Pac-12 baseball flexed its muscles on the first day of the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament, sweeping all four of its games. With that, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, and Oregon all power forward into the winners' brackets of their double-elimination regionals after a quartet of hotly contested victories.
Teams from the Pac-12 have won six of the 16 titles in the history of NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships. With six Pac-12 boats in this weekend’s 22-team field at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. — and 15 of 18 of those crews advancing to the semifinals, including all three boats from USC, Cal, Washington and Stanford — the conference has a good chance to pick up number seven.
The back-to-back national champion Washington Huskies cruised through Day 1 of the three-day 111th annual Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Washington’s boats won five heats, while three Cal crews took first in their heats. Stanford’s varsity eight boat also advanced to Saturday’s semifinals.
Arizona State and Washington continue play at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. Follow along here via Twitter and check back for updates after each game.
UPDATE: Due to tornado warnings and severe weather in Oklahoma City, Friday's games at the Women's College World Series have been postponed. The NCAA has announced that the Washington-Tennessee game has been rescheduled for Saturday morning at 9 a.m. PT. Friday's other scheduled game (Oklahoma vs. Texas) will be played directly after that. Arizona State's game against Michigan will now start at 6:30 p.m. PT.
This is why the match-play format exists in men's golf - top-seeded Cal edged Arizona State 3-2 in a drama-filled quarterfinal matchup at the NCAA men's golf championships Friday. With the win, the Golden Bears advance to the semifinals to face Illinois on Saturday.
Cal's Max Homa won individual medalist honors and Cal and Arizona State finished in the top eight as stroke play wrapped up Thursday in Milton, Ga., at the NCAA men's golf championships. The Golden Bears and Sun Devils will face each other in match play beginning Friday, while Washington, UCLA and USC missed the cut.
It was a 50-50 Thursday for the Conference of Champions in NCAA softball action as Washington knocked off Nebraska while Arizona State fell to Texas in their opening games of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Huskies will next play Friday against Tennessee at 4 p.m. PT, while Arizona State will face Michigan on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PT in an elimination game.
Cal and Arizona State are currently the two Pac-12 teams in position to qualify for match play with one round of stroke play remaining in the NCAA men's golf championships. The top eight teams will advance to match play at the conclusion of Thursday's round, with the quarterfinals on Friday, semifinals on Saturday and team finals on Sunday.
[Related: Team leaderboard @NCAA.com]