This Week in Pac-10 Softball
May 9, 2007
ARIZONA LOCKS UP TENTH CONFERENCE TITLE WITH ONE WEEK REMAINING
With its 2-0 win last Sunday coupled with an ARIZONA STATE loss, the ARIZONA Wildcats clinched the 2007 Pac-10 Championship, the 10th in program history and fourth in the past five years ... with one week left in the regular season and first place already locked up, the battle for runner-up figures to be an interesting one as Arizona State and WASHINGTON, both tied for second, and fourth-place UCLA will all face each other this week with the Wildcats thrown into the mix as well ... CALIFORNIA continued its postseason push with another 2-1 week. The Golden Bears have now won six of their past eight games ... other action this week features OREGON and OREGON STATE on the road at Cal and STANFORD ... once the dust has settled on the regular season, tune in Sunday to ESPNews to view the NCAA Selection Show between 12-1 p.m. PT and find out where the road to the Women's College World Series will take each Pac-10 team before it reaches Oklahoma City.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tues., May 8STANFORD at UC Davis, 3 p.m.
Thurs., May 10UCLA at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m.OREGON at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
Fri., May 11WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
Sat., May 12WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 11:30 a.m.OREGON STATE at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
NCAA SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP INFO
Selection ShowSunday, May 13, between 12-1 p.m. PT (ESPNews)
NCAA Regionals16 campus sites TBD - May 18-20
NCAA Super RegionalsEight campus sites TBD - May 25-26
Women's College World SeriesOklahoma City, Okla.ASA Hall of Fame StadiumGames 1-14 - May 31-June 3Championship Series - June 4-6
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Wed., May 2Portland State at #18/20 OREGON, Canceled
Fri., May 4#5/5 ARIZONA 6, at #18/20 OREGON 2#9/9 ARIZONA STATE 5, at #15/16 OREGON STATE 4 (8 inn.)CALIFORNIA 3, at #12/12 UCLA 1at #11/13 WASHINGTON 7, #16/15 STANFORD 0
Sat., May 5#5/5 ARIZONA 10, at #15/16 OREGON STATE 1 (5 inn.)#9/9 ARIZONA STATE 8, at #18/20 OREGON 0 (6 inn.)CALIFORNIA 7, at #11/13 WASHINGTON 1at #12/12 UCLA 3, #16/15 STANFORD 0
Sun., May 6#5/5 ARIZONA 2, at #15/16 OREGON STATE 0at #18/20 OREGON 6, #9/9 ARIZONA STATE 5at #11/13 WASHINGTON 5, CALIFORNIA 1#16/15 STANFORD 4, at #12/12 UCLA 1
ARIZONA (14-3-1, 38-10-1): The Wildcats clinched the Pac-10 Championship on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Oregon State ... the Conference crown is the 10th for Arizona and first outright since 2004 (UA was part of a four-team tie in 2005) ... junior Taryne Mowatt was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this year, most of any player or pitcher. Mowatt pitched all 19 innings of Arizona's three wins, posting a 1.10 ERA and striking out 25 while walking just four. Mowatt's 30 wins lead the Conference ... UA's leading thief, senior Caitlin Lowe made it 44 successful swipes this year without being caught. Lowe is second in steals in Pac-10 history with 151, trailing UCLA's Natasha Watley, who swiped 158 ... The Wildcats lead the Conference this season with a .453 batting average (29-for-64) with the bases loaded ... 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 333 and ninth in runs scored with 234, having recently passed Stanford's Jessica Mendoza in both categories ... senior Chelsie Mesa is the Pac-10's leading hitter with two outs, batting .523 (23-for-44) ... Arizona is currently ranked first in NFCA's simulated RPI and first in strength of schedule.
ARIZONA STATE (11-7, 47-14): The Sun Devils went 2-1 on their road trip to the Oregon schools, defeating Oregon State on Friday in eight innings, then splitting the weekend pair with Oregon ... junior second baseman Mindy Cowles was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for her power display at the plate. Cowles homered four times in the three games, once on Friday, twice on Saturday and once again on Sunday. Her second home run on Saturday made Cowles the new career home run leader at Arizona State, passing the old record of 40 held by Phelan Wright (2001-04). Cowles now has 42 for her career. She drove in three runs in each game and hit .600 (6-for-10) for the week ... junior Katie Burkhart cracked the 400 strikeout milestone for the season with five K's in relief on Sunday. Burkhart leads the Pac-10 with 404 punch outs this year, already the ninth-best single season mark in Conference history. Burkhart also passed Arizona's Jennie Finch (1999-02) for seventh place in career strikeouts with 1,044 ... lefties are hitting a scant .108 against Burkhart this year, best in the Pac-10 ... 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. Cruz has also been deadly with the bases loaded, hitting 7-for-9 (.778).
CALIFORNIA (6-12, 32-28): The Golden Bears extended their Pac-10 winning streak to four games with wins over UCLA and Washington on Friday and Saturday, but fell to UW in Sunday's finale to end the run. However, Cal has strongly bolstered its NCAA chances with wins in six of its last eight games from when they stood at 2-10 in Conference play and 26-26 overall ... freshman hurler Marissa Drewrey continued to excel on the mound for Cal, picking up the save in Friday's 3-1 win at UCLA, then earning the win Saturday at Washington, allowing one run and five hits over five innings. Drewrey has two wins and two saves in Cal's last four Pac-10 wins ... sophomore Lauren Frankiewicz earned her team-leading 16th win vs. the Bruins, holding the Pac-10's best offense to just one run on four hits over five innings, and striking out six ... freshman Bernice Masaniai reached base in all four plate appearances in the win over Washington, drawing two walks, taking one pitch for the team, and sending another pitch over the fences for her 10th home run of the year ... the Golden Bears are second in Pac-10 play with a .255 batting average with two outs. Cal's 29 two-out RBI are also tied for second ... 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 .419 (18-for-43) with two outs, fourth in the league ...
OREGON (5-13, 40-16): The Ducks picked up a desperately needed win in last week's finale vs. Arizona State, pulling out a 6-5 win that snapped a five-game Conference skid and provided victory No. 40 ... this season is the second time in Head Coach Kathy Arendsen's five years at Oregon that the team has reached the 40-win plateau ... Sunday's win over ASU came on Senior Day, as the Ducks saluted the efforts of seniors Suzie Barnes, Kristi Leiter, and Ann Marie Topps in their final game at Howe Field. This season alone, Barnes broke the school record for runs with 57 and counting, and Topps has already set the new UO home run mark with her Pac-10-leading 18 long balls. Leiter has been one of the league's best defensive players, ranking first in chances, putouts, and double plays with 25 turned ... junior Alicia Cook earned her first win in almost a month on Sunday, going the full seven innings, giving up five runs and eight hits. It was Cook's first complete game victory since she threw a perfect game against Idaho State on Mar. 24 ... freshman Blair Williamson leads the Pac-10 with 25 pinch-hit at-bats. She is hitting .360 (9-for-25) when pinch-hitting ... freshman Jennifer Salling's 65 RBIs this season (tied for first in Pac-10) have already broken Oregon's old single season record by 18, with three games left on the regular season schedule ... not to be overshadowed by Salling, fellow freshman Neena Bryant has belted 10 home runs this season. Bryant's grand slam on Sunday, her second of the season, was the big blow in the 6-5 win.
OREGON STATE (7-11, 36-21): The Beavers suffered an 0-3 week at home to the Arizona schools last week, losing in extra innings to the Sun Devils on Friday, dropping a 10-1 decision to the Wildcats on Sunday, then coming up short in a 2-0 pitcher's dual in their home finale ... OSU has lost its last five Conference games and seven of the past eight since a 6-4 start ... Beaver seniors Ta'Tyana McElroy, Mia Longfellow, Natalie Johnson, Sherina Galvan, and Brianne McGowan played their final game at the OSU Softball Complex on Sunday ... McGowan, OSU's all-time leader in wins, saves, shutouts, and strikeouts, turned in a strong performance in her home farewell, pitching a complete game and allowing only one earned run on five hits and three walks, but the Beavers could muster only two hits against UA's Taryne Mowatt ... on Apr. 29, 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 228 hits, 178 of them singles ... Young currently leads the Beavers with a .354 (17-for-48) Pac-10 batting average -- 60 points higher than her next closest teammate ... junior Cambria Miranda leads the Pac-10 with six triples, and is ninth with a .612 slugging percentage and eighth with 43 runs scored. She hit her 10th home run of the season in Friday's game vs. ASU, off Pac-10 ERA and strikeout leader Katie Burkhart ... OSU went a span of 32 games (Feb. 16-Apr. 6) without allowing more than four runs in a game.
STANFORD (7-10-1, 32-16-1): The Cardinal posted a 1-2 mark, losing at Washington and in the first game at UCLA, but ending the week on a positive note with a 4-1 win over the Bruins ... Stanford has now won the season series against the Bruins each of the last three years ... in Sunday's win, Stanford snapped a 28-inning scoreless streak with a run in the second inning. The Cardinal had not scored since the 5th inning of a 3-2 win Apr. 28 vs. Arizona, including a 12-inning scoreless tie vs. the Wildcats on Apr. 29 ... in the win, freshman Alissa Haber was 4-for-4 at the plate with her team-leading 13th double ... Haber is fifth in Pac-10 play with a .400 batting average and ranks sixth in both slugging and on-base percentage, and her six doubles ties for first ... sophomore Missy Penna shut down the Bruins Sunday for her 23rd win of the year. Penna threw the complete game, surrendering just one run on three hits and striking out three. She helped on the offensive side as well, notching two hits, including the RBI single that broke the scoreless string ... ... junior second baseman Tricia Aggabao had a seven-game hitting snapped on Sunday ... Haber is currently leading the Conference in average with runners on base. She is batting .500 (26-for-52) with runners on as opposed to .297 (30-for-101) with the bases empty.
UCLA (10-8, 34-15): The Bruins played three close games last week but went 1-2 in their final regular season homestand, losing to Cal, 3-1 on Friday, defeating Stanford, 3-0 on Saturday but losing to the Cardinal, 4-1, on Sunday ... freshman Megan Langenfeld continues to be UCLA's steadiest starter late in the season. Langenfeld pitched 4.2 scoreless innings of relief on Friday, striking out seven and allowing just three hits. She then earned the victory over Stanford, blanking the Cardinal on only four hits with six punch outs. Stanford had just one hit through five innings, and all four hits were singles ... seven different Bruins had a hit vs. the Cardinal on Saturday ... Lisa Dodd hit her 13th home run on Saturday, further extending her career-high in her senior season. Dodd blossomed into one of the league's best hitters this season, vastly outpacing her career numbers from her first three seasons. This season Dodd is batting .380 compared to a .236 career average, slugging .718 compared to .410, and has an OBP of .488 compared to her old career .305 OBP ... senior Jodie Legaspi is now seventh at UCLA in career RBI with 153, and sixth in home runs with 42 ... junior Anjelica Selden became UCLA's career strikeout leader on Apr. 29, surpassing the 1,095 strikeouts recorded by Keira Goerl from 2001-04. Selden now has 1,101 career K's, fifth most in Pac-10 history ... the Bruins are 26-1 this season when scoring five or more runs.
WASHINGTON (11-7, 34-14): The Huskies are tied with Arizona State for second-place in the Pac-10 after a 2-1 showing last week. UW defeated Stanford, 7-0, in its first game, fell to Cal on Saturday, but came back to take the season series from Cal with a 5-1 win on Sunday ... UW is 7-3 in its last 10 Conference games ... the 11 Conference wins for Washington guarantees a winning Pac-10 season, which the Huskies haven't had since they went 13-8 in 2002 ... sophomore Danielle Lawrie had an excellent week in the circle. Lawrie threw a complete game shutout against Stanford, striking out 11 and giving up just three hits and a walk. She also went the distance in Sunday's win over the Bears, giving up just one run on five hits and striking out 10 for her 23rd double-digit strikeout game of the season ... Lawrie leads the Pac-10 with 12.61 strikeouts per game. Interestingly, despite trailing ASU's Katie Burkhart in total strikeouts by 45, Lawrie leads the league with 101 batters struck out looking ... junior Ashley Charters had her first career grand slam Friday vs. Stanford, breaking open a scoreless tie. Charers also went 3-for-4 vs. Cal on Saturday and stole three bases. The junior ranks fourth on UW's career stolen bases list with 90 ... senior Dena Tyson's 17 home runs are one more than Tyson's career total entering her senior season ... third-year head coach Heather Tarr earned her 100th career victory at the University of Washington in the Apr. 25 victory over UCLA. Tarr won 35 games in both the 2005 and 2006 seasons and has won 34 games this season.
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