This Week In Pac-10 Softball

March 6, 2007

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Pac-10 Standings
Arizona State 21-2, .913
Oregon 20-2, .909
Washington 15-2, .882
Arizona 14-3, .824
Stanford 16-5, .762
UCLA 15-6, .714
Oregon State 11-7, .611
California 13-9, .591

**through games of 3/5**

WASHINGTON heads into play this week with the Conference's longest winning streak, having taken their last seven games. The Huskies' last two wins came against Top-10 opponent LSU, and vaulted UW into the Top-10 themselves (tied for 10th) for the first time this season, joining No. 2 ARIZONA and No. 6 ARIZONA STATE ... At this point, seven of the Conference's eight teams have been ranked in the Top-10 at one point, and No. 15 OREGON continues to put everyone on notice that it might soon be joining that group. The Ducks have won 20 of their last 21, and went 3-0 against ranked opponents in Hawai'i last week ... The Big XII will be a common Conference foe this week, as Arizona State and Washington face Missouri and Texas Tech in the Pac-10 vs. Big XII challenge in Tempe, Ariz., and Arizona travels to Waco, Texas to face No. 14 Baylor in a three-game series ... CALIFORNIA, Oregon, OREGON STATE, STANFORD and UCLA each travel their separate ways for tournaments this week.

Tues., Mar. 6Creighton at ARIZONA, 5 p.m. (DH)

Wed., Mar. 7Creighton at ARIZONA STATE, 12 p.m.Loyola Chicago at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.OREGON STATE vs. Boston College, 12 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE vs. Pacific, 2 p.m. (1)UCLA at Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.

Thurs., Mar. 8OREGON at UNLV, 5 p.m. (2) (DH)OREGON STATE vs. Liberty, 4 p.m. (1)OREGON STATE at Hawaii, 8 p.m. (1)

Fri., Mar. 9ARIZONA at Baylor, 4:30 p.m.Missouri at ARIZONA STATE, 5 p.m. (3)Texas Tech at ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m. (3)CALIFORNIA vs. Iowa, 12:30 p.m. (4)OREGON vs. New Mexico State, 1:30 p.m. (2)OREGON vs. Miami (Ohio), 8:15 p.m. (2)OREGON STATE vs. TBD, TBA (1)UC Santa Barbara at STANFORD, 2 p.m. (5)Sacramento State at STANFORD, 4 p.m. (5)UCLA vs. Southern Utah, 2 p.m. (23)UCLA vs. Eastern Kentucky, 6:30 p.m. (6)WASHINGTON vs. Texas Tech, 12 p.m. (3)WASHINGTON vs. Missouri, 2:30 p.m. (3)

Sat., Mar. 10ARIZONA at Baylor, 12 p.m.Texas Tech at ARIZONA STATE, 5 p.m. (3)Missouri at ARIZONA STATE, 7:30 p.m. (3)CALIFORNIA vs. Eastern Illinois, 10 a.m. (4)CALIFORNIA vs. Iowa State, 12:30 p.m. (4)OREGON vs. Longwood, 3:45 p.m. (2)OREGON STATE vs. TBD, TBA (1)San Diego State at STANFORD, 2 p.m. (5)Loyola Chicago at STANFORD, 4 p.m. (5)UCLA vs. Canisius, 3:45 p.m. (6)UCLA at Long Beach State, 6 p.m. (6)WASHINGTON vs. Missouri, 12 p.m. (3)WASHINGTON vs. Texas Tech, 2:30 p.m. (3)

Sun., Mar. 11ARIZONA at Baylor, 10 a.m.ARIZONA STATE vs. TBD, TBA (3)CALIFORNIA vs. Northern Iowa, 9 a.m. (4)TBD at STANFORD, TBA (5)UCLA vs. Notre Dame, 5 p.m. (6)WASHINGTON vs. TBD, TBA (3)

Tournaments(1) - Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament; Honolulu, Hawaii(2) - Eller Media Stadium Classic; Las Vegas, Nev.(3) - Pac-10 vs. Big XII Challenge; Tempe, Ariz.(4) - National Invitational Softball Tournament, San Jose, Calif.(5) - Stanford Classic; Stanford, Calif.(6) - Long Beach State Invitational; Lakewood, Calif.all times pacific

Tues., Feb. 27#12/15 UCLA 5, Loyola-Marymount 2

Wed., Feb. 28#18/18 CALIFORNIA 9, Santa Clara 4

Thurs., Mar. 1#22/17 OREGON 5, #21/23 Georgia 0 (1)#22/17 OREGON 7, #25/24 Hawaii 1 (1)

Fri., Mar. 2#3/2 ARIZONA 5, Missouri 4UC Santa Barbara 8, #4/2 ARIZONA STATE 7 (2)#4/2 ARIZONA STATE 12, North Florida 9 (2)Fresno State 2, #18/18 CALIFORNIA 1 (3)#18/18 CALIFORNIA 14, Delaware State 6 (3)#22/17 OREGON 1, Kent State 0 (8 inn.) (1)Saint Mary's 2, #22/17 OREGON 1 (9 inn.) (1)#11/13 OREGON STATE 3, Nevada 0 (4)#11/13 OREGON STATE 4, Oklahoma State 0 (4)Cal Poly 6, #9/8 STANFORD 2 (4)Cal State Fullerton 1, #9/8 STANFORD 0 (4)#12/15 UCLA 11, Long Beach State 0 (5 inn.) (5)#RV/25 Illinois State 2, #12/15 UCLA 1 (5)#15/14 WASHINGTON 15, Portland State 0 (5 inn.) (6)

Sat., Mar. 3#3/2 ARIZONA 8, Missouri 1#4/2 ARIZONA STATE 2, Houston 1 (2)#4/2 ARIZONA STATE 6, North Florida 2 (2)DePaul 2, #18/18 CALIFORNIA 1 (3)#18/18 CALIFORNIA 5, UNLV 4 (3)#22/17 OREGON 10, Saint Mary's 1 (1)#11/13 OREGON STATE 7, Minnesota 0 (4)#8/12 Northwestern 4, #11/13 OREGON STATE 0 (8 inn.) (4)#9/8 STANFORD 2, Texas Tech 1 (4)#8/12 Northwestern 11, #9/8 STANFORD 3 (6 inn.) (4)#12/15 UCLA 3, Loyola Chicago 0 (5)#12/15 UCLA 10, #17/20 Florida 2 (6 inn.) (5)#15/14 WASHINGTON 3, #7/6 LSU 1 (9 inn.) (6)

Sun., Mar. 4#3/2 ARIZONA 8, Missouri 7#4/2 ARIZONA STATE 12, Utah Valley State 0 (5 inn.) (2)#23/RV Nebraska 5, #18/18 CALIFORNIA 2 (8 inn.) (3)#22/17 OREGON 6, #21/23 Georgia 0 (1)Cal State Fullerton 1, #11/13 OREGON STATE 0 (4)#9/8 STANFORD 6, Minnesota 3 (4)#12/15 UCLA 9, Loyola Chicago 1 (5 inn.) (5)#15/14 WASHINGTON 6, #7/6 LSU 3 (6)

Tournaments(1) Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament; Honolulu, Hawaii(2) Sun Devil Invitational; Tempe, Ariz.(3) UNLV Invitational; Las Vegas, Nev.(4) Worth Invitational; Fullerton, Calif.(5) Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament; Los Angeles, Calif.(6) Husky Softball Classic; Seattle, Wash.


ARIZONA (14-3): The Wildcats swept a three-game series from Big XII foe Missouri last week, marking the seven-straight games played against Big XII competition. Arizona is 6-1 during that span. Following a double-header with Creighton on Tuesday, the Wildcats will return to their Big XII battles, traveling to Waco to face No. 14 Baylor in their first road games of the year ... senior Caitlin Lowe picked up Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this week for the torment she caused the Tigers on the basepaths. Lowe scored eight runs in three games while hitting 7-for-10 (.700) and stealing nine bases in nine attempts. Lowe has yet to be caught stealing this year (22-for-22). She is now tied for fourth-place on the Pac-10 all-time stolen base charts with 129. Lowe is even with former Wildcat Vivian Holm (1987-90) ... senior Chelsie Mesa extended her hitting streak to 14 games during the three-game set ... freshman Sarah Akamine has displayed excellent command, walking only five batters in 33.1 innings, the second-fewest in the Pac-10 among qualifying players.

ARIZONA STATE (21-2): The Sun Devils are coming off a 4-1 week at their own Sun Devil Invitational ... senior Bianca Cruz had a monster weekend at the dish, batting 9-for-17 (.529) with five runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, and 14 RBI. She slugged 1.176, highlighted by Sunday's game against Utah Valley State, in which Cruz had a pair of long balls including a grand slam and seven runs batted in. The week pushed Cruz to the top of the Conference RBI leaders with 30 on the year ... Cruz is one of the few players preventing teammate Kaitlin Cochran's stranglehold on all the major offensive categories. Cochran, an All-American and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year last season, currently leads the Pac-10 in average (.514), on-base percentage (.585), runs (26), hits (36), total bases (58), and is second in slugging percentage (.864).

CALIFORNIA (13-9): The Bears have been involved in 10 games this season that have been called due to an implemented mercy rule -- Cal is 7-3 in such games ... Cal has outscored its opponents 60-29 in the first two innings this season ... The Bears are 10-2 when scoring first this season, and 13-1 when leading after four innings (Cal's 2-1 loss to Fresno State marked the first time this season that it lost a game when leading after four innings) ... Cal has scored seven or more runs eight times since Feb. 18 ... Katie Vickers has had 13 RBI since Feb. 18 ... Christina Schallig had a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 18-Mar. 2... Schallig has also scored at least one run in nine of her last 14 games ... Lauren Frankiewicz posted 30 strikeouts from Feb. 28-Mar. 4.

OREGON (20-2): The Ducks ran their win streak to a league-high 18 games last week before a 2-1 extra-inning loss to St. Mary's on Friday ... Junior right-hander Alicia Cook has pitched three straight shutouts and has a 25-inning scoreless inning streak going into this weekend's tournament in Las Vegas. Her team-leading 10 victories this year gives her 26 in her career (11-'05, 5-'06) and is only two shy of UO's #10 spot (10th is Sony Schroeder, 28) ... sophomore Melissa Rice had a season-high nine strikeouts in the Hawai'i tourney championship game vs. No. 23 Georgia (her previous high was five). She has only given up three earned runs in the last 44 innings ... sophomore centerfielder Sari-Jane Jenkins and redshirt freshman Jennifer Salling are tied for the team lead in multi-hit games with eight in '07. Three of those games, three came in the last tournament in Honolulu, and she had also four in a five-game stretch in an earlier season tournament in Las Vegas ... Salling currently has an 11-game hitting streak - tops on the team - and has hits in 18 of 21 games this season and 18 of the last 19 ... Senior designated player Ann Marie Topps has a team-leading eight home runs this season and has already topped her previous career total (5), giving her 13 in her career - only five shy of UO's top-10 list (#10 is Heather Holte, 18).

OREGON STATE (11-7): Oregon State started strong at the Worth Invitational last week, producing three-straight shutouts vs. Nevada, Oklahoma State, and Minnesota before being shut out themselves in the final two games against No. 8/12 Northwestern and Cal State Fullerton ... senior pitcher Brianne McGowan pitched the complete game shutout on Friday against the Wolfpack. It is her second shutout this season and the 29th of her career ... Oregon State leads the Pac-10 in home runs allowed, having only surrendered three all season. Ta'Tyana McElroy has given up only one long ball in 55.1 innings pitched ... the Beavers also lead the Conference in fielding percentage (.980) ... sophomore Stefanie Ewing has thrown out eight runners trying to take the extra base on her this year, most in the league.

STANFORD (16-5): Senior Jackie Rinehart and freshman Alissa Haber are tied for the team lead in batting average at .362. Each are hitting an identical 25-for-69 ... sophomore Maddy Coon is pacing the Pac-10 in doubles with nine. Coon ranked fifth in that category last season with 13 ... the star for the Cardinal last week at the Worth Classic was junior Michelle Smith, who blasted three home runs in the first four games of the tournament, including a walk-off home run in the seventh inning against Texas Tech on Saturday. Smith now leads the Cardinal with 20 RBI and four home runs on the year, and stands fifth on the Cardinal career home run chart with 27 ... sophomore ace Missy Penna is currently leading the league in opposing batting average (.144), innings pitched (82.1), and wins (11).

UCLA (15-6): The Bruins hosted the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament last week and came away with a 4-1 record, highlighted by a 10-2 pounding of No. 17/20 Florida ... only loss was a 2-1 decision to Illinois State, ranked 25th last week in the USA Softball poll ... freshman pitcher Whitney Baker experienced her first career start on Sunday against Loyola-Chicago, scattering eight hits and striking out eight for her first career victory ... UCLA batters continue to flex their muscles, as Bruins account for half of the top-10 in slugging percentage in the Pac-10. Kaila Shull leads the contingent with a slugging percentage of .789, followed by Jodie Legaspi (.755), Megan Langenfeld (.684), Lisa Dodd (.683), and Krista Colburn (.667) ... Legaspi reached base 14 times in 21 plate appearances during UCLA's six games last week, hitting .500 (7-for-14) and scoring seven runs. Her .575 on-base percentage ranks second in the Conference ... UCLA tied a school record for doubles in a game with eight against Long Beach State last Friday.

WASHINGTON (15-2): The Huskies captured the Husky Softball Classic last weekend in their first home games of the season. UW run-ruled Portland State and then upset No. 7/6 LSU in back-to-back games ... the wins were largely thanks to sophomore strikeout artist Danielle Lawrie, who had her second 20-strikeout performance of the season in Washington's 3-1 win over LSU on Saturday. Lawrie carried a perfect game into the ninth inning before she got hit with a bloop bump hit and unearned run. The Huskies, however, scored three in their half to get the W for Lawrie who matched her own program-best with the 20 K's. She gave up zero walks and only the one hit ... Lawrie picked up another win and a save on the weekend to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for the third time in her career. She is averaging 2.07 strikeouts per inning, and has fanned double-digits in every start this year.

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