This Week In Pac-10 Softball

May 3, 2005

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CONFERENCE RACE GETS TIGHTER AS PLAY HEATS UP THIS WEEKEND
Beavers remain on top by a slim margin as they travel to the Bay Area

The Pac-10 posts a 197-44 (.818) record over non-conference opponents this season. As of April 27, six Pac-10 teams rank among the Top-25 of the NFCA/USA Today poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. After the first half of the season, OREGON STATE leads the conference with an 11-4 conference record and 37-10 overall record. Only one game behind, No. 4 STANFORD stands in second at 10-5, 37-11. No. 8 Oregon State will face the Cardinal on Saturday and Sunday but not before taking on No. 3 CALIFORNIA on Friday. OREGON will play three non-conference games before joining the Beavers in the Bay Area. The Ducks will host Portland State on Tuesday and then head south to take on UC Davis in doubleheader action on Thursday. No. 2/2 ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE will host UCLA and WASHINGTON this weekend. The games in the desert mark the last Conference games this season that the Wildcats and the Sun Devils will play on their home fields. The April 15 game against the Huskies was postponed due to rain and is scheduled to resume in the top of the fifth in Tucson starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Oregon State junior catcher Lisa Allen has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, and Oregon's Amy Harris has been named Pitcher of the Week for April 26-May 2.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., May 3
Portland State at OREGON, 4 p.m.

Thurs., May 5
OREGON at UC Davis, 1:30 p.m. (DH)
No. 22 WASHINGTON at Utah Valley State, 2 p.m. (DH)

Fri., May 6
No. 13 UCLA at No. 2 ARIZONA, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 22 WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
OREGON at No. 4 STANFORD, 7 p.m.
No. 8 OREGON STATE at No. 3 CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.

Sat., May 7
No. 22 WASHINGTON at No. 2 ARIZONA, 3:30 p.m.
No. 22 WASHINGTON at No. 2 ARIZONA, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 13 UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
OREGON at No. 3 CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
No. 8 OREGON STATE at No. 4 STANFORD, 1 p.m.

Sun., May 8
No. 22 WASHINGTON at No. 2 ARIZONA, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 13 UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.
OREGON at No. 3 CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
No. 8 OREGON STATE at No. 4 STANFORD, 1 p.m.

all times are local to site
*Rankings from USA Today/NFCA as of April 27

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., April 26
No. 7 STANFORD 7, St. Mary's 0

Wed., April 27
No. 23 WASHINGTON 3, No. 10 UCLA 2
No. 8 OREGON STATE 2, Portland State 0
No. 8 OREGON STATE 7, Portland State 0

Fri., April 29
No. 25 OREGON 3, No. 4 ARIZONA 0
No. 24 ARIZONA ST. 1, No. 11 OREGON ST. 0
No. 2 CALIFORNIA 3, No. 10 UCLA 2
No. 23 WASHINGTON 6, No. 7 STANFORD 4

Sat., April 30
No. 4 ARIZONA 9, No. 11 OREGON ST. 0 (5)
No. 24 ARIZONA ST. 2, No. 25 OREGON 1 (17)
No. 7 STANFORD 7, No. 10 UCLA 5
No. 2 CALIFORNIA 1, No. 23 WASHINGTON 0

Sun., May 1
No. 11 OREGON STATE 4, No. 4 ARIZONA 0
No. 25 OREGON 3, No. 24 ARIZONA STATE 0
No. 10 UCLA 8, No. 7 STANFORD 0 (5)
No. 7 STANFORD 5, No. 10 UCLA 3
No. 23 WASHINGTON 1, No. 2 CALIFORNIA 0

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA
Head coach Mike Candrea won his 1,000th game at the helm of the Wildcats on March 13 with a win over Miami-Ohio. He currently holds a record of 1015-197 over his 19 years at UA...The Wildcats went 1-2 last weekend capping a win against No. 8 Oregon State on April 30 with a 9-0 victory. The Wildcats dropped the first game on April 29 against Oregon, 3-0 in Eugene and lost the final game in Corvallis, 4-0 on May 1 against Oregon State...Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell won her 100th career game with the victory over No. 3 California on April 2...SO Kristie Fox led the Wildcats offensively over the weekend, hitting .375 in three games, including a home run and a double for three RBI and two runs scored...Arizona will host UCLA on Friday and Washington on Saturday and Sunday. The April 15 game against the Huskies was postponed due to rain and is scheduled to resume in the top of the fifth in Tucson starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

ARIZONA STATE
With 561 wins, head coach Linda Wells has the most victories all-time in ASU's 39-year history, surpassing coaching legend Mary Littlewood's 536...The Sun Devils snapped their nine-game losing streak with an upset win over No. 8 Oregon State with a 1-0 victory on April 29 in Corvallis. ASU defeated the Ducks on April 30, 2-1 in 17 innings but fell to Oregon on May 1, 3-0...In three appearances, junior pitcher Desiree Serrano did not allow a run to record a 0.00 ERA with a combined shutout in 14 innings. She allowed only six hits with eight strikeouts and held opponents to a .133 batting average. Serrano is having her best season with a team-leading 12-6 record. She has posted three shutouts with a 1.76 ERA and 111 strikeouts. Serrano currently ranks third all-time on ASU's charts in career strikeouts with 545 and is ninth all-time with 46 victories...The Sun Devils will host Washington on Friday and UCLA on Saturday and Sunday. This home stretch concludes Arizona State's final home Conference games this season.

CALIFORNIA
The Bears improve to 42-9 on the season and 9-6 in Pac-10 action. California went 2-1 last weekend defeating No. 13 UCLA, 3-2 on April 29, No. 22 Washington, 1-0 on April 30 but dropped the second game against Washington on May 1, 1-0...SR Vicky Galindo led the Bears on the offensive end, going 5-for-11 (.455) last weekend. On the weekend, she tallied a double, triple, an RBI and scored two game-winning runs. Galindo leads Cal in hitting (.379), runs (40), doubles (11), triples (3) and stolen bases (17)...JR Kristina Thorson went 1-0 with a save last week, striking out 17 in 10 innings of work. She allowed just two hits and no runs. In the 1-0 victory at Washington on April 30, Thorson struck out a season-high 13 and held the Huskies hitless for four and one-third innings. Thorson leads Cal with a .103 ERA and 186 strikeouts. She hasn't allowed a run in her last 23.2 innings of work...The Bears will host Oregon State on Friday and Oregon 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 27-18 overall and posts a 3-9 Pac-10 record this season...The Ducks won two games last weekend, including an upset win over No. 2 Arizona, 3-0 on April 29. The Ducks split with Arizona State, dropping the first on April 30, 2-1 in 17 innings but rebounded to win the second game, 3-0 on May 1...JR Amy Harris threw 28 innings, including 14 in a 17 inning game vs. Arizona State on April 30 and allowed no earned runs to post a 0.00 ERA. She amassed 28 strikeouts on the weekend and led the Ducks with a 2-0 record in wins over Arizona and Arizona Sate. Harris finished the weekend with a 2-0 record and led Oregon to a 3-0 shutout over the Sun Devils on May 1. She had nine striekouts in the game and allowed just three hits and one walk. She had only three walks in 28 innings of work...Oregon will host Portland State on Tuesday before traveling to the Bay Area to take on UC Davis in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday. The Ducks will head to Stanford for a 7 p.m. game on Friday and at California on Saturday and Sunday.

OREGON STATE
After the first half of the season, the Beavers lead the Conference with an 11-4 record and 37-10 overall. Oregon State went 1-2 last week dropping back-to-back games against Arizona State on April 29, 1-0 and No. 2 Arizona on April 30, 9-0. The Beavers bounced back to defeat the Wildcats on May 1 with a 4-0 shutout victory...SO Brianne McGowan held a 0.33 ERA on the week and amassed two shutouts in three complete games in 21 innings of work. McGowan tallied 27 strikeouts while allowing only three walks. She posted a career-high 12 strikeouts in a complete game shutout against Arizona on May 1, allowing the Beavers to secure their first victory against the Wildcats in Corvallis since the 1989 season...The victory also marked the first time in program history that Oregon State won the season series against Arizona and guaranteed OSU its first ever finish over .500 in Pac-10 play...JR Lisa Allen finished the week with a team-leading .462 batting average (6-for-13), two home runs, five RBI, three runs scored, a double, and a 1.000 slugging percentage. In the win over the Wildcats, she belted a 6th inning two-out full-count bases loaded pitch over the centerfield fence for her first grand slam and 10th home run of the year, providing all of the scoring for Oregon State...OSU will travel to the Bay Area to take on No. 2 California on Friday and No. 4 Stanford on Saturday and Sunday.

STANFORD
The No. 4-ranked Cardinal went 3-2 last week, improving their record to 37-11 overall and 10-5 in Pac-10 play. In non-conference action, Stanford defeated St. Mary's 7-0 on April 26. Stanford dropped the game against Washington, 6-4 on April 26. The Cardinal played three games against UCLA, including one make-up game and walked away with two wins. On April 30, Stanford won 7-5 but lost 8-0 on May 1 against UCLA. Stanford defeated UCLA, 5-3 during the second game on May 1...FR Michelle Smith went 6-for-16 (.375) with four RBI and two runs scored last weekend. She hit her league-leading 17th and 18th home runs against the Bruins this weekend. Smith was perfect in the field with two putouts and 17 assists...FR Becky McCullough pitched 17.0 innings with nine strikeouts last week with two complete games in three appearances. She is now 9-2 in Pac-10 games and 16-3 overall...Stanford will host Oregon on Friday and Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday.

UCLA
The Bruins dropped four tough games last week but salvaged one win against Pac-10 foe Stanford on May 1 with an 8-0 victory in five innings. The losses came against No. 22 Washington on April 27 (3-2), California on April 29 (3-2), No. 4 Stanford on April 30 (7-5) and against Stanford on May 1 (5-3)...JR Caitlin Benyi hit .467, going 7-for-15 with five RBI, two runs scored, one walk and one home run in UCLA's five games last week...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 819-161-1...The Bruins will travel their last conference road trip to the deset this weekend. UCLA will take on Arizona on Friday and Arizona State on Saturday and Sunday.

WASHINGTON
UW improved to 7-7 in Pac-10 play and 27-16 overall. The Huskies upset three teams last week, including No. 13 UCLA on April 27, 3-2, No. 4 Stanford on April 29 with a 1-0 victory and on May 1 against California, 1-0. The Huskies lost to the Bears on April 30, 1-0...FR Caitlin Noble went 2-0 over the weekend, making three appearances and two starts scattering nine hits and four earned runs over 15 innings. She threw her sixth shutout of the year against Cal in a complete game two-hitter. Noble notched seven strikeouts last week to bring her season total to 299. She is one strikeout away from becoming just the sixth pitcher in UW history to strike out 200 batters in a season...SR Kristen Rivera tied two school records, including career home runs (73) and season walks (56). Her home run against Stanford was her 15th of the season and ties Jaime Clark for the school record. Rivera ranks fifth on the Pac-10 all-time home run list. The home run tied the game at 3-3 and she drew a bases loaded walk to score the go-ahead run, 4-3. Rivera's five walks last weekend brought her career total to 168, which ranks second on UW's all-time list and seventh on the Pac-10 list...The Huskies will travel to Utah to face Utah Valley State in a non-conference doubleheader before traveling to the desert. UW will take on Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Saturday and Sunday. The April 15 game against the Wildcats was postponed due to rain and is scheduled to resume in the top of the fifth in Tucson starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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