This Week in Pac-10 Softball

May 19, 2009

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE


Gainsville Super Regional - May 23-24

CALIFORNIA vs. *No. 1 Florida

Game 1: Sat., May 23 - 5 p.m. PT (ESPN/ESPN360.com)

Game 2: Sun., May 24 - 3 p.m. PT (ESPN2/ESPN360.com)

Game 3: Sun., May 25 - (if necessary)


Stanford Super Regional - May 21-22

No. 9 ARIZONA vs. *No. 8 STANFORD

Game 1: Thurs., May 21 - 6:30 p.m. PT (ESPN2/ESPN360.com)

Game 2: Fri., May 22 - 5:30 p.m. PT (ESPN2/ESPN360.com)

Game 3: Fri., May 22 - (if necessary)


Atlanta Super Regional - May 23-24

No. 3 WASHINGTON vs. *No. 14 Georgia Tech

Game 1: Sat., May 23 - 9 a.m. PT (ESPN/ESPN360.com)

Game 2: Sun., May 24 - 10 a.m. PT (ESPN/ESPN360.com)

Game 3: Sun., May 25 - (if necessary)


Tempe Super Regional - May 22-23

North Dakota State vs. *No. 10 ARIZONA STATE

Game 1: Fri., May 22 - 4 p.m. PT (ESPN2/ESPN360.com)

Game 2: Sat., May 23 - 1:30 p.m. PT (ESPNU)

Game 3: Sat., May 23 - (if necessary)


Los Angeles Super Regional - May 23-24

Missouri vs. *No. 2 UCLA

Game 1: Sat., May 23 - 6:30 p.m. PT (ESPNU)

Game 2: Sun., May 24 - 12:30 p.m. PT (ESPNU)

Game 3: Sun., May 25 - (if necessary)


*Regional Host




REGIONAL RESULTS


ARIZONA

Louisville Regional; Louisville, Ky.

May 15 vs. Tennessee-Martin W, 9-3

May 16 vs. No. 19/18 Louisville W, 18-4 (5)

May 17 vs. Purdue W, 4-2


ARIZONA STATE

Tempe Regional; Tempe, Ariz.

May 15 vs. San Diego State W, 5-0

May 16 vs. No. 23/23 LSU L, 2-10 (5)

May 16 vs. Cal State Fullerton W, 7-0

May 17 vs. No. 23/23 LSU W, 6-4

May 17 vs. No. 23/23 LSU W, 5-0


CALIFORNIA

Tallahassee Regional; Tallahassee, Fla.

May 15 vs. Mississippi State W, 8-3

May 16 vs. Oklahoma State W, 2-0

May 17 vs. Oklahoma State W, 2-1


STANFORD

Stanford Regional; Stanford Calif.

May 15 vs. Portland State W, 10-3 (7)

May 16 vs. Nevada W, 9-1 (5)

May 17 vs. No. 22/22 Cal Poly W, 4-0


UCLA

Los Angeles Regional; Los Angeles, Calif.

May 15 vs. Long Beach State W, 4-2

May 16 vs. No. RV/25 Fresno State W, 4-2

May 17 vs. No. RV/25 Fresno State W, 9-5


WASHINGTON

Amherst Regional; Amherst, Mass.

May 15 vs. Sacred Heart W, 9-1 (5)

May 16 vs. No. 24/21 UMass W, 3-1

May 17 vs. No. 24/21 UMass L, 1-5

May 17 vs. No. 24/21 UMass W, 6-1 (15)





CONFERENCE NOTES


Super Six

With four teams sweeping their regional competition, all six Pac-10 teams qualifying for postseason move on to the round of 16. The Conference's six teams are the most in a Super Regional since all seven Pac-10 advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2006. That season, Arizona, the No. 2 seed overall, won the NCAA title for the seventh time in program history.


UCLA takes Pac-10 Title

The Bruins won their ninth Pac-10 title to secure the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. In four of its eight previous season it which it won the Conference title, UCLA also won the NCAA title (1988, 1989, 1990, 1999). After starting the Pac-10 season 1-4, the Bruins found their stride and concluded the Conference season going 15-1 to clinch the League championship.


Pac-10 Tops the Polls

The Pac-10 leads the way in the final regular season 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)

No-Hit Wonder

With her no-hitter of UCLA on Apr. 29, Washington ace Danielle Lawrie became the first pitcher in NCAA history to no-hit both UCLA and Arizona in the same season. The Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year no hit Arizona on April 3. In fact, Lawrie is the first pitcher to ever no-hit both Arizona and UCLA in a career.


On the season, Lawrie has thrown two no-hitters, four one-hitters and 10 two-hitters. She has also shut out: No. 1 Florida, No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 Michigan, No. 8 Georgia and No. 11 Ohio State.


Pac-10 NCAA Championships by the #'s


26 Total number of NCAA Softball National Champions since the organization recognized women's athletics in 1982.


20 NCAA Championships won by Pac-10 Teams. UCLA (10), Arizona (8), Arizona State (1), California (1).


10 WCWS championship games between two Pac-10 teams.


15 Pac-10 NCAA Runners-Up. UCLA (7), Arizona (4), Washington (2), California (2).


2 The number of times a Pac-10 team has not made it to the Women's College World Series finals (1983, 1986).


Out of the Park

With national home run leader Stacie Chambers bomb in the third inning against Tennessee Martin on May 15, Arizona broke the Pac-10 and NCAA record for most home runs in the season. The Wildcats, who bested their own home run record of 126, set in 2001, now have 131 long balls after the weekend.


Chambers (31) 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 lead the country in home runs and have hit 46 more than the nation's second-best team Arizona State (85).


Stealing the Record Book

California FR Jamia Reid continues to lead the Pac-10 in steals with 47, as the Golden Bears currently rank third in Conference history with 145 single-season stolen bases. The Pac-10 record for stolen bases, of 194, was set by Washington in 1997.


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 2.59 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 .444, third in career walks with 230, third in total runs with 270, 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.

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