More on the line than 1st place in the Pac-10
In-state bragging rights. A coach who swapped school colors. A pitcher with a permanent smile on her face.
When the Arizona and Arizona State softball teams take the field at Hillenbrand Stadium tonight at 7, a host of subplots could hide what's really at stake for both teams - gaining control of the Pacific 10 Conference race.
For the first time in several years, No. 2 Arizona (39-4 overall, 3-2 Pacific 10 Conference) looks up at No. 8 Arizona State (30-9, 5-1) in the conference standings.
But with two home games today and tomorrow at 7 p.m., the Wildcats have a golden opportunity to climb back into the driver's seat in the race for the Pac-10 title.