This Week in Pac-10 Softball

April 3, 2007

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One week of Conference play is in the books and the picture has become even more muddled than before, with five teams sporting 2-1 league records to tie for the lead ... No. 6 ARIZONA, No. 9 ARIZONA STATE, and No. 10 STANFORD may get a slight edge since each picked up two critical road wins ... every two-game weekend series was split last week, with the exception of No. 18 OREGON STATE, which took two at home from CALIFORNIA ... several match-ups this week feature the Conference's top geographic rivalries. California plays at Stanford on Thursday, then the teams head to Berkeley for two on Cal's home field on Friday and Saturday. The six other Pac-10 squads play just two games on Friday and Saturday. The Sun Devils visit the Wildcats in a meeting of the two highest-ranked teams in the league ... Oregon State will try to steal two on the road at No. 12 OREGON, which is looking to bounce back after having its 15-game win streak snapped the last time out ... No. 17 WASHINGTON and No. 15 UCLA meet in Los Angeles in a key series between two 1-2 teams not desiring to drift too far back of the leaders ... a national audience can view Saturday's Arizona State-Arizona showdown live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. PT.


Thurs., Apr. 5CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 7 p.m.*




Sat., Apr. 7ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA - ESPN2, 7 p.m. PT

Fri., Apr. 13*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE - FSN Regional*Game will air Sun., Apr. 15 (check local listings for time)

Fri., Apr. 20*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA - FSN Regional*Game will air Sun., Apr. 22 (check local listings for time)



Tues., Mar. 27#14/12 STANFORD at Fresno State (DH) CANCELEDUC Santa Barbara 3, #11/14 UCLA 1

Wed., Mar. 28Pacific 7, CALIFORNIA 5#13/13 OREGON at Portland State (DH) CANCELED#17/19 OREGON STATE 10, Northern Colorado 0 (5 inn.)#17/19 OREGON STATE 7, Northern Colorado 1

Fri., Mar. 30#5/5 ARIZONA 6, #12/16 WASHINGTON 0*#7/9 ARIZONA STATE 6, #11/14 UCLA 0*#13/13 OREGON 4, CALIFORNIA 3*#14/12 STANFORD 2, #17/19 OREGON STATE 1*

Sat., Mar. 31#11/14 UCLA 2, #5/5 ARIZONA 0*#7/9 ARIZONA STATE 2, #12/16 WASHINGTON 1*#17/19 OREGON STATE 4, CALIFORNIA 3*#13/13 OREGON 8, #14/12 STANFORD 0 (5 inn.)*

Sun., Apr. 1#5/5 ARIZONA 11, #11/14 UCLA 2*#12/16 WASHINGTON 1, #7/9 ARIZONA STATE 0*#17/19 OREGON STATE 6, CALIFORNIA 0*#14/12 STANFORD 15, #13/13 OREGON 4 (6 inn.)*

ARIZONA (2-1, 26-8): The Wildcats opened Pac-10 play with a 6-0 road win at Washington, then split two games at UCLA, losing 2-0 on Saturday but winning the second game by the run-rule, 11-2 ... Sunday's victory was Arizona's largest victory over UCLA since a 16-3 victory on April 3, 1998 ... After being held scoreless for the first 11 innings of the series against the Bruins, UA made the final three innings count with 11 runs ... junior Taryne Mowatt pitched every inning of the weekend for the Wildcats, going 2-1 and allowing just four earned runs in 20.0 innings pitched. Mowatt shut out the Huskies Friday on four hits, two walks and nine K's ... senior Kristie Fox had go-ahead home runs in each of Arizona's wins. Against UW, Fox gave UA the upper-hand with a two-run shot in the top of the first. Sunday, Arizona was knotted 2-2 with UCLA in the fifth inning, until Fox unloaded on a three-run homer to give Arizona a 5-2 lead. The two-time All-American now has 43 career longballs and 205 career RBI, tying her for eighth on Arizon's career home run charts and placing her seventh in career RBI ... senior Caitlin Lowe swiped her 30th base on Sunday having yet to be caught once this year. Lowe is currently third in Pac-10 history with 137 stolen bases.

ARIZONA STATE (2-1, 36-8): The Sun Devils opened Pac-10 play with a strong 2-1 road trip, winning at UCLA and splitting a pair at Washington ... junior Katie Burkhart was excellent in the circle again, going 2-1 with a one-hit shutout of UCLA on Friday. She allowed just one run to Washington on Saturday in a 2-1 win, then suffered a tough defeat when an unearned run on a passed ball resulted in the game's only run and a 1-0 loss to the Huskies on Sunday, despite UW notching just one hit on the day. For the week, Burkhart pitched 16.2 innings, giving up just the one earned run on six hits, with six walks and 23 strikeouts ... on Friday, Burkhart blew by the all-time ASU career strikeouts record of 893, held by Kirsten Voak, her current pitching coach. Burkhart now has 912 for her career and leads the Conference with 272 this season ... sophomore Kaitlin Cochran had her 11-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday when she was 0-for-1 but walked twice. During the streak she hit .656 (21-for-32). She leads the Pac-10 in five major offensive categories, highlighted by a Conference best .911 slugging percentage and .613 on-base percentage ... senior Bianca Cruz lifted ASU over the Huskies on Saturday with a two-run home run in the sixth inning, her ninth of the year.

CALIFORNIA (0-3, 23-19): The Golden Bears struggled to an 0-4 record last week, falling to Pacific, Oregon and Oregon State twice, all on the road ... The Golden Bears look to snap out of their current six-game slide with three games against arch-rival Stanford this week ... Against Pacific, Cal took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but Pacific rallied for five runs and held on for a 7-5 win. Freshman Christina Schallig did much of the damage, hitting two home runs and driving in four vs. the Tigers. It was the first multi-homer game of her career ... Schallig leads Cal with a .385 batting average, eighth-best in the Pac-10 ... sophomore Morgan Siegel has drawn a Conference-high 29 walks this season, compared to just 15 last year in twice as many games ... Cal's last win came with fireworks as the Bears hung 18 runs on Liberty on Mar. 23 ... the 18 runs scored by the Bears vs. Liberty were the most runs scored since 1993 when Cal defeated Stanford 22-2 ... the Bears are 18-4 when scoring first this season, and an impressive 21-2 when leading after four innings.

OREGON (2-1, 36-4): The Ducks ran their winning streak to 15 games last week with wins over Cal and Stanford, before running out of steam in a 15-4 loss to Stanford on Sunday that snapped the string ... Saturday and Sunday against the Cardinal could not have followed more polar opposite routes for sophomore hurler Melissa Rice. Saturday, Rice pitched a four-hit shutout and Oregon cruised to an 8-0 run-rule win. Things fell apart Sunday, as Stanford roughed up Rice for 15 runs in 5.2 on its way to a 15-4 win. Rice came into the game leading the Pac-10 with a 0.77 ERA, but came out with a 1.55 ERA, dropping her to eighth. The 15 runs was more than the 14 total Rice had allowed all season ... freshman Jennifer Salling took home her second Pac-10 Player of the Week Award this year, going 6-for-7 (.857) with one RBI in all three of Oregon's contests. Salling was safely on base 80% of the time, and drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 7th inning in Friday's 4-3 win over Cal ... Salling leads the Pac-10 with a .524 average and 54 RBIs, a new single-season record for the program ... senior Ann Marie Topps tied the single season home run mark (16) set by Andrea Vidlund in 2003 with a three-run shot on Sunday.

OREGON STATE (2-1, 28-11): The Beavers put together a 4-1 week, and a 2-1 start in league play. OSU swept a double-header from Northern Colorado, endured a one-run loss to Stanford, then took two from California. Oregon State has won won 13 of its past 15 games ... senior Brianne McGowan earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for her 3-1 performance in which McGowan carried the workload for OSU's staff. She pitched 28 of 33 innings last week, including every pitch of the three Conference games. McGowan shut out Northern Colorado and California on Sunday, giving her 92 wins and 33 shutouts for her career, moving her into first place in both categories on the OSU career charts. McGowan passed Tarrah Beystern (1997-00) in wins and Joan Harvey (1982-85) in shutouts ... 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 (32 games) and are second in the Conference with a 1.27 ERA. Five runs is the most Oregon State has allowed this year, on two occasions ... freshman Kelly Dyer recorded OSU's second 10-strikeout game of the season on Wednesday in the only five innings McGowan did not pitch, striking out 10 Northern Colorado batters to earn the win.

STANFORD (2-1, 26-7): The Cardinal went 2-1 on its opening Pac-10 road trip, winning at Oregon State then splitting a pair against Oregon ... Sunday, Stanford's offense exploded for 15 runs in six innings in a 15-4 rout of the Ducks. The Cardinal went deep five times, including two grand slams in the game. Michelle Smith, Missy Penna and Erin Howe all left the yard, while Rosey Neill hit a pair of long balls. Smith and Penna's shots were of the grand variety. All Stanford's runs came at the expense of Oregon's Melissa Rice, who entered the game with a Pac-10-best ERA of 0.77. Rice had allowed 14 earned runs in 125.2 innings coming in, before Stanford touched her up for 15 runs in 5.2 IP ... Stanford's 15 runs was its biggest production since Apr. 20, 2005 when they defeated Sacramento State, 16-1 ... Penna earned both Cardinal wins on the weekend, allowing five runs and 10 hits in 13.0 IP while striking out 17. Penna's 184 strikeouts have already surpassed her her 2006 total of 179 ... Stanford hitters have made the best contact of any team in the league, striking out a league-low 136 times.

UCLA (1-2, 25-9): The Bruins endured a 1-3 week, losing once to Arizona, Arizona State, and UC Santa Barbara in their final non-conference game. UCLA did post a 2-0 shutout of Arizona on Saturday thanks to Anjelica Selden's two-hit gem ... Selden has gone the distance in 16 of her 19 starts this year ... UCLA's potent offense has struggled a bit of late, scoring three or less runs in each of the past seven games ... the Bruins remain second in the Pac-10 in batting average (.312), slugging percentage (.522) and on-base percentage (.413) ... senior Lisa Dodd leads the Bruins with nine home runs and a .677 slugging percentage. Her home run total is equal to her entire 2006 production, while her slugging is up more than 200 points from last seasons .435 ... freshmen Kaila Shull and Megan Langenfeld each have 31 hits on the year and have combined for 11 home runs and 45 RBI.

WASHINGTON (1-2, 23-9): The Huskies lost their Conference opener, 6-0 to Arizona, before splitting a pair of pitcher's duals with Arizona State over the weekend. On Saturday, sophomore Danielle Lawrie took a hard-luck loss, after allowing just four hits and two earned runs and striking out 10, UW fell jus short, 2-1. Washington turned the tables on Sunday, earning it's first Pac-10 by ekeing out a 1-0 win when Dena Tyson scored on a passed ball in the seventh inning. The Huskies won despite just one hit on the day, a single by Lauren Greer ... Lawrie's 1.02 ERA is third in the Conference, as are her 241 total strikeouts. Opponents are hitting just .159 vs. Lawrie, placing her second in the Pac-10 rankings ... Ashley Charters hit her second home run of the season Saturday vs. ASU ace Katie Burkhart ... Washington and Oregon are the only Pac-10 teams with two regulars hitting over .400: Tyson (.408) and Charters (.402) ... UW is second in the Conference with 32 sacrifice hits

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