This Week in Pac-10 Softball

April 13, 2004

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The Pac-10 season is only two weeks old, but the race for the Conference title is heating up. Two teams are undefeated in Pac-10 play, two teams are winless, and everyone else is jumbled in between... ARIZONA and WASHINGTON are both off to great starts, as they are both 4-0 in Conference play... This week promises to be more than entertaining, teams are jockeying for position as the Pac-10 race hits full-stride... ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE travel to the Bay Area to battle CALIFORNIA and STANFORD... The Wildcats will be looking for revenge when they play the Bears, as Cal took two games from the 'Cats last season in the WCWS to end the season for Arizona... UCLA is California dreaming, as it has lost four games in a row outside of the Sunshine state... The Bruins host OREGON STATE and OREGON and will try to get in the win column for the first time in Pac-10 play... WASHINGTON, which opened its home season with a sweep of UCLA a week ago, looks to continue its win streak as the Huskies host Pacific Northwest rivals, Oregon and Oregon State... The Ducks and Beavers are both looking to make a jump in the national polls with a strong showing in two very hostile environments this week... Some encouraging news for the Oregon schools, so far Pac-10 teams are 9-11 at home in Conference play.

This Week's Schedule

Tues., Apr 13
CALIFORNIA at Santa Clara, 3 p.m.
Portland State at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m. (DH)
Sacramento State at STANFORD, 5 p.m. (DH)

Fri., Apr 16
ARIZONA at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
OREGON at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE at UCLA, 1 p.m.

Sat., Apr 17
ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, 7 p.m.
OREGON at UCLA, 2 p.m.
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.

Sun., Apr 18
ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
OREGON at UCLA, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.

Last Week's Results

Thurs. Apr 8
OREGON STATE 3, San Diego 2

Fri., Apr 9
ARIZONA 6, ARIZONA STATE 0
STANFORD 5, CALIFORNIA 3
OREGON 2, OREGON STATE 0
WASHINGTON 3, UCLA 1

Sat., Apr 10
ARIZONA 8, ARIZONA STATE 0
CALIFORNIA1, STANFORD 0
CALIFORNIA 6, STANFORD 0
OREGON STATE 7,OREGON 3
WASHINGTON 6, UCLA 5

Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week
Jessica Allister, from Nacogdoches, Texas, had a solid week at the plate for the Cardinal, going 7-for-9 (.778) with five doubles and one RBI. Allister posted a 1.333 slugging percentage and an .800 on-base percentage in the Cardinal's series against Bay Area rival, California. On Apr. 9, Allister was 3-for-3 with three doubles as Stanford beat the Bears 5-3 in Berkeley. She then followed up that performance a day later, as she was again 3-for-3 at the plate, with a double. She concluded the weekend series by hitting a double on Sunday. Allister strung together six consecutive hits over the first two games against the Bears.

Ashley Boek, from Redding, Calif., led the Huskies to a pair of victories over No. 2 UCLA over the weekend. On Apr. 9, Boek threw all seven innings, scattering four hits, striking out six and allowing just one run. Boek came into Saturday's game (Apr. 10) in relief in the fifth inning with two runners on base and no outs, trailing 3-1. Although two runners did cross the plate, Boek kept the game within reach. After a fifth inning rally by Washington, Boek stuck out five of the next six Bruins to earn her second win of the weekend over UCLA. Boek gave up just one extra-base hit against UCLA in 38 at-bats and held the Bruins to a .105 batting average. For the week, she boasted a 0.70 ERA, allowing just one run over 10 innings pitched and recorded 11 strikeouts.

This is the first weekly honor for both Allister and Boek. This is the 22nd weekly award all-time for the Cardinal and it is the 53rd all-time in Washington's history.

2004 Players of the Week: Feb. 17- Autumn Champion, So, ARIZ; Feb 24- Wendy Allen, Sr, ARIZ; Mar. 2- Stephanie Ramos, Sr, UCLA; Mar. 9- Valerie Sevilla, Jr, ASU; Mar. 16-Vanessa Iapala, So, OSU; Mar. 23-Aimee Minor, So, WASH; Mar. 30-Kayleen Hudson, Fr, ORE; Apr. 6-Shelley Shultz, So, ARIZ; Apr. 13- Jessica Allister, Sr, STAN.

2004 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 17- Keira Goerl, Sr, UCLA; Feb. 24- Alicia Hollowell, So, ARIZ; Mar. 2- Alicia Hollowell, So, ARIZ; Mar. 9-Alicia Hollowell, So, ARIZ; Mar. 16- Kristina Thorson, So, CAL; Mar. 23- Alicia Hollowell, So, ARIZ; Mar. 30- Dana Sorensen, Sr, STAN; Apr. 6-Ani Nyhus, Jr, ORE; Apr. 13-Ashley Boek, Jr, WASH.

PAC-10 NOTES. . .

Around the League... Eleven of the 25 Finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year award are from the Pac-10... Seven of eight Pac-10 squads placed a player on the exclusive list... For the first time all season the Pac-10 has seven teams in the Top-15 of both the USA Today/NFCA poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.

ARIZONA:
The Wildcats first three hitters, SO Autumn Champion, FR Caitlin Lowe and SR Wendy Allen are hitting .483, .472 .436, respectively and all have a chance to move into Arizona's single season batting average Top-10 list... The 'Cats are out-scoring their opponents 303-51 so far this season... The 'Cats are winning with balance, Arizona's 303 runs scored is tops in the Pac-10, while 51 runs allowed is second best in the Conference... Sophomore Alicia Hollowell pitched both games over the weekend picking up her 14th and 15th shutouts of the season (12 solo, three combined).

ARIZONA STATE:
1,663 people witnessed the Arizona-Arizona State game on Apr.. 9, the largest crowd in Farrington Stadium history. A day later 1,641 people showed up for the second largest crowd ever... The Sun Devils have won at least 30 games for nine consecutive seasons... The Devils are receiving votes for the Top-25 this week, marking the first time Arizona State has not been in the Top-25 since the first week of the 1999 season... The Sun Devils are traveling to UCLA and Washington, places they have not won a game since sweeping both road trips in 2001.

CALIFORNIA:
The Bears took the season series from the Cardinal thanks to great play on the road, Cal beat Stanford twice in Palo Alto... The Bears lost the first game of the weekend at home against the Cardinal (5-3), snapping a four game win-streak versus Stanford, but won the other two in Stanford. Cal has won eight of the last 12 games against the Cardinal...Player of the Year finalist, SO Lindsay James has hit safely in 36 out of the 40 games she has played in and currently boasts a .385 batting average, the ninth best average in the Conference... California hosts Arizona twice this weekend, California knocked Arizona out of the WCWS last season, but Arizona still won the season series 3-2.

OREGON:
Oregon took two of three games against Oregon State this season, marking the second consecutive year the Ducks have won the Civil War... The Ducks are out-scoring opponents 28-10 in the first inning this season... The Ducks have won two straight against Pacific Northwest rival, Washington, but trail the all-time series 9-30... Oregon is off to a 4-2 start in the Pac-10, that is its best start since 1999, when the Ducks were also 4-2... The Ducks are 6-3 in one run games this season.

OREGON STATE:
Oregon State hit two home runs in its 7-3 victory over Oregon on Apr.. 10, the Beavers are 23-1 on the year when at least one player hits a home run... Sophomore Lisa Allen homered in two out of the Beavers' three games over the weekend, and has hit a home run in four out of the last five games... The Beavers are 5-2 against the Ducks in Corvallis since 2000... The Beavers beat UCLA earlier in the season in a non-conference game. That win snapped a 10-game loosing-streak to the Bruins... The Beavers are looking to halt another streak this weekend, they have not won in L.A. since May 5, 1999.

STANFORD:
The Cardinal are 30-10, marking the eighth consecutive season the Cardinal has won 30 or more games... Senior Dana Sorensen has 200 strikeouts on the season, placing her at second in the Pac-10. Sorensen now has 996 career strikeouts. This weekend, she should become only the fourth pitcher in Pac-10 history to reach 1000 K's... Stanford beat California 5-3 on Apr.. 9 in Berkeley, having taken two of the last three meetings between the rivals on the Bears' home field.

UCLA:
UCLA is on a four game losing streak, the Bruins have not lost five in a row since 1998... The Bruins are out scoring opponents 38-1 in the first inning... Somphomore Caitlin Benyi hit a lead-off home run against Washington, on April 10, she now has four lead-off home runs this season, she leads the Bruins, and is second in the Pac-10 with 12 home runs... UCLA has only five games all season with out a home run.. All four of the Bruins losses have come to teams ranked in the Top-25, in fact the Bruins have not lost to an unranked foe since a 1-0 loss to DePaul on Mar. 9, 2003... UCLA's five losses are by a total of seven runs, three of which have been by one run a piece.

WASHINGTON:
Washington is now 4-0 in the Pac-10, marking its best start to the Conference season in school history. The last time the Huskies won the series over UCLA was in 2000 and the last time Washington won back-to-back games over the Bruins was in 1998... The 3-1 victory over the Bruins on Apr. 9 was both the home and Pac-10 opener for the Huskies. Washington is 9-3 in home openers, they are 4-3 in Pac-10 home openers... Player of the Year finalist, JR Kristen Rivera hit her league-leading 14th home run on Apr. 10 in the Huskies 6-5 win over the Bruins.

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