Thursday, February 24, 2011

The 34-team Cathedral City Classic, hosted in the Palm Springs, California area by Oregon State, runs from today through Sunday. Eight teams currently ranked in the national Top 10 by one or both of the major polls are playing at Cathedral City, as follows (ESPN.com/USA Softball ranking listed first, USA Today/NFCA ranking listed second).

Arizona (1/3)
Georgia (T3/1)
UCLA (T3/2)
Florida (5/4)
Oklahoma (6/6)
Washington (9/7)
Tennessee (10/8)
Hawai'i (11/10)

Three Top 10 teams are not competing in the tournament: Alabama (2/5), Michigan (7/9), and Arizona State (8/12).

As of early this evening, there already has been one upset, with Oklahoma State beating Georgia. The Bulldogs did rebound, however, to defeat Oklahoma. Some of the more attractive upcoming games include:

*UCLA facing a pair of tough opponents Friday, first Florida and then Oklahoma.

*UCLA against Tennessee on Saturday.

*Arizona vs. Georgia, Saturday.