This Week In Pac-10 Softball
May 24, 2005
FIVE TEAMS ADVANCE TO NCAA SUPER REGIONAL ACTION
Pac-10 keeps five alive for a shot at the WCWS, June 2-8
All eight Pac-10 teams made a postseason appearance for the fourth time, the last being in 2003, and five have advanced to the Super Regionals this weekend--ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD, UCLA and WASHINGTON. This year's tournament has a new format with the addition of the Super Regionals. The winners of each regional site advance to eight Super Regionals where they will play a best-of-three-game series. With only two upsets in the first round of regional play, 14 of the 16 seeded teams remain in contention to compete at the WCWS, June 2-8 in Oklahoma City. 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 first weekend of postseason play put a couple teams to the test right off the bat. California lost its first game to BYU but rebounded to win four games in two days to advance. UCLA had a similiar situation as it won the first game but lost lost the second. The Bruins won the final three to take the Regional crown. Arizona, Stanford and Washington swept their regionals, not losing a single game, despite a few close calls.
NCAA SUPER REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Friday, May 27
Oklahoma at ARIZONA, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
CALIFORNIA at Baylor, 7 p.m.
Tennessee at STANFORD, 6 p.m.
Georgia at UCLA, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
WASHINGTON at Michigan, 7 p.m. (CSTV)
Saturday, May 28
Oklahoma at ARIZONA, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Oklahoma at ARIZONA, 6 p.m. (if necessary, ESPN2)
CALIFORNIA at Baylor, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Baylor, 3:30 p.m. (if necessary)
Tennessee at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at STANFORD, 3:30 p.m. (if necessary)
Georgia at UCLA, 6 p.m. (ESPN2 and/or ESPNU)
Georgia at UCLA, 8:30 p.m. (if necessary, ESPNU)
WASHINGTON at Michigan, 2 p.m. (CSTV)
WASHINGTON at Michigan, 5 p.m. (if necessary, CSTV)
All times local to site
LAST WEEK'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Region No. 2
BYU 1, CALIFORNIA 3
CALIFORNIA 4, Long Beach State 3
CALIFORNIA 9, BYU 0 (5 innings)
CALIFORNIA 3, Fresno State 1
CALIFORNIA 1, Fresno State 0
Region No. 3
ARIZONA 12, Lehigh 0 (5 innings)
ARIZONA 3, Oklahoma State 0
ARIZONA 2, Oklahoma State 1 (8 innings)
Region No. 6
STANFORD 9, Robert Morris 0 (6 innings)
STANFORD 9, Southern Illinois 1
STANFORD 3, Missouri 2
Region No. 7
UCLA 6, Loyola Marymount 1
Cal State Fullerton 2, UCLA 1 (11 innings)
UCLA 4, UNLV 1
UCLA 6, Cal State Fullerton 0
UCLA 3, Cal State Fullerton 1
Region No. 8
Wisconsin-Green Bay 1, OREGON STATE 0
OREGON STATE 8, Wisconsin 2
OREGON STATE5, Wisconsin-Green Bay 0
OREGON STATE 7, DePaul 0
DePaul 8, OREGON STATE 6
Region No. 12
ARIZONA STATE 10, Hofstra 1 (5 innings)
Alabama 3, ARIZONA STATE 1
Hofstra 2, ARIZONA STATE 1
Region No. 14
Louisiana-Lafayette 7, OREGON 5
OREGON 3, Wichita State 2 (8 innings)
OREGON 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
Oklahoma 2, OREGON 1
Region No. 16
WASHINGTON 2, Creighton 1 (11 innings)
WASHINGTON 7, Nebraska 6
WASHINGTON 2, Iowa 0
On May 22 against Oklahoma State, SR Jackie Coburn drove a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence in the bottom of the eighth for the 2-1 Arizona victory. The win gave JR Alicia Hollowell her 29th victory of the season and pushed the Wildcats one step closer to a WCWS berth...On May 20, Arizona blasted Lehigh 12-0 with efforts from the entire Cats' pitching crew--Hollowell, Leslie Wolfe and Taryn Mowatt. Coburn and SO Caitlin Lowe led UA on the offensive end. Coburn drove in five runs, while Lowe went 4-4 with four runs scored and two RBI. Each contributed a home run in the victory...On May 21, Hollowell struck out 11 and pitched a two-hit shutout over Oklahoma State...The Wildcats earned a spot into the Super Regionals as they will host No. 14 Oklahoma in a best two-of-three game series starting at 4:30 on Friday at Hillenbrand Stadium. The second game is slated for Saturday at 2 p.m. with a third game scheduled at 5 p.m., if necessary. This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams in postseason play, the last being in 2004, when Oklahoma handed Arizona its first loss in regional action.
SR Kelly Anderson's seventh career no-hitter lifted the Bears into the Super Regional. After dropping the first game to BYU, 3-1 on May 19, California rebounded to defeat Long Beach State (4-3), BYU (9-0) and Fresno State twice (3-1 and 1-0). After dropping the first game, Cal won four games in two days--all against the threat of elimination--becoming the first Cal squad to accomplish such a feat...Anderson's performance on May 21 may have been her most dominant of the season as she allowed just one ball to leave the infield and did not allow a single runner past first base. Over the weekend, she allowed just one run on five hits in 20.1 innings of work...SR Vicky Galindo's first inning homer over Fresno State was the only run scored in the Regional Championship game...Following an 18-game hiatus due to a broken left hand, JR Lindsay James returned to the line-up last week, scoring four runs for the Bears and adding four hits. James' current season average of .455 is 11 points shy of the program's single-season mark of .466 set by Gillian Boxx in 1995...SO Alex Sutton has hit safely and had at least one RBI in five of Cal's last seven games. SR Kaleo Eldridge became Cal's career runs scored leader with 157 when she scored a run against BYU on May 20. She also set the Bears' career hit-by-pitch mark at 18 on May 19...California will face No. 15 Baylor on Friday starting at 7 p.m. in Waco, Texas. The second game will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a third game, if necessary will take place right after at 3:30 p.m. The winner of a best two-of-three series will advance to the WCWS, June 2-8.
The No. 4-ranked Cardinal defeated Robert Morris (9-0), Southern Illinois (9-1) and Missouri (3-2) last week en route to Super Regional competition. SR Leah Nelson led the Cardinal offensively, going 4-9 (.444) with four runs scored, seven RBI, two home runs and one double. Nelson's three-run home run in the top of the third inning against Missouri on May 22 proved to be the game-winning hit as the Cardinal held off the Tigers 3-2...FR Becky McCullough picked up all three wins for Stanford. Over the weekend, she pitched two complete games giving up five runs on 11 hits and compiled 13 strikeouts in 18 innings of work...FR Michelle Smith had a great offensive weekend as she went 6-for-9 (.666) at the plate with three runs scored, four RBI, two walks, one double and one home run...SR Katherine Hoffman added four hits, one run, one RBI and a stolen base while JR Catalina Morris went 4-for-12 with three runs scored, one double and a stolen base...Stanford will host No. 11 Tennessee on Friday in a game starting at 6 p.m. and continues with a second game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. A third game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., if necessary on Saturday. Stanford posts a 3-0 record over the Lady Vols, the last meeting being in 2000. The winner of a best two-of-three series will advance to the WCWS, June 2-8.
FR Anjelica Selden and the rest of the Bruin squad weren't ready to pack up their bags after dropping the second game to Cal State Fullerton 2-1 in 11 innings on May 21. UCLA rebounded to defeat UNLV, 4-1 on May 21 and the Cal State Fullerton twice on May 22 (6-0 and 3-1) to advance to Super Regional action. The Bruins won the first game against Loyola Marymount, 6-1 on May 20 with the help of Selden striking out 12 batters, SO Lisa Dodd going 3-for-3 with a homer, double and three RBI and JR Caitlin Benyi going 2-for-4 at the plate. In the loss, it was a pitcher's dual between Selden and Titan pitcher Candice Baker. Despite the loss, Selden struck out 10 batters in the game and added 14 more in the second game against UNLV. Selden was on fire again as she struck out 22 batters in two games on May 22 against Cal State Fullerton. She ended the day with just one run on five hits and no walks in 14 innings of work. On the offensive end, SO Jodie Legaspi went a combined 3-for-6, while Benyi was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI...SO Ashley Herrera also went 3-for-4 and scored a run in the two victories...Selden now has 404 strikeouts on the season, the first Bruin every to surpass the 400K mark in a season and marks the fourth-best season by a freshman in NCAA Division I history...The Bruins will host No. 10 Georgia on Friday starting at 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU. Saturday's game is slated for a 6 p.m. start with an 3:30 p.m. game scheduled, if necessary. The Bruins and Bulldogs have met once before with UCLA coming out on top 1-0 in eight innings during the 2002 campaign.
UW was led by pitcher Ashley Boek and offensive powers JR Aimee Minor and JR Sarah Hyatt as the Huskies defeated Creighton (2-1 in 11 innings), Nebraska (7-6) and Iowa (2-0) last weekend...In the win over the Huskers, Minor and Hyatt hit back-to-back home runs twice, in the third an sixth innings, to overcome a three-run deficit and earn the defeat over host Nebraksa. The back-to-back home runs marked the eighth of the season for Washington and the fourth for Minor and Hyatt..Boek earned the win as she gave up three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings of work with three walks and four strikeouts...In the 11 inning pitching dual against Creighton, Boek set a UW postseason record with 18 strikeouts and an 11 inning complete game. She became just the second player in UW history to amass 800 career strikeouts and now has 827 on the season. Boek was named the tournament MVP as she went 3-0 with 32 strikeouts in 23.1 innings over the weekend. She held her opponents to a .130 average with 10 hits and two earned runs. Hyatt, Minor and SO Dominique Lastrapes were also named to the All-Tournament team. Lastrapes led all players with a .667 average (8-for-12), including two doubles. The Huskies will face No. 1 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. starting on Friday at 7 p.m. The second game will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by a scheduled third game at 3:30 p.m., if necessary. UW holds a 5-4 advantage over the Wolverines heading into this weekend. The last time the two teams met was in 2003, when Washington won 5-3.