This Week In Pac-10 Softball
March 4, 2003
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
Non-conference play continues for Conference squads ... For the second straight week the Conference has all eight teams ranked in the NFCA/USA Today top-25 ... UCLA remains the consensus No.1 -ranked team in the nation, with ARIZONA at No. 2 (NFCA/USA Today)/ No. 2 (ESPN.com/USA Softball), WASHINGTON at No. 4, CALIFORNIA at No. 6/No. 9, ARIZONA STATE at No. 10, STANFORD at No. 11/No. 12, OREGON STATE at No. 17, and OREGON at No. 23 ... The Huskies are the Conference's only unbeaten team at 17-0-1 ... The Pac-10 holds a 133-33-1 (.799) record against non-conference opponents thus far, and a 22-18 (.550) record against ranked foes.
ARIZONA: Senior Lovie Jung leads the team in runs scored (27), doubles (10), total bases (75), RBI (36) and home runs (11) ... Freshman Autumn Champion has a 14-game hitting streak, and is boasting a team-high .449 batting average, .588 with runners in scoring position ... Sophomores Courtney Fossatti and Crystal Farley hit their first career home runs against New Mexico State, in a game in which the Wildcats left the yard six times, which ties the squad's single home run mark (Feb. 16, 2001 vs. Bowling Green) ... Jung, Mackenzie Vandergeest and Alicia Hollowell are among 40 players to be named to the initial 'watch list' for USA Collegiate Player of the Year by the ASA ... Arizona has hit 33 home runs in 23 games this season, including five grand slams.
ARIZONA STATE: Senior SS Kara Brun became ASU's all-time career home run leader, belting her 28th and 29th career long ball against UC Riverside and Oklahoma ... The previous record-holder was Erica Beach (1999-2002) with 27 ... Brun is currently tied with Beach as the all-time ASU RBI leader with 153 ... Redshirt freshman Desiree Serrano is the Devils' top hurler thus far, posting a 9-2 record with 88 strikeouts, including a no-hitter against Iowa ... The Sun Devils have already hit 24 homers this season, just seven shy of the team record for round-trippers, 31, set in 2000 ... Junior Phelan Wright and Brun are on the ASA's initial 'watch list' for USA Collegiate Player of the Year.
CALIFORNIA: Sophomore Kelly Anderson pitched her first career no-hitter, as the Golden Bears blanked Minnesota, 7-0 on March 2 ... Head coach Diane Ninemire is just 22 victories away from becoming the all-time winningest head coach in Cal sports history. Her 667-339 mark, which spans 15 years, stands behind former baseball head Bob Milano's 688 career victories ... Senior Veronica Nelson (147 RBI) needs seven RBI to pass Melanie McCart (153, 1994-97) as Cal's all-time career RBI leader ... Cal is outscoring its opponents 105-30 after 20 games played.
OREGON: Senior Lynsey Haij is leading the team with a .400 average ... The Ducks are improved on the basepaths, they've stolen 18 bases in just 17 games this year, after stealing just 20 during the entire season in 2002 ... Freshman Beth Boskovich put up impressive numbers in Oregon's trip to the NFCA Leadoff Classic, going 7-for-14 (.500) with a homer, a double and three runs scored ... Her .362 average is second best on the team, and she's riding a three game hitting streak ... Oregon opened the season 8-1, its best start in school historyOREGON STATE: Junior P Dena Dubois recorded her first career win with the Beavers, as OSU outlasted Purdue, 5-4 ... Through 18 games, the Beavers have hit 19 home runs - they had tallied only 17 homers after 65 games played in 2002 ... Nine different Beavers have homered this year, which is tied for the most in the Pac-10 (Arizona) ... Senior Cara Maxey and senior Shelly Prochaska lead the squad with four homers apiece ... Senior Monica Hoffman is 12-5 in the circle, after only amassing 14 wins last year ... Oregon State has outscored its opponents 104-43 through 23 games this season ... The Beavers kicked off the 2003 season with eight wins in a row, their best start since they went 6-0 to begin the 1998 campaign.
STANFORD: Junior pitcher Dana Sorensen continues to impress after sitting out last year with an injury ... She's leading the squad with a 0.63 overall ERA and 75 strikeouts, and has three double-digit strikeout performances, including her first career no-hitter against Georgia on Feb. 28 ... Sorensen and fellow junior Jessica Allister were named to the NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament team ... Freshman Lauren Lappin is leading the Cardinal with a .400 batting average ... The Cardinal is 11-1 when they get on the scoreboard first.
UCLA: Senior Natasha Watley had a 19-game (23, including last four games of 2002) hitting streak snapped this weekend ... Head coach Sue Enquist joined the '700 Club,' winning her 700th career game against UC Riverside ... Junior pitcher Keira Goerl has tossed nine one-hitters in 16 decisions this season, including three two weeks ago at the FAU Worth Invitational ... Opponents are hitting just .090 against her this year.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies are 17-0-1, off to their best start in the program's history ... Head coach Teresa Wilson won her 500th win as the Washington head coach, in a 9-0 drubbing of Northwestern last weekend. ... She won her 700th career victory on Feb. 16 against Michigan ... The Huskies are the only top 25 team that remains undefeated this season ... Sophomore Kristen Rivera was named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week ... Senior Jaime Clark, junior Tia Bollinger and Rivera were named on the USA Softball Player of the Year initial 'watch list' ... Bollinger is 9-0 in 10 starts this year, and leads the staff with a 1.18 ERA.