This Week in Pac-10 Softball

May 20, 2008

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The Conference sends five of seven teams on to the Super Regionals as Pac-10 teams make up almost a third of the remaining field of the NCAA Tournament...ARIZONA STATE, UCLA, and ARIZONA all host super regional sites while STANFORD and CALIFORNIA face tough road tests as they all look to advance to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla...The No. 2 seeded Bruins welcome No. 15 seed Georgia to Easton Stadium...The No. 6 seeded Sun Devils face a tough challenge in No. 11 seeded Nortwestern, a Top-10 ranked team much of the year...The No. 7 seeded Wildcats are perhaps the nation's hottest team, having won their last eight games, and will host No. 10 seeded Oklahoma...The No. 12 seed Cardinal are headed to College Station, Texas to take on No. 5 seed Texas A&M, ranked in the Top-5 recently...Bay Area counterpart California heads to Gainesville, Fla. to take on the almost consensus No. 1 team in the nation, the Florida Gators.


No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 15 Georgia
Los Angeles, Calif.
May 24 - 5 p.m. ESPN
May 25 - 4 p.m. ESPN2
May 25 - 6 p.m. ESPN2*

No. 6 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 11 Northwestern
Tempe, Ariz.
May 23 - 5 p.m. ESPNU
May 24 - 1 p.m. ESPNU
May 24 - 3 p.m. ESPNU*

No. 10 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 ARIZONA
Tucson, Ariz.
May 23 - 4:30 p.m. ESPN
May 24 - 11:30 a.m. ESPN
May 24 - 1:30 p.m. ESPN*

No. 1 Florida vs. CALIFORNIA
Gainesvile, Fla.
May 23 - 11 a.m. ESPNU
May 24 - 9 a.m. ESPNU
May 24 - 11 a.m. ESPNU*

No. 5 Texas A&M vs. No. 12 STANFORD
College Station, Texas
May 24 - 6 p.m. ESPNU
May 25 - 12:30 p.m. ESPNU
May 25 - 1:30 p.m. ESPNU*


Los Angeles Regional - May 16-18 at Los Angeles, Calif.
UCLA 8, Cal State Fullerton 3
UCLA 6, Nevada 4
UCLA 4, Nevada 3

Tempe Regional - May 16-18 at Tempe, Ariz.
ARIZONA STATE 2, Stony Brook 0
ARIZONA STATE 10, Hawai'i 0 (6 inn.)
ARIZONA STATE 8, Hawai'i 0 (5 inn.)

Hempstead Regional - May 16-18 at Hempstead, N.Y.
ARIZONA 11, Canisius 0 (5 inn.)
ARIZONA 10, Hofstra 0 (5 inn.)
ARIZONA 5, Hofstra 0

Amherst Regional - May 16-18 at Amherst, Mass.
STANFORD 4, Lehigh 0
STANFORD 3, Massachusetts 0
Massachusetts 2, STANFORD 1
STANFORD 6, Massachusetts 0

Fresno Regional - May 16-18 at Fresno, Calif.
CALIFORNIA 4, San Diego State 1
CALIFORNIA 3, Fresno State 0
Fresno State 3, CALIFORNIA 2
CALIFORNIA 7, Fresno State 6 (9 inn.)

Houston Regional - May 16-18 at Houston, Texas
Houston 2, WASHINGTON 0
Houston 2, WASHINGTON 1

Norman Regional - May 16-18 at Norman, Okla.
Oklahoma 6, OREGON 0
OREGON 1, Tulsa 0
OREGON 3, Arkansas 0
Oklahoma 11, OREGON 0 (6 inn.)


ARIZONA (39-16, 13-8): The Wildcats rolled through their regional matchups, winning two of three by run-rule and all three by shutout as they defeated Canisius, 11-0, followed by a 10-0 drubbing of Hofstra both in only five innings ... The `Cats closed out their regional sweep with a 5-0 win over Hofstra as P Taryne Mowatt seems to be heating up at the right time running her scoreless streak to 21 innings ... In outscoring its opponents 26-0, Arizona also outhit them 31-8, including six home runs.

ARIZONA STATE (59-5, 18-3): The Sun Devils cruised through their regional series as well, as pitchers Megan Elliott and regional MVP Katie Burkhart combined for 18 shutout innings and the Sun Devil offense scored 20 runs in three wins, including two run-rulings of No. 23 Hawai'i ... Mindy Cowles and Kristen Miller continued their battle for the team home run lead as both jacked two bombs in the regional and remained tied with 16 home runs on the season.

CALIFORNIA (43-25, 7-14): The Golden Bears path through the Fresno regional was a tough one as they were forced to extra innings in a deciding game seven against Fresno State before Julie Meyer knocked the game-winning single down the left field line to plate Bernice Masaniai (who led off with a single) to send the Bears to the Super Regional ... After scoring five runs in the Fresno Regional, Valerie Arioto ranks second on Cal's single-season charts for runs scored with 54 runs.

OREGON (35-29, 5-16): The Ducks faced a daunting task in the Norman, Okla. regional and after dropping their opening game against the host Sooners, rallied with victories over Tulsa and Arkansas to gain entry into the regional championship game, a rematch with Oklahoma. The Sooners came out firing in the final, dropping the Ducks 11-0 in six innings... Duck senior Alicia Cook (17-14) started her third game in as many days. Altogether, the Elmira, Ore., native and team's pitcher of the year pitched 15.1 of the 26 innings in the weekend's four games and went 1-2 with a shutout and save, struck out nine and walked three.

OREGON STATE (28-31, 6-15): The Beavers were the lone Pac-10 team to not make the NCAA Tournament, surprisingly after a 2-1 weekend that included wins over No. 24/24 Washington and No. 3/3 UCLA ... Senior Cambria Miranda finishes her OSU career second in school history in home runs (42) and stolen bases (44) and sixth in RBI (120).

STANFORD (49-13, 11-10): Stanford traveled across the country to Amherst, Mass. and the regional hosted by Massachusetts, who would prove to be the only challenger to the Cardinal as UMass forced a game seven on Championship Sunday, but Stanford ace Missy Penna was equal to the task, rebounding to throw her second no-hitter of the year, fanning nine UMass batters in her fourth complete game in less than 72 hours ... Stanford pounded UMass pitcher Brandice Balschmiter with 11 hits in the deciding game, the most the NCAA ERA leader has allowed all year ... Rosey Neill ripped three of those hits and bashed her 19th homer to match the school's single-season home run record.

UCLA (48-7, 17-4): The Bruins hosted a regional at Easton Stadium and were tested by No. 20 Nevada, as the Wolfpack took UCLA to nine innings in their first matchup, a 6-4 Bruin victory, and it took a sixth inning go-ahead home run from Samatha Camuso for the Bruins to salvage a 4-3 victory in order to advance to the Super Regional ... In the deciding game, Senior Anjelica Selden improved to 26-3 on the season, striking out seven and allowing no walks, five hits and three runs in a complete-game effort.

WASHINGTON (30-25-1, 7-14): The Huskies pulled off victories over the Texas Longhorns but were unable to overcome the pitching of Angel Shamblin and the No. 11 Houston Cougars as UW was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament after the regional round ... Senior pitcher Caitlin Noble tallied seven strikeouts in her final career appearance which moved her career total to 757 and to No. 4 all-time at Washington ... Morgan Stuart hit her seventh home run of the season in the deciding game and finished tied for the team lead with Alicia Blake.

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