Rivalry week on deck for Pac-12 baseball
WASHINGTON continued to prove it deserves to be at the top of Conference as the Huskies remained undefeated in six Conference series in 2014 after picking up their first series victory at CALIFORNIA in eight years. The wins kept them out in front of idle OREGON STATE, who remain within striking distance at one and a half games back. Rivalry week has arrived as five Conference series over the weekend will be showdowns of in-state foes. The Pacific Northwest contests could be the most important this week, particularly the OREGON at Oregon State matchup, as the outcomes will have major implications on a Conference title race that is sure to be tight through the last month of the regular season. The Ducks--winners of nine straight--won’t be an easy out for the Beavers. The Huskies, meanwhile, will have to play well against the Cougars if they hope to retain their hold on first place. A cluster of teams behind the league leaders aren’t far removed, however, led by ARIZONA STATE and UCLA, who are just one game and game and a half, respectively, behind third-place Oregon. 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. UCLA returned to the rankings this week, marking the fourth team to garner a spot in the polls, coming in at No. 27 in the NCBWA Top-30. Meanwhile, UW and OSU both climbed in Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball’s Top-10, with the Huskies coming in at No. 7 and 5, respectively, while the Beavers hold the No. 5 and 4 spot in those same polls. It is a busy week of non-conference mid-week matchups as eight teams are in action on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rivalry week kicks off on Thursday with USC facing UCLA at the home of the Bruins for a 6 p.m. PT contest that will air live on Pac-12 Networks. In all, 11 games will air live on the Pac-12 Networks (regional sites included) and an additional two will air live on ESPNU in a Sunday Pac-12 double header, featuring the series finales of Oregon at Oregon State at 1 p.m. PT and Arizona State at Arizona at 4:30 p.m. PT.