This Week in Pac-10 Softball

May 2, 2006

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Tue., May 2
San Jose State at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
Santa Clara at OREGON, 1 p.m.

Wed., May 3
OREGON at Portland State, 3 p.m.

Fri., May. 5
UCLA at OREGON, 4 p.m.*

Sat., May 6

Sun., May 7
UCLA at OREGON STATE, 12 p.m.*

* - Pacific-10 Conference Game


Conference play winds down this weekend, with only seven games remaining for the Arizona schools and six remaining for everyone else ... This week, UCLA and WASHINGTON travel to the Oregon schools ... Earlier this season, UCLA beat OREGON twice and lost, 2-0, to OREGON STATE at home ... Washington defeated Oregon at home, then dropped two games to the Beavers ... STANFORD and CALIFORNIA head south to the Arizona schools for pivotal Conference games ... The Cardinal dropped a game to ARIZONA and split two games with ARIZONA STATE earlier in the year ... Cal split two games with the Wildcats and lost to ASU at home ... Arizona and ASU also meet on Wednesday in Tucson to complete the third game of their Conference matchup.

Oregon went 2-3 over the week, logging upset wins over Stanford and Cal in Eugene ... Alicia Cook threw the program's first-ever perfect game against Stanford, a 9-0, run-rule victory ... The Ducks also notched a 5-1 win over the Bears, in a continuation of a halted game ... Oregon State logged four Conference wins over the week, two over Oregon and one each against Stanford and Cal, to move firmly into second place in the Pac-10 standings ... UCLA also notched four Pac-10 wins, completing its season sweep of the Arizona schools and splitting a double-header with Washington ... Cal was 2-2 in Oregon, taking two games of three from the Ducks and losing one to OSU ... Stanford split two games with Oregon State after losing to Oregon ... Arizona lost a game at UCLA before sweeping a double-header at Washington, while Arizona State won at Washington and dropped two at UCLA.

UCLA remained atop the Softball Collegiate Top-25 poll for the fourth consecutive week, and Arizona also stayed at No. 3 ... UCLA and Arizona have been in the Top-4 for 12 consecutive weeks ... Oregon State moved up to No. 5, its highest ranking in program history, after winning four Pac-10 games this week ... ASU also made its highest appearance in the rankings this season at No. 6, while Cal moved up to No. 7 ... Stanford fell to No. 8, following losses to the Oregon schools ... Washington fell to No. 16, following four Conference losses over the week ... The Pac-10 remains the strongest Conference in the poll, with seven of eight schools ranked in the Top-20.

UCLA's Andrea Duran was selected as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for Apr. 24-30 ... She becomes the first repeat winner this season, after earning the honor on Apr. 11.


Wed., Apr 26

Fri., Apr. 28

Sat., Apr. 29

Sun., Apr. 30

* - Pacific-10 Conference Game


ARIZONA (7-6, 36-9)
: The Wildcats garnered two more Conference wins this weekend, sweeping a doubleheader at Washington and dropping a game to UCLA ... Arizona struck first at UCLA, as Autumn Champion laid down a bunt single and then stole second ... UCLA hurler Anjelica Selden then walked the next three straight to bring in UA's first run of the game ... UCLA responded with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning ... UCLA then piled on seven consecutive runs off three homers ... The Wildcats strung together a rally in the seventh ... Chelsea Mesa drew a one-out walk and Laine Roth singled to put runners at first and second for Arizona ... After an Adrienne Acton fly out, Caitlin Lowe laced an RBI-double to right, but the Bruins took the game, 8-2 ... After rain cancelled their game on Saturday in Seattle, Arizona swept the Huskies in a doubleheader on Sunday ... Alicia Hollowell pitched her 17th career no-hitter in a 2-0 victory in game one ... She struck out 12, allowing only one Husky to reach base after the first inning ... Callista Balko hit two homers, which would be all the runs they needed ... Balko's blasts came in the second and fourth innings, and were her seventh and eighth on the year ... After recording the no-hitter in game one, Hollowell tossed another complete game victory in the rubber game ... She allowed one run on four hits, striking out 13 ... Arizona scored 10 runs in the victory, its most in Pac-10 play this year ... Lowe opened the game with a walk, followed by an Autumn Champion sacrifice ... Kristie Fox then notched her 10th homer of the year, plating Lowe to score the first of her four runs in the contest ... Jenae Leles drew a walk, and a Balko single and a pair of illegal pitches from UW pitcher Caitlin Noble scored Leles ... In the second, Acton singled and a Lowe homer gave UA a 5-0 advantage ... After drawing a leadoff walk to open the fourth inning, Lowe advanced to third on a Champion single ... Fox then knocked a sac fly to left, scoring Lowe ... In the fifth, Roth led off with a walk and advanced to second on a Mesa single ... Taryne Mowatt advanced the pair with a sac bunt, and Acton drove in pinch-runner Jill Malina with a ground ball single ... UA scored its eighth run of the day on a mishandled ball by UW's Danielle Lawrie ... She homered in the bottom of the fifth to prevent the run-rule, but Arizona kept on rolling ... Lowe led off the seventh with her fourth walk of the game, and was then plated on a double from Champion ... Fox tacked on her second hit of the game, and Champion scored on a Husky error ... The Wildcats lead the league in ERA (1.03), opposing batting average (.148) and strikeouts (512).

ARIZONA STATE (6-6, 42-9): ASU went 1-2 at Washington and UCLA this weekend, defeating the Huskies in Seattle and dropping two games to the Bruins in Los Angeles ... Katie Burkhart struck out 15 Huskies on Friday night, as the Sun Devils edged UW, 1-0 ... She allowed only one hit on the day ... ASU had four hits on the day, three of which were doubles from Kaitlin Cochran, Rhiannon Baca and Kim Zadrozny ... ASU's sole run came in the seventh, as Baca led off with a double down the left field line and was plated by Zadrozny's double ... Burkhart maintained her no-hitter until the seventh inning, when UW's Aimee Minor hit a single through the left side ... She struck out two Huskies to end the game ... The Sun Devils were on the losing side of a pitching duel at UCLA, falling to the Bruins, 1-0 ... The team only had one hit, a single to the left side by Heidi Knabe ... ASU attempted to make a rally in the seventh, with Cochran and Baca drawing back-to-back walks, but were shut down by two more Selden strikeouts ... On Sunday, Cochran opened the game with her 12th home run of the year, giving ASU a 1-0 lead ... The Bruins knotted the score in the third with two hits, and then scored two more in the fourth for the 3-1 win ... Burkhart struck out six in the game, allowing three runs on six hits, only one of them earned ... Cochran continues to lead the league in batting average (.458), slugging percentage (.817), and on-base percentage (.563), and Michelle Smith leads the Conference with 30 stolen bases.

CALIFORNIA (8-7, 40-10): The Golden Bears went 2-2 in Conference games over the weekend, defeating Oregon twice in Eugene ... Cal fell at Oregon State to open the weekend, 4-2, in Corvallis ... Trailing 1-0 in the third, Alex Sutton doubled to right center and then scored on a single by Haley Woods ... Woods was then plated on an RBI single from Emily Friedman for the 2-1 lead ... OSU then scored a run in the fifth and sixth innings for the 4-2 win ... In the continuation of an Apr. 7 game that was halted due to rain, Cal fell to Oregon, 5-1 ... The Bears scored their only run in the third inning, when Julie Meyer doubled and then came home on a passed ball ... Lauren Frankiewicz took the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits and striking out four ... Cal tallied just three hits in the game ... In the second game, Cal's four runs in the top of the first were all the Bears would need in the 4-0 win ... Morgan Siegel led off the game with a single and later scored on an RBI single from Friedman ... Katie Vickers drove Friedman home on an RBI single, and Chloe Kloezeman sent Woods and Vickers home on a double to right field ... Kristina Thorson tossed a two-hitter in the Bears' shutout win ... Thorson no-hit Cal on Sunday, her second of the season and Cal's third overall, for the 6-0 win ... She struck out 11 in the win ... Woods got the Bears on board in the first inning with a three-run homer, scoring Sutton and Lindsay James ... It marked her 13th homer of the season, matching her 2005 season total ... Cal put up two more runs in the third, on an RBI single from Sutton and a sac fly from Vickers ... Siegel scored on Sutton's single, and Sutton went home on Vickers' sac fly ... The Bears rounded out their scoring in the fourth, on a solo homer from Meyer, her seventh of the season ... Thorson matched her career-high with 28 wins, a mark she hit in 2004 ... Cal leads the league with a .308 batting average, and ranks third with a 1.28 ERA ... They have also scored a league-leading 254 runs and have the most hits at 412.

OREGON (3-10, 21-20): The Ducks opened their five-game week with two losses at Oregon State in the final games of their Civil War battle ... Oregon combined for eight hits in the first game, a 4-3 loss, led by catcher Courtney Shlee, who finished the game 2-for-3 ... Six other players had at least one hit, including Joanna Gail's fourth homer of the season ... In the second game, a 2-1 loss, the Ducks were led offensively by Breanne Sabol and Lovena Chaput, who each went 2-for-3 ... Sabol accounted for the Ducks' lone RBI ... Oregon led early in both games, and were hurt by home runs from Oregon State ... The Ducks bounced back from the two losses in a big way, using the program's first-ever perfect game from Alicia Cook to upset Stanford, 9-0, in five innings ... The win snapped a five-game losing skid for the Ducks ... Cook retired all 15 batters she faced and had one strikeout ... It was UO's second no-hitter this season and 14th overall, but the first-ever perfect game ... The Ducks took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third, as Suzie Barnes drove in Kristi Jorgensen with a one-out triple ... Sari-Jane Jenkins made it 2-0 with an RBI single that scored Barnes ... Sabol continued the rally, scoring Jenkins on a double to deep left center ... Beth Boskovich then lined an RBI double to score Sabol and complete the rally ... Sabol hit her second double of the game in the fifth, advancing to third on a single by Boskovich ... Chaput then hit the Ducks' fourth double of the game to score Sabol for the 5-0 lead ... A walk to Kayleen Hudson loaded the bases, setting up a grand slam from Gail to end the game in the bottom of the inning ... The last time Oregon run-ruled a Conference opponent was on May 1, 2004 vs. Washington ... The Ducks split a doubleheader with Cal on Saturday, winning a makeup game, 5-1, and dropping the second game, 4-0 ... At the time the game was halted, Oregon was leading 2-0 and had the bases loaded with one out ... Cal posted a run in the third, but the Ducks got the run back in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by Hudson that scored Jenkins ... Hudson then scored from second on a Cal error ... Baird doubled to right, then Boskovich was hit by a pitch to load the bases ... Barnes was then hit by a pitch, scoring Morris to make it 5-1 Oregon ... Amy Harris retired nine straight batters to end the game for the Ducks ... Cal posted a 4-0 lead in the first inning of the second game, and used solid pitching from Kristina Thorson to secure the shutout win ... Cal used another near-perfect game from Thorson on Sunday to win the rubber game, 6-0 ... The Ducks were held hitless, and had just three base runners ... The Ducks lead the league in triples (14) and double plays (22).

OREGON STATE (9-5, 37-8): The Beavers blazed through Conference play this weekend, opening with two Civil War wins vs. Oregon ... With the sweep, the Beavers secured the Northwest Dodge Dealers Civil War Series Cup for Oregon State with OSU earning a 12-5 advantage in the final standings ... Sophomore Cambria Miranda hit two more home runs in the two games, and has now gone deep in five consecutive Conference games ... Oregon jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in game one, but the Beavers retaliated with Miranda's homer in the bottom of the first ... OSU reeled off three straight hits in the frame and took a 2-1 lead when Brianne McGowan belted a sacrifice fly that scored Mia Longfellow ... Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, OSU used a double from DeAnn Young to start their rally ... Lisa Allen picked up her second RBI of the game when she sliced the game-winner into center to score Young and secure the 4-3 victory ... McGowan struck out eight in the contest ... The Ducks struck first in the second game, but used a Paige Lowe homer to tie things up in the bottom of the third ... Miranda hit her 13th home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth, which proved to be the game-winner ... Duck pitcher Alicia Cook would only allow two hits on the day- both home runs ... The Beavers won two more Conference games over the weekend, taking games from Stanford and Cal ... On Friday, Miranda extended her home run hitting streak to six straight games with a leadoff shot to open the game ... Miranda then belted an RBI single in the bottom of the third, scoring Young ... Miranda's 46 runs scored this season set a new school record for single season runs scored, and tie her for the Pac-10 lead ... Ta'Tyana McElroy picked up her 14th win of the season, throwing a one-hitter and striking out five in the 4-2 win ... Young finished a perfect 2-for-2 and an RBI, while Miranda was 2-for-4 with two runs scored ... The Beavers fell to Stanford, 7-5, on Saturday ... Allen hit a grand slam home run and Longfellow blasted a solo shot, but the Cardinal scored four runs on six consecutive hits in the sixth inning to secure the win ... McGowan struck out a season-best 11 batters to lead OSU to a 4-0 victory over Stanford in the rubber game ... The Beavers snapped a seven-game losing streak to Stanford in Corvallis, giving OSU its first home victory in the series since 2001 ... OSU used three hits and a leadoff walk to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, then cushioned its lead to 4-0 when Allen blasted her second homer in as many games, securing the win.

STANFORD (7-8, 34-12): The Cardinal dropped two games in Oregon this weekend, one each to UO and OSU ... On Friday, Stanford fell to Oregon, 9-0, behind a perfect game from UO's Alicia Cook ... On Saturday, the Cardinal overcame a three-run deficit to take down Oregon State, 7-5 ... After taking an early lead in the first off a Catalina Morris home run, the Cardinal fell behind OSU after a Lisa Allen grand slam in the bottom of the first ... Sophomore Erin Howe hit a single to left to open the second inning, later stealing second base ... Tricia Aggabao drew a walk, but the inning ended scoreless ... In the top of the third, Jackie Rinehart hit a single to left and advanced to second an a wild pitch ... Senior Lauren Lappin then slammed a homer down the left line to score two runs for the Cardinal, her first long ball of the season ... Trailing 5-3, Howe doubled to left to lead off the sixth inning ... Aggabao followed with a base hit to short, advancing Howe to third base .. Anna Beardman then plated Howe with a single to left, and Rinehart scored Aggabao from third with another single to the shortstop ... With two outs, Lappin hit a hard single to left, bringing home Beardman and giving Stanford the lead ... With a full count, Maddy Coon hit a single past the shortstop to score Rinehart from second and moving the Cardinal to a 7-5 lead ... Stanford's defense held the Beavers scoreless through two more innings for the win ... Becky McCullough threw the complete game, striking out six and walking none ... Lappin was 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and one run, while Rinehart was 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs ... Stanford dropped the rubber game of the series against OSU, 4-0 ... Rinehart collected the first run of the game for the Cardinal in the top of the fourth, and was advanced on a base hit from Lappin, but the runners were stranded ... Lappin was hit by a pitch to open the seventh inning, and advanced to third on a single from Coon ... Michelle Smith walked to load the bases, but OSU hurler McGowan retired three straight to end the inning for the Beaver win ... In three games over the weekend, Lappin hit .571 with three RBI, one run and one homer ... Rinehart tallied a .500 average with two runs and one RBI.

UCLA (12-3, 40-5): The Bruins opened up a five-game stretch of Conference games on Wednesday, splitting a doubleheader with Washington at Easton Stadium ... UW won a marathon 12-inning game, 3-2, to complete a halted game from Apr. 15 ... Lisa Dodd struck out four and allowed just four hits during her six innings in the circle, while Anjelica Selden came on in relief in the seventh, allowing just two hits and retiring the first 13 batters she faced ... In the fourth inning, a Dodd homer put the Bruins on board, and UCLA added to the lead in the fifth when Andrea Duran led off with a double after the high fly ball was lost in the sun ... Duran was sacrificed to third by Krista Colburn and a Caitlin Benyi single played the second Bruin run of the game ... The Huskies scored on a Bruin throwing error in the 12th to end the three-hour game ... In the second game, Washington took a 4-0 lead in the third, but the Bruins bounced back in the bottom of the frame as Tara Henry led off with a slap-hit infield single, stealing second base and then coming home on a single to left by Duran ... She advanced on a fly ball to the warning track from Colburn, and then UCLA had runners on the corners after a Benyi single to left ... An RBI-single from Emily Zaplatosch scored Duran to bring the Bruins to within two runs ... Legaspi followed with a single, scoring Benyi and putting Bruin runners on first and second ... Dodd then connected on her seventh homer of the season to put the Bruins in the lead, 6-4 ... UCLA notched another run in the fourth, and the Bruins used 10 strikeouts from Selden to secure the 7-6 win ... UCLA has now won seven straight games against Arizona, and 11 straight over the Sun Devils ... The Bruins pounded the Wildcats, 8-2, thanks to 11 strikeouts from Selden and a solo homer and grand slam from Duran ... Zaplatosch also homered in the game ... On Saturday vs. ASU, a triple from Benyi was one of just four hits on the day and led to the only run of the game ... Dodd pitched five and a third one-hit innings while Selden recorded the final five outs of the game ... Dodd had a no-hitter going until the sixth inning ... With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Benyi knocked a triple to the right field corner, and scored the winning run on a wild pitch during a Zaplatosch at-bat ... On senior day in the rubber game of the series, Duran went 2-for-2 with a two-RBI single as UCLA posted a 3-1 victory over Arizona State ... Selden struck out seven in the win, tying Lisa Fernandez for third place on UCLA's all-time strikeout list with 784 career K's ... UCLA's offense opened the third with a slap-hit single from Henry, who was sacrificed to second by Duran and scored easily on a double from Colburn to knot the game 1-1 ... Duran knocked the game-winning RBI in the fourth, crushing a single up the middle to score Alissa Eno and Ashley Herrera ... The Bruins are hitting a league-best .291 in Conference play.

WASHINGTON (4-11, 30-19): The Huskies opened up a five-game Conference week with a doubleheader split at UCLA ... In the first game, UW used a double by senior Aimee Minor and a UCLA throwing error to score the game-winning run in the 12th inning ... The game began in Seattle on Apr. 15, but was halted due to rain after the second inning with no score ... The Huskies struck in the sixth inning, scoring two runs on two hits ... Lauren Greer led off with a single to right field and scored on a triple from Ashley Charters ... Sarah Hyatt then layed down a squeeze bunt to score Charters and not the score, 2-2 ... Charters' triple marked the 10th of her career, tying Minor and Michelle Church for the No. 10 spot of the UW all-time list ... UCLA put runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth innings, but Danielle Lawrie worked her way out of the jams with a strikeout in the eighth and a bases-loaded double-play in the ninth ... She struck out 19 to set a new school record for strikeouts in a game, surpassing the old record of 18 ... Lawrie also is the first pitcher to strike out more than 10 Bruins since Texas' Cat Osterman did it on March 15, 2005 ... In the nightcap, Washington jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, using a leadoff walk to Dominique Lastrapes and an RBI-single by Minor ... UW posted three more runs in the third, on back-to-back homers from Minor and Hyatt ... UCLA battled back in the fourth, scoring six runs on six hits to take a 6-4 lead ... Washington attempted a seventh-inning comeback, scoring one run on an RBI-single by Dena Tyson, but the Huskies left the bases loaded for the 7-6 loss ... Lawrie fanned a school record-tying 19 batters for the second consecutive game on Friday vs. Arizona State ... The pitchers' duel with ASU's Katie Burkhart came to an end when the Sun Devils scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh ... The loss marks UW's sixth one-run loss in Conference play ... Lawrie sits at second on the UW single-season all-time strikeout list with 292, needing just 24 K's to break the record ... In a doubleheader vs. Arizona on Sunday, the Wildcats used a no-hitter from Alicia Hollowell and solid offense to defeat UW 2-0 and 10-1 ... UA used a pair of solo homers and the first no-hitter against the Huskies since Mar. 30, 2003 to take the first game ... Lawrie only surrendered three hits in the game, two of them long balls ... Arizona took an early 3-0 lead in the second game, and the scoring barrage continued from there ... Down 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Lawrie hit her second homer of the season to avoid the eight-run mercy rule ... Charters leads the Pac-10 with 66 hits.

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