The Pacific-10 Conference continues to live up to its billing as the "Conference of Champions." The league led the nation in NCAA Team Championships for the second consecutive year with 11 and also laid claim to 45 individual titles. Six different Pac-10 members won at least one NCAA title. Pac-10 members have now won an incredible 25 NCAA team crowns the past two seasons and 41 over the past four years. Those 41 titles have been earned in 18 different sports.
Pac-10 members have won 232 NCAA men's team championships (far ahead of the 151 claimed by the Big Ten) and 61 women's crowns (far ahead of the Southeastern Conference, which has 41) to lead all conferences in both categories.
Men's NCAA team titles have come at a phenomenal rate - 15 basketball titles by five schools (more than any other conference), 35 of the last 38 in tennis, 22 of the last 29 in volleyball, 24 of the last 29 in water polo, 17 of the last 32 in baseball, 19 of the last 34 in swimming & diving and 18 of the last 38 in track and field (44 overall). The Conference has also claimed an incredible 991 NCAA individual crowns.
On the women's side, the story is the same. The NCAA has been conducting women's championships for 17 years and Pac-10 members have won four team titles in a single year on 11 occasions, including eight in 1996-97 and four last year. Included in the NCAA team titles are 12 of 17 championships in softball (plus one vacated), 11 of 17 in tennis, six of the last eight volleyball titles and eight of the last 10 trophies in both golf and swimming. Additionally, the 298 individual titles lead all leagues.
Final 1998 Pac-10 Softball Standings Conference Overall W L PCT. W L PCT. 1. Arizona 27 1 .964 67 4 .943 2. Washington 19 9 .678 52 10 .770 3. Stanford 17 11 .607 41 18 .694 4. California 12 14 .461 35 27 .564 5. Oregon 10 18 .357 40 31 .563 6. Arizona State 9 19 .321 38 27 .584 7. UCLA 8 18 .307 18 27 .400 8. Oregon State 8 20 .285 27 28 .490 UCLA Among The 1998 Pac-10 Leaders Team Batting UCLA .241 8th Triples Laurie Fritz 5 3rd Home Runs Kim Wuest 11 4th Team Pitching UCLA 2.04 7th Team Fielding UCLA .959 6th 1998 All-Pac-10 Conference Softball Teams First Team Name School Pos. Tarrah Beyster OSU P/IF Becky Blevins STAN P Leah Braatz-Cochrane UA C Nancy Evans UA P Eve Gaw UW P Jamie Graves UW P Rosie Leutzinger UW IF Toni Mascarenas UA IF Alison McCutcheon UA OF Lety Pineda UA IF Jennifer Spediacci UW P Roxanne Tsosie ASU P Kellie Wiginton STAN C Kim Wuest UCLA IF Second Team Name School Pos. Michelle Acosta STAN UT Lauren Bauer UA OF Jennie Cook UO P/IF Marcy Crouch STAN P Triawn Custer UO IF Kim DePaul UW IF Whitney Floyd CAL P Christine Gill ASU IF Nicole Giordano UA OF Lisa Iancin CAL IF Nicole Odom UCLA IF Jill Robinson UO IF Katie Swan UA IF Raja Woods ASU IF Honorable Mention Name School Pos. Jennifer Apfelbaum UO IF Carrie Breedlove ASU P Paige Bowie CAL IF Jodi Chmielewski OSU IF/OF Nicole DiSalvio CAL P Jennie Foyle STAN IF Laurie Fritz UCLA IF Erin Helgeland UW OF Casey Hiraiwa UCLA UT Erin Hull ASU OF Becky Lemke UA P Katie Mackey UO IF Katie May CAL IF Becky Newbry UW IF Michelle Schneider STAN IF Courtney Stewart OSU IF Lindsey Welch UO OF