Three Headed to Women's College World Series
May 27, 2008
Three Conference teams remain in the hunt for the 2008 NCAA Division I Softball Championship as UCLA, ARIZONA STATE and ARIZONA all head to the Women's College World Series, beginning May 29 ... The Sun Devils open the tournament for the Pac-10 as they face the No. 3 seeded Alabama Crimson Tide in a matchup of teams that have both been ranked No. 1 at some point during the season ... The Bruins and Wildcats face each other to open the WCWS, with UCLA currently holding the 2-1 series advantage on the year, although two of those games were decided by one run.
Game 1 - May 29, 10 a.m. ESPN
No. 1 Florida vs. Louisiana Lafayette
Game 2 - May 29, Noon ESPN
No. 5 Texas A&M vs. Virginia Tech
Game 3 - May 29, 4 p.m. ESPN
No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 6 ARIZONA STATE
Game 4 - May 29, 6 p.m. ESPN
No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 7 ARIZONA
For complete bracket, see .pdf release
ARIZONA (41-17, 13-8): Thanks to strong pitching performances from Taryne Mowatt (20.0 IP, 5 ER, 25 K) and continued home run power (six in the series, including three by Jenae Lelas) the Wildcats defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 2-1 in their best-of-three super regional to advance to the College World Series ... Arizona has been to every Series but one (2004) since 1988. The Wildcats get a chance to defend their reign as two-time defending NCAA champions, having won in 2006 and 2007 ... A year ago, the Wildcats averaged seven hits and just under three runs per game in going 6-2 in Oklahoma City en route to the title.
ARIZONA STATE (61-5, 18-3): The Sun Devils will make the trip to the WCWS after dusting Northwestern in two games, a 3-1 victory on Friday and a series-clinching 9-0, six-inning, run-rule victory on Saturday ... Over the weekend Kaitlin Cochran compiled one of the oddest lines you'll see, going 1-for-1, with a home run, two RBI, six walks and four runs scored ... Katie Burkhart was phenomenal as well, not allowing a single earned-run while striking out 26 in 13.0 innings pitched to take her 36th win of the season, a new ASU single-season record ... The Sun Devils are 5-12 in the WCWS all-time and will look to best their top finish, tied for third, from 2002.
CALIFORNIA (43-27, 7-14): The Golden Bears faced an uphill battle against the unanimously No. 1 ranked University of Florida and the Bears fell short of the WCWS after being swept by the Gators by a score of 4-2 in both contests ... Valerie Arioto finished the season with 71 hits, six shy for the fourth most in a single season. Her 55 runs are the second most for a season in program history ... Cal's 280 RBI is a new single season program record, eclipsing last year's record of 278.
OREGON (35-29, 5-16): The Ducks faced a daunting task in the Norman, Okla. regional and after dropping their opening game against the host Sooners, rallied with victories over Tulsa and Arkansas to gain entry into the regional championship game, a rematch with Oklahoma. The Sooners came out firing in the final, dropping the Ducks 11-0 in six innings... Duck senior Alicia Cook (17-14) started her third game in as many days. Altogether, the Elmira, Ore., native and team's pitcher of the year pitched 15.1 of the 26 innings in the weekend's four games and went 1-2 with a shutout and save, struck out nine and walked three.
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 (49-15, 11-10): On their second long road trip of the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinal's run came to an end in College Station, Texas as the Texas A&M Aggies were able to dispatch the Cardinal 6-1 and 9-4 in the super regionals ... Michelle Smith hit her 40th career home run in the final at bat of her Stanford career, becoming just the second player in Stanford history to hit 40 career home runs, joining Olympic gold medalist Jessica Mendoza with the landmark feat ... Junior pitcher Missy Penna finishes the season with 37 wins, currently tops in the Pac-10.
UCLA (50-7, 17-4): The Bruins crushed the ball and Anjelica Selden baffled the Bulldog bats as UCLA swept Georgia to punch its ticket to the WCWS ... Anjelica Selden became the eighth player in D-I history to surpass the 1,400-strikeout mark last weekend during Super Regionals. Selden concluded the weekend with 21 strikeouts and enters the WCWS with 1,414 for her career ... UCLA is making its 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 23rd appearance in the College World Series. The Bruins are 159-36 (.815 winning pct.) in NCAA Tournament games and 84-27 (.757) in WCWS contests.
WASHINGTON (30-25-1, 7-14): The Huskies pulled off victories over the Texas Longhorns but were unable to overcome the pitching of Angel Shamblin and the No. 11 Houston Cougars as UW was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament after the regional round ... Senior pitcher Caitlin Noble tallied seven strikeouts in her final career appearance which moved her career total to 757 and to No. 4 all-time at Washington ... Morgan Stuart hit her seventh home run of the season in the deciding game and finished tied for the team lead with Alicia Blake.