This week in Pac-12 baseball
Pac-12 baseball heads towards the halfway point of the season with another week full of non-conference weekday contests and weekend Conference matchups. New leaders emerged after the weekend as OREGON STATE tooks its first mistep of the season, dropping a weekend Conference series at home to ARIZONA STATE. That left the door open at the top of the standings and three teams-OREGON, WASHINGTON and UCLA--were quick to take advantage. The Ducks and Huskies picked up league sweeps at home while UCLA took two of three as they hosted WASHINGTON STATE in Los Angeles, all moving their records to 5-1 in league play to create a three-way tie on top. UW debuted their newly renovated Husky Ballpark with their first series sweep of ARIZONA since 2004 while the Ducks held Utah to just two runs in three games to extend their winning streak to five. The Beavers fell to fourth after going 1-2 on the week, followed by another three-way deadlock for fifth-place among USC, Arizona State and Washington State--all at .500. Washington joined the Beavers, Ducks and Bruins in the rankings this week as they came in at No. 19 in Collegiate Baseball’s Top-30. Meanwhile Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA continue to be ranked in the four major collegaite baseball polls, with a drop for the Beavers and boost for the Bruins in Baseball America’s: Oregon State (6), Oregon (11), and UCLA (18). After six teams take on non-league foes this week, including a Thursday night Arizona-Arizona State tilt--Conference play continues on Friday with STANFORD (vs. Oregon), UCLA (vs. Arizona State), USC (vs. Washington), CALIFORNIA (vs. UTAH) and Arizona (vs. Oregon State) all hosting league matchups this weekend. Eight games will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks this week, starting with two non-conference matchups tonight as Long Beach State visits #18/23 UCLA at 6 p.m. PT and Utah welcomes BYU at 7 p.m. MT.