This Week in Pac-10 Softball
Feb. 19, 2008
The Conference weathered the storm, both literally and figuratively, in the second week of tournament play and most Conference teams are looking for a rainbow in the third week ... STANFORD looks to continue its undefeated start to the regular season behind the phenomenal play in the circle of P Missy Penna, who has only allowed two runs in 44.1 innings pitched ... ARIZONA STATE, fresh off of hosting the Kajikawa Classic, which was marred with storms throughout, hosts the Littlewood Classic in the middle of a stretch of 27 straight home games. The Sun Devils rebounded from their road loss to UNLV in week one to post an 8-0 record in week two ... UCLA took four-of-five at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic last week and now faces a very tough slate at the Palm Springs Classic where it will face four Top-25 teams in three days, including a showdown with No. 2/3 Northwestern ... CALIFORNIA, who slogged through the Kajikawa Classic with four wins, heads down to the Cal Poly Mustang Classic, where they will take on a plethora of California teams ... OREGON heads to the Palm Springs Classic on a two-game winning streak, where they will face three ranked teams including No. 2/3 Northwestern ... WASHINGTON sits sixth in the Conference after winning two-of-five at the Kajikawa Classic and will head to the Lobo Invitational with a game against Missouri, who is receiving votes in both polls, the marquee matchup ... OREGON STATE will have to beat some tough competition if it hopes to rebound from its 4-6 start as the team heads to the Palm Springs Classic to face two ranked opponents in No. 18/19 Georgia and No. 21/18 Ohio State ... ARIZONA fell from the No. 1 ranking in the country after dropping its first three games, two of which were to Top-10 ranked opponents. The Wildcats rebounded with two wins, but the schedule doesn't get any easier this week as the team faces two more Top-10 opponents in No. 13/10 Baylor and No. 7/6 LSU.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tues., Feb. 19USA Olympic Team at ARIZONA, 6 p.m. (ex)Netherlands Olympic Team at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m. (ex)
Wed., Feb. 20CALIFORNIA at Santa Clara, 3 p.m.Portland State at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.UCLA at Loyola Marymount, 2 p.m.
Thurs., Feb 21Baylor vs. OREGON, 8 p.m. (1)Florida Atlantic vs. STANFORD, 5:30 p.m. (1)
Fri., Feb. 22ARIZONA vs. Baylor, 3:30 p.m. (1)ARIZONA vs. Michigan State, 6 p.m. (1)Buffalo at ARIZONA STATE, 5:30 p.m. (2)Illinois State at ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m. (2)CALIFORNIA vs. UAB, 11:30 a.m. (3)CALIFORNIA at Cal Poly, 4:30 p.m. (3)Long Island Univ. vs. OREGON, 3:30 p.m. (1)OREGON vs. Northwestern, 6 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE vs. Fordham, 1 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE vs. Georgia, 3:30 p.m. (1)STANFORD vs. Fordham, 10 a.m. (1)STANFORD vs. Oklahoma, 12:30 p.m. (1)UCLA vs. Massachusetts, 10:30 a.m. (1)UCLA vs. Georgia, 1 p.m. (1)WASHINGTON vs. Texas Tech, 11:30 a.m. (4)WASHINGTON vs. Missouri, 4:30 p.m. (4)
Sat., Feb. 23ARIZONA vs. Long Island Univ., 3 p.m. (1)ARIZONA vs. Massachusetts, 10 a.m. (1)Iowa at ARIZONA STATE, 3:30 p.m. (2)Radford at ARIZONA STATE, 5:30 p.m. (2)CALIFORNIA vs. Sacramento State, 9 a.m. (3)CALIFORNIA vs. Santa Clara, 2 p.m. (3)OREGON vs. Oklahoma, 10:30 a.m. (1)OREGON vs. Michigan State, 1 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE vs. Ohio State, 3 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE vs. Texas, 5:30 p.m. (1)UNLV vs. STANFORD, 10 a.m. (1)STANFORD vs. Ohio State, 12:30 p.m. (1)UCLA vs. Baylor, 12:30 p.m. (1)Hawaii vs. UCLA, 8 p.m. (1)WASHINGTON vs. Wichita State, 9 a.m. (4)WASHINGTON at New Mexico, 2 p.m. (4)
Sun., Feb. 24ARIZONA vs. LSU, 9 a.m. (1)Miami (Ohio) at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m. (1)CALIFORNIA at Cal Poly, 11 a.m. (3)Pacific vs. OREGON, 1 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE vs. Florida Atlantic, 11 a.m. (1)STANFORD vs. Texas, 11 a.m. (1)UCLA vs. Northwestern, 11 a.m. (1)WASHINGTON vs. TBA, TBA (4)
Tournaments(1) - Palm Springs Classic, Palm Springs, Calif.(2) - Littlewood Classic, Tempe, Ariz.(3) - Cal Poly Mustang Classic, San Luis Obispo, Calif.(4) - Lobo Invitational, Alburquerque, N.M.
ARIZONA (2-3): Arizona opened its 2008 season in Tempe last weekend with a pair of wins and three losses. After having contests against Notre Dame and Texas Tech rained out on Friday, the Wildcats got thrown into the fire with games against 2007 WCWS participants No. 6 Northwestern and No. 3 Texas A&M. ... Northwestern defeated UA, 8-5, thanks in large part to a five-run third inning ... Later that afternoon, unearned runs did the `Cats in, causing a 3-2 loss to Texas A&M... The next day, the Wildcats wasted a two-hitter from Taryne Mowatt in a, 1-0, loss to Nevada. Arizona stranded 12 runners, including 10 in scoring position and three that reached third base.... Next, UA swept a doubleheader with Southern Utah, winning a pair of run-rule games by counts of 8-0 and 11-3. Those contests were highlighted by four hits in five at-bats for Cyndi Duran and four RBI apiece for Jenae Leles and Callista Balko.
ARIZONA STATE (11-1): With a 15-2 win over UMKC and a 4-0 win over Texas State, the No. 4 Sun Devil Softball team claimed their third consecutive Kajikawa Classic title ... The Sun Devils went 6-0 in the tournament while scoring 56 runs and allowing only seven ... The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in pretty much every offensive statistical category, including batting average (.381), slugging pct. (.671), on-base pct. (.480), runs (99), hits (117), RBI (93), and multiple others ... The team's 18 home runs are 10 more than second-place Oregon and Washington, who are tied with 8 home runs ... P Katie Burkhart is now tied for all-time career wins in ASU history with 81. She also has 1,246 Ks, which places her 16th in NCAA career history and third all-time in Pac-10 career history ... Burkhart was selected as the number one draft pick overall for the in the National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft held on Monday.
CALIFORNIA (6-5): Cal finished last weekend's Kajikawa Classic with a 4-1 record, including victories over Nebraska, Temple, Western Michigan and Texas Tech ... Bernice Masaniai and Sanoe Kekahuna both had outstanding games at the plate in Tempe ... Masaniai produced a .571 average for the tournament with seven runs, nine RBI and one home run ... meanwhile Kekahuna notched a .467 average with 12 RBI, three home runs (including a grand slam) and four runs scored ... Cal has 95 hits through 11 games this season, 28 more than last season when the Bears had 67 hits thru 11 games ... Cal's RBI production is up as well -- the Bears have 59 RBI this season, 10 more than last year thru 11 games.
OREGON (5-5): The Ducks went 3-2 at the Louisville Slugger Classic defeating Northwestern State, South Carolina, and San Jose State ... The win over South Carolina avenged last year's defeat in the NCAA Tournament which sent the Ducks home ... The Ducks have been active on the base paths this season, leading the Pac-10 with 24 stolen bases, 10 more than second place Washington ... Sari-Jane Jenkins leads the Pac-10 in stolen bases with nine and Ashley Kivett sits in second with seven steals ... The team is 24-of-25 in stolen bases attempts.
OREGON STATE (4-6): Oregon State went 2-3 on the weekend at the Kajikawa Invitational, hosted by Arizona State, defeating Virginia 7-6 and Utah 3-2, but falling to Nevada 5-3, Western Kentucky 3-2 and Temple 4-2 ... Freshman McKenna Lowe went 4-for-6 on day one of the tournament, hitting her first home run of the season against Nevada. Overall, M. Lowe extended her hitting streak to nine games after moving into the leadoff spot, the longest on the team currently ... Senior Cambria Miranda tallied a pair of home runs on the weekend to move into second place all-time at Oregon State with 36 total. Her pair of stolen bases against Utah on Sunday also boosted her to tie for the third best career number with 32.
STANFORD (10-0): The Cardinal kept its perfect season in tact as they claimed the Stanford Invitational title over the weekend ... Pitching has been the key for Stanford as they have only allowed five earned runs all season and only 24 hits total ... P Missy Penna (8-0) has carried the load for the Cardinal. Not only has she already thrown a no hitter this year, she has five shutouts on the year and has only allowed a .086 batting average against with her stellar 0.32 ERA ... Penna's eight wins are twice the wins of any other pitcher in the league ... On the offensive side, Maddy Coon has been the spark for the Cardinal. She sits third in the Pac-10 in on-base pct., due in large part to her 15 walks, which leads the Conference.
UCLA (8-2): The Bruins went 4-1 over the weekend at the UNLV Louisville Slugger Classic and will play six games in the upcoming week ... Senior Anjelica Selden was selected with the fourth overall pick during Monday's National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft ... Selden is off to a great start in her final season at UCLA, having struck out 40 in 30 innings with a 4-1 record and 1.40 earned run average ... The Bruins have scored in the first inning in all eight of their wins ... The Bruins sits second in every major offensive statistical category, including batting average (.364), slugging pct. (.521), on-base pct. (.441), runs (73), hits (104), RBI (66) and home runs (8).
WASHINGTON (4-4-1): The Huskies went 2-3 at the Kajikawa Classic, posting wins over Missouri-Kansas City and Southern Utah ... Freshman pitcher Aleah Macon threw the Conference's second no-hitter of the year, as she struck out 11 UMKC hitters and only walking run. She was backed by 14 runs from the Husky offense which caused a run-rule to call the game in the 5th inning ... Macon is third in the Conference in batting average against, allowing only a .154 average ... Jace Williams currently sits fifth in the Pac-10 in hitting with a .528 average ... Despite a 3-2 record, P Caitlin Noble is fourth in the Pac-10 in strikeouts with 41 over 32.0 innings pitched.