This Week In Pac-10 Softball

May 31, 2005

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THREE TEAMS ADVANCE TO NCAA WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Pac-10 sends Arizona, California and UCLA to 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 advanced to the Super Regionals, while three teams have advanced to the WCWS, June 2-8 in Oklahoma City--No. 3 ARIZONA, No. 2 CALIFORNIA and No. 7 UCLA--the most of any other conference. No. 1 Michigan, No. 4 Texas, No. 11 Tennesee, No. 12 Alabama and DePaul round out the eight-team WCWS. 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 played a best-of-three-game series. With only two upsets in the first round of regional play, 14 of the 16 seeded teams remained in contention to compete at the WCWS. The remaining eight teams 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. In a best-of-three game series, Arizona defeated Oklahoma in two games, while California and UCLA both went all three games against Baylor and Georgia, respectively. The Bears won their first game, lost their second but rebounded to get that final win to advance to the WCWS. The Bruins made it tough on themselves but showed what they were made of as UCLA lost the first game but came back and won back-to-back games facing the threat of elimination.

NCAA WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE

Thursday, June 2
No. 3 ARIZONA vs. No. 11 Tennesee, Noon
No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 2 CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
No. 1 Michigan vs. DePaul, 6:30 p.m.
No. 12 Alabama vs. No. 4 Texas, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 3
Winner of Game 1 and Winner of Game 2, 7 p.m.
Winner of Game 3 and Winner of Game 4, 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 4
Loser of Game 1 and Loser of Game 2, 11 a.m.
Loser of Game 3 and Loser of Game 4, 1 p.m.
Winner of Game 7 and Loser of Game 5, 6 p.m.
Winner of Game 8 and Loser of Game 6, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 5
Winner of Game 5 and Winner of Game 9, Noon
Winner of Game 6 and Winner of Game 10, 2 p.m.
If Winner of Game 11 has lost one game, both teams will play again, 6 p.m.
If Winner of Game 12 has lost one game, both teams will play again, 8 p.m.

Monday, June 6
Championship Series Game 1, Best Two-of-Three

Winner of Game 11 or 13 vs. Winner of Game 12 or 14, 6:30 p.m.

Tueseday, June 7 Championship Series Game 2, Best Two-of-Three
Winner of Game 11 or 13 vs. Winner of Game 12 or 14, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8 Championship Series Game 3 (if necessary), Best Two-of-Three
Winner of Game 11 or 13 vs. Winner of Game 12 or 14, 6:30 p.m.

all times CT

LAST WEEK'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Friday, May 27
ARIZONA 6, Oklahoma 0
CALIFORNIA 8, Baylor 0
Tennessee 2, STANFORD 0
Georgia 4, UCLA 1
Michigan 4, WASHINGTON 1

Saturday, May 28
ARIZONA 7, Oklahoma 6
Baylor 4, CALIFORNIA 1
CALIFORNIA 7, Baylor 1
Tennessee 6, STANFORD 0
UCLA 5, Georgia 4
UCLA 3, Georgia 2
WASHINGTON 3, Michigan 2
Michigan 11, WASHINGTON 2

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA
Pinch hitter SR Jennifer Martinez blasted a three-run home run to key a four-run sixth innning to lift the Wildcats to a 7-6 victory over Oklahoma. UA defeated the Sooners, 6-0 in the first game for a series sweep...In a relief role, JR Leslie Wolfe earned the 7-6 win by throwing a scoreless one inning... Head coach Mike Candrea won his 100th NCAA playoff game with the victory over the Sooners on May 28. He posts a 1026-201 overall record at the helm of UA...The Wildcats earned their 17th trip to the Women's College World Series in 18 years. Last year marked the first time in 16 seasons that the Wildcats failed to reach the WCWS. Arizona has a record of 102-28 (.785) in all NCAA Tournament games and a 45-20 (.692) record in the WCWS...Entering the WCWS, SO Caitlin Lowe has a 14-game hitting streak. The streak is the longest any UA player has had in the last two seasons, and best since Autumn Champion's 25-game hitting streak in 2003. Lowe needs one more triple to put her in a tie for eighth and is three hits away from a magic mark of 100 hits in a season, which places her ninth in UA's record books. Lowe finally breaks into the top spot leading the nation with a .527 batting average, while Bucknell's Lauren Wible stands in second with .524...Arizona will face No. 11 Tennessee on Thursday starting at Noon CT. The Lady Vols defeated Stanford, 6-0 and 2-0 during the Super Regionals May 27-28. This will be the first meeting between the two teams during postseason play. If Arizona wins, it will play the winner of the California/UCLA game on June 3 at 7 p.m. CT. If the Wildcats lose, they will play the loser of the California/UCLA game on June 4 at 11 a.m. CT.

CALIFORNIA
The Bears defeated Baylor, 8-0 in the Super Regional opener on May 27 but faced elimination the following day after Baylor won 4-1 in the second game. JR Kristina Thorson tossed a one-hitter and Cal scored all its runs in the first two innings of the game as the Bears defeated Baylor, 7-1 during the third game on May 28. Cal clinched its seventh consecutive Women's College World Series berth and 10th overall appearance...In the win, Thorson threw four and one-third perfect innings before giving up a solo homer--the only hit she allowed. She struck out 12, including the Baylor side in the third, and faced just one batter over the minimum...Following an 18-game hiatus due to a broken left hand, JR Lindsay James returned to the line-up two weeks ago. James' current season average of .450 is 16 points shy of the program's single-season mark of .466 set by Gillian Boxx in 1995...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...The Bears will face Pac-10 rival UCLA in the opening game on Thursday at 2 p.m. CT. UCLA defeated Georgia in two-of-three games, 5-4 and 3-2 during the Super Regionals, May 27-28. Cal and the Bruins have met three times this season with the Bears winning the series, 2-1. However, the Bruins have defeated Cal in each of the last two WCWS title games. The winner of this game will take on the winner between Arizona and Tennessee on June 3 at 7 p.m. CT. The loser will face the loser of the Arizona/Tennessee match up on June 4 at 11 a.m. CT.

UCLA
FR Anjelica Selden and the rest of the Bruin squad weren't ready to pack up their bags after dropping the first game to Georgia, 4-1 on May 27. UCLA rebounded to defeat the Bulldogs 5-4 and 3-2 in back-to-back games on May 28 to advance to the Women's College World Series...On May 28, Georgia posted a four-run second inning to take the lead over UCLA, but JR Andrea Duran blasted a home run to lead off the third, which started a three-run rally to bring the Bruins within one run at 4-3. FR Danesha Adams scored the tying run on a throwing error in the sixth inning. FR Danielle Peterson came in to pinch hit and connected on her second career hit and first career double to score SO Ashley Herrera for the game-winning run...Selden has 426 strikeouts, with just 42 walks after 44 appearances this season. She is the only pitcher in UCLA history to record a 400-K season and ranks 22nd on the NCAA's all-time list...After winning five elimination games during the last two weekends to advance to the WCWS, the two-time defending NCAA Champions, the Bruins continue their quest to become the second team in NCAA softball history to win three consecutive titles. UCLA also accomplished the feat in the 1988, `89 and `90 seasons...This trip marks the 21st apperance made by the Bruins in 23 years...UCLA will take on Pac-10 foe No. 2 California in their first game on Thursday starting at 2 p.m. CT. California defeated Bayor in two-of-three games, 8-0 and 7-1 during the Super Regionals, May 27-28. The Bruins hold a 67-17 series record over the Bears. In three meetings this season, California took the series 2-1, most recently, Cal won 3-2 on April 29 in Los Angeles. UCLA is 3-1 against Cal at the WCWS, defeating the Bears the last two years for the NCAA title...The winner of this game will take on the winner between Arizona and Tennessee on June 3 at 7 p.m. CT. The loser will face the loser of the Arizona/Tennessee match up on June 4 at 11 a.m. CT.

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