This week in Pac-12 softball

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• Arizona, Oregon and Utah all had a perfect weekend sweeping their Conference opponents, as Oregon remains the lone undefeated team in the NCAA. The Ducks are now only two wins shy of matching the NCAA record of 35 wins to start a season set by set by UCLA in 1999. 

• Arizona’s Katiyana Mauga hit her 78th and 79th career home runs this week during the Wildcats’ sweeps of Grand Canyon and California to earn player of the week honors. Her 12 home runs so far this season lead the Conference and is only one home run shy of becoming the ninth player in NCAA history with 80 career homers. Oregon’s Maggie Balint pitched in the Ducks’ all four games allowing no runs and struck out 17 batters in 11 innings to earn pitcher of the week honors. Wildcat teammate Alyssa Palomino earned freshman of the week honors after having four extra-base hits, including two homers, in five games on the week.

• Seven teams continue to be ranked as Oregon remains at No. 2 and No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA and USA Softball/ESPN.com polls respectively. Arizona follows with multiple first place votes and a No. 4/3 ranking. UCLA is at No. 9/12, Washington is at No 10 in both polls, Utah is at No. 15 also in both polls, California received votes and is tied for No. 21, and Arizona State is at No.23/24.  

• Conference play is in full swing as a top-15 matchup of Oregon at UCLA highlights the week. California is at Utah after hosting a non-conference matchup with St. Mary’s earlier in the week, Stanford visits Arizona, and Oregon State is at Washington.  

• After the first three-game sweep California since 2010, Arizona is a perfect 9-0 in Conference play. The 9-0 conference mark is Arizona’s best Pac-12 start since 2004 and is currently riding a 22 game winning streak, the second longest streak in the NCAA this year behind Oregon.

• Utah completed the sweep of Stanford this weekend to remain unbeaten in Pac-12 road games. Senior Hannah Flippen scored three times during game two to set a new Utah mark for runs scored during a career. She broke Sandy Rhea’s career runs mark of 177, which had stood for almost two decades. 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Wednesday, Apr. 5  
Saint Mary’s (California) at #RV/t21 California  4 pm PDT
Friday, Apr. 7  
Stanford at #4/3 Arizona  6 pm PDT
#2/1 Oregon at #9/12 UCLA  7 pm PDT
#RV/t21 California at #15/15 Utah  6 pm MDT
Oregon State at #10/10 Washington  5 pm PDT
Saturday, Apr. 8  
#RV/t21 California at #15/15 Utah  12 pm MDT
Stanford at #4/3 Arizona 3 pm PDT
#2/1 Oregon at #9/12 UCLA  7 pm PDT
Oregon State at #10/10 Washington  3 pm PDT
Sunday, Apr. 9  
#2/1 Oregon at #9/12 UCLA  2 pm PDT
Stanford at #4/3 Arizona  12 pm PDT
#RV/t21 California at #15/15 Utah   12 pm MDT
Oregon State at #10/10 Washington  5 pm PDT
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