This Week In Pac-10 Softball

March 22, 2005

ONE WEEK REMAINS IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION
Softball heats up this week with last preseason tournaments

Pac-10 posts a 157-41 (.793) record over non-conference opponents this season. Non-conference play concludes this week as Pac-10 action heats up Fri., Apr. 1. Seven of the eight Pac-10 teams are among the nation's best as they rank in the top-25 of the NFCA/USA Today Poll. No. 1 ARIZONA will have a three-game series against No. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette starting on Fri., while No. 21 ARIZONA STATE will take a break before heading into Pac-10 action where it will host California on Apr. 1. CALIFORNIA travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the North Carolina Tournament Fri-Mon and OREGON will host Nevada and BYU in double-headers, Fri. and Sat., respectively. Oregon will host Washington on Fri., Apr. 1. OREGON STATE will conclude non-conference play on the road starting with a doubleheader at Saint Mary's on Tues. and a doubleheader at Cal Poly on Wed. before heading into Pac-10 action hosting UCLA on Apr. 1. STANFORD hosts the Stanford Tournament, Mar. 24-26, which includes Illinois, UNLV, Hawaii, No. 23 Northwestern and St. Mary's. UCLA will take a week off before returning to action on Tues., Mar. 29 at Cal State Fullerton and WASHINGTON will travel to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks Fri., Apr. 1. Arizona catcher Jackie Coburn has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, and Oregon State's Brianne McGowan has been named Pitcher of the Week for March 15-21.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mon, Mar. 21
No. 17 OREGON STATE 5, No. 23 Northwestern 1 (1)

Tues., Mar. 22
No. 17 OREGON STATE at St. Mary's, Noon (DH)
No. 14 WASHINGTON at Cal State Fullerton, 4 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 23
Pacific at No. 2 CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
No. 17 OREGON STATE at Cal Poly, Noon (DH)

Thurs., Mar. 24
Hawaii at No. 3 STANFORD, 5 p.m. (2)
Saint Mary's at No. 3 STANFORD, 7 p.m. (2)

Fri., Mar. 25
No. 1 ARIZONA at Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA
No. 2 CALIFORNIA at NC Tournament, All Day (3)
Nevada at OREGON, 1 p.m. (DH)
BYU at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m. (DH)
No. 23 Northwestern at No. 3 STANFORD, 1 p.m. (2)
Illinois at No. 3 STANFORD, 3 p.m. (2)
Portland State at No. 14 WASHINGTON, TBA (DH)

Sat., Mar. 26
No. 1 ARIZONA at Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA
No. 2 CALIFORNIA at NC Tournament, All Day (30)
BYU at OREGON, 1 p.m. (DH)
No. 17 OREGON STATE at Portland State, 2 p.m.
No. 17 OREGON STATE vs. Nevada, 4 p.m.
UNLV at No. 3 STANFORD, 1 p.m. (2)

Sun., Mar. 27
No. 1 ARIZONA at Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA
No. 2 CALIFORNIA at NC Tournament, All Day (3)

Mon., Mar. 28
No. 17 OREGON STATE at Portland State, 5 p.m.
No. 17 OREGON STATE vs. Nevada, 7 p.m.
No. 3 STANFORD at No. 24 Fresno State, 6 p.m. (DH)

(1) KIA Classic, Fullerton, Calif.
(2) Stanford Classic, Stanford, Calif.
(3) North Carolina Tournament, Chapel Hill, N.C.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Mon., Mar. 14
No. 1 ARIZONA 10, Long Island 1 (5 innings) (1)

Tues., Mar. 15
No. 21 ARIZONA STATE 2, Loyola Marymount 1
Loyola Marymount 4, No. 21 ARIZONA STATE 1
No. 11 Texas 1, No. 4 UCLA 0

Wed., Mar. 16
No. 1 ARIZONA 4, Long Beach State 0 (2)
No. 21 ARIZONA STATE 4, Syracuse 0 (2)

Thurs., Mar. 17
No. 11 Texas 1, No. 1 ARIZONA 0 (2)
No. 8 Oklahoma 6, No. 21 ARIZONA STATE 1 (2)
No. 4 UCLA 8, Utah State 0 (5 innings)
No. 4 UCLA 8, Utah State 7
No. 18 Nebraska 4, No. 14 WASHINGTON 1 (2)

Fri., Mar. 18
No. 1 ARIZONA 6, No. 21 Florida State 0 (2)
No. 2 CALIFORNIA 6, Portland State 0 (3)
No. 23 Northwestern 2, No. 2 CALIFORNIA 1 (3)
OREGON 4, Longwood 2 (4)
OREGON 3, Georgia Southern 0 (4)
No. 17 OREGON STATE 8, Long Island 0 (5 innings) (3)
No. 17 OREGON STATE 6, Iowa 2 (3)
No. 14 WASHINGTON 11 DePaul 6 (2)
Penn State 6, No. 14 WASHINGTON 4 (2)

Sat., Mar. 19
No.1 ARIZONA 4, No. 8 Oklahoma 0 (2)
No. 21 ARIZONA STATE 5, Louisiana-Lafayette 1 (2)
UC Santa Barbara 1, OREGON 0 (4)
OREGON 2, Towson 0 (4)
No. 3 STANFORD 6, Utah 0
Princeton 2, No. 3 STANFORD 0
No. 24 Fresno State 8, No. 16 WASHINGTON 3 (2)

Sun., Mar. 20
No. 1 ARIZONA 9, No. 24 Fresno State 0 (5 innings) (2)
No. 11 Texas 1, No. 21 ARIZONA STATE 0 (2)
OREGON 2, San Diego State 0 (4)
No. 17 OREGON STATE vs. Kansas, 9 a.m. (3)

(1) UNLV Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
(2) KIA Classic, Fullerton, Calif.
(3) Capital Classic, Sacramento, Calif.
(4) San Diego State Tournament, San Diego, Calif.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONAHead coach Mike Candrea won his 1,000th game at the helm of the Wildcats on Mar. 13, 2005 with a win over Miami-Ohio. He currently holds a record of 1006-193 over his 19 years at UA. Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell threw her third perfect game of the season and fourth overall against Long Beach State on Mar. 16. In a seven-inning effort, Hollowell struck out 16-of-21 batters faced. Arizona suffered its first loss of the season, snapping a 21-game winning streak on Mar. 17 against No. 11 Texas, 1-0 in 10 innings. The Wildcats will have a three-game series up against Louisiana-Lafayette starting on Friday.

ARIZONA STATEWith 558 wins, head coach Linda Wells tops most victories all-time in ASU's 39-year history, surpassing coaching legend Mary Littlewood's 536. FR pitcher Katie Burkhart has already made a name for herself. She has notched 10 wins, including a no-hitter, a combined no hitter with five shutouts and a Pac-10 leading four saves on the season. Burkhart suffered her first loss of the season after five starts, as well as giving up her first earned runs in 32 innings in the loss against No. 8 Oklahoma, 6-1. The Sun Devils take a break before heading into Pac-10 action. ASU will host California on Apr. 1.

CALIFORNIAThe Bears got two games in before rain canceled the rest of the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif. last weekend. No. 2 California defeated Portland State, 6-0 but fell to Northwestern, 2-1 on Mar. 18. SR Kaleo Eldredge went 3-for-5 with three runs, three RBI and a home run in two games. The Bears are 21-1 when leading after five innings. Cal travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the North Carolina Tournament Fri-Mon.

OREGONOregon was tabbed fifth in the preseason coaches' poll this season. The Ducks were picked fifth one other time (1996), tying its highest mark in school history. JR pitcher Amy Harris shined throughout the weekend at the San Diego State Tournament. Harris combined for 35 strikeouts in 27.2 innings of work while only giving up six walks and one run on 12 hits. She improves to 8-4 on the season. SO center fielder Suzie Barnes is the only Duck to have started all 25 games at the same position this season. The Ducks host Nevada and BYU in doubleheaders, Fri. and Sat., respectively. Oregon will then host Washington on Fri., Apr. 1.

OREGON STATEOregon State snagged two wins against Long Island and Iowa before the Sacramento State Tournament was canceled due to rain. SR Kelly Peterson broke the OSU career record for runs scored on Mar. 6 and currently has 106. The No. 17 ranked Beavers enter the week riding a season-long 11-game winning streak. The current streak is the longest for OSU since winning eight in-a-row to open the 2003 campaign. The Beavers will conclude non-conference play on the road starting with a double-header at Saint Mary's on Tues. and a double-header at Cal Poly on Wed. before heading into Pac-10 action hosting UCLA on Apr. 1.

STANFORDThe No. 3-ranked Cardinal fell to Princeton, 2-0 and defeated Utah, 6-0 at the Stanford Round Robin Tournament. Two more games were scheduled to play but were eventually canceled due to rain. Stanford has outscored its opponents, 154-39 this season and has posted nine shutouts. JR shortstop Lauren Lappin and SO outfielder Jackie Rinehart are among the 40 players announced on the 4th annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award Watch List. The Cardinal will host the Stanford Tournament, Mar. 24-26. Illinois, UNLV, Hawaii, Northwestern and St. Mary's will join Stanford in the tournament.

UCLAThe Bruins fell to No. 11 Texas, 1-0 in eight innings on Mar. 15. It was the second meeting this year and eighth overall with the Longhorns. UCLA swept Utah State Mar. 17, 8-0 in five innings and 8-7. FR pitcher Anjelica Selden has posted a double-figure strikeout performance in each of her first 13 collegiate starts (10-3 record). With the 3-0 win over UC Riverside on Feb. 2, head coach Sue Enquist became the 21st NCAA softball coach and 12th active Division I coach with 800 career victories. She currently carries a record of 815-152-1. The Bruins will take a week off before returning to action on Tues., Mar. 29 at Cal State Fullerton.

WASHINGTONThe Huskies complete a seven-day road trip with their game against Cal State Fullerton on Tues. UW is coming off a 2-2 record at the Kia Classic in which Washington defeated DePaul and Penn State and fell to No. 18 Nebraska and No. 21 Fresno State. SR Kristen Rivera has hit 10 home runs and has drawn 31 walks this season to bring her career totals to 68 home runs and 143 walks. She ranks second all-time on both the home run list and the walk list. FR Caitlin Noble struck out 16 batters against Williamette on Feb. 19 to set a new UW record for most strikeouts in a regulation game. Noble became just the third freshman in Husky history to throw a no-hitter when she held Kansas hitless on Feb. 26. Washington will heat things up when it travels to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks Fri., Apr. 1.

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