This Week in Pac-10 Softball

May 4, 2004

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With just two weeks remaining in the Pac-10 season, everyone is chasing the Wildcats... ARIZONA has emerged as the leader of the Pac-10, and boasts three finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year. But, the Wildcats lead is slim and they will need to continue their winning ways if they want to bring the Pac-10 title back to the desert... Arizona and ARIZONA STATE host the Oregon schools this week... The OREGON Ducks took a game from the Wildcats in Eugene, and will be looking to repeat that feat on the road... OREGON STATE has already knocked off a No. 1 team (UCLA Mar. 14) this season and would love to make it two... Speaking of UCLA, the Bruins are the hottest team in the Conference and will host WASHINGTON mid-week before they travel to the Bay Area to play CALIFORNIA and STANFORD... CALIFORNIA has won two straight and needs to have a good showing this week to draw a favorable seed in regionals... Stanford, which is hosting a regional is coming off of a huge win over No. 1 Arizona in the desert and is looking to build on that confidence against two Top-10 teams... The Cardinal, picked to finish fifth in the Pac-10 in the preseason poll, have won eight of its last 10 games and are within striking distance of first place... The Washington Huskies are also still in the title hunt and will need find a way to win on the road this week against three of the nation's top teams.

This Week's Schedule

Wed., May 5
Portland State at OREGON, 2 p.m. (DH)
WASHINGTON at UCLA, 2 p.m.

Fri., May 7
OREGON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m. (FSN)
WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 7 p.m.

Sat., May 8
OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
OREGON at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
UCLA at STANFORD, 2 p.m.

Sun., May 9
OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.
OREGON at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
UCLA at STANFORD, 1 p.m. (CSTV)

Last Week's Results

Wed Apr 28
ARIZONA 3, ARIZONA ST. 1
Portland State 4, OREGON ST. 2
OREGON ST. 10, Portland State 0

Fri., Apr 30
ARIZONA 8, CALIFORNIA 0 (6)
STANFORD 7, ARIZONA ST. 6
UCLA 2, OREGON 0
WASHINGTON 4, OREGON ST. 2

Sat., May 1
ARIZONA 4, STANFORD 0
CALIFORNIA 6, ARIZONA ST. 0
OREGON 10, WASHINGTON 2 (5)
UCLA 2, OREGON ST. 0

Sun., May 2
STANFORD 2, ARIZONA 1
CALIFORNIA 13, ARIZONA ST. 0 (5)
WASHINGTON 1, OREGON 0 (8)
UCLA 3, OREGON ST. 1

PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK:Arizona's Lowe and Stanford's Sorensen

ARIZONA freshman Caitlin Lowe has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week, while STANFORD senior Dana Sorensen has been named Pitcher of the Week for April 27- May 3.

Lowe, from Tustin, Calif., hit .583 (7-for-12) as the Wildcats went 3-1 over the week. Against Arizona State on Apr. 28, Lowe led off the first inning with a single in the first inning, stole second and scored on a single by Wendy Allen to put the Wildcats up 1-0. She scored later in the contest to put the 'Cats up for good and helped Arizona beat Arizona State, 3-1. Later in the week, Lowe's speed and consistency at the plate helped Arizona beat California 8-0 on Apr. 30 and Stanford 4-0 the next day. In those two games against the Bay Area schools, Lowe was a combined 6-for-6 with two runs scored. For the week, Lowe was 7-for-12 with three runs scored, one RBI and was a perfect with three stolen bases in three attempts.

Sorensen, from San Diego, Calif., earns her second Pitcher of the Week honor in a row. Sorensen went 2-0 for the week, picking up road victories over Arizona State (7-6) and No. 1 Arizona (2-1). Sorensen pitched a two-hit gem over the Wildcats on May 2 allowing only one run on two hits with six strikeouts. For the weekend, she notched 13 strikeouts in two games over 12 innings of work.

This is the first weekly honor for Lowe, it is Arizona's 90th all-time. It is Sorensen's seventh Pitcher of the Week honor, and her third this season. It is the 25th award in Stanford'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; Apr. 20-Caitlin Benyi, So, UCLA; Apr. 27- Lauren Lappin, So, STAN; May 4-Cailin Lowe, Fr, ARIZ

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; Apr. 20-Ani Nyhus, Jr, ORE; Apr. 27- Dana Sorensen, Sr, STAN; May 4- Dana Sorensen, Sr, STAN.

PAC-10 NOTES. . .

Around the League...
Four Pac-10 players (Arizona's Autumn Champion, Alicia Hollowell, Caitlin Lowe and Kristen Rivera of Washington) were named finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. Ten finalists were announced on Apr. 30. Three finalists will be announced May 11, with the winner being announced on May 26 at the opening ceremonies of the NCAA College World Series in Oklahoma City... Arizona, UCLA, and Stanford have all been selected as regional hosts for the 2004 Softball Championship.

ARIZONA:
Player of the Year finalists SO Autumn Champion and FR Caitlin Lowe have combined for at least one base hit in 50 of UA's 51 games this season... The Wildcats 2-1 loss to Stanford on May. 3 was their first defeat at Hillenbrand Stadium since Washington beat Arizona 7-1 on May 10, 2003... Sophomore Player of the Year finalist, Alicia Hollowell won three games over the weekend, and ran her Arizona-record strikeout total to 435 on the season... Hollowell allowed 12 hits to the Cardinal on May 2. It was the most hits she allowed in 86 pitching appearances, spanning two seasons... Lowe has scored a league-high 72 runs this season and needs to cross the plate just three more times to break into the Top-10 in Pac-10 history for runs scored in a season.

ARIZONA STATE:
ASU is averaging 5.3 runs per game in its 31 wins this year, but is scoring just 1.4 runs per game in its losses...Junior Val Sevilla has been a large part of the Devils' offense this season, in fact her 17 doubles places her in second in the Pac-10. Sevilla needs just three more doubles to break into the Pac-10's Top-10 for most doubles in a season... The Sun Devils have three games at home this week, which is good news considering they have won 21 times at Farrington Stadium this year.

CALIFORNIA:
Cal beat Arizona State 13-0 on May 2 13 runs was the second highest output of the season for the Bears; they scored 17 versus then-No. 12 DePaul on Feb. 14... Cal's two wins over the weekend came by a combined score of 19-0, its seven Conference wins have been by a combined score of 42-2... Sophomore Haley Woods is leading the Bears in RBI (48) and home runs (13) and is ranked in the Top-10 in the Pac-10 in both categories... Junior Kelly Anderson leads the Bears with 21 wins (seven in Pac-10 play) and needs just two more to equal her win total from a season ago... Anderson (1.32 ERA) and SO Kristina Thorson (0.93 ERA) have combined to lead the Bears to a 1.23 ERA, the third-best mark in the Conference; together they have accounted for all 40 of Cal's wins.

OREGON:
With a 10-2 victory over Washington on May 1, the Ducks took the season series from the Huskies for the second straight season, marking the first time they have accomplished that feat... Sophomore Breanne Sabol is leading the Pac-10 with 26 sacrifice bunts, but last weekend she swung away and had a career-high four RBI in Oregon's win over Washington on May 1... The Ducks have not grounded into a double play yet this season. They are, however, leading the Pac-10 with 24 double plays turned... UO is 1-3 in extra-innings games this season, and 12-5 in games decided by one run.

OREGON STATE:
In the second game of a double-header with Portland State on Apr... 28, the Beavers collected 18 hits, setting a new school record. In addition, every Beaver batter who stepped up to the plate reached base at least once during the game... Senior Monica Hoffman had a perfect game through five innings against No. 1 UCLA on May 2, the Bruins came back and won the game, but Hoffman recorded her 64th career complete game, moving her into fifth all-time at OSU.

STANFORD:
Senior hurler Dana Sorensen continues to rewrite the Stanford record books. Her 25 wins this season ranks third for a single season in the Cardinal's history and with one more win, she will enter the Pac-10 Top-10 for career victories... Sorensen has nine out of the Cardinal's 10 Pac-10 wins, and has the save in the other game... With the win over Arizona, the Cardinal snapped a six-game losing streak to the 'Cats, including four this year... Stanford is hitting its stride at the right time, as it has won 8-of-10, including four victories over teams ranked in the Top-5.

UCLA:
UCLA is the Pac-10's hottest team, having won five straight; during the win streak the Bruins have allowed just three runs, while scoring 15... Senior Keira Goerl is a big reason why the Bruins are hot. Goerl did not allow an earned run in 14 innings last week. In a 3-1 win over Oregon State, Goerl picked up career win No. 119, which moves her into seventh place all-time on the NCAA win list... The Bruins boast the second best ERA in the Pac-10 (1.04) and have allowed a league-low 54 runs.

WASHINGTON:
Sophomore Sarah Hyatt hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to give the Huskies a 1-0 victory over Oregon on May 2. With the one-run victory the Huskies improved to 5-6 in games decided by one run or less, and 2-1 in extra-innings games... Player of the Year finalist JR Kristen Rivera is leading the Pac-10 in home runs with 17... Junior Ashley Boek struck out 11 Ducks on May 2, she now has struck out 10 or more batters in six games this season... UW is looking for its third win of the season over UCLA, and are looking to sweep the Pac-10 series with the Bruins for the first time in school history.

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