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Stanford, UCLA eliminated from men’s golf championships

STANFORDMenschampThe No. 1 seed Cardinal defeated the University of Illinois in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, 3-2, on the strength of Patrick Rodgers’ 3-and-2 win along with Cameron Wilson and Viraat Badwhar’s 1-up victories. Stanford would battle with Oklahoma State in the semifinals before dropping the match 3-2 on Badwhar’s missed putt on 18. The Bruins were not as fortunate, losing 4-1 with Lorens Chan the only victor on the UCLA squad.

Wilson was paired in the quarterfinals with Illinois’ Alex Burge and was met with a bigger challenge than expected. Wilson found himself 1-down on several occasions but was able to bounce back, taking the 1-up advantage on the 17th hole, the same hole on which he won the national championship on Monday.

Badwhar and his opponent, Charlie Danielson, took viewers on a roller coaster ride. Badwhar led by three strokes on two separate occasions before pulling out the 1-up victory. Rodgers dominated Jonathan Hauter 3-and-2 after dropping three of the first four holes.

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National Champion – Stanford’s Cameron Wilson Evan Wilson photo

In the semifinals against Oklahoma State, Wilson excelled over the Cowboys’ Ian David, winning 4-and-2. Rodgers battled with Jordan Niebrugge through 12 holes before winning the skin on 13 and 14 and maintaining the lead throughout the next three holes to win 2-and-1. The most intense match of the day was between Maverick McNealy and Oklahoma State’s Talor Gooch.

The duo dueled back and forth with neither taking a lead larger than one stroke. Gooch’s birdie on 16 and McNealy’s bogey on 17 seemingly sealed the victory for Gooch until he followed up with a bogey on 18 to force a playoff. They battled for two more holes until Gooch finally pulled out the victory.

All the pressure of the match then rested on the shoulders of Viraat Badwhar, who had not won a hole throughout his match with Wyndham Clark. Badwhar battled back from 3-down after 13 holes and won the 14th and 15th holes. The pair tied on the 16th and 17th holes, and it came down to Badwhar needing a birdie on 18 to extend the match, which he pulled to the left, handing Oklahoma State the victory.

 

ucla-logoThe Bruins’ chances heading into the quarterfinals were shaky at best, but the squad finished up strong down the stretch to secure the No. 6 seed and would have to face No. 3 seed Louisiana State. Lorens Chan started strong with a 2-up lead through the first three holes over LSU’s Stewart Jolly. The pair started on the 10th hole and by the 17th hole, they were all square once again. Chan would pick up four strokes over the next three holes and would be declared the victor 4-and-3 after the pair both hit par on the sixth hole.

Preston Valder matched up nicely with LSU’s Curtis Thompson as the pair halved nine of the holes on the day. Valder fell in an early 2-down hole after three holes but would gain the strokes back on the 14th hole with a birdie putt while Thompson bogeyed. Valder would take a 1-up lead after the 16th hole but returned to all-square after 17.

The 2014 UCLA Men's Golf Team

The 2014 UCLA Men’s Golf Team

The two would remain so for the next three holes until Valder won the skin at the third hole. Thompson would square it up down the stretch on seven but Valder would take the 1-up lead heading into the final hole. The biggest disappointment came on the ninth hole where Valder settled for a double bogey to lose two strokes and the match to Thompson 1-up.

UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick played a similar match to Valder against LSU’s Smylie Kaufman. Garrick started off in a 2-down hole after the 10th hole and then went on to halve 13 holes with Kaufman. Garrick never led in the match although he did win the fourth and 12th holes.

The Bruins’ Matt Pinnizzotto took an early 2-up lead over the Tigers’ Zach Wright but found himself 2-down after the first ten holes. After winning the skin on the second hole, there was a glimmer of hope with the pair halving the next four holes. Dropping back to 2-down and halving the next hole closed the door on Pinnizzotto, losing 2-and-1.

The most consistent golfer on the Bruins, Anton Arboleda, had the poorest performance in match play against LSU’s Benjamin Taylor. Arboleda, like Pinnozzotto, had a 2-up lead after three holes and watched it slip away. Arboleda gave up skins on 13 and 15 before gaining one back on 16, then giving it right back on 17. Taylor took his first lead on the fourth hole and would go on to take the next two holes, sealing the 4-and-3 finish.

NCAA Baseball Regional Preview: Oregon St. Host In Corvallis

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State had a great final regular season weekend. Despite losing two of three to USC, the Beavers were crowned Pac-12 Champion for the second consecutive year and was named the No. 1 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA  Men’s Baseball Tournament.  This is the second straight year that the Beavers have hosted and the ninth time they have advanced to the postseason in the past 10 years.

The first game of the regional will be on Friday at 2 p.m. PT and will pit No. 2 UNLV against No. 3 seed UC Irvine. Oregon State will face No. 4 seed North Dakota State at 8 p.m. PT and will be nationally broadcast on ESPN U.>>>Read more on College Baseball Central

 

 

Stanford, UCLA advance to match play in NCAA men’s golf championships

Stan_UCLAA long yet productive day took place at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., on Monday. With the previous cancellation of the fourth round, teams played for over 12 hours on Memorial Day to determine the top eight spots.

Of the 30 teams competing, only the lowest eight team scores—including Stanford and UCLA—advanced to Tuesday’s quarterfinals in a match-style playoff, with the top two teams teeing off Wednesday in the title match. Five Pac-12 teams finished in the top 15 on Monday, with seven Pac-12 golfers finishing under par and in the top 20 on the individual leaderboard.

The Stanford Cardinal finished as the top team after the final round with a total of 13-under par, nine strokes ahead of its closest competitors, LSU and Alabama, who finished at 4-under. Despite top-ranked Patrick Rodgers’ stumble on the day at 3-over par and Cameron Wilson saving par on the day, David Boote kept the Card afloat with a stellar 5-under par performance to complement his 3-under play in the second round.

Evert Wilson - NCAA photo

Evert Wilson – NCAA photo

Wilson was tied for the individual lead at 6-under par with Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schneiderjans at the end of regulation. He would go on to win the three-hole playoff and be crowned national champion on the 17th hole after both golfers parred on the 18th and 10th holes. Boote finished tied for third place overall at 5-under.

UCLA flirted with the cut line down the back stretch, dropping as low as 10th before finishing in the sixth spot at 4-over par through the final round. The Bruins rebounded from a 4-over performance in the second round with a 1-over 281.

Lorens Chan was the model of consistency with two straight even-par rounds and topped it off with a monster 3-under final round to move from a tie at 26th place to being tied for 10th place at 3-under with five others. Anton Arboleda struggled a bit in the final round, finishing 2-over par to finish at 1-over.

California rebounded from its abysmal 9-over par performance in the second round with a respectable 2-over par in the final round, finishing at 10-over and just missing the cut in 11th place. Joel Stalter shot 3-under in the final round to finish 1-under for the tournament, jumping from a tie for 50th to being tied at 20th overall. Brandon Hagy dropped two strokes in the final round to finish 2-over.

Washington had a nice 1-under par 279 in the opening round, but then the Huskies shot 7-over in both the second and third rounds to finish at 13-over with a 15th-place finish. Corey Pereira completed the final round with a respectable 1-under 69 to finish 1-under for the tournament in the logjam 19th place with nine other golfers.  and finish in a tie for 46th place.

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John Vu – GoDucks.com photo

Oregon’s 9-under performance on Monday was the second-lowest round of the tournament, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the second round score of 17-over—the second-highest round of the tournament. The Ducks finished in 14th place, one stroke ahead of regional rival Washington.

Zach Foushee redeemed himself, shooting 5-under par on Monday after his paltry 6-over performance in the second round. Foushee would finish tied for 19th place at 1-under par for the tournament. Brandon McIver finished 3-under par on Monday to bring him to 3-over par for the tournament.

Washington had a nice 1-under par 279 in the opening round, but then the Huskies shot 7-over in both the second and third rounds to finish at 13-over with a 15th-place finish. Corey Pereira completed the final round with a respectable 1-under 69 to finish 1-under for the tournament in the logjam 19th place with nine other golfers.

Southern California didn’t have its best outing over the long Memorial Day weekend. The Trojans just couldn’t find their groove at Prairie Dunes but showed signs of improvement in the final round, finishing 15-over. Rico Hoey, the Trojans’ lone bright spot, finished the tournament with a 2-under 68 in the first round and a 1-under 69 in the final round. Hoey’s 7-over in the second round dropped him to 4-over for the tournament in a tie for 55th place.

 

Stanford leads NCAA men’s golf championships after 36 holes

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Rain delays, threats of lightning and overall poor weather at Prairie Dunes Country Club have changed the format of the NCAA men’s golf championship in Huntington, Kan. The course, which has been suffering from one of the worst droughts in recent memory as well as one of the driest starts on record, has been anything but dry.

Due to the extreme weather conditions, the fourth round, originally scheduled for Monday, has been canceled and hopes that a full round can completed on Monday are still up in the air because the forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of scattered storms.

The No. 3 Stanford Cardinal led at the conclusion of Saturday’s suspended play. After all teams finally completed two full rounds earlier on Sunday afternoon, the Cardinal still remained on top of the leaderboard without ever stepping on the course.

The nation’s top two ranked amateurs in Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson, both from Stanford, also sit atop the individual leaderboard, only juxtaposed ever so slightly with Wilson in first place at 6-under and Rodgers right behind at 5-under par.

 

california-b-logo-1The Cal Golden Bears, who were ranked No. 5 prior to the championships, excelled in the first round with a 1-under 279 but struggled in the second round finishing 9-over par. The Bears were able to start the third round prior to a final suspension due to lightning and shoot a 1-under on the day. Cal is now tied for 14th par with the Universities of Texas and Alabama-Birmingham at 7-over. Brandon Hagy is tied for 21st place at 1-under par while teammates Joel Stalter and Michael Weaver are tied for 41st at 1-over par.

 

No. 8 Washington mirrored the play of California, scoring 1-under par in the first round and struggling in the second round. The Huskies performed two strokes better than the Bears finishing 7-over in the round and 6-over par overall, good enough to be tied for 11th place. Cory Pereira led all Huskies golfers with an even par after shooting 69 in the first round and 71 in the second.

 

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No. 21 UCLA also shot a 1-under par 279 in the first round but fared much better in the second round despite all the delays and distractions. The Bruins finished the second round with a respectable 4-over par to give the squad a composite score of 3-over par and sole possession of eighth place. Anton Arboleda, who had a masterful 2-under 68 in the first round, finished 1-over in the second dropping him from 18th place in the individual ranking to 21stLorens Chan and Preston Valder are both a stroke behind Arboleda at even par. 

 

The 22nd-ranked Trojans had a bad first round and an even worse second round. Finishing 16-over par in the first round was tough but being unable to rebound with an 18-over second round most likely signaled the end of the tournament for USC. Their third round score of 3-over par was not the worst showing of the round and their total score of 37-over is also not the highest of all schools, that honor belongs to Texas A&M at 38-over par. Rico Hoey, the lone bright spot for the Trojans with a 2-under 68 in the first round, finished the second round at 7-over par. Hoey’s teammates are all in double digits over par.

 

oregon-g-logoOne would think that the 27th ranked Oregon Ducks would excel in the inclement and rainy conditions but it has proved to be the opposite. They represent the biggest drop from the end of day one, which had Oregon on top, to the end of day three, where we find the Ducks at 17-over par and in 23rd place out of 30 schools. The 17-over second round hit the squad hard and they have rebounded in the third round with an impressive 4-under par to keep the Ducks at 17-over for the tournament.

Stanford on top at NCAA men’s golf championships after shortened second round

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The No. 2 ranked Stanford Cardinal was only one of six teams to complete the second round of play due to inclement weather interrupting play for over eight hours on Thursday at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

Only the top eight teams will make the cut after 54 holes of play to qualify for a match-play style playoff. The final two teams will play on Wednesday for the title match.

stanford-logoThe Cardinal finished the first round 1-over par and came roaring back in the second round to shoot a 13-under 267 finishing their first two rounds at a combined 12-under. Stanford is in the lead by four strokes over top-ranked and defending national champion Alabama who has yet to begin its second round. The top two ranked individuals in Partick Rodgers (-5) and Cameron Wilson (-6) lived up to their hype by finishing in the top three at the end of the second day.

No. 5 ranked California was able to complete two full rounds but with much less success than their rival across the bay. At 8-over par, the Golden Bears are tied for 21st place with the Universities of Kentucky and Houston. Cal finished the first round with an admirable 1-under 279, yet fell apart in the second round finishing 9-over for the round. No. 6 individual Brandon Hagy dropped from being tied for 14th at 2-under par to being tied for 39th at even par.

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The No. 8 ranked Washington Huskies finished the first round 1-under par and have struggled on the first three holes of the second round, finishing 6-over on holes 15-18. At 5-over par, the Huskies are currently tied for 16th place with four other schools. Cory Pereira finished round one at 1-under par but currently sits at 1-over while teammate Jonathan Sanders has improved on his first round 73, shooting 1-under so far in the second round placing him tied for 69th at 2-over par.

The UCLA Bruins, who were ranked at No. 21 entering the championships have yet to hit the course for the second round and are clinging to a tie for 10th place at 1-under par after the first round. Anton Arboleda is 2-under par and tied for 15th place in the individual standings. No. 25 Johnathan Garrick and No. 50 Lorens Chan are both tied for 39th after shooting an even par 70 in the first round.

oregon-g-logoThe No. 22 USC Trojans had a horrific first round, shooting 16-over par and look to rebound in the second round on Sunday morning. 15th ranked Rico Hoey finished the first round with a respectable 2-under 68 and is currently tied with several others for 15th place. Three SC players are 6-over par, including 30th ranked Anthony Paolucci.

The No. 27 ranked Oregon Ducks surprised the field after taking the lead at the end of the first day. The Ducks would return to Earth and finish with a 4-over 284 after completing the second round, good enough to be tied for 14th with the University of Illinois. Friday’s individual leader, Zach Foushee is holding on to a 15th place tie at 2-under par. Teammate Thomas Lim is also sporting a respectable 1-under par 69 at the completion of the first round.

Oregon leads men’s golf championships after soggy, rain-shortened first day

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The No. 40 University of Oregon men’s golf team holds the lead at the 2014 NCAA men’s golf championship in a rain-shortened opening round Friday at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.

The rain delayed the first drives for 40 minutes and allowed a couple teams to get started before play was halted for another five hours.

Shortly after noon PT, play resumed with 15 of the 30 teams in the field able to get in some holes. The Ducks are currently leading the field at 3-under with holes five through seven completed. 18th-ranked UCLA sits in a tie for 11th place at 3-over after completing holes six through nine, while USC is 11-over par through the same three holes.

Oregon’s Zach Foushee sits all alone atop the individual leaderboard at three strokes under par through six holes played. UCLA’s Anton Arboleda, USC’s Rico Hoey and Oregon’s Brandon McIver are all tied for second at 2-under. Arboleda has played eight holes while Hoey has finished six and McIver has completed five.

Play is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. PT on Saturday. Teams that have yet to tee off are No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 California and No. 8 Washington.

5 Pac-12 Teams Finish Regular Season in Top 10

 

ASU_UCLAThe Arizona State Sun Devils dropped the weekend series to UCLA, yet only fell one spot with Arizona doing the same, dropping its series to Washington. Here’s how the Pac-12 fared in the latest release of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll:

No. 1 Oregon (49-7-1, 20-3-1 Pac-12)

Oregon traveled to Tucson to take on the No. 9 Wildcats and managed two wins in a stadium where no visiting team had won this season. Sophomore ace Cheridan Hawkins went the distance on Thursday and worked a run-rule victory on Saturday. Hawkins picked up her 29th and 30th wins while striking out 17 batters while only walking three. Oregon finished the regular season as the top-ranked team for the sixth consecutive week and was named the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA softball championships.

Catcher Janelle Lindvall paced the Ducks’ offense with 5-of-9 hitting with six RBI, including a home run on Thursday and a double in the finale. Center fielder Koral Costa also knocked a two-run HR in Saturday’s 14-3 slufgest. Oregon hosts Albany, Utah Valley and Wisconsin in the regional round this weekend.

No. 2 UCLA (48-6, 19-5 Pac-12)

Ally Carda

Ally Carda

No. 2 UCLA also completed the regular season in Arizona, with the Bruins visiting Tempe and Arizona State. After suffering a 2-0 shutout Thursday night, junior pitcher Ally Carda revived UCLA with wins on Friday and Saturday. Carda, Thursday night’s starter, won both games in relief, taking over for Paige McDuffee and Jessica Hall. Carda fanned 21 Sun Devils in 17.2 innings pitched.

The National Player of the Year candidate also knocked a two-run HR in Friday night’s extra-inning matchup, finishing 2-of-4 with three RBI and four runs scored. The monster effort from Carda earned her the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week nod, her third of the season.

The Bruins are the NCAA championship’s No. 3 national seed and host Long Beach State, Notre Dame and Southern Utah in the regional round.

No. 4 Arizona State (44-10-1, 15-7-1 Pac-12)

 

The Sun Devils have faced the top two teams in the country the past two weeks, finishing with an admirable 2-3-1 record against the cream of the nation’s crop. Senior pitcher Dallas Escobedo pitched a two-hit masterpiece Thursday night, shutting out the Bruins for the first time, 2-0. The first-inning home run by catcher Amber Freeman, a team-tying 11th on the season, brought the only scoring in the pitchers’ duel.

Friday night’s game also went down to the wire with the Sun Devils taking a 5-4 lead in the fourth inning, only to allow the Bruins back into the game in the seventh inning and ultimately lose in the ninth. Senior shortstop Cheyenne Coyle finished the weekend with 3-of-7 hitting with three RBI including a two-run HR on Saturday. Arizona State was named the No. 9 national seed and hosts No. 13 Michigan along with San Diego State and Dartmouth in the NCAA regionals this weekend.

 

No. 8 Washington (33-13, 13-9 Pac-12)

Bryana Walker

Bryana Walker

Washington stayed put at the No. 8 spot despite making quick work of the California Golden Bears over the weekend. Senior pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby picked up her 12th win on Thursday and pitched a masterful performance on Saturday, giving up only one hit in a 14-0 run-rule victory. Fellow senior Bryana Walker picked up the save on Thursday night and her 18th win on Friday.

The Huskies’ bats were electric in Berkeley, outscoring the Bears 27-4. Kylee Lahners paced UW with five RBI, including a double on Saturday and two home runs. Not to be outdone, senior first baseman Hooch Fagaly also knocked homers on Friday and Saturday and finished the weekend 4-of-9 with four RBI and three runs scored. The 12-seeded Huskies host BYU, Iona and Northwestern in the regional round.

No. 10 Arizona (40-11, 13-8 Pac-12)

Arizona dropped back-to-back series for the first time this season after losing two of three to the No. 1 Ducks last weekend. The Wildcats suffered their first loss at home on Thursday night and their second mercy-rule loss of the season on Saturday – all in the final week of the season. Under the bright Friday night lights and in front of 2,566 fans, Arizona erupted for 11 runs, including a six-run first inning over Oregon’s Karissa Hovinga, who suffered only her second loss of the season.

Chelsea Goodacre, Katiyana Mauga and Kelsey Rodriguez all connected with long balls on Friday, while Estela Pinon earned her 17th win on the year and Shelby Babcock collected her second save. Rodriguez finished the weekend with a double, two homers and three RBI while Goodacre hit 5-of-8, including two doubles and a home run. Arizona received the No. 11 national seed and hosts No. 23 LSU along with Louisville and Boston University this weekend in the regionals.

Pac-12 softball on TV viewer guide: May 8-10

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It’s the final weekend of the regular season for Pac-12 softball and the schedule is packed with some intriguing matchups. There’s a top-three matchup in Tempe between UCLA and Arizona State along with a top-10 matchup between Oregon and Arizona in Tucson where the Wildcats have been perfect all season with 18 run-rule victories.

No. 1 Oregon at No. 9 Arizona 

  • Kailee CuicoThursday: 5 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks
  • Friday: 7:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Arizona/Washington
  • Saturday: 11:30 a.m. PT, Pac-12 Network/Arizona/Mountain/Oregon

The top-ranked Ducks travel to Tucson and hope for a better weekend than they had last weekend hosting Arizona State. It is highly doubtful that there will be any rain delays in Tucson so look to all three games being played as scheduled.

The teams face off on Thursday at 5 p.m. PT, 7:30 p.m. on Friday night and bright and early at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Oregon has won 13 of its past 15 games and have only lost two conference games all season. Arizona will be a difficult opponent as it is undefeated (27-0) at home this season and leads the nation in home runs (95) and scoring (7.78 runs per game), while ranking second in the country in batting average (.357) and on-base percentage (.445)

No. 2 UCLA at No. 3 Arizona State

  • ASU SoftballThursday: 7 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network/Arizona/Los Angeles/Mountain
  • Friday: 5:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network/Arizona/Los Angeles/Mountain
  • Saturday: 3:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network/Arizona/Los Angeles/Mountain

The Bruins are hoping for a big weekend in the desert. With hopes still alive to clinch the Pac-12 regular season title, UCLA needs to bring its best for all three games. Three of UCLA’s five losses this season have come on the road and Arizona State has only lost one conference game at home, to rival Arizona—in 10 innings.

The Sun Devils are out of the Pac-12 Conference race, but could move up a spot with a series win or sweep over the Bruins. The teams meet Thursday night at 7 p.m. PT, 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

 

No. 8 Washington at California

  • Husky SoftballThursday: 3 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks
  • Friday: 3:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks
  • Saturday: 11:30 a.m. PT, Pac-12 Bay Area/Los Angeles/Washington

The Huskies finish off the regular season on the road in Berkeley against struggling California. The Bears have lost six straight and nine of their last 10, with their last conference victory coming nearly a month ago.

Conversely, the Huskies have been on fire lately, winning nine of their last 12 games since being swept in Eugene in late March. The Huskies and Bears will get their days started with early games at 3:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Bears lead the series 41-35 with Washington winning two of three last year in Seattle.

5 of Nation’s Top 10 Teams From the Pac-12

ASU OregonThe Washington Huskies return to the top 10 and leapfrog the Arizona Wildcats while the top three teams in the nation represent the Pac-12 Conference. Here’s how the Pac-12 fared in the latest release of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll:

No. 1 Oregon (47-6-1, 18-2-1 Pac-12)

Despite only winning once in their past three games, the Ducks managed to hold on to their first-place ranking for a fifth straight week. Oregon dropped the series opener to No. 3 Arizona State, 4-2 due to fielding errors in the sixth inning. Sophomore ace Cheridan Hawkins fanned 10 batters in 6.2 innings and was the hard-luck loser, dropping to 28-4 on the season. The Ducks roared back on Saturday and run-ruled the Sun Devils for the first time since 2010.

Catcher Janelle Lindvall powered a huge nine-run second inning with a 2-of-3 performance resulting in two RBI and two runs scored. Pinch hitter Stevie Joe Knapp threw the knock-out punch with her three-run homer in the sixth inning. Sunday’s game was declared a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning after rain delays of 34 and 36 minutes. Oregon ends the season on the road at Arizona on a Thursday to Saturday set.

No. 2 UCLA (46-5, 17-4 Pac-12)

Ally Carda

Ally Carda

Taking their cue from Oregon, the Bruins dropped their series opener to Stanford, 12-9. Trailing 12-4 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, UCLA rallied to score five runs, however that would not be enough to overcome the eight-run deficit.

Also following suit with Oregon, UCLA would run-rule its opponent on Saturday, 9-0 in five innings.

Junior Ally Carda continued her domination on both sides of the ball, knocking in a three-run homerun and pitching a three-hit shutout en route to her 26th win of the season. Carda roared back on Sunday, breaking a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning on a two-run homer and then improved to 27-4 after picking up the win in relief. UCLA sees its final opponent of the regular season in Tempe when it takes on Arizona State beginning Thursday night.

No. 3 Arizona State (42-7, 13-4 Pac-12)

The Sun Devils visited the top-ranked Oregon Ducks and only lost once, a remarkable feat in itself. In Friday’s matchup, shortstop Cheyenne Coyle shocked Oregon by knocking a solo homer off ace Cheridan Hawkins in the first inning. The Ducks would strike back, scoring two runs in the fourth inning before the Devils rallied for three runs in the sixth. Senior pitcher Dallas Escobedo proved once again that she is one of the best pitchers in the country, striking out eight Ducks batters and allowing only five hits.

Saturday’s game was an emotional letdown after topping the No. 1 team in the country and the Devils were shelled for nine runs in the second inning while only managing three hits in six innings. The rain-interrupted game on Sunday saw Escobedo return to the circle and second baseman Nikki Girard pace the offense. Girard hit 2-of-2 with two RBI and a run scored, and it was her two-run homer that put the Devils up 2-0 in the fifth inning. Arizona State hosts No. 2 UCLA this weekend to complete the 2014 regular season.

No. 8 Washington (30-13, 10-9 Pac-12)

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Hooch Fagaly

The Huskies jumped three spots and returned to the top 10 after taking two of three from visiting Arizona.The Huskies battled on Friday as the teams were knotted at seven runs apiece heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. Senior first baseman Hooch Fagaly stepped up big, delivering a walk-off grand-slam home run. Fagaly hit 4-of-6 over the weekend with four RBI and five runs scored, and was namedPac-12 Player of the Week for her efforts.

Senior pitcher Bryana Walker picked up the win in relief of Kaitlin Inglesby. Saturday’s game was rained out, so Walker returned to the circle Sunday morning to shut out the Wildcats, surrendering only one hit in the mercy-rule five-inning game, 8-0.

Walker’s luck would run out in the second game of the doubleheader as she was a handed a 2-0 loss despite surrendering only four hits over three innings. Inglesby pitched the final four innings, but neither team would plate another run. The Huskies travel to Berkeley this weekend to finish their season against Cal.

No. 9 Arizona (40-11, 13-8 Pac-12)

The Wildcats dropped their third series of the year, losing two of three to Washington and remaining stagnant in the polls. On Friday, Arizona jumped out early on Washington starter Kaitlin Ingelesby with three runs in the first inning and three more in the fourth. First baseman Hallie Wilson fueled the Wildcat offense with 3-of-4 hitting and her 13th home run. Not to be outdone, catcher Chelsea Goodacre knocked a two-run shot, her 21st of the season to tie the NCAA lead with homers on the season.

After the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, senior pitcher Estela Pinon took the circle for the second game and pitched a two-hit gem that moved her record to 15-5. Shortstop Kellie Fox hit 2-of-3, but it was Kelsey Rodriguez who was the hero with a two-run shot in the third inning. The ‘Cats host the top-ranked Oregon Ducks this weekend in Tucson.

UCLA Baseball: Will the Bruins Get a Chance to Defend Its Title?

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WESTWOOD, Calif. —  The NCAA defending champion Bruins can’t seem to catch a break. Losers of nine of its past 15 games and a sixth-place standing in the Pac-12 Conference have people wondering not if UCLA will defend its national championship, but if it will even get the chance to defend it.

At 23-19-1 and 10-9 in conference, the Bruins need to close the season strong with 13 games remaining. On the heels of being swept by cross-town rival USC, the Bruins traveled to nearby Santa Barbara to take on another suddenly-struggling team in the Gauchos. First pitch was at 3 p.m. PT and the game was called after 12 innings due to darkness, four and a half hours later. The Bruins used eight pitchers and the Gauchos used four, but neither team could break through after UCSB tied it up in the fifth inning.>>>Read more on College Baseball Central.