This Week In Pac-10 Softball

April 21, 2005

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CONFERENCE PLAY NEARING HALF-WAY POINT
Rival weekend concludes the first half of Conference action

The Pac-10 posts a 190-44 (.812) record over non-conference opponents this season. All eight Pac-10 teams are among the nation's best for the second consecutive week this season, as they rank in the top-25 of the NFCA/USA Today Poll (as of Apr. 20). The ARIZONA Wildcats drop to No. 4/3 this week in the NFCA/USA Today and the ESPN.com/USA Top 25 polls. These rankings are the lowest of the year for UA. Arizona and No. 24 ARIZONA STATE face off in Tucson on Friday and Saturday. CALIFORNIA moved into the No. 2 spot in both polls, improving to 38-6 this week. The Bears travel to Palo Alto to take on Bay Area rival No. 7/7 ranked STANFORD this weekend. No. 25 OREGON will host No. 11/9 OREGON STATE for the second round of the Civil War on Saturday and Sunday. UCLA, which dropped out of the top 10 on April 5, took over the No. 10 spot in both polls after sweeping Pac-10 foe Arizona last weekend. No. 10/10 UCLA will host No. 23/25 Washington on Friday and Saturday. The Huskies will travel to Nevada on Sunday to play a non-conference doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. agasint Nevada. Stanford third baseman Michelle Smith has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, and UCLA's Anjelica Selden has been named Pitcher of the Week for April 12-18.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Wed., April 20
No. 25 OREGON 4, Portland State 1
No. 25 OREGON 6, Portland State 2
No. 11 OREGON STATE 7, St. Mary's 1
No. 11 OREGON STATE 8, St. Mary's 0
Sacramento State 3, No. 7 STANFORD 2 (11)
No. 7 STANFORD 16, Sacramento State 1

Thurs., April 20
No. 11 OREGON STATE at San Jose State, 1 p.m. (DH)

Fri., April 22
No. 24 ARIZONA STATE at No. 4 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
No. 2 CALIFORNIA at No. 7 STANFORD, 7 p.m.
No. 23 WASHINGTON at No. 10 UCLA, 1 p.m.

Sat., April 23
No. 24 ARIZONA STATE at No. 4 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
No. 11 OREGON STATE at No. 25 OREGON, 1 p.m.
No. 7 STANFORD at No. 2 CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
No. 23 WASHINGTON at No. 10 UCLA, 2 p.m.

Sun., April 24
No. 11 OREGON STATE at No. 25 OREGON, 1 p.m. (KUGN)
No. 7 STANFORD at No. 2 CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
No. 23 WASHINGTON at Nevada, 1 p.m. (DH)

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*Rankings from USA Today/NFCA as of April 20

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., April 13
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 3, Sacramento State 1
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 5, Sacramento State 0
Portland State at No. 10 OREGON STATE - cancelled

Fri., April 15
No. 2 ARIZONA at No. 24 WASHINGTON - postponed 5/7
No. 13 UCLA 4, No. 21 ARIZONA STATE 0
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 6, No. 25 OREGON 5
No. 8 STANFORD 3, No. 10 OREGON STATE 0

Sat., April 16
No. 13 UCLA 9, No. 2 ARIZONA 1 (6)
No. 24 WASHINGTON 8, No. 21 ASU 0 (5)
No. 10 OREGON STATE 6, No. 3 CALIFORNIA 5
No. 8 STANFORD 17, No. 25 OREGON 7

Sun., April 17
No. 13 UCLA 5, No. 2 ARIZONA 4
No. 24 WASHINGTON 12, No. 21 ARIZONA ST. 4 (6)
No. 8 STANFORD 9, No. 25 OREGON 5

Mon., April 18
No. 3 CALIFORNIA 2, No. 10 OREGON STATE 1

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 1013-197 over his 19 years at UA...Due to rain in Washington, the Husky-Wildcat game is postponed till May 7. The Wildcats dropped two games against the UCLA Bruins on April 16 (9-1) and on April 17 (5-4)...Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell won her 100th career game with the victory over No. 3 California on April 2. Hollowell is 21-5 on the year as UA moves to fourth in the Pac-10 race with an overall mark of 31-6 and 5-4 in Pac-10 play. FR Caitlin Lowe led the Wildcats, offensively, going 3-6 last weekend. She also scored two of UA's four runs in the loss to UCLA on April 17. Arizona will host Arizona State on Friday and Saturday.

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. 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. The Sun Devils dropped three games on April 15 (4-0 vs. UCLA), April 16 (8-0 vs. Washington) and on April 17 (12-4 vs. Washington). Junior pitcher Desiree Serrano is having her best season with a team-leading 10-5 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 Tucson for rival weekend against No. 4 Arizona on Friday and Saturday.

CALIFORNIA
The Bears improve to 39-6 on the season and 6-3 in Pac-10 action. In non-conference play, the Bears downed Sacramento State, 3-1 and 5-0 in a doubleheader on April 13...SR Jessica Pamanian led the Bears on the offense end, going 4-10 with four RBI, one run and one home run. On the year, she has....JR Kristina Thorson went 2-0 for Cal last week, striking out 17 in three appearances in 13 innings of work. In a 5-0 victory at Sacramento State on April 13, Thorson tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts and allowed five hits. She also earned the victory at Oregon on April 15, striking out one in two innings of work. Thorson is 17-4 for Cal this season with a 1.21 ERA and leads the Bears in strikeouts with 159. The Bears will travel to Palo Alto to take on Bay Area rival Stanford on Saturday and Sunday.

OREGON
Third year head coach Kathy Arendson won her 100th game at the helm of the Ducks with the 3-1 victory over UCLA on April 2. Oregon is 27-16 overall and posts a 3-7 Pac-10 record this season...The Ducks dropped three games on April 15 (6-5 vs. California), on April 16 (17-7 vs. Stanford) and on April 17 (9-5 vs. Stanford)...Over last weekend, the Ducks were led by FR Lovena Chaput and JR Beth Boskovich. Chaput hit .400 with three runs, three RBI, two doubles and one home run. Boskovich went 4-11 with three runs, five RBI and two home runs...The Ducks swept Portland State in a non-conference doubleheader April 20, 4-1 and 6-2. Oregon will host No. 10/9 Oregon State for the second round of the Civil War on Saturday and Sunday.

OREGON STATE
The Beavers' 22-game winning-streak was snapped on April 15 with a 3-0 loss to Stanford. OSU's perfect 6-0 record at the OSU Softball Complex was also snapped with the loss. Oregon State rebounded to defeat Cal, 6-5 on April 16 but lost on April 18 to the Bears in a 2-1 decision...SO Brianne McGowan was named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of April 4-10...The Beavers are off to their best start ever in Pac-10 action (8-2) and have recorded their highest conference win total in school history...Oregon State has recorded 30 or more victories in six straight seasons...The Beavers swept St. Mary's on April 20, 7-1 and 8-0. OSU will travel to Eugene to take on the Ducks in the second round of the Civil War match up on Saturday and Sunday.

STANFORD
The No. 8-ranked Cardinal went 3-0 last week again for the second consecutive week, improving their record to 32-8 overall and 6-2 in Pac-10 play and moving into second place in the conference race. Stanford snapped No. 10/9 Oregon State's 22-game win-streak on April 15 with a 3-0 victory. The Cardinal went on to defeat the Oregon Ducks on April 16 (17-7) and on April 17 (9-5)...FR Becky McCullough improved to 13-1 on the year as she picked up all three wins...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 went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in the OSU victory. She hit her 15th home run of the season against the Ducks on April 17, which tied a single-season school record (former All-American Jessica Mendoza). For the weekend, Smith hit .555 (5-for-9) with three runs scored and 10 RBI...The Cardinal spilt with Sacramento State on April 20, dropping the first game 3-2 in 11 innings but rebounding to win 16-1 in the second game. Stanfrod will host Bay Area rival, California this weekend.

UCLA
The Bruins picked up three wins last weekend defeating Arizona State, 4-0 on April 17 and then sweeping Arizona 9-1 and 5-4 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively...Freshman pitcher Anjelica Selden posted double-figure strikeout performances in each of her first 13 collegiate starts. She now holds a 15-6 record on the year. For the week, she had a 1.31 ERA, went 3-0 in 16 innings of work, while only allowing four runs, three earned. Selden struck out 10 batters in the first game against Arizona for her 15th double-figure strikeout performance this season...SO Emily Zaplatosch went 4-for-10 last week with three runs scored, three home runs, nine RBI, a 1.300 slugging percentage and a walk. Her three home runs were in consecutive at-bats, making her the first Bruin to accomplish that feat since two-time Olympic Gold Medalist catcher and NCAA career home run record holder Stacey Nuveman did so in April of 2002...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 Pac-10 rival Washington on Friday and Saturday.

WASHINGTON
With one game rained out, the Huskies came way with two victories over Arizona State on April 16 (8-0) and on April 17 (12-4). UW improved to 3-5 in Pac-10 play and 21-14 overall...SR Kristen Rivera has hit 11 home runs and has drawn 43 walks (1st in the nation) this season to bring her career totals to 69 home runs and 157 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 picked up both of Washington's wins last weekend with a 0.88 ERA. She scattered eight hits over eight innings and allowed just one run. She also included 12 strikeouts...SO Dominique Lastrapes led the Huskies on the offensive end, hitting .833 (5-for-6) with six runs scored, a home run and two RBI. Lastrapes had a 1.333 slugging percentage and .857 on-base percentage. She was also perfect on defense with a 1.000 fielding percentage...Washington will travel to Los Angeles to take on the UCLA Bruins on Friday and Saturday. Due to many cancelled games this season, Washington is playing a doubleheader on Sunday at Nevada starting at 1 p.m.

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