Walk-off win highlights Pac-12 baseball teams' perfect start in NCAA regionals
Pac-12 baseball flexed its muscles on the first day of the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament, sweeping all four of its games. With that, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, and Oregon all power forward into the winners' brackets of their double-elimination regionals after a quartet of hotly contested victories.
The first game of any regional is crucial, as the loser is forced to claw back through the loser's bracket with no margin for error. Every Pac-12 team is thus in prime position to do serious damage this weekend, and Saturday's winners' bracket games will provide the conference an excellent chance to send another strong message. Here's a look through the action:
The Beavers should not lack confidence moving forward on their home turf.
The Bruins, who have struggled offensively at times this season, can go far in this tournament if they can maintain similar production with the bats. Given a healthy lead to work with, the pitching and defense is downright lethal in Los Angeles.
Expect the Ducks to make similar close games a regularity in this tournament: given their excellent pitching and defensive play, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
David Lombardi has covered Pac-12 baseball since 2007. He’s a play-by-play voice and on-air reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s on Twitter @DavidMLombardi.