Conference slate on deck for Pac-12 baseball
Pac-12 baseball improved their non-conference record to 98-65-1 as most teams have completed the majority of their non-conference slate. OREGON STATE and OREGON--picked to finish 1-2 in the Conference--lived up to their billing during the first month of the season as the teams combined for a 27-7 record. CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON meanwhile, predicted to finish in the bottom half the Conference, sit at three and four, respectively, heading into Conference play. Half of the Bears’ wins have come over ranked teams while the Huskies--after struggling a bit to start the season--have recorded seven wins in a row--the longest streak for the UW since they won 11-straight in 2008. While USC was the surprise of the Conference to start the season after going unbeaten through its first seven games, the Trojans will look to get back on the winning track as Pac-12 play begins after struggling over the last two weeks. Three teams continue to be ranked in the four major collegaite baseball polls, with little movement in the top two Pac-12 teams in Baseball America’s top-25: Oregon State (4), Oregon (12), and UCLA (25). The all-important Conference slate begins this weekend as the teams will have to chase the defending champion Oregon State Beavers, who are looking poised to repeat. ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE both host mid-week home games before welcoming WASHINGTON STATE AND WASHINGTON to open up league play Friday-Sunday. UTAH will host the Beavers and the Trojans will travel to Oregon while UCLA will face California in the Bay Area. The Bruins and Bears’ Sunday matinee matchup will be the first Conference game of 2014 to appear live on the Networks. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. PT.