This Week In Pac-12 Softball

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PAC-12 SOFTBALL NOTES

The Pac-12 continues to lead all conferences with eight teams featured in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and seven in the USA Today/NFCA poll. California holds the No. 1 ranking in both for the fifth straight week while Arizona State has moved up to No. 2 by USA Softball and No. 3 by the NFCA. The two teams will meet in the final week of the regular season.

Fox Sports Net will air Friday's Arizona State at Washington game on a tape delayed basis. Check your local listings for the broadcast.

ASU SR SS Katelyn Boyd was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the third time this season after hitting .444 with a 1.111 slugging percentage and a .583 on-base percentage as the Sun Devils swept Stanford. Boyd is second in the ASU record books with 60 home runs and 223 RBI in her career.

Cal JR P Jolene Henderson earned her fourth Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor this season after allowing one earned run over 13 innings of work in wins over Oregon on Friday and Sunday. Henderson finished with a 0.54 ERA and 14 strikeouts.

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.

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.

Cal remains No. 1 in this week's NCAA RPI rankings as the Pac-12 has eight of nine teams in the top-22, including four in the top-10.

UCLA has won eight of its last nine games and leads the nation with a .359 team batting average. FR 3B Stephany LaRosa hit .636 with six RBI, seven runs, two home runs and three doubles last week. LaRosa tops the league and ranks sixth nationally with a .456 batting average.

Oregon State claimed only its second series victory over a top-10 team in the last six years with two wins against Washington. With a 29-15 record, the Beavers already have more victories this season than in any of the last four. JR P Tina Andreana picked up two wins, including a complete-game effort on Sunday where she held the Huskies to one earned run.

Arizona swept a doubleheader against New Mexico last week, hitting as many home runs (seven) as the Lobos had hits. FR SS Shelby Pendley had three to bring her season total to 17, inching closer to Brigette Del Ponte's freshman record of 21 set in 2010.

Oregon JR P Jessica Moore became the first pitcher this season to shutout Cal in Saturday's 1-0 win. She allowed four hits and walked one while striking out eight.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Wednesday, April 25
UC Davis at No. 19/21 Stanford 6 p.m. PT
Utah at Weber State 3 p.m. MT
Utah at Weber State 5 p.m. MT

Friday, April 27
No. 16/15 Oregon at No. 13/11 Arizona 7 p.m. PT*
No. 3/2 Arizona State at No. 11/13 Washington (FSN Tape Delay) 6 p.m. PT*
No. 15/14 UCLA at No. 1/1 California 3 p.m. PT*
No. RV/23 Oregon State at Utah 4 p.m. MT*

Saturday, April 28
No. 16/15 Oregon at No. 13/11 Arizona 7 p.m. PT*
No. 3/2 Arizona State at No. 11/13 Washington 4 p.m. PT*
No. 15/14 UCLA at No. 1/1 California 1 p.m. PT*
No. RV/23 Oregon State at Utah 4 p.m. MT*

Sunday, April 29
No. 16/15 Oregon at No. 13/11 Arizona 11 a.m. PT*
No. 3/2 Arizona State at No. 11/13 Washington 12 p.m. PT*
No. 15/14 UCLA at No. 1/1 California 12 p.m. PT*
No. RV/23 Oregon State at Utah 12 p.m. MT*

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

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