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Dan Kohler

Sports Writer

Softball at Washington

With Kenzie Fowler’s Nolan Ryan-esque outing against UTEP last weekend, it’s hard to argue against Arizona’s ability to perform, unless its opponent happens to be the No. 1 team in the country. The No. 1 Washington Huskies have been almost perfect on the year, and Arizona’s abysmal 11-1 loss at ASU left the Wildcats’ future potential more questionable than Tiger Woods’ cell phone usage at the Masters.

Washington wins series 2-1

Baseball at Washington

This season, Arizona baseball has proven itself with its 15-game winning streak in March, and Kurt Heyer’s return on Friday will be welcomed, just as long as somebody gives him a helmet to wear while pitching. Heyer’s Cy Young-like numbers will be enough to fend off the Washington Huskies — 9-1 in last 10 games — and as long as the rest of the staff can follow suit, Arizona should be successful this weekend.

Arizona wins series 2-1

NBA: Suns vs. Rockets

The Suns are undefeated against the Rockets, and they should remain so after tomorrow night. The “”Steve Nash assisting anyone play”” is an incredible force, and the Rockets won’t be able to contain him. Houston’s main threat lies with point guard Aaron Brooks, who should still be paying Chris Rock look-alike rights. But Nash should win the point-guard battle, and plus, Rockets forward Luis Scola looks too much like the creepy UPS guy from the commercials, and that is enough for me to pull for the Suns.

Suns 115, Rockets 107

Derek Lawrence

Sports writer

Softball at Washington

Predicting the score of a collegiate softball game is a tricky thing. There really is no exact science to it. It’s comparable to predicting how many tattoos Jesse James’ next mistress will have and, more importantly, how many of those tattoos will be on her face. It’s really anybody’s guess. My prediction is that the next girl to come forward most definitely has at least one face tattoo. Personally, I’m hoping it’s a butterfly one, too. Sorry Sandra, at least you will always have Miss Congeniality 3 to look forward to.

Arizona wins series 2-1

NBA: Suns vs. Rockets

Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill make their triumphant return to Arizona as teammates. I’m sure Nic Wise will enjoy watching this game, since next year he will probably be playing in Kazakhstan. Hill is playing well despite Mike D’Antoni saying he isn’t even good enough to play for the Knicks. Ouch, that hurts, considering they still seem to play 500-pound Eddy Curry. Budinger is giving the Rockets something that every team needs — a token white guy. No team is complete without a tall redhead who can hit the occasional three. Just ask Brian Scalabrine.

Suns 120, Rockets 109

Baseball: Arizona at Washington

The article this week about third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean really got me reflecting on high school, since Seth and I both went to Cienega High School in Tucson. While you may think because he was a star tri-athlete in football, basketball and baseball, that he was the top dog. Well, you would be wrong. The ladies definitely preferred my three-way status in television knowledge, blogging and watching guys like Seth play. They called me the total package.

Derek 1, Seth 0

Michael Fitzsimmons

Sports writer

Baseball at Washington

When Kurt Heyer goes, so does Arizona. Heyer is back on the mound after getting rocked by a 110 mph fastball to the dome against Cal, and a good start from him spells win for the Wildcats. Washington is solid, but I think UA’s bats wake back up and take two of three from the Huskies in Seattle.

Arizona wins series 2-1

Softball at Washington

Washington is good ­­­­­­— really good. After winning it all last year, the Huskies are just as strong this year, and the Wildcats will have a chance to take over first in the Pac-10 this weekend if they can win the series. The games will be close, but UA only gets one from the Huskies.

Washington wins series 2-1

Suns vs. Rockets

The second-place Phoenix Suns? As crazy as it sounds, it’s easy to believe, given the nature of the NBA’s Western Conference this year. But as a Suns fan, would you want to play the Spurs in the first round? Again? Either way, the Rockets are playing for pride at this point. Suns win by double digits.

Phoenix 114, Houston 104

 

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