This Week In Pac-10 Softball

March 29, 2005

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First weekend of Conference play starts this Friday

Pac-10 posts a 177-43 (.805) record over non-conference opponents this season. 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 and the ESPN/USA Softball Poll. After being ranked No. 1 in at least one of the polls for six consecutive weeks, ARIZONA drops to the No. 2/2 spot behind Michigan. Arizona and No. 19/20 ARIZONA STATE will host No. 3/3 CALIFORNIA and No. 5/7 STANFORD this weekend. California has won six straight games entering this week. A year ago, California dropped three to Arizona and swept Arizona State at home. Stanford swept the Arizona State series and lost the Arizona series 1-2. OREGON and No. 16/15 OREGON STATE will host No. 17/17 Washington and No. 8/10 UCLA this weekend. Oregon State has won a school-record 13 consecutive games and will look to continue that this weekend. The Beavers lost both series against UCLA and Washington last season. The Ducks went 2-1 against Washington and 1-2 against the Bruins. All action starts on Friday. Arizona outfielder Caitlin Lowe and Oregon's Lovena Chaput have been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Co-Players of the Week, and California's Kelly Anderson has been named Pitcher of the Week for March 22-28.


Tues., Mar. 29
No. 8 UCLA at Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 1
No. 5 STANFORD at No. 2 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
No. 3 CALIFORNIA at No. 19 ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
No. 8 UCLA at No. 16 OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.
No. 17 WASHINGTON at OREGON, 3 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 2
No. 3 CALIFORNIA at No. 2 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
No. 5 STANFORD at No. 19 ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
No. 8 UCLA at OREGON, 1 p.m.
No. 17 WASHINGTON at No. 16 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 3
No. 3 CALIFORNIA at No. 2 ARIZONA, 1 p.m.
No. 5 STANFORD at No. 19 ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.
No. 8 UCLA at OREGON, 1 p.m.
No. 17 WASHINGTON at No. 16 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.

all times local to site


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

Tues., Mar. 22
No. 17 OREGON STATE at St. Mary's cancelled
No. 14 WASHINGTON at Cal State Fullerton cancelled

Wed., Mar. 23
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 13, Pacific 5 (6 innings)
No. 16 OREGON STATE at Cal Poly cancelled

Thurs., Mar. 24
No. 5 STANFORD 4, Hawaii 2 (2)
No. 5 STANFORD 7, Saint Mary's 0 (2)

Fri., Mar. 25
No. 2 ARIZONA 2, No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette 0
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 8, Harvard 0 (5 innings) (3)
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 8, Coastal Carolina 1 (3)
OREGON 3, Nevada 1
OREGON 3, Nevada 1
No. 16 OREGON STATE 4, BYU 3 (6 innings)
No. 20 Northwestern 7, No. 5 STANFORD 2 (2)
No. 5 STANFORD 3, Illinois 1 (2)

Sat., Mar. 26
No. 2 ARIZONA at No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette cancelled
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 5, North Carolina 0 (3)
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 8, Penn State 0 (3)
OREGON 8, BYU 0 (5 innings)
No. 16 OREGON STATE at Portland State cancelled
No. 16 OREGON STATE vs. Nevada cancelled
No. 5 STANFORD 3, UNLV 0 (2)

Sun., Mar. 27
No. 2 ARIZONA 10, No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette 3
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 7, North Carolina 2 (3)

Mon., Mar. 28
No. 23 Fresno State 4, No. 5 STANFORD 1
No. 5 STANFORD 14, No. 23 Fresno State 0

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


Head 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 1008-193 over his 19 years at UA. 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. Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell threw 14 innings in Arizona's two victories over No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette on Mar. 25 and 27. She is now 17-1 on the year as UA moves to 26-2 and she has combined for 247 strikeouts on the year, bumping her career total to 1149. Hollowell has placed herself as Arizona's all-time career strikeout leader passing Jennie Finch's 1,028 strikeouts set in 2001. Arizona will host No. 5 Stanford on Friday and No. 3 California on Saturday and Sunday.

With 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 on Mar. 17. The Sun Devils heat up Pac-10 play this week as they will host No. 3 California on Friday and No. 5 Stanford Saturday and Sunday.

The Bears are on a six-game winning streak following five games played at the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. last weekend. Cal defeated Harvard (8-0), Coastal Carolina (8-1), North Carolina (5-0 and 7-2) and Penn State (8-0). JR Lindsay James leads the Bears with a .470 batting average this season. In Cal's five victories last weekend, she went 11-for-16 (.688) with six runs. SR Kelly Anderson pitched her way to three wins in 19 innings of work. She struck out 23 hitters, with no earned runs while only allowing six hits and seven walks. In the 5-0 win over North Carolina on Mar. 26, Anderson tossed a no-hitter, the fourth of her career. The Bears will travel to the desert to face No. 19 Arizona State on Friday and No. 2 Arizona on Saturday and Sunday. Cal dropped three against Arizona and swept Arizona State in three games a year ago.

Oregon 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. Oregon is on a seven-game winning streak, the most this season, after sweeping Nevada on Mar. 25 and BYU on Mar. 26. FR Lovena Chaput had a strong outing against the Wolfpack and the Cougars as she finished the weekend 6-for-13 (.462) with a home run, three RBI, two runs scored and a .692 slugging percentage. Chaput also drew two walks and tallied nine total bases. Sophomore center fielder Suzie Barnes is the only Duck to have started all 29 games at the same position this season. The Ducks will host Washington on Friday and UCLA on Saturday and Sunday.

Oregon State was scheduled for eight games last week but was only able to squeeze in two against BYU on Mar. 25 as the rain cancelled the other remaining games. SR Kelly Peterson broke the OSU career record for runs scored on Mar. 6 and currently has 106. The No. 16 ranked Oregon State softball team swept its home-opening double-header against BYU, breaking the school record for consecutive victories with 13. OSU earned a 5-1 victory in the opening game and then rallied for a 4-3 win in a six-inning contest that was shortened due to darkness. The Beavers will play host to UCLA on Friday and Washington on Saturday and Sunday.

The No. 5-ranked Cardinal went 4-1 over the weekend at the Stanford Invitational. Stanford defeated Hawaii (4-2), Saint Mary's (7-0), Illinois (3-1) and UNLV (3-0) but fell to No. 20 Northwestern, 7-2. Stanford has outscored its opponents, 173-49 this season and has posted 11 shutouts. FR Becky McCullough improved to 6-0 on the year as she picked up wins against UNLV and Illinois. In 16 innings of work, McCullough struck out 17 batters and held her opponents to a .143 batting average. Junior shortstop Lauren Lappin and sophomore 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 travel to the desert to face No. 2 Arizona on Friday and No. 19 Arizona State Saturday and Sunday. Last season, Stanford lost the series to Arizona, 1-2 but swept the Sun Devils in three games.

The 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. Freshman 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 on Cal State Fullerton Tuesday before starting Pac-10 play at Oregon State and Oregon this weekend.

The Huskies complete a seven-day road trip with their game against Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday. 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 travel to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks Friday and then on to Corvallis to face No. 16-ranked Oregon State Saturday and Sunday.

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