This Week in Pac-10 Softball

April 7, 2009


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Apr. 3, 2009
*No. 3/3 WASHINGTON, 6 No. 9/16 ARIZONA, 0
*No. 4/8 ARIZONA STATE, 5 No. 7/5 UCLA, 0
*OREGON, 7 No. 14/12 CALIFORNIA, 0

Apr. 4, 2009
*No. 9/16 ARIZONA, 9 No. 7/5 UCLA, 2
*No. 3/3  WASHINGTON, 11 No. 4/8 ARIZONA STATE, 3
*No. 2/2 STANFORD 11  OREGON, 0 

Apr. 5, 2009
*No. 7/5 UCLA, 3 No. 9/16 ARIZONA, 2 
*No. 3/3  WASHINGTON, 3 No. 4/8 ARIZONA STATE, 2
*No. 2/2 STANFORD, 5 OREGON, 2

* Pac-10 Conference game
Conference Notes--4/7
Pac-10 Tops the Polls
The Pac-10 leads the way in the most recent USA Today/NFCA and Softball polls with six teams ranked in the top-25, the most of any conference:  

Big 12:  4 (MO, OK, TEX, TAMU)
Big Ten:  (N.W., MICH, OSU)

Offensively Speaking
The Conference has been an offensive force, with Arizona leading the way.  The Wildcats have hit a nation-leading 91 home runs on the season, 30 more than next highest Campbell with 61.  

Nationally, the Pac-10 has three teams ranked in the top-six in scoring, with Arizona leading the nation averaging 8.73 runs a game.  Arizona State, close behind, ranking second nationally in scoring with over 7.23 runs per game.  UCLA ranks sixth with 6.40 runs scored per contest.

Individually, no other DI players in nation have hit more home runs than Arizona’s Stacie Chambers (23), Arizona’s Jenae Leles (18) and Arizona State’s Kaitlin Cochran (16).

Top Tier Pitching
Stanford and Washington rank third and sixth, respectively, in the nation in pitching due in large part to each team’s starting ace.

Stanford SR Missy Penna, the Pac-10’s active leader in both strike outs and shutouts, leads the nation in shutouts thrown this season with 14.   Penna is also ranked fourth in the nation with a 0.74 ERA and seventh in strike outs thrown this season with 221.

Washington JR Danielle Lawrie has been equally impressive, ranking third in the nation with her 0.57 ERA.  Lawrie threw just the third no hitter of her career last weekend, shutting out Arizona’s top-ranked offense.  The junior has thrown a staggering 267 strikeouts this season, which ranks her third in the nation. 

The Pac-10’s best pitchers faced off against one another on Mar. 28.  In Stanford’s 1-0 victory  over Wasington in 11 innings, Lawrie and Penna combined for 29 total strikeouts, the 10th most combined strikeouts by two starting pitchers in NCAA history.

Out of the Park
Arizona is on pace to knock the Pac-10 and NCAA home run record out of the park.  The record, for both the NCAA and the Conferece is 126 home runs set by the Wildcats in 2001.  Currently, Arizona has 91 home runs over 41 games, good for 2.22 home runs per game.  The Wildcats are on pace to hit over 124 long balls by the end of the regular season alone.

Stacie Chambers and Jenae Leles are currently ranked first and second in the nation and in the Pac-10 in home runs per game.  

Defensive Minded
Oregon State currently leads the nation in double plays turned, averaging 0.66 double plays per game.  SR Paige Lowe, who helped the Beavers turn a school-record four double plays on Feb. 19 against Kansas, leads the Pac-10 with 17 double plays on the season.  The four double plays also ties an NCAA record.

Additionally, the Beavers lead the Pac-10 with 23 double plays turned.

Stealing the Record Book
California FR Jamia Reid continues to lead the Pac-10 in steals with 31, as the Golden Bears are on pace to shatter the Pac-10 season steal record of 194 set by Washington in 1997.  Cal currenlty has 110 stolen bases on the season.

In California’s 11-6 win over Pacific on Mar. 25, Reid set a new Cal single-season record, earning her 29th stolen base of the season.  The Pac-10 single season record is 67, set by Arizona’s Alison McCutcheon in 1998.

The Golden Bears rank second in the NCAA, averaging 2.97 stolen bases per game.

Arizona State’s Kaitlin Cochran continues to move up in the Pac-10 record books.  The senior is currently ranked third in career batting average with .452, fourth in career walks with 207, and seventh in both home runs, 65, and total runs, 247.

By the end of the season , Cochran has the potential to crack the top-10 in games played, hits, doubles and RBI.  At the conclusion on her career, the Sun Devil has the ability to be the only player to be ranked in eight of the 11 Pac-10 offensive career records.  

Most Appearance on All-Time 
Pac-10 Career Leader List

6 Natasha Watley, UCLA (2000-03)
Alison McCutcheon, ARIZ (1995-98)
Leah Braatz, ARIZ (1994-98)

5 Stacey Nuveman, UCLA (1997-02)



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