Sunday, April 27, 2008

Northwestern takes Game 1 of its doubleheader at Michigan, 2-1. The win by one run is the Wildcats' third in their last three games. The Wolverines had the bases loaded with two out in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't get the equalizer. Both teams left a lot of runners on base (NU 11, UM 10). Wildcat pitcher Lauren Delaney's 12 strikeouts overall -- and especially her seven combined K's of Samantha Findlay, Maggie Viefhaus, and Dorian Shaw in the heart of the Michigan line-up -- appear to have been the key to the game.

Michigan scores three runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge Northwestern 3-2 in Game 2, thus earning a split of the doubleheader. As she's done many a time over her four-year Wolverine career, Samantha Findlay gets the game-winning hit.

In Pac 10 play, UCLA enjoyed a perfect weekend in the Bay Area -- winning at Cal and twice at Stanford -- to raise its conference record to 13-2. That keeps the pressure on conference leader Arizona State, which stands at 14-1 after breezing through the Oregon schools. The Sun Devils will visit the Bruins for games next Saturday and Sunday (before that, on Friday, UCLA will host Arizona for a single game, whereas ASU will play a game at Washington).

In the Big 12, Texas A&M took two from Nebraska this weekend to clinch at least a tie for the conference title. The Aggies stand at 16-1, with one league game to go for them -- Wednesday night hosting Texas on ESPN-U. Second place Oklahoma (14-2) closes with a two-game series against Baylor.

Finally, in the SEC, Florida (No. 2/3 nationally, 24-1 in conference) sits comfortably atop the Eastern Division of the league, whereas Alabama (No. 1/3, 23-2) does the same in the West. The conference's official Sunday round-up is available here.