This Week in Pac-10 Softball
May 12, 2009
Louisville Regional - May 15-17
No. 9 ARIZONA (41-14) vs. Tenn.-Martin (38-22)
Purdue (29-18) vs. *Louisville (47-9)
Palo Alto Regional - May 15-17
Cal Poly (39-10) vs. Nevada (39-17)
Portland St. (29-24) vs. *No. 8 STANFORD (44-9)
Tallahassee Regional - May 15-17
CALIFORNIA (35-18) vs. Mississippi St. (28-26)
Oklahoma St. (34-20) vs. *No. 16 Florida St. (41-14)
Amherst Regional - May 15-17
No. 3 WASHINGTON (41-10) vs. Sacred Heart (25-26)
Cornell (42-11) vs. *Massachusetts (38-8)
Tempe Regional - May 15-17
LSU (32-16-1) vs. Cal St. Fullerton (29-19)
San Diego St. (33-18) vs. *No. 10 ARIZONA STATE (40-16)
Los Angeles Regional - May 15-17
Fresno St. (36-18) vs. UNLV (31-19)
Long Beach St. (34-19) vs. *No. 2 UCLA (41-9)
May 7, 2009
*OREGON, 2 No. 6/8 ARIZONA, 1
*OREGON STATE, 5 No. 9/11 ARIZONA STATE, 4
*No. 3/2 UCLA, 2 No. 12/13 CALIFORNIA, 1
*No. 4/5 WASHINGTON. 7 No. 2/4 STANFORD, 0
May 8, 2009
*No. 6/8 ARIZONA, 10 OREGON STATE, 0 (5)
*No. 9/11 ARIZONA STATE, 5 OREGON, 1
*No. 12/13 CALIFORNIA, 1 No. 4/5 WASHINGTON, 0
*No. 3/2 UCLA , 1 No. 2/4 STANFORD, 0
May 9, 2009
*No. 6/8 ARIZONA, 12 OREGON STATE, 2
*No. 9/11 ARIZONA STATE, 5 OREGON, 1
*No. 4/5 WASHINGTON, 11 No. 12/13 CALIFORNIA, 3 (5)
*No. 3/2 UCLA, 8 No. 2/4 STANFORD, 0 (6)
* 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:
Pac-10: 6 ( UCLA, STAN, WASH, ASU, ARIZ, CAL)
SEC: 5 (FLA, ALA, UGA, TENN, LSU)
Big Ten: 3 (MICH, OSU, N.W.)
ACC: 3 (UNC, FSU, GA TECH)
Big 12: 2 (OKLA, MIZZ)
Big East: 2 (DePAUL, ND)
The Conference has been an offensive force, with Arizona leading the way. The Wildcats have hit a nation-leading 126 home runs on the season, while Arizona State has hit the second most with 83. Nationally, three Pac-10 teams rank in the top-5 in home runs hit per game (Arizona, Arizona State, and UCLA, 5th)
Nationally, the Pac-10 has three teams ranked in the top-10 in scoring, with Arizona leading the nation averaging 8.2 runs a game. Arizona State, close behind, ranking second nationally in scoring with over 7.0 runs per game. UCLA ranks ninth with 6.24 runs scored per contest.
Individually, no other DI players in nation have hit more home runs than Arizona's Stacie Chambers (28), Arizona's Jenae Leles (22) and Arizona State's Kaitlin Cochran (20).
Top Tier Pitching
Washington and Stanford rank 12th and 17th, 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 shutouts, ranks fourth in the nation in shutouts thrown this season with 17. Penna is also ranked seventh in strike outs thrown this season with 323.
Penna was named both the Louisville Slugger/NFCA and the USA Softball Player of the week for May 5, helping the Cardinal take the series against Arizona for the first time in school history.
Washington JR Danielle Lawrie has been equally impressive, ranking second in the nation with her 0.78 ERA. The junior has thrown a staggering 398 strikeouts this season, which ranks her third in the nation.
On April 30, Lawrie became the first player in NCAA History to no-hit both UCLA and Arizona in the same season.
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 tied the both the NCAA and the Conferece record for most homeruns hit in season, belting out its 126th home run of the season last weekend. The original record of 126 home runs was set by the Wildcats in 2001. With one more home run on the season, Arizona will set a new NCAA and Pac-10 record.
Stacie Chambers (28) and Jenae Leles (22) 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.
Oregon State is currently ranked second in the nation in double plays turned, averaging 0.58 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 23 double plays on the season. The four double plays also ties an NCAA record.
Additionally, the Beavers lead the Pac-10 with 32 double plays turned.
Stealing the Record Book
California FR Jamia Reid continues to lead the Pac-10 in steals with 45, as the Golden Bears are 57 steals shy of the Pac-10 single-season steal record of 194 set by Washington in 1997. Cal currently has 141 stolen bases.
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 fourth in the nation, averaging 2.66 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 fifth in career batting average with .445, third in career walks with 228, third in total runs with 264, and seventh in home runs, 69.
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 of her career, the Sun Devil has the ability to be the only Pac-10 player to be ranked in eight of the Conference's 11 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)