Pac-10 Women's Softball Season Wrap-Up

July 4, 2006

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The University of Arizona won their seventh national softball title, sweeping Northwestern in a best-of-three series in the Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ... Head coach Mike Candrea also led the Wildcats to national titles in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2001 ... The Pac-10 has captured 18 softball titles in the 25-year history of the NCAA Softball Championship, and UCLA leads the way with 10 titles, while Arizona has seven and California has one ... Pac-10 teams have participated in the final game or series in the last 20 consecutive seasons, and 23 times overall ... The Pac-10 garnered nine national championship titles overall, with women's teams capturing six of the nine overall titles ... In all sports, Arizona has won 13 national titles.

Six Pac-10 players were named to the WCWS All-Tournament team, and Arizona pitcher Alicia Hollowell was named the Tournament MVP ... Joining her from Arizona on the team were Caitlin Lowe, Autumn Champion and Taryne Mowatt ... UCLA's Andrea Duran and Arizona State's Heidi Knabe were also named to the 11-member team.

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 was 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.

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 hosted Super Regional action ... The Pac-10 went 22-1 during the first weekend of NCAA Tournament play, with six of seven teams sweeping through the first round.

The Pac-10 advanced four teams to the Women's College World Series for the seventh time in Conference history... No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 ARIZONA, No. 6 ARIZONA STATE and No. 7 OREGON STATE traveled to Oklahoma City to battle for the national title ... No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Northwestern, No. 5 Alabama and No. 8 Tennessee were 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.

16 Pac-10 softball players were named All-Americans by Louisville Slugger/NFCA and Easton-Bell Sports ... Three players were named to the 2006 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American team, and nine players were named to the Academic All-District VIII team.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

ARIZONA (10-2)
Marist 0, ARIZONA 9 (6 inn.)
ARIZONA 6, Ohio State 3
ARIZONA 4, Auburn 2
LSU 0, ARIZONA 5
ARIZONA 2, LSU 3
ARIZONA 14, LSU 5 (5 inn.)
No. 7 OREGON STATE 2, No. 2 ARIZONA 3 (9 inn.)
No. 3 Texas 0, No. 2 ARIZONA 2
No. 2 ARIZONA 0, No. 5 Tennessee 1
No. 2 ARIZONA 6, No. 5 Tennessee 0
No. 2 ARIZONA 8, No. 4 Northwestern 0
No. 4 Northwestern 0, No. 2 ARIZONA 5

ARIZONA STATE (6-2)
Long Island 0, ARIZONA STATE 6
ARIZONA STATE 2, Hoftstra 0
ARIZONA STATE 5, Penn State 0
Florida State 1, ARIZONA STATE 6
ARIZONA STATE 5, Florida State 1
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE 0, No. 3 Texas 2
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE 3, No. 7 OREGON STATE 1
No. 5 Tennessee 3, No. 6 ARIZONA STATE 1 (9 inn.)

CALIFORNIA (4-2)
Illinois State 0, CALIFORNIA 1
Nebraska 2, CALIFORNIA 4
CALIFORNIA 6, Nebraska 1
CALIFORNIA 2, OREGON STATE 1
OREGON STATE 3, CALIFORNIA 0
CALIFORNIA 0, OREGON STATE 1

OREGON STATE (5-3)
Nevada 1, OREGON STATE 2
OREGON STATE 5, Baylor 3
Baylor 1, OREGON STATE 3
CALIFORNIA 2, OREGON STATE 1
OREGON STATE 3, CALIFORNIA 0
CALIFORNIA 0, OREGON STATE 1
OREGON STATE 2, ARIZONA 3
ARIZONA STATE 3, OREGON STATE 1

STANFORD (4-3)
Tulsa 0, STANFORD 8 (5 inn.)
STANFORD 0, Fresno State 3
STANFORD 4, Cal State Fullerton 1
Fresno State 3, STANFORD 9
STANFORD 3, Fresno State 0
STANFORD 1, Alabama 4
Alabama 8, STANFORD 7

UCLA (7-2)
Missouri State 2, UCLA 11 (6 inn.)
UCLA 5, Long Beach State 0
UCLA 7, San Diego State 0
South Florida 0, UCLA 2
UCLA 3, South Florida 1
Tennessee 4, UCLA 3
UCLA 4, Alabama 1
UCLA 2, Texas 0
Northwestern 3, UCLA 1

WASHINGTON (3-2)
Southern Utah 0, WASHINGTON 8 (5 inn.)
Kansas 0, WASHINGTON 6
WASHINGTON 3, Kansas 0
WASHINGTON 0, Texas 1
Texas 9, WASHINGTON 1 (6 inn.)

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (15-6, 54-11):
The Wildcats garnered their seventh national title with a two-game sweep of the Northwestern Wildcats, in their 11th Women's College World Series Championship game/series ... Head coach Mike Candrea also led Arizona to national titles in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001 ... UA was the runner-up in 1992, 1995, 1998 and 2002 ... With the exception of the 2005 class, every Arizona senior class has claimed a national championship since 1991 ... Arizona went 5-1 at the WCWS, dropping just one 1-0 decision to Tennessee that forced a winner-take-all game for a trip to the championship series ... UA crushed the Lady Vols in the following elimination game, winning 6-0 ... The Wildcats won their first game of the WCWS in dramatic fashion, needing nine innings to defeat Pac-10 foe Oregon State ... Hollowell surrendered one earned run in nine innings of work, fanning 10 ... Caitlin Lowe started the winning rally in the ninth, rapping her third hit of the game ... After being advanced on an Autumn Champion bunt, Lowe scored on a Kristie Fox single to center ... In game two, UA defeated Texas, 2-0, on a Callista Balko hit and some crafty base running ... In the sixth inning of a Cat Osterman-no-hitter, Lowe was hit by a pitch and then stole second ... Kelly Nelson came in to pinch run, later scoring on a double-steal ... Balko's hit was her first in 10 tries against UT's Osterman ... Needing just one win to advance to the title series, Arizona fell, 1-0 to Tennessee ... A fifth inning home run was one of only four hits allowed by Hollowell, who pitched an otherwise stellar game ... In the elimination game, Hollowell tossed a two-hit, 14-strikeout performance that propelled UA to a 6-0 win ... In game one of the Championship Series, Hollowell registered her 19th shutout of the year in the 8-0 rout of Northwestern ... Chelsie Mesa and Mowatt hit back-to-back homers during the eight-hit day ... In the Championship game, UA beat the Wildcats 5-0 to clinch the title ... Hollowell, the WCWS Most Outstanding Player, fanned 64 batters in the 2006 tournament, breaking the previous record of 62 that has stood since 1982 ... She also tied the WCWS for most complete games in a series with six ... Pitcher Taryne Mowatt went 5-for-7 in the WCWS, with three RBI including a double and a home run ... She went 2-for-3 in the Championship game ... Champion recorded a 2006 WCWS-best seven RBI ... Lowe broke the WCWS record for runs with eight ... Hollowell, Mowatt, Champion and Lowe were named to the All-Tournament Team.

ARIZONA STATE (11-10, 53-15): In the first game of their 12 WCWS appearance, the Sun Devils fell to No. 3 Texas, 2-0 ... Katie Burkhart threw a solid game for ASU, striking out nine and holding the Longhorn bats silent until the fourth inning ... Sun Devil hitters could only muster one hit off Texas' Cat Osterman, who struck out 18 in the game ... ASU faced Pac-10 rival Oregon State in an elimination game for both teams, the fourth matchup of the year for the pair ... Burkhart threw 12 strikeouts and Heidi Knabe hit her fourth home run of the season for a 3-1 victory ... The match went scoreless before Knabe's solo long ball in the third inning ... Jessica Mapes and Kaitlin Cochran then drew back-to-back walks, followed by a sacrifice fly to center field by Bianca Cruz that scored Mapes ... In the fifth, walks to Mapes and Cruz were followed by a Cochran hit by pitch to load the bases ... Rhiannon Baca hit a sac fly to left field to plate Mapes, bringing the score to 3-0 ... The Beavers came back with a Brianne McGowan home run in the bottom of the fifth, but Burkhart came back to strike out five more to shut down the Beavers and keep ASU alive in the tournament ... ASU lost a nine-inning heartbreaker, 3-1, to Tennessee to end their WCWS run ... The Lady Vols took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning, after loading the bases and scoring a run on a wild throw ... Their lead was short-lived, however, as Knabe went deep for her second homer of the day in the bottom of the inning to knot the game at 1-1 ... The game remained at 1-1 until the ninth inning, when Tennessee scored two unanswered runs to win the game ... Knabe was named to the WCWS All-Tournament Team, and Cochran was named a first team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American.

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 (4-17, 24-29): The Ducks failed to qualify for postseason play for the first time in three years ... The 2006 season saw Alicia Cook record the program's first perfect game, shutting out Stanford, 9-0, on Apr. 28 ... It marked UO's 14th overall no-hitter ... Cook was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for her perfect game ... Kristi Leiter was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team, while Dani Baird and Suzie Barnes were named to the second team ... The Ducks led the Pac-10 with 15 triples and 26 double plays on the season.

OREGON STATE (10-10, 43-16): The Beavers opened their first-ever WCWS appearance with a heartbreaking 3-2, extra-innings loss to Pac-10 foe Arizona ... OSU suffered its eighth loss of the season by a single run as Arizona outlasted the Beavers ... OSU picked up hits in the first two innings as Adrienne Alo and Vanessa Iapala earned singles ... UA took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third, but Brianne McGowan struck back in the fourth, belting her ninth homer of the season to bring the score to 2-1 ... A major storm moved into the Oklahoma City area during the fifth inning and the game was postponed for 1-hour and 35 minutes due to heavy rain and lightning ... After play resumed, Alo registered her third hit of the game in the sixth inning with a single to center, and came around to score the game-tying run when freshman Stefanie Ewing reached base on an errant throw to first from UA's Alicia Hollowell ... The Beavers got a runner on base in each of the extra innings, but weren't able to push any across the plate as Arizona scored in the ninth to win the game ... It was the seventh time the opening game of the WCWS had gone into extra innings ... In the elimination game vs. Arizona State, McGowan hit her second homer in as many games, but OSU fell to ASU, 3-1, to end its WCWS run ... OSU got their first baserunner of the game when Cambria Miranda was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth, but was eventually stranded ... McGowan broke up ASU's Katie Burkhart's no-hitter with her 10th homer of the season and 25th of her career, which tied her for fifth place in the OSU career record book ... It would be their only run, however, as their season ended with a 43-16 record ... McGowan's 258 strikeouts on the season were the fourth highest single season total in OSU history ... OSU finished the season with a No. 8 ranking, which is the highest to end the season for the Beavers in program history ... Oregon State was ranked in the nation's Top 10 for 16 consecutive weeks and earned the program's first NCAA Regional Tournament title and first NCAA Super Regional title ... The Beavers set a school record with a 28-game winning streak - the longest winning streak in the nation this season ... Miranda was named a first team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American and McGowan earned third team accolades as OSU had two players receive All-America recognition in the same season for the first time in program history.

STANFORD (10-11, 42-18): The Cardinal dropped two games to No. 5-seed Alabama in Tuscaloosa in Super Regional action ... 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, 50-9): The Bruins opened their WCWS with a 4-3 loss to Tennessee ... Their opener did not start until 11:20 p.m. Central Time thanks to two extra-innings games and a rain delay earlier in the day ... UCLA opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Krista Colburn reached on a throwing error and advanced to second on the play ... Caitlin Benyi followed with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Colburn to give UCLA the 1-0 lead ... Andrea Duran led off the third with her sixth triple of the season, and came home on an RBI single by Colburn ... The Lady Vols put together five straight singles in the sixth, giving Tennessee the 3-2 lead ... UCLA rallied in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out single from Benyi ... Jodie Legaspi was hit by a two-out pitch and Lisa Dodd connected on an RBI single to left, but the Bruins were unable to tie the game, falling by a 4-3 margin ... The Bruins bounced back in game two, defeating Alabama, 4-1 ... Duran tripled on the first pitch of the game, and was plated by Colburn's RBI single to give UCLA an early 1-0 lead ... The Crimson Tide recorded a homer in the bottom of the inning to knot the game at 1-1, but that would mark the last of their scoring for the day ... In the third, Duran led off with her 14th home run of the season, followed by a Colburn single to center ... Colburn stole second and then scored on a throwing error to bring the UCLA lead to 3-1 ... The Bruins rallied for an insurance run in the sixth inning, as Dodd drew a one-out walk and Whitney Holum connected on a single ... Kristen Dedmon advanced the runners on a fielders choice, and Tara Henry plated Dodd for the 4-1 lead ... Anjelica Selden struck out five and allowed just one run in the game ... Game three against Texas saw Emily Zaplatosch become the first player in 2006 to record three hits off Texas ace Cat Osterman as the Bruins defeated the Longhorns, 2-0 ... UCLA eliminated Texas from the WCWS in all three of Cat Osterman's appearances ... In the third inning, Duran recorded an inside-the-park home run ... Zaplatosch followed in the fourth inning with a homer of her own, her seventh of the season and first since Apr. 28 ... Leading off the seventh, Zaplatosch logged a double to finish a perfect 3-for-3 performance, just a triple shy of the cycle ... Selden recorded 12 K's in the game, allowing just three hits and walking none ... Northwestern eliminated UCLA from the WCWS with a 3-1 win ... The Bruin senior class completed their career with two NCAA titles, a runner-up and a third-place finish ... Trailing 1-0 through seven innings, UCLA tied the game in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the seventh frame ... Legaspi led off with a double, and was sacrificed to third by Dodd, scoring on a two-out RBI single by Dedmon to tie the game at 1-1 ... In the first frame of extra innings, Northwestern used back-to-back home runs to secure a WCWS championship series berth ... Selden finished with 408 strikeouts on the season, good for second-best in school history ... Duran was named to the WCWS All-Tournament team.

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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