This Week In Pac-10 Softball
Feb. 13, 2007
1. Arizona State 8-0, 1.000
2. Oregon 4-1, .800
3. California 3-1, .750
Washington 3-1, .750
5. Arizona 4-2, .666
6. Oregon State 2-1, .666
7. Stanford 3-2, .600
8. UCLA 2-3, .400
**games through 2/12**
TOURNAMENTS CONTINUE AS SEASON PICKS UP STEAM
Non-conference tournament play continues this week as ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, and STANFORD host their own events ... Prior to the weekend showdowns, Stanford and UCLA open its home ballpark doors to fans for the first time this season on Tuesday, Feb. 13, while CALIFORNIA opens its home slate on Wednesday, Feb. 14 ... Only one undefeated Conference team remains, as Arizona State posted an 8-0 record and captured its own Kajikawa Classic last weekend in Tempe ... The Sun Devils climbed to No. 2 in the newest ESPN.com/USA Softball Top-25 and boast the most wins of any team in the poll ... Nealy all eight Conference teams are now ranked as OREGON ascended to 26th thanks to a 4-1 showing ... Elsewhere in the rankings are No. 4 Arizona, No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 California, No. 12 Stanford, and No. 17 WASHINGTON.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Feb. 13Sacramento State at STANFORD, 4 p.m.UC Riverside at UCLA, 2:30 p.m.
Feb. 14San Jose State at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
Feb. 15OREGON STATE at UNLV, 7 p.m. (1)
Fri., Feb. 16Temple at ARIZONA, 3 p.m. (2)Texas Tech at ARIZONA, 5 p.m. (2)North Carolina at ARIZONA STATE, 5:30 p.m. (3)Illinois State at ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m. (3)CALIFORNIA vs. Mississippi State, 9 a.m. (1)OREGON vs. Seton Hall, 8 p.m. (1)OREGON vs. UC Davis, 12 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE vs. BYU, 12 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE vs. Cal Poly, 6 p.m. (1)Santa Clara at STANFORD, 2 p.m. (4)Missouri at STANFORD, 4 p.m. (4)UCLA vs. Colorado State, 12 p.m. (1)UCLA vs. UCF, 6 p.m. (1)
Feb. 17Virginia at ARIZONA, 3 p.m. (2)Middle Tennessee State at ARIZONA, 5 p.m. (2)Iowa at ARIZONA STATE, 5:30 p.m. (3)Idaho State at ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m. (3)CALIFORNIA vs. Colorado State, 9 a.m. (1)CALIFORNIA vs. Northwestern, 12 p.m. (1)OREGON vs. Florida International, 6 p.m. (1)OREGON vs. Call State Fullerton, 8 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE vs. New Mexico, 9 a.m. (1)OREGON STATE vs. Cal State Northridge, 12 p.m. (1)Pacific at STANFORD, 12 p.m. (4)TBD at STANFORD, TBA (4)UCLA vs. Oklahoma State, 6 p.m. (1)UCLA at UNLV, 8 p.m. (1)WASHINGTON vs. East Tennessee State, 1:30 p.m. (5)WASHINGTON vs. Hofstra, 6 p.m. (5)
Feb. 18TBD at ARIZONA, 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. (2)UC Riverside at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m. (3)CALIFORNIA vs. Florida International, 11:30 a.m. (1)CALIFORNIA vs. Utah State, 1:30 p.m. (1)OREGON vs. Utah, 2 p.m. (1)TBD at STANFORD, TBA (4)UCLA vs. Wright State, 11:30 a.m. (1)WASHINGTON vs. Florida A&M, 9:30 a.m. (5)WASHINGTON vs. South Florida, 2 p.m. (5)
Feb. 19WASHINGTON vs. Wichita State, 9:30 a.m. (5)
Tournaments(1) Louisville Slugger Desert Classic; Las Vegas, Nev.(2) Worth Wildcat Tournament; Tucson, Ariz.(3) Littlewood Classic; Tempe, Ariz.(4) Stanford Invitational I, Stanford, Calif.(5) USF Wilson Tournament; Tampa, Fla.
all times local to site
ARIZONA (4-2): The defending National Champions won a rematch of last year's Championship Series with fourth-ranked Northwestern, 4-3 on Feb. 10 at the Kajikawa Classic. Freshman Sarah Akamine picked up the victory, allowing only one earned run in 6.1 innings ... senior Caitlin Lowe moved into fourth place on Arizona's career stolen bases list with eight steals over the weekend. Lowe passed Amy Chellevold's 113 career SBs and now owns 115, sixth most in Pac-10 history ... senior Kristie Fox picked up where she left off in 2006, as the defending Conference RBI champ drove six runners across and two pitches over the fence.
ARIZONA STATE (8-0): The Sun Devils won their Kajikawa Tournament, outscoring their opponents 49-9 ... ASU was led in the batter's box by sophomore Kaitlin Cochran who went 12-for-25 (.480) with two home runs and a Conference leading nine RBI as well as five stolen bases en route to being named Pac-10 Player of the Week ... Cochran was joined in Conference honors by junior pitcher Katie Burkhart, who recorded five victories in five appearances with an 0.31 ERA in 29 innings en route to being named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. Burkhart fanned 57 and walked only seven and pitched 20 scoreless innings to start her 2007 season ... Freshman hurler Megan Elliott wove the first no-hitter of the season on Feb. 9 vs. Syracuse, allowing only two walks and striking out eight in ASU's five-inning win.
CALIFORNIA (3-1): Freshman pitcher Brittany LaRosa has posted a 2-0 record with a 0.00 ERA and two shutouts to start her college career off on the right foot. LaRosa blanked Kansas in Cal's season-opener, allowing only two hits in five innings, then put the clamps down on UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 10 with a four-hit shutout. LaRosa has relied on her defense thus far, punching out just one batter in 12 innings ... junior Katie Vickers provided the punch for the Golden Bears over the weekend, batting 5-for-13 (.385) with three RBI ... Cal's pitching staff has a combined ERA of 0.56, having surrendered only two runs in 25.0 innings pitched thus far ... The Golden Bears have outscored their opponents 11-1 in the first three innings this season.
OREGON (4-1): The Ducks are riding a four-game winning streak coming out of the Kajikawa Classic ... only loss came in their season-opener by one run to Florida, now ranked 19th ... junior Melissa Rice (2-0) allowed only six hits in 11.2 innings, struck out nine and walked five to accumulate a 0.60 ERA, which included pitching a 3-0 shutout over Long Beach State ... freshman Jeffiner Salling hit her first career home run and provided an RBI groundout for the winning margin in Oregon's 4-2 victory over Texas Tech (Feb. 11) ... junior Lovena Chaput leads the team with a .429 avgerage and six hits while tying for the team lead with four runs and two doubles. Also added one HR and two RBIs in helping Oregon to 4-1 record.
OREGON STATE (2-1): Beavers only got three games under their belt after their final two games at the Campbell-Cartier Tournament in San Diego were rained out ... senior All-American Brianne McGowan was dominant in the circle, appearing in all three of Oregon State's match-ups and allowing only one run in 13.0 innings (0.69 ERA) ... McGowan and senior Ta'Tyana McElroy swapped victories and saves in OSU's wins over No. 23/24 UMass (Feb. 9) and Kansas (Feb. 10). In the 3-1 win over the Minutement, McElroy started and went five strong before McGowan came in for the final two innings to earn the save. Roles were reversed in OSU's 7-0 win over the Jayhawks, as McGowan threw the first four and McElroy then took charge and earned the save by working three full innings.
STANFORD (3-2): Sophomore fireballler Missy Penna tied a school record with 16 strikeouts in Stanford's 3-1 loss to fourth-ranked Northwestern on Saturday at the Kajikawa Classic. The 16 K's were the most since Dana Sorensen registered 16 against New Mexico on Feb. 16, 2001 ... freshmen Alissa Haber and Rosey Neill each notched their first career home runs for the Cardinal, while junior Erin Howe has already doubled her 2006 home run total by connecting on a pair of shots over the weekend. Howe is tied for the Conference lead with nine RBI in just five games ... sophomore Maddy Coon is off to a quick start, going 7-for-14 (.500) with an OBP of .611 and a slugging percentage of .857.
UCLA (2-3): UCLA was on the long and short end of run-rule affairs during their time at the Kajikawa Classic. The Bruins hammered Syracuse for 14 runs on Feb. 9 just hours after being shutout by No. 17/18 Texas in their season-opener, 1-0 ... the next day the Bruins lost another one-run game to a ranked foe, No. 13/14 Texas A&M, 5-4, then seemingly let the disappointment linger into their match-up with New Mexico in which UCLA committed six errors and fell 13-1 in five innings. The 13 runs was the most allowed by the Bruins since a 16-3 loss at Arizona on Apr. 3, 1998 ... senior shortstop Jodie Legaspi swung a big stick during the tourney, going 6-for-12 with two home runs and nine RBI and slugging 1.000 over the five games
WASHINGTON (3-1): The Huskies battled to three wins at the Mustang Classic in San Luis Obispo, Calif. last week, despite the rain out of a scheduled doubleheader with Santa Clara ... sophomore Danielle Lawrie did damange for the Huskies in every way. In two complete games, Lawrie struck out 29 batters in 15 innings, while walking just one. She maintained a 1.45 ERA and held opponents to just three earned runs. Lawrie also went 2-for-6 from the plate, belting a solo home run vs. Santa Clara on Feb. 11. She also had a sacrifice hit and sacrifice fly as she tallied two RBIs vs. Santa Clara (Feb. 11) ... not to be outdone, the Huskies' other starter, Caitlin Noble drilled a long ball of her own in a 7-6 loss to Cal Poly (Feb. 9). Noble currently leads UW with four RBI.