Conference play heats up in Pac-12 Baseball
Approaching the halfway point in the season, Pac-12 baseball has a surprise leader at the top as WASHINGTON--a team picked to finish 10 out of 11--has a two game lead over OREGON STATE, OREGON and UCLA after three weekends of Conference play. While there is still a lot of season left the play, the Huskies have been impressive, winning 10 in a row and 17 of their last 18. The Beavers and Ducks both picked up series wins over the weekend to lock up a three-way tie that includes the Bruins of UCLA, who dropped two of three to ARIZONA STATE to fall into the deadlock. It was a good week in the rankings for Pac-12 Baseball, who now have four teams--Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA, Washington-- unanimously ranked in the four major polls with the Huskies making their debut in three of the four. The Sun Devils became the league’s fifth ranked team after returning to Collegiate Baseball’s Top-30 at No. 25. Meanwhile, UW (14) also joined Oregon State (6), Oregon (19) and UCLA (21) in Baseball America’s Top-25. It’s the first time since 2006 the Huskies have appeared in the poll and it’s their highest ranking since 2005. Pac-12 play heats up this weekend with a top-25 showdown between the Huskies and Ducks, with all three games set to be televised live on Pac-12 Networks. First pitch is Friday at 7 p.m. PT. Four teams--Oregon State, UCLA, USC, and Oregon--will play non-conference foes during the week before Pac-12 play resumes over the weekend. STANFORD will visit CALIFORNIA tonight for a non-conference contest while UCLA will take a break from Conference action for a three-game set with Long Beach State. Along with Washington hosting Oregon for three games Friday-Sunday, other teams hosting Conference games this weekend include UTAH (vs. ARIZONA), WASHINGTON STATE (vs. California), Arizona State (vs. USC), and Oregon State (vs. Stanford). The Cardinal will be an intruging matchup for the Beavers as Stanford is fresh off a series upset over the Ducks and looking to win its third series over a ranked opponent this year.