Three Pac-10 Teams Set for NCAA Women's College World Series Action

June 1, 2010


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Pac-10 in the WCWS
All eight Pac-10 teams, at one time or another have competed in the NCAA Women's College World Series, with UCLA leading the way with 24 appearances.  Arizona will be making its 22nd overall and sixth-consectutive appearance. Washington will be making its 10th appearance as defending National Champion. 

Pac-10 vs. WCWS Field in 2010

Florida: 1-0
Arizona: 3-0
UCLA: 2-1
Hawai'i: 2-0

UCLA: 1-2
Washington: 0-3
Missouri: 1-1
Hawai'i: 1-0

Washington: 1-3
Arizona: 2-1
Georgia: 1-0
Tennessee: 1-0 

Pac-10 NCAA Championships by the #'s

27 Total number of NCAA National Champions since the organization recognized women's athletics in 1982.
21 NCAA Championships won by Pac-10 teams. UCLA (10), Arizona (8), Arizona State (1), California (1), Washington (1).
10 WCWS championship games between two Pac-10 teams.
15 Pac-10 NCAA Runners-Up. UCLA (7), Arizona (4), Washington (2), California (2).
5 The most Pac-10 teams that have made the NCAA Women's College World Series in one year (1999).
2 The number of times a Pac-10 team has not made it to the Women's College World Series Championship Series (1983, 1986).


Pac-10 Tops the Polls
The Pac-10 leads the way in the final regular season USA Today/NFCA and Softball polls with six teams ranked in the top-25, the most of any conference:  

Pac-10: 7 (Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Washington)
Big 12: 5 (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M) 
SEC: 5 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU)
Big Ten: 2 (Michigan, Ohio State)
ACC: 2 (Florida State, Georgia Tech)

Washington takes 2010 Pac-10 Title
The defending NCAA Champion Huskies won their third Pac-10 title overall and first since 2000 to secure the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies, who are currently making their 17th-consecutive postseason appearance, won every Conference series they played this season. UW was ranked No. 1 in both national polls all season long. UW owned the fewest regular-season losses in school history with just six. The squad finished the Pac-10 season with a 17-4 record, with the 17 wins being the most in school history since the Conference shifted to a 21-game format in 2000.


TEAM NOTES--June 1, 2010

Arizona (48-11): With a 2-0 series win over BYU, the Wildcats advanced to their sixth-straight and 22nd overall Women's College World Series. Arizona defeated a tough BYU, 2-1, in game one, behind a 10-strikeout performance from FR P Kenzie Fowler. In game two, the Wildcats scored nine runs in the third and fourth innings to earn a run-rule 10-2 victory. SR P Sarah Akamine entered the game in relief in the bottom of the first and had a strong outing, going 5.0 innings and allowing only three hits with no walks. FR UTIL Brigette Del Ponte had two RBI over the weekend, to bring her total to 77 this season, a Wildcat freshman record, passing Leah Braatz's 1994 mark of 75 .

Arizona State (44-17): The Sun Devils saw their season come to an end with two losses to Florida in the NCAA Super Regionals, 8-0 (5) and 5-2. In the final loss on Sunday, ASU out hit the Gators, 7-6, but fell victim to Florida's long ball. SO OF Katelyn Boyd has led the Sun Devil offense all season and currently ranks third in the Conference with a .415 batting average, and tallying 48 RBI. She is also second in the league with 132 total bases. SO P Hillary Bach owns a 25-8 record and a team-low ERA of 2.37. She also tallied 118 strikeouts.

California (44-19): The Bears dropped their NCAA Super Regional series to Georgia, 2-0, losing the first game 7-0 and the second 10-1. JR UTIL Valerie Arioto has been named a top-10 finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award after leading the Bears with a team-low 1.43 ERA and a 21-9 record. She also led the team with 60 RBI and 19 home runs. FR P Jolene Henderson finished the season with a 1.78 ERA and a 20-10 record. The Bears are quick on the base paths as SO OF Jamia Reid is second in the nation with 0.84 stolen bases per game. The Bears are ranked 13th in the country with an average of 2.06 stolen bases per game.

Oregon (36-21): Making their first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance, The Ducks lost the series, 2-0, against Missouri. The team lost 1-0 in game one and then 7-2 in game two. In postseason play, SR DP Carlyn Re led the squad with a .462 batting average and FR 2B Kaylan Howard led with five RBI. This season under new head coach Mike White, UO more than doubled its win total of 16 from 2009. Duck hurlers reset the school record with 470 K's in 381.2 innings and the hitters posted the second-highest batting average (.299) and slugging (.466) totals in school history. FR P Jessica Moore set a new school record for strikeouts in a season with 238.

Oregon State (24-31): Oregon State finished its season against California in the final weekend of regular season play. FR UTIL Lea Cavestany was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, 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 rank third in the Conference with 69 doubles in the regular season.

Stanford (37-19): The Cardinal, who made its 13th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, saw its season end after losing to Texas Tech, 6-3, and Hawai'i, 6-3. SR OF Alissa Haber broke the school record for career doubles, finishing her career with 72. She also led the squad with a .446 batting average, good for second in the country. 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 (45-11):  The Bruins ran through Louisiana-Lafayette in the NCAA Super Regionals, earning two run-rule victories to earn their 24th trip to the Women's College World Series. On Saturday in game one, UCLA won 10-2 in five inings. JR 2B GiOnna DiSalvatore scored three runs on three hits with three RBI. P Aleah Macon pitched a strong 5 innings, allowing only five hits. In game two, SO RF/DP Samantha Camuso hit a grand slam and SR C/OF Kaila Shull and FR OF B.B. Bates also hit long balls to lead UCLA into the WCWS. 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 .500 batting average. The Bruins are fourth in the nation with a .333 team batting average. 

Washington (50-7): The Huskies are back in the NCAA Women's College World Series to defend their NCAA title after a 2-1 series victory over Oklahoma. The team dropped the first game of the best-of-three series, 6-1, and then came back to sweep a doubleheader, 3-0 and 4-0. The team is set to open play in its 10th-straight WCWS against Georgia, who they also opened against last year.  SR P Danielle Lawrie, the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, broke the league career strikeout record and has thrown 1,843 K's to date. After an uncharateristic loss in the first game of the Super Regionals, she came back and pitched strongly in two elimination games. In game one on of the doubleheader, Lawrie threw 7.0 innings of shutout ball with 10 strikeouts and only two hits allowed to earn a 3-0 win. In the second game, she pitched the complete game and struckout 17 to earn the 4-0 victory and a ticket to the WCWS.