Five Pac-12 softball teams ranked after first week of play, top-25 matchups slated

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• Five Pac-12 softball teams are ranked after the opening week of play, including No. 1 WASHINGTON, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 ARIZONA, No. 21 OREGON and No. 23 ARIZONA STATE. The Huskies were voted the No. 1 team in the country with 25 first-place votes in the latest USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll. 

 

• Five Pac-12 softball teams have perfect records after the first weekend of competition, including Washington, Arizona, Oregon and UTAH at 5-0, and UCLA at 6-0. The conference represents five of 24 undefeated teams remaining in NCAA Division I softball.

 

• Washington takes on USA Softball at the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 9:30 a.m. PST on ESPN3. The Huskies will be joined by the Bruins at the Elite Invitational and will be featured a combined 10 times on ESPN channels, combining for a total of seven top-25 matchups. 

 

THIS WEEK IN PAC-12 SOFTBALL: The conference boasts a 42-6 (.875) overall record, highlighted by three wins over ranked teams. This weekend, then-No. 22/23 Arizona State took down then-No. 14 Northwestern in a walk-off upset on Sunday. The Sun Devils were boosted by senior Kindra Hackbarth’s two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. It marked ASU’s first walk-off victory since last season on March 24, 2019 against Utah.

 

Utah also pulled off an upset-win over Northwestern (3-2) and then-No.5 Arizona took down then-No. 12 Tennessee in run rule fashion, 8-0.

 

Oregon pitcher Brooke Yanez earned NFCA National Pitcher of the Week honors on Tuesday Feb. 11 following a stellar debut weekend as a Duck at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. Yanez went 3-0 in three appearances and posted a 0.50 ERA. Over 14 innings pitched, the junior struck out 25 and walked just two. Yanez is ranked 13th in the nation in strikeouts (25) and eight in strikeout-to-walk ratio (12.5).

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: The Pac-12 has several mid-week matchups beginning Wednesday as Washington travels to Orlando, Fla., to face UCF. The Huskies take on the Knights before heading to Clearwater.

 

STANFORD hosts the Stanford Invitational starting Friday and Utah heads to Mexico for the second session of the Puerto Vallarta Challenge. Other early season tournaments include: Arizona hosting the Hillenbrand Invitational, ASU hosting the Littlewood Classic, CALIFORNIA at the Fresno State Invitational, and Oregon and OREGON STATE at the Houston Tournament. 

 

NATIONAL STAT LEADERS: Three Pac-12 teams’ batting averages rank in the top-15 with UCLA in fourth (.423), Washington in ninth (.397) and Arizona in 12th (.382).

 

Five Pac-12 teams are ranked in the top-25 in earned run average with OSU in second (0.21), Oregon in fourth (0.44), UCLA in 16th (1.00) and Utah in 19th(1.06). Three teams are ranked in the top-25 on base percentage with UCLA ranked sixth (.497), Washington 10th (.472) and Arizona 18th (.458). All three teams, with the addition of ASU, are also ranked in the top-25 in scoring. 

 

The Pac-12 has a number of standout batters, including one of the nation’s home run leaders in Maya Brady of UCLA who is tied for first with four. Sis Bates of Washington and Taylor Gindlesperger of Stanford are tied for fifth in hits, with 10 apiece.

 

Pitching staffs around the league rank among the nation’s toughest as six teams rank top-20 in shutouts with No. 1 UCLA (4), No. 2 Oregon (3) and four teams tied for 10th in Arizona State, Oregon State, Stanford and Arizona (2). UCLA and Oregon lead the country at first and third in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 25.00 and 17.33, respectively. 

 

Oregon is one of only three teams in Division I softball with a perfect fielding percentage, and the only team in the top-three with more than four games played.

 

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: UCLA freshman infielder Maya Brady (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) was tabbed both Player of the Week and Freshman of the week after putting up a stat line of 6 GP, 9 hits, 4 HR, 9 RBI, .500 AVG, .550 OBP. In then-No. 4 UCLA’s opening weekend of the regular season,she helped the Bruins go 6-0 and had hits in all six games in her collegiate debut. Homered in four of her first five contests, including three consecutive games on Feb. 8 and 9. The freshman both scored a run and drove in a run in five of six games. She did not record a strikeout on the weekend.

 

UCLA sophomore Megan Faraimo (Vista, Calif.) was voted pitcher of the week after putting up a stat line of 3 GP, 3 wins, 17.0 IP, 33 K, 0.41 ERA. She helped then-No.4 UCLA to an undefeated weekend after winning all three games she started, going the distance each time, against CSU Bakersfield on Thursday (14-0), Pittsburgh on Saturday (4-0) and San Diego on Sunday (9-1). The sophomore pitcher struck out 33 players over 17 innings and did not issue a walk.

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Wednesday Feb. 12    
Washington at UCF UCFKnights.TV 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13
 
 
Alabama vs. Washington   
ESPNU
1:00 p.m.
Seattle at Stanford  
Stanford Live Stream
4:00 p.m.
Seattle at Stanford  
Stanford Live Stream
6:00 p.m.
Ole Miss vs. Utah
 
6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14
 
 
Bryant vs. Long Beach State
 
8:00 a.m.
Dayton vs. Oregon State
 
8:30 a.m.
Cal at St. Mary’s
 
9:00 a.m.
Florida State vs. Washington
ESPNU
10:00 a.m.
Illinois State vs. Boise State                   
 
10:30 a.m.
Bryant vs. Oklahoma                             
 
10:30 a.m.
Illinois State at ASU 
ASU Live Stream-2
3:30 p.m.
Northern Iowa at Arizona
 
3:30 p.m.
Liberty vs. Washington         
ESPN3
4:00 p.m.
Tennessee vs. Utah
 
4:00 p.m.
Hofstra at Stanford
Stanford Live Stream
5:00 p.m.
Kentucky at ASU    
ASU Live Stream-2
6:00 p.m.
Oklahoma vs. Northern Iowa
 
6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15
 
 
Colorado State vs. Utah
 
8:00 a.m.
Illinois State vs. Boise State
 
8:00 a.m.
Northern Iowa vs. Bryant
 
8:00 a.m.
UCLA vs. Liberty        
WatchESPN
8:30 a.m.
Dayton vs. Oregon State
 
8:30 a.m.
Detroit Mercy vs. Boise State                 
 
10:30 a.m.
Bryant at Arizona                                  
 
10:30 a.m.
Dayton vs. Oregon                                 
 
11:00 a.m.
Hofstra at Stanford
Stanford Live Stream
12:30 p.m.
UCLA vs. Georgia                    
ESPNU
1:00 p.m.
Illinois State vs. Kentucky
 
1:00 p.m.
Long Beach State vs. Oklahoma
 
1:00 p.m.
Oregon at Houston
 
1:30 p.m.
Cal vs. St. Mary’s
 
2:30 p.m.
Drake at Stanford 
Stanford Live Stream
3:00 p.m.
Detroit Mercy at ASU
ASU Live Stream-2
3:30 p.m.
Oklahoma at Arizona
 
3:30 p.m.
Oregon State at Houston
 
4:00 p.m.
South Carolina vs. Washington
ESPNU
5:00 p.m.
Kentucky at ASU   
ASU Live Stream-2
6:00 p.m.
Northern Iowa vs. Long Beach State      
 
6:00 p.m.
Cal at Fresno State
 
7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16
 
 
Texas Tech vs. Washington    
ESPNU
7:00 a.m.
Dayton vs. Oregon
 
7:30 a.m.
Illinois State vs. Detroit Mercy
 
9:00 a.m.
Oklahoma vs. Northern Iowa
 
9:00 a.m.
Mexican National Team
 
9:30 a.m.
USA vs. Washington       
ESPN3
9:30 a.m.
Oregon State at Houston                       
 
10:00 a.m.
Detroit Mercy vs. Kentucky                    
 
11:30 a.m.
Drake at Stanford
Stanford Live Stream
11:30 a.m.
Long Beach State at Arizona                 
 
11:30 a.m.
Cal versus Cal Poly                                
 
11:30 a.m.
USF vs. UCLA         
WatchESPN
12:30 p.m.
Boise State at ASU 
ASU Live Stream-2
2:00 p.m.
UCLA vs. Florida State         
ESPN2
4:00 p.m.
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