This Week in Pac-10 Softball

April 10, 2007

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ARIZONA THE FIRST TEAM TO NOSE IN FRONT OF TIGHTLY PACKED PAC-10

After two weeks of Conference play, Arizona sits alone in first place with a 4-1 mark, thanks to the right arm of Taryne Mowatt. The Wildcat junior was simply dominant in throwing consecutive shutouts against Arizona State last week, a no-hitter followed by a two-hitter, and Arizona squeaked out one run in each game. Mowatt was named National Player of the Week for her efforts ... elsewhere, California scored a crucial series win over Stanford, climbing back into the Conference race by taking two of three from its Bay Area rival ... the Oregon schools split two games with each other, as did UCLA and WASHINGTON, as the middle of the league remains crowded ... a few non-conference games dot the schedule this week, but the weekend holds another full schedule of Pac-10 play ... the 12th-ranked Cardinal and Golden Bears head to face No. 4 Arizona and No. 10 ASU, while the No. 16 Huskies and No. 15 Bruins converge on the state of Oregon to face the 11th-ranked Ducks and 17th-ranked Beavers ... Sunday, April 15, fans can tune in to FSN to catch a taped replay of Friday night's game between Cal and Arizona State.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., Apr. 10Portland State at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m. (DH)

Wed., Apr. 11Saint Mary's at STANFORD, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 12WASHINGTON at Portland State, 6 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 13STANFORD at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*WASHINGTON at OREGON, 4 p.m.*UCLA at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.*

Sat., Apr. 14CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*UCLA at OREGON, 1 p.m.*WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.*

Sun., Apr. 15CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.*STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.*UCLA at OREGON, 1 p.m.*WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.*

UPCOMING TV GAMES

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)

Sat., Apr. 21WASHINGTON at STANFORD - CSTV, 5 p.m. PT

Sun., Apr. 22OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE - ESPN2, 1 p.m. PTWASHINGTON at STANFORD - CSTV, 1 p.m. PT

Sun., Apr. 29STANFORD at ARIZONA - CSTV, 1:30 p.m. PT

LAST WEEK'S RESULTSThurs., Apr. 5CALIFORNIA 3, @ #14/10 STANFORD 0

Fri., Apr. 6@ #5/6 ARIZONA 1, #7/9 ARIZONA STATE 0#14/10 STANFORD 8, @ CALIFORNIA 6#17/18 OREGON STATE 9, @ #10/12 OREGON 7@ #12/15 UCLA 10, #12/17 WASHINGTON 6

Sat., Apr. 7@ #5/6 ARIZONA 1, #7/9 ARIZONA STATE 0@ CALIFORNIA 9, #14/10 STANFORD 1 (6 inn.)@ #10/12 OREGON 4, #17/18 OREGON STATE 3 (8 inn.)#12/17 WASHINGTON 8, @ #12/15 UCLA 6

TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (4-1, 28-8): The Wildcats ascended to the top of the Conference standings thanks to a two-game sweep of Arizona State. Junior Taryne Mowatt carried the Wildcats to consecutive 1-0 wins, allowing zero runs on just two hits over 14.0 innings while walking one and striking out 21. Mowatt no-hit the Sun Devils on Friday, her second no-hitter of the season and fourth of her career. Mowatt's domination was rewarded with Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, as well as her first career USA Softball National Player of the Week award. Mowatt is the first Pac-10 player to win National Player of the Week this season ... Arizona pulled out Friday's win in the bottom of the seventh inning, when senior Kristie Fox drove in pinch-runner Jill Malina with a walk-off single ... Arizona's second game-winning run of the weekend came in the second inning Saturday when K'Lee Arredondo chopped a fielder's choice grounder to first and ASU was unable to catch Callista Balko at the plate ... Arizona's 11-2 win over UCLA on Sunday, Apr. 1, was Arizona's largest victory over the Bruins since a 16-3 victory on April 3, 1998 ... senior Caitlin Lowe swiped her 31st and 32nd bases on Friday having yet to be caught once this year. Lowe is currently third in Pac-10 history with 139 stolen bases.

ARIZONA STATE (2-3, 36-10): The Sun Devils lost two nailbiters at Arizona last week, failing to get the offense started in two-straight 1-0 losses. Add that to ASU's 1-0 loss to Washington on Apr. 1, and the Sun Devils are facing a three-game losing streak despite allowing a combined three runs and 10 hits over that span ... junior Katie Burkhart has taken all three tough losses, despite not allowing a single earned run. Burkhart is 2-3 in Pac-10 play with one unearned run decided each loss. She owns an ERA of 0.24 in Pac-10 play, easily the best in the league ... on Mar. 30, Burkhart blew by the all-time ASU career strikeouts record of 893, held by Kirsten Voak, her current pitching coach. Burkhart now has 931 for her career and leads the Conference with 291 this season ... sophomore Kaitlin Cochran was the only ASU batter to make a chink in the armor of Arizona's Taryne Mowatt. Cochran had both of the Sun Devils' hits on Saturday, breaking up Mowatt's 10-hitless-innings streak with a double in the 4th inning, and singling in the 7th ... Burkhart, Cochran, and senior Bianca Cruz are all among USA Softball's top-25 finalists for the Collegiate Player of the Year award. Arizona State is the only school in the nation with three players in contention.

CALIFORNIA (2-4, 25-20): The Golden Bears snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-0 win at Stanford on Thursday, then split two more with the Cardinal in Berkeley to move to 2-4 in the Pac-10 and climb back into the picture ... senior Alex Sutton homered in each of Cal's wins last week. Her three-run shot on Thursday was the difference in the game, and her two-run blast on Saturday aided in a 9-1 run-rule victory. For her performance, Sutton was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in her career ... sophomore Lauren Frankiewicz had two of her better outings vs. Stanford. She tossed a shutout on the road on Thursday, allowing just three hits and striking out five. She went the distance again on Saturday allowing just one run in Cal's 9-1 win. Frankiewicz leads the team with 12 wins ... junior Katie Vickers hit the first grand slam of her career in the first inning of Friday's 8-6 loss to Stanford ... the Bears are 20-4 when scoring first this season, and an impressive 22-2 when leading after four innings.

OREGON (3-2, 37-5): Oregon is off to a 3-2 start in the Pacific-10 Conference, after splitting the first two games of the Civil War Series with Oregon State ... in both games the Ducks had the early lead but saw the Beavers come back to erase a five-run deficit on Friday and a three-run deficit on Saturday ... Oregon State pulled out the 9-7 win in game No. 1, and the Ducks needed eight innings to score the game winner in a 4-3 in game No.2 ... Oregon has outscored its opponents 274-66 this year and is batting .340 as a team, while holding opponents to a .186 average ... the pitching duo of Alicia Cook and Melissa Rice has combined for 37 victories and 17 shutouts ... in Pac-10 action, Oregon has three batters hitting over .400 led by Jennifer Salling (.750), Sari-Jane Jenmkins (.438) and Suzie Barnes (.429) ... Salling was the only freshman and one of six underclassmen to be named one of 25 finalists for the 2007 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, announced by The Amateur Softball Association ... Salling's Pac-10 leading 57 RBIs this season have already broken Oregon's old single season record by 10, with still 18 games left on the regular season schedule ... she also leads the league in average (.527), slugging percentage (.927), and on-base percentage (.603).

OREGON STATE (3-2, 29-12): The Beavers split in two Civil War games in Eugene against the Ducks. OSU showed its resiliency all weekend, battling back from several deficits. In game one on Friday, Oregon State overcame a 5-0 hole, taking a 6-5 lead, then fought back again after Oregon reclaimed a 7-6 lead with three runs in the 7th to win, 9-7 and snap Oregon's 15-game win streak. Senior Brianne McGowan hit a pair of home runs in the game, giving her 30 for her career, fourth most in OSU history ... Saturday, OSU scored three times in the 7th inning once again to knot the game at 3-3, but Oregon scored once in the 8th to pull it out ... McGowan recently passed Tarrah Beystern (1997-00) in wins and Joan Harvey (1982-85) in shutouts to become the OSU career leader in both categories. She now has 93 wins and 33 shutouts. McGowan's 800th strikeout came vs. the Ducks on Saturday ... senior Ta'Tyana McElroy saw her first action in the circle since Mar. 17 on Saturday. She made the start and went six innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits and had six strikeoutes ... Oregon's seven runs on Friday was the first time the OSU staff allowed more than four runs in a game since Feb. 16, a span of 32 games.

STANFORD (3-3, 26-9): The Cardinal went 1-2 against California last week, winning the middle game of a three-game set. Stanford's offense was on track in its 8-6 win on Friday, but posted just one run combined in its two losses ... Alissa Haber continued with her strong freshman campaign, hitting 5-of-9 (.556) in the series with a double, triple, and home run. She drove in three and scored four runs. Haber's homer on Saturday provided Stanford's only run of the game. Haber is currently second in Conference play with a .526 batting average, and is slugging .895 with an OBP of .591 in Pac-10 play, both placing her third in the Pac-10. Haber has shined brightest in the clutch this year, as she is hitting a team-leading .590 (23-for-39) with runners on base and .500 (13-for-26) with runners in scoring position ... sophomore ace Missy Penna threw two complete games in the series, going 1-1 with 15 strikeouts. Penna took the loss in Cal's 3-0 win, but earned a win the next day when she allowed just two earned runs on six hits. Penna now has 199 strikeouts on the year ... Stanford is batting an even .300 as a team. Six Cardinal starters are hitting .290 or higher, led by Haber at .381.

UCLA (2-3, 26-10): The Bruins slugged it out in two games with Washington in L.A. last week, taking the opener, 10-6 but falling, 8-6, in the second match-up ... the big blow for the Bruins in their win on Friday was a grand slam in the third inning from Jaisa Creps, her fifth home run of the year. Anjelica Selden was touched up for six earned runs, but went the distance to earn her 14th victory. Selden has pitched a complete game in 17 of her 20 starts this year ... ... junior Krista Colburn hit .667 in the two-game set, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored, a double, an RBI and three walks for a .778 on-base percentage from the leadoff spot. Colburn is now sixth in the Pac-10 with a .410 batting average, well ahead of her previous career high of .294 as a freshman in 2005 ... Colburn's work from the leadoff spot has helped UCLA to a Pac-10-leading .419 on-base percentage ... UCLA is hoping its offensive outburst will develop into a trend. The Bruins had scored three or less runs in each of the seven games prior to the 16 runs they hung on the Huskies.

WASHINGTON (2-3, 24-10): The Huskies picked up their first Conference road win of the season, defeating UCLA, 8-6 on Saturday after UCLA won the opener of the brief two-game series. The Huskies pounded 12 hits against the Bruin's staff on Saturday, led by Ashley Charters and Danielle Lawrie with three hits each. Washington trailed 3-1 before rallying for five runs in the fifth inning. Junior Lauren Greer ripped a three-run homer to cap the inning and put UW ahead, 6-3. It was just Greer's second HR of the year ... junior Caitlin Noble earned her first save of the season in dramatic fashion. Noble entered in the 7th inning with the bases full of Bruins, one down, and UW clinging to a two-run lead. Noble retired the next two hitters to preserve the win ... senior first baseman Dena Tyson had another outstanding week. In Friday's game, Tyson reached base in all four at-bats, two via walk (one intentional) plus a single and her team-leading ninth home run. Tyson also went 2-for-4 on Saturday, going 4-for-6 overall in the series ... Tyson's patience at the plate has been a prime reason for her breatkthrough season. She leads the Conference with five walks in Pac-10 play, and after averaging a strikeout every 3.85 at-bats in her first three years, Tyson has struk out only 10 times in 77 at-bats this year (1 K/7.7 AB), almost exactly half of her career rate.

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