This Week in Pac-10 Softball
March 31, 2009
Apr. 3, 2009
*No. 9/16 ARIZONA at No. 3/3 WASHINGTON 1 p.m. PT
*No. 4/8 ARIZONA STATE at No. 7/5 UCLA 1 p.m. PT
*No. 14/12 CALIFORNIA at OREGON 4 p.m. PT
*OREGON STATE vs. No. 2/2 STANFORD 3 p.m. PT
Apr. 4, 2009
* No. 9/16 ARIZONA at No. 7/5 UCLA 3 p.m. PT
* No. 4/8 ARIZONA STATE at No. 3/3 WASHINGTON 3 p.m. PT
* No. 14/12 CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE 1 p.m. PT
*OREGON vs. No. 2/2 STANFORD 1 p.m. PT
Apr. 5, 2009
* No. 9/16 ARIZONA at No. 7/5 UCLA Noon PT
* No. 4/8 ARIZONA STATE at No. 3/3 WASHINGTON Noon PT
* No. 14/12 CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE Noon PT
*OREGON vs. No. 2/2 STANFORD Noon PT
Apr. 6, 2009
* No. 4/8 ARIZONA STATE vs. RV UNLV (DH) 1 p.m. PT
* No. 4/8 ARIZONA STATE vs. RV UNLV 3:30 p.m. PT
(DH) - Double Header
* Pac-10 Conference game
Mar. 24, 2009
CALIFORNIA at Sacramento State L, 1-2
OREGON vs. Seattle University (DH) W, 10-7; W, 9-0
UCLA vs. UC Santa Barbara (DH) W, 8-0 (6); L, 2-7
Mar. 25, 2009
CALIFORNIA at Pacific W, 11-6
OREGON STATE vs. Seattle (DH) W, 8-0 (5); W, 8-0 (5)
Mar. 27, 2009
*No. 11/15 ARIZONA 12 OREGON STATE 9
*No. 6/9 ARIZONA STATE 8 OREGON 0
*No. 2/2 WASHINGTON 9 No.. 16/12 CALIFORNIA 1 No. 5/4 UCLA 7 *No. 3/3 STANFORD 4
Mar. 28, 2009
*No. 11/15 ARIZONA 11 OREGON 3 (5)
*No. 6/9 ARIZONA STATE 11 OREGON STATE 3 (5) *No. 16/12 CALIFORNIA 7 No. 5/4 UCLA 6
*No. 3/3 STANFORD 1 No. 2/2 WASHINGTON 0 (11)
Mar. 29, 2009
*No. 11/15 ARIZONA 7 OREGON 6
*No. 6/9 ARIZONA STATE 8 OREGON STATE 0 (5) *No. 16/12 CALIFORNIA 9 No. 5/4 UCLA 5
*No. 3/3 STANFORD 2 No. 2/2 WASHINGTON 0
(DH) - Double Header
* Pac-10 Conference game
Pac-10 Tops the Polls
The Pac-10 leads the way in the most recent USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball polls with six teams ranked in the top-25, the most of any conference. In fact, the Pac-10 boasts three of the top-four teams in the USA Today/NFCA poll with No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Washington, and No. 4 Arizona State.
The Conference has been an offensive force, with Arizona leading the way. The Wildcats have hit a nation-leading 88 home runs on the season. In comparison, the SEC has hit 91 home runs, combined. The top home run hitting team in the SEC is Florida with 20 home runs. All eight Pac-10 teams have hit more than 20 home runs.
Nationally, the Pac-10 has three teams ranked in the top-five in scoring, with Arizona leading the nation in scoring averaging a little over nine runs a game. Arizona State, close behind, ranking second nationally with over 7.5 runs per game. UCLA ranks fifth with 6.84 runs scored per contest.
Top Tier Pitching
Stanford and Washington rank second and third, respectively, in the nation in pitching due in large part to each team’s starting ace.
Stanford SR Missy Penna, the Pac-10’s active leader in both strike outs and shutouts, swept this weeks’ National and Conference awards. Penna was named the USA Softball Player of the Week, the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week and the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. The senior currently ranks fourth in the nation with a 0.75 ERA.
Washington JR Danielle Lawrie has been equally impressive, leading the nation with her 0.42 ERA. Lawrie allowed three earned runs over the weekend, to third-ranked Stanford, to bring her total to nine on the season. The junior has thrown a staggering 242 strikeouts this season, ranking her fourth in the nation. The Pac-10’s best pitchers faced off against one another last weekend. On Mar. 28, in Stanford’s 1-0 victory in 11 innings, Lawrie and Penna combined for 29 total strikeouts, the 10th most combined strikeouts by two starting pitchers in NCAA history.
Out of the Park
Arizona is on pace to knock the Pac-10 and NCAA home run record out of the park. The record, for both the NCAA and the Conferece is 126 home runs set by the Wildcats in 2001. Currently, Arizona has 88 home runs over 38 games, good for 2.32 home runs per game. The Wildcats are on pace to hit almost 130 long balls by the end of the regular season alone.
Stacie Chambers currently leads the nation and the Pac-10 with 22 home runs hit on the season.
Oregon State currently ranks second in the nation, averaging 0.69 double plays per game. SR Paige Lowe, who helped the Beavers turn a school-record four double plays on Feb. 19 against Kansas, leads the Pac-10 with 16 double plays on the season. The four double plays also ties an NCAA record.
Additionally, the Beavers lead the Pac-10 with 22 double plays turned.
Stealing the Record Book
California FR Jamia Reid continues to lead the Pac-10 in steals with 29, as the Golden Bears are on pace to shatter the Pac-10 season steal record of 194 set by Washington in 1997. Cal currenlty has 107 stolen bases on the season.
In California’s 11-6 win over Pacific on Mar. 25, Reid set a new Cal single-season record, earning her 29th stolen base of the season. The Pac-10 single season record is 67, set by Arizona’s Alison McCutcheon in 1998.