Pac-12 Teams Face Busy Week
PAC-12 SOFTBALL NOTES
It is a busy week for the Pac-12 with seven teams playing two conference series. These teams will play a mid-week series with a doubleheader on Tuesday followed by a single game on Wednesday.
California remains the unanimous No. 1 team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and received 29 of 30 first-place votes in the USA Today/NFCA rankings. The Pac-12 continues to lead all conferences with eight teams in the top-25.
Oregon JR OF Samantha Pappas earned Pac-12 Player of the Week after hitting .556 and helping the Ducks win two of three at Stanford. Arizona State SR P Hillary Bach earned her third Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week award after allowing only one run on five hits in Friday's 9-1 win over UCLA.
Four Pac-12 players are finalists for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Cal SR 1B/P Valerie Arioto, ASU SR SS Katelyn Boyd, Stanford SR SS Ashley Hansen and Washington SR UTIL Niki Williams were among the 10 finalists chosen from the list of 30 candidates.
Cal swept its third series of the season to improve to 9-0 in the Pac-12. FR 3B Danielle Henderson scored six runs and drove in seven for the Bears. She hit .571 with three home runs.
After Arizona State's sweep of UCLA, SR 1B Annie Lockwood moved up in the record books to seventh in RBI (158), 17th in doubles (20) and 21st in hits (163). She was 4-for-10 against the Bruins with three hits, three RBI and a double.
Arizona FR SS Shelby Pendley batted .556 with an RBI double and a home run as the Wildcats took two of three from Washington. She also recorded three assists and seven putouts. Arizona's .985 fielding percentage is the best in the NCAA.
Washington SO P/DP Kaitlin Inglesby's .471 batting average ranks seventh in the nation. She is also sixth with 1.38 RBI per game. In conference play alone, Inglesby is batting .600.
UCLA leads the NCAA with a .363 batting average and .607 slugging percentage. SR OF Katie Schroeder is batting .432, best on the team and fourth in the Pac-12.
Stanford JR P Teagan Gerhart (23-6) has reached the 20-win mark in each of her three seasons and ranks third in Cardinal history with 71 career wins.
Oregon State, back in the rankings after a four-year absence, is more than 15 games over .500 for the first time since 2007.
Utah JR SS Kelsi Hoopiiaina leads the team with 25 runs and ranks seventh with 34 hits and seven home runs. She is a perfect 11-for-11 on stolen base attempts this season.
Tuesday, April 10
Utah at No. 13/13 Arizona (DH) 5 p.m. PT*
No. 4/3 Arizona State at No. 25/23 Oregon State (DH) 2 p.m. PT*
No. 15/18 Stanford at No. 16/17 UCLA (DH) 5 p.m. PT*
No. 7/8 Washington at No. 19/15 Oregon (DH) 3 p.m. PT*
Wednesday, April 11
Utah at No. 13/13 Arizona 12 p.m. PT*
No. 4/3 Arizona State at No. 25/23 Oregon State 12 p.m. PT*
No. 1/1 California at Saint Mary's 3 p.m. PT
No. 15/18 Stanford at No. 16/17 UCLA 12 p.m. PT*
No. 7/8 Washington at No. 19/15 Oregon 12 p.m. PT*
Friday, April 13
No. 13/13 Arizona at No. 1/1 California 3 p.m. PT*
No. 19/15 Oregon at Utah 4 p.m. MT*
No. 25/23 Oregon State at No. 15/18 Stanford 7 p.m. PT*
No. 16/17 UCLA at No. 7/8 Washington 6 p.m. PT*
Saturday, April 14
No. 13/13 Arizona at No. 1/1 California 1 p.m. PT*
No. 19/15 Oregon at Utah 4 p.m. MT*
No. 25/23 Oregon State at No. 15/18 Stanford 1 p.m. PT*
No. 16/17 UCLA at No. 7/8 Washington 4 p.m. PT*
Sunday, April 15
No. 13/13 Arizona at No. 1/1 California 12 p.m. PT*
No. 19/15 Oregon at Utah 12 p.m. MT*
No. 25/23 Oregon State at No. 15/18 Stanford 12 p.m. PT*
No. 16/17 UCLA at No. 7/8 Washington 12 p.m. PT*
* Pac-12 game
All game times local to site and subject to change.
Rankings from NFCA/USA Softball