This Week in Pac-10 Softball

May 9, 2006

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Thu., May 11
OREGON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*

Fri., May 12
UCLA at STANFORD, 7 p.m.*

Sat., May 13
UCLA at STANFORD, 1 p.m.*

* - Pacific-10 Conference Game


Conference play comes to a close this weekend, with the Conference race centering around the number one ... Any combination of one UCLA victory or one ARIZONA loss will give UCLA the Pac-10 title and corresponding automatic bid to the NCAA Championship ... The Bruins enter the final weekend of Conference play with a three-game lead over Arizona, and head to the Bay Area for a game at CALIFORNIA and two at STANFORD ... The Bruins beat the Cardinal early in the season and split a two-game series with the Bears ... WASHINGTON will play one at Stanford and two at Cal, after splitting two games with Stanford earlier in the year and losing to Cal ... The Arizona schools host the Oregon schools for four games over the weekend, making up for rain outs from earlier in the season ... ARIZONA will play a doubleheader with OREGON on Thursday, before playing two games vs. OREGON STATE ... The Wildcats fell to the Beavers in Corvallis and defeated Oregon earlier in the year ... ARIZONA STATE hosts a doubleheader against the Beavers on Thursday, a doubleheader against the Ducks on Friday, and plays its final Conference game against Oregon on Saturday ... ASU defeated Oregon State earlier in the year, and has yet to complete a game with the Ducks.

Both Arizona and UCLA went undefeated over the week, with the Wildcats logging four Conference wins to move them securely into second place in the Conference standings ... The Bruins logged two wins in Oregon, one over Oregon and one over Oregon State ... The Huskies recorded two important wins in Oregon, upsetting OSU and defeating Oregon on a grand slam in the seventh inning ... OSU fell into a tie for third in the Pac-10 standings after dropping two games to UCLA and Washington over the weekend ... Cal logged two wins over ASU in Tempe, and Stanford suffered three losses in the desert.

UCLA remained atop the Softball Collegiate Top-25 poll for the fifth consecutive week, and Arizona also stayed at No. 3 ... UCLA and Arizona have been in the Top-4 for 13 consecutive weeks ... California moved up to No. 5, and Oregon State fell to No. 6 after losing two Conference games ... ASU sits at No. 7, while Stanford dropped a spot to No. 9 following three losses in Arizona ... Washington rounds out the Pac-10 contingent in the poll at No. 17 ... The Pac-10 remains the strongest Conference in the poll, with seven of eight schools ranked in the Top-20.


Tue., May 2
San Jose State 3, STANFORD 4 (8 inn.)
Santa Clara 0, OREGON 6
Santa Clara 1, OREGON 9 (5 inn.)

Wed., May 3
OREGON 0, Portland State, 4
OREGON 2, Portland State 3

Fri., May. 5

Sat., May 6

Sun., May 7
WASHINGTON 1, OREGON 2 (11 inn.)*
UCLA at OREGON STATE, 12 p.m.*

* - Pacific-10 Conference Game


ARIZONA (11-6, 40-9)
: The Wildcats have won their last six games, moving them up to second place in the Conference standings ... Arizona defeated in-state rival ASU and swept the Bay Area schools at home over the weekend, taking one game from Cal and two from Stanford ... Arizona routed the Sun Devils, 10-0, in a six-inning duel that saw eight different Arizona hitters combine for 12 hits ... The Wildcats chalked up five runs on six hits to defeat the Golden Bears, 5-0, on Friday evening ... Taryne Mowatt (19-4) retired the first 11 Cal hitters she faced, going six and two-thirds innings to earn her second victory over the Golden Bears this season ... The game was scoreless through the fifth inning, when Arizona posted three runs ... Caitlin Lowe started the rally with a single up the middle, followed by a walk by Autumn Champion and a Kristie Fox hit-by-pitch to load the bases ... Jenae Leles drove in the game's first run with a groundout to second, scoring Lowe ... Chelsie Mesa then hit a double off the center field wall, scoring Champion and Fox ... In the sixth, Callista Balko laced a double down the left field line to bring in two more runs for UA, bringing the score to its final 5-0 tally ... Lowe's first-inning stolen base was her 98th career snag ... UA won a comeback thriller over Stanford on Saturday, thanks to a Fox double in the seventh inning ... Acton led off the third inning with a single to center and Lowe and Champion followed with a pair of bunt singles to load the bases ... Fox worked a 3-1 count for a sac fly that scored Acton ... Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Laine Roth led off with a double to start the game-winning rally ... Senior Kelly Nelson pinch-ran for Roth, and was advanced to third on an Acton sacrifice hit ... Lowe scored Nelson on a sac fly to tie the game, followed Champion's third single of the night ... With two outs, Fox drilled a single to center field, scoring Champion for the 2-1 win ... Alicia Hollowell (21-4) logged six strikeouts in her complete-game outing ... In the rubber game with the Cardinal, two three-run homers powered the Wildcats to a 6-1 victory ... Mowatt won her fifth consecutive decision, limiting the Stanford hitters to just one run on five hits in her 18th complete game of the year ... She struck out six in the game ... Champion and Fox drew walks to open the first inning, and were plated on Balko's 10th home run of the year ... The fifth inning mirrored the first for UA, with two walks and a Mesa homer to bring Arizona's lead to 6-1 ... Arizona leads the league with a 1.07 ERA and .304 batting average.

ARIZONA STATE (7-9, 43-12): The Sun Devils dropped three Conference games this week, falling to in-state rival Arizona on Wednesday, 10-0 ... ASU threatened in the fifth, as they loaded the bases ... Michelle Smith led off with a walk, and pinch-hitter Jessica Mapes followed with a single to place runners on the corners with two outs ... Kaitlin Cochran was intentionally walked to load the bases, before Jackie Vasquez flied out to center to end the inning ... ASU bounced back with a shut out of its own, blanking Stanford, 6-0 ... Katie Burkhart (22-6) struck out 10 and the Sun Devil offense logged eight hits to snap their three-game losing streak ... ASU posted three runs in the first inning, with Mapes and Mindy Cowles opening the inning with walks ... Cochran then laid down a bunt single to advance the runners .. Rhiannon Baca then drew another walk, scoring Mapes ... Smith then singled to third, scoring Cowles ... Cochran then scored on an RBI fielders choice from Ashley Werschky, bringing the score to 3-0 ... In the third inning, ASU tacked on their remaining three runs, starting with a leadoff walk from Baca ... Smith laid down a bunt single, and both advanced on a wild pitch ... Werschky logged a two-RBI single up the middle, and advanced to third on an error ... She was plated on a single from Sharee Zaleski, and the Cardinal could not overcome the six-run deficit ... ASU dropped its next two games to Cal, 4-1 and 3-0, despite great pitching from Burkhart ... On Saturday, the Sun Devil offense only generated three hits off the Golden Bears ... Their solo run came on a sixth-inning Cowles home run, her league-leading 15th long ball of the year ... On Sunday, Burkhart struck out 12, but Cal found eight hits and used solid pitching from Kristina Thorson to secure the win ... ASU threatened in the sixth inning, loading the bases with singles from Jackie Rinehart, Mapes and Cochran, but were unable to capitalize ... Cochran continues to lead the league in batting average (.451), slugging percentage (.784), on-base percentage (.556), and RBI (52) ... Cowles leads the league in home runs (15) and stolen bases (30).

CALIFORNIA (10-8, 42-11): The Golden Bears opened a three-game stint at the Arizona schools with a 5-3 loss to Arizona ... Trailing 5-0 in the seventh, Cal mounted a three-run rally that just fell short ... The Bears tallied four hits in the loss, four of which came in the last frame ... Erika Racklin, pinch-running for Haley Woods, scored on an RBI single from Julie Meyer ... Lindsay James later drove in Carly Winger and Meyer on a single to left center ... Kristina Thorson (29-7) started the game and three shutout innings, giving up just two hits and striking out three ... Freshman Lauren Frankiewicz (13-3) entered the game in the fourth inning and gave up five runs on four hits ... Cal powered back to pick up two wins at Arizona State ... Alex Sutton drove in Racklin, who was pinch-running for James, to score the Bears' first run of the game in the fourth inning ... Sutton later scored when Emily Friedman reached base on an error ... Katie Vickers homered later in the inning, sending Woods home ... Frankiewicz logged her 13th win of the season in her three-inning, seven-strikeout appearance ... Cal shut out the Sun Devils on Sunday, behind strong pitching from Thorson, who recorded her career-best 30th win and 14th shutout of the season ... Chloe Kloezman got the Bears on board in the second inning with a solo home run ... In the third, pinch hitter Jeana Gevas singled up the middle, sending Kloezman home ... She finished 2-for-4 on the day, with two runs and an RBI.

OREGON (4-12, 24-24): The Ducks played seven games last week, opening with a two-game sweep of Santa Clara ... Sophomore Lovena Chaput went 5-for-6 on the day and Sari-Jane Jenkins went 5-for-7 as the Ducks defeated the Broncos, 6-0 and 9-1, in Eugene ... Chaput and Jenkins were both perfect in the second game, going 3-for-3 while sophomore Joanna Gail belted her sixth homer of the season ... Jenkins also scored five runs in two games while Chaput scored three ... Gail was 2-for-3 with four RBI in the second game ... Seven players had at least one RBI in the two games and eight players had at least one hit, as the Ducks combined for 20 hits on the day and didn't allow an earned run ... Portland State took two games from Oregon on Wednesday, winning 4-0 in game one and 3-2 in game two ... In the first game, Beth Boskovich went 2-for-3 while Suzie Barnes and Dani Baird accounted for Oregon's other two hits ... Portland State only pitched to three batters over the minimum, allowing four hits and striking out six ... In game two, Oregon got out to an early 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Kristi Leiter that scored Kristi Jorgensen ... Baird made it 2-0 with an RBI single in the fourth inning, scoring Jenkins ... Portland State's Kimi Daniel knocked a walk-off homer in the seventh to give the Vikings the 3-2 win ... The Ducks continued their slump on Friday, falling 7-0 to UCLA ... Oregon only had four hits in the game, from Barnes, Chaput, Ann Marie Topps and Aimee Morris ... Alicia Cook (5-9) struck out six in 5.1 innings of relief in the game ... On Saturday versus Washington, the Huskies got off to a 1-0 lead ... Barnes led off the bottom of the sixth for the Ducks with a double and scored when Jenkins hit a pop-up and moved to second when there was no Husky covering first base ... Following an intentional walk to Boskovich, Chaput gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead by smacking a double to right field, plating Jenkins ... UW intentionally walked Baird to load the bases, which set up Kayleen Hudson's sac fly that scored Jorgensen ... Washington answered with a five-run, four-hit rally in the seventh inning to secure a 6-3 come-from-behind win ... The Ducks got revenge in the rubber game, beating UW in 11 innings ... Oregon took a 1-0 lead in the third, when Barnes and Jenkins hit back-to-back singles ... A wild pitch advanced the runners, and Barnes scored on a Boskovich sac fly ... UW knotted the game at 1-1 in the seventh, and the game remained scoreless for three more innings ... In the bottom of the 11th, Boskovich hit a single through the middle, followed by a walk to Chaput ... Hudson then followed with a sharp single to left to load the bases ... With two outs, Gail hit a soft grounder toward third that scored Boskovich ... Freshman Melissa Rice (8-5), UO's third pitcher of the day pitched a pair of perfect innings to win her eighth game of the season ... The Ducks play five games on the road to wrap up the regular season, needing to win three to ensure a winning record and become eligible for postseason play.

OREGON STATE (9-7, 37-10): The Beavers dropped two 1-0 decisions at home last weekend, falling to third place in the Pac-10 standings ... Brianne McGowan (23-5) scattered eight hits and recorded seven strikeouts in the contest, but the Beaver batters were unable to get things going offensively ... Mia Longfellow legged out an infield single in the first inning and Paige Lowe singled to left field for OSU's only hits over the first six innings ... The Beavers mounted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, after a single up the middle from Lisa Allen and DeAnn Young got hit by a pitch ... McGowan lofted a shot to the warning track to advance Natalie Johnson, who was pinch-running for Allen, but Vanessa Iapala's hard liner to center was caught to end the contest ... Against UCLA on Saturday, OSU junior pitcher Ta'Tyana McElroy (14-5) allowed just five Bruin hits in the complete-game performance, dropping a 1-0 decision ... McGowan and Stefanie Ewing posted back-to-back singles in the second inning against UCLA starter Lisa Dodd, but OSU couldn't capitalize ... Sophomore Cambria Miranda went 2-for-3 at the plate ... The Bruins used Andrea Duran's double and Benyi's two-out RBI to squeak out the game's lone run in the fifth ... The rubber game was rained out on Sunday, and will not be made up ... The Beavers finish their regular season with four games in Arizona, and are only one and a half games out of second place in the Conference race.

STANFORD (7-11, 35-15): The Cardinal defeated Bay Area rival San Jose State before dropping three Conference games in Arizona ... Against the Spartans, Stanford fell behind by three runs in the first inning, but came within a run in the sixth of a double by Michelle Smith ... Jackie Rinehart then brought home Lindsay Key in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, and sophomore Anna Beardman hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth ... Missy Penna (19-9) struck out eight in her complete-game outing ... The Cardinal was shut out by ASU on Friday, 6-0 ... Catalina Morris opened the first inning with a base hit to right field, and was advanced by a sacrifice hit from Rinehart ... Maddy Coon was then hit by a pitch, but the inning ended runless for Stanford ... Morris laid down a bunt to get on base in the top of the third and later stole second, but was stranded ... She had two of Stanford's three hits on the day ... The Cardinal lost a seventh-inning heartbreaker to Arizona on Saturday, 3-2 ... Stanford took over the lead in the fourth inning, thanks to a two-run homer by Key that scored Coon ... In seven innings, Becky McCullough (9-5) struck out five, walked none and allowed 10 hits ... Coon was 2-for-2 at the plate with a run and a walk ... The Cardinal fell victim to Arizona home runs on Sunday, giving up two three-run homers that were enough to seal the win ... Smith homered in the fourth inning to bring the Cardinal within two runs, but it wasn't enough ... In just over five innings, Laura Severson (7-0) struck out three, walked three and allowed five hits in the game.

UCLA (14-3, 42-5): The Bruins continued their tear through the Conference, winning two more games this weekend ... They have won their last six Conference games, and eight of their last 10 ... UCLA's 'magic number' to win the 2006 Pac-10 Championship, their eight Conference title, is one ... Any combination of one UCLA victory or one Arizona loss will give UCLA the Pac-10 title and corresponding automatic bid to the NCAA Championship ... On Friday in Eugene, UCLA used an 11-strikeout performance from Anjelica Selden (27-4) and a five-run second inning to defeat Oregon, 7-0 ... A two-out rally plated five Bruins in the fifth inning ... Jodie Legaspi led off with a single up the middle, and was sacrificed to second by Lisa Dodd (15-1) ... After Whitney Holum drew a walk, Ashley Herrera put down a successful sac bunt, giving the Bruins two runners in scoring position ... Tara Henry then battled in a double-figures pitch at-bat with a single, scoring Legaspi for the first run of the game ... Andrea Duran walked to load the bases for Krista Colburn, who put a two-RBI single up the middle, making the score 3-0 ... A Caitlin Benyi single plated Duran for the fourth run, and she then advanced to second on a throw from the outfield to the plate ... An errant throw scored Colburn to bring the lead to 5-0 ... In the sixth, Herrera and Henry led off with consecutive slap-hit singles, and the two advanced when there was no Oregon player covering second ... Duran then put a triple into right center to score the two, making the score 7-0 ... Selden's first strikeout of the day gave her 785 career K's, which passes Lisa Fernandez for sole possession of third place on UCLA's career strikeout list ... UCLA posted a 1-0 victory over Oregon State on Saturday ... After a first-inning single from Emily Zaplatosch, the Bruin bats went quiet while OSU tallied four hits through the first three frames ... The scoreless tie continued until the top of the fifth, when Duran knocked a one-out double off the center field wall and advanced to third on a foul ball ... A single to left from Benyi was enough to plate Duran, giving UCLA the 1-0 lead ... Dodd finished with two strikeouts during her two and a third innings in the circle, while Selden finished with seven K's, including retiring the side in the bottom of the seventh ... Duran hit .429 for the week, going 3-for-7 with two runs scored, two doubles, a triple, two RBI and a walk for a 1.000 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage.

WASHINGTON (6-12, 32-20): The Huskies got two well-needed Conference victories in Oregon over the weekend, including a 1-0 upset over Oregon State and a 6-3 victory over Oregon ... Danielle Lawrie (20-12) struck out 11 Beavers, allowing just three hits ... The Huskies jumped on OSU early with back-to-back singles from Dominique Lastrapes and Ashley Charters to open the first inning, and a sac bunt by Aimee Minor put two runners in scoring position with one out ... OSU hurler Brianne McGowan froze the next two batters on strikes to get out of the game unscathed ... Washington put runners on base in each of the last five innings, but was unable to score a run until the seventh inning ... Ashlyn Watson led off the bottom frame with a home run over the left-center field fence to break open a scoreless tie and lift the Huskies to the victory ... The game marked UW's eighth game over the year against a Top-5 opponent ... They are 3-5 in those games this season ... On Saturday in Eugene, Lawrie set the school record for strikeouts in a season with 326, tallying 11 in the game ... She surpassed All-American Jennifer Spediacci, who struck out 316 in 1999 ... The Huskies threatened throughout the game, but were unable to push a runner across until the sixth inning ... Lastrapes led off with a single to left field and was replaced by pinch runner Nicole Moojen ... Charters followed with a single to first, and an errant throw advanced Moojen to third and Charters to second ... After UO intentionally walked Minor to load the bases, Brooke Woodward singled to left to score Moojen and give UW the 1-0 lead ... Junior Dena Tyson led off the seventh with a single to left, and was replaced by pinch runner Marnie Koziol ... After a line out to center by Alicia Matthews, Lauren Greer singled to left ... Lastrapes followed with a single to left, and Koziol scored on a ground out by Charters ... The Ducks intentionally walked Minor again to load the bases, and Woodward hit a towering homer over the left field fence for her second career home run and first career grand slam to give the Huskies the 6-3 win ... The Huskies fell to Oregon, 2-1, in 11 innings on Sunday ... Oregon jumped to an early 1-0 lead, and the Huskies staged a seventh-inning, two-out rally, scoring a run on three hits to push the game into extra innings ... Senior Sarah Hyatt led off with a single over the third baseman and Tyson followed with a single to right field ... After a pair of Husky strikeouts, Greer laced a single into right field to score pinch-runner Koziol from second and knot the score 1-1 ... UW hurler Caitlin Noble (12-8) held the Ducks hitless through the next five inning before the Ducks scored the game-winner in the 11th on a Husky error ... Noble took the tough loss as she held UO to two runs on six hits with 14 strikeouts over 10.2 innings of work.

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