This Week in Pac-10 Softball
Feb. 26, 2008
The Conference got over the hump in week three it seems and it did it facing the best competition in the nation ... ARIZONA STATE regained the top spot in the standings in sweeping the Littlewood Classic, its second home tournament of the year. P Katie Burkhart threw the second perfect game of her career on Sat., Feb. 23 against Iowa, striking out 12 Hawkeyes in the process ... STANFORD sits in second by percentage points after having its school record 15 game winning streak snapped on Sunday by No. -/25 Texas. The Cardinal have seemingly come out of nowhere and continued to strengthen their resume with wins over No. 6/8 Oklahoma and No. 18/21 Ohio State ... UCLA makes the biggest move up the national ladder after an impressive 5-0 showing at the Cathedral City Classic, which saw them defeat three-ranked teams, including No. 2/3 Northwestern, No. 10/13 Baylor, and No. 18/19 Georgia. P Anjelica Selden was commanding over the weekend especially against the second-ranked Wildcats as she struck out a career high 17 ... ARIZONA is making a run back to the top of the standings after a tough start for the preseason No. 1. The Wildcats picked up big wins over No. 6/7 LSU and No. 10/13 Baylor over the weekend at the Cathedral City Classic and will be home for the next 14 games looking to regain their spot as the premier program in the Pac-10 ... CALIFORNIA heads to Las Vegas, looking for a bit of consistency coming off of a 3-2 weekend at the Cal Poly Classic. Head Coach Diane Ninemire currently sits at 899 wins and will look to become only the second coach in conference history with 900 wins behind only Arizona's Mike Candrea (1,131) ... WASHINGTON will host the Husky Softball Classic this weekend, which will include No. 1/1 Alabama who the Huskies will face on Sat., March 1 at 2 p.m. ... OREGON rolls down to the San Diego Classic hoping to build on the success of its three-game winning streak which included a 1-0 victory over No. 8/6 Oklahoma ... OREGON STATE heads down to the CSUF Worth Tournament and will be tested right off as they face No. 5/7 Florida on Fri., Feb. 29 at 9 a.m. the Beavers are coming off of a 3-2 at the Cathedral City Classic.
Wed., Feb 27Canadian National Team at ARIZONA, 4 p.m. (DH-ex)Providence at STANFORD, 3 p.m.CS Bakersfield at UCLA, 2:30 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 28OREGON at San Diego, TBA
Fri., Feb. 29USF at ARIZONA, 4 p.m. (1)Iowa State at ARIZONA, 6 p.m. (1)Drake at ARIZONA STATE, 5:30 p.m. (2)FIU at ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m. (2)CALIFORNIA vs. Long Beach State, 1:30 p.m. (3)CALIFORNIA vs. Pittsburgh, 3:45 (3)OREGON vs. Fresno State, 9 a.m. (4)OREGON vs. Harvard, 11:30 a.m. (4)OREGON STATE vs. Florida, 9 a.m. (5)OREGON STATE vs. Texas Tech, 1:30 p.m. (5)STANFORD vs. St. Johns, 3:45 p.m. (5)STANFORD vs. Louisville, 6 p.m. (5)UCLA vs. James Madison, 2 p.m. (4)UCLA at San Diego, 4:30 p.m. (4)Portland State at WASHINGTON, 3 p.m. (6)Idaho State at WASHINGTON, 3:30 p.m. (6)
Sat., March 1Illinois-Chicago at ARIZONA, 4 p.m. (1)Virginia Tech at ARIZONA, 6 p.m. (1)BYU at ARIZONA STATE, 5:30 p.m. (2)Arkansas at ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m. (2)CALIFORNIA vs. Hawai'i, 3:45 p.m. (3)CALIFORNIA at UNLV, 8:15 p.m. (3)OREGON vs. CS Bakersfield, 7 p.m. (4)OREGON STATE vs. Loyola (Ill.), 11:15 a.m. (5)OREGON STATE vs. Louisville, 3:45 p.m. (5)STANFORD vs. Texas Tech, 1:30 p.m. (5)STANFORD vs. Purdue, 6 p.m. (5)UCLA vs. Eastern Michigan (4)UCLA at San Diego State (4)Alabama at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m. (6)
Sun., March 2New Mexico State at ARIZONA, 1 p.m. (1)San Jose State at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m. (2)CALIFORNIA vs. Western Kentucky, 11:15 a.m. (3)OREGON vs. James Madison, 9 a.m. (4)OREGON vs. at San Diego State, 11:30 p.m. (4)OREGON STATE at CS Fullerton, 1 p.m. (5)STANFORD vs. Florida, 11 a.m. (5)UCLA vs. St. Peter's, 11:30 a.m. (4)Idaho State at WASHINGTON, 11:30 a.m. (6)Nevada at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m. (6)
Tournaments(1) - Hillenbrand Invitational, Tucson, Ariz.(2) - Wilson/DeMarini Invitational, Tempe, Ariz.(3) - UNLV Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.(4) - San Diego Classic, San Diego Calif.(5) - CSUF Worth Tournament, Fullerton, Calif.(6) - Husky Softball Classic, Seattle, Wash.
TEAM BY TEAM NOTES
ARIZONA (6-4): After losing a 2-1 ballgame to San Diego State in which UA stranded nine runners and wasted a 13-strikeout effort from Taryne Mowatt, the Wildcats bounced back with four consecutive victories in the Cathedral Classic ... Immediately following the defeat to the Aztecs, UA jumped right on No. 10 Baylor as three of the first four Wildcat hitters hit home runs to begin a 12-0, five-inning romp. Arizona would hit four home runs in all ... It took the Wildcats and Massachusetts 13 innings to break a scoreless tie the next day but in the 13th Arizona exploded for four runs ... Mowatt struck out 16 Minutewomen in a four-hit effort ... On Sunday, Arizona punctuated its weekend with a 7-4 victory over No. 6 LSU. Brittany Lastrapes got things started with a home run to lead off the top of the first - the first of four Wildcat home runs. Sophomore designated player Stacie Chambers stole the show with two home runs and five RBI to break the game open.
ARIZONA STATE (16-1): The No. 2/4 ASU Softball team wrapped up their second home tournament flawlessly as they topped the Miami University Redhawks 7-3 Sunday afternoon in Tempe to go 5-0 on the weekend and claim the Littlewood Classic title ... The Sun Devils are now 16-1 overall and have vaulted into the top spot in the conference by percentage points ... P Katie Burkhart threw the second perfect game of her career on Feb. 23 against Iowa, a 1-0 victory for the Sun Devils. Burkhart struck out 12 in the effort ... Arizona State leads the Conference in most statistical categories, including: batting average (.374), slugging pct. (.668), on base percentage (.476), runs (143), runs batted in (131) and many others ... The Sun Devils are in the midst of a 27 game homestand ... After their first loss, the Sun Devils have responded with a 13 game winning streak ...
CALIFORNIA (10-7): The California softball team concluded the Cal Poly Mustang Classic in style with a 9-1 win (in five innings) over Sacramento State on Sunday afternoon ... The win also gave 21st year head coach Diane Ninemire career victory No. 899 ... Ninemire can reach win No. 900 when Cal faces Long Beach State in the opening game of the UNLV Classic on Friday ... Sanoe Kekahuna's 12 game hitting streak came to an end against the Hornets. However, Kekahuna has put up some unbelievable numbers through 17 games this season, including team-highs in batting average (.460), RBI (28), home runs (6) and hits (23) ... Kekahuna leads the Pac-10 with six home runs and sits second in the Conference in hits and slugging pct. ... California went 3-2 in the Cal Poly Classic splitting a pair with Sacramento State and picking up wins over Santa Clara and UAB ...
OREGON (9-7): Oregon raised its season record to 9-7 and their Cathedral Classic tournament closing victory over Pacific was the 192nd in sixth-year head coach Kathy Arendsen's tenure in Eugene and tied her for the most in school history with Teresa Wilson ... Arendsen's career winning percentage (.615 192-120) is also a school record, ahead of Wilson's mark (.548, 192-172) from her four seasons from 1986-89 ... For the tournament, Fuiava led the Ducks in hitting (5-15, 3 walks) and hit a homer, the only run in UO's 1-0 win over Oklahoma Saturday. Gail also topped .300 (.313, 5-16, 1 double, 4 RBI) and was followed by the Kivett twins Cortney (.278, 5-18, 1 walk, 2 stolen bases) and Ashley (.250, 3-12, 1 stolen base).
OREGON STATE (8-8): Oregon State went 4-2, winning the team's home opener against Portland State before going 3-2 at the Palm Springs Classic, including an upset over No. 18 Ohio State ... Sophomore Stefanie Draper earned the team's first shutout of the season after pitching the complete game against the Vikings on Wednesday ... Overall on the week, she threw 11 strikeouts on 25.1 innings pitched and two complete games. Sophomore pitcher Kelly Dyer tallied three of the team's wins, going 3-1 on the weekend with 14 strikeouts ... Sophomore Dani Chisholm led the Beavers at the plate, coming up big in clutch situations, including her walk-off RBI single against Ohio State, and her two-RBI double to push the contest against Texas into extra innings. She hit .524 on the week with 11 hits, seven runs and five RBI.
STANFORD (15-1): Stanford caught the eyes of the nation last week with five wins at the Palm Springs Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. After winning a nine-inning marathon with Florida Atlantic on Thursday, the Cardinal run-ruled Fordham in five innings. The squad then pulled off its first of three consecutive wins over top-25 opponents, stunning No. 6/8 Oklahoma, 3-2. Stanford followed with back-to-back wins over No. 18/21 UNLV and No. 21/18 Ohio State to bring its season-opening win streak to 15 games. No. -/25 Texas finally snapped the team's streak on Sunday, topping the Cardinal, 3-1 ... Stanford's season-opening win streak ended on Sunday as Stanford won its first 15 games, the best start in program history. The previous program record was 12 games, set by the 2001 team that went on to win a school record 54 games and finish third at the Women's College World Series. The streak was also Stanford's second longest overall, topped only by a 16-game run recorded by the 2002 squad.
UCLA (13-2): After a 5-0 weekend which vaulter UCLA into third place in the Conference, the Bruins racked up the awards on Tuesday, as senior Anjelica Selden received NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week honors, while Selden and freshman GiOnna DiSalvatore were named Pac-10 Pitcher and Player of the Week ... Selden had a part in four of the Bruins' five wins at the Palm Springs Classic last weekend, producing a 3-0 record, a 1.27 earned run average, a save and 38 strikeouts in 22 innings ... UCLA sits just behind Arizona State in major statistical categories including batting average (.351), on base pct. (.431), and total bases (214).
WASHINGTON (7-5-1): Washington finished the three-day Lobo Invitational tournament with a 3-1 record and won its last two games after a disappointing 18-0 loss to Wichita State to open the tournament ... Freshman Jace Williams continues to swing a hot bat in her freshman campaign, as she hit .500 (7-for-14) with two RBI in the tournament and is now hitting .519 on the year ... The Huskies will host the No. 1/1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide this week during the Husky Invitational. The Huskies swept Alabama last season in the Seattle Super Regional to advance to the Women's College World Series for the first time since 2004 and the eighth time in school history.