This Week in Pac-10 Softball

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May 16, 2006

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

THURS., MAY 18
Provo Regional
Southern Utah vs. No. 14 Washington, 6 p.m.

Tucson Regional
No. 2 Arizona vs. Marist, 6:30 p.m.

FRI., MAY 19
Los Angeles Regional
No. 1 UCLA vs. Missouri State, 5 p.m.

Fresno Regional
Tulsa vs. No. 12 Stanford, 7:30 p.m.

Provo Regional
Game 3- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 12:30 p.m.
Game 4- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 3 p.m.
Game 5- Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 6 p.m.

Hempstead Regional
Long Island vs. No. 6 Arizona State, 2:30 p.m.

Corvallis Regional
No. 7 Oregon State vs. Nevada, 4 p.m.

Iowa City Regional
Illinois State vs. No. 10 California, 5 p.m.

Tucson Regional
Game 3- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 1:30 p.m.
Game 4- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 4 p.m.
Game 5- Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3, 6:30 p.m.

SAT., MAY 20
Los Angeles Regional
Game 3- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 2:30 p.m.
Game 4- Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 5 p.m.
Game 5- Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7:30 p.m.

Fresno Regional
Game 3- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 12 p.m.
Game 4- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 2:30 p.m.
Game 5- Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 5 p.m.

Provo Regional
Game 6- Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 11 a.m. (Game 7 at 1:30 p.m. if needed)

Hempstead Regional
Game 3- Winner game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 10 a.m.
Game 4- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 12:30 p.m.
Game 5- Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 3 p.m.

Corvallis Regional
Game 3- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 10 a.m.
Game 4- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 5- Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Iowa City Regional
Game 3- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 2 p.m.
Game 4- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4:30 p.m.
Game 5- Loser Game 4 vs. Winner Game 3, 7 p.m.

Tucson Regional
Game 6- Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 3 p.m. (Game 7 at 5 p.m. if needed)

SUN., MAY 21
Los Angeles Regional
Game 6- Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 2 p.m. (Game 7 at 4:30 p.m. if needed)

Fresno Regional
Game 6- Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 1 p.m. (Game 7 at 3:30 p.m. if needed)

Corvallis Regional
Game 6- Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 1 p.m. (Game 7 at 4 p.m. if needed)

Hempstead Regional
Game 6- Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 12 p.m. (Game 7 at 2:30 p.m. if needed)

Iowa City Regional
Game 6- Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 12 p.m. (Game 7 at 2:30 p.m. if needed)

SEVEN PAC-10 TEAMS QUALIFY FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT

For the eighth consecutive year, the Pac-10 qualified at least seven of its eight teams to the NCAA Tournament. Pac-10 champion UCLA received the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, and will be joined in the postseason by No. 2 ARIZONA, No. 6 ARIZONA STATE, No. 7 OREGON STATE, No. 10 CALIFORNIA, No. 12 STANFORD and No. 14 WASHINGTON. Pac-10 teams have advanced to the Regional Tournament a combined 115 times, and have garnered a 456-208 (.687) record. The Conference has won 18 of 24 national titles- 11 by UCLA, six by Arizona and one by Cal.

Three Pac-10 teams will host first and second round Regional action- UCLA, Arizona, and Oregon State. The Bruins take on Missouri State at Easton Stadium on Fri., May 19 at 5 p.m.. Arizona hosts Marist on Thurs., May 18 at 6:30 p.m., and OSU will face Nevada in Corvallis on Fri., May 19 at 4 p.m. The Sun Devils will go cross-country to face Long Island in Hempstead, N.Y., on Fri., May 19 at 2:30 p.m. Cal travels to the Iowa City Regional to play Illinois State at 5 p.m. on Fri., May 19, and Stanford heads south to Fresno to battle with Tulsa at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., May 19. Washington will meet Southern Utah at the Provo Regional at 6 p.m. on Thurs., May 18. The Conference boasts a combined 227-38 (.857) record against non-conference opponents, and has the most teams of any league ranked in both polls.

PAC-10 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

In the sports' 24-year NCAA history, Pac-10 schools have won the NCAA title 18 times, more than any Conference in the nation. There have been 11 occasions when the NCAA championship game featured two Pac-10 schools, and only eight different teams overall have claimed the crown.

In 2005, all eight Pac-10 teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in history. The 2005 campaign was the seventh consecutive year in which seven or more teams competed in postseason play. Arizona, Stanford, and Washington each swept their regional tournaments, and three league squads advanced to the Women's College World Series- the most of any Conference. UCLA and Michigan played a new best-two-of-three series to determine the champion, with the Bruins falling in extra innings in game three.

NCAA TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

The Division I Championship provides for a field of 64 teams, and is extended over three weekends of competition. Four teams will participate at each of 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. Sixteen teams were seeded and placed at one of the regional sites.

The regional winners will advance to Super Regional competition for a best-of-three series, held May 26-27 at eight campus sites.

The remaining eight teams will advance to the Women's College World Series, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The championship final will be a best-of-three series. The WCWS will be conducted June 1-7 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Thu., May 11
OREGON 1, ARIZONA 3*
OREGON 5, ARIZONA 9*
OREGON STATE 3, ARIZONA STATE 2 (8 inn.)*
OREGON STATE 2, ARIZONA STATE 9*
UCLA 2, CALIFORNIA 0*
WASHINGTON 2, STANFORD 3*

Fri., May 12
OREGON STATE 0, ARIZONA 1*
OREGON 1, ARIZONA STATE 2*
OREGON 3, ARIZONA STATE 4*
WASHINGTON 0, CALIFORNIA 1 (10 inn.)*
UCLA 2, STANFORD 3*

Sat., May 13
OREGON STATE 2, ARIZONA 11*
OREGON 0, ARIZONA STATE 1*
WASHINGTON 0, CALIFORNIA 1*
UCLA 4, STANFORD 5*

* - Pacific-10 Conference Game

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (15-6, 44-9)
: Winners of their last 10 games, the Arizona Wildcats earned the No. 2 seed overall in the 64-team NCAA tournament field, and will face first-time NCAA qualifier Marist in Tucson on Thurs., May 18 at 6:30 p.m. ... It is their fourth consecutive year hosting a regional, and 13th time in the last 15 seasons ... Ohio State and Auburn will also travel to the Tucson Regional ... The Wildcats clinched second place in the Pac-10 with a sweep of Oregon on Thursday in a doubleheader at Hillenbrand Stadium ... Arizona used a homer and a pair of unearned runs to defeat Oregon, 3-1, in the continuation of a rained-out game from Apr. 2 ... Autumn Champion went 4-for-4, and the `Cats slugged 11 hits ... Alicia Hollowell (23-4) allowed one run on five hits in her complete game performance, striking out eight ... In game two, Taryne Mowatt (20-4) tossed a three-hit shutout in the 9-5 win over the Ducks, becoming the first UA hurler in the Hollowell era to tally 20 wins ... Callista Balko led the offensive charge, going 3-for-3 with four RBI ... During the two games, Caitlin Lowe became the fifth Wildcat in Arizona history to steal 100 bases ... The Wildcats defeated OSU on Saturday and Sunday, 1-0 and 11-2 ... Hollowell tossed a one-hitter on Saturday, her 14th shutout of the year ... Scoreless through six innings, Chelsea Mesa notched an RBI double to score pinch-runner Kelly Nelson ... UA celebrated Senior Day with an 11-2, five-inning blowout of OSU ... Senior Leslie Wolfe (1-1) earned her first victory of the year, throwing a complete game ... The Wildcats had three players hit home runs (Balko, Laine Roth, and Kristie Fox), tying a season-high for the team ... Arizona went 27-9 against NCAA-qualifying teams this season.

ARIZONA STATE (11-10, 47-13): ASU earned the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and will travel to Hempstead, N.Y., to take on Long Island at 2:30 p.m. on Fri., May 19 ... Arizona State is 1-0 all-time against the Blackbirds, and the Hempstead Regional also includes Hofstra and Penn State ... The Sun Devils opened up the final weekend of Pac-10 play splitting two games vs. OSU, losing the first in extra innings, 3-2, and winning the second, 9-2 ... In game one, Desiree Serrano (16-7) pitched the full eight innings, striking out four ... Kaitlin Cochran broke ASU's single-season RBI record during game one, with her 53rd RBI coming on a home run ... In game two, Katie Burkhart (25-6) broke the school record for strikeouts, logging her 321st K of the year ... The Sun Devils put up nine runs on 11 hits in the second game, including homers from Cochran and Kim Zadrozny ... ASU then took three straight games from Oregon, winning both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, 2-1 and 4-3, and finishing out Conference play with a 1-0 win in the rubber game ... The first game of the three was the continuation of a rain-halted game ... Serrano struck out nine in the win ... In the nightcap, Burkhart fanned 11 Ducks, and the Sun Devils used homers from Cochran and Kristen Miller to secure the victory ... Sunday's Senior Day saw ASU set a new school record for most wins in a season with 47 ... Burkhart pitched five hitless innings, and Serrano came in for the save ... Mindy Cowles was 3-for-3 on the day, and scored the game's only run ... ASU is making its second consecutive postseason appearance, and 28th all-time.

CALIFORNIA (23-9, 44-12): Cal garnered the No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and will open play vs. Illinois State in Iowa City, Iowa on Fri., May 19 at 7 p.m. ... Cal is 3-0 all-time vs. the Redbirds ... The Iowa City Regional also includes host Iowa and Nebraska ... The Golden Bears are making their 21st overall appearance in the tournament, and seventh consecutive ... Cal fell to UCLA, 2-0, on Thursday ... Kristina Thorson (32-8) threw a complete game, giving up seven hits and striking out seven ... Cal left nine runners on base in the game ... It marked only the fourth shutout for the Bears this season ... The Bears came back on Saturday to defeat Washington, 1-0, on a Lindsay James home run in the 10th inning ... Thorson threw 10 scoreless innings, striking out 18 in her 30th complete game and 15th shutout of the season ... She is now ranked second in single-season wins at Cal with 32, and third on the season list with 399 strikeouts ... Cal head coach Diane Ninemire recorded her 850th career victory with the win ... On Senior Day Sunday, Haley Woods found the perfect way to punctuate her stellar career, hitting a solo homer that proved to be the game-winner ... That trip around the bases set a new Cal school record for career total bases ... Thorson struck out 15 Huskies in the 1-0 win, securing a third-place finish in the Pac-10 for the Bears ... Thorson has 1,009 career strikeouts, which is good for third in school history ... Woods' homer put her in a tie for third in Cal history in single-season homers ... Thorson leads the league in innings pitched (264.0), strikeouts (399), strikeouts looking (158), wins (32) and saves (5).

OREGON (4-17, 24-29): The Ducks were swept by Arizona in a doubleheader on Thursday, falling 3-1 and 9-5 ... The first game was a makeup game from Apr. 2 ... Oregon came out swinging in game one, taking an early 1-0 lead on doubles from Beth Boskovich and Lovena Chaput ... That would mark UO's only run, as Arizona's Alicia Hollowell allowed only five hits during the game ... In game two, UA took the early lead, but Oregon's offense came alive with two outs in the fifth inning ... Kristi Leiter drew a leadoff walk, and pinch hitter Ann Marie Topps followed with a single up the middle ... Sari-Jane Jenkins then hit an RBI single, and Boskovich reached on an Arizona error that scored Topps ... Chaput then pulled UO within four runs with a three-run home run, but the Duck offense stopped there ... Oregon played three games against ASU on Friday and Saturday, with game one serving as a makeup game ... ASU won the halted game, 2-1, before winning the regularly scheduled game, 4-3 ... ASU was leading the first game, 2-1, and maintained their lead over the next two innings, which proved to be a loss that would dash UO's postseason hopes ... In the second game, ASU took an early 4-0 lead, but Oregon rallied back in the fifth inning, when Dani Baird drew a walk and Suzie Barnes doubled to put runners in scoring position ... Jenkins got the Ducks on the board with a two-run double to pull Oregon within 4-2 ... Oregon lost their season finale to the Sun Devils, 1-0, on Saturday.

OREGON STATE (10-10, 38-13): The Beavers earned the No. 7 seed and will host the NCAA Regional Tournament for the first time in program history ... OSU will face Nevada at 4 p.m. on Fri., May 19 ... They have a 20-14 overall record in their seven previous trips to the Regional Tournament, and have reached the championship game five times ... The Beavers hold a 6-3-1 record all-time vs. the Wolf Pack, with OSU last earning an 8-3 victory at the Worth Tournament last year ... Oregon State split a pair of games with ASU on Thursday, winning the first game in extra innings, 3-2, and falling in the second game, 9-2 ... Adrienne Alo belted two homers, including a game-winning walk-off shot in the bottom of the eighth, to lead OSU over the Sun Devils in game one ... Brianne McGowan (24-6) and ASU's Desiree Serrano were both pitching no-hitters until the offenses came alive in the fourth inning ... OSU got on the board behind Alo's first homer of the game ... Trailing 2-1 in he bottom of the sixth, OSU used a Lisa Allen RBI single that scored Mia Longfellow to knot the score at 2-2 ... Alo's two-out, walk-off homer ended the game in eight frames ... Alo ranks second in all-time home runs at OSU with 34 in her career, and moved into fourth place in the Beaver record books with 199 career RBI ... The Beavers dropped their final two regular season games at Arizona ... On Friday, the Beavers didn't log a hit until Allen roped a single in the top of the fourth ... Arizona scored the game's lone run in the sixth inning, as McGowan finished with six K's in the loss ... In the rubber game, the Wildcats had three home runs and used tough pitching from Leslie Wolfe to defeat OSU, 11-2, in five innings ... Back-to-back two-out RBI singles from McGowan and DeAnn Young gave OSU an early 2-0 cushion, but UA's first four batters scored in the next frame ... Five different Beaver players recorded hits on the day, and Allen was 2-for-3.

STANFORD (10-11, 38-15): The No. 12-seed Cardinal will travel south to Fresno for the NCAA Regional Tournament, facing Tulsa on Fri., May 19 at 7:30 p.m. ... This year marks the ninth straight postseason appearance for Stanford, and its first-ever meeting with the Golden Hurricane ... Fresno State and Cal State Fullerton are also at the Fresno Regional ... The Cardinal came from behind to overtake Washington, 3-2, on Thursday ... The Huskies scored in the first and fourth innings, but Missy Penna (20-9) slammed a home run in the bottom of the fourth to bring Stanford within one run ... In the fifth, Lauren Lappin brought home Jackie Rinehart on an illegal pitch in the fifth inning, which proved to be the winning run ... Penna struck out six in her six innings pitched, allowing six hits ... Laura Severson (8-0) closed out the seventh inning, walking one and allowing one hit ... The Cardinal upset No. 1/1 UCLA on Friday, 3-2, breaking a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning for the win ... Catalina Morris doubled to get on base in the sixth, and Rinehart brought her home with an RBI single ... Becky McCullough (10-5) struck out four in her complete-game performance ... In the rubber game, the Cardinal took one more game from UCLA, upsetting the Pac-10 champs, 5-4 ... Severson threw the complete game, allowing just four runs on four hits.

UCLA (15-5, 43-7): UCLA was named the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and will begin postseason play on Fri., May 19 at 5 p.m. against Missouri State at Easton Stadium ... Every game of the Los Angeles Regional, which also includes Long Beach State and San Diego State, will be televised live by ESPNU ... The Bruins have been a part of 23 of 25 possible Regional Tournaments, and own 11 total National Championships ... UCLA clinched its eighth Pac-10 title with a 2-0 win at California on Thursday ... Emily Zaplatosch and Jodie Legaspi had fourth-inning RBIs to lead UCLA to the title ... Anjelica Selden (28-5) struck out nine in the win, which marked her 12th shutout of the season ... The Bruins dropped their final two regular season Conference games at Stanford, each by one-run marks ... On Friday, the Cardinal upset UCLA, 3-2, after giving up runs in the first, third and sixth innings ... Lisa Dodd (15-2) suffered just her second loss of the season ... UCLA dropped its final regular season contest, 5-4, at Stanford ... For the second consecutive day, the Cardinal struck first ... Tara Henry was one of the few bright spots for the Bruins in the game, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored ... UCLA currently has five starters batting over .300: Andrea Duran (.352), Caitlin Benyi (.347), Legaspi (.338), Henry (.325), and Krista Colburn (.300).

WASHINGTON (6-15, 32-23): Washington earned the No. 14 seed overall in the NCAA Tournament, and will travel to Provo, Utah to face Southern Utah on Thurs., May 18 at 6 p.m. ... BYU and Kansas round out the Provo Regional ... The Huskies have received 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, and are 50-22 all-time in the postseason ... UW fell to Stanford, 3-2, on Thursday ... Aimee Minor was hit by a pitch and Brooke Woodward walked to open the first inning ... Dena Tyson laced a two-out single to center to score Minor and give Washington the 1-0 edge ... The Huskies added a run in the fourth inning with a pair of hits, a double from Tyson and an RBI single from Woodward ... Danielle Lawrie (20-14) and Caitlin Noble (12-9) combined for the loss ... Washington dropped two heartbreaking 1-0 losses to California to close out the regular season ... On Friday, Lawrie pitched 9.1 innings, allowing one run on nine hits, striking out 14 ... She combined with Cal's Thorson to fan 32 batters on the day ... One homer proved to the difference on Saturday, as Noble allowed just two hits on the day, fanning four in as many innings ... Lawrie pitched two innings of relief, giving up no hits and striking out two ... UW lost 10 league games this season by a one-run margin.

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