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Pac-12 Softball Weekly Release - April 14, 2022

Apr 14, 2022
Utah Athletics

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

SAN FRANCISCO - Four weeks remain in the regular-season as Arizona State sits alone atop of the Pac-12 standings as the Sun Devils unbeaten streak continues.  

THIS WEEK AHEAD: One top-25 matchup will be in store as No. 25 Arizona will host No. 15 Oregon in Tucson for a three-game series, which will be televised nationally on ESPN and Pac-12 Networks. A total of 12 games will be played this week, while all games will be available through ESPN, Pac-12 Networks or through a live streaming outlet.  

IN THE RANKINGS: UCLA now leads six ranked Pac-12 teams in this week's USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Coaches Poll at No. 5, and is followed by No. 11 Washington, No. 13 Arizona State, No. 17 Oregon, No. 24 Stanford and No. 25 Arizona while Oregon State is receiving votes.

Six teams are ranked in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings: UCLA leads the way at No. 5, Arizona State is No. 10, Washington is No. 15, Oregon is No. 17, Oregon State is No. 21, Stanford is No. 24 while Arizona and Utah are receiving votes.

RPI REPORT: In the NCAA's most recent RPI report the Pac-12 has five programs in the top-25, which is the third most among all leagues (SEC & ACC). UCLA leads the conference at No. 5, Arizona State is No. 8, Oregon is No. 16, Washington is No. 22 and Oregon State is No. 23. 

UCLA currently has 10 wins against top-25 RPI opponents which is tied for third most in the nation. 

Arizona State is among only four teams who remain unbeaten in their respective conference among all Power-Five teams. 

UCLA is one of the six Power-Five teams to have at least 32 or more wins on the season (32).

Arizona State currently holds the second-longest winning streak in the nation this season (17), only behind Oklahoma (36).

ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS: UCLA's Briana Perez is first among among active NCAA players in at bats (777) and runs scored (246). Perez also ranks tied for second in triples (18), third hits per game (0.382), fifth in total bases (484), ninth in games played (240) and 11th in runs batted in (181). UCLA's Aaliyah Jordan is ranked fifth among active players in run batted in (197) and in doubles (60). UCLA's Megan Faraimo ranks second in ERA (1.18) and fourth in strikeouts per seven innings (10.26). 

Washington's Olympian Gabbie Plain is second among active players in wining percentage (0.836) and shutouts (41), third in innings pitched (747.7) and strikeouts (971), and fourth in games started (115). Plain also ranks sixth in completed games (75), pitching appearances (152) and ERA (1.53), 10th in strikeouts per seven innings (9.09) and 19th in saves (9).

Oregon State's Mariah Mazon ranks second in innings pitched (779.7), fourth in completed games (79), ninth in saves (10), 10th in games started (102), 11th in pitching appearances (142) and 14th in strikeouts (753) and saves (10).  

IN THE RANKINGS: Through 10 weeks of action, Arizona ranks 15th in the nation is batting average (0.325) and 16th in slugging percentage (0.545). The Wildcats are lead by Sophomore Carlie Scupin, who ranks ninth in the nation in runs batted in per games (1.26), 12th in RBIs (44), 13th in home runs (14), 15th in home runs per game (0.40) and 24th in slugging percentage (0.856).

Arizona State ranks second in the nation in slugging percentage (0.650) and on-base percentage (0.437), fifth in batting average (0.337) and in home runs per game (1.94), sixth in scoring (7.09), seventh in winning percentage (0.848), and ninth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.74). The Sun Devils are lead by Yannira Acuna, Cydney Sanders, Jazmyn Rollin and Marissa Schuld. Acuna ranks fifth in the nation in on-base percentage (0.595), ninth in slugging percentage (0.942), batting average (0.465) and runs per game (1.15). Sanders ranks 10th in slugging percentage (0.940), 13th in on-base percentage (0.566) and 16th in runs batted in per game (1.18), while Rollin ranks seventh in the nation in home runs per game (0.44). Schuld leads the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (20.25) and walks allowed per seven innings (0.44), while ranking 11th in saves (3).

California's Sophomore Tatum Anzaldo leads the Bruins as she sits sixth in the nation in hits (57), which ranks her second in the conference while Oregon's Senior Allee Bunker ranks ninth in the nation in toughest to strikeout (42.0), which leads the conference in that category.

Oregon State ranks fourth in shutouts (17), fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.62) and ERA (1.48), who are lead by Kiki Escobar, Sarah Haendiges and Mariah Mazon. Escobar ranks fourth in the nation in hits (58), while Haendiges ranks fifth in shoutouts (7) and 16th in ERA (0.65). Mazon ranks fourth in ERA (0.65) and 10th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.33). 

Stanford ranks third in the nation in triples per game (0.44), eighth in both shutouts (15) and ERA (1.72), while also ranking 12th in stikeout-to-walk ratio (4.43). Alana Vawter, Ellee Eck and Sydnee Huff leads the Cardinal, as  Vawter is fourth in the nation in shoutouts (8), ninth in victories (16) and 19th in walks allowed per seven innings (0.92), while Huff and Eck are both tied for 19th in triples (4).

UCLA ranks first in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.40), second in ERA (1.15), fourth in winning percentage (0.865), eighth in shutouts (15), 12th in scoring (6.65), 13th in slugging percentage (0.551), 14th in batting average (0.325) and 15th in fielding percentage (0.976). The Bruins are lead by Briana Perez, Lauren Shaw, Megan Faraimo, and Savannah Pola. Perez ranks second in the nation in triples (6) and 10th in triples per game (0.16), while Shaw ranks sixth in both ERA (0.69) and walks allowed per seven innings (0.69), while eighth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.75). Faraimo ranks sixth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.19), ninth in strikeouts (193), 10th in strikeout per seven innings (11.4), 11th in saves (3), 15th in hits allowed per seven innings (3.95) and 19th in ERA (1.30). Pola ranks 15th in doubles (13), which leads the conference. 

Utah's Sydney Sandez and Ellessa Bonstrom lead the Utes as Sandez ranks third in walks allowed per seven innings (0.58) and fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.78) while Bonstrom ranks 12th in on-base percentage (0.567) and 18th in batting average (0.452).

Washington ranks 10th in both slugging percentage (0.573) and home runs per game (1.67), 13th in scoring (6.61), 15th in on-base percentage (0.410) and 19th walks (140). The Huskies are lead by Gabbie Plain and Baylee Klingler. Plain ranks tied for first in hit batters (1) and 12th in shutouts (6), while Klingler ranks first in runs batted in per game (1.55), third in home runs (17), home runs per game (0.52), RBIs (51), slugging percentage (1.057), fourth in fourth in total bases (111) and 20th in batting average (0.448). 

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.

Stanford's Alana Vawter is the first Pac-12 student-athlete to claim the D1 Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week honor this season (April 12) after recording two shoutouts against Stanta Clara and then-No. 3 UCLA.

Vawter finished the week with a 2-1 record against Santa Clara and UCLA, while posting a 0.70 ERA with a pair of shutouts to go along with 15 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched, while only allowing two earned runs. After suffering her only defeat of the week against the Bruins in the series opener, she quickly bounced back to throw a four-hit shutout to clinch the Cardinal's first ever series win over UCLA since 2013. Her win against then-No. 3 UCLA was the highest-ranked win of her career, while it was her third top-25 win of the season. In her shutout victory over the Bruins, she was the first pitcher to toss a complete game shutout against UCLA in the 2022 season. 

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.


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Full Schedule

Tuesday, April 12    
Utah Valley vs. Utah   Postponed
Utah Valley vs. Utah   Postponed
No. 11 Washington vs. Seattle   Postponed
Thursday, April 14    
No. 24 Stanford vs. California

Pac-12 Network 

Pac-12 Bay Area

3 p.m. PT
No. 17 Oregon vs. No. 25 Arizona ESPN2 5 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. No. 11 Washington

Pac-12 Network

Pac-12 Oregon 

Pac-12 Washington

5 p.m. PT
Utah vs. No. 13 Arizona State Arizona State Live Stream 7 p.m. PT 
Friday, April 15    
No. 24 Stanford vs. California Pac-12 Bay Area 2 p.m. PT
No. 17 Oregon vs. No. 25 Arizona

ESPNU 

5 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. No. 11 Washington

Pac-12 Network

Pac-12 Oregon 

Pac-12 Washington

6 p.m. PT
Utah vs. No. 13 Arizona State

Arizona State Live Stream

6 p.m. PT
Saturday, April 16    
No. 17 Oregon vs. No. 25 Arizona

Pac-12 Network

Pac-12 Arizona

Pac-12 Oregon

12 p.m. PT
Utah vs. No. 13 Arizona State

Arizona State Live Stream

12 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. No. 11 Washington

Pac-12 Network

Pac-12 Oregon

2 p.m. PT
No. 24 Stanford vs. California

Pac-12 Bay Area

2 p.m. PT 

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
#13 Arizona State 9-0 38-5
#5 UCLA 10-2 32-5
Oregon State 7-5 31-9
#24 Stanford 5-4 26-10
Utah 4-5 20-17
#17 Oregon 4-8 24-11
California 4-8 22-17
#11 Washington 3-6 22-11
#25 Arizona 2-10 21-14

PAC-12 SOFTBALL WEEKLY AWARDS

  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
March 8 Vallery Wong, Oregon Megan Faraimo, UCLA Savannah Pola, UCLA
March 14 Briana Perez, UCLA Megan Faraimo, UCLA  Kinsey Fiedler, Washington
March 21 Holly Azevedo, UCLA Holly Azevedo, UCLA Acacia Anders, California
March 28 Yannira Acuña, Arizona State Marissa Schuld, Arizona State Cydney Sanders, Arizona State
April 4 Baylee Klingler, Washington Sarah Haendiges, Oregon State Kiki Escobar, Oregon State
April 11 Jazmine Hill, Arizona State Alana Vawter, Stanford Kiki Escobar, Oregon State