No. 5/6 Stanford Travels To Oregon And No. 8/9 Oregon State
April 26, 2006
COMING UP: No. 5/6 Stanford Softball (33-10, 6-6) hits the road this weekend to complete two series against Oregon (19-16, 1-6) and No. 8/9 Oregon State (33-7, 4-3). The Cardinal will face Oregon on Friday, April 28 (4:00 pm) before traveling to Corvallis to square off against Oregon State on Saturday, April 29 (1:00 pm). Stanford will close out the weekend against the Beavers on Sunday, April 30 (1:00 pm).
CARDINAL SPLITS WITH ASU, DROPS GAME TO ARIZONA: The Cardinal took on No. 3 Arizona and No. 7/10 Arizona State last weekend, falling to the Wildcats Friday, 4-1. Kristie Fox hit a three-RBI home run in the top of the sixth inning to give Arizona the win. Stanford came from behind to take down the Wildcats, 3-1, on Saturday. Tricia Aggabao hit an RBI single to tie the game in the fifth inning, while Michelle Smith and Erin Howe knocked in runs in the sixth to lead the Cardinal to victory. Stanford fell, 3-1, to ASU on Sunday after the Sun Devils' Michelle Smith hit a two RBI single in the third inning.
OREGON DUCKS: The Oregon Ducks (19-16, 1-6) host the Cardinal after losing three straight conference games last weekend. The Ducks fell, 5-0, to Washington on Friday before dropping a 9-3 contest to UCLA in Los Angeles Saturday and a 5-2 game to the Bruins on Sunday. The Cardinal split two games against the Ducks at home earlier this year, winning 7-3 on April 8, but losing 9-2 to the Ducks on April 9. Kayleen Hudson currently leads the Duck hitters with a .341 average, 14 runs, 16 RBI and four home runs. In the circle, Amy Harris has tallied an 8-4 record with a 1.57 ERA, while Melissa Rice is 6-4 with a 2.52 ERA. Stanford continues to lead the series against the Ducks, 18-17.
NO. 8/9 OREGON STATE BEAVERS: No. 8/9 Oregon State (33-7, 5-4) hosts the Cardinal after winning three straight games last weekend. The Beavers upset top-ranked UCLA, 2-0, before claiming 3-2 and 5-0 wins over Washington. Stanford upset Oregon State, 3-2, on April 7 off of an RBI single by Erin Howe in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mia Longfellow continues to lead the Beaver hitters with a .373 average, 21 runs, 20 RBI and one home run. Pitcher Brianne McGowan is 21-4 this year with a 1.20 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 169 innings. Sophomore Cambria Miranda was named USA Softball Co-National Player of the Week yesterday after hitting .556 over the weekend with five runs, five RBI and three home runs. Miranda was also named Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week yesterday, while McGowan was Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week. Stanford leads the series, 28-12, over the Beavers
RECORD REVIEW: Freshmen pitcher Missy Penna came close to Dana Sorensen's single-game strike out record (16) earlier in the year against Nevada, tallying 13 strikeouts. Penna has totalled 139 strikeouts in 26 appearances, putting her near the all-time top-10 list with at least 10 games to play. Fellow newcomer Maddy Coon has homered nine times this year, one home run out of the all-time top-10 list. Sophomore Anna Beardman has collected five triples thus far, putting her one away from Catalina Morris' school record of six triples in 2004.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST: The Amateur Softball Association announced its initial watch list on February 2 for the 5th annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The award is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Seniors Lauren Lappin and Catalina Morris and junior Jackie Rinehart have been named to the Watch List. A list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 10, followed by a list of three finalists to be announced May 31. The winner will be announced during the WCWS in Oklahoma City.
NATIONAL POLL: UCLA remains atop both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA Top 25 polls for the third-straight week, while Texas and Arizona hold strong in the second and third spots, respectively. Stanford continues to claim the fifth ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and sixth ranking in the USA Today/NFCA poll.
PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL: Stanford was selected by conference coaches in the preseason poll to finish third in the Pac-10 this season. UCLA earned seven first-place votes to take the top spot, followed by Arizona in second with one first-place vote. Bay Area rival California is ranked fourth in the conference. UCLA, Arizona and California all advanced to the WCWS in 2005, with UCLA losing to Michigan in the championship series. 2005 marked the 19th-straight season in which a Pac-10 team played in the WCWS championship game.
HEAD COACH John Rittman: Now in his tenth season on The Farm, head coach John Rittman has tallied a 388-181-1 overall record (nine full seasons) and coached his team to the school's first-ever conference championship last season. Rittman recently celebrated his 400th career win against Maryland at the Palm Springs Classic. In 2004, Rittman was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and went on to help coach Team USA to a gold medal at the Athens Summer Olympics.