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NCAA Baseball Regional Preview – Nashville, Vanderbilt to Host

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt jumped out of the starting gates like a team possessed this season. The Commodores won their first seven games and 17 of their first 20 with an conference-opening series win over Louisiana State. A mainstay to the top 10 all season long, Vanderbilt fell on some difficult times in conference play yet managed to earn a regional host despite it all.

The first game of the regional will be on Friday at Noon ET and will pit No. 2 Oregon against No. 3 seed Clemson. Vanderbilt will face No. 4 seed Xavier at 7 p.m. ET. >>>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.

John Vu - GoDucks.com photo

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.

Arizona State Baseball: Sun Devils Secure Series Win Over Oregon

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TEMPE, Ariz.—  The Arizona State baseball team has 12 wins over nationally ranked teams this year and has walked away with series wins over three in the top 15—including two on the road. The Sun Devils (26-21, 14-10 Pac-12) took two from No. 9 Oregon (36-16, 14-10 Pac-12) this weekend and moved into a third place tie with the Ducks in the Pac-12 Conference.

Coach Tim Esmay’s squad has won eight of its past 12 games at home and have only four games remaining in the forty-year old Packard Stadium before moving to nearby Phoenix Municipal Stadium beginning in 2015.>>>Read more on College Baseball Central

 

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)

Hooch Fagaly

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.

Pac-12 Softball Claims Top 3 Spots

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Arizona State joined Oregon and UCLA at the top of the polls after Florida and Michigan tumbled last weekend. Here’s how the Pac-12 fared in the latest release of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll:

No. 1 Oregon (44-5, 17-1 Pac-12)

 

The top-ranked Ducks have won 12 straight games and 19 of its last 20 and show no signs of letting up. Oregon has swept its past three conference opponents and took two of three from then-No. 1 UCLA. The Ducks bats’ dominated Stanford at Smith Family Stadium outscoring the Cardinal 21-3 with sophomore pitcher Cheridan Hawkins hurling her NCAA-leading 11th shutout on Friday en route to her 26th victory.

Hawkins improved to 27-3 on Sunday with the 7-2 victory, striking out 15 batters in both games. Left fielder Janie Takeda hit 6-of-11 and first baseman Kailee Cuico collected four RBI in the three game series. Next up for the Ducks is a tough home series hosting No. 3 Arizona State.

No. 2 UCLA (44-4, 15-3 Pac-12)

Ally Carda

Ally Carda

Since dropping two games to Oregon in early April, the Bruins have reeled off 11 straight victories to keep a firm grip on the its No. 2 ranking. UCLA has swept two conference opponents in Oregon State and California along with midweek games over Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State.

Junior pitcher Ally Carda was a one-woman show over the weekend in Berkeley winning Friday’s and Sunday’s games and collecting the save on Saturday. Carda also hit 7-of-11, nabbing a stolen base on Friday, knocking a double on Saturday and a solo home run on Sunday. Third baseman Mysha Sataraka knocked her 14th and 15th home runs on Saturday hitting 6-of-12 with 4 RBI over the weekend. The Bruins host Stanford this weekend for a three-game set.

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

 

The Sun Devils took a break from Pac-12 Conference play hosting the Southern Mississippi out of Conference USA. The Golden Eagles were shutout in three straight games and were outscored 19-0 including an 8-0 run-rule loss on Friday night. The Sun Devils’ senior pitchers Mackenzie Popescue and Dallas Escobedo swapped positions for the non-conference series with Popescue in the circle on Friday and Sunday and Escobedo with the lone start on Saturday.

Popescue was dominant over the weekend, pitching her third career no-hitter on Friday and two complete game shutouts earning her first career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week. Escobedo fanned a career-tying 16 batters and picked up her 20th victory of the season, tied with Popescue. The Sun Devils saved the best for last traveling to No. 1 Oregon this weekend and hosting No. 2 UCLA the following weekend.

No. 9 Arizona (39-9, 12-6 Pac-12)

Hallie Wilson

Hallie Wilson

Arizona jumped a spot to the No. 9 position after a midweek doubleheader victory over New Mexico State and a weekend sweep of Utah. The Wildcats have won its past six games and 11 of its past 12. With the home sweep of the Utes, the Wildcats are now 27-0 at home with 21 of them coming as run-rule victories.

Arizona batters decimated Utah pitchers over the weekend with 13 home runs in three games including a school record eight home runs on Saturday. Rightfielder Katiyana Mauga hit three solo shots on Saturday but it was first baseman Hallie Wilson’s four home runs over the weekend that stood up and earned her the Pac-12 Player of the Week nod for the second time this season. Arizona travels to Washington this weekend to take on the No. 11 Huskies.

No. 11 Washington (28-12, 8-8 Pac-12)

 

Speaking of the Huskies, the Washington softball team is back home after sweeping Oregon State in Corvallis. The quick series was a dominant performance with the Huskies winning rule-rule victories on Saturday and Sunday with Mother Nature throwing an assist on Friday, ending the game after six innings.

Pitchers Kaitlin Inglesby and Bryana Walker were once again at the top of their games combining for 15 strikeouts and allowing only 13 hits. Inglesby won Friday’s and Sunday’s games with Walker relieving while Walker won on Saturday with Inglesby pitching the final inning in relief. Washington hosts Arizona this weekend.

Pac-12 softball on TV viewer guide: April 25-27

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All five of the Pac-12 teams ranked in the top 11 of the latest USA Today/NFCA Poll can be found this weekend either on the Pac-12 Networks, ESPN U or via live stream.

No. 1 Oregon at Stanford

 

Friday: 7 p.m. PT, ESPNU

The top-ranked Ducks will be featured Friday under the lights on ESPNU when it visits Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium at Stanford. Oregon is the country’s No. 1 team in both polls for the third straight week and leads the all-time series over Stanford by a narrow 36-33 margin. The last time the teams met, both were nationally ranked at No. 10 and No. 15, respectively. Stanford has struggled of late losing seven of its last 10 games. The teams will face off at 1 p.m. PT on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

No. 2 UCLA at California

 

Sunday: noon PT, Pac-12 Networks

UCLA will take their No. 2 ranking upstate to Berkeley this weekend to take on Cal. The first game be will at 3 p.m. PT on Friday with Saturday’s game at 1 p.m. The Bruins have been on fire as of late, but can’t get close to the Ducks. Winners of its past eight games as well as sweeping the Pac-12 Pitcher and Player of the Week awards, UCLA should have no problem with the Bears who have lost five of its past six conference games.

No. 11 Washington at Oregon State

 

Kasey Stanchek

Kasey Stanchek

Friday: 4 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks

Sunday: noon PT, Pac-12 Networks

The Huskies will try to get more than one day of softball in this weekend in Corvallis. Rainy weather in Seattle last weekend prevented games from being played on Friday and Sunday. Washington was able to split Saturday’s doubleheader while Oregon State is looking to break its six-game losing streak. Friday’s game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks at 4 p.m. PT with Sunday’s first pitch airing at noon PT.

Southern Mississippi at No. 5 Arizona State

 

Friday: 7 p.m. PT, Live Stream

Saturday: 7 p.m. PT, Live Stream

Sunday: noon PT, Live Stream

Arizona State is taking a break from conference play as it hosts Southern Mississippi at Farrington Stadium this weekend. The Sun Devils lost a heartbreaking 10th-inning marathon in Seattle in the second half of Saturday’s doubleheader snapping its six-game winning streak. Arizona State has won 12 of its past 14 games and entered the top five of the USA Today/NFCA Poll this week. Southern Miss (22-25, 10-11 C-USA) makes its second trip to Arizona after being swept by the Wildcats on opening weekend. Friday and Saturday night’s games will be at 7 p.m. PT with Sunday’s game at noon.

Utah at No. 10 Arizona

 

Friday: 6 p.m. PT, Live Stream

Saturday: 6 p.m. PT, Live Stream

Sunday: noon PT, Live Stream

The Wildcats are happy to be back home in Tucson. After going 5-6 on the road in the past month, Arizona played a doubleheader on Wednesday and scored 26 runs, sweeping New Mexico State. The ‘Cats are 24-0 at home this season, with a jaw-dropping 21 run-rule victories. Utah has won seven of its last nine games including two from conference foe Stanford. Friday and Saturday night’s games will be at 6 p.m. PT with Sunday’s game at noon.