Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weekend Round-Up (4/30/2017)

Florida wrapped up the SEC regular-season title in Saturday's win over Tennessee.

Arizona improved its Pac 12 record to 17-4 by taking two of three from ASU this weekend. U of A took tonight's deciding game, 8-0. The Wildcats close out conference play with a three-game series at UCLA May 5-7. Utah (12-4) remains tied with Arizona in the loss column. The Utes will play a three-game series at Oregon State May 5-7 and then host Washington for three May 11-13. Utah also had two conference games cancelled.

In the Big 12, Oklahoma (14-1) swept Texas Tech to open up a two-game lead over OSU (12-3), which lost two of three to Baylor.  The Cowgirls will need to sweep the Sooners in their mixed-venue series (May 3 in Stillwater, May 5 in Norman, and May 6 in Stillwater) to win the league title.

Finally, Minnesota improved to 19-1 and is closing in on a rare conference title. According to this article, "The Gophers have not won a B1G regular season title since 1991." Barring a stumble next weekend at Penn State, Minnesota will be league champions. Michigan (17-3), which plays next weekend at Rutgers, is Minnesota's primary challenger. The Gophers and Wolverines did not meet during conference play -- a full round-robin is very different in a 14-team league -- but they could face each other in the conference tournament.