Seven Pac-10 Softball Teams Earn NCAA Postseason Bids
May 16, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON, STANFORD, UCLA and WASHINGTON earn bids to the field of 64 for the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The Pac-10's seven bids are tied for the most of any Conference represented in the field. The championship will be three weekends of competition, with four teams participating at each of the 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. Sixteen teams were seeded and placed at one of the regional sites.
The No. 1 ranked Huskies and defending national champions were tabbed as the No. 3 seed for the championship, and will face host and face North Dakota State. Washington finished the regular season with a 45-6 record, and has been ranked No. 1 in both national polls every weekend since preseason. The squad is led by senior pitcher Danielle Lawrie, who leads the nation in 20 shutouts and broke the Pac-10 career strikeout record with nine strikeouts in her 35th win of the season against Arizona State on Saturday.
UCLA earned a No. 5 seeding with a 40-11 record. The Bruins finished the season with a record of 40-11, earning a 2-1 series win over No. 3 ranked Arizona. Senior first baseman/pitcher Megan Langenfeld leads the Pac-10 with a .510 batting average, 1.020 slugging percentage and a .658 on base percentage.
The No. 10 seed went to Arizona, with a record of 43-11. Arizona has had a dynamic offense all season, leading the Conference with 406 runs scored and 94 home runs, 17 more than the next team.
California, with a 41-17 record, earned the No. 11 seed. The Bears are speedy on the base paths, leading the Conference with 122 stolen bases, an impressive 44 more than the next team in the league. SO OF Jamia Reid leads individually with 45 stolen bases, and is ranked in the top five nationally in the category.
After finishing the season 41-15, the Sun Devils earned the No. 13 seed. Sophomore Katelyn Boyd leads the squad with a .403 batting average, good for fourth overall in the Conference. As a team, Arizona State lead the league with 476 hits.
Oregon earned an at-large bid after getting back to winning ways in 2010 with a record of 33-19. The Ducks have been led by freshmen, with pitcher Jessica Moore tallying a record of 14-11 with a 1.87 ERA. On the offensive end, freshman outfielder Sam Pappas boasts a team-leading .392 batting average, with 46 RBI.
Stanford earned its 13th consecutive postseason bid, finishing the regular season with a record of 36-17. The Cardinal has been led by senior outfielder Alissa Haber, who is ranked second in the Conference with a .442 batting average and 14 doubles. For her career, Haber has hit 71 doubles, setting a new Stanford career doubles record.
The regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series, May 28-29 at eight campus sites. The remaining eight teams will advance to the NCAA Women's College World Series, an eight-team, double elimination tournament, with the championship final being a best-of-three series. The WCWS will be conducted June 3-9 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
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