2005 Pac-10 Softball Season Wrap-Up

June 9, 2005

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ALL EIGHT TEAMS PARTICIPATE IN POSTSEASON ACTION
Arizona, California and UCLA made WCWS appearance.

After winning five elimination games during the first two weekends of postseason play, UCLA came up a little short of their third consecutive title as they lost to Michigan in the final game of the Women's College World Series. The the two-time defending NCAA Champions, had defeated the Wolverines on June 6, 5-0, but lost twice on June 7, 5-2 and 4-1 on June 8. Four UCLA players earned a spot on the 2005 Women's College World Series All-Tournament team--Krista Colburn, Jodie Legaspi, Emily Zaplatosch and Anjelica Selden.

For the first time in Conference history, four Pac-10 teams tied for first place at the conclusion of the regular season at 13-8--CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, OREGON STATE AND STANFORD--with the Beavers earning the NCAA Automatic Qualifying bid. It was the first Conference title for both the Beavers and the Cardinal, while it was the second for California and ninth for Arizona.

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--Arizona, California, Stanford, UCLA and WASHINGTON. This year's tournament had a new format with the addition of the Super Regionals. The winners of each regional site advanced 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, June 2-8 in Oklahoma City.

During the Super Regionals May 27-28 in a best two-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.

The remaining eight teams advanced to the WCWS, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament--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 rounded out the eight-team WCWS. The Championship final also had a different format this year, with UCLA and Michigan playing a best two-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 similar situation as it won the first game but 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 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

First Round of Regional Action

Region No. 2 (Fresno, Calif.)
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 (Tucson, Ariz.)
ARIZONA 12, Lehigh 0 (5 innings)
ARIZONA 3, Oklahoma State 0
ARIZONA 2, Oklahoma State 1 (8 innings)

Region No. 6 (Columbia, Mo.)
STANFORD 9, Robert Morris 0 (6 innings)
STANFORD 9, Southern Illinois 1
STANFORD 3, Missouri 2

Region No. 7 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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 (Madison, Wis.)
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 (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
ARIZONA STATE 10, Hofstra 1 (5 innings)
Alabama 3, ARIZONA STATE 1
Hofstra 2, ARIZONA STATE 1

Region No. 14 (Norman, Okla.)
Louisiana-Lafayette 7, OREGON 5
OREGON 3, Wichita State 2 (8 innings)
OREGON 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 1
Oklahoma 2, OREGON 1

Region No. 16 (Lincoln, Neb.)
WASHINGTON 2, Creighton 1 (11 innings)
WASHINGTON 7, Nebraska 6
WASHINGTON 2, Iowa 0

Super Regionals

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

Women's College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla.
June 2-8

ARIZONA
Tennesee 1, ARIZONA 0
ARIZONA 3, CALIFORNIA 2 (12)
Texas 1, ARIZONA (11)

CALIFORNIA
UCLA 2, CALIFORNIA 1
ARIZONA 3, CALIFORNIA 2 (12)

UCLA
UCLA 3,. Tennessee 1
UCLA 3, Texas 0
UCLA 5, Michigan 0
Michigan 5, UCLA 2
Michigan 4, UCLA 1

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA
UA ends its season with a record of 45-12, while making its 17th Women's College World Series in the last 18 years. The Cats were 13-8 in Pac-10 play and captured a share of the Pac-10 title for the ninth time. Arizona ended its 2005 campaign with a loss to No. 4 Texas (1-0) in 11 innings on June 5. The Arizona pitching staff surrendered just one earned run in 64 innings of postseason play. The 45-win season marked the first time UA has not had a 50-win season since 1993...Four Arizona players--Jackie Coburn, Allyson Von Liechtenstein, Courtney Fossatti and Crystal Farley--will leave the desert as the first four-year players not to win a national championship since 1987...SO sensation Caitlin Lowe, Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, finished the season with an impressive .510 batting average to lead the nation. She had 100 hits in 196 at bats with 57 runs scored. With her 100 hits, Lowe is seventh on UA's single-season chart. Lowe was 27-of-30 on the base path and concluded with a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage in center field...SO Kristie Fox led the nation with 64 RBI on 64 hits, nine of which were homers and 13 doubles...Alicia Hollowell ended the season with an 0.88 ERA, 31 wins and 446 strikeouts in 279.0 innings of work. Only a junior, Hollowell owns two UA career records with 1348 career strikeouts and 508 strikeouts during the 2004 season. She has the top three UA spots on the season strikeout list with 508 (2004), 446 (2005) and 366 (2002). With 869.2 career innings pitched, she is only one game away from tying Jennie Finch's record of 876.2. Hollowell has three of the top four spots for innings pitched during a season with 297.0 (2003), 293.2 (2004) and 279.0 (2005)...Arizona placed three players on the NFCA All-America teams--Lowe (first), Fox (first), and Hollowell (second).

ARIZONA STATE
The Sun Devils finished their season with a 30-26 overall record and an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament. After defeating Hofstra in the first game, Arizona State fell to No. 12 Alabama, 8-1 and then to Hofstra in an elimination game, 2-1 to end ASU's season...Only the second coach in the 39-history of the program, Head Coach Linda Wells, who announced her retirement from coaching at the end of last season, finished her career in Tempe with a record of 563-415 at the helm of the ASU program and stands at 914-679-1 in her 31-year career. In her time with the Sun Devils, Wells guided ASU to 12 NCAA appearances with two trips to the Women's College World Series...SR Valerie Sevilla finished among two record categories as her seven home runs and 14 doubles rank as the 12th and sixth-most, respectively, in a single season...SO Sharee Zaleski ranks fourth on the single-season list with 12, while Mindy Cowles sits in fifth with 10 homers during her freshman campaign...FR Katie Burkhart recorded 220 strikeouts on the mound to push her into the sixth spot on the single-season list for pitchers. In 38 appearances and 184.1 innings of work, Burkhart led the Sun Devils with a 1.52 ERA (6th in Pac-10) and six double-digit strikeouts performances...JR pitcher Desiree Serrano led the pitching staff with a team-high 12-9 record. In 128.2 innings of work, she posted two shutouts with a 2.45 ERA and 129 strikeouts. Serrano is ranked third all-time in career strikeouts with 563 and is tied for eighth all-time with 46 victories.

CALIFORNIA
The Bears concluded their season in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the Women's College World Series after two losses to Pac-10 foes UCLA (2-1) on June 2 and to Arizona (3-2) in 12 innings on June 4. The loss marks just the second time in 10 appearances that the Bears have been eliminated after two games in the WCWS. California finished 52-15 on the year and 13-8 in Pac-10 play with a share of the Conference title. The Bears advanced to the WCWS after defeating Long Beach State, BYU and Fresno State in the first round of regional action in Fresno, Calif. on May 19-21. Cal went on the defeat No. 15 Baylor in a best two-of-three game series in Waco, Texas in the Super Regionals on May 27-28...Following an 18-game hiatus due to a broken left hand, JR Lindsay James returned to the lineup at the start of postseason play. James' finished the year on a seven-game hit streak and batted safely in eight of the Bears' 10 postseason games. She finished the season with an average of .439 to lead the Bears at the plate. 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...Three Cal players earned NFCA All-America accolades--Vicky Galindo (first), Kristina Thorson (second) and Eldredge (third).

OREGON
The Ducks finished their season 36-25 overall and 7-14 in Conference play. 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...FR T.J. Eadus led Oregon in batting average this season at .337, while FR Lovena Chaput batted .310 and led the Ducks with 57 hits, 10 doubles and three triples...Amy Harris carried the Ducks on the mound this season with a 1.30 ERA, which is the lowest in nine years by a Duck pitcher. She ended her junior campaign at 18-16 but set an Oregon single-season strikeout record with 203 strikeouts and ranks first on the career charts with 478...Alicia Cook was 11-6 on the year with a 1.80 ERA. She concluded her freshman campaign with 98 strikeouts, only giving up 22 walks in 116.2 innings or work. Cook lifted the Ducks over Louisiana-Lafayette on May 20, allowing the Rajin' Cajuns only one hit, to send Oregon to the regional championship game against Oklahoma...Head coach Kathy Arendson has led the Ducks to postseason play three consecutive years...SO Kayleen Hudson led the Ducks in postseason action, going 4-for-8 (.500) with four RBI, a home run, one double and a 1.000 slugging percentage. She posted at least one hit in all four regional games.

OREGON STATE
Oregon State finished one of its most successful seasons in school history with a 43-16 overall record. The Beavers earned a share of their first-ever Pac-10 title on May 14. In a conference tiebreaker, OSU received the NCAA automatic qualifier nod and was seeded No. 8 overall in postseason play. Oregon State made its seventh consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament appearance under 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Kirk Walker. The Beavers post a 19-14 overall record in seven trips to the Regional Tournament and have reached the Championship game on five occasions (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005) before falling short of an inaugural trip to the Women's College World Series...SR Kelly Petersen, made her fourth and final NCAA Regional appearance, finished the tournament with a .308 (4-for-13) batting average, two home runs and five RBI. Petersen broke the OSU career record for runs scored with 121 and is just one of two players in school history to have scored 100 runs (121) and amassed 100 RBI (128)...Cambria Miranda led the tournament field with a .588 (10-for-17) batting average, five runs scored and two doubles. She finished her freshman campaign with a team-leading .324 clip from the plate...SO sensation Brianne McGowan, the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, finished the year with a school record 36-10 mark. Her 346 strikeouts shattered the school's single-season record of 287 set by Monica Hoffman in 2004...For the first time in school history, six Oregon State players finished the season batting above .300. Oregon State's defense committed just 42 errors on the year and had a .976 fielding percentage, marking another school record for fewest errors in a season. The previous record of 47 was set in 2000 when the squad had its best fielding percentage of .973. The Beavers also broke the stolen base record, recording 70-of-85 stolen bases this season...Mia Longfellow set a school record, stealing 18-of-21 bases as well as topping the career charts with 34.

STANFORD
The Cardinal finished the season 43-16 overall and 14-7 in Pac-10 action. Stanford captured a share of the Pac-10 title for the first time in program history and made the postseason for the eighth consecutive year. The Cardinal traveled to Missouri for the first round of regional play and defeated Robert Morris, Southern Illinois and Missouri and advanced to the Super Regional, where Stanford hosted No. 11 Tennessee May 27-28. The Lady Vols took the series in two games, 2-0 and 6-0 to end Stanford's season and a shot at the Women's College World Series...JR Catalina Morris led Stanford with 68 hits and concluded with a .351 batting average. She was selected as a first team All-Pac-10 member and was one of three Cardinal players honored with All-America accolades. Morris was a second team selection along with teammates, FR Michelle Smith (second) and SR Lauren Lappin (third)...Smith finished her freshman campaign with a .322 average and led Stanford with 19 home runs and 54 RBI...Lappin ended her season leading the Cardinal with 52 runs and was honored as the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year with 116 assists and a .941 fielding percentage.

UCLA
Anjelica Selden finished her freshman campaign with 485 strikeouts, with just 46 walks after 50 appearances this season. She is the only pitcher in UCLA history to record a 400-K season and second on the Pac-10 all-time single-season list and ranks 11th on the NCAA's all-time list...The WCWS trip marked the 21st appearance made by the Bruins in 23 years and they had won 13 straight WCWS victories before falling to Michigan, 5-2 in game two of the Championship series on June 7. After winning five elimination games during the first two weekends of postseason play, the two-time defending NCAA Champions, came up a little short of their third consecutive title as they lost to Michigan in the final game of the Women's College World Series, 4-1 on June 8...Four UCLA players earned a spot on the 2005 Women's College World Series All-Tournament team--Krista Colburn, Jodie Legaspi, Emily Zaplatosch and Selden...JR Caitlin Benyi led all Bruin players with a .333 batting average, 14 home runs, .643 slugging percentage and a .959 fielding percentage...JR Andrea Duran ranks second the the Bruin squad with a .317 average and led UCLA with 60 hits this season, which included eight triples...The final game marked the end for SR Nicole Sandberg but the rest of the 16 players on UCLA's lineup card are expected to return for the 2006 season.

WASHINGTON
The Huskies ended their season during the Super Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich. in a best two-of-three game series with top-seeded Michigan. Washington was 35-22 overall and finished sixth with 10-11 record in Pac-10 play. The Huskies advanced to the postseason for the 12th consecutive year and earned a No. 16 national seed...During the first round of regional play, SR Ashley Boek set a UW postseason record with 18 strikeouts and an 11 inning complete game against Creighton on May 20. She became just the second player in UW history to amass 800 career strikeouts (843). Boek went 3-0 with 32 strikeouts in 23.1 innings May 20-22...SR Kristen Rivera was named to the NFCA All-America first team. She became the first Husky to become a four-time All-American in softball and the first to receive three first team awards. Rivera was a second team selection in 2002. Rivera was the 2005 Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year and was the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year. She is the only Husky to ever receive the award. Rivera was a three-time top-10 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award and is a two-time recipient of the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award. Rivera holds seven school records including career (79), season (25) and game (3) home runs, career (180), season (68) and game (4) walks, and season on-base percentage (.593). She appears 26 times on the UW all-time charts and ranks second all-time with 233 career runs batted in, .812 slugging percentage and .523 on-base percentage. She led the nation with 1.19 walks per game and ranked second in slugging percentage (.913) and home runs per game (0.37) this season.

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