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Roundup: Golf, tennis and softball - Oh my!

May 17, 2013

So much postseason action to get to, so we start it off with the No. 1 Cal men's golf team being in first place after a record round in the first day of the Pullman Regional. No shock there, as all five Golden Bear golfers shot under par on the day. How good is this team? Max Homa, the two-time Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Month, didn't even have his 2-under count towards the team's minus-23. Wowsers. Unfortunately for Oski, the men's tennis team has been eliminated by Virginia.

USC is in fourth in the Pullman Regional, but the most amazing thing about the Trojans' round was that Sam Smith shot a record-tying 62 to take the lead heading into Friday. He accumulated just 29 strokes on the back nine and finished 5-under over his last four holes. I'll say it again: Wowsers. Also, the men's tennis squad beat Baylor 4-1 to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals. Do you know that if USC men's tennis wins it all, they could be just like the Trojans' men's water polo team and be back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back national champs? I'll say it again: wowsers.

As their top seed would suggest, UCLA is considered to be a heavy contender to win the NCAA men's tennis title. The Bruins did nothing to change anybody's perceptions yesterday when they eliminated No. 16 Vanderbilt 4-0 without losing a set in any of the matches that counted. Tempting, but I won't say it again (gotta save it for more special occasions, ya know?). It was also a pretty good day for the men's golf team, which is atop the leader board in the Tempe Regional.

The NCAA Softball Regionals began yesterday, and Oregon knocked off BYU 5-2 in its first game behind a three-run home run off the bat of Alexa Peterson. Jessica Moore fanned 12 as well, so that was cool. The Ducks now play North Carolina for a spot in the Eugene Regional championship round.  

Just so we're all clear: Here you can find our Day 1 recap of the NCAA Men's Golf Regionals and here is our men's tennis coverage from Thursday.    

Arizona State starts up regional play today (just like Arizona, Cal, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington) as the No. 5 seed in the tourney. With a 422-100 record since taking over the reins, it's without question that head coach Clint Myers is a key part of the Sun Devils' softball success.  

With all this postseason action going down, don't forget that Oregon and Oregon State are playing in the biggest baseball series in the history of mankind (alright, maybe it's not that big, but it's pretty important). With the Pac-12 title most likely on the line (UCLA could still sneak in there), the Beavers are taking the same approach they do into every series as they get ready for the Ducks.

Mark Soltau is as good as they come when we're talking about athletic department feature writers, and he may have delivered his best piece yet in detailing Stanford baseball catcher Brant Whiting's second chance. I mean, wow, Brant has a heck of a story. I'll leave it at that.  

The Cougars are done playing baseball in Pullman, but they still have four remaining home games in the Tri-Cities area, including a series against rival Washington this weekend. Though it has been a trying time for Washington State baseball, the Cougars are welcoming their trip to Pasco and expect a lot of fans to come out and watch them play this weekend.  

Welcome back, coach. Raphael Chillious has returned to Lorenzo Romar's staff at Washington after spending a year at Villanova.    

The ESPN Pac-12 Blog seems to believe that Trevor Reilly is Utah's most important player for 2013. As the leading tackler from the 2012 season, Reilly is pretty important I'd say.    

Matt Scott's NFL career didn't get off to the start he wanted to after not being drafted and injuring his ankle on the first day of rookie mini-camp in Jacksonville, but Scott's NFL hopes have lifted after a dark start.    

Ya know, André Roberson could have played hooky after declaring for the NBA Draft, but he was the bigger man and finished out his classes at CU. This leads Kyle Ringo to surmise that Roberson exited the right way.