This week in Pac-12 softball
By the Pac-12 Conference
Pac-12 teams will be playing four midweek games this week with No. 7 OREGON at Portland State for a double-header on Tuesday and No. 10 CALIFORNIA facing Santa Clara and No. 16 STANFORD hosting Saint Mary's on Wednesday. The first televised game of the week comes on Thursday with No. 18 UCLA at No. 22 ARIZONA with the first pitch set at 7 p.m. PT fans can catch the game on ESPN 2. The second game of that series will be televised on ESPNU with the game set for a 5 p.m. PT start on Friday. The series between the Bruins and the Wildcats wraps up on the Pac-12 Networks on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT. In other games this week OREGON STATE travels to CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON hosts STANFORD and ARIZONA STATE heads north to face UTAH.
Tuesday, April 16
#7 Oregon at Portland State 4 p.m. PT
#7 Oregon at Portland State 6 p.m .PT
Wednesday, April 17
#10 California vs. Santa Clara 3 p.m. PT
#16 Stanford vs. Saint Mary's 6 p.m. PT
Thursday, April 18
#18 UCLA at #22 Arizona 7 p.m. PT*
Televised on ESPN2
Friday, April 19
Oregon State at #10 California 3 p.m. PT*
#16 Stanford at #14 Washington 5 p.m. PT*
#18 UCLA at #22 Arizona 5 p.m. PT*
Televised on ESPNU
#2 Arizona State at Utah 6 p.m. MT*
Saturday, April 20
Oregon State at #10 California 1 p.m. PT*
#2 Arizona State at Utah 1 p.m. MT*
#16 Stanford at #14 Washington 2 p.m. PT*
#18 UCLA at #22 Arizona 7 p.m. PT*
Televised on Pac-12 Networks
Sunday, April 21
Oregon State at #10 California 12 p.m. PT*
#16 Stanford at #14 Washington 12 p.m. PT*
#2 Arizona State at Utah 12 p.m. MT*
Pac-12 Softball Facts
• Getting close to records: Oregon State freshman Natalie Hampton hit her 13th home run of the season this past week to move her to tie for fourth place on the school's single-season home run list. With 14 games still to play in the regular season the school record of 16 home runs in a single season is within reach for Hampton.
• Keeping the bats alive: Utah sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman has now hit safely in nine straight games for the Utes, dating back to April 3, the longest current streak for the team. This past week she was responsible for two home runs which doubled her total for the season thus far.
• First for everything: The Oregon Ducks swept Arizona for the first time in school history. The Ducks won in exciting fashion as they tallied scores of 5-3, 8-0 and 9-0 in the three game series.
• Perfect Pitching: Oregon senior Jessica Moore pitched a five-inning perfect game in the third game of the series against Arizona. She retired all 15 batters in order to post the third no-hitter of her career. She struck out six to up her school career record to 835. Freshman Cheridan Hawkins led the way in Saturday's game as she threw a no-hitter in the 8-0 five-inning victory. The freshman struck out 11, walked one and hit two batters.
• Road Warriors: The Utes won their first-ever Pac-12 Conference road victory on Saturday at Oregon State by an 11-2 score. The Utes were led by Kate Dickman who tied a school record seven RBI in a single game. Her seven RBI is the highest single-game mark for any individual in Conference play this season.
• Stopping the Streak: Arizona State put a stop to Washington's eight game-winning streak in league play. The Huskies fell in the second game of the series to the Sun Devils by a score of 7-1. Washington had handed the Sun Devils just their second loss at home on the year the night before in a 3-1 win.
• Extra Innings: The Bruins have decided seven innings are just not enough this season. They played a third-consecutive extra-inning game on Saturday for the first time since March of 1986. This was the Bruins' sixth extra-inning game of the season.