2002-03 Softball Year in Review

July 14, 2003

ARIZONA won its seventh Pac-10 title, with a 19-2 league record. The Conference sent eight teams to NCAA Regionals for only the third time.

The 2003 campaign was the fifth year in a row in which seven or more Conference squads competed in postseason play. Out of the seven teams, four Pac-10 squads advanced to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City (ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, UCLA and WASHINGTON).

California and UCLA played in the National Championship Game (tenth time two Pac-10 teams have faced off in the final contest) with the Bruins shutting out the Bears in a 1-0 win in nine innings, to claim their ninth NCAA softball title.

UCLA's Natasha Watley was named Conference Player of the Year for the first time. Watley was also honored with the Honda Award (National Player of the Year).

Fellow Bruin Keira Goerl won Conference Pitcher of the Year honors and was Most Outstanding Player of the Women's College World Series.

Arizona's Alicia Hollowell was named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, while her coach Mike Candrea took home Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors.

The Conference had 16 players earn All-America honors, including eight athletes receiving first-team recognition. The Pac-10 had all eight teams ranked in the final 2003 ESPN.Com/USA Softball Poll, and seven ranked in the final 2003USA Today/NFCA Poll.

UCLA finished the season as the national champion and the consensus top-ranked team in the country, followed by No. 2 California, No. 3 Arizona, No. 5/6 (ESPN.com/USA Today) Washington, No. 11/16 OREGON, No. 18/23 STANFORD, No. 22/20 ARIZONA STATE, and No. 25/NR OREGON STATE.

2002 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE SOFTBALL STANDINGS


CONFERENCE OVERALL
W L T PCT HOME AWAY GB W L T PCT HOME AWAY NEUT STREAK
Arizona*& 19 2 0 .905 9-2 10-0 -- 56 7 0 .889 28-4 10-0 18-3 Lost 2
UCLA^& 17 4 0 .810 9-2 8-2 2.0 54 7 0 .885 12-3 17-2 25-2 Won 5
California& 10 11 0 .476 7-4 3-7 9.0 49 20 0 .714 18-4 6-8 25-8 Lost 1
Oregon 10 11 0 .476 6-5 4-6 9.0 37 19 0 .660 12-5 9-7 16-7 Lost 1
Washington& 9 12 0 .429 3-7 6-5 10.0 47 16 1 .742 5-3 9-9 33-4-1 Won 4
Stanford 7 14 0 .333 2-8 5-6 12.0 41 26 0 .612 20-13 8-8 13-5 Lost 2
Arizona State 7 14 0 .333 5-5 2-9 12.0 32 25 0 .561 19-11 2-9 11-5 Lost 1
Oregon State 5 16 0 .238 2-8 3-8 14.0 36 31 0 .537 4-8 11-14 21-9 Lost 1

^ - NCAA Champion
* - Conference champion
& - Women's College World Series

NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT RESULTS
May 15-18, Double Elimination
Host in parentheses

Region 1 - Tucson, Ariz. (ARIZONA)
#1 ARIZONA 11, #8 Colorado State 1
#1 ARIZONA 4, #4 Minnesota 0
#1 ARIZONA 2, #3 Texas A&M 0
#1 ARIZONA 10, #3 Texas A&M 5

Region 2 - Fresno, Calif. (Fresno State)
#1 UCLA 8, #8 Colgate 0 (6 inn.)
#1 UCLA 3, #4 Fresno State 0
#1 UCLA 6, #3 Michigan State 2
#1 UCLA 5, #3 Michigan State 0

Region 3 - Austin, Tex. (Texas)
#6 SW Texas State 1, #3 ARIZONA STATE 0
#3 ARIZONA STATE 6, #7 Tennessee Tech 0
#3 ARIZONA STATE 4, #4 Louisiana State 1
#5 Hawaii 4, #3 ARIZONA STATE 2

Region 4 - Gainesville, Fla. (Florida)
#3 Florida 3, #6 OREGON STATE 2
#6 OREGON STATE 2, #2 Florida State 1
#6 OREGON STATE 8, #4 South Florida 0 (5 inn.)
#6 OREGON STATE 7, #5 Florida Atlantic 3
#1 Oklahoma 7, #6 OREGON STATE 2

Region 5 - Lincoln, Neb. (Nebraska)
#1 WASHINGTON 5, #8 Creighton 1
#1 WASHINGTON 8, #4 Mississippi State 0
#1 WASHINGTON 11, #3 Iowa 0 (5 inn.)
#1 WASHINGTON 11, #3 Iowa 0 (6 inn.)

Region 6 - Fullerton, Calif. (Cal State Fullerton)
#3 OREGON 10, #6 Penn State 8
#2 Oklahoma State 2, #3 OREGON 1
#3 OREGON 4, #5 San Diego State 1
#3 OREGON 2, #1 Cal State Fullerton 1
#3 OREGON 7, #2 Oklahoma State 6 (12 inn.)
#4 Louisiana-Lafayette 6, #3 OREGON 4

Region 7 - Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan)
#2 CALIFORNIA 8, #7 Oakland 0 (6 inn.)
#2 CALIFORNIA 9, #3 Michigan 0
#2 CALIFORNIA 1, #1 DePaul 0
#2 CALIFORNIA 2, #3 Michigan 0

Region 8 - Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama)
#2 STANFORD 2, #7 Chattanooga 0
#6 Southern Illinois 6, #2 STANFORD 2
#5 Georgia Tech 1, #2 STANFORD 0

NCAA WOMEN's COLLEGE WORLD SERIES RESULTS
May 22-26, 2002 - Don Porter Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Thursday, May 22
(1) ARIZONA 3, Alabama 2
(2) WASHINGTON 3, Oklahoma 1
(3) Texas 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 2
(4) CALIFORNIA 7, UCLA 3 (10 inn.)

Friday, May 23
(5) ARIZONA 2, WASHINGTON 1
(6) Texas 1, CALIFORNIA 0

Saturday, May 24
(7) Oklahoma 6, Alabama 3 (9 inn.)
(8) UCLA 5, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
(9) CALIFORNIA 5, Oklahoma 2
(10) UCLA 2, Washington 1

Sunday May 25
(11) CALIFORNIA 2, ARIZONA 1 (12 inn.)
(12) UCLA 3, Texas 0
(13) CALIFORNIA 4, ARIZONA 1
(14) UCLA 2, Texas 1

Monday, May 26
(15) UCLA 1, CALIFORNIA 0 (9 inn.)

2003 ALL-PAC-10 CONFERENCE TEAMS


First Team School Yr. Pos. Hometown
Kara Brun ASU SR SS Glendale, Ariz.
Autumn Champion ARIZ FR OF Tustin, Calif.
Jaime Clark WASH SR SS Tustin, Calif.
Keira Goerl UCLA JR P Moreno Valley, Calif.
Brynnen Guthrie OSU SR 2B Winchester, Ore.
Alicia Hollowell ARIZ FR P Suisun, Calif.
Lovieanne Jung ARIZ SR SS Fountain Valley, Calif.
Tairia Mims UCLA SR 1B/C Tucson, Ariz.
Veronica Nelson CAL SR 1B San Leandro, Calif.
Kristen Rivera WASH SO DP Perris, Calif.
Dana Sorensen STAN JR P San Diego, Calif.
Claire Sua UCLA JR 1B Cooper City, Fla.
Natasha Watley UCLA JR SS Irvine, Calif.
Phelan Wright ASU JR 3B Los Alamitos, Calif.
Second Team School Yr. Pos. Hometown
Kelly Anderson CAL SO P Woodland, Calif.
Caitlin Benyi UCLA FR OF Scottsdale, Ariz.
Tia Bollinger WASH JR P Santa Ana, Calif.
Clare Burnum OSU SR 3B Canby, Ore.
Kathy Fiske WASH SO 3B Temecula, Calif.
Courtney Fossatti ARIZ SO OF Tustin, Calif.
Vicky Galindo CAL SO 3B Union City, Calif.
Adriana Garcia ASU SR C Riverside, Calif.
Lauren Lappin STAN FR SS Anaheim, Calif.
Catlina Morris STAN FR OF Sonoita, Ariz.
Shelly Prochaska OSU SR C Aloha, Ore.
Courtney Scott CAL SR C Clovis, Calif.
Mackenzie Vandergeest ARIZ JR C Newbury Park, Calif.
Andrea Vidlund ORE SR UT Fair Oaks, Calif.

Honorable Mention: Wendy Allen, Jr., ARIZ; Jessica Allister, Jr., STAN; Adrienne Alo, Fr., OSU; Ashley Boek, So., WASH; Elizabeth Bendig, So, STAN; Beth Boskovich, Fr., ORE; Cassi Brangham, Sr., STAN; Kira Ching, Sr., STAN; Jackie Coburn, Sr., ARIZ; Andrea Duran, Fr., UCLA; Kaleo Eldredge, So., CAL; Cheryl Evans, Jr., ASU; Kristen Farber, Jr., ASU; Jennifer Forner, Sr., ASU; Lynsey Haij, Sr., ORE; Sarah Hyatt, Fr., WASH; Amy Harris, Fr., ORE; Monica Hoffman, Jr., OSU; Lindsay James, Fr., CAL; Alyssa Laux, Sr., ORE; Aimee Minor, Fr., WASH; Tori Nyberg, Sr., STAN; Kelly Petersen, So, OSU; Stephanie Ramos, Jr., UCLA; Lisha Ribellia, Sr., ARIZ; Desiree Serrano, Fr., ASU; Kristina Thorson, Fr., CAL; Michelle Turner, Fr., UCLA; Dena Tyson, Fr., WASH; Ashley Werschky, Fr., ASU; Emily Zaplatosch, Fr., UCLA.

2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year - Natasha Watley, UCLA
2003 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year - Keira Goerl, UCLA
2003 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year - Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ
2003 Pac-10 Coach of the Year - Mike Candrea, ARIZ

2003 PAC-10 PLAYERS/PITCHERS OF THE WEEK


DATE PLAYER PITCHER
Feb. 11 Lovie Jung, Arizona Amy Harris, Oregon
Feb. 18 Tairia Mims, UCLA Desiree Serrano, Arizona State
Feb. 25 Natasha Watley, UCLA Keira Goerl, UCLA
Mar. 4 Kristen Rivera, Washington Tia Bollinger, Washington
Mar. 11 Kara Brun, Arizona State Dana Sorensen, Stanford
Mar. 18 Erin Goodell, Oregon Alicia Hollowell, Arizona
Mar. 25 Kristen Rivera, Washington Tori Nyberg, Stanford
Apr. 1 Lovie Jung, Arizona Keira Goerl, UCLA
Apr. 8 Courtney Fossatti, Arizona Alicia Hollowell, Arizona
Apr. 15 Andrea Vidlund, Oregon Desiree Serrano, Arizona State
Apr. 21 Brynnen Guthrie, Oregon State Alicia Hollowell, Arizona
Apr. 28 Clare Burnum, Oregon State Alicia Hollowell, Arizona
May 5 Courtney Scott, California Keira Goerl, UCLA/Alicia Hollowell, Arizona
May 12 Jackie Coburn, Arizona Michelle Turner, UCLA

2003 PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS


First Team Yr. GPA Major
Janell Bergstrom, ORE Sr. 3.41 Education
Cassi Brangham, STAN Sr. 3.53 American Studies
Kara Brun, ASU Sr. 3.33 Communications
Adriana Garcia, ASU Sr. 3.50 Elementary Education
Katherine Hoffman, STAN So. 3.92 Mechanical Engineering
Julie Hoshizaki, UCLA Jr. 3.50 Psychology
Alyssa Laux, ORE Sr. 3.46 Psychology
Eryn Manahan, CAL Jr. 3.42 Sociology
Tori Nyberg, STAN Sr. 3.43 Psychology
Amanda Simpson, UCLA Jr. 3.62 Political Science
Second Team Yr. GPA Major
Kelly Anderson, CAL So. 3.26 Legal Studies
Ashley Boek, WASH So. 3.16 Psychology
Jennifer Forner, ASU Sr. 3.19 Kinesiology
Erin Goodell, ORE So. 3.34 History
Amber Hutchison, ORE Sr. 3.34 Business Marketing
Cara Maxey, OSU Sr. 3.14 Human Development/Family Studies
Mari Lyn Petrick, ORE So. 3.31 Undeclared
Courtney Scott, CAL Sr. 3.16 American Studies
Meghan Sickler, STAN So. 3.48 Economics
Shannon Sorg, OSU Jr. 3.30 Speech Communications

Honorable Mention: Kristen Bayless, So., CAL; Elizabeth Bendig, So., STAN; Kira Ching, Sr., STAN; Brynnen Guthrie, Sr., OSU; Amy Hanson, Sr., WASH; Courtney Jeffries, Jr., WASH; Lindsay Kontra, So., ORE; Maureen LeCocq, Sr., STAN; Jessica Pamanian, So., CAL; Dana Sorensen, Jr., STAN.

STATISTICAL LEADERS


HITTING
Team Hitting Arizona .329
Batting Average Natasha Watley, UCLA .481
Hits Natasha Watley, UCLA 102
Runs Lovie Jung, ARIZ 70
RBI Lovie Jung, ARIZ 79
Doubles Lovie Jung, ARIZ 21
Triples Natasha Watley, UCLA 5
Home Runs Lovie Jung, ARIZ/ 25
Kristen Rivera, WASH
Walks Veronica Nelson, CAL 107
Slugging Percentage Lovie Jung, ARIZ 1.022
Stolen Bases Natasha Watley, UCLA 35
PITCHING
Team ERA UCLA 0.68
ERA Keira Goerl, UCLA 0.63
Wins Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ 40
Saves Andrea Vidlund, ORE 11
Innings Pitched Keira Goerl, UCLA 310.2
Appearances Tia Bollinger, WASH 51
Strikeouts Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ 394
Strikeouts/7 innings Dana Sorensen, STAN 10.6
Lowest Opp. Avg. Keira Goerl, UCLA .121
Team Fielding Arizona .976


2003 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 (Final)
1. UCLA (15) 54-7
2. CALIFORNIA 49-20
3. ARIZONA 56-7
4. Texas 49-9
5. Oklahoma 42-12
6. WASHINGTON 47-16-1
7. Alabama 49-21
8. Louisiana-Lafayette 47-11
9. DePaul 48-7-1
10 Cal State Fullerton 41-15
11. Georgia 57-14
12. Michigan 44-16
13. Nebraska 39-17
14. Oklahoma State 39-15
15. Louisiana State 50-18
16. OREGON 37-19
17t. Iowa 44-15
17t.Texas A&M 38-22
19. Florida State 46-11
20. ARIZONA STATE 32-25
21. South Carolina 39-19
22. Southern Illinois 39-14
23. STANFORD 41-26
24.Michigan State 40-19
25. South Florida 54-19
Receiving votes: OREGON STATE
2003 ESPN.COM/USA SOFTBALL TOP 25 (Final)
1. UCLA (18) 54-7
2. CALIFORNIA 49-20
3. ARIZONA 56-7
4. Texas 49-9
5. WASHINGTON 47-16-1
6. Oklahoma 42-12
7. Alabama 49-21
8. Louisiana-Lafayette 47-11
9. Cal State Fullerton 41-15
10. DePaul 48-7-1
11. OREGON 37-19
12. Oklahoma State 39-15
13. Michigan 44-16
14. Georgia 57-14
15. Texas A&M 38-22
16. Nebraska 39-17
17. Louisiana State 50-18
18. STANFORD 41-26
19. Michigan State 40-19
20. Iowa 44-15
21. Florida State 46-11
22. ARIZONA STATE 32-25
23. Southern Illinois 39-14
24. South Carolina 39-19
25. OREGON STATE 36-31

2003 NATIONAL AND REGIONAL HONORS

HONDA-BRODERICK CUP
Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year
Natasha Watley, UCLA

HONDA AWARD WINNER
Natasha Watley, UCLA

2003 LOUISVILLE SLUGGER/NFCA ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

First Team
P - Keira Goerl, UCLA
P - Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ
C - Kristen Rivera, WASH
SS - Natasha Watley, UCLA
OF - Autumn Champion, ARIZ
DP - Claire Sua, UCLA
UT - Tairia Mims, UCLA
At-Large (SS) - Lovie Jung, ARIZ

Second Team
P - Tia Bollinger, WASH
1B - Veronica Nelson, CAL
3B - Phelan Wright, ASU
OF - Courtney Fossatti, ARIZ
At-Large (C) - Courtney Scott, CAL

Third Team
2B - Brynnen Guthrie, OSU
OF - Catalina Morris, STAN
At-Large (UT) - Andrea Vidlund, ORE

NCAA REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS

Region 1 - Tucson, Ariz.
Alicia Hollowell, Arizona
Mackenzie Vandergeest, Arizona
Lovie Jung, Arizona (MOP)
Autumn Champion, Arizona

Region 2 - Fresno, Calif.
Keira Goerl, UCLA (MOP)
Toria Auela, UCLA
Claire Sua, UCLA
Natasha Watley, UCLA
Tairia Mims, UCLA
Stephanie Ramos, UCLA

Region 3 - Austin, Tex.
Desiree Serrano, Arizona State
Kara Brun, Arizona State

Region 4 - Gainesville, Fla.
Monica Hoffman, Oregon State (CO-MOP)
Brynnen Guthrie, Oregon State
Clare Burnum, Oregon State
Steph Adams, Oregon State

Region 5 - Lincoln, Neb.
Tia Bollinger, Washington (CO-MOP)
Kristen Rivera, Washington (CO-MOP)
Jaime Clark, Washington
Aimee Minor, Washington

Region 6 - Fullerton, Calif.
Anissa Meashintubby, Oregon
Andrea Vidlund, Oregon
Lynsey Haij, Oregon
Amber Hutchison, Oregon

Region 7 - Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kelly Anderson, California (MOP)
Courtney Scott, California
Veronica Nelson, California
Chelsea Spencer, California
Vicky Galindo, California
Kaleo Eldredge, California
Haley Woods, California

Region 8 - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Dana Sorensen, Stanford

NCAA WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Keira Goerl, UCLA (MOP)
Kelly Anderson, California
Vicky Galindo, California
Alicia Hollowell, Arizona
Lovie Jung, Arizona
Tairia Mims, UCLA
Veronica Nelson, California
Natasha Watley, UCLA

NFCA ALL-PACIFIC REGION

First Team
P - Keira Goerl, UCLA
P - Alicia Hollowell, Arizona
C - Kristen Rivera, Washington
1B - Veronica Nelson, California
2B - Brynnen Guthrie, Oregon State
3B - Phelan Wright, Arizona State
SS - Natasha Watley, UCLA
OF - Autumn Champion, Arizona
OF - Courtney Fossatti, Arizona
OF - Catalina Morris, Stanford
DP - Claire Sua, UCLA
UT - Tairia Mims, UCLA

Second Team
P - Dana Sorensen, Stanford
P - Tia Bollinger, Washington
C - Courtney Scott, California
1B - Alyssa Laux, Oregon
3B - Vicky Galindo, California
SS - Lovie Jung, Arizona
OF - Caitlin Benyi, UCLA
OF - Lindsay James, California
OF - Kaleo Eldredge, California
DP - Wendy Allen, Arizona
UT - Andrea Vidlund, Oregon

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
May 12 - Jackie Coburn, ARIZ

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

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