The top 10 storylines from the past weekend:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Florida Atlantic swept a three-game series at Alabama during the weekend, becoming the first team since Texas on April 17-19, 1899 — 113 years ago — to win a three-game, non-conference series on the Crimson Tide’s home turf.
The matchup also marked the first time since 2001 that the Crimson Tide has been swept by a non-conference opponent for a three-game series. Central Florida was the last non-conference team to sweep a three-game series from Alabama, on Feb. 23-25, 2001, in Orlando, Fla.
Moreover, FAU never trailed in the weekend series.
“Give a lot of credit to Florida Atlantic, they played tremendously all weekend. They really exposed a lot of areas that we have to get cleared up,” Bama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We just had too many errors at critical times. I thought pitching-wise we had the same sort of problem. We have to make big pitches at the right time.”
Alex Hudak led the Owls with two home runs Sunday as FAU completed the sweep with a 9-4 win in the wake of 5-2 and 9-2 victories on Friday and Saturday.
The Crimson Tide is 0-3 for third time in school history and the first time since 1952. Alabama also started 0-3 in 1946.
STILLWATER, Okla. — Third-ranked Minnesota was crowned NWCA National Dual Champions on Sunday evening as the Gophers defeated No.1 Oklahoma State 18-13.
Minnesota defeated Iowa (16-15) and Oklahoma State on Sunday en route to being crowned champion. It was the Gophers’ first win against Iowa since Feb. 18, 2007, and first victory against Oklahoma State since Dec. 6, 2006.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 20 Notre Dame defeated sixth-ranked Stanford 17-14 on Sunday as the Cardinal fall to 0-3.
For a second consecutive game, the Cardinal fell behind as Notre Dame started fast and led 7-2 early on. Stanford responded, including two goals apiece from Anna Kim and Emilie Boeri, but trailed 12-7 at half. The Irish outshot the Cardinal 23-17 for the half and only 10 saves from Lyndsey Munoz even kept the game that close.
Stanford responded with a better second half, winning 10 of 13 draw controls and outshooting the Irish 16-12.
WINONA, Minn. — Minnesota State-Moorhead handed third-ranked Winona State its first home loss of the year with a 90-72 win Friday night. The victory improved the Dragons to 18-5, 14-5 in the NSIC, while the Warriors dropped to 22-3, 17-2.
The Warriors were playing without Grant Johnson, who was deemed ineligible due to a recruiting violation. As a result, the Warriors dropped out of first place in the NSIC due to nullification, which adjusts the winning percentage based on the team’s statistics.
The victory against No. 3 Winona State was the highest nationally ranked team the Dragons have beat since a 97-94 overtime win against No. 2 Western Washington on Nov. 24, 2001.
WACO, Texas — Playing yet another top-20 opponent, No. 3 UCLA continued its winning streak on Sunday, downing No. 8 Baylor, 4-0. The Bruins, who have now beaten top 20 teams in each of their past five matches, improved their record to 10-0 on the season. UCLA’s 10-0 record also equals the program’s best start since 1998. With the loss on Sunday, Baylor fell to 10-3 overall.
Despite suffering an upset at the No. 1 doubles position, UCLA still managed to claim Sunday’s doubles point with victories at court No. 2 and 3.
ISHPEMING, Mich. — Host Northern Michigan completed a clean sweep of the NCAA Regional titles on Saturday, taking home the men’s, women’s and overall championships by comfortable margins after taking five of the six podium spots in the classic races at the Al Quaal Ski Trails.
NMU’s Erik Soderman made a late charge to nip past Alaska’s Jonas Loeffler and win the men’s 15K mass start event by less than a second, while the Monica Markvardsen led a Wildcat sweep of the women’s 10K podium.
“I’ve just been really impressed with my skiers all season,” NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim said. “They’ve just had a great attitude, and been really professional. You can tell they just really want to work and become better skiers.”
Women’s Ice Hockey
MADISON, Wis. — Opening with three goals in the first period, Ohio State closed out the regular season with a 4-2 upset of No. 1 Wisconsin on Saturday. The win was the program’s first regular-season victory against a top-ranked opponent and the first at Wisconsin since the Buckeyes upset the Badgers in the 2010 WCHA tournament.
The victory moved Ohio State to 16-14-4 overall and gave the Buckeyes a 13-14-1-1 record in WCHA play. Wisconsin, which already had clinched the WCHA regular-season title, dropped to 29-3-2 and 23-3-2.
WHITTIER, Calif. — Whittier was unable to find its offense on Sunday, losing a twin bill 19-2 and 8-0 to No. 11 Redlands. Whittier fell to 2-4, 0-4 SCIAC, while Redlands improved to 4-4, 4-0.
Redlands came out with its offense firing in Game 1, totaling four home runs through three innings — including grand slams from Arlene Martinez and Amanda Lievanos, and back-to-back to back blasts by Rikki Scates and Erika Houseman to extend a lead to 19-0.
TOWSON, Md. — No. 1 Fairleigh Dickinson captured first place at the James Brown Invitational on Sunday. The Knights defeated perennial powerhouse teams Central Missouri and Nebraska in the playoff round to win the crown.
The Knights went 9-2 on the weekend to improve to 83-19 on the season.
The James Brown Invitational, formerly known as the Morgan State Invitational, has been an NCAA-sanctioned event since 2004. After FDU won the inaugural championship, Nebraska had earned the title each year since.
Women’s Indoor Track & Field
NEW YORK — No. 20 Georgetown earned its seventh Big East Indoor Track & Field Championship on Sunday, using the final event of the weekend to clinch the victory. The Hoyas finished with 102 points.
The Hoyas were led by Emily Infeld who won two individual events and anchored the Distance Medley Relay team that broke the meet record. She won the mile run with a time of 4:43.57 and the 3000 meters with a 9:39.39 mark. On Saturday, the Hoyas’ Distance Medley Relay time of 11:08.19 broke the old record of 11:11.00. The Hoyas also took first place in the 4×400-meter relay.