Tight race on top in Pac-12 baseball
WASHINGTON--a team picked to finish 10 out of 11--has a proved that it is a true contender for the Conference title as they maintain a one-game lead over league-favorite and defending champion OREGON STATE heading into the second half of league play. Both teams continue to put pressure on the other as they match each other’s momentum, each taking two of three over Pac-12 opponents over the weekend. While there is still a lot of season left the play, the Huskies and Beavers have been impressive and the title race is shaping up to be a close one through the finish. A cluster of teams behind the league leaders aren’t far removed, however, led by a resurgent ARIZONA STATE team that is just two games out of second and three out of first. OREGON--winners of six in a row--share a fourth-place tie with UCLA and WASHINGTON STATE while USC and ARIZONA sit three games back behind those three. It was another good week in the rankings for Pac-12 Baseball, who have three teams--Oregon State, Oregon, and Washington-- unanimously ranked in the four major polls. ARIZONA STATE marks the fourth team to garner rankings this week, coming in at No. 27 in Collegiate Baseball’s Top-30. Meanwhile, UW and Oregon State both climbed in Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball’s Top-10, with the Huskies coming in at No. 7 and 6, respectively, while the Beavers hold the No. 5 spot in both. The rankings are the highest in Washington baseball history in those polls. Three teams will partake in non-conference midweek matchups on Tuesday before Conference-play resumes on a shifted Thursday-Saturday schedule this week. Hosting league games this weekend are CALIFORNIA (vs. Washington), Oregon (vs. Washington State), USC (vs. Arizona), and Utah (vs. UCLA). Oregon State has the weekend off and will resume play on Monday with a contest at Sacramento State. Five games will be broadcasted live on Pac-12 Networks, starting with UCLA at Utah matchup on Thursday night at 5 p.m. MT and wrapping up Saturday night with an Arizona/USC showdown at 7 p.m. PT.