This Week in Pac-10 Softball

April 18, 2006

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., Apr. 18
Portland State at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 19
CALIFORNIA at Santa Clara, 3 p.m.
St. Mary's at STANFORD, 7 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 21
ARIZONA at STANFORD, 7 p.m.*
ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m.*
OREGON at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.*
OREGON STATE at UCLA, 1 p.m.*

Sat., Apr. 22
ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*
ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, 1 p.m.*
OREGON at UCLA, 2 p.m.*
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.*

Sun., Apr. 23
ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*
ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, 1 p.m.*
OREGON at UCLA, 1 p.m.*
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.*

* - Pacific-10 Conference Game

UCLA BECOMES FIRST UNANIMOUS NO. 1 TEAM IN NATION THIS SEASON

Conference play rolls on this weekend, after a few remaining non-conference matchups ... OREGON STATE hosts Portland State on Tuesday, before hosting WASHINGTON on Friday and UCLA on Saturday and Sunday ... Last season, OSU lost the season series, 1-2 to the Bruins and went 2-1 against the Huskies ... OREGON will play one against the Bruins and two vs. the Huskies ... The Ducks swept UCLA last season for the first time in school history, and were 1-2 against UW ... CALIFORNIA hosts Santa Clara before facing the Arizona schools at home this weekend ... Cal won the series against both Arizona and Arizona State last season, 2-1 ... STANFORD will play its 21st home game on Wednesday vs. St. Mary's, before hosting Arizona and Arizona State this weekend ... The Wildcats swept the Cardinal in the series last year, while Stanford took two of three from ASU.

UCLA continued to lead the Conference race this weekend, blanking Washington, 6-0, in a nationally televised game ... The second game of the weekend in Seattle was halted due to rain after two innings ... California went 1-2 against Stanford, winning one at home and then dropping two at Stanford on Saturday ... ASU defeated Arizona for the first time since Mar. 16, 2002, with its 4-2, 10-inning victory on Friday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Farrington Stadium ... The Wildcats then came back to shut out ASU on Saturday ... The Civil War matchup between Oregon and Oregon State was cancelled due to inclement weather, and will be played on Apr. 26 in Corvallis.

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 ... UCLA became the first unanimous No. 1 team after shutting out Washington ... Arizona is at No. 3 after splitting two games against ASU ... Stanford moved up to No. 5 after going 2-1 this weekend against Cal, which fell to No. 6 ... Arizona State moved up to No. 8 after defeating Arizona at home, and Oregon State is at No. 9 ... Washington remained at No. 14, and Oregon received votes.

Oregon's Jenn Sailing and Washington's Danielle Lawrie were two of 17 senior women athletes named to Softball Canada's Senior Women's National Team ... The team will participate in the Ontario Pro Tour, the Canada Cup, the US Cup and will culminate the season with the 2006 International Softball Federation World Championships, a qualifier for the 2008 Olympics.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Wed., Apr. 12
Portland State 0, OREGON 2
Sacramento State at STANFORD, CANCELLED

Fri., Apr. 14
ARIZONA 2, ARIZONA STATE 4 (10 inn.)*
STANFORD 0, CALIFORNIA 8 (6 inn.)*
OREGON at OREGON STATE, POSTPONED*
UCLA 6, WASHINGTON 0*

Sat., Apr. 15
ARIZONA 3, ARIZONA STATE 0*
CALIFORNIA 1, STANFORD 2 (9 inn.)*
CALIFORNIA 2, STANFORD 4*
OREGON at OREGON STATE, POSTPONED*
UCLA at WASHINGTON, POSTPONED*

* - Pacific-10 Conference Game

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (3-4, 32-7)
: The Wildcats split the weekend with in-state rival Arizona State, losing a 10-inning battle in Tempe on Friday night and shutting out the Sun Devils on Saturday ... In its third extra-innings affair of the season, UA fell to ASU, 4-2, despite Alicia Hollowell taking a shutout into the top of the seventh inning ... Kristie Fox started the game off hot for Arizona, belting a two-run homer in the top of the first inning ... She drove in Autumn Champion, who had reached via throwing error, on her seventh long ball of the season ... The game was propelled into extra innings by a pinch hit, two-run homer from Sharee Zaleski in the bottom of the seventh ... Arizona strung together a rally in the top of the 10th, as Taryne Mowatt led off with a single to left, followed by an Adrienne Acton bunt single that put runners on the corners ... Acton then stole second, but no runs were plated ... In the bottom half of the 10th, Rhiannon Baca hit a walk-off, two-run homer to end the game ... UA is now 1-2 in extra-innings games this year ... Mowatt tossed her first career Pac-10 shutout, giving up only three hits and striking out 11 in UA's 3-0 win over ASU on Saturday ... She also was stellar at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored ... On the weekend, Mowatt batted .429 (3-for-7) and slugged .857 ... The Wildcats got on the board early, taking advantage of two walks, a single, and a hit-by-pitch to score the game's first run ... Mowatt drew a one-out walk to start the rally, followed by a bloop single from Callista Balko and a Chelsie Mesa walk ... Jill Malina made her first collegiate plate appearance count, as she took Serrano's first pitch to score the game's first run ... Mowatt knocked her second career homer in the top of the fourth, increasing UA's lead to 2-0 ... Balko followed with her second single of the night, advancing to second on a wild pitch and then stealing third ... Malina then drew a walk, putting runners on the corners, and Champion belted an RBI single to left to secure the victory ... Balko's stolen base in the fourth was a career first, and also marked the first time any Wildcat has swiped third base this season.

ARIZONA STATE (3-3, 39-6): For the first time since Mar. 16, 2002, the Sun Devils defeated Arizona in front of a record-breaking 1,689 fans at sold-out Farrington Stadium on Friday night ... The extra-innings pitching duel between Katie Burkhart (18-3) and Alicia Hollowell culminated with a homer from Rhiannon Baca in the bottom of the 10th ... Burkhart fanned 22 batters, allowing two runs on three hits and walking three ... It marked her fifth complete-game extra-innings performance over at least eight innings ... Her 22 strikeouts were good for a sixth place tie in the NCAA record books ... The Sun Devils were scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when Baca drew a lead-off walk ... Pinch-hitter Sharee Zaleski then knocked a two-run homer over center field to send the game into extra-innings ... The pitching battle resumed over the next three innings, until Kaitlin Cochran knocked a single in the 10th inning ... She was plated on a walk-off homer from Baca to seal the 4-2 win ... It was the first home win over Arizona since 2000 ... On Saturday, ASU was shut out by Arizona in a 3-0 loss ... The Sun Devils were unable to get any offense rolling, aside from a 2-for-3 performance by Michelle Smith and a hit from Cochran ... Desiree Serrano (15-3) took the loss for ASU, giving up three runs on three hits, striking out 6 ... Burkhart came on in relief for the Sun Devils, allowing no runs on three hits while fanning four ... On the weekend, Burkhart recorded a 0.68 ERA with 26 strikeouts, holding batters to a .136 batting average ... ASU leads the Conference in runs (246), RBI (230), home runs (51), total bases (551), walks (182) and stolen bases (82) ... Cochran leads the league in slugging percentage (.843), on-base percentage (.582), hits (61), RBI (51), and total bases (107) ... Smith leads the Pac-10 in stolen bases with 30, and Mindy Cowles leads with 13 home runs.

CALIFORNIA (5-3, 36-6): The Golden Bears routed Bay Area rival Stanford at home on Friday night, before dropping two tough games at Stanford on Saturday ... Cal tallied a six-run, six-hit fourth inning en route to its 8-0, run-rule victory to open the series ... Kristina Thorson threw six scoreless innings for the Bears, giving up three hits and striking out seven ... Seniors Lindsay James, Haley Woods, and Emily Friedman led off the fourth inning with back-to-back-to-back singles ... Alex Sutton then reached base on a fielder's choice, and James was thrown out at home ... Sophomore Katie Vickers walked, sending Woods home for the Bears' first run of the game ... Carly Winger followed with a single, scoring Friedman and Sutton ... Vickers scored after sophomore Julie Meyer reached base on a fielder's choice, follwed by Gina Leomiti's sac fly to right field that plated Winger ... Freshman Morgan Siegel singled to center, scoring Meyer and giving the Bears a 6-0 lead at the end of the inning ... Cal then put up one run in the fifth and sixth innings to wrap up the run-rule victory ... In game one of Saturday's doubleheader, Cal fell to the Cardinal, 2-1, in nine innings ... The Golden Bears took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, when Vickers hit an RBI double to right field scoring Friedman ... Stanford tied up the game in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double from Catalina Morris, ending the game on an RBI single from Anna Beardman in the bottom of the ninth ... In the second game, Cal took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Siegel scored on a groundout by Friedman ... Stanford then scored four unanswered runs through five innings ... Friedman's solo homer in the sixth inning brought the score to 4-2, but were unable to plate any runs in a bases-loaded seventh inning in the loss ... Cal leads the Conference with 353 hits, 145 batters struck out looking and five saves ... Woods leads the league with 13 doubles and Friedman with four sacrifice hits ...Thorson leads the Pac-10 in innings pitched (183.2), strikeouts (281), batters struck out looking (111), wins (26), saves (4), and appearances (34).

OREGON (1-3, 19-13): The Ducks were only able to play one of their three scheduled games this week due to inclement weather ... Oregon defeated Portland State, 2-0, in Eugene on Wednesday ... Starter Alicia Cook (3-4) allowed just two hits and senior Amy Harris retired six consecutive batters to pick up her second save of the season ... Offensively, Oregon logged seven hits ... The Ducks were led by Kayleen Hudson, who went 2-for-3 on the day ... UO got all of its scoring in the third inning ... Ann Marie Topps led off with a walk, and was later plater on an RBI from Suzie Barnes ... Kristi Leiter singled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Breanne Sabol ... The Ducks lead the Pac-10 with 13 triples, two of which have come during Conference play ... They have also turned the most double plays at 18 ... Jenn Sailing was one of 17 senior women athletes named to Softball Canada's Senior Women's National Team ... The team will participate in the Ontario Pro Tour, the Canada Cup, the US Cup and will culminate with the 2006 International Softball Federation World Championships, a qualifier for the 2008 Olympics.

OREGON STATE (2-4, 29-6): OSU's two rivalry games in Corvallis were cancelled this weekend due to inclement weather ... The Civil War matchup will now take place in a 2 p.m. doubleheader in Corvallis on Wed., Apr. 6 ... The Beavers were scheduled to play a double-header at Portland State that day, but those games have now been cancelled ... OSU leads the Conference in batting average (.324) and doubles (56) on the season ... Freshman DeAnn Young ranks in the Top-10 in the Conference in batting average (9th-.386) and slugging percentage (3rd- .716).

STANFORD (5-4, 31-8): The Cardinal went 2-1 against Bay Area rival California this weekend, dropping Friday night's game at Cal before picking up two wins at home on Saturday ... On Friday, Stanford had only three hits and left five runners on base in the 8-0, six-inning loss ... In the top of the third inning, senior catcher Lauren Lappin drew a walk and then stole second ... Freshman Maddy Coon was also walked, and Lappin advanced to third on a passed ball, but the rally would end there ... Lauren Nydam took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits ... The Cardinal came roaring back on Saturday, taking the first game 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning ... Senior Laura Severson struck out six batters in nine innings of work, allowing one run on seven hits ... Trailing 0-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Tricia Aggabao knocked a base hit over the shortstop's head ... Catalina Morris then slammed a double into the centerfield fence, scoring Aggabao from first to knot the game 1-1 and send it into extra innings ... In the bottom of the ninth, Jackie Rinehart led off with a bunt, and then was advanced on a sac bunt from Michelle Smith ... Anna Beardman then stepped up and hit a hard single up the middle to score Rinehart from second and secure the 2-1 victory ... In game two of the doubleheader, sophomore Becky McCullough struck out five and allowed two runs on five hits in the complete-game victory ... Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Lappin led off with a single to left ... Coon was walked and Smith was hit to load the bases ... Penna reached on a fielder's choice, but Lappin was thrown out at home ... Erin Howe made it to first on an error by the shortstop, so Coon came home for the first Cardinal run of the game ... Lappin laid down a bunt to get on base in the bottom of the third, and the bases were jammed again on a walk and another hit by pitch ... Howe knocked a single to left to score Lappin and Coon for the 3-1 lead ... The Cardinal struck again in the fifth inning, and tough pitching from McCullough secured the 4-1 win ... Stanford leads the Pac-10 with a .982 fielding mark.

UCLA (6-1, 34-3): The Bruins downed Washington, 6-0, on Friday during a nationally televised game in Seattle ... UCLA took the lead in the top of the second inning on a one-out home run by Jodie Legaspi, her 10th of the year ... The Bruins put together a two-run rally in the fifth, opened by a single to left by Andrea Duran ... Duran then stole second, and was sacrificed to third by Krista Colburn ... She scored on an RBI single to right by Caitlin Benyi ... Emily Zaplatosch then reached on a fielder's choice, and walks to Legaspi and Lisa Dodd loaded the bases for Whitney Holum ... She connected on a two-RBI single to centerfield, bringing the score to 5-0 ... An unearned run in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Benyi secured the 6-0 victory ... Anjelica Selden finished with six strikeouts in the four-hit shutout ... Benyi was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a double in the win ... Saturday's game vs. the Huskies was halted due to rain ... There was no score through two innings, and Dodd had two strikeouts ... UCLA has been stellar during the Conference season, and leads the league in batting average (.297), slugging percentage (.531), on-base percentage (.358), runs (34), RBI (32), home runs (12), and total bases (102) ... Duran and Colburn are ranked 1-2 in batting average in Conference games so far, at .435 and .429, and Duran leads in slugging percentage (1.000), runs (8), home runs (4) and total bases (23) ... She is also riding a team-high seven-game hitting streak ... Immediately prior to Saturday's game between the Bruins and Ducks, UCLA softball will recognize the donors who made the renovation of Easton Stadium possible ... The facility, with the exception of the Sharron Backus Clubhouse and playing surface, was gutted and re-built between October 2004 and April 2005.

WASHINGTON (2-5, 28-13): The Huskies squared off against top-ranked UCLA in a nationally televised game on Friday night, falling to the Bruins, 6-0 ... UW was held to just four hits, two coming from freshman Brooke Woodward, who was making her first start in a Pac-10 game ... Serving as the designated player, Woodward hit a two-out single in the second and a lead-off single in the fifth inning ... The Huskies only had one runner in scoring position all afternoon, when Dominique Lastrapes singled in the third inning and then stole second base ... Sophomore Caitlin Noble (12-5) took the loss as she allowed six runs on eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts ... The six runs tied Washington's season-high for runs allowed and was double the number of runs Noble had allowed in a Pac-10 game all year ... The Saturday game between UW and UCLA was halted after the second inning due to heavy rain and hail that led to dangerous field conditions ... Washington put a runner on base in both the first and second innings, with walks to Sarah Hyatt and Alicia Matthews ... A strikeout by Lisa Dodd in the first and a double play in the second diffused the two Husky rallies ... UCLA had a walk and a single by Dodd in the second but was unable to plate a run ... Danielle Lawrie and Dodd each had two strikeouts through two innings of play ... The game will resume when the Huskies play in Los Angeles on April 26 ... Husky pitchers have the lowest ERA (1.37) through Pac-10 play, and have struck out the second-most batters (78) ... Lawrie has a 0.22 Conference ERA, good for second in the league ... Lawrie was one of 17 senior women athletes named to Softball Canada's Senior Women's National Team ... The team will participate in the Ontario Pro Tour, the Canada Cup, the US Cup and will culminate with the 2006 International Softball Federation World Championships, a qualifier for the 2008 Olympics.

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