Two of the five Pac-12 women's tennis teams participating in the NCAA tournament took to the court Friday. Both the California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal hosted their opening round matches and won, advancing to the tournament's second round.
In a season that has produced some remarkable moments and terrific individual accomplishments, it will be hard to match the lure of the pitching matchup Friday night at Sunken Diamond.
In the first game of a pivotal series between No. 6 Oregon State and No. 25 Stanford, two of the top starting pitchers in the country will square off in Palo Alto. The Cardinal will go with powerful right-hander Mark Appel, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, who is 8-3 with a 1.56 ERA this season. Oregon St. will counter with lefty Matt Boyd, who is 9-2 with a 1.88 ERA.
Three Pac-12 teams are in the top five of their respective 24-team groups after the first day of the NCAA women's golf regionals. USC is currently in second place and Oregon is in fourth in the West regional at Stanford Golf Course, while UCLA also finished fourth in its Thursday round in the East regional at Auburn University Golf Club. The top-8 teams and top-2 individuals from each regional will qualify for the NCAA women's golf championships, which will be held May 21-24 in Athens, Ga.
USC's Annie Park not only takes the individual championship, but also leads the Trojans to the 2013 Pac-12 Women's Golf team championship.
- Arizona Women's Golf
- Arizona State Women's Golf
- California Women's Golf
- Colorado Women's Golf
- Oregon Women's Golf
- Oregon State Women's Golf
- Stanford Women's Golf
- UCLA Women's Golf
- USC Women's Golf
- Washington Women's Golf
- Washington State Women's Golf
- Arizona State
- Oregon State
- Washington State
- Women's Golf
Arizona State at Cal: Saturday, 7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks; Sunday, 12 p.m, Pac-12 Arizona/Pac-12 Bay Area Arizona State (30-14-1, 12-9 Pac-12) cannot afford to be deflated by last weekend's home series loss to Stanford. The Sun Devils entered that set maintaining a shot to win the conference title, but those hopes are now a long shot. Instead, the Forks' focus must turn to ensuring a good NCAA tournament seeding in their first year back from postseason probation. Cal (21-26, 9-15) is the opponent.
The Pac-12 Conference Track and Field Championships continues in Los Angeles on the USC campus with the running and field events this Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12.
Sun Devil fans, say hello to the new Sparky:
A day many years in the making finally came for former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney and former Arizona defensive standout Tedy Bruschi as the two were selected to the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 on Tuesday.
McCartney, the winningest coach in Colorado football history, becomes the seventh Buffalo enshrined in the Hall. Over 13 seasons, he went 93-55-5 while capturing the program's only national championship in football in 1990.