Eight Softball Teams Ranked

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PAC-12 SOFTBALL NOTES

After sweeping Washington last week in a battle of top-three teams, California is the unanimous No. 1 team in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball polls. The last team to hold all first-place votes in the USA Today/NFCA poll was Arizona State, who received all 30 votes in the preseason poll. The Sun Devils were also the last team to be a unanimous pick in the regular season, doing so on May 10 of last year.

The Pac-12 has eight teams in the rankings this week with Oregon State entering the polls at No. 25/23 after receiving votes for the past five weeks. The Beavers are coming off a week in which they secured two wins over Oregon and one at UCLA. OSU was last ranked on Feb. 12, 2008, when it was 25th in both polls. OSU's return to the NFCA poll marks the first time since Mar. 21, 2007, that eight Conference teams have been ranked at the same time.

Cal SR OF Jamia Reid was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time in her career while teammate, JR P Jolene Henderson was named Pitcher of the Week for the eighth time in her career and third this season. Both Henderson and SR P/1B Valerie Arioto have a 1.03 ERA to lead the Pac-12.

Arizona took two games each from San Diego State and Stanford. JR 3B Brigette Del Ponte finished the week with four home runs and one triple, driving in 10 runs. SO P Shelby Babcock posted a 1.11 ERA and 3-1 record last week. In Sunday's win over Stanford, she limited the Cardinal to one run on three hits and struck out seven.

Arizona State and Oregon split a doubleheader on Sunday before Sunday's game was rained out. Oregon won the first game (3-0) as JR P Jessica Moore struck out seven en route to her school-record 586th career strikeout. Moore passed Amy Harris, who tallied 584 strikeouts from 2003-06. The Sun Devils captured the second game 7-4. FR INF Haley Steele went 2-for-3 with two RBI on her home run in the first inning.

UCLA continues to lead the nation, batting .375. FR 3B Stephany LaRosa hit .600 in five games last week, going 12-for-20 with 12 RBI, four home runs and seven runs scored. The Bruins have 49 homers this season.

Stanford JR P Teagan Gerhart earned her nation-leading 22nd victory on Friday against the Wildcats. She finished with nine strikeouts while allowing just one run on two hits.

Washington SO P/DP Kaitlin Inglesby leads the Pac-12 and ranks sixth nationally with a .469 batting average. She is also fourth with 1.44 RBI per game. On the mound, Inglesby carries a 1.45 ERA, fifth-best in the league.

Utah picked up non-conference wins over Utah State and Idaho State by a combined score of 19-2 in 12 innings. JR 2B Jackie Sweet went 4-for-5 with four RBI and one walk.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, April 3
No. 15/19 Hawai'i at Utah 4 p.m. MT

Wednesday, April 4
Portland State at No. 25/23 Oregon State 2 p.m. PT
Portland State at No. 25/23 Oregon State 4 p.m. PT

Thursday, April 5
No. 17/16 Arizona at No. 4/4 Washington 6 p.m. PT*
No. 13/12 UCLA at No. 7/5 Arizona State (Fox Sports Arizona) 7 p.m. PT*
No. 1/1 California at Utah 4 p.m. MT*
No. 18/17 Oregon at No. 14/15 Stanford 7 p.m. PT*

Friday, April 6
No. 17/16 Arizona at No. 4/4 Washington 6 p.m. PT*
No. 13/12 UCLA at No. 7/5 Arizona State 7 p.m. PT*
No. 1/1 California at Utah 4 p.m. MT*
No. 18/17 Oregon at No. 14/15 Stanford 7 p.m. PT*

Saturday, April 7
No. 17/16 Arizona at No. 4/4 Washington 12 p.m. PT*
No. 13/12 UCLA at No. 7/5 Arizona State (Fox Sports Arizona) 12 p.m. PT*
No. 1/1 California at Utah 12 p.m. MT*
No. 18/17 Oregon at No. 14/15 Stanford 12 p.m. PT*

* Pac-12 game
All game times local to site and subject to change.
Rankings from NFCA/USA Softball

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