This Week in Pac-10 Softball

April 22, 2008

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The top of the Conference has begun to distinguish itself, while the middle remains muddled heading into week five...ARIZONA STATE remains the top team in the Pac-10 and in one of the two national polls as they welcome OREGON STATE and OREGON, who also play each other in a rescheduled game on Wed., April 23. The Sun Devils and Beavers will finish their incomplete game before facing each other again on Friday...ARIZONA will also welcome the Oregon schools, taking on the Ducks who they split with earlier in the season, before facing the Beavers who they defeated in their only meeting...UCLA and WASHINGTON make the tough trip to the Bay Area to face CALIFORNIA and STANFORD in series that could go a long way toward clearing up the standings headed down the home stretch.

Tues., April 22San Jose State at STANFORD, 6 p.m.UCLA vs. USA Nat'l Team, 6 p.m. (ex)

Wed., April 23OREGON STATE at OREGON, 4 p.m.*

Fri., April 25OREGON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m.*WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 7 p.m.*

Sat., April 26OREGON at STATE ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*OREGON at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.*UCLA at STANFORD, 1 p.m.*WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*

Sun., April 27OREGON at ARIZONA STATE, Noon*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, Noon*UCLA at STANFORD, Noon*WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA, Noon*

TEAM BY TEAM NOTES
ARIZONA (29-14, 6-6): Through the four games that Sarah Akamine has pitched in (Pac-10 contests or not), her offense has posted a combined run margin of 38 to 4 in favor of UA, a 9½ :1 ratio. In 18 games, Lindsey Sisk has acquired a 149-37 margin for roughly a 4:1 ratio. Taryne Mowatt's offensive support, though spotty at times, has come through with a 169-81 margin in 30 appearances for the senior, roughly 2:1. Unfortunately, UA is only 2-8 in one run games...Speaking of close games, four of the 14 Arizona losses this season have come because of one pitch driven over the fence. the most recent being a two-run blast against ASU last weekend.

ARIZONA STATE (48-3, 10-1): History was made in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon as the No. 1 ASU Softball Team rallied back Saturday afternoon to complete the sweep of back-to-back national champions, the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats, with a 9-8 walk-off win sealing their first sweep of the `Cats in 20 years. The last ASU sweep of Arizona came in 1988, under ASU's first Head Coach Mary Littlewood, who led ASU to six wins over the Wildcats that year, four of which were in the regular season... With 26 hits and 20 runs scored on the day, the offensive power of the No. 1 ASU Softball team was the force that drove them to a 6-5 and a 14-7 win in Monday's doubleheader against the visiting UNLV Rebels. Righty hurler, Megan Elliott was credited with both of the Sun Devils' wins on the day pushing her record to a perfect 16-0.

CALIFORNIA (36-18, 4-8): With Stanford's Missy Penna and California's Marissa Drewrey locked in a pitcher's duel all afternoon, sophomore Bernice Masaniai decided to shake things up in the bottom of the seventh inning with a walk-off home run to give the Golden Bears a 1-0 victory over their cross-town rival ... Former Cal Bear Vicky Galindo was named to the 15-member roster when the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced on Mar. 28 its roster and three replacement players that will compete this August in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The 15 athletes will look to defend three consecutive Olympic gold medals when they begin competition in China on Aug.12.

OREGON (26-20, 1-9): The University of Oregon and Oregon State season softball finale, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 19, will be rescheduled for Wednesday, April 23 at 4 p.m ... The Beavers announced the game switch after it rained noticeably the previous night, and Saturday's cold, rainy conditions were transitioning into storms throughout the Willamette Valley ... The Ducks are led by centerfielderNeena Bryant, who notched the game-winning home run in the second game against the Wildcats in a 1-0 decision in Eugene earlier this year.

OREGON STATE (26-21, 4-6): Oregon State took the series against Oregon in a 3-1 win at the OSU Softball Complex on Friday afternoon ... Junior DeAnn Young and sophomore Dani Chisholm each tallied a pair of hits of the team's seven total, while freshmen Erin Guzy and McKenna Lowe earned the team's RBI with Guzy earning two ... Sophomore pitcher Kelly Dyer earned her second win over the Ducks, throwing a one-hitter and giving up only one earned run, while striking out 10, holding Oregon to a .048 batting average. Her 10 strikeouts ties her career-high for a single game ... Oregon State took not only the 2008 softball series but the overall Dodge Civil War Series, 9-8, on Apr. 18, with a 3-1 win over the Ducks. The Beavers won in Eugene earlier this season in a 7-4 decision.

STANFORD (37-7, 6-6): Stanford won its 40th game of the year on Saturday, clinching the program's tenth 40-win season under Head Coach John Rittman. Notably, the Cardinal hit No. 40 before the month of May for just the second time in school history. The 2001 WCWS team that won a school-record 54 games was the only other Stanford team to do so ... While all the focus is on her homerun total, sophomore Rosey Neill is also posting impressive numbers in the RBI column. With three more RBI, Neill will become just the sixth player in school history to notch 50 or more RBI in one season ... Missy Penna, the Pac-10's leader in wins, is not only one of best strikeout pitchers in school history, but she is also one of the winningest. After pitching three more complete games last weekend, Penna now has 75 career victories, second only to Dana Sorensen (105) on the program's career list.

UCLA (38-5, 10-2): Senior Anjelica Selden struck out 14 and became the 34th Division I pitcher to post 100 career victories, as the fourth-ranked Bruins defeated #20 Washington 2-1 on Friday at Husky Softball Stadium. She tossed a three hitter in the game, retiring the side on strikes in the fifth and seventh innings ... Selden and freshman outfielder Samantha Camuso are two of 25 finalists for the 2008 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association on April 9. The award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by players across the country.

WASHINGTON (25-16-1, 4-7): Washington outfielder Marnie Koziol has been named a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American for her dedication to strength training and conditioning ... Koziol, who is a junior from Renton, Washington, is hitting .304 on the season and leads the Huskies with 34 runs scored and 21 stolen bases. She was honored as an honorable mention All-Pac-10 outfielder last season after hitting .307 with 30 runs scored and 12 stolen bases. Koziol was the only player from a Pac-10 university among the group. It marks the second straight year that a UW softball player has been named an NSCA All-American, after both Danielle Lawrie and Caitlin Noble were selected last season.

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