This Week In Pac-10 Softball
April 12, 2005
OREGON STATE 7-0 IN CONFERENCE PLAY
The Beavers remain only team unbeaten in Conference play and extends winning streak to 22
The Pac-10 posts a 185-43 (.811) record over non-conference opponents this season. All eight Pac-10 teams are among the nation's best for the first time time this season, as they rank in the top-25 of the NFCA/USA Today Poll (as of Apr. 6). No. 2 ARIZONA and No. 17 ARIZONA STATE will travel to the Northwest to take on No. 20 WASHINGTON and also will make the trip to Los Angeles to face No. 12 UCLA this weekend. Last year, the Bruins won the series against the Sun Devils, 2-0 but lost the Arizona series, 2-1. The Huskies swept the Arizona State series, 3-0 but lost twice to the Wildcats. No. 3 CALIFORNIA will travel to Sacramento on Wednesday for a non-conference doubleheader match up against Sacramento State starting at 1 p.m. The Bears and No. 8 STANFORD will travel to Oregon to face No. 25 OREGON and No. 12 OREGON STATE this weekend. Oregon State has won a school-record 22 consecutive games entering this week and has already matched its highest conference win total since finishing the 2002 campaign with a 7-14 mark. OSU will host Portland State in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 3 p.m. A year ago, Oregon won the Stanford series, 2-1 but lost the series against the Bears, 2-1. California catcher Haley Woods 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 April 5-11.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Wed., Apr. 13
No. 3 CALIFORNIA at Sacramento State, 1 p.m. (DH)
Portland State at No. 13 OREGON STATE, 3 p.m. (DH)
Fri., Apr. 15
No. 2 ARIZONA at No. 20 WASHINGTON, 1 p.m. (FSN-Delay)
No. 17 ARIZONA STATE at No. 12 UCLA, 1 p.m. (ESPNU-Delay)
No. 3 CALIFORNIA at No. 25 OREGON, 4 p.m.
No. 8 STANFORD at No. 13 OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 16
No. 2 ARIZONA at No. 12 UCLA, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 17 ARIZONA ST. at No. 20 WASHINGTON, 2:30 p.m. (FSN)
No. 3 CALIFORNIA at No. 13 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
No. 8 STANFORD at No. 25 OREGON, 1 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 17
No. 2 ARIZONA at No. 12 UCLA, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 17 ARIZONA STATE at No. 20 WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
No. 3 CALIFORNIA at No. 13 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
No. 8 STANFORD at No. 25 OREGON, 1 p.m. (KUGN)
all times local to site
*Rankings from USA Today/NFCA as of April 6
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tues., Apr. 5
No. 20 WASHINGTON 5, Simon Fraser 0
No. 20 WASHINGTON 11, Simon Fraser 0
Wed., Apr. 6
No. 2 ARIZONA 1, No. 17 ARIZONA STATE 0
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 10, Saint Mary's 0 (6)
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 10, Saint Mary's 0 (5)
No. 13 OREGON STATE 2, No. 25 OREGON 1
No. 8 STANFORD 2, San Jose State 0
Fri., Apr. 8
No. 13 OREGON STATE 1, No. 2 ARIZONA 0
No. 25 OREGON 1, No. 17 ARIZONA STATE 0
No. 12 UCLA at No. 8 STANFORD-postponed
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 4, No. 20 WASHINGTON 3
Sat., Apr. 9
No. 25 OREGON 1, No. 2 ARIZONA 8
No. 13 OREGON ST. 8, No. 17 ARIZONA ST. 1
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 2, No. 12 UCLA 1
No. 8 STANFORD 6, No. 20 WASHINGTON 3
Sun., Apr. 10
No. 2 ARIZONA 8, No. 25 OREGON 1
No. 13 OREGON ST. 3, No. 17 ARIZONA ST. 2
No. 12 UCLA 2, No. 3 CALIFORNIA 1
No. 8 STANFORD 4, No. 20 WASHINGTON 3
Mon., Apr. 11
No. 25 OREGON 5, Santa Clara 0
No. 25 OREGON 5, Santa Clara 0
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. Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell won her 100th career game with the victory over No. 3 California on Apr. 2. She struck out 34 batters in 23 innings on work in Arizona's second weekend of conference play, including the 2-1 win over in-state rival Arizona State on Apr. 6. UA lost to No. 13 Oregon State on Apr. 8 in a 1-0 contest but rebounded to post victories over No. 25 Oregon on Apr. 9 (8-1) and Apr. 10 (8-1). Hollowell is 21-3 on the year as UA is in second in the Pac-10 behind OSU with an overall mark of 31-4 and 5-2 in Pac-10 play. SR Jackie Coburn hit her seventh home run of the season and gave the Wildcats a 3-1 lead over the Ducks on Apr. 10. UA went on to defeat Oregon, 8-1. Coburn has 49 home runs on her career., moving into No. 7 on Arizona's all-time career list and is one behind former UA pitcher Jennie Finch. Arizona will travel to the Northwest to take on No. 20 Washington on Friday and then face No. 12 UCLA in Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday.
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. Freshman 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. Burkhart got her sixth loss of the season, despite striking out 11 and only allowing three hits against No. 25 Oregon on Apr. 8. The Sun Devils dropped a pair of games on Apr. 8 (8-1) and on Apr. 9 (4-3). Junior pitcher Desiree Serrano is having her best season with a team-leading 10-4 record. She has posted two shutouts with a 1.41 ERA and 94 strikeouts. Serrano currently ranks third all-time on ASU's charts in career strikeouts with 528 and is ninth all-time with 44 victories.The Sun Devils will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Bruins Friday afternoon and then head North to face No. 20 Washington on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's game against the Huskies will be televised live on FSN starting at 2:30 p.m.
The Bears are 35-5 on the season and 4-2 in Pac-10 action. In non-conference play, the Bears downed St. Mary's 10-0 twice in a doubleheader on Apr. 6. Coming off a strong performance during the first weekend (Apr. 1-3) of Pac-10 play, JR Haley Woods hit two three-run home runs to lead the Bears offensively. Against UCLA on Apr. 10, she homered to give the Bears their only run in the 2-1 loss. Woods is tied for first in home runs with Stanford's Michelle Smith with 12. She surpassed Melanie McCart to place second on Cal's all-time home run list behind former player Veronica Nelson's 55 homers. SR Kelly Anderson notched two more wins, improving to 19-1 on the season. In 15 innings, she struck out 13 batters, while only giving up three earned runs and walking six. Cal defeated No. 20 Washington 4-3 on Apr. 8 and split with the Bruins on Apr. 9 (won 2-1) and Apr. 10 (lost 2-1). The Bears will travel to Sacramento to face Sacramento State in a non-conferencee doubleheader on Wednesday before heading north to take on No. 25 Oregon on Friday and No. 13 Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday.
Third year head coach Kathy Arendson won her 100th game at the helm of the Ducks with the 3-1 victory over UCLA on Apr. 2. Oregon is 25-13 overall and posts a 3-4 Pac-10 record this season. The Ducks opened Pac-10 play Apr. 1-3 going 2-1, sweeping No. 7 UCLA for the first time in school history but losing to No. 17 Washington. In the desert, Oregon went 1-2, where it defeated No. 17 Arizona State 1-0 on Apr. 8 but lost to No. 2 Arizona 8-1 on Apr. 9 and 8-1 on Apr. 10. Earlier in the week, the Ducks lost the first round of the Civil War against No. 13-ranked Oregon State, 2-1 on Apr. 6. Sophomore center fielder Suzie Barnes is the only Duck to have started all 36 games at the same position this season. She is also ranked first or second in many Duck categories, including .516 slugging percentage (1st), 17 runs scored (2nd), 13 RBI (2nd), 48 total bases (2nd) and two triples (tied 1st). On the weekend, junior first baseman Beth Boskovich went 4-for-9 (.307) with two RBI, one double and a stolen base. In a non-conference double header, FR Alicia Cook and SR Lindsey Kontra combined to pitch two shutouts against Santa Clara, 5-0 in both games on Apr. 11. The Ducks will host No. 3 California on Friday and No. 7 Stanford on Saturday and Sunday.
No. 13 Oregon State was a perfect 4-0 last week in Pac-10 play and now owns a record of 28-6 and an unblemished 7-0 mark in Pac-10 action. OSU extended its winning streak to 22 games and is the only conference team that remains undefeated in conference play. The streaking Beavers defeated No. 25 Oregon, 2-1 on Apr. 6, No. 2 Arizona, 1-0 on Apr. 8 for the first time since Mar. 27, 1999. OSU went on to sweep No. 17 Arizona State 8-1 on Apr. 9 and 3-2 on Apr. 10. SO Brianne McGowan was named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of April 4-10. She led the Beavers in all four victories with a 1.08 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings of work. She has won 21 consecutive appearances and has helped Oregon State extend its school record winning streak to 22 games. The Beavers are off to their best start ever in Pac-10 action (7-0) and have matched their highest conference win total since finishing the 2002 campaign with a 7-14 mark. The Beavers will host Portland State in a doubleheader on Wednesday before facing No. 7 Stanford on Friday and No. 3 California on Saturday and Sunday in Corvallis, Ore.
The No. 8-ranked Cardinal went 3-0 last week, improving their record to 28-7 overall and 3-2 in Pac-10 play. Stanford defeated San Jose State, 2-0 in a non-conference match up on Apr. 6 before taking the series with two wins against Washington, 6-3 on Apr. 9 and 4-3 on Apr. 10. The game against No. 12 UCLA on Apr. 8 was postponed due to rainy weather conditions and will be played later this month in Los Angeles. FR Becky McCullough improved to 10-1 on the year as she picked up the two wins over the Huskies. Junior shortstop Lauren Lappin made the top-25 on the 4th annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award Watch List. FR Michelle Smith hit .500 (3-for-6) against the Huskies with seven RBI and three runs scored. She also hit two three-run home runs (one in each game). She now leads the team with 12 home runs on the year, which is tied for first in the Pac-10 with Cal's Haley Woods. The Cardinal will travel to Oregon where they will meet up with No. 13 Oregon State on Friday and No. 25 Oregon on Saturday and Sunday.
The Bruins split with No. 3 California last week, losing the first game 2-1 on Apr. 9 but bounced back on Apr. 10 to defeat the Bears 2-1 in Berkeley, Calif. Due to rain, the game against No. 8 Stanford that was scheduled for Apr. 8 was postponed and will be made up at the end of the month in Los Angeles. Freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden posted double-figure strikeout performances in each of her first 13 collegiate starts. She now holds a 12-6 record on the year. In the victory over Cal, Selden held the Bears to just one hit, while striking out eight batters. 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 817-156-1. The Bruins will host No. 17 Arizona State on Friday and No. 2 Arizona on Saturday and Sunday. Last year, the Bruins swept the series against the Sun Devils, 2-0 but lost the Arizona series, 2-1.
The Huskies lost three games last weekend on the road. No. 3 Calfornia defeated the Huskies 4-3 on Apr. 8. The No. 8-ranked Cardinal then bested the Huskies, 6-3 on Apr. 9 and 4-3 on Apr. 10. UW dropped to 1-5 in Pac-10 play and 19-14 overall. SR Kristen Rivera has hit 11 home runs and has drawn 39 walks (1st in Pac-10) this season to bring her career totals to 69 home runs and 153 walks. She ranks second all-time on both the home run list and the walk list in the Huskies' record books. JR Aimee Minor ranks third along with Rivera in the Pac-10 with 11 home runs on the year. 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 host No. 2 Arizona on Friday and No. 17 Arizona State on Saturday and Sunday. A year ago, the Huskies swept the Arizona State series, 3-0 but lost twice to the Wildcats.
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