Roundup: 'Urgency to win' for Arizona State baseball
NCAA baseball regionals begin Friday, and six Pac-12 teams are taking part in the fun (UCLA, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, USC). Jeff Metcalfe of The Arizona Republic writes that Arizona State baseball faces an “urgency to win” this postseason with many pieces likely gone to graduation or the MLB Draft. The Sun Devils start off with Clemson Friday at 3 p.m. PT.
Pitcher Cole Irvin is on the mound for Oregon in its regional opener against Iowa, reports Tyson Alger of The Oregonian. Irvin has made a successful return from Tommy John surgery this year.
Connor Letourneau of The Oregonian gives us five things to watch for from Oregon State in the Dallas Regional. Let’s see how the freshmen handle the limelight.
The Associated Press features USC catcher Garrett Stubbs, a senior who is semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award (nation’s best backstop). The second-seeded Trojans open up with third-seeded Virginia Friday at 3 p.m.
No postseason for the Utes, so Kyle Goon recaps the Utah baseball season. Utah wrapped up 2015 at 16-36-1 and 7-22-1 in Pac-12 play, winning three more league games than it did in 2014.
It was all chalk for the top-eight seeds heading into the Women’s College World Series, but seventh-seeded UCLA softball beat second-seeded Oregon 7-1 in the teams’ WCWS opener Thursday night. The esteemed Kevin Danna has a further breakdown as the Bruins gear up for Michigan Friday night at 6:30 p.m. PT (ESPN).
Three Arizona track athletes advanced to the NCAA championships (June 10-13 in Eugene) at the NCAA west preliminaries in Austin, Texas, Thursday. Here’s the conference recap from Tyson Winter.
Staying on the track tip, Brian Howell features Colorado steeplechaser Erin Clark. The redshirt freshman will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday, needing to finish in the top 12 to book a ticket to Eugene, her hometown.
Scott Hanson of The Seattle Times tells us that Washington men’s golf is preparing for the NCAA championships that begin Friday. The Huskies will try to get into the top eight after four rounds to advance to match play.
Schweet – Stanford has been selected as a practice site for Super Bowl 50. The NFC champion will call either Stanford Stadium or Elliott Practice Field home for five days.
Good hands – Cal quarterback Jared Goff caught a ground-rule double at the San Francisco Giants game Thursday night. Hat tip to Nick Bromberg of Yahoo Sports.
Jacob Thorpe writes that coach Ernie Kent’s efforts to get outgoing players from the 2013-14 class to complete their degrees kept Washington State basketball in good APR standing, notching a 963 for the year and a 938 for the four-year rolling average.
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