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PAC-12 SOFTBALL NOTES

Despite suffering its first Pac-12 loss and only its second of the year to Arizona on Saturday, California still holds the No. 1 ranking in both national polls. The Pac-12 leads all conferences with eight teams featured in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and seven in the USA Today/NFCA poll.

Seven Pac-12 players are among the 25 finalists for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award: Arizona State's Katelyn Boyd, Cal's Valerie Arioto, Jolene Henderson and Jamia Reid, Stanford's Ashley Hansen and Washington's Kaitlin Inglesly and Kimi Pohlman. A list of 10 finalists will be announced on May 9.

Four players are finalists for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award: Arioto, Boyd, Hansen and Washington's Niki Williams. Fans are encouraged to vote at www.seniorCLASSaward.com through May 14.

UCLA FR 3B Stephany LaRosa was named both USA Softball and Pac-12 Player of the Week after hitting .571 (12-for-21) with 12 RBI, three home runs and seven runs as the Bruins posted series victories over Stanford and Washington. She recorded multiple hits in four of their six games.

Arizona SO P Shelby Babcock was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after posting a 1.78 ERA while going 2-0 in four appearances as the Wildcats finished the week 4-2, sweeping Utah and handing Cal its lone loss in Conference play this year. In the win over Cal, Babcock allowed only three hits with six strikeouts in a complete game effort.

Cal is No. 1 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings as the Pac-12 has eight of nine teams in the top-30, including four in the top-10.

Stanford SR 1B Jenna Becerra hit 6-for-15 (.400) last week, and all six of her hits went for extra bases. She hit three doubles and three home runs, including two grand slams. Becerra finished the week with 11 RBI, five runs scored and a 1.200 slugging percentage.

Oregon SR OF/DP Christie Nieto batted .889 with a 2.111 slugging percentage as the Ducks went 1-1 against Washington and swept Utah. She finished 8-for-9 with three home runs, two doubles and four RBI.

Washington SO P/DP Kaitlin Inglesby leads the Huskies and ranks 10th nationally, batting .448. She ranks fourth in the NCAA with 1.38 RBI per game.

ASU and Oregon State split two games before the third was cancelled. The Beavers took the first game for their first win over a top-five team since 2008, when they defeated UCLA 5-3. ASU won the second behind a three-run homer by FR C/1B Amber Freeman.

Utah SR 3B Whitney Holm ranks ninth in the Pac-12 with a .397 batting average. She leads the Utes with 46 hits and eight home runs this spring.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, April 17
No. 16/19 Stanford at San Jose State 4 p.m. PT

Wednesday, April 18
New Mexico at No. 13/12 Arizona (DH) 11 a.m. PT
Santa Clara at No. 1/1 California 3 p.m. PT
Portland State at No. 18/14 Oregon (DH) 3 p.m. PT
Cal State Northridge at No. 15/15 UCLA 2 p.m. PT

Friday, April 20
No. 16/19 Stanford at No. 4/3 Arizona State (FoxSportsArizona.com) 7 p.m. PT*
No. 1/1 California at No. 18/14 Oregon 6 p.m. PT*
No. 9/11 Washington at No. RV/24 Oregon State 3 p.m. PT*
Utah at No. 15/15 UCLA 7 p.m. PT*

Saturday, April 21
No. 16/19 Stanford at No. 4/3 Arizona State (FoxSportsArizona.com) 7 p.m. PT*
No. 1/1 California at No. 18/14 Oregon 5 p.m. PT*
No. 9/11 Washington at No. RV/24 Oregon State 12 p.m. PT*
Utah at No. 15/15 UCLA 6 p.m. PT*

Sunday, April 22
No. 16/19 Stanford at No. 4/3 Arizona State (FoxSportsArizona.com) 12 p.m. PT*
No. 1/1 California at No. 18/14 Oregon 12 p.m. PT*
No. 9/11 Washington at No. RV/24 Oregon State 12 p.m. PT*
Utah at No. 15/15 UCLA 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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