This Week in Pac-10 Softball

April 11, 2006

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Wed., Apr. 12
Portland State at OREGON, 4 p.m.
Sacramento State at STANFORD, 6 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 14

Sat., Apr. 15

* - Pacific-10 Conference Game


Traditional rivalry games are on tap for the weekend, with ARIZONA travelling north to ARIZONA STATE for two games ... OREGON heads to Corvallis for two games at OREGON STATE in their Civil War battle ... STANFORD and CALIFORNIA split their games in the Bay Area, with one at each school, and UCLA heads north to Seattle for two games at WASHINGTON.

UCLA and California escaped Conference play unbeaten last weekend ... The Bruins swept through the Arizona schools, taking two from UA and one from ASU ... Cal logged victories over Oregon and Oregon State in a weekend that included a halted game vs. the Ducks ... Stanford was 2-1 in its Pac-10 home-opening weekend, taking a game from the Ducks and the Beavers, before falling to Oregon in the rubber game of the series ... Washington was 1-2 in Arizona over the weekend, winning one of its two extra-innings games against ASU and falling to the Wildcats ... Oregon tied its school record for hits (16) in a 9-2 drubbing of Stanford on Sunday, after falling at Cal on Saturday ... OSU was 0-3 in the Bay Area.

The Conference has seven of eight teams ranked in the USA Softball/ Top-25, with all seven schools in the Top-15 and six in the Top-10 ... UCLA moved back into the No. 1 spot after sweeping through the Arizona schools last weekend ... Arizona dropped to No. 4 after losing two games to UCLA and defeating Washington ... Cal moved up to No. 5 after winning two games last weekend, and Stanford remained at No. 6 ... Oregon State dropped to No. 8 after losing three games over the weekend, and ASU stayed in the Top 10 at No. 9 ... Washington remained at No. 14, and Oregon received votes ... Five of eight league teams are batting over .300, and five of eight are holding opposing batters under .200 ... UCLA's Andrea Duran was named the USA Softball Player fo the Week for Apr. 3-9, marking the Conference's third such national Player of the Week honor.

Nine Pac-10 softball players were named as finalists for the 2006 USA Softball Player of the Year Award, the most from any Conference. Arizona, Arizona State, California and UCLA each placed two players on the list: Alicia Hollowell and Caitlin Lowe (ARIZ), Katie Burkhart and Kaitlin Cochran (ASU); Kristina Thorson and Haley Woods (CAL); and Jodie Legaspi and Anjelica Selden (UCLA). Brianne McGowan (OSU) rounds out the Pac-10 contingent on the watch list. Of the nine players, three were named to the 2005 watch list: Arizona's Hollowell and Lowe, and UCLA's Selden.


Tue., Apr. 4

Wed., Apr. 5
Portland State 2, WASHINGTON 4

Thu., Apr. 6

Fri., Apr. 7

Sat., Apr. 8

Sun., Apr. 9

* - Pac-10 Conference game


ARIZONA (2-3, 31-6)
: The Wildcats defeated Washington in their Pac-10 home opener, 1-0, but then dropped two straight to UCLA ... Alicia Hollowell's complete game led UA over the Huskies, pitching a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts ... She struck out nine of the first 10 Husky hitters in her second start since coming back from a facial injury ... The game marked her 11th shutout of the year ... Arizona scored the game's lone run in the bottom of the second on three hits, two of them infield singles ... Kristie Fox stole her first base of the year in the game, and also extended her team-leading hitting streak to six ... Hollowell suffered her second loss of the season on Saturday, allowing two runs on seven hits in the Wildcats' 2-1 loss to UCLA ... She gave up four hits and a run in the first inning, which marked her first run allowed in the first inning all season ... Sophomore Taryne Mowatt got the first hit of the game for UA, a single in the fifth, but was stranded there ... Callista Balko scored Arizona's only run of the game with a one-out, solo home run in the sixth inning ... It was her fifth long ball of the season ... The loss snapped UA's 24-game home winning streak, which dated back to May 7, 2005 ... The Wildcats dropped the rubber game of the series, 8-3, to UCLA ... They have not lost by more than one run since May 6, 2005, when they lost to UCLA 6-0 ... Mowatt drew the loss, giving up four runs on three hits in two innings of work ... Two of the first three batters she faced hit home runs ... She retaliated offensively in the bottom of the second, hitting a two-run homer to left field ... It marked her first career home run ... Arizona is 19-2 this season when it hits a home run, with both losses coming to UCLA ... Defensively, Arizona leads the league in ERA (0.80), opposing batting average (.133) and strikeouts (418) ... Hollowell and Caitlin Lowe were named as two of the Top 25 finalists for the 2006 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award by the Amateur Softball Association.

ARIZONA STATE (2-2, 38-5): The Sun Devils opened Pac-10 play at home against UCLA and Washington, going 1-2 ... ASU fell 7-4 against UCLA on Friday, dropping its third consecutive Pac-10 home opener ... Katie Burkhart pitched 3.2 innings, giving up six runs on five hits, striking out four ... Kaitlin Cochran and Rhiannon Baca each hit homers for the Sun Devils ... Cochran went 2-for-2, recording two hits, one run and three RBI on the day ... Desiree Serrano pitched in relief, giving up only one run on two hits in 3.1 innings ... On Saturday, ASU lost to Washington, 3-1, in an 11-inning battle ... Burkhart pitched 11 innings and struck out 23 in the game, which ties her for fifth in NCAA history, but could not hold onto the win ... She allowed only six hits, three of which were home runs ... ASU loaded the bases in the first inning, and a single from Ashley Wershky scored Cochran for its lone run of the game ... In the rubber game of the series, ASU defeated Washington, 5-4, in a 13-inning, four-hour marathon game ... Serrano started the duel, allowing four runs on nine hits in seven innings ... She struck out 11, before being relieved by Burkhart .. Burkhart allowed no hits and struck out five in her six innings of play ... Baca hit her second home run of the weekend to get ASU on the board first, a two-run shot to right field in the bottom of the third ... Baca and Jen McCard had clutch singles in the seventh to push the game into extra innings ... Baca also drove in the winning run of the game ... ASU leads the Pac-10 in six offensive categories: runs (242), hits (339), RBI (226), home runs (49), total bases (536) and stolen bases (82) ... Individually, Cochran leads the league in five categories: batting average (.492), slugging percentage (.875), on-base percentage (.592), RBI (51), and total bases (105) ... Burkhart and Cochran were named as two of the Top 25 finalists for the 2006 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award by the Amateur Softball Association.

CALIFORNIA (4-1, 35-4): The Golden Bears notched two home wins this weekend, and were in the third inning of a halted game vs. Oregon on Friday ... The Ducks were leading 2-0 before the umpires called the game due to rain ... On Saturday against Oregon State, the Bears used solid pitching from Kristina Thorson and a homer from Gina Leomiti to secure the 2-0 victory ... Thorson entered the game in relief of Lauren Frankiewicz in the third inning, striking out 12 and allowing only two runs ... Leomiti led off the bottom of the third with a home run to right center to put the first run on the board for Cal ... The Bears struck again in the fifth inning, when Alex Sutton hit an RBI single to drive in Morgan Siegel, who reached base on a single ... Katie Vickers was 2-for-3 on the game ... On Sunday vs. OSU, Thorson and Ta'Tyana McElroy battled through a pitcher's duel, allowing only two hits apiece through the seventh inning ... With the score knotted at 0-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Emily Friedman led off with a single to right center ... Sutton followed with a walk-off home run to end the game ... She went 2-for-3 on the day with a double, a home run, a run scored and two RBI ... Thorson pitched 12 scoreless innings against OSU, giving up only five hits (all singles), while striking out 25 of 46 batters ... Cal ranks in the top four in the Conference in nine offensive categories: fourth in batting average (.322), fourth in slugging percentage (.478), second in on-base percentage (.401), second in runs (219), second in hits (330), second in RBI (193), tied for third in doubles (51), fourth in triples (9), and third in total bases (489) ... Haley Woods is second in the league with a .829 slugging percentage ... Thorson leads all Pac-10 pitchers with 169.1 innings pitched, 264 strikeouts, 102 batters fanned looking, 25 wins, and four saves ... Thorson and Woods were named as two of the Top 25 finalists for the 2006 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award by the Amateur Softball Association.

OREGON (1-3, 18-13): The Ducks started the weekend in the Bay Area with a suspended game at Cal ... UO was leading the game in the third inning, 2-0, and had two runners on base ... The game will be continued at Oregon on April 29 ... On Saturday at Stanford, the Ducks trailed 2-0 in the sixth inning ... Beth Boskovich singled to lead off the inning and start the Oregon rally ... Breanne Sabol then drew a walk, followed by sophomore Lovena Chaput's second three-run home run of the season to give the Ducks the 3-2 lead going into the seventh inning ... Stanford then scored five runs in the seventh, including a grand slam from pitcher Missy Penna, to seal the game, 7-3 ... Alicia Cook took the loss for Oregon after relieving starter Melissa Rice in the fifth inning ... Chaput was 2-for-3 on the game, with a run scored and three RBI ... The Ducks found their first Conference win since May 13, 2005, in the rubber game of the series at Stanford, setting the school's single-game hits record with 16 ... UO defeated Stanford 9-2, and had seven different players record a multi-hit game (Boskovich, Suzie Barnes, Sabol, Kayleen Hudson, Joanna Gail, Sari-Jane Jenkins, and Dani Baird) ... The Ducks also tied their single-game doubles record with five ... Rice picked up her first career Pac-10 win in the game, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out one ... Cook pitched in relief for the last 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and striking out two to secure the victory ... Barnes and Sabol each had triples in the game, and Hudson notched her team-high fourth homer of the season ... Oregon tied its largest margin of victory on the season, defeating Cal State Northridge, 15-8, on March 4 ... It was their largest margin of victory in a Conference game since May 1, 2004, when the Ducks defeated Washington 10-2 ... UO leads the league with 13 triples and 17 fielding double plays.

OREGON STATE (2-4, 29-6): The Beavers dropped three Conference games this weekend in the Bay Area ... On Friday at Stanford, Brianne McGowan allowed three runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one ... The Beavers picked up a hit in each of the first three innings, but were unable to get any runs scored ... They stranded six runners on the game ... Trailing 0-2, OSU tied the score in the top of the fourth after senior Lisa Allen roped a two-RBI double to the left-center field gap that scored pinch runners Maggie DeWall and Natalie Johnson ... Allen now stands at 97 career RBI, which places her seventh in the OSU record books ... Stanford notched three hits in the final inning, scoring one to win the game, 3-2 ... On Saturday at California, the Beavers dropped a 2-0 decision ... McGowan held command over the Bears over the first four innings, with the exception of giving up a solo homer to Gina Leomiti in the third ... She struck out seven, allowing two runs on seven hits ... OSU looked to break through in the top of the third after loading the bases, but was shut down on stellar relief pitching from Kristina Thorson ... Freshman DeAnn Young led the Beavers at the plate, going 2-for-3 ... The Beavers dropped a last-inning heartbreaker to Cal on Sunday, falling 2-0 on a walk-off home run from Alex Sutton ... Of OSU's four Conference losses, three have come in the seventh inning ... Ta'Tyana McElroy allowed just two hits over the first five innings, retiring nine straight at one point ... Overall, she gave up two runs on four hits, striking out three and walking one ... DeWall, Sherina Galvan, and Young each recorded a hit in the game ... Young ranks 10th in the league in batting average (.386), fourth in slugging percentage (.716), and is tied for eighth with seven home runs ... Oregon State leads the Pac-10 with 56 doubles, and also ranks third with a .324 batting average and second with a .507 slugging percentage ... McGowan was named as one of the Top 25 finalists for the 2006 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award by the Amateur Softball Association.

STANFORD (3-3, 29-7): Stanford opened home Conference play with two wins and a loss against Oregon and Oregon State ... The Cardinal upset Oregon State on Friday, thanks to a seventh-inning RBI single from Erin Howe ... Missy Penna pitched the complete game for Stanford, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out three ... She was also 1-for-3 at the plate ... After two scoreless innings, Howe reached base with a single to right field, and scored on a triple from Anna Beardman ... Beardman scored on a wild pitch from the first baseman after a lineout from Catalina Morris ... In the bottom of the seventh, freshman Maddy Coon smashed a double to right field, followed by a single from Penna that loaded the bases ... Howe followed with a single to right field, scoring pinch-runner Shoney Hixson and ending the game for a 3-2 Cardinal victory ... Stanford downed Oregon 7-3 on Saturday, thanks to dominant pitching and a grand slam from Penna ... She struck out three in her complete-game performance, allowing three runs on six hits ... Morris was walked to open the first inning, and came in on a double from Lauren Lappin that gave the Cardinal an early 1-0 lead ... Michelle Smith knocked a single to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning, and was advanced on a single from Howe ... Becky McCullough followed with a single up the middle, scoring Smith from third and putting the Cardinal ahead 2-0 ... Penna's grand slam came in the bottom of the sixth, following an RBI-single from Coon ... The Cardinal fell to Oregon in the rubber game of the series, 9-2 ... Penna opened the game for the Cardinal, allowing four runs on five hits in 3.2 innings ... Laura Severson came on in relief for Stanford, allowing five runs on 11 hits ... Lappin went 2-for-4 for the Cardinal with one run, while Coon hit 2-for-3 ... On the weekend, Morris hit .500 (4-for-8) with two runs ... Penna average .444 (4-for-9) at the plate with five RBI.

UCLA (5-1, 33-3): UCLA swept through Arizona last weekend, defeating Arizona State and leveling Arizona twice ... The Bruins are the only team so far in the Conference season to go 3-0 over a weekend, and the only team to do so on the road ... On Friday at ASU, UCLA used dominant pitching from Anjelica Selden and four home runs from Andrea Duran (2), Emily Zaplatosch, and Krista Colburn, to defeat the Sun Devils, 7-4 ... Selden pitched the complete game victory, allowing four runs on five hits, striking out 12 ... Duran hit a leadoff home run for the fourth time this season ... Colburn was 3-for-3 on the game, with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI ... Four first-inning hits put the Bruins on the board, and a second run in the fourth inning were enough to give UCLA a 2-1 victory at Arizona on Saturday ... Lisa Dodd earned the win for the Bruins, while Selden was credited with UCLA's first save of the 2006 season ... Duran led off the first inning with a line-drive double, followed by an infield single from Caitlin Benyi and a fielders choice from Zaplatosch that put runners at the corners ... Jodie Legaspi notched a single through the left side to plate their first run ... In the fourth, Legaspi led off with a double and was sacrificed to third by Dodd before a Whitney Holum single scored UCLA's second run of the game ... Dodd allowed just one run on three hits, striking out one ... All three of UCLA's senior starters homered in their last career game at Arizona on Sunday, as the Bruins won 8-3 ... Duran homered on the second pitch of the game, Benyi homered two batters later and Zaplatosch hit a leadoff homer in the fifth ... Selden pitched the complete game victory, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out seven ... Legaspi and Selden were named as two of the Top 25 finalists for the 2006 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award by the Amateur Softball Association.

WASHINGTON (2-4, 28-12): The Huskies played two extra-innings games at Arizona State this weekend, splitting the series with the Sun Devils and falling to Arizona on Friday ... An unearned run in the second inning was all the Wildcats needed to get the win ... Danielle Lawrie held UA to six hits, striking out eight in 3.2 innings of work ... Caitlin Noble came in for relief, allowing no runs on two hits and fanning three ... Dominique Lastrapes and Ashley Charters notched the only hits of the evening for UW ... Arizona stranded 10 runners on base for the game ... UW outlasted ASU on Saturday, scoring all three of its runs on solo homers from Lauren Greer, Lastrapes, and Lawrie ... Greer and Lastrapes hit back-to-back leadoff homers in the 11th inning to secure the 3-1 victory ... The long ball was the first of Lawrie's career ... Noble and Lawrie combined for 19 strikeouts in the 11-inning duel ... In the second extra-inning game in as many days, the Sun Devils defeated UW in 13 innings ... The Huskies struck first in the game, posting two runs in the third inning on a two-RBI single by senior Sarah Hyatt, scoring Greer and Charters ... ASU answered with a two-run homer from Rhiannon Baca, and then UW notched two more runs in the sixth inning when Greer hit her second homer in as many days, scoring Nicole Moojen ... The Sun Devils sent the game into extra innings with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, and the game was scoreless through 12 ... Baca scored the winning run in the 13th ... Lawrie took the loss, allowing only two runs on nine hits over eight innings of relief, striking out five ... Through their six Pac-10 games, the Huskies lead the league with a 0.85 ERA, 73 strikeouts, and 23 batters struck out looking ... Greer has led the Huskies offensively through Conference play, logging a .417 batting average, a 1.000 slugging percentage, a .462 on-base percentage, and four runs scored ... Each of those marks rank in the in the Top 10 in the league.

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