This Week in Pac-10 Softball
May 1, 2007
CONFERENCE TEAMS FIT TO BE TIED WITH TWO WEEKS LEFT IN REGULAR SEASON
The Conference experienced a first last week, as ARIZONA and STANFORD could not squeeze a run across the plate after 12 innings Sunday night. With the Wildcats needing to make their flight back to Tucson, the game was halted and declared a tie, the first ever tie game in Pac-10 play ... Sunday's game notwithstanding, the most significant Conference tie is the one for second place, as ARIZONA STATE, UCLA, and WASHINGTON are all even a 9-6, trailing Arizona, which enjoyed a balanced 1-1-1 series last week ... CALIFORNIA proved it would not pack up the tents after a 2-11 start to league play, as the Golden Bears took two from the Sun Devils in Berkeley over the weekend, proving again that no Pac-10 win is easy ... more series conclude during this, the second to last week of the regular season, as the Arizona schools travel to OREGON and OREGON STATE, and the Bay Area schools take turns at UCLA and Washington ... the Pac-10 continues to own the highest RPI as a conference, according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, and the Wildcats rank No. 1 for team RPI.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Wed., May 2Portland State at OREGON, 4 p.m.
Fri., May 4ARIZONA at OREGON, 4 p.m.*ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.*CALIFORNIA at UCLA, 1 p.m.*STANFORD at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.*
Sat., May 5ARIZONA at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.*ARIZONA STATE at OREGON, 1 p.m.*CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.*STANFORD at UCLA, 2 p.m.*
Sun., May 6ARIZONA at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.*ARIZONA STATE at OREGON, 1 p.m.*CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.*STANFORD at UCLA, 1 p.m.*
ARIZONA (11-3-1, 35-10-1): The Wildcats completed a symmetrical 1-1-1 week, defeating Cal, losing at Stanford, and then fighting to a 0-0 tie with the Cardinal in 12 innings ... the Stanford game was called when Arizona was forced to leave to make its flight home. It is the first tie for Arizona since the Pac-10 started softball in 1987. UA's last tie came in 1986 ... junior Taryne Mowatt was denied a decision on Sunday despite throwing all 12 innings and allowing no runs on just three hits. Mowatt through a complete game shutout vs. the Golden Bears, upping her Pac-10 best win total to 27 ... the Wildcats stranded 12 baserunners in the scoreless affair ... senior Caitlin Lowe led off the Cal game with a flared single to left field. She promptly stole her 149th career base, breaking Alison McCutcheon's school record of 148 career steals. The play was also Lowe's 42nd successful steal in as many attempts this year, giving her the third most stolen bases without being caught in NCAA history. Lowe is now second in steals in Pac-10 history, trailing UCLA's Natasha Watley, who swiped 158 ... junior Adrienne Acton was 5-for-9 on the weekend with two runs scored vs. Cal and an RBI on Saturday vs. Stanford. She also stole a base in each game ... Arizona has won 17-straight at home and is 23-1 at Hillenbrand Stadium ... in other Lowe-related records, the senior is now seventh on the Pac-10 hits list with 330 and ninth in runs scored with 231, having recently passed Stanford's Jessica Mendoza in both categories ... senior Chelsie Mesa is the Pac-10's leading hitter with two outs, batting .512 (21-for-41) ... Arizona is currently ranked first in NFCA's simulated RPI and first in strength of schedule.
ARIZONA STATE (9-6, 45-13): The Sun Devils posted a 3-2 record last week, sweeping a double-header vs. UNLV, shutting out Stanford, 2-0, but losing twice at Cal with the offense sruggling to produce. ASU is now in a three-way tie for second in the league at 9-6 ... in Tuesday's first win over UNLV, freshman Megan Elliott earned her first decision and win since March 24. Elliott pitched a two-hit shutout over six innings as ASU rolled to a 9-0 win ... junior Katie Burkhart spun a two-hit shutout of her own against the Cardinal on Friday, striking out four and walking none to pick up her 26th win ... Burkhart took the loss on Saturday despite allowing just one hit and striking out 14 in a complete game effort. The one hit was a home run by Vernae Sevilla in the 5th, and ASU was shut out, 1-0. The loss marked the second time this season that Burkhart has pitched a one-hitter and still taken a loss. The first came on Apr. 1 at Washington, when the Huskies scored an unearned run in the 7th to win, 1-0 ... in Arizona State's last six losses, they have scored only one total run ... Burkhart ranks in the top-10 nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (6th - 11.5), wins (8th - 26), and ERA (6th - 0.94) ... lefties are hitting a scant .108 against Burkhart this year, best in the Pac-10 ... Kaitlin Cochran's .513 batting average is currently leading the nation. Cochran also ranks fifth nationally in slugging percentage (.913) ... Bianca Cruz's 36 two-out RBI are 14 more than the next best total in the Pac-10, Jenae Leles of Arizona with 22.
CALIFORNIA (4-11, 30-27): The Golden Bears enjoyed one of their best weeks of the season, going 4-1 and taking two games from seventh-ranked Arizona State in Berkeley. The wins over ASU on Saturday and Sunday snapped a seven-game Pac-10 losing streak and were Cal's first back-to-back Conference wins of the year ... freshman hurler Marissa Drewrey excelled on the mound for Cal, picking up a win and a save over the Sun Devils. On Saturday, Drewrey had easily the best start of her young career, pitching a complete game three-hit shutout to lead the Bears to a 1-0 win, its first Pac-10 win since April 7 vs. Stanford. Sunday, Drewrey came in to pitch 1.2 innings, striking out three and allowing no hits or runs to pick up a save in Cal's 2-1 win. For the week, Drewrey pitched 12 innings, allowed five hits, no runs, and struck out eight ... Vernae Sevilla accounted for Cal's winning run and hit in its 1-0 victory over the Sun Devils, homering in the fifth inning vs. Pac-10 ERA leader Katie Burkhart ... senior Alex Sutton has been one of the best clutch hitters in the Conference this season. She is third with 21 two-out RBI, and is hitting .415 (17-for-41) with two outs, also third in the league ... according to the NFCA, California has played the fifth most-difficult schedule of any team in the nation. They have played 24 games against ranked opponents, tied for most in the Conference with Arizona.
OREGON (4-11, 39-14): The Ducks defeated rival Oregon State on Wednesday, 6-5, to capture the Civil War Cup for the Ducks for the first time since 2004, two games to one. However Oregon then struggled on the road, losing at UCLA and Washington twice, with the Friday and Sunday losses coming by the run rule ... in Wednesday's key victory, the Ducks were led by freshman Neena Bryant, who had a career day at the plate, hitting a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and a single, and scoring three of UO's six runs. Junior Joanna Gail and sophomore Sari-Jane Jenkins also had three hits apiece. It wasn't an easy day for Oregon, which battled back from a three-run deficit and produced 15 hits in a winning effort ... pitching has hampered Oregon's Pac-10 progress, as they are last in Conference play with a 6.48 team ERA ... the losses to UCLA and Washington were Oregon's first shutout losses all season ... freshman Blair Williamson leads the Pac-10 with 23 pinch-hit at-bats. She is hitting .391 (9-for-23) when pinch-hitting ... Salling's 62 RBIs this season (second in Pac-10) have already broken Oregon's old single season record by 15, with seven games left on the regular season schedule ... Salling's .500 batting average ranks second nationally, and she is seventh in the nation in slugging (0.902) and ninth in RBI per game (1.17).
OREGON STATE (7-8, 36-18): The Beavers went 2-3 last week and 1-3 in Pac-10 games. The bright spot was a 2-0 shutout over Washington to earn the 2-1 series win. OSU closed out the week with a rare Monday game, a 3-2 win over UC Santa Barbara ... on Sunday, senior Mia Longfellow set a pair of Beaver milestones, passing Jodi Chmielewski (1996-99) in both career hits and singles to stand as the all-time OSU hits leader. Longfellow now has 227 hits, 177 of them singles ... in Monday's win over the Gauchos, senior Brianne McGowan became Oregon State's all-time leader in saves, breaking Monica Hoffman's (2001-04) record of 12 with a scoreless seventh inning. McGowan is now the Beavers all-time leader in wins, saves, shutouts, and strikeouts ... against the Huskies on Friday, sophomore DeAnn Young's two-run home run provided all of the scoring in the game. Young was hot all week, hitting .529 (9-for-17) with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and five runs over the five games. She has hit in seven-straight and has tallied four-straight multiple hit games. Young currently leads the Beavers with a .354 (17-for-48) Pac-10 batting average -- 60 points higher than her next closest teammate ... Oregon State leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation with a .980 fielding percentage ... OSU went a span of 32 games (Feb. 16-Apr. 6) without allowing more than four runs in a game.
STANFORD (6-8-1, 31-14-1): The Cardinal posted a 2-1-1 mark, losing to ASU but upsetting fourth-ranked Arizona for their biggest win of the year. That win was followed by Sunday's literally never-ending game against the Wildcats, where the game was called after 12 scoreless innings so UA could make its flight home ... the tie game was Stanford's first-ever in a Pac-10 game, and just its second tie all-time, the last coming in 2001 ... in the tie, Stanford put at least one on in 11 of the 12 innings, and put runners in scoring position six times, but could not plate the winner. Likewise, Arizona had baserunners in 10 of 12 innings but sophomore Missy Penna put the clamps on every Wildcat rally. Penna went the entire 12 innings, allowing 10 hits and three walks and striking out 11, her 10th double-digit strikeout game of the season ... in Saturday's win over Arizona, junior Becky McCullough earned her second Pac-10 win by throwing a complete game, allowing just two runs on five hits and no walks ... freshman Alissa Haber had her 11-game hitting streak snapped vs. San Jose State. She also had another 11-game streak earlier in the season, making her the only Conference player with two separate hitting streaks of 10 or more games ... junior second baseman Tricia Aggabao paced the Cardinal offense last week, nothing a hit in all four contests, including two game-winners and extending her hitting streak to five games ... Haber is currently leading the Conference in average with runners on base. She is batting .500 (25-for-50) with runners on as opposed to .280 (26-for-93) with the bases empty.
UCLA (9-6, 33-13): The Bruins posted a 3-1 week, stumbling at Washington but defeating the Ducks to finish off a sweep of that series, and then took two from Oregon State to win the season series with the Beavers as well. UCLA is now in a three-way tie for second and has won seven of its past nine ... senior Jodie Legaspi picked up her first career Pac-10 Player of the Week award for her success at the plate. Legaspi had at least one hit and RBI in all four of UCLA's games, and homered twice vs. OSU on Saturday and once again on Sunday. Legaspi batted .417 (5-for-12) for the week with a double, three home runs, nine RBI and four runs scored. Legaspi is now seventh at UCLA in career RBI with 153, and sixth in home runs with 42 ... in the circle last week for the Bruins, freshman Megan Langenfeld appeared in all four games, finishing with a 2-0 record and a save with 14 strikeouts through 17.1 innings. She got the win in UCLA's 8-0 win over Oregon, and its 6-3 win over OSU. Finally, Langenfeld came in for the final two outs of Sunday's victory over the Beavers to earn her first career save. Langenfeld's 1.38 ERA is second-best in the Pac-10 ... junior Anjelica Selden became UCLA's career strikeout leader on Sunday afternoon, surpassing the 1,095 strikeouts recorded by Keira Goerl from 2001-04. Selden now has 1,099 career K's, fifth most in Pac-10 history ... Legaspi, Krista Colburn, and Lisa Dodd all rank in the top-10 in batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage in the league ... the Bruins are 26-1 this season when scoring five or more runs ... UCLA ranks 10th nationally with a .514 slugging percentage.
WASHINGTON (9-6, 32-13): The Huskies moved into a three-way tie for second place in the Pac-10 with a 3-1 week against Conference foes. UW took the season series from UCLA with an 8-3 win on Wedesnay, then lost a tough 2-0 decision to OSU before taking two from Oregon over the weekend ... senior Dena Tyson had her record-breaking home run streak snapped at six games, but did add her 17th of the season in Sunday's win over the Ducks. The 17 home runs is one more than Tyson's career total entering her senior season ... Tyson's 0.963 slugging percentage ranks second in the nation, and her .459 batting average is 11th nationally ... sophomore ace Danielle Lawrie earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for the third time this season, recording the decision in all four games for UW. Lawrie was 3-1 with 39 strikeouts over 20.1 innings. Her best outing came Sunday, when she shutout the Ducks on just one hit, the second time all year Oregon was held scoreless. Lawrie's 335 strikeouts this year are second on UW's singles-season charts, trailing Lawrie's own mark of 387 set last year ... senior Dominique Lastrapes was named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, and had one of her best weeks this season, hitting .600 (6-or-10) with a double, three RBI and five runs scored. Lastrapes was 3-for-3 in UW's win over the Bruins ... third year head coach Heather Tarr earned her 100th career victory at the University of Washington in Wednesday's victory over UCLA. Tarr won 35 games in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons and has won 32 games this season.