WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.
* Pac-10 Conference Game
LAST WEEK's RESULTS
Thur., Mar. 21CALIFORNIA 4, Hawai'i 0 (1)
Fri., Mar. 22ARIZONA 6, Louisiana-Lafayette 2ARIZONA STATE 6, New Mexico 2 (GM 1)ARIZONA STATE 4, New Mexico 3 (GM 2)CALIFORNIA 4, Hofstra 2 (1)
Sat., Mar. 23ARIZONA 8, Louisiana-Lafayette 0Northwestern 1, CALIFORNIA 0 (1)OREGON 5, Colorado State 2 (GM 1)OREGON 4, Colorado State 0 (GM 2)STANFORD 6, BYU 3 (GM 1)BYU 5, STANFORD 4 (GM 2)
Sun., Mar. 24ARIZONA 7, Louisiana-Lafayette 2CALIFORNIA 15, Hofstra 2 (1)CALIFORNIA 9, Northewestern 0 (1)Colorado State 2, OREGON 0WASHINGTON 9, Santa Clara 0 (GM 1)WASHINGTON 6, Santa Clara 2 (GM 2)
Mon., Mar. 25OREGON STATE 1, San Jose State 0 (GM 1)OREGON STATE 6, San Jose State 1 (GM 2)UCLA 1, Fresno State 0 (GM 1)UCLA 7, Fresno State 0 (GM 2)
(1) Chevron Hawai'i Invitational, Honolulu, Hawai'i
USA TODAY/NFCA TOP 25 POLL (Mar. 20)
1. UCLA (27) 2. STANFORD 3. ARIZONA 4. Nebraska 5. LSU 6. ARIZONA STATE 7. CS Fullerton 8. CALIFORNIA 9. Oklahoma10. Fresno State11. Florida Atlantic12. WASHINGTON13. Michigan14. Iowa15. OREGON STATE16. DePaul17. Alabama18. Louisiana-Lafayette19. Pacific20. Florida State21. Georgia22. Texas A&M23. Minnesota24. South Carolina25. Wisconsin
PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK
ARIZONA shortstop Lovieanne Jung has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while her teammate Jennie Finch was named Pitcher of the Week for March 19-24.
Jung, a junior from Fountain Valley, Calif., posted a .400 batting average in three Arizona wins over 18th-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette. On the weekend, Jung led the Wildcats with four runs scored, two home runs, six RBI and 10 total bases. She also posted a slugging percentage of 1.000.
Finch, a senior from La Mirada, Calif., was instrumental in Arizona sweeping the Lady Cajuns as she went 2-0 (two complete games), running her NCAA record win streak to 58 games. Against Louisiana-Lafayette, Finch struck out 23 batters in 14 innings pitched and had an ERA of 2.00. On March 24, she tied a personal best by striking out 15 batters in a 7-2 victory, helping the Wildcats extend their home winning streak to 68 games.
It is the first weekly honor for Jung while Finch garners the sixth award of her career. Arizona leads the Pac-10 with 72 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. Mar. 25 - Lovieanne Jung, ARIZ.
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. Mar. 25 - Jennie Finch, ARIZ.
* NFCA Player of the Week
Arizona: 31-4 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
Arizona has outscored opponents 252-40 (198 runs in the first four innings). . . The 'Cats have hit 10 grand slams this season. . . With a sweep over 18th-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette, the Wildcats moved to a Pac-10-best 12-1 (.923) against ranked teams. . . Head coach Mike Candrea won his 900th game at Arizona last Friday (Mar. 22) in a 6-2 win over 18th-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette. . . Sophomore Leneah Manuma has 16 home runs and 56 RBI in 88 at-bats this year. . . Leadoff hitter Lovieanne Jung (junior) leads the team in at-bats (102), runs scored (41), hits (44), doubles (8) and walks (26). . . On March 25, Jung and senior teammate Jennie Finch became the 71st and 72nd Pac-10 Player of the Week recipients in Arizona history, which is first all-time in the Conference. . . Finch currently has a career record of 103-10 (.912) and is just one win away from moving into the No. 2 spot in school history (only behind current UofA assistant coach Nancy Evans at 124-8).
Arizona State: 30-7 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Sun Devils have won 10 of their last 11 games heading into Conference play. . . ASU's .321 batting average and .971 fielding percentage rank third in the Pac-10. . . The Sun Devils bat .321 with runners in scoring position. . . ASU has a 5.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio. . . Junior shortstop Kara Brun leads the team with 38 RBI (fifth in the Pac-10). Brun also ranks in the Conference in hits (tied for sixth, 48) and total bases (10th, 68). . . Sophomore Kristin Farber has a team-high 11 stolen bases. Last season, she stole 16-of-17 bases. Farber has also contributed with a .308 average, 33 hits and 14 runs scored. . . Senior Nichole Thompson has already matched last year's mark of two triples. . . Sophomore Phelan Wright continues to lead the Pac-10 with 13 doubles (seven away from owning the ASU single season mark).
California: 33-10 (Overall ) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
Cal is hitting .297 as a team. . . The Bears' 200 runs scored ranks third in the Pac-10. . . In last week's Chevron Hawai'i Invitational, Senior Jocelyn Forest was named Most Outstanding Pitcher. Fellow teammates Courtney Scott (junior), Kaleo Eldredge (freshman) and Chelsea Spencer (freshman) joined Forest on the All-Tournament Team. . . Forest went 2-1 last weekend, striking out 32 batters in 20 innings of work. She gave up just one run and posted a tournament ERA of 0.35. Forest now has a Pac-10-leading 211 strikeouts on the season. . . Over the weekend, Scott batted .556 (10-for-18) with a home run, seven RBI and a double. The highlight of the week came when she went 5-for-5 with five RBI against Hofstra (Mar. 24). Scott leads the team with a .373 batting average after hitting .245 a year ago. . . Spencer also added some offensive firepower against Hofstra (Mar. 24), going 4-for-5 with four RBI.
Oregon: 16-9 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Ducks opened their first home appearance of the season with two wins in a doubleheader against Colorado State (Mar. 23). In the two games, junior Alyssa Laux hit .714 (5-for-7) with three runs scored and a double. She is currently hitting .375 on the year with 24 hits and 17 runs scored. . . Junior Andrea Vidlund continues to lead Oregon with a .429 batting average (eighth in Pac-10), seven home runs and 31 RBI. She turned out to be the difference in the first game of last Saturday's doubleheader (Mar. 23), knocking in four runs in a 5-2 victory. . . UO is hitting .379 with the bases loaded and .308 with runners in scoring position. . . Sophomore Anissa Meashintubby has 48 strikeouts on the season, already surpassing last year's mark of 45 K's.
Oregon State: 26-9 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Beavers have posted 290 strikeouts (third in the Conference). . . OSU has turned nine double plays (second in the Conference) and has a fielding percentage of .967 (fourth in the Conference). . . Senior Crystal Draper improved her record to 9-2 on the season with a 1-0 victory over San Jose State in the first game of yesterday's doubleheader (Mar. 25). The win ended Draper's streak of 11 consecutive games without a decision. . . In the doubleheader sweep of San Jose State, junior Clare Burnum was the only Oregon State player to tally multiple hits in each game, hitting .625 (5-for-8) in that span. Burnum leads the Beavers with a .352 batting average. . . Sophomore Monica Hoffman has appeared in relief 12 times this season to lead the Pac-10. Opponents are hitting just .134 against the righthander.
Stanford: 27-3 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Cardinal is 9-1 in its last 10 games. . . Stanford has not allowed more than five runs this season. . . The Cardinal has outscored its opposition 181-48 this season. . . Stanford is 26-1 when it has the lead heading into the final inning and is 5-1 in one-run games. . . Seniors Sarah Beeson and Jessica Mendoza lead the club with 12 multi-hit games, while Mendoza is tops with six multi-RBI contests. . . In the Pac-10, Beeson (.446) and Mendoza (.424) are fourth and ninth in batting average, respectively. . . Senior Robin Walker has the longest current hitting streak at six games. Walker is hitting .302 with 31 runs scored, three home runs and 12 RBI. . . Junior Kira Ching is currently batting .375 after hitting .256 last season. . . Junior Tori Nyberg is now 17-1 (third in the Pac-10) on the season with an 0.84 ERA (fifth in the Pac-10). She has given up 68 hits in 116.2 innings pitched and struck out 110 batters.
UCLA: 32-3 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
The Bruins lead the Pac-10 in hits (339), batting average (.370), doubles (60), triples (15) and ERA (0.41). . . Opponents are hitting .122 against UCLA pitching and have only managed to gather 91 hits (22 extra-base hits) and 24 runs (13 earned) . . . The Bruins hit .391 with the bases juiced to lead the Conference. . . Senior Crissy Buck has been hit a league-high 13 times. . . Seven Bruins are hitting .300 or better heading into Pac-10 play (Stacey Nuveman, .554, Natasha Watley, .535, Amanda Freed, .375, Tairia Mims, .370, Claire Sua, .356, Monique Mejia, .333, Stephanie Ramos, .300). . . UCLA is 73-of-83 (.880) on stolen bases this year. . . Since the start of the 1999 season, the Bruins have an overall record of 203-27-1 (.881). All but nine of those losses have come in Pac-10 play. . . Senior Amanda Freed and sophomore Keira Goerl have each struck out 38 batters looking this season.
Washington: 27-8 (Overall) -- 0-0 (Pac-10)
UW's six stolen bases versus Santa Clara now match their season total from a a year ago with 75 (on 88 attempts). . . Junior Jaime Clark and sophomore Rita Roach both advanced their current hitting streaks to double-digits this past week as Roach has a hit in each of her last 11 games and Clark holds a 10-game hit streak heading into today's doubleheader with Pacific. . . Freshman Kristen Rivera hit .429 with a team-best four runs scored, two home runs, three RBI and 1.286 slugging percentage versus Santa Clara. She became the second player in Washington history to hit two home runs in a game in the second half of the doubleheader on Mar. 24. She erased a 1-0 Husky deficit with an inside-the-park home run in the second inning, then blasted her second homer to right field to lead off the seventh. . . In two appearances against Santa Clara last week, sophomore Tia Bollinger went 1-0 with her first career save and a perfect 0.00 ERA. She gave up just one hit while striking out six in five innings of work during the week.