This Year in Pac-10 Softball
June 15, 2010
UCLA WINS NCAA TITLE
The Bruins won their 11th NCAA title with a 6-5 win and a 15-9 victory over Arizona, taking the best-of-three series. The Wildcats and UCLA combined for seven home runs in the game, setting a Women's College World Series record. The 24 runs combined in the 15-9 UCLA victory was also record-setting, five more runs than any previous World Series game.
UCLA SR P Megan Langenfeld was unanimously voted the WCWS Most Outstanding Player after going 12 for 17 with four home runs. She also earned victories in the circle in UCLA's first three wins of the World Series and in game one of the championship series against Arizona, Langenfeld hit the game-winning home run for a 6-5 victory.
NCAA WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
K'Lee Arredondo, ARIZ
Karissa Buchanan, ARIZ
Samantha Camuso, UCLA
Kenzie Fowler, ARIZ
Andrea Harrison, UCLA
Megan Langenfeld, UCLA*
Brittany Lastrapes, ARIZ
* - Most Outstanding Player
Pac-10 in the WCWS
All eight Pac-10 teams, at one time or another have competed in the NCAA Women's College World Series, with UCLA leading the way with 24 appearances. Arizona will be made its 22nd overall and sixth-consectutive appearance. Washington made its 10th appearance as defending National Champion.
Pac-10 NCAA Championships by the #'s
28 Total number of NCAA National Champions since the organization recognized women's athletics in 1982.
22 NCAA Championships won by Pac-10 teams. UCLA (11), Arizona (8), Arizona State (1), California (1), Washington (1).
11 WCWS championship games between two Pac-10 teams.
16 Pac-10 NCAA Runners-Up. UCLA (7), Arizona (5), Washington (2), California (2).
5 The most Pac-10 teams that have made the NCAA 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 Championship Series (1983, 1986).
Washington takes 2010 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.
Arizona (52-14): After losing their first game of the NCAA Women's College World Series, to Tennessee, 9-0, the Wildcats turned in five-straight wins to make it to the championship series. FR P Kenzie Fowler pitched four-straight elimination games for the Cats in the WCWS, throwing a total of 706 pitches in a week's span. Fowler was named to the All-Tournament team and finished her freshman campaign with a 38-9 record. After dropping two games to the Bruins in the championship series, 6-5, and 15-9, Arizona finished the season as the national runner-up for the fifth time in school history. JR OF Brittany Lastrapes led the team with a .413 batting average and 56 RBI this season. FR UTIL Brigette Del Ponte finished the season with 80 RBI, a Wildcat freshman record, passing Leah Braatz's 1994 mark of 75 .
Arizona State (44-17): The Sun Devils saw their season come to an end with two losses to Florida in the NCAA Super Regionals, 8-0 (5) and 5-2. In the final loss on Sunday, ASU out hit the Gators, 7-6, but fell victim to Florida's long ball. SO OF Katelyn Boyd has led the Sun Devil offense all season and currently ranks third in the Conference with a .415 batting average, and tallying 48 RBI. She is also second in the league with 132 total bases. SO P Hillary Bach owns a 25-8 record and a team-low ERA of 2.37. She also tallied 118 strikeouts.
California (44-19): The Bears dropped their NCAA Super Regional series to Georgia, 2-0, losing the first game 7-0 and the second 10-1. JR UTIL Valerie Arioto has been named a top-10 finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award after leading the Bears with a team-low 1.43 ERA and a 21-9 record. She also led the team with 60 RBI and 19 home runs. FR P Jolene Henderson finished the season with a 1.78 ERA and a 20-10 record. The Bears are quick on the base paths as SO OF Jamia Reid is second in the nation with 0.84 stolen bases per game. The Bears are ranked 13th in the country with an average of 2.06 stolen bases per game.
Oregon (36-21): Making their first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance, the Ducks lost the series, 2-0, against Missouri. The team lost 1-0 in game one and then 7-2 in game two. In postseason play, SR DP Carlyn Re led the squad with a .462 batting average and FR 2B Kaylan Howard led with five RBI. This season under new head coach Mike White, UO more than doubled its win total of 16 from 2009. Duck hurlers reset the school record with 470 K's in 381.2 innings and the hitters posted the second-highest batting average (.299) and slugging (.466) totals in school history. FR P Jessica Moore set a new school record for strikeouts in a season with 238.
Oregon State (24-31): Oregon State finished its season against California in the final weekend of regular season play. 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 made its 13th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, saw its 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 (50-11): The Bruins won their 11th NCAA title with a 6-5 win and a 15-9 win over Conference-rival Arizona in the Women's College World Series. SR P/1B Megan Langenfeld was named the Most Outstanding player of the WCWS. In game one of the championship series, she went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of home runs, including a walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth inning. Langenfeld also pitched six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits. SO OF Andrea Harrison was also named to the WCWS All-Tournament team, hitting a grand slam in the final game to help UCLA clinch the title. UCLA set a new WCWS record by hitting 14 home runs during the course of the tournament. The Bruins went a perfect 10-0 in postseason play and finished the season ranked third in the country with a .336 team batting average.
Washington (50-9): The Huskies saw their season come to an end with a 4-3 loss to Arizona in the NCA Women's College World Series, after losing their opeing game to Georgia, 6-3. SR P Danielle Lawrie finished off her senior season with a record of 40-5. She pitched a complete game in the 4-3 loss to the Wildcats, allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks, while striking out 12. Lawrie earned the honors of USA Softball Player of the Year and the Honda Award for the second-straight season. She holds Husky career records in wins (136), strikeouts (1,843), shutouts (65), appearances (194), starts (168) and complete games (146). She also set a single-season record with 24 shutouts.