Six Pac-10 Squads Ready for NCAA Super Regional Action
May 26, 2010
No. 10 ARIZONA vs. BYU
Game 1: Fri., May 28 - 4 p.m. PT (ESPN2/ESPN360.com)
Game 2: Sat., May 29 - 1:30 p.m. PT (ESPNU)
Game 3: Sun., May 25 - 4 p.m. PT (if necessary)
Gainesville Super Regional - May 29-30
No. 4 Florida vs. No. 13 ARIZONA STATE
Game 1: Sat., May 29 - 4:30 p.m. PT (ESPN/ESPN360.com)
Game 2: Sun., May 30 - 12:30 p.m. PT (ESPNU)
Game 3: Sun., May 30 - 3 p.m. PT (if necessary)
Athens Super Regional - May 28-29
No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 11 CALIFORNIA
Game 1: Fri., May 28 - 11 a.m. PT (ESPNU)
Game 2: Sat., May 29 - 9 a.m. PT (ESPN/ESPN360.com)
Game 3: Sat., May 29 - 11:30 a.m. PT (if necessary)
Columbia Super Regional - May 29-30
No. 9 Missouri vs. OREGON
Game 1: Sat., May 29 - 11:30 a.m. PT (ESPN/ESPN360.com)
Game 2: Sun., May 30 - 10 a.m. PT (ESPN/ESPN360.com)
Game 3: Sun., May 30 - 12:30 p.m. PT (if necessary)
Los Angeles Super Regional - May 29-30
No. 5 UCLA vs. La.-Lafayette
Game 1: Sat., May 29 - 6 p.m. PT (ESPN2/ESPN360.com)
Game 2: Sun., May 29 - 12:30 p.m. PT or 4:30 p.m. PT (ESPNU)
Game 3: Sun., May 29 - 3 p.m. PT or 6:30 p.m. PT (if necessary)
Seattle Super Regional - May 27-28
No. 3 WASHINGTON vs. No. 14 Oklahoma
Game 1: Thurs., May 27 - 7 p.m. PT (ESPN2/ESPN360.com)
Game 2: Fri., May 28 - 5:30 p.m. PT (ESPNU)
Game 3: Fri., May 28 - 8 p.m. (if necessary)
Six of the seven Pac-10 teams in the NCAA Tournament swept their Regional and now move onto Super Regional competition. For the second-straight season, the Conference has six teams advancing to Super Regional competition. The 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.
Pac-10 NCAA Championships by the #'s
27 Total number of NCAA National Champions since the organization recognized women's athletics in 1982.
21 NCAA Championships won by Pac-10 teams. UCLA (10), Arizona (8), Arizona State (1), California (1), Washington (1).
10 WCWS championship games between two Pac-10 teams.
15 Pac-10 NCAA Runners-Up. UCLA (7), Arizona (4), Washington (2), California (2).
5 The most Pac-10 teams that have made the Women's College World Series in one year (1999).
2 The number of times a Pac-10 team has not made it to the Women's College World Series finals (1983, 1986).
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: 7 (Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Washington)
Big 12: 5 (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M)
SEC: 5 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU)
Big Ten: 2 (Michigan, Ohio State)
ACC: 2 (Florida State, Georgia Tech)
Washington takes Pac-10 Title
The defending NCAA Champion Huskies won their third Pac-10 title overall and first since 2000 to secure the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies, who are currently making their 17th-consecutive postseason appearance, won every Conference series they played this season. UW was ranked No. 1 in both national polls all season long. UW owned the fewest regular-season losses in school history with just six. The squad finished the Pac-10 season with a 17-4 record, with the 17 wins being the most in school history since the Conference shifted to a 21-game format in 2000.
Arizona (46-11): The Wildcats have advanced to the Super Regionals where they will host BYU beginning Friday. The Wildcats swept regional play, finishing things off with a thrilling 12-inning game to earn a 10-6 win on a grand slam by SO C Lini Koria. SR SS K'Lee Arredondo and JR OF Brittany Lastrapes are riding nine-game hitting streaks. Arizona has nine players who have previously played in NCAA compeittion. FR UTIL Brigette Del Ponte is second in the country with 75 RBI. She needs just one more RBI to become UA's all-time freshman leader in that category and to pass Leah Braatz' mark of 75 in 1994.
Arizona State (44-15): The Sun Devils travel to Gainsville, Fla., to face No. 4 seeded Florida in their fifth consecutive Super Regional. ASU swept Regional competition last weekend, with a win over UMass, 3-2, and two wins over LIU, 3-2 and 9-1 in five innings. SO OF Katelyn Boyd has led the Sun Devil offense all season and currently ranks third in the Conference with a .414 batting average. She also is second in the league with 128 bases. SO P Hillary Bach owns a 25-7 record and a team-low ERA of 2.28, earning two of ASU's wins in regional play.
California (44-17): The Bears earned a 10-0 win over Bucknell, a 1-0 win over Kentucky and a 7-0 win over host Ohio State to win a spot in NCAA Super Regionals to play No. 6-seeded Georgia. FR P Jolene Henderson threw the first perfect game of her career in Friday's 10-0 win over Bucknell. It is also the first perfect game for any Bear all-time in the postseason. Henderson tallied 10 strikeouts in the win, one short of her season high. JR UTIL Valerie Arioto has been named a top-10 finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award. The Bears are quick on the base paths, as SO OF Jamia Reid is second in the nation with 0.87 stolen bases per game. The Bears are ranked 12th in the country with an average of 2.10 stolen bases per game.
Oregon (36-19): The Ducks are back in the postseason in 2010, earning their 15th postseason bid in school history. After winning the Atlanta Regional with a win over Auburn, 1-0, 11-2 over Georgia Tech, and 4-3 over Georgia Tech in eight innings, the Ducks are in their first NCAA Super Regional in school history. They travel to No. 9 seeded Missouri. SO P Mikayla Endicott entered Sunday's game agianst Georgia Tech with the game tied 3-3 and the Yellow Jackets threatening, to earn two strikeouts to end the seventh inning. FR P Jessica Moore set a new school record for strikeouts in a season and now stands at 232. FR OF Samantha Pappas was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after leading the squad with a .389 batting average.
Oregon State (24-31): Oregon State finished its season against California. FR UTIL Lea Cavestany was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, after hitting .350 and knocking in 33 RBI. SO P Paige Hall finished the season with a 17-22 record, 51 appearances and a 3.63 ERA. The Beavers rank third in the Conference with 69 doubles in the regular season.
Stanford (37-19) The Cardinal, who were participating in its 13th-consecutive NCAA Tournament, saw their season end after losing to Texas Tech, 6-3, and Hawai'i, 6-3. SR OF Alissa Haber broke the school record for career doubles, finishing her career with 72. She also led the squad with a .446 batting average, good for second in the country. SR C Rosey Neill was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year for the third-straight season. SO IF Ashley Hansen leads the Conference with 18 doubles.
UCLA (43-11): Making its 26th NCAA Tournament appearance, the Bruins swept St. Mary's, 11-4, San Diego State, 4-3 and Fresno State, 7-2 to win the Los Angeles Regional. SO C/UTIL Dani Yudin hit two home runs against St. Mary's. The Bruins bats were hot last weekend, hitting 11 home runs in three games. SO P Aleah Macon earned two wins on the weekend to bring her season record to 10-1. She struck out a career high 12 against Fresno State. SR P/1B Megan Langenfeld was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and also earned the Pac-10 batting crown, leading the Conference with a .500 batting average.
Washington (48-6): The Huskies hosted the Seattle Regional last weekend and swept their compeitition, earning a 3-0 victory over North Dakota State, a 1-0 win over North Carolina and an extra-innings 2-1 win over UNC. No. 3-seeded UW will continue defense of its national title hosting No. 14-seeded Oklahoma. The Huskies faced the Sooners in non-conference action in February, earning a 7-4 win. The Huskies boast a 16-1 record at home, the most successful record in school history. SR P Danielle Lawrie, the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, broke the Pac-10 career strikeout record and has thrown 1,811 K's to date. She is also steady with her command, giving up just 34 walks in 269.1 innings pitched. C Shawna Wright hit a walk-off double down the left field line to beat UNC, 2-1, and to seal a trip to the Super Regionals.