This Week in Pac-10 Softball
Feb. 12, 2008
The Conference began the season with its share of ups and downs through the first week of tournament play against the best competition in the nation ... STANFORD's Missy Penna gave the conferences strongest performance of the first week as she threw a no-hitter in her first time taking the mound in 2008 and led the Cardinal to a 4-0 start as the swept through the University of San Diego Tournament ... UCLA sits in second position in the standings as their only loss came at the hands of No. 5/5 Oklahoma as they hosted the Stacy Winsburg Memorial Tournament and broke out to a 4-1 record ... ARIZONA STATE returns home this week to host the Kajikawa Classic coming off of a 3-1 weekend at the UNLV Tournament, as their only loss came to the home Rebels ... WASHINGTON recorded the first tie of the young season, versus those same Rebels, as the two teams ended the game at a prearranged stop time ... CALIFORNIA, OREGON, and OREGON STATE all sit tied for fifth after a weekend which saw the Beavers and Ducks both fall to last year's National Runner-Up Tennessee and the Golden Bears lose an extra-inning game and a one-run game to New Mexico State ... ARIZONA begins play this week at the Kajikawa Classic.
ARIZONA (0-0): The Wildcats open play this week as they travel the short distance to Tempe, Ariz. for the Kajikawa Classic, where they will face Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Northwestern, Texas A&M, Southern Utah, and Nevada ... Last year the Wildcats went 4-2 as they also opened the season at the Kajikawa Classic ... Arizona is led by 2007 Women's College World Series Most Outstanding Player P Taryne Mowatt, who tossed a Conference record 370.0 innings and striking out a record 522 opposing hitters in 2007 ... With Head Coach Mike Candrea on a partial leave of absence during the 2008 season, 17-year Assistant Coach Larry Ray has taken the reins of the Arizona softball program. Ray enters 2008 with a 224-112 (.667) career record as a head coach and five NCAA Championships as an assistant.
ARIZONA STATE (3-1): The Sun Devils picked up victories in their first three games of the year at the Sportco Spring Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. but were unable to break through against homestanding UNLV, losing 2-1, on the final day of the tournament ... Five different Sun Devils hit home runs over the weekend, including last year's Pac-10 Player of the Year, Kaitlin Cochran. Cochran hit .375 (3-for-8) over the weekend, but had five RBI and was walked seven times for an OBP of .667, tied for first in the Conference ... Senior Jackie Vasquez leads the Pac-10 hitting race early after going 7-for-11 (.636) over the first weekend.
CALIFORNIA (2-3): Cal won its 12th straight season opener with its 12-3 victory over UC Riverside ... the 12 runs were the most for an opening day game since 2006 when the Bears tagged Oklahoma State for 14 runs ... Sophomore pitcher Marissa Drewrey threw 28.2 innings in Palm Springs, recording 40 strikeouts with a 0.73 ERA. Drewrey recorded a career-best 14 Ks in Cal's 5-1 win over Winthrop. Her previous high in strikeouts was six, set last season vs. Nevada on Mar. 17 ... Cal has 39 hits through the first five games this season, six more than last season when the Bears had 33 hits thru five games ... Senior Erika Racklin produced seven hits last weekend, and had multiple hits in three of Cal's five contests.
OREGON (2-3): The Ducks went 2-3 last weekend, as they faced four NCAA Tournament qualifiers from a year ago in the process ... Freshman Monique Fuiava hit two homers (including a grand slam) vs. Colorado State and her 6 RBIs was only one off the school record ... Oregon's 15 hits vs. Colorado State tied a team record that has been matched many times, the most recent in a 6-5 win at Oregon State in 2007 ... Oregon's 14 runs vs. Colorado State was the second-most under sixth-year head coach Kathy Arendsen and was three shy of the school record ... Oregon looks forward to a rematch with South Carolina this weekend, the team that eliminated the Ducks last year in the NCAA regional championship game ... Arendsen is nearing a program milestone as her 185 wins is only seven shy of the all-time leader Teresa Wilson (192, 1990-96).
OREGON STATE (2-3): Oregon State went 2-3 on the weekend at the Cathedral City Kick Off, defeating New Mexico State and UC Riverside, but dropping games to Winthrop, No. 2 Texas A&M and No. 6 Tennessee ... Senior Cambria Miranda and sophomore Dani Chisholm went 6-for-16 on the weekend for identical .375 batting averages. Miranda tallied two doubles and two home runs to post an .875 slugging percentage, adding five RBI, including going 3-for-3 against New Mexico State with three RBI and one run ... Miranda is 17 runs, 44 RBI, 66 hits, 20 doubles, 10 triples and 19 home runs away from breaking school records in all five categories. She already holds the school records for most runs scored (52) and most home runs (16) scored in a single season.
STANFORD (4-0): The Cardinal are the only undefeated Pac-10 team left after just one week of action ... P Missy Penna came out on fire for Stanford, tossing a no-hitter in her first appearance of the year, which came Fri., Feb. 8 in a 4-0 victory at San Diego. The performance would have been perfect if not for a Cardinal throwing error in the sixth inning ... The no-hitter was the third of Penna's career and the 14th all-time thrown by a Cardinal ... On the offensive side, Melisa Kouz is hitting .429 after the first weekend, tied for ninth in the Pac-10 ... Stanford opens its home season vs. St. Mary's at 6 p.m. on Wed. Feb. 12 and then will host the Stanford Invitational over the weekend, Feb. 15-17.
UCLA (4-1): The Bruins opened the season in impressive fashion, as they rolled to four victories at home in the Stacy Winsburg Memorial Tournament, including a run-rule 27-1 win over Santa Clara. The Bruins' 27 runs and 27 runs batted in were both school records, as well as the team's 22 hits. Individually, junior Amanda Kamekona set a school record with eight runs batted in. Freshman Samantha Camuso, who added seven RBI of her own, crossed home plate five times to earn the top spot in that category for a single game ... Freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore crushed the ball in her first collegiate weekend, hitting a Pac-10 second-best .625 (10-16) and slugging a Conference best 1.063.
WASHINGTON (2-1-1): The Huskies were the first Pac-10 team to play to a tie as their game against UNLV was called due to a prearranged stop time ... Washington started off their weekend at the Sportco Spring Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. with two wins over Loyola Chicago and Texas Tech, but split dropped one contest against UNLV on Saturday before the tie with the Rebels on Sunday ... After only recording three hits in their first game of the year, a 3-0 win over Loyola-Chicago, the Husky bats heated up with 13 hits against the Red Raiders ... Senior Lauren Greer pounded her first home run of the year, a three-run shot, in the win over Texas Tech. It was the 15th of her career.