This Week in Pac-10 Softball
April 15, 2008
THINGS GET PERSONAL IN WEEK 4
Traditional rivalries take center stage as the Conference heads into Week 4...ARIZONA STATE regained the top spot in one poll, only to lose it in the other as they will look to gain back total respect facing rival ARIZONA in Tempe this week. The Sun Devils took the first meeting in dominant fashion, an 8-1 victory...STANFORD and CALIFORNIA renew their old rivalry in Palo Alto with both needing the victories to remain in contention for the Conference Title...Not having a traditional rival, UCLA and WASHINGTON will have to settle for a probable solid Top-10 ranking for the winner of their matchup this weekend...OREGON and OREGON STATE hook up in the Civil War in Corvallis this weekend as the Ducks look to avenge their early season loss.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tues., April 15Santa Clara at STANFORD, 6 p.m.
Wed., April 16CALIFORNIA at Saint Mary's, 3 p.m.Portland State at OREGON, 3 p.m. (DH)
Fri., April 18ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*OREGON at OREGON STATE, 4 p.m.*CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 7 p.m.*UCLA at WASHINGTON, 3 p.m.*
Sat., April 19ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.*CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 1 p.m.*OREGON at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.*UCLA at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.*
Sun., April 20STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*
TEAM BY TEAM NOTES
ARIZONA (29-12, 6-4): Sixty-six doubles - and 65 home runs - have helped give UA a slugging percentage of .552, which would be its best in the past seven seasons, dating to the NCAA-record home run club of 2001 (91 doubles, 126 HR, .594). Only two Arizona teams in the past 13 seasons including this one have had a higher slugging percentage - 2001 and 1998 (109 doubles, 79 HR, .588). In all, Arizona has 140 extra-base hits among its 348 total hits this year ... : Arizona's four players with double-digit home runs (Balko-12, Chambers-11, Leles-11, Roth-10) is the first quartet with more than 10 apiece since the 2002 club slugged 93 with six players hitting 10-plus.
ARIZONA STATE (46-3, 8-1): Fresh off a 3-1 week which included an 8-1 blowout of rival Arizona, the Sun Devils saw their ranking in the NFCA poll drop from the top for the first time since March 4, thanks mostly to a 3-0 Sunday loss at the hands of No. 22 Washington ... Kaitlin Cochran, arguably one of the best players in the country, now has 56 hits in 49 games. Her .463 batting average and .635 on-base percentage is tops on the club ... Katie Burkhart (25-3) continues her dominance as she has now fanned 324 in 629 at-bats, and in the process, lowering her ERA to .63 ... Sophomore Megan Elliott (16-0) saw time in both games in Monday's doubleheader against UNLV giving up four earned runs in the first game, a 6-5 ASU victory, and giving up none in the second, a 14-7 win.
CALIFORNIA (34-16, 3-6): The Golden Bears earned an 11-inning 3-2 win over Oregon on Friday, and split with Oregon State on Saturday (8-0 loss) and Sunday (3-0 win) at Levine-Fricke Field. Cal's 34th win of the season on Sunday also matches its win total from all of last season ... As a team, Cal boasts a .295 batting average, with 258 runs (third in the conference), 384 hits (second in the conference) and 225 RBI (third in the conference). Cal' 384 hits are 13 more than last year's clip of 371 through 50 games. The Bears entered the record books last season with 470 hits - tenth-best all-time ... Cal's success at the plate can be attributed this year to its two standout freshmen - Sanoe Kekahuna and Valerie Arioto. Kekahuna paces the team with a .363 batting average, 14 doubles (No. 1 in the Pac-10), seven home runs and 43 RBI (No. 3 in the Pac-10). Arioto meanwhile has compiled a .357 batting average with a team-best 56 hits and a league-best four triples.
OREGON (26-19, 1-8): The Ducks were unable to earn a win in the Bay Area last weekend, losing a single-game in 11 innings to No. 22 Cal before dropping a pair of one-run margin games to No. 8 Stanford. The team has lost eight of it's last nine with the lone win coming over No. 8 Arizona on Sunday, Apr. 6. Sophomore Neena Bryant continues to lead the Ducks at the plate, batting .381 with 53 total hits, 10 doubles, nine home runs, 23 runs and 39 RBI. She has 18 successful stolen bases on 20 attempts. Oregon's pitchers have a combined season 2.73 ERA, but in Pac-10 play post a 3.60 ERA, giving up 37 total runs, 31 earned. Sharing the majority of the in the circle, senior Alicia Cook and junior Melissa Rice have identical 11-9 overall records with Rice tallying three complete-game shutouts and Cook earning four and posting three combined shutouts each.
OREGON STATE (25-21, 3-6): Oregon State went 2-3 last week, snagging single games from St. Mary's, 1-0, on Thursday before earning its third Pac-10 win of the season over No. 22 Cal on Saturday, 8-0, in six innings ... The win over Cal marked the third time this season the Beavers have defeated a nationally ranked team, second Pac-10 ranked team ... Freshman Audrey Roderfeld went a perfect 3-for-3 in the win over the Golden Bears adding a run and three RBI ... Junior Paige Lowe led all batters at the plate, earning five hits on the weekend, adding two runs and a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases, including two against No. 8 Stanford ... Sophomore Kelly Dyer earned both complete-game shutout wins on the week, putting her overall record at 16-16, 3-6 Pac-10.
STANFORD (37-7, 4-5): Stanford won all three contests against the Oregon schools last week, sweeping a conference weekend for the first time since May 2006. Missy Penna threw all 20 innings for the Cardinal, and allowed just one earned run. Rosey Neill paced the team offensively with a .625 weekend average (5-for-8) and two critical RBI ... Sophomore catcher Rosey Neill continued her homerun streak over the weekend, and has still homered every single weekend of the 2008 season. Neill blasted a homerun to tie Friday's game against Oregon State, moving herself within two long balls of the Stanford single-season homerun record ... Maddy Coon nabbed No. 100 in two career offensive categories last Saturday. Against Oregon, she became the tenth player to score 100 career runs and the second player to reach 100 career walks. Coon needs five more RBI to reach 100, and would be the eighth player at Stanford to do so.
UCLA (36-5, 8-2): UCLA ranks in the national Top-20 in batting average, earned run average and fielding percentage. The Bruins are eighth in hitting at .321, third with a 0.96 ERA and 20th with a .974 fielding percentage. Only two other teams are in the Top 20 in all three categories, Houston and North Carolina. The Bruins as a team also rank sixth in the nation in winning percentage (.878), 13th in doubles per game (1.63), 35th in slugging percentage (.450) and 37th in scoring (5.20 runs per game) ... Sophomore Megan Langenfeld has four saves on the season, which not only ties her for 12th in the nation and first in the Pac-10, but also equals the single-season UCLA record for saves. Langenfeld has a perfect 5-0 record with a 1.37 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings. She has only five walks on the season and had an amazing stretch of 111 straight batters without issuing a free pass.
WASHINGTON (25-14-1, 4-5): Washington has dropped three of its last four Pac-10 games to fall to 4-5 in league play, but did upset #1 Arizona State 3-0 on Sunday to snap a three-game skid ... Washington is batting just .257 with one home run and nine stolen bases in nine conference games. Sophomore Amanda Fleischman leads the Huskies during Pac-10 play with a .407 average, while freshmen Morgan Stuart and Jace Williams are batting .360 in league. Overall, Williams holds the top spot in average at .411, also placing tied for third with five home runs and second with 30 RBI ... Aleah Macon leads the team with a 1.92 ERA overall and a 2.62 earned run average in Pac-10 play. Macon, who is 14-7 overall, has won all four league games.