This week in Pac-12 baseball
By the Pac-12 Conference
Oregon State and UCLA swept through their respective regionals and are headed to super regional play. UCLA will make the short jog down Interstate 5 to take on Cal State Fullerton in the Fullerton Regional, while OSU, which will host its fourth super regional since 2005, clashes with Big 12 Champion Kansas State. Like their Pac-12 counterparts, neither Cal State Fullerton, the No. 5 national seed in the tournament, nor Kansas State has lost a postseason tilt in 2013. Oregon, which set a program record with 48 wins this year, saw its season come to an end on Monday after falling to Rice in a winner-take-all bout in the Eugene Regional. The Ducks and Owls split decisions on Saturday and Sunday to set up Monday's elimination game. Arizona State, which opened the Fullerton Regional with a gutsy victory over New Mexico, ended its postseason run with a 6-1 loss to host Cal State Fullerton. The region's top-seed, Fullerton also dealt the Sun Devils a heartbreaking 1-0 loss on Saturday. UCLA junior first baseman Pat Gallagher and Oregon State sophomore outfielder Dylan Davis picked up Most Outstanding Player honors in their regional tournaments, while 13 other Pac-12 players were selected to the four all-regional teams. The Conference, headlined by Stanford senior right-hander Mark Appel, will be well represented in the 2013 MLB Draft, which begins on Thursday. Appel, the eighth-overall pick in the 2012 draft, figures to be an early first round selection.
Fullerton Super Regional (Fullerton, Calif.)
Friday, June 7: UCLA at No. 5 Cal State Fullerton, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, June 8: UCLA at No. 5 Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sunday, June 9: UCLA at No. 5 Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Corvallis Super Regional (Corvallis, Ore.)
Saturday, June 8: No. 3 Oregon State vs. Kansas State, 4 p.m., (ESPNU)*
Sunday, June 9: No. 3 Oregon State vs. Kansas State, 7 p.m., (ESPNU)
Monday, June 10: No. 3 Oregon State vs. Kansas State, 4 p.m., (ESPNU)*
Sat.-Mon./Tues., June 15-26
College World Series, TBA
*If necessary. All series are best of three.
Game times are local to site and subject to change.
PAC-12 BASEBALL NOTES
Oregon State (48-10)
Oregon State went unbeaten in the Corvallis Regional, racking up wins over Texas-San Antonio, UC Santa Barbara and Texas A&M to advance to the fifth NCAA Super Regional in program history. Junior lefty Ben Wetzler struck out a career-high 10 Aggies in the finale, en route to turning in his second complete-game effort of the season. OSU, which welcomes Big 12 Champion Kansas State to Corvallis this weekend, will host its fourth super regional since 2005. The Beavers, who are making their school-record fifth consecutive postseason appearance, earned the No. 3 national seed in the tournament after winning 16 of 18 games to close out the regular season. They lost just one Conference series this year (Washington) and claimed their third Pac-12 title since 1999. OSU leads the Pac-12 and ranks second in the nation with a 2.18 team ERA. Beaver pitchers boast a Conference-best .209 opposing batting average.
UCLA went 3-0 in the Los Angeles Regional, dispatching San Diego State, Cal Poly and San Diego to win its seventh regional title—it's fifth since the four-team regional format was instituted in 1999. The Bruins, who are making their third NCAA Super Regional trip in the last four seasons, have advanced to consecutive super regionals for the first time in program history. They turn their attention to No. 4 Cal State Fullerton, who eliminated Arizona State on Sunday. The teams last met in the postseason in 2010, as UCLA won two of three games in the Los Angeles Super Regional after dropping a pair of midweek tilts to the Titans during the regular season. Cal State Fullerton claimed both regular season meetings in 2013 by three-run margins. With one more postseason victory, head coach John Savage will tie UCLA's all-time postseason win mark (26) currently held by Gary Adams (1974-2004). The Bruins are making their fourth straight NCAA Championship appearance, a program first.
-The Pac-12 has produced at least three 40-win teams in five of the last seven seasons. Oregon State (48) has reached the plateau four times during that stretch, while UCLA (42) has accomplished the feat three times. Oregon (48) has won at least 40 games three times since the program was reinstated in 2009.
-The Conference has been represented in each of the last 16 College World Series. Since 1996, at least one Conference squad has made the trip to Omaha every year.
-Pac-12 teams went 11-4 in regional play and outscored their opponents by a combined 26 runs. Moreover, league squads held their opponents to one run or fewer in six of those games and posted a pair of shutouts.
-Fifteen Pac-12 players were named to All-Regional teams following last week's action, and two were named Most Outstanding Player of their respective regionals. The list is as follows:
Los Angeles Regional (UCLA): Pat Gallagher (Most Outstanding Player), Jr., 1B; Pat Valaika, Jr., SS; Adam Plutko, Jr., RHP; Grant Watson, So., LHP; Eric Filia, So., OF.
Eugene Regional (Oregon): Ryon Healy, Jr., 1B; Tyler Baumgartner, Jr., OF; Scott Heineman, So., UT; Cole Irvin, Fr., LHP.
Corvallis Regional (Oregon State): Dylan Davis (Most Outstanding Player), So., OF; Ben Wetzler, Jr., LHP; Ryan Barnes, DH; Jake Rodriguez, Jr., C; Andrew Moore, Fr. RHP; and Andy Peterson, Jr., 2B.
Fullerton Regional (Arizona State): Kasey Coffman, Jr., OF.
-The 2013 MLB Draft will be held Thursday, June 6 - Saturday, June 8 (Thu: Rounds 1-2; Fri: Rounds 3-10; Sat. Rounds 11-40). The Pac-12 has produced 28 first round draft picks since 2006 and has seen at least one player come off the board in the first round every year during that span.
-Stanford's Mark Appel has been tabbed the second-best MLB Draft prospect by Baseball America, which released its Top 500 Draft Preview last week. Fellow Cardinal Austin Wilson (No. 29) and A.J. Vanegas (No. 78), Cal's Andrew Knapp (No. 71), Arizona State's Trevor Williams (No. 74) and Oregon's Ryon Healy (No. 86) and Jimmie Sherfy (No. 94) joined Appel in the top 100.