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Pac-12 Softball Weekly Release - April 27, 2022

Apr 27, 2022
UCLA Athletics

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

SAN FRANCISCO - Three weeks remain in the Pac-12 softball regular season as UCLA and Arizona sit tied atop of the conference standings.

THIS WEEK AHEAD: One top-25 matchup will be on deck this week as No. 10 Washington will host No. 24 Stanford in Seattle for a three-game series, which will be aired on Washington's live streaming outlet. A total of 20 games are on deck this week, while 19 games will be available through ESPN+, Pac-12 Insider, Pac-12 Networks or through a live streaming outlet.

IN THE RANKINGS: UCLA leads six ranked Pac-12 teams in this week's USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Coaches Poll at No. 3, and is followed by No. 10 Washington, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 22 Oregon, No. 24 Stanford, No. 25 Arizona while Oregon State is receiving votes.

Five teams are ranked in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings: UCLA leads the way at No. 3, Arizona State is No. 9, Washington is No. 11, Stanford is No. 21, and Oregon is No. 24, while Oregon State and Arizona 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. 12, Washington is No. 13, Oregon is No. 21 and Stanford is No. 25. 

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

Oregon's strength of schedule is currently ranked the second-toughest in the nation. 

Washington is one of only five teams in the nation who have won nine out of their last 10 games.

ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS: UCLA's Briana Perez is first among among active NCAA players in at bats (792) and second in runs scored (249). Perez also ranks third in triples (18) and hits per game (0.383), fifth in total bases (495), 10th in runs batted in (186) and 11th in games played (244). UCLA's Aaliyah Jordan is ranked fifth among active players in doubles (60), seventh in runs batted in (197) and 15th in total bases (419). UCLA's Megan Faraimo ranks second in ERA (1.25), fourth in strikeouts per seven innings (10.28) and 15th in shutouts (22). 

Washington's Olympian Gabbie Plain is second among active players in wining percentage (0.843) and shutouts (43), third in strikeouts (1,001), fourth in games started (119) and innings pitched (776.0). Plain also ranks fifth in ERA (1.51), sixth in pitching appearances (157) and completed games (78), 12th in strikeouts per seven innings (9.03) and 21st in saves (9). 

Oregon State's Mariah Mazon ranks second in innings pitched (809.7), fourth in completed games (83), 10th games started (106), 11th in pitching appearances (147), 12th in strikeouts (801) and 16th in saves (10).

Arizona State's Cydney Sanders ranks second in the nation in slugging percentage (0.962) and 10th in batting average (0.429).  

Stanford's Alana Vawter ranks seventh in the nation in ERA (1.56) and 19th in shutouts (19). 

IN THE RANKINGS: After 11 weeks of action, Arizona ranks 10th in slugging percentage (0.572), 12th in batting average (0.330), 13th in on base percentage (0.406), 14th in home runs per game (1.53) and 18th in scoring (6.40). The Wildcats are lead by Carlie Scupin and Allie Skaggs. Both Scupin and Skaggs are tied for 14th in the nation in home runs (16), which is second in the conference while also being tied for 17th in home runs per game (0.37), which in third in the conference.

Arizona State ranks third in the nation in slugging percentage (0.643), fourth in both home runs per game (1.97) and on base percentage (0.434), 10th in batting average (0.332) and winning percentage (0.821) and 12th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.46). The Sun Devils are lead by Yannira Acuña, Cydney Sanders and Marissa Schuld. Acuña ranks eighth in on base percentage (0.576), 11th in runs per game (1.15) and 13th in slugging percentage (0.962). Sanders ranks fifth in runs batted in per game (1.23) and slugging percentage (0.962), 14th in home runs per game (0.38), and 16th in on-base percentage (0.551) and RBIs (48). Schuld ranks first in walk allowed per seven innings (0.50) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (16.40) and 21st in saves (3). 

California's Sophomore Tatum Anzaldo leads the Bears as she ranks sixth in the nation in hits (65). She is the conference leader in that category.

Oregon ranks 18th in the nation in fielding percentage (0.975), 20th in scoring (6.31), 21st in slugging percentage (0.524) and 25th in both doubles per game (1.57) and stolen bases per game (1.74). Senior Allee Bunker ranks 11th in the nation in toughest to strikeout (29.8), which places her as the sole leader in the conference.

Oregon State ranks third in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.67), sixth in shutouts (17) and seventh in ERA (1.72). The Beavers are lead by Kiki Escobar, Sarah Haendiges and Mariah Mazon. Escobar ranks 17th in the nation in hits (60), while Haendiges ranks 14th in shoutouts (7) and 22nd in ERA (1.48). Mazon ranks ninth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.00) and 13th in ERA (1.26). 

Stanford ranks seventh in both shutouts (16) and triples per game (0.41), 12th in ERA (1.84) and 17th in fielding percentage (0.975). Alana Vawter leads the Cardinal behind the mound, as she ranks fifth in shutouts (8), eight in victories (20) and 20th in innings pitched (164.2).

UCLA ranks first in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.78), second in ERA (1.29), third in winning percentage (0.878), 10th in shutouts (15), 14th in scoring (6.51), 16th in fielding percentage (0.975), 18th in slugging percentage (0.532) and 21st in batting average (0.317). The Bruins are led by Briana Perez, Lauren Shaw and Megan Faraimo. Perez ranks sixth in the nation in triples (6) and ninth in triples per game (0.15), while Shaw ranks fifth in ERA (0.77), seventh in walks allowed per seven innings (0.77) and 12th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.80). Faraimo ranks fifth in saves (5), ninth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.00), 11th in strikeouts per seven innings (11.3), 15th in hits allowed per seven innings (3.99) and 17th in strikeouts (216).

Utah's Sydney Sandez and Ellessa Bonstrom lead the Utes as Sandez ranks sixth in walks allowed per seven innings (0.68) and eighth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.18), while Bonstrom ranks 19th in on base percentage (0.539) and sacrifice flies (4).

Washington ranks ninth in both fielding percentage (0.978) and home runs per game (1.70), 11th in slugging percentage (0.567), 17th in scoring (6.40) and 21st in on base percentage (0.400). The Huskies are lead by Gabbie Plain and Baylee Klingler. Plain is tied for first in the nation in hit batters (1) and fifth in shutouts (8). Klingler ranks second in total bases (133), third in home runs (20), home runs per game (0.50), RBIs (58), slugging percentage (1.031) and runs batted in per game (1.45) and 10th in batting average (0.450).

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 Santa 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 only a month of this year's regular season schedule remains, USA Softball has announced the Top 25 Finalists 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

Wednesday, April 27    
San Jose State vs. California

Cal Live Stream

3 p.m. PT
No. 25 Arizona vs. New Mexico State 

ESPN+

4 p.m. PT
No. 25 Arizona vs. New Mexico State ESPN+ 6 p.m. PT
Cal State Fullerton vs. No. 3 UCLA   6 p.m. PT
Pacific vs. No. 24 Stanford Stanford Live Stream 6 p.m. PT
Friday, April 29    
California vs. No. 14 Arizona State

Pac-12 Arizona

Pac-12 Bay Area

6 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. No. 22 Oregon

Pac-12 Network

Pac-12 Oregon

6 p.m. PT
No. 24 Stanford vs. No. 10 Washington

Washington Live Steam

6 p.m. PT
Utah vs. No. 3 UCLA

UCLA Live Stream

7 p.m. PT
Saturday, April 30    
No. 24 Stanford vs. No. 10 Washington

Washington Live Stream

2 p.m. PT
Fresno State vs. No. 25 Arizona

Arizona Live Stream

4 p.m. PT
California vs. No. 14 Arizona State

Pac-12 Arizona

Pac-12 Bay Area

6 p.m. PT
Fresno State vs. No. 25 Arizona

Arizona Live Stream

6 p.m. PT 
Oregon State vs. No. 22 Oregon

Pac-12 Network

Pac-12 Oregon

6 p.m. PT
Utah vs. No. 3 UCLA

Pac-12 Insider

UCLA Live Steam

6 p.m. PT
Sunday, May 1    
California vs. No. 14 Arizona State

Pac-12 Network

Pac-12 Arizona

Pac-12 Bay Area

12 p.m. PT
No. 24 Stanford vs. No. 10 Washington Washington Live Stream 12 p.m. PT
Utah vs. No. 3 UCLA UCLA Live Stream 12 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. No. 22 Oregon

Pac-12 Network

Pac-12 Oregon

4 p.m. PT
Monday, May 2    
Utah Valley vs. No. 10 Washington  Washington Live Stream 11 a.m. PT

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
#3 UCLA 13-2 36-5
#14 Arizona State 13-2 32-7
#10 Washington 9-6 28-11
#24 Stanford 8-7 31-13
California 6-9 25-20-1
Oregon State 7-11 31-15
#25 Arizona 6-12 27-16
Utah 5-10 23-22
#22 Oregon 5-13 26-16

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
April 25 Allie Skaggs, Arizona Gabbie Plain, Washington Savannah Pola, UCLA