Roundup: Stanford women's golf wins it all
Congratulations to Stanford women’s golf for winning the national championship by beating Baylor in an extra-hole playoff. Mariah Stackhouse was down two holes with two to play in the clinching match but rallied to force a 19th hole and took care of business from there.
The Oregonian features Oregon softball as it readies for the Women’s College World Series. The Ducks kick things off Thursday with a battle against conference foe UCL A (approximately 6:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2).
Arizona baseball second baseman Scott Kingery was named Pac-12 Player of the Year Wednesday. The junior led the league in batting average during the regular season with a hefty .392 next to his name.
No surprise here that the best team in the conference took home some hardware – UCLA’s David Berg was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, while head coach John Savage was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
In more year-end baseball awards, Oregon State’s KJ Harrison was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. The rook leads the Pac-12 with 58 RBI.
Washington State’s Klay Thompson headlines a list of five Pac-12 alums on NBA Finals rosters this year. Thompson and the Golden State Warriors earned their chance to play the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 104-90 win over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night to take the Western Conference Finals series in five games.
On the other side of the coin, it was a tough way to go out for The Beard. The runner-up in MVP voting, James Harden set an NBA playoff record with 13 turnovers against Golden State Wednesday night.
Jon Wilner reports that Cal football’s multiyear APR score improved from 938 to 941, continuing a positive trend for the Golden Bears. Info on Stanford men’s basketball and football APR scores (very solid there) inside the link.
While we’re on the subject, USC posted improved APR scores in football and men’s basketball as well, with football jumping up seven points to 948 and basketball making a seven-tally leap up to 959. Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times with the reporting here.
And hey, one more APR thingy – Matthew Piper writes that the latest APR scores for Utah reflect well on the university. A department-wide 983 ain’t too shabby.
The venerable Mason Kelley details Washington men’s crew as it attempts to win a fifth consecutive IRA national championship in New Jersey (the event runs Friday through Sunday).
David Lombardi thinks Colorado’s Nelson Spruce will be the alpha dog wide receiver in the Pac-12 in 2015 as he embraces debate on the subject with fellow ESPN Pac-12 blogger Chantel Jennings.