This Week in Pac-10 Softball
April 17, 2007
PAC-10 GRABS SPOTLIGHT WITH FOUR TELEVISED GAMES THIS WEEK
For the second week in a row, a Pac-10 pitcher earned national recognition for their performance. ARIZONA STATE'S Katie Burkhart was named the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week this week after she guided the Sun Devils to a 3-0 record in games with CALIFORNIA and STANFORD. Taryne Mowatt of ARIZONA earned the same distinction for the week of Apr. 2-8 ... the Wildcats also swept their weekend series with the Golden Bears and Cardinal, opening up a two-game lead atop the Conference standings at 7-1 ... OREGON STATE beat UCLA for just the ninth time in 80 meetings on Friday, then earned a split with WASHINGTON on Sunday with a four-run seventh-inning rally, and sit tied for second with the Sun Devils. The Beavers head to the desert to face the Arizona schools this weekend ... joining OSU on the southward trip is OREGON, looking to shake off its first three-game skid of the year ... the Huskies and Bruins converge on the Bay Area this week to face Stanford and Cal ... the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings feature the Wildcats moving up one spot to No. 3, followed by ASU at No. 9, then a cozy bunch of Pac-10 teams huddled together from No. 12-16: UCLA, Washington, Oregon State, Oregon, Stanford, in that order.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Wed., Apr. 18ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*CALIFORNIA at Sacramento State, 2 p.m.Portland State at OREGON, 4 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 20OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.* (FSN)OREGON at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m.*UCLA at STANFORD, 7 p.m.*
Sat., Apr. 21OREGON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.* (ESPN2)UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 1 p.m.* (CSTV)
Sun., Apr. 22OREGON at ARIZONA, 12 p.m.*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.*UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 1 p.m.* (CSTV)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tues., Apr. 10at #16/17 OREGON STATE 4, Portland State 0at #16/17 OREGON STATE 6, Portland State 2
Wed., Apr. 11at #17/12 STANFORD 8, Saint Mary's 0 (6 inn.)
Thurs., Apr. 12#12/16 WASHINGTON 6, at Portland State 1
Fri., Apr. 13at #4/4 ARIZONA 4, #17/12 STANFORD 1at #8/10 ARIZONA STATE 8, CALIFORNIA 0 (5 inn.)#12/16 WASHINGTON 7, at #10/11 OREGON 2at #16/17 OREGON STATE 7, #14/15 UCLA 0
Sat., Apr. 14at #4/4 ARIZONA 6, CALIFORNIA 4at #8/10 ARIZONA STATE 7, #17/12 STANFORD 0#14/15 UCLA 13, at #10/11 OREGON 3#12/16 WASHINGTON 3, at #16/17 OREGON STATE, 1
Sun., Apr. 15at #4/4 ARIZONA 5, CALIFORNIA 2at #8/10 ARIZONA STATE 8, #17/12 STANFORD 2#14/15 UCLA 5, at #10/11 OREGON 1at #16/17 OREGON STATE 5, #12/16 WASHINGTON 4
ARIZONA (7-1, 31-8): The Wildcats opened up a two-game lead in the Pac-10 standings by sweeping their three games last week. UA defeated Stanford on Friday then took two from Cal over the weekend ... Arizona has now won 14-straight at home and is 20-1 at Hillenbrand Stadium ... Callista Balko's four two-out RBI paced the Wildcats in their 4-1 win over Stanford. She snapped a 13-game homerless streak with her eighth of the year in the contest ... Taryne Mowatt had her 21-inning scoreless streak snapped, but picked up her 22nd win, a career-high. Mowatt earned the win Saturday vs. Cal to bump her newly acquired record to 23 ... on Sunday, freshman Sarah Akamine got the start in the circle for the first time since March 24 and recorded her first career Pac-10 win ... senior Chelsie Mesa had a solid weekend, hitting .571 (4-for-7) with three doubles, three RBI and two steals. Mesa has 15 steals and 15 extra base hits this season ... senior Caitlin Lowe currently has an eight-game hitting streak ... Mowatt was named the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of April 2-8 after she led UA to consecutive 1-0 wins over Arizona Stte. Mowatt had a no-hitter and a two-hitter in the two game set ... 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.
ARIZONA STATE (5-3, 39-10): The Sun Devils jumped from a tie for fifth to a tie for second in the Conference after a 3-0 weekend that included a win over Cal and two over Stanford ... after suffering three-straight 1-0 losses in its three previous games, the Sun Devil offense broke out for 23 runs over the three games with six home runs, two of which were grand slams. Caylyn Carlson hit her first career grand slam in Saturday's 7-0 win over Stanford, and Bianca Cruz slammed her third on Sunday in an 8-2 win against the Cardinal ... junior Katie Burkhart had a brilliant weekend, throwing two one-hit shutouts and picking up a third win with a hitless relief appearance. Burkhart was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season and then was honored with the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Weeek award, the first Sun Devil to earn the distinction ... 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 957 for her career and leads the Conference with 317 this season ... Burkhart, Kaitlin Cochran, and 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 (2-7, 25-23): The Golden Bears dropped three games last week, one at Arizona State and two at Arizona, but had the lead in each of their two losses to the fourth-ranked Wildcats ... Christina Schallig and Alex Sutton each hit solo home runs for the Bears on Sunday. For Sutton, it was her team-leading 10th of the season. Sutton's previous career-high was three in 2006, and she the senior had only four total coming into this season. Sutton has three homers in Pac-10 play, tied for second in the Conference ... Schallig, just a freshman, leads the Bears with a .363 batting average. She ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in on-base percentage (.464) ... sophomore Lauren Frankiewicz had two of her better outings vs. Stanford on Apr. 5 and Apr. 7. She tossed a shutout on the road on Apr. 5, allowing just three hits and striking out five. She went the distance again on Apr. 7 allowing just one run in Cal's 9-1 win. Frankiewicz leads the team with 12 wins.
OREGON (3-5, 37-8): The Ducks are in the midst of a season-worst three-game skid, after falling last week to Washington on Friday and UCLA on Saturday and Sunday. Oregon has lost five of its past six after a 2-0 start in Pac-10 play ... after allowing five runs just once in its first 39 games, Oregon has surrendered five or more in each of its past five defeats ... the Ducks still rank second in hitting in Pac-10 play (.261 BA) and first overall (.329 BA) ... in Pac-10 action, Jennifer Salling is hitting .550 (11-for-21) with two home runs and seven RBI ... 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 58 RBIs this season (second in Pac-10) have already broken Oregon's old single season record by 11, with still 15 games left on the regular season schedule ... she ranks second in the league in average (.508), and on-base percentage (.592), third in slugging percentage (.907) and runs scored (45) ... senior Ann Marie Topps leads the Conference with an Oregon single-season record 17 home runs ... the Ducks lead the Conference with 99 stolen bases out of 110 attempts. Suzie Barnes has swiped 33 and Sari-Jan Jenkins has 27 to rank second and third in the league.
OREGON STATE (5-3, 33-13): The Beavers enjoyed a 4-1 week, sweeping a double-header from Portland State, defeating UCLA in Corvallis and then splitting two home meetings with Washington ... highlights of OSU's Conference wins were Brianne McGowan's complete game shutout of UCLA on Friday. The senior allowed just four hits and a walk and stuck out four as OSU scored in each of the first four innings and won 7-0 ... Sunday, the Beavers trailed the Huskies, 4-1, heading into the home half of the 7th inning, but capitalized on three hit-by-pitches, a two-RBI single by DeAnn Young, and a bases loaded walk-off walk to Mia Longfellow to nab the win ... senior Ta'Tyana McElroy went 2-1 last week, earning wins against Portland State and Washington for her first decisions of any kind since Mar. 17 vs. Utah State ... Oregon State is last in the Pac-10 in batting with a .284 average, but leads the league in both pitching (1.47 ERA) and defense (.978 fielding percentage) ... the Beavers have picked up the pace on the bases in Conference play, leading the league with 21 stolen bases out of 25 attempts. Nine different Beavers have stolen safely in league play, led by the five of Longfellow ... junior Cambria Miranda leads the Beavers in most offensive categories, and her 40 RBI are a career-high ... OSU went a span of 32 games (Feb. 16-Apr. 6) without allowing more than four runs in a game.
STANFORD (3-6, 27-12): The Cardinal started the week on a high note when sophomore Missy Penna pitched her second-career no-hitter against Saint Mary's on Wednesday, Apr. 11. Penna struck out eight and walked two and the Cardinal ended the game an inning early by scoring six in the sixth to make the final tally 8-0. Penna recorded her 200th strikeout of the season during the game ... Stanford struggled in its Pac-10 series, losing once at Arizona and twice at Arizona State ... two freshmen are leading the Cardinal offense: Alissa Haber raised her overall average to .385 (8th in Pac-10) and her pac-10 average to .481 (3rd in Pac-10) after she hit 4-for-9 on the week with a hit in every game. Haber is riding an eight-game hitting streak. Shannon Koplitz is also enjoying an excellent first go-round, hitting .348 after earning a starting job midway through the season ... a third freshman, Rosey Neill, is slugging .696 in Pac-10 games, ranked eighth in the league, and is tied for the team lead with six home runs.
UCLA (4-4, 28-11): The Bruins bounced back from a loss to Oregon State on Friday to post convincing wins over the weekend against Oregon and climb back to .500 in league play ... on Saturday, UCLA pounded out 13 runs on 15 hits to down the Ducks, 13-3. Each of the top six batters in the Bruin lineup had multiple RBI and Jodie Legaspi hit her eighth home run during the outburst ... freshman Megan Langenfeld was very effective in Sunday's 5-1 win, pitching a complete game and allowing just three hits and an unearned run while striking out a career-high eight batters. The freshman is now 8-1 in teh circle and leads the team with a 1.28 ERA ... Lisa Dodd had a big weekend at the plate, going 5-for-8 with four runs, four RBI, a home run, a triple, and three walks for a team-high slugging percentage of 1.250 and OBP of .727. Dodd has hit in five-straight ... UCLA has a trio of hitters clustered in the top-10 in batting average for Conference games: Krista Colburn and Dodd are tied for fourth with .429 averages, and Tara Henry is sixth, hitting .421 ... the Bruins are 21-1 this season when scoring five or more runs ... in a case of home-away-from-home, UCLA is 7-1 on the road this season (.875 winning percentage) but just 9-5 at home (.643).
WASHINGTON (4-4, 27-11): The Huskies finished last week with a 3-1 record, taking care of Portland State before getting down to league business, where they defeated Oregon then split with Oregon State ... Washington was one out away from a weekend sweep, but let a three-run lead slip away on Sunday in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Beavers, and lost, 5-4 ... Washington's 4-4 start to the Pac-10 season already brings it within two wins of its Pac-10 win total last season. In 2006, UW went 6-15 in the Pac-10 with 10 of its 15 losses coming by one run ... senior first baseman Dena Tyson had another outstanding week and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in her career for her showing. Tyson was 9-for-12 (.750) in the four games, and homered in each of UW's three Pac-10 games, driving in a pair in each contest ... Tyson has raised her already eye-poping numbers even further in Pac-10 play. In Conference games, she leads the league in batting average (.609), slugging percentage (1.130), on-base percentage (.679), hits (14), home runs (4) and total bases (26) ... Third year head coach Heather Tarr is three wins away from her 100th career victory at the University of Washington. Tarr won 35 games in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons and has won 27 games this season.