This Week in Pac-10 Softball
March 18, 2008
The Conference closes out tournament play this week before heading into conference play next week. The non-conference season has been kind of late to Pac-10 teams, who have amassed a 66-6 record over the last two weeks ... ARIZONA STATE looks to extend its 27 game winning streak as it joins a plethora of teams at the Judi Garman Classic where it will play a five-game slate that will include a matchup against No. 16/15 Louisiana-Lafayette ... STANFORD returns to action after a week off looking to continue its seven-game streak hosting four games at home in the second Stanford Invitational ... UCLA takes the week off for finals and will return to play on March 25 ... ARIZONA will play two at UTEP before also heading to the Judi Garman Classic ... WASHINGTON also heads to the Garman, a six game winning streak intact, and will look forward to sunny California days after rain foiled some of its games last weekend ... CALIFORNIA, riding a seven game streak, should also see lots of sun away from home as they head to Hawai'i although they won't have alot of time to enjoy it as they play eight games in four days ... OREGON is also riding a hosts another leg of the Cascade Clash, with a doubleheader versus Idaho State ... OREGON STATE will bounce between Portland and Corvallis as they host the Spring Fling with games against Idaho State, Portland State and UC Davis.
THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE
Tues., March 18UTEP at ARIZONA, 3 p.m. (DH)
Wed., March 19ARIZONA STATE vs. Utah, 7 p.m. (31)CALIFORNIA vs. Saint Mary's, 2 p.m. (32)CALIFORNIA vs. Colorado State, 4 p.m. (32)
Thurs. March 20ARIZONA STATE vs. Florida State, 9 a.m. (31)ARIZONA STATE vs. Illinois, 1:30 p.m. (31)CALIFORNIA vs. Saint Mary's, 4 p.m. (32)CALIFORNIA at Hawai'i, 8 p.m. (32)WASHINGTON vs. San Diego State, 8 p.m. (31)
Fri., March 21Florida State vs. ARIZONA, 9 a.m. (31)Michigan vs. ARIZONA, 11 a.m. (31)ARIZONA STATE vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 9 a.m. (31)ARIZONA STATE vs. New Mexico, 2 p.m. (31)CALIFORNIA vs. Northwestern, Noon (32)CALIFORNIA vs. Colorado State, 4 p.m. (32)Idaho State at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m. (34)Wisconsin at STANFORD, 6 p.m. (33)WASHINGTON vs. Florida State, 3:30 p.m. (31)WASHINGTON vs. Long Beach State, 8 p.m. (31)
Sat., March 22ARIZONA vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 9 a.m. (31)ARIZONA vs. Cal State Fullerton (31)CALIFORNIA at Hawai'i, 6 p.m. (32)CALIFORNIA vs. Nortwestern, 8 p.m.Idaho State at OREGON STATE, 11 a.m. (27)Portland State at OREGON STATE, 1:15 p.m. (34)Princeton at STANFORD, 2 p.m. (33)BYU at STANFORD, 4 p.m. (33)WASHINGTON vs. DePaul, 11:15 a.m. (31)WASHINGTON vs. Utah, 3:45 p.m. (31)
Sun., March 23ARIZONA at TBA (31)Idaho State at OREGON, 2 p.m. (DH -28)OREGON STATE vs. UC Davis, Noon (DH - 34)East Carolina at STANFORD, Noon (33)
Tournaments31 - Judi Garmen Classic, Fullerton, Calif.32 - Hawai'i Tournament, Honolulu, Hawai'i33 - Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif.34 - Spring Fling, Corvallis/Portland Ore.
ARIZONA (17-5): Arizona took two straight in what was supposed to be a three-game series with New Mexico, although the third game of the series was rained out ... Arizona freshman Lindsey Sisk's ninth victory compares with UA ace Taryne Mowatt's freshman season in 2005, when she was 8-1 behind No. 1 pitcher Alicia Hollowell... Sisk lowered her ERA to 0.62... The three home runs in the game gave Arizona 43 for the year, not quite two per game ... Brittany Lastrapes improved her average to .405, tied for the team lead with Lauren Shutzler, who moved up in the batting order to the No. 2 spot for this game. Lastrapes onbase percentage of .494 is No. 2 behind Laine Roth's .528 in 15 games played.
ARIZONA STATE (30-1): The No. 1 Sun Devil Softball team hit .518 on the day with six home runs and 24 runs scored as they extended their win streak to 27 games with two wins, 13-8 and 11-0 (5) over the Santa Clara Broncos ... Katie Burkhart pitched her second perfect game of the season and her third career perfect game tossing five innings with 11 strikeouts in the 15 batters she faced. Burkhart now holds the ASU career record in perfect games ... Amanda Nesbitt shone in the circle also, throwing her first complete game no-hitter as a Sun Devil on Saturday.
CALIFORNIA (25-9): Cal won its third Capital Classic title in school history after going a perfect 5-0 - picking up wins against Princeton, Northern Colorado, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Nevada ... the Bears also defeated Sacramento State, 8-4, prior to the tournament to make it a 6-0 record for the week ... Sanoe Kekahuna paced the Golden Bear offense with a .474 batting average, including four doubles, a home run and nine RBI ... Cal has 282 hits (second in the Pac-10) through 34 games this season, 20 more than last season when the Bears had 262 hits through 34 games.
OREGON (21-11): The Ducks weathered five rain delays in UO's four wins Thursday and Friday vs. Northern Illinois and Mississippi Valley State ... Senior right-hander Alicia Cook (8-7) posted UO's second one-hit performance of Thursday, struck out six, walked none and allowed no runs. The Elmira, Ore., native's win moved her into a tie for fourth all-time at Oregon (49) with former teammate Amy Harris and Connie McMurren. Her 361 K's in her career moved her into fourth all-time past former Duck great Susan Voeller (357).
OREGON STATE (18-13): Oregon State went 5-0 in the Cascade Clash, sweeping Mississippi Valley State in identical 8-0 wins in five innings on Wednesday before pulling off a school record setting three wins on Saturday over Northern Illinois in a doubleheader and a single game against Utah State ... In the circle, sophomore Kelly Dyer went 3-0, adding her second save of the season, as the right-handed pitcher threw two complete game shutouts behind 24 strikeouts over 17.0 innings of work, including a career-high 11 against Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday. Dyer held opponents to a low .167 batting average, giving up only 10 hits. Redshirt freshman Stefanie Draper went 2-0 on the week, posting a 0.00 ERA on 11.0 innings of work, earning one complete game shutout and making three appearances ... Senior Cambria Miranda is knocking on the door of breaking career offensive records. Miranda is three runs, 33 RBI, 43 hits, 14 doubles, 10 triples and 15 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 (27-2): After a week off for finals, the Cardinal return toaction this week ... Junior pitcher Missy Penna continues to rack up the K's this season. The Stanford ace, who leads the Pac-10 in wins and is second in strikeouts, became just the second player in program history to reach 600 career strikeouts on Mar. 1. Just a junior, she is now well on her way to the 700 landmark, with 648 strikeouts to date. Penna has reached double-figures seven times this season, including a 15-K performance against Campbell earlier this month ... With a total of 84 extra-base hits, the Cardinal is averaging nearly three per game. Stanford already has more than 80 percent of its double total from last year (67) and is just five long balls short of reaching its homerun total from last year (33). Junior Maddy Coon and sophomore Alissa Haber lead the team with eight doubles apiece, while sophomore Rosey Neill paces the squad with ten homeruns. Stanford has recorded at least one extra-base hit in every contest this season.
UCLA (26-3): The Bruins, who saw their 19-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, rebounded to close out the weekend as they head into a 12-day break from game action before returning to the diamond on Tuesday, March 26 as they travel to UC Santa Barbara for a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m ... Senior pitcher Anjelica Selden saw her scoreless innings streak fall after 33 2/3 innings, but the senior has still not allowed an earned run in her last 47 1/3 innings. Besides the unearned run, Selden (12-2) gave up two hits and one walk, retiring 12 in a row at one point.
WASHINGTON (19-6-1): Washington has now won nine in a row and 15 of their past 17 after a sweep of Utah State, 9-3 and 5-4, on Sunday at the Cascade Clash ... Freshman Jace Williams went 5-for-6 with two doubles and two home runs to power Washington ... Williams, who is leading the Huskies with a .456 average and 24 RBI on the season, went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and four RBI to lead Washington a 9-3 win in the first game. She followed that up by going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and one RBI in the Huskies 5-4 win in game two ... In game two, Caitlin Noble took a no-hitter into the sixth before the Aggies Nicole Rupp led off with an infield single. Noble (11-3) finished the game allowing three hits, four unearned runs and three walks. She struck out nine in her 13th complete-game of the season, and sat down 12 Aggie batters in a row at one point.