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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Michigan and Ohio State have one of the greatest rivalries in college football. Though softball will never capture the same attention as the schools' battles on the gridiron, the Buckeye-Wolverine softball rivalry will reach a high point Wednesday, when the teams meet in Ann Arbor for a double-header. Today's results, which have left UM and OSU tied atop the Big 10 at 14-2, set the stage for dramatic action Wednesday.

Michigan won its 18th straight game today, 6-0 over Iowa.

Ohio State is only the slightest bit less hot -- 16 wins by the Buckeyes in their last 17 games -- having routed Northwestern, 10-1, in a run-rule shortened game.

PAC 10 UPDATE: Stanford made it two straight over Arizona, 2-1, on a Missy Penna one-hitter. The Cardinal (13-5) has now overtaken the Wildcats (11-6) in the loss column in the race for the conference title.

UCLA likewise upped its record to 13-5, by blowing out Oregon State.

Washington (12-6) is also in the hunt, following a win over Oregon.