This Week in Pac-10 Softball
April 29, 2008
TOP O' THE CONFERENCE TO YA': TITLE IMPLICATIONS HEADLINE WEEK SIX
The biggest weekend of the Conference season appears to be upon us as the top teams square off in matchups that could go a long way toward determining who will be the 2008 Pac-10 Champions ... Headlining the week are ARIZONA STATE and ARIZONA traveling to WASHINGTON and UCLA for crucial matchups pitting four of the Conference's six ranked teams ... CALIFORNIA and STANFORD travel to OREGON and OREGON STATE with all four teams needing wins to solidify cases for NCAA Tournament recognition ... The Ducks and Beavers will also look to make-up their final Civil War matchup for the third week in a row on Tuesday. Both other attempts have been postponed due to rain ... As the season winds down, the Conference continues to beat up upon itself, with every team able to defeat any other on any given day.
THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE
Tues., April 29OREGON at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.*
Wed., April 30UC Davis at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m.Portland State at OREGON, 4 p.m.
Fri., May 2ARIZONA at UCLA, 1 p.m.*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.*CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.*STANFORD at OREGON, 4 p.m.*
Sat., May 3ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 3 p.m.*ARIZONA STATE at UCLA, 3 p.m.*CALIFORNIA at OREGON, 1 p.m.*STANFORD at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.*
Sun., May 4ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, Noon*ARIZONA STATE at UCLA, Noon*CALIFORNIA at OREGON, Noon*STANFORD at OREGON STATE, Noon*
ARIZONA (31-15): Saturday saw the biggest comeback game of the year for the Cats. Down 1-0 in the Oregon State second, the Beavers put four unearned runs on the board to take a 5-0 lead. In the bottom half, Arizona began the rally when Stacie Chambers crushed her 13th bomb of the season to cut the deficit to 5-2. In the UA fourth, the Cats tacked on four unearned runs of their own to take the lead 6-5, only to give one back in the sixth to tie the game at 6. Then, Laine Roth stepped to the dish and hit a two-out long ball to right field to give UA the lead at 7-6. Taryne Mowatt, the last of three pitchers on the night for Arizona, struck out the side to preserve the victory.
ARIZONA STATE (52-3, 14-1): The Sun Devils reached more than a few milestones over the weekend, setting team single-season records in: home runs (84 - was 83 from 2007), runs scored (406 - was 392 from 2007) and tied the single-season RBI record (270 - set in 2007) ... Mindy Cowles is now the ASU career leader in RBIs with 176, while Krista Donnenwirth is 4 from breaking the single-season record of 67 set by Bianca Cruz in 2007 ... The Sun Devils also need one more win to tie the program high for Pac-10 wins of 15 set in 1991.
CALIFORNIA (37-20, 5-10): The Golden Bears went 1-2 over the weekend, with head coach Diane Ninemire using all three of her pitchers - Brittany LaRosa, Valerie Arioto and Marissa Drewrey - for their lone victory on Sunday. The threesome combined to give up the one run on just two hits the entire afternoon. Arioto earned the victory in the circle, her seventh, while Drewrey garnered the save, her first of the year. At the plate, Arioto's two runs scored Sunday brought her season total to 46, three shy of the fifth most runs in a season (49) set by three different players.
OREGON (29-22, 2-11): The Ducks also went 1-2 over the weekend, but picked up their second victory of the year against the No. 11/8 Arizona Wildcats to take the season series for the first time in school history ... Junior left fielder Sari-Jane Jenkins added another stolen base to her school record last week (now at 75), while her 27 this season ranks second in the Pac-10 ... Sophomore centerfielder Neena Bryant knocked in her 42nd RBI last week - 10th-best in a season for UO - and stands top 10 in the Pac-10 in hits (fifth-tie, 59), stolen bases (fifth, 19), batting (sixth, .376), total bases (sixth, 96) and slugging (10th, .611).
OREGON STATE (26-25, 4-10): The Beavers look to sweep the Dodge Civil War Series on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. after game three against Oregon has been postponed twice ... Sophomore Dani Chisholm has come up big on the season in RBI situations, collecting 21 so far on the season in the top three of the order. The left-handed batting slapper also leads the team with a .333 batting average with 55 hits, 29 runs and 64 total bases.
STANFORD (42-10, 7-8): Stanford went 1-2 on the weekend, defeating Washington in 10 innings on Friday before dropping close 1-0, 4-1 decisions to UCLA at Smith Family Stadium. Junior pitcher Missy Penna threw all 24.0 innings, throwing 21 strikeouts and only four walks. Penna leads all Cardinal pitchers with a 1.07 ERA and a 30-9 overall record. She has 11 complete game shutouts and four combined and is second in the conference with 327 total strikeouts, holding batters to a .153 average. At the plate, sophomores Alissa Haber and Rosey Neill lead the team with .382 and .370 averages. Neill has tallied 17 home runs on the season with a .781 slugging percentage, while Haber has a team-leading 14 doubles and 43 runs.
UCLA (41-5, 13-2): Freshmen Samantha Camuso and GiOnna DiSalvatore are neck-and-neck for the team lead in batting average. With near identical statistics, the former holds a .001 edge over her teammate at the dish, but the latter has picked up more hits (56) and RBI (38). Anjelica Selden (20-3) touts a 0.82 ERA and 232 strikeouts on the season. The senior has given up a total of 31 runs in 26 appearances and 153.1 innings pitched.
WASHINGTON (26-18-1, 5-9): Freshman Jace Williams continues to pace to UW offense with a .375 average at the plate and a .444 on-base percentage. She is also tied for the team lead in doubles (10) and total bases (73). The young Huskies squad has compiled a team batting average of .290 in their 45 games played. Freshman Aleah Macon (15-11) and senior Caitlin Noble (11-7) continue to see split time in the circle. They have compiled a team ERA of 2.20 in 302 innings pitched.