This Week in Pac-10 Softball

April 14, 2009

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Upcoming Schedule
Apr. 14, 2009
STANFORD vs. Santa Clara 6 p.m. PT
Apr. 15, 2009
CALIFORNIA vs. Saint Mary’s  3 p.m. PT
OREGON STATE vs. Portland State (DH) 2 p.m. PT
Apr. 17, 2009
*ARIZONA vs. STANFORD 7 p.m. PT
*ARIZONA STATE vs. CALIFORNIA 7 p.m. PT
*OREGON vs. WASHINGTON  4 p.m. PT
*OREGON STATE vs. UCLA 3 p.m. PT
Apr. 18, 2009
*ARIZONA vs. CALIFORNIA  7 p.m. PT
*ARIZONA STATE vs. STANFORD 7 p.m. PT
*OREGON vs. UCLA 1 p.m. PT
*OREGON STATE vs. WASHINGTON 1 p.m. PT
Apr. 19, 2009
*ARIZONA vs. CALIFORNIA Noon PT
*ARIZONA STATE vs. STANFORD Noon PT
*OREGON vs. UCLA  Noon PT
*OREGON STATE vs. WASHINGTON Noon PT
Key
(DH) - Double Header
* Pac-10 Conference game

 

Results
Apr. 7, 2009
No. 4/8 ARIZONA STATE vs. RV UNLV (DH) W, 20-10 (6); W, 15-2 (5)
Apr. 8, 2009
OREGON STATE vs. Portland State (DH) W, 10-3; W, 5-0
Apr. 9, 2009
*No. 2/2 STANFORD, 4, No. 17/16 CALIFORNIA, 1
Apr. 10, 2009
*No. 9/7 UCLA, 2, No. 3/3 WASHINGTON, 0 (11)
*No. 10/13 ARIZONA, 10, No. 5/8 ARIZONA STATE, 8
*No. 17/16 CALIFORNIA, 3, No. 2/2 STANFORD, 1
*OREGON, 3, OREGON STATE, 2
Apr. 11, 2009
*No. 17/16 CALIFORNIA, 8, No. 2/2 STANFORD, 6
*OREGON STATE, 2, OREGON, 1
*No. 9/7 UCLA, 10, No. 3/3 WASHINGTON. 0 (5)

Key
(DH) - Double Header
* Pac-10 Conference game

 

Conference Notes
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:  

Pac-10:  6 (STAN, UCLA, WASH, ASU, ARIZ, CAL)
SEC:  (FLA, UGA, ALA, TENN, LSU)
Big Ten:  (MICH, N.W., OSU, IOWA)
Big 12:  2 (MIZZ, OKLA)
ACC:  (UNC, FSU) 

Offensively Speaking
The Conference has been an offensive force, with Arizona leading the way.  The Wildcats have hit a nation-leading 96 home runs on the season, 29 more than next highest Campbell with 67.  

Nationally, the Pac-10 has three teams ranked in the top-10 in scoring, with Arizona leading the nation averaging 8.76 runs a game.  Arizona State, close behind, ranking second nationally in scoring with over 7.74 runs per game.  UCLA ranks ninth with 6.38 runs scored per contest.

Individually, no other DI players in nation have hit more home runs than Arizona’s Stacie Chambers (24), Arizona’s Jenae Leles (19) and Arizona State’s Kaitlin Cochran (17).

Top Tier Pitching
Stanford and Washington rank third and sixth, 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, leads the nation in shutouts thrown this season with 14.   Penna is also ranked fifth in the nation with a 0.90 ERA and seventh in strike outs thrown this season with 247.

Washington JR Danielle Lawrie has been equally impressive, ranking second in the nation with her 0.62 ERA.  Lawrie threw just the third no hitter of her career on April 4, shutting out Arizona’s top-ranked offense.  The junior has thrown a staggering 276 strikeouts this season, which ranks her fifth in the nation. 

The Pac-10’s best pitchers faced off against one another on Mar. 28.  In Stanford’s 1-0 victory over Wasington 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 96 home runs over 42 games, good for 2.29 home runs per game.  The Wildcats are on pace to hit over 128 long balls by the end of the regular season alone.

Stacie Chambers (24) and Jenae Leles (19) are currently ranked first and second in the nation and in the Pac-10 in home runs per game.

The Wildcats have already bested their home run total from last season, where they hit 94 home runs in 60 games.  

Defensive Minded
Oregon State currently leads the nation in double plays turned, averaging 0.59 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 17 double plays on the season.  The four double plays also ties an NCAA record.

Additionally, the Beavers lead the Pac-10 with 23 double plays turned.
Stealing the Record Book
California FR Jamia Reid continues to lead the Pac-10 in steals with 31, 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 110 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.

The Golden Bears rank third in the nation, averaging 2.75 stolen bases per game.

PAC-10 RECORD BREAKER
Arizona State’s Kailtin Cochran continues to move up in the Pac-10 record books.  The senior is currently ranked third in career batting average with .452, third in career walks with 207, fifth in total runs with 251, and seventh in home runs, 65.

By the end of the season , Cochran has the potential to crack the top-10 in games played, hits, doubles and RBI.  At the conclusion on her career, the Sun Devil has the ability to be the only player to be ranked in eight of the 11 Pac-10 offensive career records.  

Most Appearance on All-Time 
Pac-10 Career Leader List

6 Natasha Watley, UCLA (2000-03)
Alison McCutcheon, ARIZ (1995-98)
Leah Braatz, ARIZ (1994-98)

5 Stacey Nuveman, UCLA (1997-02)

 

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