This Week In Pac-10 Softball

May 25, 2004

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The college softball world shifts its attention to Oklahoma City this week for the Women's College World Series... For the sixth consecutive season at least four Pac-10 teams will compete in the Women's College World Series; CALIFORNIA, STANFORD, UCLA and WASHINGTON will play for the national title after going a combined 16-1 in the Regional round... CALIFORNIA (9th WCWS overall, 15-14 all-time record) will be making its ninth appearance in the WCWS, and its sixth consecutive... The Bears have played in the last two championship games, winning the title in 2002... STANFORD (2nd WCWS overall, 2-2 all-time record) will be making its second trip to the WCWS, and its first since 2001... The Cardinal earned a trip to the WCWS by going 4-1 in Regional No. 7 (Stanford, Calif.), outscoring its opponents 19-4 in five games... UCLA (NCAA Record 21st WCWS overall, 76-21 all-time record) will get a chance to defend its national championship and has the opportunity to be the first team to win back-to-back NCAA titles since Arizona did it in 1996-97... WASHINGTON (7th WCWS overall, 13-10 all-time record) is making its second consecutive trip to the WCWS... The Huskies are still searching for their first NCAA Championship... The Pac-10 has sent a team to the WCWS championship game an incredible 20-of-22 years... In 10 of those years, two squads have represented the Conference in the final game ('91, '92, '93, '95, '96, '97, '99, '01, '02, and '03)... The Pac-10 has claimed 16 NCAA championships, including the last three... All games in the 2004 WCWS will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2 leading up to the championship game on Monday, May 31 at 7 p.m. CT.

Region No. 1 - May 20-23
at Tucson, Arizona

Arizona 2, Centenary (La) 1
Arizona 4, La-Lafayette 0
Oklahoma 3, Arizona 2
La-Lafayette 5, Arizona 0

Region No. 2 - May 20-23
at Los Angeles, California

UCLA 8, Miss. Valley St. 0 (5)
UCLA 2, Louisville 0
UCLA 5, Alabama 2 (9)
UCLA 7, Alabama 0

Region No. 4 - May 20-23
at Tallahassee, Florida

Oregon 1, Bethune-Cookman 0
Oregon 12, South Florida 0 (5)
Florida St. 5, Oregon 4 (12)
Oregon 2, South Florida 1
Oregon 1, Florida St. 0
Florida St. 2, Oregon 0

Region No. 5 - May 20-23
at Lincoln, Nebraska

California 4, Maine 0
California 2, Miss. State. 1
California 2, Nebraska 0
California 2, Nebraska 0

Region No. 6 - May 20-23
at Ann Arbor, Michigan

Oregon State 7, Bowling Green 0
Oregon State 4, Tennessee 0
Michigan 3, Oregon State 2
Oregon State 6, Ill-Chicago 5
Oregon St. 1, Michigan 0
Michigan 5, Oregon St. 2

Region No. 7 - May 20-23
at Stanford, California

Stanford 1, Utah 0
Stanford 7, Pacific 2
Stanford 7, Hofstra 1
Hofstra 1, Stanford 0
Stanford 3, Hofstra 1

Region No. 8 - May 20-23
at Athens, Georgia

Washington 4, Chattanooga 1
Washington 12, Michigan St. 8
Washington 2, Georgia Tech 0
Washington 3, Georgia 1

REGIONAL WRAP-UP... For the third time in Conference history the Pac-10 sent seven teams to the NCAA Championships... Five out of the seven Conference teams who competed in Regionals were No. 1 seeds... CALIFORNIA earned a No. 1 seed and the fifth overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears went 4-0 in Region No. 5, and have won 12 in a row heading into the WCWS... UCLA, the No. 2 seed overall, stayed home for regionals and won Region No. 2 in four games. By doing so, the Bruins increased their NCAA-leading tournament win total to 134 games... STANFORD was also home for regionals, the Cardinal went 4-1 in Region No. 7 to improve their home record to 28-10 on the season... WASHINGTON went 4-0 to win Region No. 8 and advanced to the WCWS for the eighth time, the Huskies are now 33-8 in the Regional round... ARIZONA, making its 18th consecutive appearance, garnered the No. 1 seed in the Tournament, but failed to advance to the WCWS for the first time since 1987... OREGON and OREGON STATE both came within one game of the WCWS, but each fell in the decisive game. The Beavers remain the only Pac-10 team never to advance to the WCWS.

Pac-10 WCWS History
The Pacific-10 Conference can almost call Oklahoma City, Okla., its home away from home when it comes to its storied softball tradition. The 'Conference of Champions' has enjoyed considerable success in the NCAA Tournament and College World Series. Though the Pac-10 did not sponsor softball until 1987, Conference teams have competed in the prestigious event since the NCAA recognized it as a sport in 1982. In the sport's 22-year NCAA history, Pacific-10 schools have won the title an astounding 16 times, more than any other conference in the nation. Additionally, there have been 10 occasions when the NCAA Championship Game featured two Conference schools. Most recently, 2003's championship game pitted Pac-10 foes California against UCLA for the NCAA title. Overall, only seven different teams have claimed the crown: UCLA (9), Arizona (6), Texas A&M (2), California (1), CS Fullerton (1), Fresno State (1) and Oklahoma (1).

Last season continued the standard of a strong Pac-10 presence in the NCAA Tournament, as all eight teams made it to the Regionals for only the third time in league history. The 2003 campaign was the fifth year in a row in which seven or more Conference squads competed in postseason play. Out of the eight teams, four Pac-10 squads advanced to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City (ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, UCLA and WASHINGTON). California and UCLA played in the National championship game marking the 10th time two Pac-10 teams have faced off in the final contest. The Bruins shut out the Bears in a thrilling 1-0 victory in nine innings, to claim their ninth NCAA softball title.

PAC-10 NOTES...
CALIFORNIA (50-11, 13-8; T2 in Pac-10)
2004 NCAA Record: Region No. 5 (Lincoln, Neb), 4-0
Last WCWS Appearance: 2003, 4-2 (2nd Place)

California is making its sixth straight WCWS trip, and the ninth overall... Cal enters the WCWS on a 12-game win streak, and has outscored its opponents 51-8 during the streak... SO Kristina Thorson was named Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Regional Tournament in Lincoln, Neb. Thorson finished the regional with a 4-0 record, throwing 28 scoreless innings and allowing just six hits, striking out 30... 2004 marks the third straight season that Cal has gone undefeated in the NCAA Regional Round... Cal has been to the NCAA Championship game each of the past two seasons, winning the national title in 2002 and falling to UCLA, 1-0, in 2003... In addition to Thorson, Vicky Galindo, Haley Woods and Kaleo Elredge were all named to the Region No. 5 All-Tournament team.

STANFORD (47-17, 13-8; T2 in Pac-10)
2004 NCAA Record: Region No. 7 (Stanford, Calif.), 4-1
Last WCWS Appearance: 2001, 2-2 (T3rd Place)

Stanford is making its second appearance in the WCWS, its first coming in 2001... The Cardinal went 4-1 in the Regional round in Stanford, Calif., thanks to the right arm of SR Dana Sorensen... Sorensen was named the Region's Most Outstanding Player after she went 4-1, striking out 51 batters and allowing only five runs on 14 hits... Sorensen struck out 115 batters in Pac-10 play, a telling stat considering four of eight teams in the WCWS are Pac-10 teams... SR Jessica Allister, JR Leah Nelson and FR Jackie Rinehart all received All-Tournament honors in Stanford's region... Stanford's 47 wins is the second highest win total in school history. In 2001 the Cardinal won 54 games.

UCLA (43-9, 12-8; 4th in Pac-10)
2004 NCAA Record: Region No. 2 (Los Angeles, Calif.) 4-0
Last WCWS Appearance: 2003, 5-1 (1st Place)

UCLA swept through Region No. 2 to earn its 21st appearance in the WCWS... UCLA is a perfect 21-for-21, winning every Regional it has appeared in... The Bruins have the most NCAA Tournament wins in the nation, with a 134-25 record... They also lead the nation in WCWS appearances (21), WCWS wins (76), and last, but not least NCAA Championships (9)... SR Keira Goerl was named MOP of Region No. 2 after she went 4-0, striking out 39 and allowing just two runs on 10 hits... Goerl pitched a no-hitter against Mississippi Valley State on May 20, it was the 11th of her career... The defending National Champions were led into the WCWS by Goerl, SO Caitlin Benyi SO Andrea Duran, and SR Stephanie Ramos, who were all named All-Tournament in the Regional round.

WASHINGTON (40-17, 10-10; 5th in Pac-10)
2004 NCAA Record: Region No. 8 (Athens, Ga.) 4-0
Last WCWS Appearance: 2003, 1-2 (T5th Place)

The Huskies are making their second straight WCWS appearance, and their seventh overall... Washington went 4-0 in the Regional round, and improved their Regional record to 33-8 all-time... UW placed three players on the All-Tournament team in Region No. 8, Dominique Lastrapes, Ashley Boek, and Aimee Minor. Lastrapes also was named the Region's Most Outstanding Player after going 12-for-15 with six runs and four RBI... JR Kristen Rivera was named Pac-10 Player of the Year last week, she was also named to the NFCA All-Pacific Region First Team... The Huskies have never won the WCWS, they have finished runner-up on two occasions ('96 and '99)... UW is a combined 13-10 in six trips to the WCWS.

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