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.
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Arizona State holds the early lead and two of the five competing Pac-12 schools are in the top five after Tuesday's opening round at the NCAA men's golf championships in Atlanta. After the third round is concluded Thursday, the eight lowest teams will move into a match-play format with championship play concluding June 2.
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Stanford's Nicole Gibbs protected her territory Monday at the University of Illinois' Atkins Tennis Center, winning the NCAA women's tennis singles championship for the second consecutive year. Gibbs is the first woman to repeat as the NCAA singles champ since former Stanford star Amber Liu won in 2003 and 2004.
Gibbs won all six of her NCAA contests in straight sets, ending the year on a 14-match winning streak.
The NCAA selection committee gave Pac-12 baseball a huge boost by awarding Oregon the eighth and final national seed for the 2013 NCAA tournament. The Ducks join in-state rival No. 3 Oregon State as a team with a clear path to Omaha, provided they keep on winning. UCLA and Arizona State also qualified for the tournament, giving the Pac-12 four bids in this year's event. UCLA will host its regional, while Arizona State will travel to Southern California to participate in a weekend hosted by powerhouse Cal State Fullerton. Here's a postseason look at each qualifying Pac-12 team:
UCLA and USC both advanced in women's doubles play on Sunday, setting up a crosstown showdown for Monday's NCAA championship match and guaranteeing the Pac-12 a champion in NCAA women's doubles competition for the sixth consecutive year.
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The Sun Devils took care of business on Sunday, advancing to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City for the eleventh time after defeating Kentucky, 5-2, in game two of the Super Regionals. Fifth-seeded Arizona State and twelfth-seeded Kentucky were tied at 2-2 up until the fifth inning, but thanks to an RBI single in the fifth and a two-run homer from Haley Steele, the Sun Devils were able to seal their spot in OKC. Up next is Texas on Thursday, May 30 at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN2 in the opener of a best-of-three game series.