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"We can do this," Oregon St. coach Pat Casey tells his team. He could be referring to overcoming Pac-12 flex scheduling as much as the Beavers' next opponent. (RVM photo)

Yesterday's weather wiped out the Pac-12 opener for Oregon St. and California, pushing it back to today's double header, starting at noon. It pushed the thread for the opener, and the preview information, down the page, so here's the link.

Meanwhile, the weather has had another surprising impact, and entering today, your early leader in the Pac-12 race is Utah, alone in first place. The Utes (6-11) are opening their first season in the conference in Los Angeles, against USC. An unfavorable forecast (a common theme up and down the coast, complicated by starting the longer Pac-12 campaign a week earlier) prompted Utah and USC to play a double header yesterday, and take today off, and the Utes swept the Trojans, winning 1-0 and 3-1. USC hasn't exactly been a Pac-12 powerhouse of late, but no one saw this coming.

Elsewhere, red hot UCLA came back from a 5-0 deficit and won their 12th straight, downing visiting Arizona St. 6-5 with a walk-off home run, Washington St. stunned #6 Arizona in Tucson 6-0, and Washington beat Oregon in Seattle 8-3.

The Cougars and 'Cats will play 2 today as well, hoping to beat the weather that isn't expected to hit that far inland until tomorrow.

The Huskies and Ducks are also going to try to get 2 games in today, again in an effort to beat mother nature as much as each other.

Stanford is taking the weekend off, not even fitting some non-conference competition into their schedule.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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