Seven Pac-10 Softball Squads Ready for NCAA Regional Action
May 20, 2010
Team-by-Team Notes--May 20, 2010
Arizona (43-11): The Wildcats are set to make their 24th consecutive NCAA Championships appearance, dating back to 1987. They will face Cornell, with Hofstra and Oklahoma State also in the Cats' regional. The squad finished off the regular season by taking a game against UCLA. Arizona has nine players who have previously played in NCAA compeittion. FR UTIL Brigette Del Ponte will look to take her hard hitting into the postseason, as she currently leads the Conference with 71 RBI and 20 home runs. The Wildcats are third in the nation, averaging 7.52 runs per game.
Arizona State (41-15): The Sun Devils will travel to Amherst, Mass. for NCAA Regional competition and will face Boston University in their first game, with Long Island and UMass also in the regional. SO OF Katelyn Boyd has led the Sun Devil offense all season, and currently ranks fourth in the Conference with a .403 batting average. She also leads the league with 119 total bases. SO P Hillary Bach owns a 23-7 record and a team-low ERA of 2.34.
California (38-17): The Bears finished the season with a sweep of the Beavers and now travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on Bucknell in regional action, with Ohio State and Kentucky also in their regional. JR UTIL Valerie Arioto has been named a top-10 finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award. The Bears are quick on the base paths, as SO OF Jamia Reid is second in the nation with 0.87 stolen bases per game. The Bears are ranked 12th in the country with an average of 2.10 stolen bases per game.
Oregon (33-19): The Ducks are back in the postseason in 2010, earning their 15th postseason bid in school history. They will travel to Atlanta to face Auburn in the first game, with Georgia Tech and Jacksonville State the two other teams in the regional. With eight Pac-10 wins so far this season, the Ducks have won the most Conference games since the 2004 season when they won 10. FR P Jessica Moore set a new school record for strikeouts in a season and now stands at 216. FR OF Samantha Pappas was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after leading the squad with a .392 batting average.
Oregon State (24-30): Oregon State finished its season against California last weekend. FR UTIL Lea Cavestany was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman squad, after hitting .350 and knocking in 33 RBI. SO P Paige Hall finished the season with a 17-22 record, 51 appearances and a 3.63 ERA. The Beavers finished the season are third in the Conference with 69 doubles this season.
Stanford (36-17) The Cardinal closed out the regular season with a sweep of ranked Oregon, and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, for its 13th consecutive year in the tournament. The team will face Texas Tech in the first game and have UC Davis and Hawaii also in their regional. JR P Ashley Chinn earned all three wins last weekend, striking out 14 in 21 innings pitched. SR C Rosey Neill was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year for the third-straight season. SO IF Ashley Hansen leads the Conference with 18 doubles.
UCLA (40-11): The Bruins earned a 2-1 series victory over then-No. 3 Arizona, to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships. UCLA is making its 26th appearance in the NCAA Championships and will host a regional, playing Saint Mary's at home, with Fresno State and San Diego State also in the regional. UCLA has been strong this season with two outs, scoring 147 of its 333 runs with two outs. SR P/1B Megan Langenfeld was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and also earned the Pac-10 batting crown, leading the Conference with a .510 batting average.
Washington (45-6): With a 2-1 series win over Arizona State, the Huskies will begin defense of their 2009 NCAA Championship at home as the No. 3 seed against North Dakota State. Nebraska and North Carolina will also be in Seattle. The Huskies will be making their 17th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance. SR P Danielle Lawrie was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year for the second-consecutive season. She broke the Pac-10 career strikeout record and has totaled 1,772 strikeouts to date. Lawrie owns a 35-2 record on the season and leads the nation with 20 shutouts.