This Week in Pac-10 Softball
March 2, 2010
Arizona (12-1): The Wildcats earned a sweep at the Cathedral City Classic, coming out of the weekend with five wins. FR P Kenzie Fowler earned all five wins, picking up four complete-game wins and another in relief. Over 27.1 innings pitched, Folwer only gave up 12 hits while fanning 36 batters. On the offensive end, the Wildcats have been paced so far this season by JR OF Lauren Schutzler, who holds a batting average of .513, while SO C/IF Lini Koria leads the squad with 16 RBI.
Arizona State (10-2): Because of incliment weather at home in Tempe, the Sun Devils only played one game over the weekend, beating Southern Florida 8-7 in extra innings. JR IF Mandy Urfer launched two home runs, added three RBI and hit .667 to lead the Sun Devils. FR P Sam Parlich has a record of 2-1 on the year and boasts the lowest ERA (1.31) on the team to lead all Sun Devil pitchers.
California (11-4): SR Taylor Kelly led the Golden Bears over the weekend, pacing the squad with three hits, four RBI, one double, one home run while hitting a collectived .333 at the Cathedral City Classic. SO Jamia Reid leads the Pac-10 with 20 stolen bases on the season, 13 more than the next player, teammate SR IF Shannon Thomas who has seven. FR C Lindsey Ziegenhirt leads the Conference with 134 putouts. Ziegenhirt also leads the Bears with a .791 slugging percentage.
Oregon (12-4): FR OF Allie Burger earned Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week honors after leading the Ducks to an undefeated 4-0 weekend at the Cathedral City Classic. Burger led the Ducks in batting (.800, 8-for-10), hits (8), total bases (8-tied), slugging (.800) and on-base percentage (.818). Burger was the only Duck to hit safely in all four games. FR Jessica Moore, pitched 17.0 innings over the weekend, tallying 24 strikeouts, two walks and a 0.41 ERA.
Oregon State (5-10): SO P Paige Hall leads the Conference with 63.2 innings pitched on the season. SO IF Nikki Chandler has been solid in the field for the Beavers with a league-leading 52 assists. JR Audrey Roderfeld hit her third home run of the season in a loss to Texas, accounting for her second multi-hit game of the weekend, going 3-for-4 against the Longhorns. In a 4-2 win over Syracuse, the Beavers were led by JR McKenna Lowe who went 2-for-3, while SR Dani Chisholm earned the team’s only RBI in the game.
Stanford (12-2): SR OF Alissa Haber led the Cardinal to a 4-1 record over the weekend at the Cathedral City Classic. Haber was 8-for-17, hitting .471 with eight hits, including two home runs and a double, while picking up seven RBI and six runs scored. Coming into the season Haber owned a career batting average of .395, which places her third all-time in the Cardinal record book. Haber leads the team with a batting avergae of .489 so far on the season. FR P.IF Jenna Rich is off to a strong freshman campaign, hitting .378, tallying 17 hits, including three home runs, two doubles and a triple for nine RBI and 30 total bases. JR P Ashley Chinn is 5-1 on the season with a 2.33 ERA.
UCLA (14-3): The Bruins held an eleven-game win streak going into the weekend, before having it snapped by Baylor on Feb. 27. SR P/1B Megan Langenfeld holds the highest batting average of any Bruin (.545) and also leads the team with seven home runs. In the circle Langenfeld is 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA. JR P Donna Kerr leads all Bruin pitchers with a 6-1 record. FR OF B.B. Bates currently has the longest hitting streak on the team at seven games.
Washington (12-1): SR P Danielle Lawrie was named Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after earning four wins for the Huskies at the Cathedral City Classic. Three of Lawrie’s four wins came against then-ranked opponents. She struck out 37 batters in 23.0 innings and walked just three. Her 10 strike outs against No. 25 BYU moved her to eighth all-time in NCAA history and fourth in Pac-10 history in career strikeouts. SO IF/OF Niki Williams was named the USA Softball National Player of the Week. Williams batted .588 (10-for-17) with four home runs, seven runs scored and 11 RBI in five games, three of which came against ranked teams. Williams is currently on a career-high 11 game hit streak and also has at least one RBI in each game.