This Week In Pac-10 Softball

May 17, 2005

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ALL EIGHT PAC-10 TEAMS REACH NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
This marks the seventh consecutive year seven or more compete in postseason play

All eight Pac-10 teams to play in the postseason for the fourth time, the last being in 2003. Six teams received No. 1 seeds--ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, WASHINGTON-- while OREGON and ARIZONA STATE were at-large bids. This year's tournament has a new format with 16 regional sites of four teams instead of eight sites of eight teams. The winners of each regional site will advance to eight Super Regionals where the winners will play a best of a three-game series. The remaining eight teams will advance to the WCWS, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The Championship final also is different this year, with the two teams playing a best-of-three series. The final weekend of Conference play finished in dramatic fashion with four teams tied for first--Arizona, California, Oregon State and Stanford. With the conference tie-breaker, Oregon State earned the NCAA Automatic bid. This is the first Conference title for both Oregon State and Stanford, while it is the second for California and the ninth for the Wildcats. Washington junior Aimee Minor has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, and UCLA'a Anjelica Selden has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 10-14.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Region No. 2 - May 19-21 at Fresno, Calif.
Bringham Young (44-12) vs. No. 2 CALIFORNIA (46-11), 8:30 p.m.

Region No. 3 - May 20-22 at Tuscon, Ariz.
*No. 3 ARIZONA (39-10) vs. Lehigh (41-8), 6:30 p.m.

Region No. 6 - May 20-22 at Columbia, Mo.
Robert Morris (29-20-1) vs. No. 6 STANFORD (40-14), 6 p.m.

Region No. 7 - May 20-22 at Los Angeles, Calif.
*No. 7 UCLA (30-16) vs. Loyola Marymount (34-18), 2:30 p.m.

Region No. 8 - May 20-22 at Madison, Wis.
Wisconsin-Green Bay (26-16) vs. No. 8 OREGON STATE (40-14), 7:30 p.m.

Region No. 12 - May 20-22 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
ARIZONA STATE (29-24) vs. Hofstra (40-8-1), 4 p.m.

Region No. 14 - May 20-22 at Norman, Okla.
OREGON (34-23) vs. Louisana-Lafayette (50-8), 5 p.m.

Region No. 16 - May 20-22 at Lincoln, Neb.
Creighton (44-11) vs. No. 16 WASHINGTON (31-20), 7 p.m.

All times local to site

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thurs., May 5
No. 2 CALIFORNIA, No. 3 ARIZONA
No. 4 STANFORD, ARIZONA STATE
No. OREGON, No. 12 UCLA
No. 21 WASHINGTON 9, No. 6 OREGON ST. 0 (6)

Fri., May 6
No. 3 ARIZONA 1, No. 4 STANFORD 0
No. 2 CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA STATE
No. OREGON 3, No. 21 WASHINGTON 0
No. 12 UCLA 9, No. 6 OREGON STATE 0 (6)

Sat., May 7
No. 3 ARIZONA, No. 4 STANFORD
ARIZONA STATE 2, No. 2 CALIFORNIA 1
No. 21 WASHINGTON 7, OREGON 1
No. 12 UCLA 5, No. 6 OREGON STATE 1

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA
Junior pitcher Alicia Hollowell won her 100th career game with the victory over then-No. 3 California on April 2. Hollowell tossed a three-hit shutout at Stanford on May 13, prior to saving the win over the Cardinal on May 14, as well. During a weekend in which she struck out 12 batters, the only walk Hollowell surrendered came intentionally. Hollowell's ERA for the weekend was 0.00. She has 381 strikeouts this season and carries a career total of 1,283. Her record improved to 27-7 and her ERA of 1.06 leads Arizona's pitching staff...SO Caitlin Lowe went 6-for-10 (.600), scoring three of Arizona's four runs last weekend in the Bay Area...The Wildcats will host an NCAA Regional for the eighth time in nine years at Hillenbrand Stadium. Arizona will first meet Lehigh in a game starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening. This will be the first meeting between the two teams in postseason play. Other teams in the regional include Princeton and Oklahoma State.

ARIZONA STATE
With 562 wins, head coach Linda Wells has the most victories all-time in ASU's 39-year history, surpassing coaching legend Mary Littlewood's 536...Junior pitcher Desiree Serrano is having her best season with a team-leading 12-8 record. She has posted three shutouts with a 2.51 ERA and 119 strikeouts. Serrano currently ranks third all-time on ASU's charts in career strikeouts with 553 and is ninth all-time with 46 victories...The Sun Devils earned an at-large bid into the NCAA 64-team tournament and will be traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala. ASU's first game will be against Hofstra (40-8-1). This will be the first meeting of the two teams. The rest of the Alabama Regional include Alabama and Mississippi Valley State. This will be Arizona State's 17th NCAA appearnace and eight in the past nine years.

CALIFORNIA
SO Alex Sutton was a big part in Cal's win over No. 3 Arizona on May 12 when she singled home pinch runner Jessica Vernaglia in the bottom of the seventh for the 1-0 victory. Over last week, she accounted for four of Cal's eight RBI, tallied three runs and went 4-for-7 at the plate...The Bears, one of four Pac-10 Co-Champions, claimed the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Regional Tournament and No. 2 overall. Cal will play Brigham Young on Thursday starting at 8:30 p.m. in Fresno, Calif. The Bears have never met BYU in postseason play but are 6-0 all-time against the Cougars. The other two teams competing in the Fresno Regional include Fresno State and Long Beach State.

OREGON
With the 3-0 victory over UCLA on May 13, the Ducks won the series for the first time in school history after defeating the Bruins twice in Eugene earlier in the season...JR Amy Harris led the Ducks to a complete game shutout over No. 12 UCLA, allowing just five hits and striking out seven batters. Harris allowed just one hit in the final four innings of the game. On May 13, Harris threw another complete game shutout to lead the Ducks to a 3-0 win over No. 21 Washington. She finished the weekend 2-1 with a 0.91 ERA and 17 strikeouts...The Ducks concluded the regular season 7-14 in Pac-10 play and 34-23 overall...Oregon will travel to Norman, Okla. for the NCAA Regional tournament hosted by Oklahoma. The Ducks will face Louisana-Lafayette on Friday starting at 5 p.m. (3 p.m. PT). Oregon's first round game will be a rematch of the 2003 NCAA Regional Tournament championship game, in which the Rajin' Cajuns defeated Oregon, 6-4 to advance to the WCWS. This will be the third consecutive trip to postseason play under head coach Kathy Arendson.

OREGON STATE
The Beavers earned a share of their first ever Pac-10 title on May 14. In a conference tie-breaker, OSU received the NCAA automatic qualifier nod and was seeded No. 8 overall in postseason play. The Bearvers will make their seventh consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearance. OSU will face Wisconsin-Green Bay on Friday in a 5:30 contest in Madison, Wis. This will be first time the two teams have met as the Phoenix are making their inaugural NCAA postseason appearance. The other teams in the Wisconsin Regional include host Wisconsin and DePaul University. The Beavers post a 17-12 overall record in their six previous trips to the Regional Tournament and have reached the championship game on four occasions (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004) before being eliminated.

STANFORD
The Cardinal completed the regular season 40-14 and a share of their first ever Pac-10 title. Stanford earned the No. 1 seed in the Missouri Regional and a No. 6 seed overall. The Cardinal will open postseason play on Friday against Robert Morris (29-20-1) in Columbia, Mo. at 6 p.m. Missouri and Southern Illinois round out the four teams at the Missouri Regional...This will be the first meeting between the two teams and the first postseason appearance for Robert Morris. The Cardinal post a 16-16 record in seven NCAA appearances.

UCLA
FR Anjelica Selden concluded the regular season last week with a 2-0 record, 0.41 ERA, 18 strikeouts and a walk in three appearances on the mound. In a relief role against Oregon on May 12, Selden retired all 15 batters she faced while pitching five perfect innings, striking out six. On May 13 against Oregon State, she pitched a three-hit shutout in UCLA's 9-0 win over Oregon State. Selden struck out four and did not issue a walk. She followed that with a complete game eight-strikeout performance in the 5-1 win over the Beavers, allowing three hits on May 14...The Bruins will make their 22nd appearance in postseason action and are in search for their 11th NCAA title...UCLA will host the NCAA Regional 7 in Los Angeles starting this Friday. The Bruins, the two-time defending NCAA Champions, will battle Loyola Marymount on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The other two teams to round out the regional include Cal State Fullerton and UNLV.

WASHINGTON
JR Aimee Minor led the Huskies with a .714 aveage (5-for-7) with two runs, a triple, a home run a six RBI last week. She boasted a 1.429 slugging percentage and an .800 on-base percentage after drawing four walks. Minor went 2-for-3 in the 9-0 upset victory over Oregon State on May 12. She drove in four runs, hit a triple, stole a base and scored one run. She went 1-for-1 against Oregon on May 13, hitting a single and walking twice. And on May 14, Minor went 2-for-3 with her 15th home run of the season, 2 RBI, a walk and a stolen base...The Huskies earned a No. 1 seed in the Nebraska Regional and 16th seed overall. UW will open postseason play against Creighton on Friday starting at 7 p.m. The two teams have played twice before, the last being in 2003 where the Huskies won 5-1...Host Nebraska and Iowa round out the four-team Regional. Washington earned its 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and post a 45-20 overall in postseason play.

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