This Week In Pac-10 Softball

May 6, 2003

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The No. 1-ranked ARIZONA Wildcats control their own destiny in the Pac-10 title hunt ... They need to win one of three home games at Hillenbrand Stadium in their final Conference weekend, to clinch a seventh Pac-10 Championship ... No. 2 UCLA needs an undefeated weekend in the desert, and three losses from Arizona to steal the Conference crown ... In the event of a tie for first place, the Wildcats hold the tiebreaker by winning the regular season series against the Bruins ... OREGON STATE and No. 18 OREGON will host No. 9 CALIFORNIA and No. 17 STANFORD ... The Beavers will try to tack on some wins to insure a fifth-straight NCAA appearance ... The Ducks look to be in good shape to make an NCAA run, after an absence from postseason play last year ... No. 15 ARIZONA STATE will host the Bruins and the No. 8 WASHINGTON Huskies at Farrington Stadium, where the Devils have won five of their last six games.

THIS WEEK'S ACTION

Fri., May 9
*UCLA at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
*CALIFORNIA at OREGON, 2 p.m.
*STANFORD at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 10
*WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 6 p.m. (DH)
*UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m. (DH)
*CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m. (DH)
*STANFORD at OREGON, 12 p.m. (DH)

Sun., Apr. 11
NCAA Regional Selections, 7 p.m. (PST) ESPNEWS

* Pac-10 Conference game

PAC-10 SOFTBALL ON TELEVISION

FOX SPORTS NET
The following Pac-10 softball games will be televised via tape-delay on Sundays starting at 11:00 a.m. PT.

Friday, May 9, 2003
-Washington at Arizona State, 7:00 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. MT

CSTV: COLLEGE SPORTS TELEVISION (live on DIRECTV)

Friday, May 9, 2003
-UCLA at Arizona, 7:00 p.m. PT/ MT

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Apr. 30
STANFORD 5, St Mary's 0
*UCLA 11, WASHINGTON 0

Thur., May 1
OREGON STATE 9, Portland State 1
Portland State 3, OREGON STATE 1

Fri., May 2
*ARIZONA STATE 1, STANFORD 0
*UCLA 6, OREGON 5
*OREGON STATE 4, WASHINGTON 2

Sat., May 3
*ARIZONA 2, STANFORD 1
*CALIFORNIA 10, ARIZONA STATE 1 (5i)
*OREGON 6, WASHINGTON 5 (8i)
*UCLA 10, OREGON STATE 2 (6i)

Sun., May 4
*ARIZONA 6, STANFORD 0
*ARIZONA STATE 1, CALIFORNIA 0 (9i)
*OREGON 6, WASHINGTON 5
*UCLA 9, OREGON STATE 1 (5i)

Mon., May 5
*ARIZONA 6, CALIFORNIA 0

* Pac-10 Conference game

PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK
CALIFORNIA'S COURTNEY SCOTT,
UCLA'S KEIRA GOERL & ARIZONA's ALICIA HOLLOWELL

CALIFORNIA senior catcher Courtney Scott has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, while UCLA junior Keira Goerl and ARIZONA freshman Alicia Hollowell have been named Co-Pitchers of the Week for April 28 -May 4, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Scott, from Clovis, Calif., hit .833 (5-for-6) with a double, two home runs and six RBI. She also scored three runs and posted a 2.000 slugging percentage. In Cal's win against ARIZONA STATE on Friday, she was 3-for-3 with a double and two three-run homers, for a career-high six RBI day. Defensively, she had four assists and nine putouts.

Goerl, from Moreno Valley, Calif., went 2-0 for the weekend, posting a paltry 0.00 ERA, with 17 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched, allowing just three hits. She posted her 13th one-hitter of the year in the Bruin's 11-0 victory at WASHINGTON on Wednesday.

Hollowell, from Suisun, Calif., notched a 2-0 record over the weekend, and a 0.00 ERA. She rung up 19 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched, allowing only one run. In a 6-0 win at STANFORD on Sunday, Hollowell had her ninth one-hitter of the season, and her 11th double-digit strikeout performance.

It is the second weekly award for Scott, the 52nd all-time for California. It is the fifth honor for Hollowell, the 81st all-time weekly honor for the Wildcats. For Goerl, it is her ninth weekly honor, and it is the 74th all-time weekly award for the Bruins.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: Mackenzie Vandergeest, ARIZ; Andrea Vidlund, ORE; Emily Zaplatosch, UCLA. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Ashley Werschky, ASU.

2003 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 11 ą Lovie Jung, ARIZ; Feb. 18 - Tairia Mims, UCLA; Feb. 25 - Natasha Watley, UCLA; Mar. 4 - Kristen Rivera, WASH; Mar. 11 - Kara Brun, ASU; Mar. 18 - Erin Goodell, ORE; Mar. 25 - Kristen Rivera, WASH; Apr. 1 - Lovie Jung, ARIZ; Apr. 8 - Courtney Fossatti, ARIZ; Apr. 15 - Andrea Vidlund, ORE; Apr. 21 - Brynnen Guthrie, OSU; Apr. 28 - Clare Burnum, OSU; May 5 - Courtney Scott, CAL.

2003 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 11 - Amy Harris, ORE; Feb. 18 ą Desiree Serrano, ASU; Feb. 25 - Keira Goerl, UCLA; Mar. 4 - Tia Bollinger, WASH; Mar. 11 - Dana Sorensen, STAN; Mar. 18 - Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Mar. 25 - Tori Nyberg, STAN; Apr. 1 - Keira Goerl, UCLA; Apr. 8 - Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Apr. 15 - Desiree Serrano, ASU; Apr. 21 - Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Apr. 28 - Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; May 5 - Keira Goerl, UCLA/Alicia Hollwell, ARIZ.

NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

ESPN.com/USA Softball:
Mar. 4 - Kristen Rivera, WASH
Mar. 11 - Natasha Watley, UCLA
Apr. 1 - Keira Goerl, UCLA
Apr. 8 - Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ

Louisville Slugger/NFCA:
Mar. 11 - Natasha Watley, UCLA
Apr. 8 - Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ

ARIZONA (48-4, 17-1)
Last Week: at Stanford W, 2-1; W, 6-0; at California W, 6-0
This Week: UCLA, Washington (DH)
Freshman P Alicia Hollowell is currently on a 11-game winning streak ... She is one of only 12 UA pitchers to win 30 games ... Her 313 strikeouts are third on Arizona's record charts for K's in a season ... Senior SS Lovie Jung is at No. 7 on UA's season home runs chart ... Arizona has been chosen as one of the eight schools to host the NCAA Regionals from May 15-18 ... Freshman OF Autumn Champion leads the Wildcats with a .454 batting average, and has 22 multiple-hit games on the season ... The 'Cats are outscoring their opponents 321-54 ... Former UA softball great Jennie Finch will have her number retired prior to the May 9 game between Arizona and UCLA.

ARIZONA STATE (30-20, 7-11)
Last Week: at Stanford W, 1-0; at California L, 10-1; W, 1-0
Next Week: Washington, UCLA (DH)
Freshman P Ashley Werschky tossed two combined shutouts over the weekend, upsetting Cal and Stanford, allowing no runs and scattering seven hits in 10.1 innings ... Junior Kristen Farber (9 SB) looks to lead the 'Devils in stolen bases for a third straight year ... She is currently No. 4 all-time on Arizona State's career steals charts with 56 ... Junior SS Kara Brun (10 HR) needs one more home run to pass the ASU single season home run mark that she set last year ... ASU has hit at least one home run in 25 games this season, including ten multi-homer games ... The 'Devils are 25-1 when they out-hit their opponents.

CALIFORNIA (40-16, 9-9)
Last Week: Arizona State W, 10-1; L, 1-0; Arizona L, 6-0
Next Week: at Oregon, at Oregon State (DH)
Junior CF Kaleo Eldredge has increased her batting average 57 points in the last 17 games, from .244 to .302 ... The Cal pitching staff has five hurlers averaging at least six strikeouts per seven innings... The Bears are tough to stop in frame number five, they've scored more runs in the fifth inning (55), than in any other inning ... Sophomore 3B Vicky Galindo has swiped 16 bases this year ... The last time a Cal player stole 16+ bases in a season was Keri Kropke in 1993.

OREGON (30-16, 8-10)
Last Week: at UCLA L, 4-3; at Washington W, 6-5; W, 6-5
This Week: California, Stanford (DH)
The Ducks defeated the Huskies for the first time since April 18, 1999 ... With two wins against UW, Oregon wins the season series for the first time since 1993, when the Ducks took two of three from the Huskies ... This season marks the most Pac-10 wins for Oregon since 1999 (10) ... Junior P Anissa Meashintubby picked up her first career Pac-10 victory against UW on Sunday ... Senior P Andrea Vidlund needs just four more homers to tie the Oregon single season record ... Oregon now owns the Pac-10 single season saves record with 14 this season ... The Ducks are 14-4 in one run games.

OREGON STATE (31-27, 5-13)
Last Week: at Portland St. W, 9-1; L, 3-1; at Washington W, 4-2; at UCLA L, 10-2; L, 9-1
This Week: Stanford, California (DH)The Beavers' upset win over No. 5 Washington on Friday marked the highest ranked opponent OSU has defeated this season ... The win also secured a .500 or better winning percentage, and perhaps a fifth straight NCAA berth ... Senior C Shelly Prochaska became OSU's all-time single season RBI leader with 45 ... Senior 2B Brynnen Guthrie has 18 multi-hit games this year, including 10 three-hit outings ... Senior P Monica Hoffman became the only pitcher in OSU history to throw four career no-hitters, as she blanked Portland State on April 22 ... She is currently tied for fourth on OSU's single season victories list.

STANFORD (36-23, 5-13)
Last Week: St. Mary's W, 5-0; Arizona State L, 1-0; Arizona L, 2-1; L, 6-0
This Week: at Oregon State, at Oregon (DH)
Stanford junior P Dana Sorensen needs just five more strikeouts to break her own Stanford single-season K record (295, 2001) ... Sorensen (67 career wins) needs just four more wins to pass Becky Blevins (70, 1996-99) as Stanford's career victories leader ... Freshman SS Lauren Lappin leads the Cardinal with a .358 batting averag ... Fellow frosh, CF Catalina Morris is 16-for-37 (.432) with runners in scoring position ... Both players are averaging over one hit per seven innings.

UCLA (43-5, 15-3)
Last Week: at Washington W, 11-0; at Oregon W, 6-5; at Oregon State W, 10-2; W, 9-1
This Week: at Arizona, at Arizona State (DH)
UCLA is 39-1 when getting on the scoreboard first ... Junior P Keira Goerl is allowing a Pac-10 low 2.73 hits per game, and she's allowing a stingy 0.9 runs per game ... Goerl has the lowest opposing batting average in the Pac-10 (.118), she's even tougher with two outs, allowing hitters to bat only .108 with two down ... Senior 1B/C Tairia Mims leads the Pac-10 with 15 multi-RBI games this year ... The Bruins' offense exploded on Sunday, hitting .520 as a team, posting 26 hits and 19 runs in nine innings of softball ... Head coach Sue Enquist is the NCAA Division I's winningest coach, at 739-135-1 (.845).

WASHINGTON (40-13-1, 7-4)
Last Week: UCLA L, 11-0; at Oregon State L, 4-2; at Oregon L, 6-5; L, 6-5
This Week: at Arizona State, at Arizona (DH)
Senior SS Jamie Clark shattered the Huskies career RBI record (227, Jennifer Cline) with a homer against Oregon on May 3 ... Junior C Kristen Rivera has a Pac-10-high 29 two-out RBI this year ... She leads the Huskies with a .378 batting average and 58 RBI ... The Huskies are the only squad with two 15+ game winners, and the only squad with two 150+ strikeout performances ... Junior Tia Bollinger is 22-9 with a team-high 181 strikeouts this year, and boasts a team-best 1.50 ERA, and sophomore Ashley Boek is 17-4 with 163 K's, and has a 1.92 ERA ... Bollinger has pitched more ground outs (321) than anyone else in the Conference this year.

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