This Week in Pac-10 Softball

April 4, 2006

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., Apr. 4
OREGON STATE at OREGON, 4 p.m.*

Wed., Apr. 5
CALIFORNIA at Pacific, 2 p.m.
Fresno State at STANFORD, 5 p.m. (DH)
Portland State at WASHINGTON, 4 p.m.

Thu., Apr. 6
OREGON STATE at Santa Clara, TBA

Fri., Apr. 7
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*
UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*
OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m.*
OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 7 p.m.*

Sat., Apr. 8
UCLA at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*
OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 pm.*
OREGON at STANFORD, 1 p.m.*

Sun., Apr. 9
UCLA at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.*
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.*
OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*
OREGON at STANFORD, 1 p.m.*

* - Pacific-10 Conference Game

CONFERENCE PLAY UNDERWAY

ARIZONA STATE was the only team to escape Conference play unbeaten last weekend, although they only played one of their three scheduled matchups due to rain ... They broke OREGON STATE's 28-game unbeaten streak with a 3-2, extra-innings win in Corvallis ... UCLA and CALIFORNIA each won two games over the weekend, tying for the Conference lead with ASU ... Oregon State and ARIZONA each went 1-1 over the weekend, succumbing to one rainout apiece ... STANFORD and WASHINGTON went 1-2 to open Conference play, while OREGON opened 0-1 with two rainouts ... The Beavers and the Ducks start the week with their annual Civil War matchup, and then travel to the Bay Area to take on Cal and Stanford ... Last season, Cal swept Oregon in Conference play, and went 1-2 against OSU ... Stanford went a perfect 3-0 against the Ducks last season, and topped the Beavers 2-1 ... Washington and UCLA travel to the Arizona schools this weekend ... The Wildcats swept Washington last season, and lost all three games to UCLA ... ASU lost three games to the both the Huskies and the Bruins last season.

The Conference has seven of eight teams ranked in the USA Softball/ESPN.com Top-25, with all seven schools in the Top-15 and six in the Top-10 ... Arizona dropped to second place after losing at Oregon State to open Conference play ... UCLA remained at No. 3 after opening league play 2-1 ... Oregon State rose to No. 6, tying their highest ranking from last season ... Cal moved up to No. 7 after winning a game at both UCLA and Washington, while Stanford fell to No. 8 after losing two Conference games ... Arizona State stayed in the ninth place spot after winning one game over the weekend ... Washington remained at No. 14, and Oregon received votes ... Seven of eight league teams are batting over .300, and six of eight are holding opposing batters under .200.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tue., Mar. 28
Team China at Stanford, CANCELLED
UAB 2, OREGON 3
UAB 1, OREGON 4

Wed., Mar. 29
UTEP 4 ARIZONA STATE 5
UTEP 0, ARIZONA STATE 12 (5 inn.)
UC Davis 0, CALIFORNIA 8
UC Davis 1, CALIFORNIA 2
UAB 0, OREGON STATE 6
UAB 0, OREGON STATE 17

Fri., Mar. 31
ARIZONA 1, OREGON STATE 2*
ARIZONA STATE at OREGON, POSTPONED.*
CALIFORNIA 2, WASHINGTON 0*
STANFORD 4, UCLA 5*

Sat., Apr. 1
ARIZONA 4, OREGON 1*
ARIZONA STATE 2, OREGON STATE 3 (8 inn.)*
CALIFORNIA 10, UCLA 3*
STANFORD 1, WASHINGTON 0*

Sun., Apr. 2
ARIZONA at OREGON, POSTPONED*
ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE, POSTPONED*
CALIFORNIA 1, UCLA 3*
STANFORD 0, WASHINGTON 8 (5 inn.)*

* - Pac-10 Conference game

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (1-1, 30-4)
: The Wildcats opened their Pac-10 season with a 2-1 loss at Oregon State on Friday ... It marked the first time Arizona has dropped a Pac-10 opener since April 4, 1991 at California ... Taryne Mowatt tossed a complete game, striking out eight and scattering eight hits ... UA got on the board in the sixth inning, thanks to a hit from Kristie Fox and three consecutive walks from Jenae Leles, Callista Balko, and Mowatt ... Balko went 2-for-2 in her fifth multi-hit game of the year ... Fox notched her 12th multi-hit game of the year ... The Wildcats bounced back to defeat Oregon, 4-1, on Saturday ... Alicia Hollowell threw a complete game in her first appearance since being hit in the face with a line-drive comebacker off the bat in a game vs. Texas on March 19 ... She struck out 11 Ducks and allowed only five hits ... Every UA starter had at least one hit in the game, tallying 11 total for four runs ... Chelsie Mesa went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI ... Fox scored a run and tallied an RBI, extending her team-leading hitting-streak to five games ... Callista Balko went 4-for-5 on the weekend ... The rubber match of the series vs. Oregon was rained out on Sunday, and will be made up on Thurs., May 11 when the Ducks visit Tucson in the last week of Conference play ... Offensively, Arizona leads the league in batting average (.339), on-base percentage (.422) ... On the mound, the Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in ERA (0.65), opposing batting average (.119), strikeouts (393), fewest runs allowed (21), fewest earned runs allowed (20), and fewest walks (24) ... Hollowell paces the Conference with a .110 opposing batting average ... Balko leads the league with 395 putouts, which is nearly 100 more than second place.

ARIZONA STATE (1-0, 37-3): The Sun Devils opened their Pac-10 season at the Oregon schools, where rainy conditions halted their first game early and postponed their Sunday game ... At Oregon on Friday, rain and unplayable field conditions suspended the Pac-10 opener in the bottom of the fifth inning, with ASU leading 2-1 ... Through five innings, the game was dominated by solid defense and strong pitching from Desiree Serrano ... She notched five strikeouts in 4.1 innings, allowing one run ... ASU scored first in the second inning as a lead-off walk to Rhiannon Baca was brought home after a Duck error and a fielder's choice sent Baca home ... The Sun Devils struck again in the fifth inning, when Bianca Cruz was advanced with a sacrifice bunt from Bridgette Caron, a ground out from Michelle Smith, and a passed ball ... The halted game will be finished in Tempe on May 12 ... On Saturday, ASU halted Oregon State's school-record 28-game winning streak with a 3-2, extra-innings victory in Corvallis ... Kaitlin Cochran knocked two home runs, including the game-winner in the eight inning ... Katie Burkhart struck out 11 in her complete game outing, allowing only two runs on two hits and one walk ... Cochran is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak, while teammate Ashley Werschky has hit in eight consecutive games ... Cochran's two long balls brought ASU's team total this season to 46, breaking the school record for home runs in a season ... Mindy Cowles has 13 home runs to lead the Conference and ASU, while Cochran has 10 ... ASU also swept UTEP in a double header last week, winning 5-4 and 12-0 ... Cowles entered the NCAA record books twice in the second game, hitting three home runs and driving in 10 RBI on the day, tying her for second in NCAA history in both categories.

CALIFORNIA (2-1, 33-4): The Golden Bears opened their Pac-10 season on the road at Washington, winning 2-0 ... Sophomore Julie Meyer hit a home run in the second inning and Alex Sutton drove in Lindsay James in the fifth inning for Cal's final run of the game ... Kristina Thorson struck out 11 and held the Huskies to just two hits ... Senior Haley Woods finished the game 2-for-4 with two singles, while Sutton went 2-for-4 ... At UCLA on Saturday, a nine-run fifth inning gave the Golden Bears a 10-3 win ... Cal took an early 1-0 lead in the first, but UCLA scored three runs over the next four innings ... Trailing 3-1, Meyer hit a three-run home run in the fifth after Cal hit eight consecutive singles ... It was the most hits given up by UCLA so far this season ... Morgan Siegel led the Bears, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs ... Woods went 2-for-4 with one run and two RBI, while Sutton went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI ... Six Cal players finished with at least one RBI, and nine Cal batters had at least one hit in the game ... Thorson pitched the complete game, striking out eight ... Against UCLA on Sunday, Cal scored its only run on a solo home run from sophomore Katie Vickers, losing 1-3 to the Bruins ... Thorson picked up her third loss of the season, after winning 20 straight ... She leads the Conference in wins (23), innings pitched (157.1), strikeouts (239), batters struck out looking (90), and saves (4) Meyer finished 2-for-3 for the Bears, and Woods went 1-for-1 with a single ... On the weekend, Meyer went 4-for-8 with two runs and four RBI ... Woods leads the Pac-10 in doubles (13) and ranks second in the league in slugging percentage (.857), RBI (44), and home runs (13).

OREGON (0-1, 17-11): Oregon opened the Pac-10 season hosting Arizona State in a game that was suspended due to rain ... ASU was leading at the time, 2-1, but the Ducks had runners at first and second with one out ... The game will resume where it left off when Oregon travels to Tempe in the final weekend of the Pac-10 regular season in May ... On Saturday, UO lost to Arizona, 1-4, in a game plagued by rain that included a 25-minute rain delay ... Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, senior Beth Boskovich singled and scored the first and only run of the game on an RBI double by sophomore Lovena Chaput ... Alicia Cook threw 5.2 innings, striking out three and giving up no walks ... The rubber game of the series vs. Arizona was rained out on Sunday, and will be made up in Tucson in May ... The Ducks are now injury free for the first time this season, and have a full pitching staff ... Cook returned from academic probation, while Amy Harris overcame a shoulder injury ... Freshman catcher Courtney Shlee, who was expected to be out the entire season with a thumb injury, was cleared to play and has started three games since ... Harris has held opposing batters to a .169 batting average this season, good for seventh in the league ... The Ducks face four Top-10 opponents this week, starting with the Civil War matchup with OSU Tuesday ... They then travel to the Bay Area to take on Cal and Stanford ... Oregon ties for the Conference lead with 11 triples ... The team record for triples in a season is 15, set in 1994 ... Breanne Sabol leads the team with three triples, a mark that ties her for sixth in the Pac-10 ... Sabol also has a league-leading 80 assists on the season, along with 14 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the Conference ... The Ducks also lead the league with 11 double plays, and tie for the Pac-10 lead with 249 assists.

OREGON STATE (1-1, 28-3): The Beavers opened up Pac-10 play at home against the Arizona schools, upsetting Arizona on Friday to extend their school record winning streak to 28 ... The winning streak was the longest in the nation and marked the longest in Division I softball since 2002 ... It was their second consecutive win over the Wildcats, which marked a first in program history and their second straight Pac-10 opening victory ... Scoreless through three innings, Vanessa Iapala led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to center field, followed by a shot to right field from freshman DeAnn Young ... Stephanie Ewing then hit a looping shot to center that gave OSU the lead and brought Young to third ... The Beavers went up 2-0 as Young scored when Lisa Allen reached on a fielder's choice ... Brianne McGowan (16-2) struck out four Wildcats in the complete-game victory ... OSU went undefeated in the month of March for the second consecutive year ... The Beavers were upset on Saturday by Arizona State, losing 2-3 in an eight-inning battle ... OSU struck first in the game, as sophomore Cambria Miranda reached base on error and eventually came around to score when Adrienne Alo grounded out to the right-side of the infield ... Miranda also belted a home run in the bottom half of the third, her seventh of the season ... Kaitlin Cochran provided the offense for the Sun Devils, hitting two long balls for two RBI, including the game-winner in the eighth ... The Beavers currently have nine batters hitting over .300, led by Mia Longfellow's .411 ... OSU leads the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.536), while Kellie Roberts leads the league in on-base percentage.

STANFORD (1-2, 27-6): Stanford opened its season with a 5-4 loss to UCLA after scoring four runs in the sixth inning to tie the game ... In the top of the sixth, Lauren Lappin got on base by an error, and was advanced on a single from freshman Maddy Coon ... Michelle Smith followed with a hard single to center field, scoring Lappin ... Jackie Rinehart advanced both runners on a fielders choice to the shortstop, and Missy Penna knocked a hit into center field ... Lindsay Key entered the game as a pinch hitter, knocking in Smith and Penna to tie the game at 4-4 ... Whitney Holum hit a double to left center that scored Jodie Legaspi to give the Bruins the win ... Penna went 2-for-3 at the plate with one run and one RBI ... Key was 1-for-1 with two RBI, and Smith was 1-for-3 with one run ... At Washington on Saturday, Stanford won a close 1-0 victory thanks to clutch hitting from Lappin ... The first two innings went hitless for the Cardinal, until Lappin collected a single in the top of the third ... In the fifth inning, Key got on base with a single up the middle, and Anna Beardman laid down a bunt single to advance the runner ... Catalina Morris then knocked another single, advancing Key to third ... Lappin hit a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing home Key for the only run of the game ... Penna struck out two in the complete game victory ... Stanford lost to the Huskies on Sunday, 0-8, in a six inning game ... Lappin was 3-for-3 at the plate, and Morris was 2-for-3 ... Becky McCullough struck out two, walked one and allowed eight hits in four innings in the circle ... Laura Severson walked none and allowed five hits in 1.5 innings ... The Cardinal leads the Pac-10 with a .980 fielding percentage ... Rinehart is one of 10 Pac-10 players with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

UCLA (2-1, 30-3): Opening their Pac-10 season at Easton Stadium for the first time since 1999, the Bruins went 2-1 with wins over Stanford and Cal ... The Bruins defeated the Cardinal 5-4 on Friday, marking their first Pac-10 opening weekend victory since the 2003 season ... Whitney Holum knocked a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give UCLA the victory ... She contributed two hits on the day, along with Jodie Legaspi (2-for-3) and Krista Colburn (2-for-2, one run) ... After two scoreless innings, Ashley Herrera got the Bruins on the board with her third home run of the season ... Anjelica Selden earned the victory in the circle for the Bruins, striking out seven and walking none ... On Saturday vs. Cal, the Bruins suffered their third loss of the season, a 10-3 loss to the Golden Bears ... Emily Zaplatosch and Andrea Duran accounted for all of UCLA's runs, each connecting for home runs ... Duran's seven long balls tie her for sixth in the Conference ... UCLA came back in the rubber game, thanks to a solo home run and a two-RBI double from sophomore Krista Colburn ... She scored the first of her RBI in the bottom of the first inning, connecting on her fourth homer of the season ... In the bottom of the second, Jaisa Creps led off with a single and Duran drew a two-out walk, setting up Colburn for her fourth triple of the season to give UCLA the 3-1 lead ... Colburn is in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak, UCLA's longest by any player this season ... Selden recorded her 700th career strikeout in the win, finishing the day with 703 k's, which puts her at sixth in school history ... She currently leads the Pac-10 with a 0.48 ERA ... UCLA has the most home runs (4), the highest slugging percentage (.513) and most total bases (40) after the first weekend of Conference play.

WASHINGTON (1-2, 26-10): The Huskies opened the 2006 Pac-10 season with two close losses at home ... UW dropped its Pac-10 opener to Cal, 2-0, despite a 10-strikeout performance from Caitlin Noble ... UW got their first hit in the third inning, a single to the shortstop from Ashley Charters ... She then snagged her 25th steal of the season, but was stranded at second ... The Huskies attempted a seventh-inning rally with a double to right center from Dena Tyson and a single to left by Alicia Matthews ... With one out, Noble laced a line drive down the right line that Cal's Julie Meyer snagged before stepping on first base to double out Matthews and end the game ... Washington lost another close game to Stanford, 0-1, despite superb pitching from Danielle Lawrie ... She gave up just three hits and struck out 12, five of them looking ... The Cardinal got on the scoreboard in the fifth frame with an unearned run on one hit and an error ... UW threatened in the seventh inning with a leadoff double by Sarah Hyatt and a single by Aimee Minor ... Washington came roaring back in the final game of the weekend, run-ruling Stanford 8-0 in six innings ... It marked the first time Stanford this season that the Cardinal has been defeated by more than three runs and their first run-rule loss since May 1, 2005 vs. UCLA ... Freshman Alicia Matthews went 3-for-4 with three doubles and three RBI, while sophomore Lauren Greer went 3-for-3 with two RBI ... Freshman hurler Lawrie struck out 12 Cardinal in the victory, bringing her season total to 205 ... She is the fastest player in Husky history to amass 200 strikeouts, doing so in 134.2 innings ... Lawrie tallied a perfect 0.00 ERA on the weekend ... Charters also logged three hits for the Huskies ... After the first weekend of Conference play, the Huskies lead the Pac-10 with a 0.70 ERA, 34 strikeouts, and 13 batters struck out looking.

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