This Week in Pac-10 Softball
April 27, 2010
Arizona (38-7): The Wildcats earned a sweep of Oregon State last week behind some outstanding performances. On Saturday, FR P Kenzie Fowler tossed the first perfect game for the Wildcats since Taryn Mowatt allowed no base runners on March 18, 2006. She finished the weekend with three wins and an ERA of 0.54. SR SS K'Lee Arredondo hit a team-leading .636 over the weekend. In a 20-1 run-rule victory on Friday night, Arredondo tallied her fourth career triple, scoring two runs and then hit a two-run home run in the next inning, finishing the game 3-for-4. The Wildcats lead the nation in scoring, averaging 8.0 runs per game. FR OF Brigette Del Ponte leads the nation with an average of 1.35 RBI per game.
Arizona State (37-10): The Sun Devils are coming off a 2-1 series win at home over the Ducks. JR IF Mandy Urfer lead the squad with a .667 batting average, going 6-for 9 with three runs scored, a double and a home run for three RBI. On the weekend she collected a .678 on base percentage and a 1.111 slugging percentage. SO P Hilary Bach tallied her seventh complete game shutout of the season with a 3-0 win to clinch the series for ASU on Sunday. As a team the Sun Devils sit in fourth nationally with 7.3 runs per game.
California (34-13): The Bears took one from No. 1 Washington last week, with a 9-1 run-rule victory. JR P Valerie Arioto threw for a six-hit, five inning win, bringing her to 16-6 overall. The Bears are quick on the base paths, as SO OF Jamia Reid is second in the nation with 0.92 stolen bases per game. The Bears are also ranked eighth in the country with an average of 2.31 stolen bases per game.
Oregon (31-10): Oregon took one from Arizona State on the weekend, its fist win over the Sun Devils since 2007. The squad was led at the dish by SO SS Kelsey Chambers, who was 6-for-8 with three RBB and one home run. SO P Samantha Skillingstad earned her 10th wn in her last 11 decisions, bringing her record to 11-4. Due to upcoming thunderstorms, the Ducks' final non-conference doubleheader with Portland State, originally scheduled for April 28, will now occur on May 5, with a 4 p.m. start.
Oregon State (22-24): The Beavers dropped three in Conference play this weekend, but earned a 2-1 non-conference win over Portland State. SO P Paige Hall allowed only two hits and struck out four. SO OF Ashley Sandoval hit the go-ahead RBI and has now won the last seven straight against Portland State. The Beavers are tied for second in the Conference with the most doubles this season (67).
Stanford (30-12): SR OF Alissa Haber is second in the Conference with a .450 batting average, with 58 hits on the season. SO IF Ashley Hansen leads the Conference with 15 doubles. SO Sarah Hassman has 18 stolen bases, good for fifth in the Pac-10. The sure-handed Cardinal are 12th in the country with a .974 fielding percentage.
UCLA (33-9): The Bruins swept the Cardinal on the road this weekend. SR 1B/P Megan Langenfeld hit .714 (5-for-7) with four home runs, eight RBI, six runs scored and three walks. She reached base in nine of her 12 plate appearances. Langenfeld also earned a win in the circle, tossing five innings in which she struck out two, allowed five hits and one walk. For her efforts she was named Pac-10 Player of the Week. Langenfeld also leads the Conference in batting average (.525), slugging percentage (1.100) and on base percentage (.661). As a team the Bruins rank fourth in the nation with a .334 batting average.
Washington (37-5): SR P Danielle Lawrie continued her dominating season over the weekend, tying a Pac-10 record by throwing her third perfect game of the season against California. She threw seven innings of perfect ball, striking out 14. Also, in a 10-inning, 1-0 win on Friday, the first of the weekend, Lawrie threw a season-high 18 strikeouts. For her efforts Lawrie was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. Lawrie now sits in second all-time in Pac-10 history for career strikeouts (1,692) and is just 76 shy of the record. She has struck out 10 or more in seven of her last eight starts in Pac-10 play. SO OF Kimi Pohlman led the Huskies at the plate for the weekend, batting .556 (5-for-9).