Pac-12 Roundup: Spring edition

Posted by Lucas Clark on Tuesday, May. 15 at 3:37 pm.

Arizona
Wildcats sophomore left fielder Johnny Field was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for baseball, and teammate Kurt Heyer was chosen as the conference’s Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 7-13. In Arizona’s sweep at California, Field recorded a total of seven hits and stretched his current hitting streak to 12 games. He also scored four runs to go along with a home run and two doubles over the weekend. Heyer, a junior right-hander, threw his fifth complete game of the season on Friday with nine strikeouts and one walk in the 3-1 victory.

Arizona State
The fourth-ranked Arizona State women’s golf team punched its ticket to the NCAA Championships with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA East Regional in State College, Pa., on Saturday. The Sun Devils currently hold the nation’s longest steak of NCAA Championship appearances in women’s golf, having qualified for their 21st-straight this weekend.

California
Softball senior pitcher Valerie Arioto took home Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors after leading the Golden Bears to the outright conference title this past weekend. It was the third Player of the Week nod for Arioto, who garnered the distinction twice already this season. Facing No. 3 Arizona State on Friday, she struck out 11 and gave up just one walk to pick up her 20th win of the season. Oregon’s Jessica Moore was also nominated for the award.

Colorado
Distance runner Shalaya Kipp claimed Colorado’s first Pac-12 track and field title when she won the 3,000-meter steeplechase Saturday afternoon at Hayward Field. She later went on to finish fifth in the women’s 5,000 — a race won by teammate Jessica Tebo — to conclude the Pac-12 meet with 14 points for the Buffaloes.

Oregon
The No. 6 Oregon baseball team completed the sweep of USC to extend its lead in the Pac-12 standings to 1 1/2 games over Arizona on Monday night at PK Park. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Ducks claimed their first lead after a three-run inning and added a pair of insurance runs two innings later. Closer Jimmie Sherfy then came on to shut the Trojans out over the final 1 2/3 innings, striking out four of the five batters he faced to earn his 15th save of the season. Oregon will be back in action when it hosts Seattle at PK Park on Friday.

Oregon State
Beavers freshman outfielder Michael Conforto accepted an invitation to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer. The Woodinville, Wash., native will be the sixth Oregon State player to compete for Team USA, joining an impressive list of players including Kevin Gunderson (2005), Jonah Nickerson (2005), Darwin Barney (2006), Kevin Rhoderick (2008) and Matt Boyd (2011). Conforto leads the Pac-12 with 63 RBI this season, the fifth best total in the nation. He also has 10 doubles, a triple and 11 home runs, while batting .348 in 47 games on the year.

Stanford
The Stanford women’s water polo team won its second straight NCAA title, and third overall, in a 6-4 victory over USC at the Aztec Aquaplex in San Diego this past weekend. Senior Pallavi Menon had the game-winning goal for the Cardinal — her second of the game — with 1:11 left in regulation. Stanford goalkeeper Kate Baldoni was chosen as the tournament MVP after making a total of 29 saves and allowing just nine goals in wins over Pomona-Pitzer, UC Irvine and USC.

UCLA
Former UCLA Bruin and current Philadelphia 76er Jrue Holiday helped his team to a road win over the Boston Celtics in game two of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night at TD Garden. Holiday, a second-year player who spent just one season with UCLA back in 2008-09, played a game-high 41 minutes and led all scorers with 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting from behind the three-point line. Now tied a 1-1, the series returns to Philadelphia for game three this afternoon.

USC
The USC women’s tennis team will be competing in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships later this week. The Trojans survived the first two rounds of the tournament last week to reach the Round of 16 for the first time since the 2008 season. USC enters this weekend’s action as the No. 5 seed and will face No. 12 Baylor in the opening round on Saturday. This year marks the 21st consecutive NCAA appearance for the Women of Troy, including seven national championships during that stretch.

Utah
Senior Anastasia Putilina of the Utah women’s tennis team was chosen as an All-Pac-12 honorable mention honoree, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced last week. The Belgorod, Russia, native tallied a 5-5 record in No. 1 singles action during conference play and will close out her collegiate career at the NCAA singles championships May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Washington
The Washington Huskies defended their conference title at the Pac-12 Rowing Championships on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., over the weekend. Washington remained undefeated on the season and took the team title for the third consecutive season. The Huskies swept the men’s races, taking the frosh/novice eight, varsity four, second varsity eight and closed the regatta with a win in the varsity eight in 5:43.50.

Washington State
Washington State head coach Lisa Hart was honored as the Pac-12 women’s tennis coach of the year and junior Liudmila Vasilieva earned all-Pac-12 second team recognition, the conference announced late last week. Now in her ninth season at the Cougars helm, Hart led her team to a 19-6 record in 2012, which earned them a spot in the 2012 NCAA women’s tennis championship later this month. The Yekaterinburg, Russia, native put together a 32-8 campaign to claim the second-most single-season wins in program history.