Roundup: Reviewing a wild weekend
A whirlwind weekend of postseason action is in the books. Starting in men's golf, Cal broke a modern-era record with its 11th tournament victory by winning the Pullman Regional. Also, Michael Weaver shared individual medalist honors with Sam Smith. The Golden Bears were dominant all weekend, winning the regional by 20 strokes.
You really missed quite the show if you didn't see Dallas Escobedo in the circle for the Arizona State softball squad all weekend long. Striking out 21 in 21 innings while allowing just four hits, four walks and two unearned runs, Escobedo was dominant as Arizona State advanced to the Super Regionals.
Before the Forks moved on, Oregon was the first softball team in the country to clinch a Super Regional berth. The Ducks did so Saturday with a 3-0 win over Wisconsin and, like ASU, will host a Super Regional.
UCLA softball was eliminated yesterday, but not before a four-hour, 26-minute marathon of a game that ended in a 13-inning loss to UAB in the Louisville Regional championship. The Bruins outhit the Blazers 16-4 and left 18 runners on base, so they had their chances.
I hesitate to call Stanford women's tennis a Cindarella story because of its storied past, but the squad posted upset victories over USC (a five-hour classic that ended in a Tsay of relief for the Card) and Georgia to advance to the Final Four, most recently showing the Lady Bulldogs that there was no barking up this tree.
The Pac-12 Rowing Championships were yesterday, and they ended with Washington taking home the men's rowing title and Cal defending the women's top spot. As far as the Huskies are concerned though, it was the fourth straight year for the men and fifth in the last six years that they took the Conference crown.
There was also a huge baseball series that took place over the weekend, and Michael Conforto and the Beavers crushed the Ducks' chances at the Pac-12 title by taking two of three in Eugene. Conforto hit a grand salami in the second inning as Oregon State won the rubber match 12-2.
The NCAA Track & Field Championships are coming up, and Colorado senior Aric Van Halen is aiming for a top-3 spot at nationals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Utah women's basketball just wrapped up an offseason trip to Scandinavia, so here's a diary entry by Taryn Wicijowski describing what the Utes did on their last day. Not a bad way to spend a week and a half, eh?
We linked to this a couple of weeks back, but now that it's officially official, we'll link to it again: Mighty Mouse Damon Stoudamire is returning to Arizona as an assistant coach for Sean Miller. The football team is also continuing to create some offseason buzz.
If only I were a student at Washington State... Classes have been cancelled on Halloween for the Cougars' football game that night against Arizona State.
Looking to get employed in the world of college athletics? I'd suggest inquiring about a job in Troy, because USC's sports figures are highly compensated. I bring this up because it was a rough weekend for the Trojans, and I'd rather ignore the fact that women's tennis and men's tennis had their hearts broken while baseball got swept by UCLA. At least men's golf is on to the NCAA Championships, led by the play of Sam Smith.