This Week In Pac-10 Softball
June 7, 2004
The UCLA Bruins successfully defended their national title, winning their 10th overall championship... The Bruins' title was the 17th overall for the Pac-10 and the Conference's third straight... The Bruins defeated the CALIFORNIA Golden Bears 3-1 in the national championship game, marking the 11th time two Pac-10 teams have squared off in the championship game... In the history of the WCWS, there have only been two years (1983 and 1986) that a Pac-10 team was not represented in the championship game... UCLA was perfect in the postseason, going 8-0, finishing the season winning 13 straight... The California Bears finished the season strong as well, and advanced to the championship game for the third straight season... STANFORD and WASHINGTON also appeared in the WCWS, providing the Conference with at least four teams in the WCWS for six consecutive seasons... ARIZONA won its eighth Pac-10 Crown, and its second consecutive... The Wildcats advanced to the postseason for the 18th consecutive season, but missd out on the WCWS for the first time since 1987... OREGON made the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, while OREGON STATE advanced to the postseason for the sixth straight year... Both the Ducks and Beavers came within one game of the WCWS... ARIZONA STATE finished the season 33-31, marking the 13th time in the last 15 years the Sun Devils finished the season above .500.
Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America First Team
Wendy Allen, Arizona
Caitlin Benyi, UCLA
Autumn Champion, Arizona
Vicky Galindo, California
Alicia Hollowell, Arizona
Caitlin Lowe, Arizona
Kristen Rivera, Washington
Dana Sorensen, Stanford
Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America Second Team
Jessica Allister, Stanford
Kaleo Eldredge, California
Keira Goerl, UCLA
Vanessa Iapala, Oregon State
Lauren Lappin, Stanford
Kristina Thorson, California
Phelan Wright, Arizona State
Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America Third Team
Dominique Lastrapes, Washington
Chelsea Spencer, California
Thursday, May 27
LSU 3, Michigan 2 (13 inn)
UCLA 8, STANFORD 2
Oklahoma 6, WASHINGTON 2
CALIFORNIA 4, Florida State 2
Friday, May 28
UCLA 2, LSU 0
CALIFORNIA 2, Oklahoma 1 (8 inn)
Saturday, May 29
STANFORD 5, Michgan 4
Florida State 2, WASHINGTON 0
STANFORD 3, Oklahoma 2
LSU 2, Florida State 0
Sunday, May 30
UCLA 3, STANFORD 1 (12 inn)
LSU 4, CALIFORNIA 1
CALIFORNIA 4, LSU 1
Monday, May 31
UCLA 3, CALIFORNIA 1
2004 WCWS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Kelly Anderson, CAL
Caitlin Benyi, UCLA
Lisa Dodd, UCLA
Vicky Galindo, CAL
Keira Goerl, UCLA
Camille Harris, LSU
Lauren Lappin, STAN
Jodie Legaspi, UCLA
Jessica Pamanian, CAL
Jessica van der Linden, FSU
MOP: Kristin Schmidt, LSU
ARIZONA (55-6, 17-3; 1st in Pac-10)
2004 NCAA Record: Region No. 1 (Tucson, Ariz) 2-2
Arizona won its second consecutive Pac-10 title in 2004, and its eighth Conference crown overall... The Wildcats advanced to the postseason for the 18th consecutive season, but missed out on the WCWS for the first time since 1987... The 'Cats have won 50 or more games in 11 consecutive seasons... SO Alicia Hollowellwas named the 2004 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and was one of three finalists for USA Softball National Player of the Year... Hollowell finished the season with 508 strikeouts, the highest single-season total in Pac-10 history... Hollowell also won 41 games, the second-best single-season victory total in Pac-10 history... Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Caitlin Lowe scored a league-high 76 runs, and finished second in the Pac-10 in batting with a .437 average... SO Autumn Champion won the batting crown with a .489 average... SR Wendy Allen, Champion, Hollowell and Lowe were all named first team All-Pac-10 and first team All-America... Allen was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team.
ARIZONA STATE (33-31; 3-17, 8th in Pac-10)
Arizona State finished with its 13th winning season in the last 15 years... JR Val Sevilla ended the season with 15 home runs, which tied senior Phelan Wright's school-record set last year... Wright, who notched a .390 batting average (fourth in the Pac-10) was the lone Sun Devil named first team All-Pac-10. Wright was also named second team All-American...Head Coach Linda Wells will be the head coach of the Greek National team this summer at the Olympics... Wells also announced that next season will be her last at the helm at ASU, as she plans to retire at the end of the 2005 season.
CALIFORNIA (53-13, 13-8; T2 in Pac-10)
2004 NCAA Record: Region No. 5 (Lincoln, Neb), 4-0, WCWS, 3-2.
California reached the postseason for the 19th year in a row, and advanced to the WCWS for the sixth consecutive season, its ninth appearance in the WCWS in school history... The Bears advanced to the national championship game for the third straight season, falling 3-1 to UCLA... The Bears are now 1-2 all-time in the championship game... The Bears finished the season on a tear, winning 15 of its last 17, and outscoring their opponents 62-15 during that stretch... 2004 marks the third straight season that Cal has gone undefeated in the NCAA Regionals... The Bears placed four players on the three All-America teams, SO Vicky Galindo (1st team), SO Kristina Thorson (2nd team), JR Kaleo Eldredge (2nd team), and JR Chelsea Spencer (3rd team)... JR Kelly Anderson, Galindo, and JR Jessica Pamanian were all named to the WCWS All-Tournament team... FR Haley Woods finished the season with 16 home runs, placing her at third in the Pac-10.
OREGON (42-21, 10-11; 6th in Pac-10)
2004 NCAA Record: Region No. 4 (Tallahassee, Fla.) 4-2
The Oregon Ducks made their second straight appearance in the postseason, and their eighth in school history... The Ducks finished Pac-10 play with a 10-11 record, giving them 20 wins in the last two seasons; more league wins than the program had from 1999-2002 combined... Oregon beat then-ranked No. 1 Arizona on Apr. 25, giving the program its first win over a top-ranked team in school history... Oregon was 16-7 in 2004 in games decided by one run... Oregon did not hit into a single double-play all season, and turned a league-high 32 of them... JR pitcher Ani Nyhus won all 10 of Oregon's Pac-10 games and was Oregon's fifth 20-game winner and set the UO single season strikeout record with 202... Two Ducks were named All-Pac-10, Nyhus (1st team) and SR Jenn Poore (2nd team).
OREGON STATE (44-28, 4-17; 7th in Pac-10)
2004 NCAA Record: Region No. 6 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) 4-2
Oregon State advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season and came within one game of the WCWS for the third time since 1999... The Beavers have won 40 or more games in five of the last six seasons... SR Monica Hoffman won 22 games in 2004 and also garnered a league-high six saves... SO Vanessa Iapala was named second team All-Pac-10 and second team All-America, and led the Beavers in hits, batting average, and RBI... In addition to Iapala, SO Adrienne Alo was named second team All-Pac-10.
STANFORD (49-19, 13-8; T2 in Pac-10)
2004 NCAA Record: Region No. 7 (Stanford, Calif.), 4-1, WCWS, 2-2
Stanford made its second appearance in the WCWS, its first coming in 2001... The Cardinal finished the season with 49 wins, the second highest win total in school history. The Cardinal won 54 games during the 2001 season... SR Dana Sorensen was named first team All-America as SR Jessica Allister and SO Lauren Lappin were both named to the second team... Head coach John Rittman was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding Stanford to its highest-ever finish (tied for 2nd) in the Pac-10... Sorensen recorded a school-record 34 wins, the second highest total in the Pac-10 this season... Sorensen finished her career with 105 career wins, the fifth highest total in Conference history.
UCLA (47-9, 12-8; 4th in Pac-10)
2004 NCAA Record: Region No. 2 (Los Angeles, Calif.) 4-0, WCWS, 4-0
UCLA swept through the NCAA Tournament, going 8-0 and winning the 10th national title in school history, and its second consecutive... The Bruins become the first team since the 1996-97 Arizona Wildcats to win back-to-back NCAA titles... The Bruins are a perfect 21-for-21, winning every Regional they have appeared in... UCLA has won nine straight WCWS games... SR Keira Goerl finished her career with 130 wins, the most ever in the Pac-10, and the fourth most in NCAA history... Goerl became the third pitcher to earn a victory in multiple national championship games... Goerl struck out 1,073 batters in her career, the third most in Pac-10 history... The Bruins have more Tournament wins (138) than any other team in the nation... They also lead the nation in WCWS appearances (21), WCWS wins (80), and last, but not least NCAA Championships (10).... UCLA had two All-Americans, SO Caitlin Benyi (1st team), and Goerl (2nd team).
WASHINGTON (40-19, 10-10; 5th in Pac-10)
2004 NCAA Record: Region No. 8 (Athens, Ga.) 4-0, WCWS, 0-2
Washington made its second straight WCWS appearance, and the seventh overall... The Huskies went 4-0 in the Regional round, and improved their Regional record to 33-8 all-time... JR Kristen Rivera was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and was also named first team All-America... FR Dominique Lastrapes was named third team All-America... Rivera was Top-10 in the Pac-10 in batting, slugging, on-base percentage, RBI, home runs, total bases and walks... UW has won 40 or more games in 11 consecutive seasons... Rivera has 58 career home runs, the seventh most in Pac-10 history.