The University of Arizona softball team continues to win Pac-12 awards on a weekly basis.
Junior Danielle O’Toole was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday. It’s the second time she has won the award this year, and the sixth time in six weeks that a UA player has taken a Pac-12 honor.
O’Toole appeared in all three games at Arizona State over the weekend, going 1-1 with a save. She had a 1.00 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP, while allowing just six hits in 14 innings.
For the season, O’Toole, a transfer from San Diego State, is 11-5 with a 1.69 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 95 innings.
UA next hosts Utah for a three-game series at Hillenbrand Stadium starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. All three games against the Utes will air on Pac-12 Arizona.
Other Arizona sports
Cats placed in Georgia Regional
The UA gymnastics team was selected for regional competition for the 30th straight season Monday. Arizona will compete in Athens, Georgia, on April 2.
The Wildcats, No. 22 in the country, will be the No. 4 seed out of six teams at the regional. LSU is the No. 1 seed, followed by Georgia, Oregon State, UA, George Washington and Michigan State.
The top two teams in each regional will advance to the NCAA National Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 15-16.
- The UA women’s golf team had a strong first day at the March Mayhem tournament in San Diego, beating Memphis 5-0 and then leading Kansas 4-1 in the second round when play was called due to darkness.
The second round continues at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. UA will then play the winner of the San Diego State-UCLA match at approximately 9 a.m.
Match Play pairings announced
AUSTIN, Texas — Defending champion Rory McIlroy will face a player he knows very little about in the Dell Match Play.
Jordan Spieth knows one of his opponents all too well.
Spieth, the former Texas Longhorn and crowd favorite at Austin Country Club, wound up in the same group as longtime friend Justin Thomas.
Both are 22 and they have been friends since 2007, when they were selected to represent the United States in the Evian Junior Masters. Spieth beat him in a high-profile match in the NCAA Championship at Riviera in 2012, which the Longhorns won, and has gone on to two majors and reach the No. 1 world ranking.
The 64 players were broken into four groups based on this week’s ranking, and one player was chosen by lottery to fill out the 16 four-man groups. The draw was held at the Paramount Theater, and Ben Crenshaw picked the names out of the bowl for Spieth’s group.
McIlroy won last year at Harding Park with three close calls before beating Gary Woodland in the championship match.
In his group is Smylie Kaufman, who won his first PGA Tour event in Las Vegas in just his second start as a member. McIlroy also has Kevin Na and Thorbjorn Olesen.
George Washington tops Monmouth
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Tyler Cavanaugh had 22 points and 12 rebounds, Patricio Garino scored 19 on 8-of-12 shooting and George Washington beat Monmouth 87-71 on Monday night to advance to its first NIT quarterfinal.
Fourth-seeded George Washington (25-10) will host No. 2 seed Florida (21-14) on Wednesday.
- Adam Smith
- made five 3-pointers and scored 21,
- Marcus Georges-Hunt
- had 14 points and eight assists and Georgia Tech beat South Carolina 83-66 on Monday night in the second round of the NIT.
Josh Heath’s pull-up jumper in the lane gave visiting Georgia Tech a 28-15 lead and Charles Mitchell’s layup capped an 11-1 run for a 17-point advantage. Georgia Tech (21-14) advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2003.
Dempsey could play Friday
MIAMI — Clint Dempsey is expected to play his first game with the U.S. in nine months when the national team plays a World Cup qualifying match Friday in Guatemala.
The 33-year-old Dempsey was left off the USA roster for two qualifying matches in November. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann cited the need to look at younger players.
“It’s not really up to me,” said Dempsey in reference to not playing last fall. “It is and it isn’t. It is in that you have to keep working hard and playing. But it’s up to the coaching staff to make the decisions, and I’m happy to be a part of these important games.”