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May 23, 2006

NCAA SUPER REGIONAL SCHEDULE
(all times local to site)

FRI., MAY 26
Austin Super Regional
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 14 WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Corvallis Super Regional
No. 7 OREGON STATE vs. No. 10 CALIFORNIA, 4 p.m.

Tempe Super Regional
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE vs. Florida State, 4 p.m. (CSTV)

Tucson Super Regional
No. 2 ARIZONA vs. No. 15 LSU, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)

Tuscaloosa Super Regional
No. 5 Alabama vs. No. 12 STANFORD, 6:30 p.m.

SAT., MAY 27
Austin Super Regional
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 14 WASHINGTON, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 14 WASHINGTON, 8 p.m. (if necessary) (ESPN2)

Corvallis Super Regional
No. 7 OREGON STATE vs. No. 10 CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
No. 7 OREGON STATE vs. No. 10 CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m. (if necessary)

Los Angeles Super Regional
No. 1 UCLA vs. South Florida, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)

Tempe Super Regional
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE vs. Florida State, 5:05 p.m. (CSTV)
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE vs. Florida State, 8:05 p.m. (if necessary) (CSTV)

Tucson Regional
No. 2 ARIZONA vs. No. 15 LSU, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 2 ARIZONA vs. No. 15 LSU, 8:30 p.m. (if necessary) (ESPNU)

Tuscaloosa Super Regional
No. 5 Alabama vs. No. 12 STANFORD, 1:30 p.m.
No. 5 Alabama vs. No. 12 STANFORD, 4 p.m. (if necessary)

SUN., MAY 28
Los Angeles Super Regional
No. 1 UCLA vs. South Florida, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
No. 1 UCLA vs. South Florida, 3 p.m. (if necessary) (ESPNU)

ALL SEVEN TEAMS ADVANCE TO SUPER REGIONALS

For the first time in Conference history, the Pac-10 advanced seven teams to the NCAA Super Regionals ... All seven teams won Regional titles, and four teams will host Super Regional action ... UCLA, ARIZONA and OREGON STATE will continue to host postseason play, with the Bruins facing South Florida, the Wildcats taking on No. 15 LSU and the Beavers hosting Conference-rival and No. 10 CALIFORNIA ... ARIZONA STATE will host a Super Regional for the first time, meeting Florida State at Farrington Stadium ... WASHINGTON travels south to Austin, Tex. to face the No. 3 Texas Longhorns, while STANFORD heads to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to take on fifth-seeded Alabama ... The Pac-10 advanced more teams to the Super Regional than any other Conference.

Arizona State and Washington both shut out each of their opponents en route to their Regional titles ... Hosts UCLA, Arizona and Oregon State all swept their respective tournaments, while Stanford needed five games at the Fresno Regional to secure a Super Regional berth ... Conference teams compiled a 22-1 (.957) record over the weekend, outscoring their opponents 113-21 and out-hitting them 186-81 ... 12 shutout victories were recorded over the weekend, along with four run-rule games and one extra-inning outing ... On the season, the Pac-10 boasts a 249-39 (.865) 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 sport's 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 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

THURS., MAY 18
Provo Regional
Southern Utah 0, No. 14 Washington 8 (5 inn.)

Tucson Regional
No. 2 Arizona 9, Marist 0 ( 6 inn.)

FRI., MAY 19
Los Angeles Regional
No. 1 UCLA 11, Missouri State 2 (6 inn.)

Fresno Regional
Tulsa 0, No. 12 Stanford 8 (5 inn.)

Provo Regional
Kansas 0, No. 14 Washington 6

Hempstead Regional
Long Island vs. No. 6 Arizona State, POSTPONED

Corvallis Regional
No. 7 Oregon State 2, Nevada 1

Iowa City Regional
Illinois State 0, No. 10 California 1

Tucson Regional
No. 2 Arizona 6, Ohio State 3

SAT., MAY 20
Los Angeles Regional
Long Beach State 0, UCLA 5

Fresno Regional
No. 12 Stanford 0, Fresno State 3
No. 12 Stanford 4, Cal State Fullerton 1

Provo Regional
Kansas 0, No. 14 Washington 3

Hempstead Regional
Long Island 0, No. 6 Arizona State 6
No. 6 Arizona State 2, Hofstra 0 (8 inn.)

Corvallis Regional
Baylor 3, No. 7 Oregon State 5

Iowa City Regional
Nebraska 2, No. 10 California 4

Tucson Regional
No. 2 Arizona 4, Auburn 2

SUN., MAY 21
Los Angeles Regional
San Diego State 0, UCLA 7

Fresno Regional
Fresno State 3, No. 12 Stanford 9
Fresno State 0, No. 12 Stanford 3

Corvallis Regional
Baylor 1, Oregon State 3

Hempstead Regional
Penn State 0, Arizona State 6

Iowa City Regional
No. 10 California 6, Nebraska 1

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (15-6, 47-9): The Wildcats swept through their Regional last week, toppling Marist, Ohio State and Auburn ... UA will host 15th-seeded LSU in Super Regional action this weekend, and is aiming for its 18th trip to the Women's College World Series in the last 19 years ... The red-hot `Cats are riding a 13-game win streak, and are 4-0 all-time against the Tigers ... UA opened Regional play with a 9-0, six-inning victory over Marist College ... Alicia Hollowell (25-4) tossed her 15th shutout of the season, striking out 12 and allowing two hits ... Arizona tallied 13 hits in the game, including a pair of home runs and doubles ... Chelsie Mesa and Callista Balko hit their eighth and 12th homers of the season, respectively ... Balko and Hollowell teamed up again on Friday to lead the Wildcats over Ohio State ... Hollowell took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, eventually striking out 10 in her 28th complete game of the season, while Balko hit her 13th long ball of the year to secure the 6-3 victory ... Arizona earned their Regional title with a 4-2 victory over Auburn, thanks to solid pitching from Taryne Mowatt (21-4) ... Mesa knocked a two-run homer in the fourth, and the `Cats scored a pair of runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Kristie Fox and a run-scoring grounder by Balko ... She has had at least one RBI in nine of UA's last 12 games ... The game marked the first postseason appearance since 2002 for Arizona that Hollowell did not pitch ... Adrienne Acton and Fox are each in the midst of seven-game hitting streaks ... UA leads the Pac-10 in batting average (.313), ERA (1.11) and are tied for the fielding percentage lead (.979).

ARIZONA STATE (11-10, 50-13): The Sun Devils traveled cross-country in their Regional Championship quest, sweeping the Hempstead Regional with wins over Long Island, Hofstra and Penn State ... ASU will host Super Regional action vs. Florida State this weekend ... The Sun Devils are 4-2 all-time vs. the Seminoles ... After a rain-postponed Friday game, ASU shut out Long Island and Hofstra on Saturday ... Desiree Serrano's (17-7) 11 strikeouts and Mindy Cowles' 16th homer of the season and 2-for-3 outing propelled ASU to victory over the Blackbirds ... The Sun Devils logged six runs on eight hits ... Katie Burkhart (27-6) held Hofstra to just two hits, fanning 14, in the 2-0, eight-inning victory ... ASU's offense came alive in the eighth, as a leadoff walk to Jessica Mapes was plated on Kaitlin Cochran's 16th homer of the season ... Burkhart then struck out two in the bottom of the eighth to secure the 2-0 victory ... The Sun Devils posted their third straight shutout in the championship game vs. Penn State ... Powered by 12 strikeouts from Burkhart, the Sun Devils posted five runs on eight hits for the title ... Cowles was 2-for-4 on the day, and Mapes was 1-for-3 with two RBI ... Arizona State outscored their opponents 13-0 over the weekend, and out-hit them 22-9 ... Cochran leads the league in batting average (.443), slugging percentage (.801), on-base percentage (.551), hits (78), RBI (59) and is tied for the lead with 16 home runs.

CALIFORNIA (23-9, 47-12): The Golden Bears head to Corvallis in search of their league-tying eighth consecutive Women's College World Series appearance, and will face Pac-10 rival Oregon State ... Cal has never faced the Beavers in the postseason, but lead the all-time series 60-27 ... The Bears swept OSU at home this year, before falling, 4-2, in Corvallis on Fri., Apr. 28 ... Cal's trip to the Super Regional passed through the Iowa City Regional, where the Bears swept Illinois State and Nebraska ... Kristina Thorson (35-8) shut out Illinois State, 1-0, on Friday, striking out 14 in a game that saw her extend a streak of 27 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to the fifth frame against UCLA on May 11 ... An RBI single from senior Haley Woods in the first inning was all the offense Cal needed behind Thorson's solid arm ... Woods and Thorson continued to dominate against Nebraska on Saturday, with Woods hitting two homers and Thorson allowing just one hit while striking out 12 in the 4-2 win ... With her 34th win of the season, Thorson set a new Cal single-season record for wins, passing Hall of Famer Michele Granger ... The win also marked her 100th career victory ... Sophomore Julie Meyer also hit a homer on the day ... In the Regional Championship game, Cal defeated Nebraska, 6-1, after a three-RBI day from Katie Vickers ... Thorson threw a three-hitter and struck out 13 in the win ... Nebraska scored its only run on a homer in the seventh, which snapped Thorson's streak of consecutive innings without an earned run at 40.

OREGON STATE (10-10, 41-13): The Beavers host California in Super Regional action this weekend, after winning their Regional Championship at home in Corvallis ... OSU is in the final 16 for the third time in the last four years ... The Beavers rallied in the seventh inning for a 2-1 win over Nevada in the first round ... The Wolf Pack took the early lead on a solo homer in the third, but Cambria Miranda knotted the score in the fifth inning when she blasted her team-leading 15th home run of the season ... DeAnn Young was hit by a pitch to lead-off OSU's half of the seventh inning, and pinch runner Kellie Roberts was successfully sacrificed to second on a bunt from freshman Paige Lowe ... Nevada intentionally walked Miranda, and then Mia Longfellow drew a walk to load the bases ... Adrienne Alo then hit a grounder that squeaked by the shortstop to score the winning run ... Brianne McGowan (27-6) allowed just three hits and struck out 10 in the complete game victory ... OSU needed more late-game heroics to defeat Baylor, 5-3, on Saturday ... Baylor opened the game with back-to-back first inning home runs to take a quick 3-0 advantage ... OSU tied the game over the next three innings, thanks to an RBI double from Longfellow and a two-run homer from Lisa Allen ... In the bottom of the seventh, a lead-off single from Maggie DeWall and a double from Young set the stage for pinch hitter Ingrid Lochelt, who hit a sharp grounder that scored Lowe ... OSU added an insurance run when Longfellow reached on a bases loaded fielder's choice and the play at home plate was too late ... McGowan had seven K's in her complete game effort, while Miranda went 2-for-3 ... The Beavers won their first Regional Championship title with a 3-1 victory over Baylor on Sunday.

STANFORD (10-11, 42-16): The Cardinal won their Regional Championship in Fresno, and head south to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on the Crimson Tide in the Super Regional ... The teams have never met in the postseason, but Stanford owns an all-time 2-1 series advantage ... The Cardinal traveled to Tuscaloosa for NCAA Tournament action in 2003, but the two teams did not meet ... Stanford went 4-1 over the weekend, dropping a game to host Fresno State on Saturday before sweeping them in a doubleheader on Sunday ... They opened Tournament play with an 8-0, five-inning drubbing of Tulsa ... Missy Penna (22-9) allowed just two hits and struck out five while going 3-for-4 at the plate with one run and one RBI ... Stanford scored seven runs in the fifth inning ... The Cardinal fell, 3-0, to Fresno State on Saturday, after being held to just three hits ... Stanford rallied back for three more wins, beginning with a 4-1 win over Cal State Fullerton ... Senior Laura Severson (9-0) struck out four in the game ... On Sunday, Stanford forced a second game with a 9-3 win over Fresno State ... The Cardinal struck early, bringing in four runs off five hits in the first inning ... Catalina Morris opened the frame with a double, followed by base hits from Jackie Rinehart and Lauren Lappin that loaded the bases ... Maddy Coon then slapped a double to left, scoring Morris and Rinehart ... Lappin scored on an error, and Penna hit a sac fly that scored Coon for a 4-1 lead ... Stanford tallied three more runs in the second and one each in the third and sixth for the win ... In the championship game, Stanford used shutout pitching from Severson and clutch hitting from freshmen Penna and Coon to secure the Super Regional berth ... The Cardinal is making its ninth consecutive postseason appearance.

UCLA (15-5, 46-7): Top-seeded UCLA won its eighth consecutive Regional Tournament this weekend, defeating Missouri State, Long Beach State and San Diego State at Easton Stadium ... The Bruins outscored their opponents 23-2 en route to their Regional victory, and will host the South Florida Bulls in Super Regional action ... UCLA hit four homers in their run-rule, 11-2 win over Missouri State ... Jodie Legaspi had two homers, while Krista Colburn and Caitlin Benyi each hit one ... Anjelica Selden (31-5) struck out 11 in her 18th double-figure strikeout game of the season ... UCLA advanced to the Regional Championship game with a 5-0 win over Long Beach on Saturday ... The Bruins connected on 10 hits and three home runs on the day ... Legaspi and Lisa Dodd (15-2) hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, marking the first set of consecutive long balls for the Bruins this season ... Colburn then connected for the second consecutive game in the seventh inning to secure the 5-0 victory ... Selden gave up just two hits, striking out seven ... UCLA clinched the Regional title with a 7-0 win over San Diego State ... The Bruins opened the scoring in the second inning when Emily Zaplatosch led off with a single before being replaced by pinch runner Alissa Eno ... Legaspi grounded into a fielder's choice, but the Aztecs were unable to get the out at second, giving the Bruins runners at first and second ... A Dodd sac bunt put both runners in scoring position, and a deep fly ball to center by Whitney Holum plated Eno for the opening run of the game ... The Bruins came through with a six-run sixth inning, marked by switch-hitter Ashley Herrera's first career grand slam that punctuated the 7-0 victory.

WASHINGTON (6-15, 35-23): The Huskies won their fourth consecutive Regional Championship over the weekend, sweeping the field at the Provo Regional ... Washington will now face No. 3-seed Texas in the Austin Super Regional ... The teams have never met in the postseason, but the Huskies own a 10-2 series advantage ... UW was propelled over the weekend by shutout pitching from Danielle Lawrie (23-14), who was named the Regional MVP after earning all three victories for the Huskies ... She allowed just five hits over 17 innings and struck out 29 ... Washington has won its last 14 regional games, dating back to 2002 ... UW pounded 13 hits against Southern Utah in their Regional opener, winning 8-0 in five innings ... After scoring a run in the fourth, the Huskies batted around the order in the fifth inning, scoring seven runs on six hits to trigger the eight-run-lead mercy rule ... Lawrie held SUU to two hits and struck out nine in her eight shutout of the season ... Dominique Lastrapes finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Ashley Charters, Aimee Minor, Lauren Greer and Ashlyn Watson each went 2-for-3 ... The mercy-rule victory marked the 10th of the season for UW ... The Huskies logged 10 hits vs. Big 12 Tournament Champion Kansas on Saturday, winning 6-0 ... Lawrie held the Jayhawks to just one hit in five innings and struck out seven ... Dena Tyson went 2-for-2 with a double and a home run, notching two RBI and two runs ... UW earned the Regional Title with a three-run seventh inning, breaking open a scoreless game for the 3-0 win ... Lawrie allowed no runs on two hits and struck out 13 in her ninth shutout of the season ... Greer sparked the rally with a leadoff single, followed by a Lastrapes walk ... Charters then doubled to left to score Greer, followed by a single from Minor that scored Lastrapes ... Brooke Woodward hit a sac fly to score Charters ... UW outscored its opponents 17-0 on the weekend, and out-hit them 31-5.

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