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Roundup: Softball Civil War

May 3, 2013

Oregon State softball has experienced a rebirth under head coach Laura Berg, making the NCAA tournament last year and sweeping Arizona for the first time ever this year. At 32-17 and riding a six-game win streak, the Beavers are ready for the Civil War as they take on the Ducks this weekend. All three games will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks, so now you know what you’re doing for two hours a day through Sunday.

Oregon is no slouch, though. The Quacks lead the Pac with a 15-3 league ledger and are 42-7 overall. Recently, pitcher Cheridan Hawkins moved to the head of the Oregon ‘K’ class when she struck out 17 batters in a 4-0 win over Seattle. Did I mention she threw a no-hitter in that game as well?  

Whatever you’re doing next Monday, it probably doesn’t beat what the Fighting Levretses are doing because Utah women’s basketball is preparing for an overseas trip to Sweden, Norway and Denmark beginning May 6. Not a bad way to spend a week and a half in May.  

He’s not going to be an athlete in Berkeley, but you should really read this story from the San Jose Mercury News about future Cal student Josh Huang overcoming a disability to excel on the badminton court and in the classroom. The to-be Golden Bear had his left arm amputated below the elbow when he was a baby and is currently on the No. 1 mixed doubles team at Lynbrook High School. In other Cal news, MPSF Player of the year Megan Takacs scored four goals, but it wasn’t enough for her Golden Bears to beat Stanford in the MPSF women’s lacrosse semifinals - Stanford knocked off Cal 16-6 to advance to the MPSF finals.

There, the Card will meet Denver, which beat a tough USC team 17-11 in the other MPSF tournament semifinal. That concludes the inaugural season of USC women’s lacrosse, finishing the season 8-10 overall and 5-3 in the Al Beaird sweepstakes. Also, the Ripsit Blog pays its respects to Junior Seau a year after he committed suicide.  

Need a reason to feel like you should do more with your life? Chiney Ogwumike is chasing her wildest dreams by studying abroad in Nigeria for the spring quarter. The international relations major has been “a fly on the wall” at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in Abuja.  

The midseason watch list for the top amateur baseball player in the country is out, and Arizona outfielder Johnny Field is on the 60-man Golden Spikes Award list. He has a lot of conference company on said list.    

You can always count on B.G. Brooks to deliver a good feature for the Colorado athletic department website, and today you get to read a story about track and field athlete Joe Morris working to couple speed with form. The senior sprinter owns the best 100 time and second-best 200 time in the Pac-12.  

There was only one Husky to get drafted (Desmond Trufant in the first round), but Justin Glenn is getting a shot in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. Best of luck to him in his tryout at a Chiefs mini-camp May 9. This isn’t exactly Husky news, but the Pac-12 Post feels compelled to let you know that Bob Condotta is changing beats to the Seattle Seahawks, so no more Montlake Dawgs coverage from him. We’ll miss ya, Bobby. Brett Hundley is better and it will take a village to replace Johnathan Franklin. Those are just two of the five things we learned from UCLA spring football.    

Washington State place kicker Andrew Furney is a pretty interesting guy, and Christian Caple brings out the best of him in his five questions with Furney.    

Doug Haller’s spring exit interviews continue - this time he talks with tight ends coach Chip Long.