Territorial Cup Series: All square - Tucson News Now

Territorial Cup Series: All square

Haley Moore finished 3rd overall (-6) at the Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics). Haley Moore finished 3rd overall (-6) at the Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics).
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

As expected the Arizona State men’s golf team and the UA women’s golf team walked away with their respective Territorial Cup Series points at the Pac-12 Championships.

The rivalry series remains tied at 9-9 with three sports left to contest (men’s and women’s track and field and baseball).

Haley Moore led the Wildcat ladies in Seattle, finishing third overall at six-under par.

UA placed third as a team as well shooting plus-nine, 13 shots behind the champions from UCLA (-4).

The Bruins' Patty Tavatanakit and Lilia Vu tied for the individual title. Both finished at eight-under.

ASU’s women’s team ended up in fifth place (+14).

Arizona’s men’s team faded on Tuesday after a strong first two rounds.

The Wildcats opened the day with a one-stroke advantage over the rival Sun Devils but shot +10 for Round 3 to finish one-over and in ninth place.

ASU on the other hand had the best day of any of the conference teams on the course in Los Angeles.

The Devils shot 14-under as a team Tuesday to finish -22 and in second place, five shots behind the winners from USC (-27).

UA’s George Cunningham (-10) took second overall as an individual, one shot better than ASU’s top performer Koichiro Ishika and six shots behind Pac-12 Champion Justin Suh (USC).

In golf and track, the school that finishes higher at the Pac-12 Championships earns the rivalry series point.

The Pac-12 Track and Field Championships will be held the weekends of May 5-6 (multi-events) and May 12-13 (running and field events) at Stanford.

UA and ASU will play their three-game Pac-12 Baseball series in Tucson May 17-19. The Wildcats beat the Sun Devils 6-2 in the lone non-conference affair back on March 13 in Phoenix.

The two baseball squads are not playing five times for the first time in ten years, so for the first time in the Territorial Cup Series there's a chance the baseball point could be split if the two teams split the four games they'll play against one another.

The return of men's tennis to the Territorial Cup Series brings the total sports counted in the annual rivalry battle to 21. 11 points are needed to win. The Sun Devils are trying to capture their fifth straight Cup Series trophy.

In the event of a 10.5-10.5 tie the winner of the Territorial Cup Series will be the program that finishes higher in the annual Learfield Directors' Cup standings, which ranks the success of all the athletic programs in Division I.

As of April 19, the Sun Devils sit in 40th place in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings while the Wildcats are 57th.

Arizona State took an 8-7 lead on Saturday by beat Arizona in both women’s and men’s tennis.

The Wildcats evened the series on Sunday with a 4-2 extra inning win over the Sun Devils in softball.

Arizona for the second straight year had a strong Fall in the series grabbing four of the five sports, only losing in the Territorial Cup football game in Tempe.

But the winter sports were dominated by the Sun Devils.

The Wildcats did secure their first point ever in indoor men’s track beating Arizona State at the Pac-12 Championships.

But ASU returned the favor at the conference women’s swimming championships where they finished higher than UA for the first time ever in the series.

Here’s how Tucson News Now Sports projects the series playing out from this point (Tied 9-9):

Men’s Track: UA
Women’s Track: ASU
Baseball: UA 

Projected final score: Wildcats 11, Sun Devils 10.

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