This Week in Pac-10 Softball
April 6, 2010
Arizona (30-4): The Wildcats won its first weekend series of Conference play, 2-1, over in-state rival ASU. FR P Kenzie Fowler hit her first career grand slam and pitched a three-hitter as the Wildcats took the series finale game on Saturday. Fowler holds a season record of 20-2 in the circle. FR U Brigette Del Ponte leads the squad with 50 RBI through 34 games played. She is also leading the nation with an average 1.56 RBI per game.
Arizona State (32-6): The Sun Devils dropped its series with rival Arizona, 2-1, in the first weekend of Conference action. SO P Hillary Bach is 15-2 on the season with 75 strikeouts and a 1.86 ERA. SO IF Katelyn Boyd leads the Sun Devils at the plate with a .462 batting average, a team-leading 42 RIB and 14 home runs. She currently leads the Conference with 14 home runs, 46 runs scored and slugging percentage (.962).
California (29-8): The Golden Bears dropped their weekend series with Bay Area rival Stanford, 2-1. The Bears played a hard fought 12-inning game on Thursday, with the Cardinal getting the go-ahead run in the 12thi inning to win, 1-0. JR P Valerie Arioto threw all 12 innings in the loss, striking out 10. Head coach Diane Ninemire will be in search of her 1,000th career win this week. She is currently sitting at 999 career wins. SO Jamia Reid is second in the nation with 39 stolen bases and leads the Conference with 50 hits on the season. FR C Lindsey Ziegenhirt leads the Conference with 315 putouts.
Oregon (26-6): The Ducks saw their 12 game winning streak snapped, but won the series, 2-1, over rival Oregon State. FR OF Allie Burger had a dominant weekend, including a two-run triple and a 3-run home run in the fifth inning to bring the Ducks to a come-from-behind win to take the game and the series. The home run was Burger's first of her career. She currently owns the longest htting streak for the Ducks (6). FR P Jessica Moore had a strong series, earning her sixth and seventh straight wins, to bring her to 12-2 on the season. She struck out 18 in 14 inning spitched. On the Ducks' all-time strike out list for a season, Moore already ranks ninth and is only eight shy of the eighth-best mark (153).
Oregon State (20-16): FR INF/OF Lea Cavestany leads the Beavers with a .398 batting average and 43 hits. JR C/UTL Audrey Roderfeld leads the team with a .750 slugging percentage and 40 RBI. On the weekend Roderfeld had three hits, including a grand slam for her 11th home run on the season, to drive in four runs in the squad's 7-6 win over Oregon. Last week Hall pitched 43.0 innings of work, giving up only five earned runs and fanning 42 batters. SO IF Nikki Chandler has been solid in the field for the Beavers with a league-leading 112 assists.
Stanford (27-5): FR P Teagan Gerhart finished the Stanford Invitational with a 3-1 record on the weekend to lead the Cardinal to a 2-1 series victory over rival California last weekend. She threw 23.0 innings, striking out 15 batters. SR OF Alissa Haber hit .455 with two doubles and two RBI on five hits. She also stole two bases. For her efforts Haber was named Pac-10 Player of the Week. SO IF Ashley Hansen leads the Conference with 12 doubles.
UCLA (27-6): Despite taking the first game of the series, the Bruins dropped the Conference series to Washington, 2-1. In the first game of the series JR P Donna Kerr struck out eight in a four-hit shutout and SO Dani Yudin drove in the game-winning run with a clutch, two-out, RBI single in the fifth inning. The Bruins have been without injured starters SO OF Andrea Harrison, JR INF Monica Harrison, SR IB/P Megan Langenfeld and JR OF Katie Schroeder. SO P Aleah Macon leads the Bruins with a 0.81 ERA and seven complete games and is second with an 8-1 record and 75 strikeouts.
Washington (30-3): The Huskies earned a tough series win over then No. 5 UCLA, 2-1. SR P Danielle Lawrie improved her record to 20-2 on the season with a 0.94 ERA and 223 strikeouts overall, 34 more than the next-highest pitcher in the Conference. For her two wins on 28 strikeouts and 10 hits for the weekend, she was named Pac-10 Player of the Week. FR C Shawna Wright hit .429 over the weekend with a team-high four RBI. She currently leads the team with eight doubles and three sacrifice flies.
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