This Week in Pac-10 Softball

March 11, 2008

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The Conference deserves some rest after the phenomenal performances of its teams the past couple of weeks and a light schedule will oblige many of the leagues top teams ... ARIZONA STATE is enjoying life in the fast lane as they sit atop both polls currently riding a 27 game win streak, and will host a trio of games against Santa Clara this weekend ... STANFORD can head to Hotel California to enjoy their seven-game win streak as they have the week off ... Life's been good for UCLA as they enjoy a 19-game winning streak that has seen them elevated to No. 3/2 in the polls as they prepare to host two Big West schools in Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge before taking 12 days off ... ARIZONA has been forced to take it to the limit after their early season woes, but they're right back in the think of the race, having won 14 of their last 15 ... WASHINGTON has moved up the standings in a New York Minute thanks to their six-game winning streak which they take south to Portland, Ore. to help cohost the Cascade Classic ... CALIFORNIA can't learn to be still as they play Sacramento State at home before heading to SacTown for five games at the Capital Classic ... OREGON and OREGON STATE will also host legs of the Cascade


ARIZONA (15-5): Arizona pounded the ball for four games, then appeared in a daze for a fifth, emerging with a 4-1 mark at home in the Wildcat Invitational, really a three-game series against Creighton and a two-game visit by La Salle ... The Cats smacked six home runs - three in one inning, a 10-run seventh - in whipping La Salle 18-2 ... Continued the long ball style with a five-inning 15-1 victory over Creighton and socked four more home runs as Lindsey Sisk had her first no hitter against La Salle in a 16-0 romp ... The Cats improved their batting average from .310 to .326 in the five games... UA hit 15 home runs in the five games to tie the 2001 UA club's school mark for most in a tourney... Arizona outscored the opposition 56-5 in the five games, with a total of 52 hits.

ARIZONA STATE (27-1): Kristen Miller went 2-for-2 with two grand slams, three runs scored and eight RBIs on Sunday while Megan Elliott pitched a one-hit complete game shutout to wrap the Diamond Devil Invitational and giving them a school-record 24 consecutive wins and their fourth tournament title this season ... Miller's eight RBIs are the most from a Sun Devil in a single game since March 16, 2006 when Mindy Cowles hit three home runs for 10 RBIs against UTEP in Tempe.

CALIFORNIA (19-9): Cal has won 11 of its last 13 games dating back to February 23. During that span, the Bears have limited its opposition to a .179 batting average, thanks in part to the pitching staff. Valerie Arioto has posted a 3-0 record and a 1.68 ERA in the circle during that time with 29 strikeouts. Marissa Drewrey and Brittany LaRosa have combined for an 8-1 record as well with 48 Ks ... Cal has also received big contributions from Bernice Masaniai and Gina Leomiti. Since Feb. 23, Masaniai has hit .341 with eight runs, five doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI, while Leomiti has produced a .341 batting average with 12 runs, two home runs and 14 RBI.

OREGON (13-9): The Ducks come off a 4-1 weekend in Las Vegas last weekend in the UNLV Invitational. Sunday's 2-0 win over New Mexico State in the finale gave head coach Kathy Arendsen her 200th Duck victory. Earlier in the tourney UO claimed wins over Southern Utah (10-6, 4-2), UNLV (7-1) and lost only to No. 20 Ohio State (7-0) ... In the Vegas tilts, junior pitcher Melissa Rice went 3-0, staked a 0.51 ERA, allowed only one earned run in her 17 2/3 innings and struck out 17. The past two weeks, she's 6-1, and now leads the team in overall wins (7-4) ... At the plate last week, freshman second baseman Cortney Kivett extended her hit streak to 15 games and led UO in batting (.526), hits (10) and stolen bases (5). Two others batted .500 in Vegas - sophomore Neena Bryant (8-for-16, 4 runs, 1 home run, 5 RBI) and freshman Monique Fuiava (6-for-12, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 3 walks).

OREGON STATE (9-12): The Beavers went 4-1 at the Blue and Gold Felsberg Memorial Tournament, hosted by Florida International. The Beavers swept Ball State in 8-1 and 5-2 wins, defeated Harvard 2-1 and split with Florida International with the Golden Panthers taking the first meeting 3-2 with the Beavers following up with a 4-1 win ... Sophomore Dani Chisholm tied the school record for most hits in a single game, going a perfect 4-for-4 in the team's final game against Florida International, also tallying a pair of stolen bases and runs. On the weekend, she hit .533 with eight hits, five runs and three RBI. She now is the lone player hitting above .400 with a team-leading .407 batting average ... Sophomore pitcher Kelly Dyer went 3-0 on the weekend, improving her record to 7-9, after earning the first three wins of the weekend. Dyer threw 10 strikeouts, posting a 1.29 ERA and holding opponents to a .173 batting average. In the team's 8-1 win over Ball State, Dyer gave up a season-low two hits in her complete game win.

STANFORD (27-2): Stanford closed out a perfect 7-0 week and the team heads into its finals week break with a 27-2 record ... Cardinal ace Missy Penna earned her 17th win of the year, and had a no-hitter going against the College of Charleston until the seventh inning, when Kristie Shifflett recorded the Cougars' only hit of the game. Penna struck out four, and shutout an opponent for the eighth time this season ... In the same game, senior Anna Beardman cracked her eighth career triple, moved into fourth place on the program's all-time triples chart.

UCLA (25-2): Another perfect 6-0 week for the Bruins spotlighted yet again by their pitching as UCLA picked up its third straight Pac-10 pitcher of the week award ... This week it was senior anjelica Selden's turn again as she tossed 22 scoreless innings and had 31 strikeouts in three games last week, picking up victories against UNLV, Virginia Tech and Long Beach State. Selden became the 21st Division I pitcher to record 1,200 strikeouts for a career on March 1 at San Diego State and enters this week's action with 1,242 as a Bruin ...

WASHINGTON (16-6-1): Freshmen Morgan Stuart and Aleah Macon earned tournament MVP honors and the No. 22 Washington Huskies defeated No. 15 Hawaii, 8-6, to win the title of the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament ... Stuart hit .526 with two doubles, two home runs and a tournament-high 12 RBI to earn the MVP award, while Macon was named the tournament's top pitcher after going 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched. Junior outfielder Marnie Koziol was also named to the all-tournament team after hitting .526 with eight runs scored and three stolen bases ... All seven of the Husky players that started all six games hit over .333 in the tournament. In addition to both Koziol and Stuart hitting .526, Bailey Stenson hit .476, Amanda Fleischman hit .455, Alyson McWherter hit .375, Alicia Blake hit .357 and Jace Williams hit .333.

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