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Pac-12 Softball Weekly Release - April 21, 2022

Apr 21, 2022
Arizona State Athletics

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

SAN FRANCISCO - The race for the Pac-12 Softball regular season championship heats up as Arizona State continues to hold the top spot with UCLA trailing closely behind. 

THIS WEEK AHEAD: One top-20 matchup will be on deck this week as No. 19 Oregon will host No. 11 Washington in Eugene for a three-game series, which will be televised on Pac-12 Networks. A total of 16 games are on deck this week, while 13 games will be available through Pac-12 Networks or through a live streaming outlet.

IN THE RANKINGS: UCLA continues to lead five ranked Pac-12 teams in this week's USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Coaches Poll at No. 4, and is followed by No. 11 Washington, No. 13 Arizona State, No. 19 Oregon, and No. 24 Arizona while Stanford and Oregon State are receiving votes.

Five teams are ranked in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings: UCLA leads the way at No. 4, Arizona State is No. 10, Washington is No. 15, Oregon is No. 20, and Oregon State is No. 23, while Stanford and Arizona are receiving votes.

RPI REPORT: In the NCAA's most recent RPI report the Pac-12 has four 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. 11, Washington is No. 16 and Oregon is No. 18. 

UCLA currently has nine wins against top-25 RPI opponents which is tied for the most in the nation (Northwestern and Arkansas). 

Arizona State is among only two teams who remain unbeaten in their respective conference among all power-five teams (12-0). 

Arizona State currently holds longest active winning streak in the nation this season (20).

ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS: UCLA's Briana Perez is first among among active NCAA players in at bats (780) and runs scored (247). Perez also ranks third in triples (18) and hits per game (0.082), fifth in total bases (486), 10th in games played (241) and 11th in runs batted in (183). UCLA's Aaliyah Jordan is ranked fifth among active players in run batted in (197) and in doubles (60), while ranked 14th in total bases (419). UCLA's Megan Faraimo ranks second in ERA (1.18), fourth in strikeouts per seven innings (10.26) and 15th shutouts (22). 

Washington's Olympian Gabbie Plain is second among active players in wining percentage (0.839) and shutouts (41), third in innings pitched (761.7) and strikeouts (983), and fourth in games started (117). Plain also ranks sixth in completed games (76), pitching appearances (154) and ERA (1.53), 12th in strikeouts per seven innings (9.03) and 20th in saves (9).

Oregon State's Mariah Mazon ranks second in innings pitched (793.3), fourth in completed games (81), 10th games started (104), 11th in pitching appearances (144), 14th in strikeouts (783) and 15th in saves (10).  

IN THE RANKINGS: After 10 weeks of action, Arizona ranks seventh in the nation in batting average (0.332), 10th in slugging percentage (0.575), 14th in home runs per game (1.52) and on base percentage (0.408) and 16th in scoring (6.45). The Wildcats are lead by Carlie Scupin, Jasmine Perezchia and Sharlize Palacios. Scupin ranks 15th in the nation in home runs (15) and tied runs batted in per game (1.15), and tied for 16th in RBIs (46). Perezchia ranks 17th in batting average (0.440) and 18th in hits (55), while Palacios is tied for 15th in runs batted in per game (1.15) and tied for 16th in RBIs (46).  

Arizona State ranks second in the nation in slugging percentage (0.663) and on base percentage (0.443), fourth in home runs per game (2.03), fifth in scoring (7.33) and batting average (0.343), seventh in winning percentage (0.861) and 12th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.31). The Sun Devils are lead by Yannira Acuna, Cydney Sanders and Marissa Schuld. Acuna ranks fifth in the nation in on-base percentage (0.602), seventh in batting average (0.462), eighth in runs per game (1.22) and 11th in slugging percentage (0.923). Sanders ranks third in slugging percentage (1.000), fifth in runs batted in per game (1.31), 11th in on base percentage (0.571) and RBIs (47), 14th in batting average (0.442) and 19th in home runs per game (0.39) and walks per game (0.78). Schuld currently leads the nation is both strikeout-to-walk ratio (16.40) and walk allowed per seven innings (0.52).

California's Sophomore Tatum Anzaldo leads the Bears as she ranks second in the nation in hits (63) and the conference leader.

Oregon ranks 12th in the nation in scoring (6.62), 16th in fielding percentage (0.975), 18th in home runs per game (1.44) and 20th in doubles per game (1.64). The Ducks Senior Allee Bunker ranks ninth in the nation in toughest to strikeout (34.8), which places her as the sole leader in the conference.

Oregon State ranks third in the nation is strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.63), fourth in shutouts (17), and seventh in ERA (1.57) as the Beavers are lead by Kiki Escobar, Sarah Haendiges and Mariah Mazon. Escobar ranks 11th in the nation in hits (58), while Haendiges ranks eighth in shoutouts (7) and 19th in ERA (0.94). Mazon ranks eighth in ERA (0.94) and 12th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.89). 

Stanford ranks fourth in the nation in triples per game (0.44), seventh in shutouts (16), and 11th in ERA (1.82). Alana Vawter leads the Cardinal behind the mound, as  Vawter is ranked fifth in the nation in shutouts (8) and ninth in victories (18).

UCLA ranks first in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.44), second in ERA (1.15), fifth in winning percentage (0.868), ninth in shutouts (15), 11th in scoring (6.68), 12th in fielding percentage (0.977), 15th in slugging percentage (0.544), 17th in batting average (0.323) and 19th in on base percentage (0.405). The Bruins are lead by Briana Perez, Lauren Shaw and Megan Faraimo. Perez ranks third in the nation in triples (6) and eighth in triples per game (0.16), while Shaw ranks fourth in walks allowed per seven innings (0.63), fifth in ERA (0.79) and eighth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.00). Faraimo ranks fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.19), 12th in strikeout per seven innings (11.4), 15th in saves (3), 16th in hits allowed per seven innings (3.95) and ERA (1.30), 18th in strikeouts (193).

Utah's Sydney Sandez and Ellessa Bonstrom lead the Utes as Sandez ranks fifth in walks allowed per seven innings (0.63) and ninth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.90) while Bonstrom ranks 11th in sacrifice flies (4) and 16th in on base percentage (0.556).

Washington ranks 11th in the nation in home runs per game (1.61), 12th in slugging percentage and 15th in fielding percentage. The Huskies are lead by Gabbie Plain and Baylee Klingler. Plain ranks tied for first in the number of hit batters (1) and 15th in shutouts (6), while Klingler ranks second in RBIs (55), runs batted in per game (1.53) and slugging percentage, while being third in total bases (121) and home runs (18) and ninth in batting average (0.457). 

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. 

Johnson 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:  To begin the season nine Pac-12 student-athletes appeared 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, Aaliyah Jordan, and Briana Perez, Utah’s Alyssa Barrera, Washington’s Baylee Klingler and Gabbie Plain.

As we enter the final month of this year's softball season, USA Softball has announced the Top 25 Finalist for the 2022 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. Five Pac-12 student-athletes made the list, which include - Arizona State's Yannira Acuña and Cydney Sanders, UCLA's Holly Azevedo and Megan Faraimo, and Washington's Baylee Klingler. 

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

Friday, April 22    
California vs. Miami (Ohio)

 

3 p.m. PT
No. 24 Arizona vs. Utah

Pac-12 Arizona 

Pac-12 Mountain

4 p.m. PT
No. 13 Arizona State vs. Stanford

Stanford Live Stream

6 p.m. PT
No. 4 UCLA vs. Oregon State

Pac-12 Los Angelas

Pac-12 Oregon

7 p.m. PT 
No. 11 Washington vs. No. 19 Oregon

Pac-12 Network

Pac-12 Washington

7 p.m. PT
Saturday, April 23    
No. 24 Arizona vs. Utah Pac-12 Arizona 1 p.m. PT
California vs. Miami (Ohio)

 

1 p.m. PT
No. 13 Arizona State vs. Stanford

Stanford Live Stream

2 p.m. PT
No. 4 UCLA vs. Oregon State

Pac-12 Oregon

3 p.m. PT
No. 11 Washington vs. No. 19 Oregon

Pac-12 Oregon 

Pac-12 Washington

5 p.m. PT
Sunday, April 24    
California vs. Miami (Ohio)

 

8 a.m. PT
No. 24 Arizona vs. Utah

Pac-12 Mountain

11 a.m. PT
No. 13 Arizona State vs. Stanford

Stanford Live Stream

12 p.m. PT
No. 4 UCLA vs. Oregon State

Pac-12 Oregon

12 p.m. PT 
No. 11 Washington vs. No. 19 Oregon

Pac-12 Network

Pac-12 Oregon

Pac-12 Washington

3 p.m. PT
Monday, April 25    
Utah Valley vs. Utah Utah Live Stream 4 p.m. PT

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
#13 Arizona State 12-0 31-5
#4 UCLA 10-2 33-5
Stanford 6-6 29-12
#11 Washington 6-6 25-11
Oregon State 7-8 31-12
California 6-9 25-18
#19 Oregon 5-10 26-13
Utah 4-8 21-20
#24 Arizona 4-11 25-15

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
April 18 Alynah Torres, Arizona State Kelley Lynch, Washington Cydney Sanders, Arizona State