Sunday, April 23, 2006

Wrapping up the series I've been reviewing this weekend...

Arizona fell just short of sweeping all three games on its northern California trip, dropping a 5-1 decision to Cal on Sunday.

Arizona St., however, avenged yesterday's loss to Stanford, besting the Cardinal 3-1.

U of A and ASU each thus went 2-1 in northern Cal, whereas the two host schools, Stanford and Cal, each went 1-2. As of when I'm writing on Sunday night, the Pac 10 website (see links on the right-hand side of the page) has not updated the conference standings. When they are updated, we will see that Arizona State and Arizona (who had been in fourth and fifth places, respectively) will have gained a bit on Cal and Stanford (who had been in second and third, respectively). UCLA remains at the top of the standings.

In the SEC, Alabama defeated Georgia 4-1 to take their three-game series.

In Big 12 play, Kansas stunned Texas 1-0.

Northwestern (11-2 in conference) continues to lead the Big 10, after a sweep today over Minnesota. Game 1 took 18 innings, with Wildcat pitcher Eileen Canney striking out 28 Golden Gophers. Defending national champion Michigan is in second at 9-3, after splitting two with Penn State today. Michigan hosts Northwestern a week from today in a double-header that will likely have major implications for the conference title.