The Ducks took two of three from the Bruins and took over the top spot with 30 of the 32 first place votes in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Coaches’ Poll released on April 8. Three more Pac-12 teams make up the top 10.
No. 1 Oregon (35-5, 8-1 Pac-12)
The Ducks hosted UCLA over the weekend in a marquee matchup of top ranked teams and went to work on the then-No. 1 ranked Bruins. Catcher Janelle Lindvall and centerfielder Koral Costa were a perfect 6-of-6 for the Ducks and knocked in six RBI on two home runs on Friday.
Senior Kailee Cuico did them one better by knocking in a team-high seven RBI on two home runs on Saturday. Cuico was named Pac-12 Player of the Week with three HRs and 12 RBI in five games played last week.
No. 2 UCLA (34-4, 9-3 Pac-12)
The Bruins were not ready for the offensive prowess shown by the Ducks in Eugene but were able to rebound and capture the final game on Sunday to avoid the sweep. UCLA fell only one spot in the rankings due to Tennessee losing two of three to LSU.
Junior pitcher Ally Carda (20-2) was the do-it-all girl for the Bruins with two hits, an RBI and pitching 5.2 innings of relief to earn the win. Last week’s hero for the Bruins, Stephany LaRosa, also chipped in with a three-run home to secure the 6-1 victory.
No. 7 Arizona State (35-56 9-3 Pac-12)
The Sun Devils traveled to Berkeley and dispatched the Bears with little effort. Arizona State outscored California 27-4 in the three-game series with two run-rule victories to cap the weekend.
Senior pitcher Dallas Escobedo (16-5) garnered wins on Friday and Sunday striking out 23 batters over 12 inning earning the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week. Offensive firepower was on display as Elizabeth Caporuscio knocked a grand slam on Friday followed two each by Haley Steele, Bethany Kemp and Alix Johnson over the weekend.
No. 9 Arizona (32-8, 7-5 Pac-12)
The Wildcats hosted the Cardinal over the weekend and were faced with a true challenge on Friday night with a wild 18-12 victory. Freshmen Katiyana Mauga and Mo Mercado combined for five hits, 12 RBI and four runs scored—on Friday night alone.
Saturday’s game saw Mauga maintain a hot hand going 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored. First baseman Hallie Wilson was instrumental with her 3-of-4 performance with three RBI in the 12-3 run-rule victory. Stanford took Arizona to extra innings on Sunday but Mauga’s walk-off two-run homer in the eighth secured the sweep and earned her USA Softball and NFCA Player of the Week honors.
No. 10 Washington (22-10, 2-6 Pac-12)
The Huskies were idle last weekend and swapped spots with Arizona. Washington traveled to cross-town Seattle University and defeated the Redhawks 11-0 in five innings.
Bryanna Walker earned her 14th win of the season through four innings of shutout ball while Kaitlin Inglesby closed out the final frame. Victoria Howard and Hooch Fagaly combined for five hits, seven RBI and two runs scored.