This Week in Pac-10 Softball (3/28/01)
March 28, 2001
Pac-10 play begins this week in what should be a very interesting Conference season. The Pac-10 hits its main stretch with a combined record of 237-50-2 (.824). . . The first week of Conference play will showcase No. 1 UCLA traveling to the Bay Area where it will play one game at No. 5 STANFORD and two games at No. 3 CALIFORNIA. The Bruins will try and extend their streak, which currently stands at 35 consecutive wins. With a victory at STANFORD on Friday (Mar. 30), UCLA will have the eighth longest winning streak in NCAA history (all divisions). . . Currently, the Pac-10 has a .500 winning percentage or better against every conference it has faced this year. . . Two more perfect games were thrown last weekend. STANFORD sophomore Dana Sorensen was perfect in a 5-0 win over New Mexico State on Mar. 24 while CALIFORNIA junior Jocelyn Forest threw a perfect game against Harvard on Mar. 25. There have now been 12 no-hitters thrown this season, surpassing last year's mark of 11. Seven of the 12 no-hitters this year have been perfect games. . . Seven Conference teams remain in the USA Today/NFCA Poll, including five in the top nine. UCLA stands at No. 1, followed by No. 2 ARIZONA, No. 3 CALIFORNIA, No. 5 STANFORD, No. 9 ARIZONA STATE, No. 14 OREGON STATE and No. 15 WASHINGTON.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Wed., Mar. 28Texas A&M-CC at STANFORD, Noon (DH)OREGON at Saint Mary's, 2 p.m. (DH)OREGON ST. at Pacific, 2 p.m. (DH)
Fri., Mar.30ARIZONA at OREGON, 2 p.m.ARIZONA ST. at OREGON ST., 2 p.m.WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.UCLA at STANFORD, 2 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 31ARIZONA at OREGON ST., 2 p.m.ARIZONA ST. at OREGON, 2 p.m.UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 2 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 1ARIZONA at OREGON ST., 1 p.m.ARIZONA ST. at OREGON, 1 p.m.UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fri., Mar. 22ARIZONA 8, Utah 3CALIFORNIA 8, Harvard 0 (1)CALIFORNIA 5, SE Missouri St. 4 (1)OREGON ST. 8, Texas-San Antonio 1 (2)OREGON ST. 2, New Mexico St. 0 (2)
Sat., Mar. 24ARIZONA 12, Utah 2CALIFORNIA 8, Mercer 0 (1)CALIFORNIA 4, Wisconsin 0 (1)OREGON ST. 6, Tulsa 1 (2)OREGON ST. 3, New Mexico St. 2 (2)STANFORD 7, Portland St. 0 (GM 1)STANFORD 5, Portland St. 0 (GM 2)
Sun., Mar. 25CALIFORNIA 4, Georgia St. 1 (1)CALIFORNIA 8, North Carolina 0 (1)CALIFORNIA 8, Harvard 0 (1)OREGON ST. 5, Tulsa 1 (2)OREGON ST. 6, Texas-San Antonio 4 (2)
Mon., Mar. 26Santa Clara 1, OREGON 0 (GM 1)OREGON 3, Santa Clara 1 (GM 2)
Tues., Mar. 27OREGON ST. 5, Sacramento St. 0 (GM 1)OREGON ST. 3, Sacramento St. 1 (GM 2)
TOURNAMENT SITES(1) Georgia Tech Buzz Classic, Atlanta, Ga.(2) New Mexico State Tournament, Las Cruces, N.M.
USA TODAY/NFCA POLL (Mar. 28)
1. UCLA (27) 2. ARIZONA 3. CALIFORNIA 4. Alabama 5. STANFORD 6. Oklahoma 7. LSU 8. CS Fullerton 9. ARIZONA ST.10. DePaul11. Notre Dame12. Iowa13. Fresno St.14. OREGON ST.15. WASHINGTON16. Florida State17. Nebraska18. Pacific19. South Carolina20. Texas A&M21. Baylor22. SW Texas St.23. Wisconsin24. La.-Lafayette25. Florida Atlantic
PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK
OREGON STATE catcher Traci Feldt has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while CALIFORNIA pitcher Jocelyn Forest was named Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 19 - Mar. 25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Feldt, a junior from Vancouver, Wash., helped lead Oregon State to its first tournament championship of the season at the New Mexico State Tournament. Feldt hit .471 in OSU's six games, going 8-for-17. She scored four runs and had a team-high eight RBI to go along with a .706 slugging percentage. One of the highlights over the weekend consisted of Feldt belting her first career home run while adding four RBI in a win over Texas-San Antonio on Mar. 23. For her efforts, she went on to be named to the New Mexico State All-Tournament squad.
Forest, a junior from Santa Maria, Calif., went a combined 3-0 on the weekend in helping lead California to a Georgia Tech Buzz Classic Title. Forest allowed only four earned runs in 32.0 innings of work with 49 strikeouts and just three walks during the tournament. In the championship game against Harvard on Mar. 25, she threw the first perfect game of her career to cap off a day in which she won the last two games Cal played. Forest is now 22-1 on the season with a 0.35 ERA in 161.1 innings and a Conference-leading 248 stikeouts.
It is the first weekly honor for Feldt, Oregon State's 15th overall. Forest garners the second award of her career giving California 47 honors all-time.
Also nominated for Player of the Week were: Eryn Manahan, CAL. Jessica Mendoza, STAN.
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were: Monica Hoffman, OSU. Dana Sorensen, STAN.
AROUND THE PAC-10
Arizona- The Wildcats have been in the rankings every single period since 1990. . . Arizona will travel to Oregon to open Pac-10 play. The Cats were 5-0 against the Oregon schools (ORE: 3-0, OSU: 2-0) last season. . . UA continues to hit the ball out of the park as it pursues the NCAA record for home runs. The Wildcats have now hit 83 homers, just 18 away from breaking the record set by the 1995 Arizona squad. . . UA has hit multiple home runs in 22 of its 38 games this season, including six times in which they knocked out five or more homers. . . 20 percent of the Cats' run production has occured in the fourth inning (76 of 388 total runs). . . Senior outfielder Lauren Bauer has 126 stolen bases. She is 22 stolen bases shy of the school and Pac-10 record of 148 swipes set by Wildcat great Allison McCutcheon (1995-98).
Arizona State- The Sun Devils will travel to Oregon to take on the Beavers and Ducks this weekend. The Mar. 30 contest at Oregon State will be ASU's first game since Mar. 17. Arizona State went 3-3 against the Oregon schools last season (ORE: 1-2, OSU: 2-1). . . ASU has four triples on the season (they did not have one in 2000). . . 14 of 25 wins have been shutouts. . . 11 players have five or more RBI, including six players recording in double-digits. . . Junior second baseman Missy Hixon is hitting .526 with runners in scoring position. . . Senior catcher Stacey Farnworth has thrown out four out of seven batters attempting to steal. She has also picked off three runners. . . Seven players have hit home runs. . . Six of ASU's eight losses have been by either one or two runs. . . Junior first baseman Nichole Thompson is hitting .349 this season and holds a mark of .329 in 157 career games.
California- Cal has scored eight or more runs eight times this season and 13 or more runs three times. The Bears have reached double-digits in hits 11 times this year. . . Junior pitcher Jocelyn Forest has 248 strikeouts this season, already surpassing her total from 2000 (234). . . Sophomore first baseman Veronica Nelson is carrying a .388 batting average, .906 slugging percentage and a .612 on-base percentage with 5 doubles, 13 home runs (one shy of the Cal season record she set last season) and 35 RBI. With 87 walks in 2000 and another 48 in 2001, Nelson has already set the Cal career walk record, overtaking Gillian Boxx, who had 105 career walks from 1992-95. Nelson already ranks fifth on the all-time Pac-10 list with 135 free passes.
Oregon- UO is batting .270 on the season. . . The Ducks ERA is at 2.08. . . Oregon still has not faced lefthanded pitching this year. . . Duck leadoff batters reach base 36% of the time. . . Junior catcher Missy Coe has eight doubles to lead Oregon this year. . . Senior first baseman Triawn Custer leads UO with 26 walks (ranks third in the Pac-10). . . Sophomore Lisa Wangler has a .423 batting average, which ranks ninth in the Pac-10. . . Sophomore Alyssa Laux ranks ninth in the Conference in on-base percentage with a mark of .500.
Oregon State- The Beavers are riding their longest winning streak of the season at 10 games. OSU has not lost since Mar. 11. . . Head Coach Kirk Walker picked up his 200th win (200-196-3) on Mar. 27 with a victory in the second game of a doubleheader against Sacramento State. . . The Beavers will play their first home game of the year against Arizona State on Friday (Mar. 30). . . Junior pitcher Crystal Draper has recorded six shutouts this season. . . Freshman pitcher Monica Hoffman is 11-5 on the season. Last weekend in the New Mexico State Tournament, Hoffman went 3-0, allowing no runs in 14.2 innings of action. She gave up just five hits while recording 12 strikeouts. She also limited batters to a .109 batting average. Hoffman, along with teammates Shawna Feldt, Traci Feldt (Player of the Week) and Shelly Prochaska made the All-Tournament team for their outstanding efforts.
Stanford- The Cardinal lead the Conference in fewest home runs allowed with three. . . Sophomore Dana Sorensen threw the first perfect game of her career in a 7-0 win over Portland State on Mar. 24. Her 15 strikeouts were one short of tying her school record of 16, which she set earlier in the year. Sorensen is now 15-1 on the season with a 0.20 ERA and a streak of 39 consecutive scoreless innings. . . Junior outfielder Jessica Mendoza went 5-for-8 (.625) in two shutout wins over Portland State. She added a triple and her team-leading 11th home run of the year to extend her hitting streak to 12 games. Mendoza also had three RBI along with five runs scored and her 18th stolen base of the year. She is now just two home runs short of tying her career-best of 13, which she hit last year. Mendoza continues to lead the Cardinal in hitting with a .474 batting average, .916 slugging percentage, 39 runs scored and 45 hits.
UCLA- The Bruins are 83 of 96 (87%) in stolen bases this year. Their 83 steals lead the Conference. . . UCLA has only allowed one passed ball all season. . . Leadoff batters are reaching base 48% of the time for UCLA. . . Junior catcher Stacey Nuveman leads the Pac-10 in doubles (12) and slugging percentage (.978). With 11 home runs this season, Nuveman also ranks fourth in the Conference with 62 homers all-time. She is also the NCAA active leader in home runs and RBI. . . Junior pitcher Amanda Freed continues to lead the Conference with a 0.16 ERA.
Washington- UW was idle last week. They will travel to the Bay Area this weekend. Last year, against California and Stanford, Washington went a combined 5-1 (CAL: 2-1, STAN: 3-0). . . The Huskies have hit 10 triples this season, already one more than last year's total of nine. . . Washington hits .382 with the bases loaded. . . Pitcher Tia Bollinger leads all Conference freshman with 20 wins, 139 strikeouts and a 0.90 ERA.
Fox Sports Net will be televising three softball games this spring. The games will be aired on a live basis. Occassional time conflicts with other programming in selected Regionals may result in the game telecast being delayed. The three televised games are:
Arizona at UCLA, Sat., April 7, 2001 2:00 pm PST Stanford at California, Sat., April 14, 2001 1:00 pm PST Oregon at Washington, Sat., May 5, 2001 2:00 pm PST
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RUNNIN' WITH THE PAC
For the second season, FOX Sports Net will air RUNNIN' WITH THE PAC. The half-hour show features an in-depth look at the Pac-10 Conference and includes reports from all 10 league institutions, highlights, interviews and profiles student-athletes, coaches and teams. RUNNIN' WITH THE PAC will air on Fox Sports Net regional sports networks, generally on Friday or Saturday. Check your local listings.