This Week In Pac-10 Softball

April 5, 2005

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OREGON STATE EXTENDS WINNING STREAK TO 18
The Beavers remain only team left unbeaten in Conference play

The Pac-10 posts a 180-43 (.808) 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 droped to the No. 2/2 spot behind Michigan last week. No. 18/20 ARIZONA STATE will host Arizona on Wednesday before hosting OREGON and No. 16/12 OREGON STATE this weekend. Oregon State has won a school-record 18 consecutive games entering this week. A year ago, Oregon lost the series against both the Wildcats and the Sun Devils. No. 3/3 CALIFORNA will host St. Mary's in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 2 p.m. No. 6/9 STANFORD will host San Jose State on Wednesday in a non-conference match up. California and Stanford will host No. 7/13 UCLA and No. 17/22 Wahington this weekend. A year ago, the Bears swept Washington but lost the series 1-2 to the Bruins. The Cardinal swept Washington but lost the UCLA series last season. Oregon State first baseman Vanessa Iapala 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 29-April 4.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., Apr. 5
Simon Fraser at No. 17 WASHINGTON, 3 p.m. (DH)

Wed., Apr. 6
No. 2 ARIZONA at No. 18 ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
Saint Mary's at No. 3 CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m. (DH)
OREGON at No. 16 OREGON STATE, 4 p.m.
San Jose State at No. 6 STANFORD, 7 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 8
No. 16 OREGON STATE at No. 2 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
OREGON at No. 18 ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
No. 7 UCLA at No. 6 STANFORD, 7 p.m.
No. 17 WASHINGTON at No. 3 CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 9
OREGON at No. 2 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
No. 16 OREGON STATE at No. 18 ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
No. 7 UCLA at No. 3 CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
No. 17 WASHINGTON at No. 6 STANFORD, 1 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 10
OREGON at No. 2 ARIZONA, 1 p.m.
No. 16 OREGON STATE at No. 18 ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.
No. 7 UCLA at No. 3 CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
No. 17 WASHINGTON at No. 6 STANFORD, 1 p.m.

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LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., Mar. 29
No. 7 UCLA 8, Cal State Fullerton 0

Wed., Mar. 30
No. 16 OREGON STATE 5, Portland State 1
No. 16 OREGON STATE 7, Portland State 0

Fri., Apr. 1
No. 2 ARIZONA 4, No. 6 STANFORD 2
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 4, No. 18 ASU 2
No. 16 OREGON STATE 2, No. 7 UCLA 1 (8)
No. 17 WASHINGTON 4, OREGON 3

Sat., Apr. 2
No. 2 ARIZONA 4, No. 3 CALIFORNIA 2
No. 6 STANFORD 2, No. 18 ASU 1
OREGON 3, No. 8 UCLA 1
No. 16 OSU 7, No. 17 WASHINGTON 3

Sun., Apr. 3
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 6, No. 2 ARIZONA 3
No. 18 ASU 2, No. 6 STANFORD 0
OREGON 2, No. 7 UCLA 1
No. 16 OSU 9, No. 17 WASHINGTON 0 (9)

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA
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 1010-194 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 18.1 innings in Arizona's first conference play weekend. UA defeated No. 6 Stanford 4-2 and split with No. 3 California winning the first game 4-2 and falling 6-3 in the second. She is now 19-2 on the year as UA moves to 28-3 and she has combined for 271 strikeouts on the year, bumping her career total to 1173. Hollowell has placed herself as Arizona's all-time career strikeout leader passing Jennie Finch's 1,028 strikeouts set in 1999-2002. Arizona will travel to Tempe for a single-game against in-state rival Arizona State on Wednesday. Th Wildcats will host No. 15 Oregon State on Friday and Oregon on Saturday and Sunday.

ARIZONA STATE
With 559 wins, head coach Linda Wells has the 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 11 wins, including a no-hitter, a combined no-hitter with six shutouts and a Pac-10 leading four saves on the season. Junior pitcher Desiree Serrano is having her best season with a team-leading 10-3 record. She has posted two shutouts with a 0.98 ERA and 91 strikeouts. Serrano currently ranks third all-time on ASU's charts in career strikeouts with 525 and is ninth all-time with 44 victories. The Sun Devils host Oregon on Friday and No. 15 Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday. Arizona leads the all-time series 86-72 and the Sun Devils have not beaten the Wildcats since Mar. 16, 2002. ASU won last year's series against Oregon, 2-1 but dropped the series against Oregon State, 1-2.

CALIFORNIA
The Bears are 31-4 on the season and 2-1 in Pac-10 action. In the Bears' 4-2 victory against No. 18 Arizona State on Apr. 1, JR Haley Woods hit two home runs to lead the Bears offensively. On the weekend, she went 4-for-9 with eight RBI and three runs in Cal's three games. In a 6-3 victory over No. 2 Arizona on Apr. 3, Woods hit a three-run homer in the fifth to give Cal a 5-0 lead. She leads the Bears in homers (10), RBIs (41), total bases (74) and slugging percentage (.667). SR Kelly Anderson notched two more wins under her belt, improving to 17-1 on the season. In 14 innings, she three earned runs and struck out 10 batters. The Bears will host St. Mary's in a non-conferencee doubleheader on Wednesday before hosting No. 17 Washington on Friday and No. 7 UCLA on Saturday and Sunday.

OREGON
Oregon opened Pac-10 play going 2-1, sweeping No. 7 UCLA for the first time in school history but losing to No. 17 Washington. JR Amy Harris posted a 0.53 ERA and led the Ducks to a 3-1 win over UCLA in game one and then shut down the Bruins in a relief role in the second game to earn her second save of the season on Apr. 2. In 13.1 innings of work, Harris had 11 strikeouts. FR Lovena Chaput had a strong outing in her first weekend of Pac-10 play. She went 4-for-9 and accounted for four of Oregon's eight runs scored. Chaput drove in JR Breanne Sabol for the game-winning RBI against UCLA on Apr. 2. Sophomore center fielder Suzie Barnes is the only Duck to have started all 32 games at the same position this season. The Ducks will travel to Corvallis, Ore. for game one of the Civil War against No. 15 Oregon State on Wednesday before heading to the desert to play No. 18 Arizona State on Friday and No. 2 Arizona on Saturday and Sunday.

OREGON STATE
No. 16 Oregon State was a perfect 5-0 last week, including a 3-0 start in Pac-10 action. The Beavers are the only conference team that went undefeated the first weekend of play. OSU extended their winning streak to 18 games after two wins against Portland State on Mar. 29 and victories over No. 7 UCLA (2-1) on Apr. 1 and No. 17 Washington (7-3) on Apr. 2 and (9-0 in five innings) Apr. 3. SO Brianne McGowan led the Beavers in all five victories with a 0.88 ERA and 39 strikeouts on the week. She amassed four complete game wins in the stretch and became just the fourth player in school history to earn 20 wins in a single season. She currently holds a record of 21-2. Offensively, McGowan matched OSU school record with a pair of home runs against the Huskies and matched her career-high with four RBI. The Beavers will play host to the Ducks on Wednesday before traveling to the desert to face No. 2 Arizona on Friday and No. 18 Arizona State on Saturday and Sunday.

STANFORD
The No. 6-ranked Cardinal went 1-2 in the first weekend of conference play. Stanford split with No. 18 Arizona State but fell to No. 2 Arizona, 4-2 on Apr. 1. Stanford has outscored its opponents, 177-56 this season and has posted 11 shutouts. FR Becky McCullough improved to 7-1 on the year as she picked up the lone win against the Sun Devils. 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 host San Jose State on Wednesday in a non-conference match-up before hosting No. 7 UCLA and No. 17 Washington this weekend.

UCLA
The Bruins went 1-4 last week defeating Cal State Fullerton 8-0 in six innings in a non-conference game. UCLA fell to No. 16 Oregon State, 2-1 on Apr. 1 in Corvallis, Ore. Due to rain in the Oregon forecast, UCLA and Oregon played a doubleheader on Apr. 2 where the Ducks defeated the Bruins in both games. 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 816-155-1. The Bruins will travel to the Bay Area to face No. 6 Stanford on Friday and No. 3 California on Saturday and Sunday. A year ago, the Bruins won both series 2-1.

WASHINGTON
The Huskies opened Pac-10 play 1-2 on the weekend. UW held off Oregon 4-3 for the victory on Apr. 1 but fell to No. 16 Oregon State 7-3 on Apr. 2 and 9-0 on Apr. 3. SR Kristen Rivera has hit 10 home runs and has drawn 32 walks this season to bring her career totals to 68 home runs and 144 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 the Bay Area to take on No. 3 California on Friday and then will face No. 6-ranked Stanford on Saturday and Sunday.

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