This week in Pac-12 softball
By the Pac-12 Conference
The Pac-12 now has eight of the nine teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation in the USA Today/NFCA poll. OREGON STATE broke into the top 25 for the first time this season with a No. 24 ranking. Teams return to tournaments this weekend as teams head to six different tournaments and ARIZONA hosting the Wildcat Invitational. Teams are less than a month away from Pac-12 competition. STANFORD's Kelsey Stevens was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week after she pitched just the 10th perfect game in Stanford history in the win over Virginia. OREGON STATE's Natalie Hampton was selected the Pac-12 Player of the week, while WASHINGTON's Bryana Walker was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week.
Pac-12 Softball Notes
- Kelsey Rodriguez hit the first triple of the season in the 5-0 loss to then-No. 2 Oklahoma.
- The Wildcats won 4-3 against Long Beach State in exciting fashion. They were down by two runs and on their final out when they plated three runs for the win.
- Chelsea Goodachre launched two home runs in the 5-3 win over Loyola Marymount. It was the third multi-homer game of her career and place her at the top of the team for home runs this season.
- Nancy Bowling earned her first career saved in the win over LMU.
- In the longest game by a Pac-12 team this season the Sun Devils beat Portland State 6-5 in a 12-inning, three hour and 45 minute game.
- Dallas Escobedo had a career night pitching all 12 innings recording 19 K's in 210 pitches.
- Saturday registered a strong day for ASU as they mercy ruled Portland State in both games on the day, 19-2 in the first game and 9-0 in the nightcap.
- The Sun Devils completed the weekend sweep on Sunday with a 4-3 win. The 16-0 start to the season is the best for the program since the 19-0 start in 2006.
- The team shutout three of their opponents on the weekend beating Georgia Tech 8-0 in six innings, topping Illinois 5-0 and finishing the weekend with a 1-0 victory over Nebraska.
- The Golden Bears are now on a 10 game win streak after sweeping competition at both the Easton Desert Classic and the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
- In the 13-0, 5-inning victory over Virginia the Ducks registered hit from all nine positions with three players claiming a multi-hit night.
- Janie Takeda knocked in her first collegiate homer in the 11-2 win over Nebraska.
- The Ducks went undefeated on the week at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic and extended their win streak to six games.
- The Beavers are on an 11-game winning streak, the longest for the program since 2006 when the school record winning streak of 28 games was set.
- Freshman Natalie Hampton has tallied five home runs in the past six games, including four on the weekend.
- OSU tallied an 11-inning game against Nevada that lasted 2:45, their longest game of the season so far by over 30 minutes.
- Kelsey Stevens was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week after she pitched just the 10th perfect game in Stanford history in the win over Virginia. She totaled 10 strikeouts in the game and had pitched 30.2 consecutive scoreless innings.
- The Cardinal knocked off then-No. 13 Georgia as Stevens recorded her fourth shutout of the year.
- Sarah Hassman stole her 87th base in her career making her the career leader in stolen bases for Stanford.
-Stanford registered a season-high 15 hits in the win over UVA.
- The Bruins blanked then-No. 4 Tennessee 2-0 over the weekend.
- Freshmen were key in the 2-0 victory over then-No. 10 LSU. Brittany Moeai drove in both runs in the game, while Paige McDuffee tossed a complete-game, seven-hit shutout.
- Seven different players totaled the 10 hits in the 13-4 win over Nevada.
- Mysha Sarataka tied a school record with 3 doubles in the Nevada game.
- Taylor Austin, Trina Gomez, Marissa Mendenhall all recorded multiple hits in the 7-3 win over Colorado State. Mendenhall hit her first homer of the season as well.
- Utah ecorded a tie against Cal Poly due to a pre-established 'drop-dead' time to accommodate for travel. It is just the sixth tie in school history and first since the 2007 season.
- The Utes are now on a seven game unbeaten streak.
- The Huskies blanked their opponents on day one of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. They beat then-No. 23 Florida State 2-0 and Illinois 15-0 in five innings.
- Eight of the nine Husky starters had both a hit and an RBI in the victory over Illinois.
- Washington finished the weekend with theiftr second victory over a ranked team when they topped then-No. 13 Georgia, 14-2.
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