2002 Softball Season Review
The Pac-10 Conference sent seven teams to NCAA Regionals for the second consecutive season. The 2002 campaign was thefourth year in a row in which seven or more Conference squads competed in postseason play. Out of the seven teams, fourPac-10 squads advanced to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City (ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFOR-NIAand UCLA). Arizona and California played in the National Championship Game (ninth time two Pac-10 teams have facedoff in the final contest) with the Bears scoring six runs in the seventh inning to win 6-0 over the Wildcats and take home theirfirst national title in school history.
UCLA's Stacey Nuveman was named Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and third time in hercareer ('99, '01, '02). Nuveman was also honored as the USA Softball Collegiate Athlete of the Year. Arizona's Jennie Finchwon Conference Pitcher of the Year honors and the Honda Award (National Player of the Year) for the second consecutiveseason. Arizona's Lovieanne Jung was named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, while Wildcat Coach Mike Candrea took homePac-10 Coach of the Year honors.
A total of 15 Pac-10 players earned All-America honors, with nine athletes receiving first-team recognition. The Pac-10 hadseven teams ranked in the final 2002 USA Today/NFCA Poll. California finished the season as the national champion andtop-ranked team in the country, followed by No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 5 UCLA, No. 14 WASHINGTON, No.15 STANFORD and No. 24 OREGON STATE.
2002 FINAL PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE SOFTBALL STANDINGS
|UCLA *%||18||3||0||.857||10-0||8-3||-||55||9||0||.859||25-1||10-5||20-3||Lost 1|
|Arizona #||15||6||0||.714||9-1||6-5||3.0||55||12||0||.821||33-1||6-5||16-6||Lost 1|
|Washington ^||13||8||0||.619||9-2||4-6||5.0||46||18||0||.719||12-2||9-10||25-6||Lost 2|
|California $||12||9||0||.571||8-2||4-7||6.0||56||19||0||.747||11-2||10-9||35-8||Won 11|
|ASU %||10||11||0||.476||6-5||4-6||8.0||46||20||0||.697||24-7||4-7||18-6||Lost 1|
|Stanford ^||7||14||0||.333||3-8||4-6||11.0||44||20||0||.688||15-9||8-7||21-4||Lost 2|
|Oregon State ^||7||14||0||.333||5-6||2-8||11.0||40||25||0||.615||10-6||7-9||23-10||Lost 2|
* - Conference Champion
^ - NCAA Regional
% - NCAA WCWS
$ - National Champion
# - NCAA Runner-up