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• All eyes turn west for a matchup between No. 2 OREGON and No. 1 Florida in the San Diego Classic this weekend. The Ducks will take on the top-ranked Gators on Friday, Feb. 27 at 11:30 a.m. PT. No. 21 ARIZONA STATE also hosts a top-25 matchup as No. 3 Michigan will play the Sun Devils on Sunday, Mar. 1 at 2 p.m. MT.

• League teams will participate in eight different tournaments this weekend, with both STANFORD and UCLA playing in the Long Beach Louisville Slugger Invitational. WASHINGTON will split time between the Libby Matson Tournament and the Santa Clara Invitational, while ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE hosts tournaments on their home diamonds and CALIFORNIA takes its turn in Honolulu at the Hawai’i Spring Fling and OREGON STATE will play in the Fresno State Classic.

• The force is strong with new talent in the Pac-12 this year, as freshman players currently account for five of the top 10 batting averages in the league and over a third of all strikeouts thrown.

• Six teams are ranked again in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls, with Oregon at second for the fourth-straight week. UCLA is No. 13/14, ARIZONA stands at No. 14/15, Washington is No. 17/18, CALIFORNIA moved up to No. 18/19, and ARIZONA STATE is No. 21/21.

• UO freshman Jenna Lilley took home NFCA, USA Softball and Pac-12 Player of the Week accolades, while Cal pitcher Katie Sutherland-Finch was named Pitcher of the Week. UTAH’s Katie Donovan was named Freshman of the Week. Oregon’s Cheridan Hawkins was tabbed NFCA National Pitcher of the Week. 

UPCOMING PAC-12 SOFTBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, Feb. 26
Bryant at #14 Arizona (1), 5 p.m. MT
#18 California at Hawaii (2), 7 p.m. HT

Friday, Feb. 27
Colorado State at #14 Arizona (1), 4 p.m. MT
UTEP at #14 Arizona (1), 6 p.m. MT
#3 Michigan at #21 Arizona State (3), 4:30 p.m. MT
Binghamton at #21 Arizona State (3), 7 p.m. MT
#18 California vs. Longwood (2), 2 p.m. HT
#2 Oregon vs. St. John’s (4), 9 a.m. PT
#2 Oregon vs. #1 Florida (4), 11:30 a.m. PT
Oregon State vs. SMU (5), 9 a.m. PT
Oregon State vs. UC Santa Barbara (5), 11:30 a.m. PT
Stanford vs. Utah Valley (6), 11:30 a.m. PT
Stanford vs. Wichita State (6), 2 p.m. PT
#13 UCLA vs. Wichita State (6), 4:30 p.m. PT
#13 UCLA vs. Long Beach State (6), 7 p.m. PT
#17 Washington vs. North Dakota State (7), 1 p.m. PT
#17 Washington at Pacific (7), 3:15 p.m. PT

Saturday, Feb. 28
UC Riverside at #14 Arizona (1), 4 p.m. MT
UT Arlington at #14 Arizona (1), 6 p.m. MT
Binghamton at #21 Arizona State (3), 4:30 p.m. MT
Toledo at #21 Arizona State (3), 7 p.m. MT
#18 California vs. San Jose State (2), 2 p.m. HT
#2 Oregon at San Diego State (4), 7 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. UC Santa Barbara (5), 3 p.m. PT
Oregon State at Fresno State (5), 5:30 p.m. PT
Stanford vs. Northwestern (6), 9 a.m. PT
Stanford vs. Long Beach State (6), 11:30 a.m. PT
#13 UCLA vs. Southern Utah (6), 2 p.m. PT
#13 UCLA vs. Portland State (6), 7 p.m. PT
#17 Washington vs. Howard (8), 10 a.m. PT
#17 Washington at Santa Clara (8), 12:15 p.m. PT

Sunday, Mar. 1
Bryant at #14 Arizona (1), 1 p.m. MT
#3 Michigan at #21 Arizona State (3), 2 p.m. MT
#18 California vs. Longwood (2), 11 a.m. HT
#2 Oregon vs. Grand Canyon (4), 2 p.m. PT
Oregon State vs. Rutgers (5), 9 a.m. PT
Stanford vs. Weber State (6), 11:15 a.m. PT
#13 UCLA vs. Northwestern (6), 11 a.m. PT
#17 Washington vs. Howard (8), 10 a.m. PT
#17 Washington at Santa Clara (8), 12:15 p.m. PT

Tuesday, Mar. 3
Utah vs. College of Charleston (DH), 8:30 a.m. PT

(1) Wildcat Invitational, Tucson, Ariz. (2) Hawai’i Spring Fling, Honolulu, Hawai’i (3) Louisville Slugger Invitational, Tempe, Ariz. (4) San Diego State Tournament, San Diego, Calif. (5) Fresno State Classic, Fresno, Calif. (6) Long Beach Louisville Slugger Invitational, Lakewood, Calif. (7) Libby Matson Tournament, Stockton, Calif. (8) Santa Clara Invitational, Santa Clara, Calif. All times local to site and subject to change. Rankings are USA Softball. 

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