This Week in Pac-10 Softball

May 13, 2008

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MAGNIFICENT SEVEN FOR THE 10TH STRAIGHT YEAR

For the 10th consecutive year, the Pac-10 sends at least seven teams to the NCAA Tournament as the Conference looks for its 17th NCAA Softball Championship in only the 21st year of sponsoring the sport...UCLA garnered the No. 2 seed in the Tournament, and will host a regional site of the double elimination tournament, opening against Cal State Fullerton...ARIZONA STATE, seeded No. 6 despite being ranked the No. 2/2 team in the polls, is the only other Pac-10 team that will host a regional as it welcomes Stony Brook to open play...ARIZONA, seeded No. 7, will travel to Hempstead, N.Y., opening the Tournament against Canisius...No. 12 seeded STANFORD also faces a trip across the country as it travels to Amherst, Mass. and opens against Lehigh...CALIFORNIA has a short trip to the Fresno regional where it faces San Diego State...WASHINGTON and OREGON both head south as the Huskies go to Houston, Texas to face perennial power Texas and the Ducks travel to Norman, Okla., opening with the host Oklahoma Sooners.

NCAA REGIONAL SCHEDULE

Los Angeles Regional - May 16-18 at Los Angeles, Calif.Fri., May 16, 5 p.m.Cal St. Fullerton (27-26-1) vs. *No. 2 UCLA (45-7)Nevada (42-16) vs. Purdue (34-21)

Tempe Regional - May 16-18 at Tempe, Ariz.Fri., May 16, 7 p.m.Stony Brook (33-21-1) vs. *No. 6 Arizona St. (56-5)Mississippi St. (40-20) vs. Hawaii (38-18)

Hempstead Regional - May 16-18 at Hempstead, N.Y.Fri., May 16, 9 a.m.No. 7 Arizona (36-16) vs. Canisius (38-12)Long Island (34-15) vs. *Hofstra (43-11)

Amherst Regional - May 16-18 at Amherst, Mass.Fri., May 16, 11:30 a.m.Lehigh (38-15-1) vs. No. 12 Stanford (46-12)* Massachusetts (36-11) vs. Princeton (25-22)

Fresno Regional - May 16-18 at Fresno, Calif.Fri., May 16, 5 p.m.San Diego State (43-15) vs. California (40-24)Sacramento State (32-19) vs. *No. 16 Fresno St. (51-11)

Houston Regional - May 16-18 at Houston, TexasFri., May 16, 3 p.m.Washington (28-23-1) vs. Texas (28-21-2)Delaware State (29-23) vs. *No. 8 Houston (50-9)

Norman Regional - May 16-18 at Norman, Okla.Fri., May 16, 5:30 p.m.Oregon (33-27) vs. *No. 10 Oklahoma (43-12)Arkansas (36-27) vs. Tulsa (34-23)

* - Host SchoolRankings are SeedingAll Times Pacific

TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (36-16, 13-8): Arizona appears in its 22nd consecutive NCAA Championships and 22nd overall since 1987, all under the aegis of coach Mike Candrea or -- as is the case this year and in 2004 - under the tutelage of assistant coach Larry Ray ... Arizona has a record of 124-35 in NCAA play, including a mark of 61-8 in preliminary Regional action. In early-round Regional play away from Tucson the `Cats have a 12-3 record -- 0-2 in 1987, 3-0 in 1989, 2-0 in 1991, 3-0 in 1996 and 4-1 in 2002 ... Arizona played to a 20-15 record against teams selected for the NCAA Championships in 2008.

ARIZONA STATE (56-15, 18-3): For the 19th time in program history and fourth consecutive year, Arizona State was selected as a NCAA Tournament team ... The Sun Devils captured the 2008 Pac-10 Championship for the first time in school history, their previous best was a second-place finish in 2007 and 1991 ... Senior pitcher Katie Burkhart captured her 32nd win on the year Saturday and her 109th career win, tying her for 21st all-time in NCAA history.

CALIFORNIA (40-24, 7-14): California captured its 23rd straight postseason berth and will head to familiar surroundings in Fresno, Calif. and the Fresno State regional. Cal has played 11 times there, including its most recent trip in 2005 ... Valerie Arioto continues to be a dual-threat force for the Golden Bears as she sits fifth in the Pac-10 in hits (64) and second in runs scored (49) while also taking the mound and holding opposing hitters to a .186 average, seventh in the Conference.

OREGON (33-27, 5-16): The University of Oregon celebrated its 14th postseason invitation and will face No. 10 seed Oklahoma in its first game ... In late February the Ducks beat the then-No. 6 Sooners in Palm Springs at the Cathedral City Classic. In that game, senior pitcher Alicia Cook threw a 1-0 shutout, while freshman Monique Fuiava rocked a homer over the right center field wall.

OREGON STATE (28-31, 6-15): The Beavers were the lone Pac-10 team to not make the NCAA Tournament, surprisingly after a 2-1 weekend that included wins over No. 24/24 Washington and No. 3/3 UCLA ... Senior Cambria Miranda finishes her OSU career second in school history in home runs (42) and stolen bases (44) and sixth in RBI (120).

STANFORD (46-12, 11-10): Stanford will be participating in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th consecutive year, dating back to 1998 when the team made its first postseason appearance in John Rittman's second year as head coach. The Cardinal have won four regional titles, and made appearances in the Women's College World Series in 2001 and 2004. The Cardinal hold a 25-23 all-time record in NCAA Tournament games ... Junior P Missy Penna already holds many Stanford records, including a school-record 372 K's this season, and is just the second pitcher in school history to post back-to-back 300-K years. She could become the first pitcher in school history to reach 400 K's this weekend.

UCLA (45-7, 17-4): The Bruins are headed to the Tournament for the 23rd time and will have a head start on the hunt for their 11th title as they will host a regional as the No. 2 overall national seed ... UCLA leads the Conference in overall Tournament wins (161) and their 10 titles is the most in history, followed by Arizona's eight championships ... The Bruins will look to turn around last year's luck while hosting as they fell out of the tournament after losses to Hawai'i and Loyola Marymount in the first round.

WASHINGTON (28-23-1, 7-14): Washington was selected for its 15th-straight postseason appearance as it heads to the Houston regional where they will open against the Texas Longhorns ... In 2007, Washington's Caitlin Noble no-hit the Longhorns in a 4-0 win during the regular season ... The Huskies finished third in last year's Women's College World Series, falling to eventual National Champion Arizona in the semifinal game.

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