This Week In Pac-12 Baseball

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• Five Pac-12 teams are ranked in Baseball America's top 25 poll: Oregon (8), UCLA (11), Arizona (13), Stanford (14) and Arizona State (20).

• No. 11 UCLA was named CollegeBaseballInsider.com's Team of the Week after a 3-1 week against two top-15 teams. Last Tuesday, the Bruins defeated No. 12 Cal State Fullerton at home, 4-2, and then won two out of three games in the weekend series at then-No. 4 Arizona, handing the Wildcats their first weekend series loss of the season. UCLA is the second Pac-12 team to be named the CBI Team of the Week, as Arizona earned the honor on April 3.

• UCLA junior center fielder Beau Amaral is the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week in addition to the Pac-12 Player of the Week. Amaral went 9-for-18 (.500) with two triples, one double, six RBI and seven runs in UCLA's four games against two top-15 teams last week, posting a .778 slugging percentage. He put up his strongest numbers at Arizona on Saturday, going 4-for-6 with two triples, four RBI and four runs in UCLA's 15-3 victory. Amaral extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games on Sunday, going 2-for-5 with one double, two RBI and one run to help the then-No. 17 Bruins seal the series victory at Arizona. His streak is the longest by a Bruin since Chris Jensen's 18-game hitting streak in 2005.

• Stanford junior Eric Smith and UCLA junior Tyler Heineman have been added to the 51-person watch list for the 2012 Johnny Bench Award, the honor for college baseball's best catcher. The award will be presented on June 28 in Wichita, Kan. Two Pac-12 catchers have received the honor since the award's creation in 2000: Ryan Garko (Stanford, 2003) and Jeff Clement (USC, 2005).

• Arizona State's pitching staff is in the top 10 among Division I schools in four statistical categories: the Sun Devils have the third-lowest ERA in the country at 2.57, are fourth in walks allowed per nine innings (2.09), rank seventh in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.23—242 strikeouts to 75 walks) and are ninth in hits allowed per nine innings (7.53). ASU righties Brady Rodgers and Trevor Williams lead the Pac-12 with ERAs of 1.12 and 1.41, respectively, and rank sixth and 17th in the country in that category.

• Arizona ace Kurt Heyer threw his second-straight complete game (third of the year, sixth of his career) in Friday's 4-3 win over UCLA. The junior also reached 300 career strikeouts, tying him for eighth on Arizona's all-time strikeouts list.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Tues., April 17
Santa Clara at CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m.
UTAH at Brigham Young, 6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT (BYUtv)
Seattle at WASHINGTON, 5 p.m.
San Jose State at No. 14 STANFORD, 5:30 p.m.*
Cal State Northridge at No. 11 UCLA, 6 p.m.
USC at Cal State Bakersfield, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Gonzaga, 6 p.m.
No. 13 ARIZONA at No. 20 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.*

Wed., April 18
UC Santa Barbara at USC, 6 p.m.
No. 8 OREGON vs. Portland (1), 6:30 p.m.

Fri., April 20
UTAH at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.*
No. 13 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 5 p.m.*
No. 20 ARIZONA STATE at No. 14 STANFORD, 5:30 p.m.*
No. 11 UCLA at OREGON STATE, 5:35 p.m.*
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 8 OREGON, 6 p.m.*

Sat., April 21
No. 20 ARIZONA STATE at No. 14 STANFORD, 1 p.m.*
UTAH at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*
No. 11 UCLA at OREGON STATE, 1:05 p.m.*
No. 13 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.*
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 8 OREGON, 2 p.m.*

Sun., April 22
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 8 OREGON, 12 p.m.*
No. 13 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.*
No. 20 ARIZONA STATE at No. 14 STANFORD, 1 p.m.*
UTAH at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*
No. 11 UCLA at OREGON STATE, 1:05 p.m.*

Mon., April 23

WASHINGTON STATE at Seattle, 6:30 p.m.

(1) at Keizer, Ore. (Volcanoes Stadium)

*Pac-12 Conference Game
All times are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted.

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