Roundup: USC wins another natty
‘Twas a busy weekend of championships and postseason bids, so let’s start off with USC women’s water polo winning the NCAA title by defeating Stanford 8-7 on a long-distance shot from Stephania Haralabidis with six seconds left after the Cardinal scored twice in the final 52 seconds to tie it up. Crazy, crazy finish. The Trojans also beat Stanford in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Sunday, so it was a day of Trojan domination of the Cardinal.
Oregon swept the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships for the eighth consecutive year. The men won their 10th straight conference crown, while the women won their eighth in a row.
Meanwhile, Cal swept the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Rowing Championships, completing the sweep for the first time since 2009.
Washington softball is a No. 11 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and will host Minnesota, North Dakota State and Weber State in its four-team pod. The Huskies are one of eight Pac-12 softball teams to make the NCAA tournament.
Stanford men’s tennis upset No. 14 Northwestern 4-3 Sunday in Evanston to move into the NCAA round of 16 for the first time since 2012.
The Sun Devils will also be representing the Pac-12 in the NCAA softball tournament this weekend. They'll open up as the No. 3 seed in Baton Rouge for the second year in a row.
UCLA men’s basketball has scheduled a home-and-home series with Michigan over the next two seasons, UCLA announced Friday. The Bruins will host the Wolverines on Dec. 10, 2016, while UCLA will make the return trip to Ann Arbor in Dec. 2017.
After taking two of three from Stanford and Washington losing two of three against Washington State, Utah baseball has the outright lead in the Pac-12. Somehow a team that is 5-16 in non-conference play against the likes of sub-100 RPI teams like Utah Valley, Kansas and Kansas State is 15-9 in league competition.
Speaking of the Apple Cup series, Washington State baseball won its first series against Washington in Seattle since 2004. Mark Sandritter of CougCenter has more.
Michael Lev writes that Arizona baseball is looking ahead following a series loss to rival Arizona State. The Wildcats wrap up conference play next weekend at Oregon, and, at 15-12 in conference and 32-18 overall, are still in good shape to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012.
Oregon State baseball lost its first Civil War series in Corvallis since 1973 after the Beavs dropped two of three to Oregon. The Ducks didn’t have a team for 27 years until it was reinstated in 2009, but still, that’s a long time.
Pat Rooney features the Colorado men’s golf team as it gets ready for NCAA regional play. The Buffs were on the right side of the bubble, receiving the last at-large bid for regional play, and will tee off in the NCAA Southeast/Alabama Regional (Monday through Wednesday).