Sunday, April 13, 2008

UCLA, having been shut out by ASU (3-0) Friday night and by U of A (8-0, run rule) Saturday, was able at least to salvage a win from its weekend Arizona trip, edging the Wildcats 2-1 earlier today. In a battle of senior aces, the Bruins' Anjelica Selden prevailed over the Wildcats' Taryne Mowatt.

Arizona State, which looked to be headed to a consensus No. 1 national ranking -- and probably still will receive it -- stumbled in its weekend finale against Washington.

Texas A&M swept its two-games series from Oklahoma, both teams having come in undefeated in Big 12 play. Aggie pitcher Megan Gibson now has a 25-0 overall record. I'm probably at the head of the line in saying that won-loss record is a poor metric to evaluate pitchers, because so much depends on how well a pitcher's team provides run support. Indeed, A&M's offense is averaging 6.09 runs per game in conference play (67/11). Still, anyone with a 25-0 record has to be doing something right, and Gibson's Sunday win over the Sooners was by a 1-0 score, not exactly coasting on the offense's coattails.

Iowa, which last week put the only blemish on Michigan's Big 10 record (the Wolverines are currently 11-1), did the same this weekend to Northwestern (now 9-1). The Hawkeyes (29-13, 7-3) may be a team to keep an "eye" on.