This week in Pac-12 softball

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• A top-10 matchup is on the Pac-12 softball slate this week as No. 2/1 OREGON will travel to play at No. 10/8 UCLA in a three-game series starting this Friday. It marks the sixth different ranked opponent this season for UO and seventh for UCLA, with both teams holding a winning record against top-25 opponents. Meanwhile, ARIZONA STATE takes a break from Pac-12 play, and the remaining six teams kick off their three-game series this Thursday after UTAH hosts Southern Utah in a doubleheader and STANFORD hosts Pacific, both on Tuesday. 

• There’s a new No. 1 in town as Oregon jumped into the top spot in the USA Softball polling. The Ducks remain at No. 2 in the NFCA poll. Last year, the Pac-12 had two different teams hold the top spot in the USA Softball poll, as UCLA was ranked first for three weeks before UO took the top spot in week 10. Six league teams have been ranked No. 1 in the USA Softball poll since the poll’s inception in 2006. The Pac-12 has had six teams ranked in both polls for seven straight weeks. 

• In the latest NCAA RPI, eight of the Pac-12’s nine teams own RPI rankings of 50 or higher, led by Oregon at No. 7. That percentage (.889) is better than any other conference with a team in the top-50 RPI. For a full list of Pac-12 RPI rankings, see page 4 of the release.

• Oregon’s Geri Ann Glasco took home Pac-12 Player of the Week nods, while UO’s Cheridan Hawkins was named Pitcher of the Week after throwing her first-career perfect game in the series opener against Washington. Hawkins’ 0.43 earned run average leads the nation and the Pac-12. Utah’s Miranda Viramontes was voted Freshman of the Week after helping the Utes to their first-ever Pac-12 road series win.


Tuesday, Mar. 31
Southern Utah at Utah (DH), 4 p.m. MT
Pacific at Stanford, 6 p.m. PT

Thursday, Apr. 2
#14 Arizona at Oregon State *, 3 p.m. PT
#17 California at Utah *, 4 p.m. MT
Stanford at #19 Washington *, 5 p.m. PT

Friday, Apr. 3
#14 Arizona at Oregon State *,  3 p.m. PT
#17 California at Utah *, 4 p.m. MT
#2 Oregon at #10 UCLA *, 5 p.m. PT
Stanford at #19 Washington *, 5 p.m. PT

Saturday, Apr. 4
#14 Arizona at Oregon State *, 12 p.m. PT
#17 California at Utah *, 1 p.m. MT
#2 Oregon at #10 UCLA * , 2 p.m. PT
Stanford at #19 Washington *, 2 p.m. PT

Sunday, Apr. 5
#2 Oregon at #10 UCLA *, 12 p.m. PT

Monday, Apr. 6
#21 Arizona State at New Mexico State (DH), 6 p.m. MT

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