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Pac-12 Softball Weekly Release - March 2, 2022

Mar 2, 2022
Stanford Athletics

Schedule // Standings // Statistics // NCAA Statistics // Record Book

SAN FRANCISCO - 2022 Pac-12 softball heads into week four of action with all conference teams having a wining record.

THIS WEEK AHEAD: Seven tournaments are set to take place that will feature at least one Pac-12 team, starting with the Judi Garman Classic which begins Thursday, March 3 in Fullerton, Calif. A total of 46 Pac-12 games will be played over five days this week, with 9 games set to be televised on ESPN+, in addition to those available through livestream outlets.  

IN THE RANKINGS:  UCLA now leads five ranked Pac-12 teams in this week's USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Coaches Poll at No. 5. The Pac-12 had the second-most teams in the top-25 (SEC - 9), as No. 7 Washington, No. 9 Arizona join the Bruins in the top-10. No. 12 Oregon and No. 22 Arizona State are also in the rankings while Stanford is receiving votes.

Five teams are also ranked in this week's Softball Rankings: UCLA is No. 5, Washington is No. 7, Oregon is No. 15, Arizona is No. 16 , Arizona State is No. 23, while Stanford and Oregon State are receiving votes.

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington's Olivia Johnson claimed the first D1 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week honor of the season (Feb. 15) after bursting onto the scene during opening week in Mexico. 

She was named MVP of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge as she reached base safely in her first 14 plate appearances, going 7-for-7 with three home runs, eight RBIs and drawing seven walks (five intentional). The freshman marked the best start to a season or career by any Husky, as she was the first Husky freshman to hit back-to-back home runs in first two plate appearances, as well as the first to start a season or career going 7-for-7. Johnson finished the tournament with a .700 average, five runs scored, 1.800 slugging percentage and a .833 on-base percentage.

PRESEASON COACHES POLL: Defending Pac-12 Champion UCLA was voted by the Conference's softball head coaches as the league's preseason favorite for the second consecutive season as the Bruins collected a total of 63 points. The Bruins finished the 2021 season with a record of 47-7 (19-2 in Pac-12), a No. 5 ranking in the final USA Today/NFCA poll and made their sixth-straight appearance to the Women's College World Series. UCLA returns 10 student-athletes who appeared in at least 40 games and 17 total letterwinners who accounted for 63 percent of its hits and 82 percent of its runs from a season ago. 

Washington came in second (55), while Arizona (45) and Oregon (45) are tied for third. Arizona State totaled 37 points to finish fifth, and Stanford (31), Oregon State (25), California (12) and Utah (11) rounded out the poll. 

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS: Eight NFCA DI All-America team members are returning for the 2022 season, including Arizona’s 2021 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Batting Champion Janelle Meoño, Oregon’s fifth-year senior Brooke Yanez, UCLA’s Megan Faraimo, Maya Brady, Aaliyah Jordan and Briana Perez, and Washington's fifth-year senior Gabbie Plain and senior Baylee Klingler.

WATCH LISTS: Nine Pac-12 student-athletes appear on the USA Softball Top 50 Collegiate Player of the Year watch list. Arizona’s Janelle Meoño, Oregon’s Brooke Yanez, Stanford's Alana Vawter, UCLA’s Megan Faraimo and Aaliyah Jordan, Briana Perez, Utah’s Alyssa Barrera, Washington’s Baylee Klingler and Gabbie Plain.

OLYMPIANS MADE HERE: The Pac-12 boasted 20 Olympians on the rosters of five different countries at last summer’s Tokyo Games, including eight of the 15 on Team USA. Returning Olympians on campus this season include Arizona's Giulia Koutsoyanopulos (Italy), Washington's Gabbie Plain (Australia) and Oregon State's Tarni Stepto (Australia).

Oregon State head coach Laura Berg and Washington head coach Heather Tarr were Team USA assistants in Tokyo and in October, Tarr was named the new leader of the 2022 U.S. National Team. Since becoming UW's head coach in 2005, Tarr has become the winningest coach of any sport in Huskies' history.


Wednesday, March. 2    
Pacific vs. California Cal Live Stream 2 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 3    
Cal Poly vs. No. 5 UCLA (5)   10 a.m. PT
Fresno State vs. No. 5 UCLA (5)   12:30 p.m. PT
North Carolina-Greensboro vs. No. 12 Oregon ESPN+ 1:30 p.m. PT
North Dakota vs. No. 9 Arizona  Arizona Live Stream 4 p.m. PT
Friday, March 4    
Sacred Heart vs. Oregon State (7)   9 a.m. PT
No. 23 Arizona State vs Kansas (5)   9:30 a.m. PT
New Mexico State vs. No. 7 Washington (1)   10 a.m. PT
Penn State vs. No. 12 Oregon (2)   10 a.m. PT
Boston U. vs. California (6)   12 p.m. PT
Houston vs. No. 7 Washington (1)    12:30 p.m. PT
Stanford vs. No. 8 Oklahoma State (3)   12:30 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. UC Riverside (7)   2 p.m. PT
Kansas vs. No. 5 UCLA (5)   2:30 p.m. PT
Stanford vs. No. 8 Oklahoma State (3)   3 p.m. PT
Cal Poly vs. No. 23 Arizona State (5)   3 p.m. PT
Iowa State vs. No. 9 Arizona (4)   5 p.m. PT
Weber State vs. No. 5 UCLA (5)   5 p.m. PT
California vs. San Diego (6) SDSU Live Stream 5 p.m. PT
Utah vs. Cal State Fullerton (5)   7:30 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 5    
Connecticut vs. No. 12 Oregon (2)   7 a.m. PT
No. 12 Oregon vs. North Carolina (2) ESPN+ 9:30 a.m. PT
CSUN vs. Oregon State (7)   10 a.m. PT
Kansas vs. Utah (5)   10 a.m. PT
DePaul vs. Stanford (3)   11:30 a.m. PT
Texas A&M vs. Utah (5)   12:30 p.m. PT
Houston vs. No. 7 Washington (1)   12:30 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. California Baptist (7)   12:30 p.m. PT
BYU vs. California (6)   1 p.m. PT
Boise State vs. No. 9 Arizona (4) Arizona Live Stream 3 p.m. PT
California vs. San Diego (6)   3:30 p.m. Pt
Stanford vs. Tulsa (3)   4:30 p.m. PT
Texas State vs. No. 9 Arizona (4) Arizona Live Stream 5 p.m. PT
Texas A&M vs. No. 5 UCLA (5)   5 p.m. PT
No. 7 Washington vs. UNLV (1)   5:30 p.m. PT
Loyola Marymount vs. No. 23 Arizona State (5)   5:30 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 6    
Connecticut vs. No. 12 Oregon (2)    7 a.m. PT
Minnesota vs. Stanford (3)   8:30 a.m. PT
New Mexico State vs. No. 7 Washington (1)   9 a.m. PT
No. 23 Arizona State vs. Texas A&M (5)   9 a.m. PT
North Dakota State vs. Oregon State (7)   10 a.m. PT
No. 23 Arizona State vs. Seattle (5)   11:15 a.m PT
Pennsylvania vs. Utah (5)   11:15 a.m. PT
California vs. UC San Diego (6) ESPN+ 12 p.m. PT
Seattle vs. Utah (5)   1:30 p.m PT
Loyola Chicago vs. No. 9 Arizona (4) Arizona Live Stream 3 p.m. PT
  • (1) - UNLV Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • (2) - Carolina Classic, Chapel Hill, NC. 
  • (3) - OSU/Tulsa Invitational, Stillwater/Tulsa, Ok.
  • (4) - Wildcat Invitational, Tucson, Ariz.
  • (5) - Judi Garman Classic, Fullerton, Calif.
  • (6) - San Diego Classic, San Diego, Calif.
  • (7) - Amy S. Harrison Classic, Riverside, Calif.


Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Stanford 0-0 15-2
California 0-0 12-3
Oregon State 0-0 12-3
#5 UCLA 0-0 12-3
#12 Oregon 0-0 11-3
#7 Washington 0-0 11-4
#9 Arizona 0-0 10-4
#23 Arizona State 0-0 9-4
Utah 0-0 11-5


  Player of the Week Pitcher of the Week Freshman of the Week
Feb. 15 Frankie Hammoude, Oregon State Gabbie Plain, Washington Olivia Johnson, Washington
Feb. 22 Baylee Klingler, Washington Gabbie Plain, Washington Kiki Escobar, Oregon State
March 1 Mariah Mazon, Oregon State Alana Vawter, Regan Krause, Molly Millar, Stanford  Savannah Pola, UCLA