This Week in Pac-10 Softball

April 25, 2006

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Wed., Apr 26
WASHINGTON at UCLA, 12 p.m.*

Fri., Apr. 28
ARIZONA at UCLA, 1 p.m.*

Sat., Apr. 29

Sun., Apr. 30

* - Pacific-10 Conference Game


Conference play hit the midway point this weekend, with UCLA firmly atop the league standings ... The Bruins host the Arizona schools this weekend, playing one game against the Wildcats and two against the Sun Devils ... Last season, UCLA swept both ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE ... OREGON STATE hosts OREGON in a Civil War doubleheader on Wednesday, before hosting CALIFORNIA on Friday and STANFORD on Saturday and Sunday ... The Beavers swept Oregon last season, and went 1-2 vs. the Cardinal and 2-1 vs. Cal ... The Ducks will play one game vs. Stanford and two vs. Cal in Eugene this weekend, and were 0-3 against both teams last season ... WASHINGTON hosts one game against Arizona State and two against Arizona at Husky Softball Stadium ... The Huskies went 1-2 versus the two teams last year.

Oregon State swept three games at UCLA and Washington for the first time in school history this weekend, moving up into a tie for second in the Conference ... The Beavers logged two shutouts over the ranked teams, using home runs in each game from USA Softball Co-National Player of the Week Cambria Miranda ... UCLA went 2-1, sweeping Oregon and dropping a close game to OSU ... The Arizona schools each went 2-1 in the Bay Area this weekend, taking one game apiece from Cal and Stanford ... The Golden Bears and Cardinal each went 1-2 over the weekend, with Cal logging a win over Arizona and Stanford over Arizona State ... Washington went 1-2 at home over the weekend, defeating the Ducks and dropping two games to OSU ... Oregon lost all three games on the road at UCLA and Washington.

UCLA remained atop the Softball Collegiate Top-25 poll for the third consecutive week, and Arizona also stayed at No. 3 ... Stanford stayed at No. 5 despite dropping two games over the weekend, and Arizona State hit No. 7, its highest ranking so far this season ... Cal dropped to No. 8 after two Conference losses, and Oregon State remained at No. 9 after its weekend sweep of UCLA and Washington ... The Huskies round out the Pac-10 contingent on the poll at No. 15, and Oregon received votes for the fifth consecutive week.

USA Softball announced the list of players who have been invited to its upcoming selection camps for the 2006 USA Softball Women's National Team and the 2006 World University Games team ... 16 current and former Pac-10 players were named to the 30-member Women's National Team Camp, including the following active players: Andrea Duran, UCLA; Alicia Hollowell, Arizona; Lauren Lappin, Stanford; and Caitlin Lowe, Arizona ... 17 current Pac-10 players were named to the 27-member World University Team Selection Camp, the most by any Conference ... Following is the list of players: Caitlin Benyi, UCLA; Katie Burkhart, Arizona State; Kaitlin Cochran, Arizona State; Maddy Coon, Stanford; Mindy Cowles, Arizona State; Lisa Dodd, UCLA; Kristie Fox, Arizona; Vanessa Iapala, Oregon State; Jodie Legaspi, UCLA; Brianne McGowan, Oregon State; Aimee Minor, Washington; Catalina Morris, Stanford; Jackie Rinehart, Stanford; Anjelica Selden, UCLA; Kristina Thorson, California; Haley Woods, California; and Emily Zaplatosch, UCLA.


Tue., Apr. 18
Portland State 6, OREGON STATE 4
Portland State 0, OREGON STATE 3

Wed., Apr. 19
CALIFORNIA 4, Santa Clara 3
St. Mary's 0, STANFORD 1 (9 inn.)

Fri., Apr. 21

Sat., Apr. 22

Sun., Apr. 23

* - Pacific-10 Conference Game


ARIZONA (5-5, 34-8)
: The Wildcats logged two Conference wins in the Bay Area this weekend, winning at Stanford on Friday and splitting with Cal on Saturday and Sunday ... Stanford took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, on three hits ... Alicia Hollowell (17-4) worked out of a jam in which the Cardinal had runners on second and third with only one out ... She threw a one-run complete game, striking out 10 ... Kristie Fox hit a home run in the sixth, putting the Wildcats ahead 3-1 ... In the seventh, Callista Balko hit a solo homer to secure UA's 4-1 victory ... Caitlin Lowe made her first start since Mar. 19, going 1-for-3 ... On Saturday vs. Cal, Arizona battled in its fourth extra-innings game of the season, overtaking the Golden Bears in the 13th inning, 4-2 ... Taryne Mowatt (17-4) pitched a career-high 13 innings in the victory, giving up one run and striking out 13 ... In the bottom of the first, Lowe singled and stole second before being plated on Jenae Leles' sixth home run of the year ... The Wildcat offense had 11 hits, but did not score again until the top of the 13th, when Fox cracked her ninth homer of the season, scoring Autumn Champion ... UA is 2-2 in extra-innings games this year, and is 22-4 in games when it homers ... The Wildcats dropped the rubber game of the series to Cal, 1-5 ... Hollowell lasted five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, striking out 10 ... Cal put up one run on three hits in the first, one run in the third, and three more in the fourth ... Arizona mounted a rally in the fifth, using an RBI single by Fox to score the Wildcats' lone run of the game ... Fox logged at least one RBI in each game over the weekend ... Arizona leads the Pac-10 in ERA (0.93), opposing batting average (.143), strikeouts (481), and fewest hits allowed (139) ... The Wildcats have three pitchers in the Top-6 in the Conference in ERA: Mowatt (2nd- 0.81), Leslie Wolfe (5th- 1.00), and Hollowell (6th- 1.03).

ARIZONA STATE (5-4, 41-7): The Sun Devils garnered two wins in the Bay Area this weekend, shutting out Cal on Friday and splitting two games with Stanford ... ASU used solid pitching from Katie Burkhart (20-3), who struck out seven ... They found all their scoring in the fourth inning, including a double from Kaitlin Cochran, a single from Rhiannon Baca, and a two-RBI double from Ashley Werschky that would wrap up the 2-0 win ... The Sun Devils fell to Stanford on Saturday, losing 3-1 in a pitcher's battle ... Mindy Cowles scored ASU's only run of the game on her league-leading 14th home run of the year in the fifth inning ... In the rubber game, Stanford grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first, but ASU's bats came alive in the third ... The Sun Devils rallied off three straight hits with singles from Jackie Vasquez and Jessica Mapes, who were both plated on a triple from Michelle Smith ... Smith hit another triple in the fifth, scoring pinch-runner Delenah Langley to bring the score to 3-1 ... Burkhart struck out eight in the game ... On the weekend, Smith went .333 (3-for-9), and compiled a .778 slugging percentage, hitting two triples and batting in all three of ASU's runs in the win over Stanford ... She also robbed a home run from Stanford, with a great catch at the right field wall ... ASU ranks nationally in five categories: ERA (10th- 1.13), scoring (29th- 5.25), won-loss percentage (5th- .854), home runs per game (9th- 1.08), and stolen bases per game (8th- 1.71) ... ASU leads the Pac-10 in runs (252), RBI (236), home runs (52) and stolen bases (82) ... Individually, Cochran leads the Pac-10 and ranks sixth in the nation in batting average (.467), and leads the Pac-10 and ranks 11th nationally in slugging percentage (.815).

CALIFORNIA (6-5, 38-8): The Golden Bears went 1-2 against the Arizona schools this weekend, defeating Arizona ... Cal started off the week with a 4-3 win at Santa Clara on Wednesday ... Freshman Lauren Frankiewicz (12-1) went four innings and struck out seven ... In the top of the second, Gina Leomiti hit an RBI single to center field that scored Katie Vickers, who led off the inning with a single to left ... Sophomore Erika Racklin then drove Leomiti home on an RBI single .. Senior Haley Woods led off the third with a single to left, and was played by an RBI single from Alex Sutton, putting Cal up 3-0 ... Carly Winger scored the Bears' final run on a sac fly by Sutton ... Sutton, Leomiti, and Winger finished 2-for-3 at the plate ... On Friday vs. ASU, Cal lost a 2-0 game, despite a 10-strikeout performance from Kristina Thorson (26-6) ... Woods went 2-for-3 and freshman Morgan Siegel was 2-for-4 on the day ... In just its third extra-innings game of the year, Cal fell to Arizona, 4-2, on Saturday ... Thorson struck out 22 batters in her complete-game performance, but gave up a 13th-inning homer to the Wildcats ... Down 2-0 in the bottom of the first, Siegel led off with a single and was plated on an RBI single from Sutton ... The Bears tied it up at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth, after pinch hitter Jeana Gevas was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, sending Sutton home ... Cal loaded the bases with Sutton reaching on a walk, Vickers on a fielders choice, and Leomiti getting on board on an Arizona error ... After the first inning, only two Wildcat runners advanced past first base, until the game-ending home run in the 13th ... In the rubber game, Cal came back with a vengeance, downing Arizona 5-1 ... Siegel scored the Bears' first run in the bottom of the first, advancing on a single from Emily Friedman ... They scored again in the third on an RBI single to left from Vickers, scoring Woods ... Cal capped its scoring with three runs in the fourth, thanks to a two-run single from Woods and an RBI single from Friedman ... Frankiewicz picked up her first career Conference win in the game.

OREGON (1-6, 19-16): Oregon dropped three Conference games at UCLA and Washington over the weekend ... In their first game in 10 days, the Ducks fell in Seattle, 5-0, to UW ... Dani Baird accounted for all of the Ducks' offense on the day, lining two singles in the second and seventh innings ... Melissa Rice (6-4) took the loss for the Ducks, allowing four runs on five hits ... Alicia Cook (3-5) came on in relief, allowing one run on one hit, striking out one ... On Saturday at UCLA, Oregon fell 9-3, despite a seventh-inning rally ... Sophomore catcher Amie Morris went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and freshman Sari-Jane Jenkins went 3-for-4 ... Jenkins and Morris combined for five of Oregon's nine hits, while junior Ann Marie Topps accounted for the other RBI ... UO got on the board in the fourth inning, after Baird drew a lead-off walk ... Kayleen Hudson then doubled to center to put two runners aboard ... Topps drove in Baird with a hard-hit single to left, and Morris singled to centerfield to score Topps, bringing the score to 6-2 ... Trailing 8-2, Oregon continued to chip away in the final frame, scoring a run on an infield single by Courtney Shlee ... In the rubber game, Oregon struck first at UCLA, as Jenkins hit a single in the first and then stole second ... She then advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI by Breanne Sabol to put the Ducks ahead 1-0 ... UCLA tallied five runs in the second, but UO pulled within 5-2 on an RBI single by Lovena Chaput in the sixth inning that scored Suzie Barnes ... The offense stopped there, as UCLA won 5-2 ... Oregon leads the league and ranks ninth nationally with 0.37 triples per game ... The also lead the Pac-10 with 0.51 double plays per game, a mark that places them third nationally ... Sabol is tied for second in the league with four triples, and sits and fifth with 16 stolen bases.

OREGON STATE (5-4, 33-7): The Beavers were the only Conference team to go 3-0 over the weekend, sweeping UCLA and Washington ... OSU won at UCLA for the first time since the 1999 season ... The Beavers split a doubleheader with Portland State to open the week ... The Vikings took the first game by a 6-4 score before OSU earned a 3-0 victory in the nightcap ... In the first game, PSU jumped in front 2-0 in the third on a pair of hits and an OSU error, and then accumulated four more runs in the top of the fourth to seal the win ... Senior pitcher Amy Klever entered the game in relief to get the Beavers out of the fourth inning, retiring eight straight ... Cambria Miranda belted her eighth homer of the season in the bottom of the sixth ... In the nightcap, junior Sherina Galvan broke up Portland State's no-hitter with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth ... The Beavers found an insurance run from Adrienne Alo in the bottom of the sixth on a single, stolen base and Portland State error ... Brianne McGowan (21-4) allowed just two hits while striking out seven in the complete game shutout ... Galvan went 4-for-6 against the Vikings in the two games ... Sophomore Miranda and senior Lisa Allen went deep in the first and seventh innings to defeat the Bruins at Easton Stadium, 2-0 ... McGowan picked up her 24th career shutout in the game, striking out nine ... In a televised game at Washington on Saturday, OSU won its third-ever game in Seattle against the Huskies in a 3-2 thriller ... Miranda and McGowan led the offensive attack, tallying all three RBI needed for the win ... In the rubber game, Miranda hit her third homer in as many games and McGowan picked up her third consecutive win ... The 5-0 shutout marked the first time in program history that Oregon State won back-to-back games in Seattle ... The Beavers have their best record over 40 games (33-7) in program history ... OSU leads the Conference in batting average (.313), and has six players hitting over .300: Mia Longfellow (.373), DeAnn Young (.359), McGowan (.352), Alo (.341), Miranda (.326), and Stephanie Ewing (.322).

STANFORD (6-6, 33-10): Stanford dropped a pair of Conference games at home this weekend, losing one to Arizona and splitting two games with Arizona State ... The Cardinal defeated Saint Mary's, 1-0, in nine innings on Wednesday ... Senior Lauren Lappin scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, squeezing by the Gaels' catcher after a foul fly ... Laura Severson (7-0) pitched the complete nine-inning shutout, allowing three hits and striking out six ... Despite an early lead, Stanford fell to Arizona, 4-1, on Friday night ... In the bottom of the third, Tricia Aggabao hit a single over the second baseman, and was advanced on a bunt single from Catalina Morris ... On a full count, Lappin hit a single over third to score Aggabao ... Missy Penna (18-5) struck out five, walked one and allowed just four hits in six innings ... Severson came on in relief for the Cardinal, striking out one and allowing no hits to close out the seventh inning ... Stanford came from behind to defeat ASU on Saturday, winning 3-1 ... Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Erin Howe singled to left field, and Shoney Hixson came on to pinch-run ... Jackie Rinehart advanced Hixson to second on a sac bunt, and Aggabao then knocked a single to right, scoring Hixson from second to tie the game at 1-1 ... Morris opened the sixth inning with a double to right, and was advanced on a sac bunt from Lappin ... Coon then reached on a fielder's choice, with Morris still safe at third ... Smith knocked an RBI single to plate Morris and give Stanford the 2-1 lead ... With two outs, Howe hit a single to left field, bringing home Coon from third for the 3-1 victory ... In the circle, Becky McCullough struck out three, allowing just three hits in four innings ... Severson allowed no hits and no walks in three innings of relief ... The Cardinal fell in the rubber game to ASU, 3-1 ... Morris scored the first run of the game for Stanford, but ASU scored the next three unanswered for the win.

UCLA (8-2, 36-4): The Bruins went 2-1 at home this weekend, dropping their opening game to Oregon State before taking two from Oregon ... Solo homers in the first and the seventh innings were enough offense for Oregon State to eek out the win on Friday, 2-0 ... Each team had just four hits in the pitchers duel between Anjelica Selden (21-3) and Brianne McGowan ... Selden struck out 10 on the day ... UCLA tried to put together a rally in the bottom of the seventh, sparked by Jodie Legaspi's one-out single through the left side ... Whitney Holum then connected on a single up the middle to give the Bruins two on with two outs ... Pinch-hitter Danielle Peterson came in and drew a full-count walk to load the bases, but a strikeout ended the game ... UCLA came back on Saturday vs. Oregon, pounding 12 hits in the 9-3 victory ... Lisa Dodd (15-1) tied her career-high with 10 strikeouts and Legaspi went 3-for-4 with a home run ... The Bruins started hot, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first ... After giving up two runs in the top of the fourth, Legaspi responded with two RBI of her own, courtesy of her 11th home run of the season ... UCLA tacked on their final run in the fifth inning ... Duran and Henry also had multi-hit games, each going 2-for-3 ... The Bruins took the rubber game on Sunday, defeating Oregon, 5-2 ... The Ducks struck first, plating a run in the top of the first inning ... UCLA answered in the second inning, as Legaspi led off with her 12th long ball of the season ... Dodd followed with a single, but was out on a fielders choice by Jaisa Creps ... Creps would advance on a single by Ashley Herrera, and the bags were loaded on a Tara Henry fielder's choice after Herrera beat the throw to second ... After Andrea Duran then drew an RBI walk to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead, Krista Colburn looped a two-RBI single into right field, scoring Creps and Herrera and advancing Duran to third ... A sac fly by Caitlin Benyi would complete the scoring and secure the 5-1 lead ... The game marked the 50th career victory for Selden, who moved to fifth place on UCLA's all-time strikeout list with her 747 career K's.

WASHINGTON (3-7, 29-15): The Huskies were 1-2 in Conference play this weekend, defeating Oregon and dropping a pair of games to Oregon State ... UW shut out Oregon to open the weekend, defeating the Ducks, 5-0 ... The Huskies scored two runs in the first inning on three hits, sparked by Sarah Hyatt's two-out single ... Aimee Minor followed with a double to right centerfield, and then Dena Tyson singled up the middle to give Washington the 2-0 lead ... Minor's double marked the 32nd of her career, which ties her for No. 10 on the UW career list ... UW added three more runs in the third frame on three more hits ... Dominique Lastrapes led off with a double to left centerfield and moved to third on a wild pitch ... Ashley Charters then slapped a single through the left side to plate Lastrapes, triggering and Oregon pitching change ... Hyatt took the first pitch from reliever Melissa Rice over the right centerfield wall to put UW on top, 5-0 ... The homer was the seventh of the season and 41st of her career ... Danielle Lawrie (17-10) held the Ducks to just two hits on the day, striking out 14 ... Washington nearly pulled off an upset against OSU on Saturday, scoring two runs in the seventh, only to have the tying run thrown out at home to end the game in a 3-2 loss ... UW out-hit the Beavers, 9-4, made just one error to OSU's three, and struck out nine batters vs. six for OSU, but couldn't pull off the win, stranding nine runners ... Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Lauren Greer led off with a double to right and was sacrificed to third by Lastrapes ... Charters then slapped an RBI single to give UW its first run of the day ... Minor drew a walk to put runners on first and second with two outs ... Tyson then ripped a single to right, which scored Charters, but Minor was thrown out at home ... In the rubber game, Washington stranded seven runners as OSU blanked the Huskies, 5-0 ... UW is in the midst of its slowest start in league play since opening the 1993 and 1995 seasons 2-8 ... Cailtin Noble (12-5) releived Lawrie in the first, allowing four runs on four hits and striking out seven in 6.2 innings of relief.