This Week In Pac-10 Softball
March 13, 2007
TOURNAMENTS AND TESTS ON TAP AS SEASON NEARS HALFWAY POINT
Conference softball teams face major tests on and off the field this week. ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, and WASHINGTON all travel to Fullerton, Calif. for the Judi Garman Classic. The prestigious tournament will be the final one prior to Pac-10 play for the Wildcats and Huskies ... of the 16 teams heading to Fullerton, 11 are ranked or received votes in the current ESPN.com/USA Softball Top-25 ... OREGON and OREGON STATE remain in-state to engage in the Cascade Clash at three different locations, and CALIFORNIA journeys to Honolulu for the Bank of Hawaii Invitational ... UCLA has just one game on its slate, as the Bruins prepare for winter quarter finals, and STANFORD is on break until Mar. 24 to hit the books themselves ... Conference teams posted a 36-8 record last week, with ASU, Stanford and UCLA all enjoying unblemished weeks ... the Ducks continue to be the Pac-10's most pleasant surprise, as they matched their entire 2006 win total with their 24th win on Saturday.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tues., Mar. 13Southern Utah at UCLA, 1 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 14CALIFORNIA vs. Baylor, 2 p.m. (1)CALIFORNIA at Hawaii, 6 p.m. (1)
Thurs., Mar. 15ARIZONA vs. North Carolina State, 11:15 a.m. (2)ARIZONA vs. Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m. (2)ARIZONA STATE vs. Notre Dame, 9 a.m. (2)CALIFORNIA vs. Liberty, 2 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE at Portland State, 6 p.m. (DH) (3)WASHINGTON vs. Florida State, 11:15 a.m. (2)WASHINGTON vs. Michigan, 1:30 p.m. (2)
Fri., Mar. 16ARIZONA vs. Pacific, 4 p.m. (2)ARIZONA STATE vs. Fresno State, 9 a.m. (2)ARIZONA STATE vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA (2)CALIFORNIA vs. Nevada, 4 p.m. (1)Utah State at OREGON, 1 p.m. (DH) (3)OREGON STATE vs. South Dakota State, 12 p.m. (3)OREGON STATE vs. Towson, 2:30 p.m. (3)WASHINGTON vs. Cal State Northridge, 1:30 p.m. (2)
Sat., Mar. 17ARIZONA vs. TBD, TBA (2)ARIZONA STATE vs. TBD, TBA (2)CALIFORNIA vs. TBD, TBA (1)South Dakota State at OREGON STATE, 9 a.m. (3)Utah State at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m. (3)Towson at OREGON, 1 p.m. (DH) (3)WASHINGTON vs. TBD, TBA (2)
Sun., Mar. 18ARIZONA vs. TBD, TBA (2)ARIZONA STATE vs. TBD, TBA (2)South Dakota State at OREGON, 1 p.m. (DH) (3)WASHINGTON vs. TBD, TBA (2)
Tournaments(1) - Bank of Hawaii Invitational; Honolulu, Hawaii(2) - Judi Garman Classic; Fullerton, Calif.(3) - Cascade Clash; Corvallis, Eugene, or Portland, Ore.
all times local to site
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tues., Mar. 6#2/2 ARIZONA 6, Creighton 2#2/2 ARIZONA 7, Creighton 3
Wed., Mar. 7#3/6 ARIZONA STATE 4, Creighton 0#23/22 CALIFORNIA 3, Loyola Chicago 2#14/17 OREGON STATE 11, Boston College 1 (5 inn.) (1)#14/17 OREGON STATE 3, Pacific 2 (1)#12/16 UCLA 8, Cal State Fullerton, 1
Thurs., Mar. 8#17/15 OREGON 10, UNLV 1 (6 inn.) (2)UNLV 5, #17/15 OREGON 1 (2)#14/17 OREGON STATE 4, Liberty 2 (1)Hawaii 3, #14/17 OREGON STATE 0 (1)
Fri., Mar. 9#2/2 ARIZONA 3, #16/14 Baylor 0#3/6 ARIZONA STATE 4, Missouri 2 (3)#3/6 ARIZONA STATE 10, Texas Tech 1 (3)#23/22 CALIFORNIA 4, Iowa 1 (4)Connecticut 12, #23/22 CALIFORNIA 11 (4)#17/15 OREGON 8, New Mexico State 3 (2)#17/15 OREGON 5, Miami (Ohio) 0 (2)#14/17 OREGON STATE 3, Liberty 1 (1)#13/12 STANFORD 6, UC Santa Barbara 2 (5)#13/12 STANFORD 8, Sacramento State 0 (5)#12/16 UCLA 7, Southern Utah 2 (6)#12/16 UCLA 8, Eastern Kentucky 0 (5 inn.) (6)#11/10 WASHINGTON 1, Texas Tech 0 (3)Missouri 10, #11/10 WASHINGTON 8 (10 inn.) (3)
Sat., Mar. 10#16/14 Baylor 3, #2/2 ARIZONA 2#3/6 ARIZONA STATE 7, Texas Tech 6 (3)#3/6 ARIZONA STATE 6, Missouri 0 (3)#23/22 CALIFORNIA 5, Eastern Illinois 3 (4)#23/22 CALIFORNIA 15, Iowa State 5 (4)#17/15 OREGON 3, Longwood 1 (2)Hawaii 4, #14/17 OREGON STATE 2 (1)#13/12 STANFORD 4, San Diego State 3 (5)#13/12 STANFORD 2, Loyola Chicago 0 (5)#12/16 UCLA 1, Canisius 0 (6)#12/16 UCLA 12, Long Beach State 1 (5 inn.) (6)#11/10 WASHINGTON 5, Missouri 1 (3)Texas Tech 3, #11/10 WASHINGTON 2 (3)
Sun., Mar. 11#16/14 Baylor 3, #2/2 ARIZONA 2#3/6 ARIZONA STATE 12, Texas Tech 3 (5 inn.) (3)#23/22 CALIFORNIA 6, Northern Iowa 5 (4)#13/12 STANFORD 2, UC Santa Barbara 0 (5)#12/16 UCLA 9, Notre Dame 3 (6)#11/10 WASHINGTON 6, Missouri 4 (3)
Tournaments(1) - Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament; Honolulu, Hawaii(2) - Eller Media Stadium Classic; Las Vegas, Nev.(3) - Pac-10 vs. Big XII Challenge; Tempe, Ariz.(4) - National Invitational Softball Tournament, San Jose, Calif.(5) - Stanford Classic; Stanford, Calif.(6) - Long Beach State Invitational; Lakewood, Calif.
TEAM BY TEAM NOTES
ARIZONA (17-5): Wildcats are coming off a 3-2 week whee they swept a double-header from Creighton, then lost two of three to No. 16/14 Baylor in Waco, Texas ... Arizona took the first game of the series, 3-0, behind Taryne Mowatt's one-hit shutout in which she K'd 15. Baylor took the next two games by 3-2 counts ... four of Arizona's five losses this season have come by one run, the fifth was a two-run defeat ... senior Chelsie Mesa extended her hitting streak to a league-best 19 games during the week. Mesa is batting .459 (28-for-61) during the streak and has hit safely in 20 of Arizona's 22 games this season ... Mesa's streak is the longest for a Wildcat since Autumn Champion's 25-consecutive games in 2003 ... senior Caitlin Lowe is currently second in the Pac-10 with a .485 average. She has raised her career batting average to .460 and sits third on the career Pac-10 batting average charts, six percentage points behind first and second.
ARIZONA STATE (27-2): The Sun Devils enjoyed a perfect 6-0 week, extending their current winning streak to 10 games ... they make just their second trip away from Tempe this week to participate in the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. ... ASU went 5-0 against Missouri and Texas Tech to claim the title at the Pac-10 vs. Big XII Challenge. They hammered the Red Raiders 12-3 in five innings in Sunday's title game ... junior Mindy Cowles had the best weekend at the plate, going 9-for-18 (.500) with seven runs scored, a double, a home run, eight RBI, and three stolen bases. In the championship game against Texas Tech, Cowles was 2-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBI ... Bianca Cruz (37 RBI) and Kaitlin Cochran (30) are the top two run producers in the league. Cruz, a former transfer from San Diego State, had only 11 RBI in her Sun Devil career until this season ... junior Katie Burkhart picked up her second Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award of the season, going 2-0 with a save last week, striking out 30 and walking just one in 16.2 innings.
CALIFORNIA (18-10): Cal has scored seven or more runs ten times since Feb. 18 ... Cal posted back-to-back come from behind victories over Iowa State and Northern Iowa (Mar. 10 and 11) ... the Bears have pounded out 53 hits in their last four games (Mar. 9-11) ... Also in that span, Cal has produced 37 runs and 36 RBI ... Cal has homered in its last four games (Mar. 9-11) ... The Bears drew a season-high nine walks vs. UConn on Mar. 9 ... Cal tallied season-highs in runs (15), hits (17) and RBI (14) vs. Iowa State on Mar. 10 ... Christina Schallig had a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 18-Mar. 2 ... Lauren Frankiewicz posted 31 strikeouts from Mar. 7-11 ... senior Alex Sutton slugged .750 last week with a double, two home runs, and eight RBI in Cal's six contests. Her 25 RBI rank ninth in the league.
OREGON (24-3): The Ducks posted a 4-1 mark last week at the Eller Media Stadium Classic in Las Vegas ... junior Alicia Cook earned three of Oregon's wins, throwing a complete game in each outing and alowing only three runs in 20.0 IP (1.05 ERA). Cook has already surpassed her previous career-high in wins (11) ... Cook and junior Melissa Rice have pitched all but three innings for the Ducks and earned every decision along the way. Their combined efforts have resulted in a 0.85 team ERA (22 ER/180.2 IP) for Oregon, easily the best in the Pac-10. They have given up the fewest walks (41) and home runs (6) as a staff in the league and hold opponents to a Pac-10-best .185 average ... Jennifer Salling had her career-high hitting streak snapped at 13 games last week ... Senior designated player Ann Marie Topps has a team-and Conference-leading 10 home runs this season and has already topped her previous career total (5), giving her 15 in her career - only three shy of UO's top-10 list (#10 is Heather Holte, 18) ... Topps has gone from last among all Duck regulars in slugging percentage last season (.152) to first in the entire Pac-10 (.840) this year.
OREGON STATE (15-9): The Beavers compiled a 4-2 record at the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii, defeating Boston College, Pacific, and Liberty twice but dropping a pair to Hawaii ... freshman catcher Tarah Black has started to see increased playing time, as each time she connects with the ball it seems to leave the yard. Black went 2-for-8 in Hawaii and both hits were home runs. All three of Black's career hits are homers. On Friday, Black provided a game-winning home run in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 3-1 OSU win over Liberty. That followed her first career grand slam on Wednesday vs. BC in an 11-1 win. Black earned All-Tournament honors with her seven RBI ... the Beaver pitching staff continues to keep OSU in every game. They have not allowed more than four runs in a game since Feb. 16 (18 games) and are second in the Conference with a 1.43 ERA
STANFORD (21-5): Stanford went a perfect 5-0 last week to win the Stanford Classic, much the same way that they swept the Stanford Invitational I back in February ... junior hurler Becky McCullough spun her first two shutouts of the year in consecutive starts, blanking Sacramento State, 8-0, in five innings on Friday, then one-hitting Loyola Chicago over seven in a 2-0 win Saturday. In her two starts, McCullough allowed no runs and six hits in 12 IP, walking two and striking out 10 ... sophomore Maddy Coon is pacing the Pac-10 in doubles with 11. Coon ranked fifth in that category last season with 13 ... freshman Shannon Koplitz worked her way into the Cardinal starting lineup on Feb. 24, and does not figure to leave anytime soon. Last week, Koplitz hit .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles and a triple and three runs scored. She is now batting .343, fourth among regulars, and has driven in 10 runs.
UCLA (21-6): The Bruins extended their season-best winning streak to nine games last week by cruising to five wins at the Long Beach State Invitational. Only one game (1-0 win vs. Canisius) was decided by fewer than five runs ... freshman Megan Langenfeld earned Pac-10 Player of the Week accolades for her performance at the plate. Langenfeld hit .538 (7-for-13), scored three runs and drove in six while picking up a double, triple, and home run for an OBP of .700 and a slugging percentage of 1.000. Langenfeld currently owns an 11-game hitting streak ... Langenfeld also took to the hill and fired a five-inning shutout vs. Eastern Kentucky to improve to 6-1 on the year ... UCLA batters continue to flex their muscles, as Bruins account for half of the top-10 in slugging percentage in the Pac-10. Kaila Shull leads the contingent with a slugging percentage of .766, followed by Langenfeld (.743), Lisa Dodd (.700), Jodie Legaspi (676) and Krista Colburn (.674) ... the Bruins have had four different pitchers earn victories this year, the most in the league.
WASHINGTON (18-4): The Huskies went 3-2 at the Pac-10 vs. Big XII Challenge in Tempe, Ariz. last week, defeating Missouri, 3-2, in the final Sunday pairing ... sophomore Marnie Koziol ran her current hitting streak to 15 games and is third in the Pac-10 in hitting with a .464 average, up from her .339 mark as a freshman ... senior Dena Tyson is still a few at-bats shy of meeting Conference minimums for averages, but nevertheless she would be tied for the league lead in average (.488) and all alone in slugging percentage by a wide margin (1.070). Tyson has 46 total bases in just 43 at-bats. She is tied for second in the Pac-10 with eight home runs out of just 21 total hits. Tyson had six home runs all of last season in 157 at-bats ... sophomore Danielle Lawrie threw a one-hit shutout in her only start last week, striking out 15 as UW edged Texas Tech, 1-0. Lawrie leads the Conference with a 0.67 ERA and has fanned double-digts in ever start. Currently, Lawrie is punching out 14.34 batters per game.