This Week in Pac-10 Softball
May 6, 2008
The last weekend of the season is upon us as the Conference looks to solidify as many postseason berths as possible...ARIZONA STATE and UCLA split their series and both must win their upcoming series if they hope to gain hold of the Pac-10 regular season championship. The Sun Devils will host STANFORD on Friday and CALIFORNIA over the weekend, with the Bay Area schools needing wins to raise their seeding. The Bruins travel to OREGON and OREGON STATE, who both sit at the bottom of the standings, but home field advantage could play a factor in possible upsets...ARIZONA will host the Golden Bears on Thursday, with the Cardinal in Tucson to finish out the week...WASHINGTON will also travel to Corvallis and Eugene probably needing a sweep to remain in the middle of the standings...With selection Sunday looming at the end of the week, the Conference should once again place a majority of teams in the postseason.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tues., May 6OREGON STATE at Portland State, 6 p.m.
Thurs., May 8CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*UCLA at OREGON, 4 p.m.*WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.*
Fri., May 9CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*STANFORD at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*UCLA at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.*WASHINGTON at OREGON, 1:30 p.m. (DH)*
Sat., May 10CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE, Noon*STANFORD at ARIZONA, Noon*UCLA at OREGON STATE, Noon*WASHINGTON at OREGON, 1:30 p.m.*
ARIZONA (33-16, 10-8): Arizona is 4-5 in its last nine games, a span during which the Wildcats have outscored the opposition 37-24. Five of the games were one-run ball games and one was a romp, 13-1, in five innings. Drop that one out and UA scored just as many runs as the opposition, 24-24, in eight games...Last Sunday, Taryne Mowatt threw the third no-no of the season for Arizona, and the 79th in school history as the Wildcats came away from the weekend with a 2-1 record.
ARIZONA STATE (54-14, 16-2): The Sun Devils continued to make history over the weekend clinching the season series over the UCLA Bruins for the first time since 1980 with their 5-1 victory Sunday. The Sun Devils' 54 wins ties their all-time high and their 16 wins in Conference play are a school record as well ... With a strong performance this weekend, the Sun Devils can clinch their first Conference title in school history. ASU finished second in 2007 and 1991.
CALIFORNIA (40-21, 7-11): The Golden Bears secured their 40th win of the season last Saturday and have won 40 or more games nine of the last 10 seasons ... Freshman Sanoe Kekahuna continues to lead the Cal attack touting a .333 average with eight home runs. Three Bears, including Kekahuna with 45, have tallied more than 40 RBI on the season ... Sophomore Marissa Drewrey has whiffed 266 in 261.0 innings pitched with a 1.72 ERA and has only given up seven home runs on the season.
OREGON (32-24, 4-13): The Ducks and Huskies will play an entire series over the weekend after their Pac-10 opening game in Seattle on March 28 was snowed out. Washington will be the home team for the first game of the series on Friday in Eugene ... Senior P Alicia Cook came back from an injury suffered Thursday in practice when a fly ball struck her in the face and left her eye swollen shut for the next day to pitch a brilliant two-hitter against the Golden Bears on Sunday as the Ducks picked up their fourth Pac-10 victory.
OREGON STATE (26-29, 4-14): This weekend, senior Cambria Miranda will be honored for her record-setting four years at Oregon State. Miranda holds the school records for most runs scored (52) and most home runs (16) in a single season ... Freshman Erin Guzy went a perfect 3-for-3 against Stanford on Sunday, reaching on all four plate appearances, earning her first three-hit game, 10th multi-hit game of the season. She extended her hitting streak to six, two games shy of her career-long.
STANFORD (45-10, 10-8): The Cardinal finished off season sweeps of both Oregon schools this weekend, sweeping both schools in the same season for the first time in school history ... With five more strikeouts against the Beavers, Cardinal ace Missy Penna moved within five strikeouts of the Stanford single-season record (358). With a 33-9 record, she is one win short of the single-season win record as well. Penna has now thrown 13 consecutive complete games in Conference play.
UCLA (43-6, 15-3): For the second time this season, a UCLA softball player was named NFCA, USA Softball and Pac-10 Player of the Week as junior Amanda Kamekona was honored this week. Kamekona joins senior Anjelica Selden, who was named National POW by the NFCA and USA Softball, as well as Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 26 ... The Bruins are 43-2 when scoring at least one run and have been shutout in four of their six losses. For only the second time this season, UCLA lost despite getting on the board in Sunday's 5-2 setback to Arizona State. The other similar loss for the Bruins came on Feb. 16 to Illinois, 6-2.
WASHINGTON (26-21-1, 5-12): Washington is currently on a four-game losing streak after falling in 3-0 decisions to Arizona State and Arizona twice last weekend at home. Jace Williams and junior Alicia Blake are the Huskies' top hitters each with 10 doubles and 48 total hits. Williams boasts 32 RBI and 27 runs, while Blake has a team-high six home runs ... Junior Maarnie Koziol has been burning up the base paths, converting 21-of-24 steal attempts, the total of which sits her tied for fourth in the Pac-10.