This Week in Pac-10 Softball
May 4, 2010
Arizona (40-8): After winning the first two games of the series, the Wildcats had won five-straight Pac-10 games before seeing their streak snapped in the rubber match. FR P Kenzie Fowler earned 11 strikeouts in the win on Saturday, and raised her record to 29-5. She finished the weekend with three wins and an ERA of 0.54. FR OF Brigette Del Ponte knocked in seven runs on two homers in the first game of the series over Cal. She leads the country with 1.41 RBI per game. The Wildcats lead the country with an average of 7.75 runs per game and rank fourth with a .333 batting averge.
Arizona State (39-11): The Sun Devils are coming off a 2-1 series win on the road against Stanford. JR IF Mandy Urfer lead the squad with a .500 batting average, with two runs scored, two RBI and a home run for a 1.000 slugging percentage in two games. SO P Hilary Bach earned the win on Sunday to clinch the series, 3-2, over then-No. 14 Stanford, to bring her record to 21-4. As a team the Sun Devils sit eighth nationally with 6.88 runs per game.
California (36-15): The Bears took one from then-No. 3 Arizona, with an 8-0 win. JR P Valerie Arioto allowed only three hits and struck out nine batter, to bring her record to 18-7 The Bears are quick on the base paths, as SO OF Jamia Reid is second in the nation with 0.91 stolen bases per game. The Bears are also ranked seventh in the country with an average of 2.31 stolen bases per game. Reid also produced at the plate last weekend, having two hits in each game.
Oregon (31-13): Oregon was swept by UCLA last weekend, marking the first time the squad has been swept this season. FR P Jessica Moore sits third-all time for the Ducks with 187 strikeouts so far this season. She is only 16 behind the school record of 203. For the weekend the Ducks were led at the dish by JR C Ashley Kivett who hit .625 (5-for-8) with one home run and three RBI. FR RF Samantha Pappas is fifth in the Conference with a .417 batting average.
Oregon State (22-27): The Beavers dropped three in Conference play this weekend to No. 1 ranked Washington. FR P Marina Demore had a career outing on Sunday, striking out a team season-best 13 strikeouts in a complete-game, three-hitter, 1-0 loss. JR C Audrey Roderfeld ranks fifth in the Conference with 12 doubles. The Beavers are third in the Conference with the most doubles this season (68).
Stanford (32-14): The Cardinal took one from Arizona State over the weekend and earned a win against San Jose State in non-conference action. FR SS/P Jenna Rich had a stellar week at the dish and in the circle. She threw her first career complete-game shutout to lead Stanford to its first Pac-10 win over Arizona State, 8-0. At the plate she went 6-for-11 wtih two doubles and four RBI with a .727 slugging percentage. SR OF Alissa Haber is second in the Conference with a .450 batting average, with 63 hits on the season. SO IF Ashley Hansen leads the Conference with 16 doubles. The sure-handed Cardinal are ninth in the country with a .975 fielding percentage.
UCLA (36-9): The Bruins swept Oregon at home last weekend. SR 1B/P Megan Langenfeld was strong in the circle, recording a win and a save. She has yet to allow a run in 16 1/3 innings of Pac-10 play over five appearances. She is 2-0 with two saves and nine strikeouts, giving up just eight hits and three walks.Langenfeld also leads the Conference in batting average (.517), slugging percentage (1.045) and on base percentage (.654). SO OF Andrea Harrison went 6-for-11 with four home runs and eight runs batted in to earn her first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor. As a team the Bruins rank second in the nation with a .340 batting average.
Washington (40-5): The Huskies earned a sweep of Oregon State last week. SR P Danielle Lawrie continued her dominating season over the weekend, allowing just one run and six hits in 16.0 innings of work. With 31 strikouts for the weekend, Lawrie has 1,723 career strikouts, just 45 away from the Pac-10 record. For her efforts Lawrie was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for a record-tying sixth time this season. SO OF Niki Williams tallied 5 RBI on four hits over the weekend. The Huskies need four wins to clinch at least at share of their third Pac-10 title and first since 2000.