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Friday, February 09, 2007

I'm sure many of you have been following the early-season action live via online gametrackers, but if you've missed how the top-ranked teams have done, here's a quick summary.

In the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona...

Texas, with Meagan Denny now the ace of the pitching staff, shut out pre-season national No. 3 UCLA, 1-0. The upset loss marred the debut of Kelly Inouye-Perez as Bruins' head coach.

No less impressive was Texas A&M, which stunned No. 4 Northwestern, 4-3. After the Wildcats had scored twice in the top of the seventh to take a 3-1 lead, the Aggies got a three-run homer from Jamie Hinshaw to grab the win.

Arizona State has won its first two games of the tournament without giving up a run; this includes a no-hitter thrown by freshman pitcher Megan Elliott against Syracuse.

Pre-season No. 1 and defending NCAA champion Arizona won its opener and, as of this writing, was playing its second game without a final score being available.

[Update: Arizona is now 2-0 in the tournament.]

In the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego...

Oregon State, having lost its opener to host San Diego State, bounced back to beat UMass.

Meanwhile, Cal has won its first two games.