This Week in Pac-10 Softball
March 27, 2007
CONFERENCE PLAY OFF AND RUNNING THIS WEEKEND
Conference play is finally here and the importance and intensity of every pitch, hit, and catch will ratchet up ... a few non-conference games remain in the early part of the week, but every team opens Pac-10 play this Friday, Mar. 30, for the single game series, then plays the two-game set on Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 31-Apr. 1 ... the first batch of Conference clashes includes No. 14 UCLA and No. 16 WASHINGTON welcoming No. 9 ARIZONA STATE and No. 5 ARIZONA. Also hosting are No. 13 OREGON and No. 19 OREGON STATE. The Ducks and Beavers take on No. 12 STANFORD and CALIFORNIA ... Oregon, picked to finish last in the preseason coaches' poll, boast the best non-conference record (34-3) as well as a league-best 13-game win streak with two games left before league action ... The Ducks, Sun Devils, Cardinal and Bruins are all playing better than .800 softball, and seven of the league's eight teams are ranked in today's ESPN.com/USA Softball Top-25 ... make sure to tune in to FSN this Sunday, Apr. 1 to catch the first of several Pac-10 TV appearances, as the Arizona vs. UCLA match-up from Saturday will be shown on a tape-delayed basis.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tues., Mar. 27STANFORD at Fresno State, 6 p.m. (DH)UC Santa Barbara at UCLA, 1 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 28CALIFORNIA at Pacific, 2 p.m.OREGON at Portland State, 1 p.m. (DH)Northern Colorado at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m. (DH)
Fri., Mar. 30ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.*ARIZONA STATE at UCLA, 1 p.m.*CALIFORNIA at OREGON, 3 p.m.*STANFORD at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.*
Sat., Mar. 31ARIZONA at UCLA, 2 p.m.*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.*CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.*STANFORD at OREGON, 1 p.m.*
Sun., Apr. 1ARIZONA at UCLA, 1 p.m.*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.*STANFORD at OREGON, 1 p.m.*
UPCOMING TV GAMES
Sat., Mar. 31*ARIZONA at UCLA - FSN Regional*Game will air Sun., Apr. 1 (check local listings for time)
Sat., Apr. 7ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA - ESPN2, 7 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 13*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE - FSN Regional*Game will air Sun., Apr. 15 (check local listings for time)
Fri., Apr. 20*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA - FSN Regional*Game will air Sun., Apr. 22 (check local listings for time)
Sun., Apr. 22OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE - ESPN2, 1 p.m.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tues., Mar. 20#12/16 WASHINGTON 3, Utah 1
Wed., Mar. 21UTEP 5, #5/7 ARIZONA STATE 4UTEP 8, #5/7 ARIZONA STATE 7 (10 inn.)
Thurs., Mar. 22BYU at #5/7 ARIZONA STATE, Canceled
Fri., Mar. 23#5/7 ARIZONA STATE 8, BYU 1 (1)#5/7 ARIZONA STATE 10, Longwood 0 (6 inn.) (1)#9/6 Michigan 11, #25/rv CALIFORNIA 8 (2)#25/rv CALIFORNIA 18, Liberty 6 (6 inn.) (2)
Sat., Mar. 24#6/5 ARIZONA 13, New Mexico 0 (5)#6/5 ARIZONA 8, New Mexico 0 (5)#5/7 ARIZONA STATE 6, Illinois 2 (1)#5/7 ARIZONA STATE 12, Longwood 1 (6 inn.) (1)Louisville 12, #25/rv CALIFORNIA 2 (5 inn.) (2)#14/12 OREGON 10, Idaho State 0 (5 inn.)#14/12 OREGON 8, Idaho State 0 (5 inn.)#16/21 OREGON STATE 9, Utah Valley State 1 (5 inn.)#16/21 OREGON STATE 7, Utah Valley State 2#13/10 STANFORD 3, Long Beach State 0 (3)#13/10 STANFORD 5, Ohio 4 (3)
Sun., Mar. 25#6/5 ARIZONA 11, New Mexico 3 (6)#5/7 ARIZONA STATE 13, Illinois 0 (5 inn.) (1)#7/8 Northwestern 11, #25/rv CALIFORNIA 1 (5 inn.) (2)#14/12 OREGON 10, Utah Valley State 1 (5 inn.)#14/12 OREGON 9, Utah Valley State 1 (6 inn.)#16/21 OREGON STATE 9, Idaho State 0 (5 inn.)#16/21 OREGON STATE 8, Idaho State 0 (6 inn.)Portland State 3, #13/10 STANFORD 0 (3)#13/10 STANFORD 7, UC Davis 1 (3)#11/12 UCLA 3, Cal Poly 0#11/12 UCLA 1, Cal Poly 0
Tournaments(1) - Diamond Devil Invitational; Tempe, Ariz.(2) - Women 4 Women Softball Invitational; Louisville, Ky.(3) - Stanford Invitational II; Stanford, Calif.
ARIZONA (24-7): The Wildcats swept a three-game series with New Mexico last weekend to finish their non-conference schedule. Arizona won each game via the eight-run rule, outscoring the Lobos by a combined 32-3 ... junior Taryne Mowatt earned two of the three victories. She opened the weekend with a one-hit shutout in which she struck out six and faced just three batters over the minimum. Despite allowing a home run in the series finale, Mowatt K'd 12 more to give her 235 for the season ... senior Kristie Fox hit .500 during the New Mexico series with seven runs scored and six RBI and slugged 1.375. The two-time All-American hit a pair of home runs on the weekend as well. The second home run makred her 41st career longball and 200th career RBI, tying her for ninth on Arizon's career home run charts and placing her seventh in career RBI ... senior Chelsie Mesa's 22-game hitting streak was the longest for a Wildcat since Autumn Champion's 25-consecutive games in 2003 ... junior Adrienne Acton's 11-game hit streak came to an end on Mar. 18 vs. Oklahoma.
ARIZONA STATE (34-7): The Sun Devils rebounded from two losses at UTEP to sweep the field at the Diamond Devil Invitational over the weekend. ASU was 5-2 overall on the week ... sophomore Kaitlin Cochran earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, going 15-for-20 in the seven games with eight runs scored, three home runs, 10 RBI and an on-base percentage of .800 ... Cochran owns a nine-game hitting streak during which she is hitting .731 (19-for-26). She leads the Pac-10 in six major offensive categories, highlighted by a Conference best .530 average ... Cochran is the only player to start all 41 games for the Sun Devils ... junior Katie Burkhart needs just four strikeouts to match the all-time ASU career record of 893, held by Kirsten Voak, her current pitching coach. Burkhart leads te Pac-10 with 16 double-digit strikeout games this year ... freshman pitcher Megan Elliott helped her own cause on Saturday, hitting a grand slam in a 12-1 win over Longwood in which she picked up her 15th win of the year ... senior Bianca Cruz (49 RBI) is the league's second-leading run producer. A former transfer from San Diego State, Cruz had only 11 RBI in her Sun Devil career until this season
CALIFORNIA (23-15): The Golden Bears struggled to a 1-3 record at the Women 4 Women Softball Invitational last week, losing to top-10 teams Michigan (11-8) and Northwestern (11-1) ... Cal's win came with fireworks as the Bears hung 18 runs on Liberty on Friday ... the 18 runs scored by the Bears vs. Liberty were the most runs scored since 1993 when Cal defeated Stanford 22-2 ... the Bears are 18-3 when scoring first this season, and an impressive 21-1 when leading after four innings ... Cal had at least one home run from Mar. 9-15, a span of seven straight games ... Cal produced 40 hits from Mar. 17-23 ... Cal equaled its highest RBI output (14) vs. Liberty on Mar. 23 ... Cal recorded a season-high seven stolen bases vs, Liberty on Mar. 23 ... freshman Bernice Masaniai had a team-best 12-game hitting streak snapped on Friday (Mar. 9-23) ... Alex Sutton had a ten-game hitting streak (Mar. 3-14) ... Erika Racklin has scored 16 runs in her last 14 games (Mar. 9-25) and has seven multi-hit games since Mar. 9.
OREGON (34-3): The Ducks maintained their 13-game winning steak and 10-0 home record at Howe Field last week with doubleheader victories over Idaho State and Utah Valley State ... in its last 10 games Oregon has outscored its opponents 86-3 ... over the weekend Oregon batted .430 from the plate, while holding opponents to a .119 average and ending each game early due to the eight-run rule ... leadoff batter Suzie Barnes led the way hitting .667 from the plate with a .786 on-base percentage. She crossed the plate 10 times and added eight stolen bases...Barnes recorded four stolen bases in a single game against Idaho State, marking only the second time the feat has been accomplished in program history ... freshman Jennifer Salling leads the starters with a .500 average and 51 RBIs, a new single-season record for the program ... senior Ann Marie Topps is just one home run shy of tying the single season mark (16) set by Andrea Vidlund in 2003... jurnior Alicia Cook pitched the second perfect game of her career last week in the first game vs. Idaho State, however another Duck took Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors ... sophomore Melissa Rice was 3-0 on the mound, improving her ERA to a team and Pac-10 best 0.68 to win her first POTW.
OREGON STATE (24-10): The Beavers cruised to a 4-0 week, taking double-headers from Utah Valley State and Idaho State by a combined score of 33-3. Oregon State has now won nine of its past 10 games ... 2006 All-American Cambria Miranda continues her red-hot hitting of late. Miranda went 8-for-12 (.667) on the weekend, scoring eight runs, tallying 10 RBI and holding a 1.583 slugging percentage. She had a home run in each of the past three games, and leads OSU with seven. Her sixth triple on Sunday gave her sole possession of the Pac-10 lead. Over the last two weeks, Miranda has raised her batting average by 101 points to .374 ... senior Brianne McGowan went 3-0 with her league-leading third save last week. She allowed just one run in 19.0 IP ... McGowan's five-inning shutout of Idaho State moved her into a tie for first in the Beavers recordbooks with 32 career shutouts. She equaled former Beaver Joan Harvey (1982-85) ... the Beaver pitching staff continues to keep OSU in every game. They have not allowed more than four runs in a game since Feb. 16 (28 games) and are second in the Conference with a 1.30 ERA ... freshman Kelly Dyer notched her first career victory on Sunday vs. Idaho State (4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 K).
STANFORD (24-6): The Cardinal returned to action last week after a nearly two-week layoff for finals and spring break. Stanford captured its own Stanford Invitaional II, going 3-1 and defeating UC Davis, 7-1, in the title game ... sophomore ace Missy Penna showed little rust from the break, going 2-0 with a shutout of Long Beach State in the tourney opener and a complete game win over Davis in the final. In her two starts, Penna allowed just one run on six hits in 14.0 innings and struck out 16. Penna improves to 16-2 on the year ... Penna is only 12 strikeouts behind her 2006 total of 179 ... Stanford pitchers had a streak of 25 scoreless innings snapped on Saturday in the third inning of a 5-4 win vs. Ohio. The Cardinal had shutout their previous three opponents ... Sunday's loss to Portland State snapped an eight-game winning streak. The Cardinal have had winning streaks of 12 and eight games.
UCLA (24-6): The Bruins played just two games last week, sweeping a double-header at Cal Poly on Sunday. UCLA took the opener, 3-0, and the nightcap, 1-0, marking its third straight shutout win ... UCLA extended its winning-streak to a season-best 12 games ... the Bruins are 3-1 in 1-0 games this season. Three of their past six wins have been by 1-0 scores ... junior All-American Anjelica Selden dominated Cal Poly in the first game on Sunday, spinning a three-hit shutout while walking none and striking out eight. Selden improved to 12-8 and lowered her ERA to 2.08 after some early stumbles ... senior Jodie Legaspi was 2-for-4 in the brief series, hitting her fifth home run of the season in the opener and driving in the game's only run in the second game ... the Bruins lead the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.562) and on-base percentage (.437) and have made the best contact of any team, striking out a league-low 115 times.
WASHINGTON (22-7): The Huskies played just once last week, a 3-1 win over Utah in Seattle on Tuesday, Mar. 20 ... sophomore Danielle Lawrie picked up her 13th win, allowing one run on four hits and striking out 12 in a complete game performance ... senior Dena Tyson provided the big blow, doubling in the go-ahead runs. Tyson leads the Huskies with 28 RBI in just 28 games. She had 23 in all of 2006 ... Tyson and junior Ashley Charters are tied for the team lead in batting with .415 averages. Charters ranks fifth in the Conference but Tyson has yet to earn the necessary at-bats to qualify. Tyson's .537 OBP would rank fourth in the league ... the Huskies' four wins over ranked opponents are second in the Pac-10 to Arizona's six.
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