This Week in Pac-10 Softball

May 30, 2006

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NCAA WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
(all times CDT)

THU., JUNE 1
Game 1: No. 2 ARIZONA vs. No. 7 OREGON STATE, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 2: No. 6 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 3 Texas, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 3: No. 4 Northwestern vs. No. 5 Alabama, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 4: No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 1 UCLA, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

FRI., JUNE 2
Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

SAT., JUNE 3
Game 7: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Game 8: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 9: Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 6, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 10: Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 5, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

SUN., JUNE 4
Game 11: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 9, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 12: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 10, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

MON., JUNE 5
Championship Series- Best Two of Three
Game 1: 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

TUE., JUNE 6
Championship Series
Game 2: 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

WED., JUNE 7
Game 3: 7 p.m. (if necessary) (ESPN2)


FOUR TEAMS ADVANCE TO WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

For the seventh time in Conference history, the Pac-10 advanced four teams to the Women's College World Series ... No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 ARIZONA, No. 6 ARIZONA STATE and No. 7 OREGON STATE will travel to the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla., June 1-7, to battle for the national title ... No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Northwestern, No. 5 Alabama and No. 8 Tennessee round out the other qualifying teams ... The Pac-10 advanced more teams than any other Conference, with two teams from the SEC and one each from the Big Ten and Big 12 rounding out the series ... The Conference has advanced at least four teams to the WCWS in five of the last seven years, and seven times in league history ... The WCWS title game has included a team from the Pac-10 in 22 of 24 years, and two Conference teams have battled for the title 11 times ... Pac-10 teams have won the NCAA title 17 times, and only eight total schools share title honors ... UCLA has won 10 titles, while Arizona has won six and Cal one ... Pac-10 teams have made 65 combined WCWS appearances, and have garnered a 168-90 record all-time.

UCLA and Arizona State both swept through their respective Super Regionals, with the Bruins taking two games from South Florida in Los Angeles ... UCLA allowed just one run to the Bulls, outscoring them 5-1 in the series ... Arizona State swept Florida State in Tempe, winning 6-1 and 5-1 to secure its first WCWS berth since 2002 ... Arizona went 2-1 in the series against LSU, winning game one 5-0 before falling in game two, 3-2 ... The Wildcats blazed back in game three, notching a season-high 18 hits in a 14-5, run-rule victory over the Tigers that propelled them to their 18th WCWS appearance in the last 19 years ... Oregon State lost game one of its Super Regional to Conference rival California, but used two consecutive shutout victories on Sunday to earn its first-ever trip to the world series.


LAST WEEK'S NCAA SUPER REGIONAL RESULTS

FRI., MAY 26
Austin Super Regional
No. 3 Texas 0, No. 14 WASHINGTON 1

Corvallis Super Regional
No. 7 OREGON STATE 1, No. 10 CALIFORNIA 2

Tempe Super Regional
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE 6, Florida State 1

Tucson Super Regional
No. 2 ARIZONA 5, No. 15 LSU 0

Tuscaloosa Super Regional
No. 5 Alabama 4, No. 12 STANFORD 1

SAT., MAY 27
Austin Super Regional
No. 3 Texas 9, No. 14 WASHINGTON 1 (6 inn.)

Corvallis Super Regional
No. 7 OREGON STATE vs. No. 10 CALIFORNIA, POSTPONED

Los Angeles Super Regional
No. 1 UCLA 2, South Florida 0

Tempe Super Regional
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE 5, Florida State 1

Tucson Regional
No. 2 ARIZONA 2, No. 15 LSU 3
No. 2 ARIZONA 14, No. 15 LSU 5 (5 inn.)

Tuscaloosa Super Regional
No. 5 Alabama 8, No. 12 STANFORD 7 (8 inn.)

SUN., MAY 28
Los Angeles Super Regional
No. 1 UCLA 3, South Florida 1

Corvallis Super Regional
No. 7 OREGON STATE 3, No. 10 CALIFORNIA 0
No. 7 OREGON STATE 1, No. 10 CALIFORNIA 0


TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (15-6, 49-10)
: The Wildcats are in search of their seventh national championship this weekend, qualifying for their 18th trip to the Women's College World Series in the last 19 years with two victories over Louisiana State ... Arizona last won a national softball title in 2001 ... UA faced six of the seven WCWS participants over the season, posting a 6-7 record ... UA will face Conference-rival Oregon State in the opening game of the WCWS on Thurs., June 1 at 12 p.m. ... Arizona holds a 71-10 all-time series advantage over the Beavers, and won two of its three meetings this season, outscoring OSU 13-4 ... Alicia Hollowell (27-4) threw her 16th shutout of the year, fanning 11 LSU Tigers in UA's opening game of the Super Regional ... The Wildcats logged nine hits, all singles, in the 5-0 win ... Arizona got on the board in the first inning ... Autumn Champion started the rally with a single to center, and then nabbed her 14th stolen base of the season to advance to second ... Callista Balko then drew a walk, followed by a Jenae Leles RBI single that scored Champion ... In the fifth, Champion led off with a single to short and moved to second on the first of four errors by the LSU shortstop ... Leles drove Champion in for the second time of the night, notching a 2-0 lead ... In the bottom of the sixth, Adrienne Acton got aboard and advanced to second via a fielding and throwing error ... After Acton moved to third on a Caitlin Lowe groundout, she scored on Champion's fourth hit of the game ... Following a walk to Kristie Fox, Balko drove Champion around to score her third run of the game with a single ... UA would get its final run on Leles' third RBI single of the night ... Champion's four hits put her into sole possession of sixth place on UA's all-time career hits list at 301 ... LSU bounced back in game two, forcing a third game with a 3-2 victory ... UA stranded 10 base runners, including two in the final frame ... The `Cats scored on a Fox hit after Lowe and Champion singled, and brought another run in the frame on a sharp liner from Leles that scored Champions ... Taryne Mowatt (21-5) took the loss for Arizona, striking out four and allowing six hits ... The loss was Arizona's first in 14 tries in games played in Tucson that had the potential to send the Wildcats to the World Series ... The Wildcats blasted a season-high 18 hits in their 14-5, run-rule victory over LSU on Sunday ... Fox hit two homers in the game, notching a pair of singles and a career-high eight RBI Chelsea Mesa tripled to open the second inning, followed by singles from Mowatt, Lowe and Champion ... With the sacks full, Fox turned on a pitch from the LSU reliever for her second career grand slam ... Mowatt went 4-for-4 in the game, a career-high ... Arizona finished the year with a 30-3 home record.

ARIZONA STATE (11-10, 52-13): The Sun Devils advanced to their 12th Women's College World series with a sweep of Florida State in Tempe ... It is their first trip to the WCWS since finishing third in 2002 ... ASU will face the No. three-seed Texas Longhorns at 2 p.m. on Thurs., June 1 at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. ... The teams hold an even 4-4 all-time record, and have not met since March 19, 2005 ... ASU swept through its Super Regional, outscoring the Seminoles 11-2 ... The Sun Devils took an early 2-0 lead in game one, after leadoff hitter Jessica Mapes reached base on an error and then scored on Kaitlin Cochran's league-leading 17th homer of the year ... ASU's bats struck again in the third inning, with Cochran knocking a bunt single followed with walks to Rhiannon Baca and Mindy Cowles ... With the bases loaded, Bianca Cruz knocked a bases-clearing home run to push the Sun Devils to a 6-0 lead ... Florida State retaliated with a solo homer in the fourth, but Katie Burkhart (29-6) threw nine strikeouts and allowed just four hits in her six innings on the mound ... Desiree Serrano (17-7) came in to wrap up the win for ASU, pitching the seventh inning ... In game two, Burkhart fanned 10 Seminoles and allowed just one run in ASU's 5-1 victory ... The game was deadlocked until the fourth inning, when the Sun Devils capitalized on two Seminole errors ... Kim Zadrozny reached first after being hit by a pitch, and was advanced on a single from Mapes ... After advancing on passed balls, an intentional walk to Cochran loaded the bases for Baca, who reached on an RBI fielder's choice, scoring pinch-runner Delenah Langley ... Mapes scored on an RBI fielder's choice from Jackie Vasquez for the 2-0 lead ... In the fifth, Mapes reached on a lead-off single, and Cochran reached base after being hit by a pitch ... A throwing error scored both runners ... Cowles hit a solo homer in the seventh inning to secure the 5-1 win and WCWS berth.

CALIFORNIA (23-9, 48-14): The Golden Bears failed to qualify for the WCWS for the first time in eight years, falling to Conference-rival Oregon State in Corvallis in Super Regional competition ... Cal took game one of the series, winning 2-1 ... Kristina Thorson (36-10) threw a two-hitter and struck out 12 Beavers in the game ... The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Emily Friedman hit an RBI single to score Alex Sutton, who had reached base on a hit-by-pitch ... OSU knotted the score in the bottom of the second, but Thorson would keep the remaining offensive pressure at bay ... Cal led off the sixth inning with back-to-back singles from Friedman and Katie Vickers ... Gina Leomiti then roped an RBI double to left field to give the Bears the win ... Friedman finished 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI to lead Cal ... Saturday's games were postponed due to heavy rain, and OSU shutout the Bears in two games on Sunday ... In game two, the Golden Bears tallied six hits, but OSU scored two quick runs for the 3-0 win ... Freshman Lauren Frankiewicz entered the game in the top of the fifth inning, her first appearance since May 6 at Arizona State ... She quickly got three consecutive outs- a fly-out, a strikeout and a groundout ... In the championship game, OSU used more shutout pitching from Brianne McGowan to shut down the Cal offense ... The Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, which would prove to be all the offense they needed ... Chloe Kloezeman singled in the fifth inning to break up a McGowan no-hitter ... Thorson finished her illustrious career with numerous school records, including the single-season record for wins with 36 and the career record for saves with 12 ... She also is just the third Cal pitcher to record 1,000 strikeouts, finishing with 1,071 career K's ... Lindsay James finished her career as the all-time runs leader at Cal with 163, and ranks third on the all-time hits list with 264 ... She also is fifth with 51 career stolen bases ... Haley Woods finishes her career with the career records for RBI with 191 and total bases with 413 ... Her 48 career homers put her second on the school list.

OREGON STATE (10-10, 43-14): The Beavers qualified for their first-ever Women's College World Series appearance with two wins over Conference-rival California last weekend ... In their eighth consecutive postseason appearance, Oregon State is vying for its first-ever national championship in a women's sport and just the second NCAA national title in school history ... OSU will take on Pac-10 foe Arizona in the opening game of the WCWS, at noon on Thurs., June 1 ... UA leads the all-time series with the Beavers, 71-10, and the teams have split their last six meetings ... The game will feature match-up of sisters, with Arizona junior Caitlin Lowe taking on her younger sister, freshman and second baseman Paige Lowe ... OSU enters the week with a .286 team batting average, the program's best since joining the Pac-10 in 1987 ... The Beavers lost their Super Regional opener vs. Cal, 2-1 ... Cal opened with a run in the opening inning to take the early advantage ... OSU answered when Lisa Allen lined her 34th career homer in the bottom of the second to tie the score, 1-1 ... The game proved to be a battle of two of the league's top pitchers, Cal's Kristina Thorson and OSU's Brianne McGowan (29-7) ... Each had six strikeouts over the first four innings ... The Golden Bears used back-to-back singles in the top of the sixth to secure the victory ... McGowan tallied nine strikeouts in her complete game performance, but the Beaver offense only had two hits ... After Saturday's games were postponed due to heavy rain, OSU came back with a vengeance on Sunday, shutting out Cal in two consecutive games to earn the WCWS berth ... In the first game, back-to-back singles from Cambria Miranda and Mia Longfellow sparked the OSU offense in the opening inning ... RBI singles from Allen and Vanessa Iapala brought a quick 2-0 lead for the Beavers ... McGowan shut down the Golden Bear offense, allowing only six hits while striking out eight in her ninth shutout of the season ... OSU added an insurance run in the seventh, taking advantage of a walk and a pair of hits from Miranda and Longfellow ... Maggie DeWall was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate for the Beavers ... In the second game, OSU got off to another hot start ... Three straight singles from Miranda, Longfellow and Adrienne Alo opened the game, and a sac fly to center from Iapala would give OSU a 1-0 edge that would prove to be the difference in the game ... McGowan dominated the game, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning and allowing just two hits in the contest ... OSU turned a crucial 5-4-3 double play in the seventh inning to give the Beavers the berth.

STANFORD (10-11, 42-18): The Cardinal dropped two games to No. 5-seed Alabama in Tuscaloosa ... Stanford fell 4-1 in the first game of the series ... Jackie Rinehart was a perfect 3-for-3 for the Cardinal, and scored Stanford's only run in the sixth inning ... She led off with a single, and was advanced by Lauren Lappin on a sac bunt ... Maddy Coon then knocked a single to left field, followed by an RBI single from Missy Penna (22-10) that scored Rinehart ... Senior pitcher Laura Severson (10-1) threw the complete game, striking out four in her first loss of the season ... The Cardinal closed their season with an extra-innings loss to the Crimson Tide ... Alabama took an early 7-0 lead in the first inning, but Stanford retaliated in its half of the frame ... Catalina Morris reach on a wild pitch, and Lappin advanced on an error by the third baseman ... Coon hit a hard single up the middle to load the bases, and Morris scored on an error by the centerfielder ... Penna followed with a base hit up the middle, scoring Lappin, and Coon scored from third on a wild pitch to whittle the Alabama lead to 7-3 ... In the bottom of the fourth, Michelle Smith was hit by a pitch and Erin Howe drew a walk ... Tricia Aggabao then knocked a single to load the bases, and Anna Beardman reached on an error by the third baseman that scored Smith and Howe ... Rinehart followed with a single to shortstop that loaded the bags again, and Lappin followed with a two-run base hit that knotted the game at 7-7 and sent it into extra innings ... Alabama scored in the eighth inning to secure the WCWS berth ... Stanford ends the year with its ninth-straight 40-plus win season.

UCLA (15-5, 48-7): The Bruins advanced to their eighth-straight Women's College World Series with a series sweep of South Florida in Los Angeles ... Top-seeded UCLA will face eighth-seeded Tennessee in its WCWS series opener, and will play in the nightcap of opening day at 8 p.m. on Thurs., June 1 ... The Bruins hold a 5-1 all-time series advantage over the Lady Vols, and have won the last five consecutive meetings, dating back to 2000 ... In the opening game of Super Regional play, Anjelica Selden (33-5) struck out nine and allowed just five hits in the game, walking one in UCLA's 2-0 victory ... In the bottom of the first, Andrea Duran drew a leadoff walk and stole second ... She was sacrificed to third by Krista Colburn, and later scored on a two-out single by Emily Zaplatosch to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead ... Selden retired 12 consecutive Bulls from the second through the fifth inning ... With two outs in the sixth, Lisa Dodd (15-2) slammed her ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to left field that gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead ... Selden moved up to second on UCLA's single-season strikeout list, ending Saturday's game with 354 K's on the year, which is second only to her 485 strikeouts from last season ... In game two, UCLA earned a WCWS berth with a 3-1 win over USF ... The Bruins quickly jumped on top, as Duran put the first pitch of the game over the centerfield fence for her 13th homer of the season and sixth leadoff shot of the year ... In the top of the fifth, Duran led off with a triple, and came home to score on a single from Caitlin Benyi ... A triple from Jodie Legaspi scored Benyi, making the score 3-0 in UCLA's favor ... USF scored a run in the seventh, ending Selden's consecutive scoreless innings streak at 28 2/3 ... Duran and Legaspi each went 2-for-3 in the win, with Duran scoring two of UCLA's three runs ... Legaspi added a double, triple and an RBI in the game ... Selden allowed just five hits and one run with 10 strikeouts and no walks in the complete game victory.

WASHINGTON (6-15, 35-25): The Huskies traveled to Austin, Texas for Super Regional action against the Longhorns ... Texas swept UW in two games to secure a WCWS berth ... In game one, Texas used a two-out RBI single in the fifth to break open a scoreless tie and lift the Longhorns to the 1-0 victory ... Neither team got on the scoreboard until the fifth inning, as UW's Danielle Lawrie (23-16) and UT's Cat Osterman engaged in a tight pitcher's duel ... UW put a runner in scoring position in the third when Dominique Lastrapes hit a two-out double, but Osterman recorded her seventh K of the game to get out of the jam unscathed ... Washington threatened again in the fourth, when Dena Tyson and Brooke Woodward drew back-to-back two-out walks, but UW could not advance the pair ... UW had only three hits in the game, while Lawrie allowed just four hits and struck out seven in the loss ... Washington's season came to an end in game two, falling to Texas 9-1 ... UT scored five unearned runs in the second on just two hits ... UW got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, with one run on one hit and an error ... Aimee Minor led off the inning with a fly ball to the wall in center, but the Longhorn centerfielder dropped the ball and Minor took third base ... Freshman Ashlyn Watson then picked up her second hit of the game with a single to score Minor and cut UT's lead to 5-1 ... Caitlin Noble (12-9) came into the game in relief in the third, and pitched three complete innings of scoreless ball ... Sarah Hyatt finishes her Husky career with a .247 average, including 150 RBI and 42 home runs ... Hyatt's 150 RBIs rank eighth on the UW all-time list, while her 42 home runs rank fourth ... She also has a .475 career slugging percentage, which ranks 10th on the UW all-time list ... Minor finishes her career with a .280 average, including 109 RBIs and 28 home runs ... Her 109 RBIs rank 10th on the UW all-time list, while her 28 home runs rank sixth ... Minor also ranks eighth in UW history with a .511 slugging percentage and 10th with 33 doubles, six triples and 78 walks.

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