Pac-12 baseball in the polls: May 12
It's become a two-horse race in the Pac-12 as Oregon State and Washington stand above the rest of the conference. Here's the latest USA Today baseball coaches' poll:
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2. Oregon State (38-8, 20-4 Pac-12)
The Beavers remain in control of the Pac-12, though Washington will have a chance to say something about that next weekend. The latest Oregon State tour de force shredded defending national champion UCLA in a three-game sweep. Michael Conforto homered twice and broke the school RBI record in Sunday's 11-2 win. He now has 177 career RBI, and Pat Casey's club has won 11 straight entering the home stretch of the regular season.
11. Washington (36-11-1, 19-5 Pac-12)
It's almost showtime for the resurgent Seattle boys. The Huskies swept Bethune-Cookman in a non-conference tune-up opportunity this past weekend. They play local rival Seattle Tuesday before heading south to Corvallis this weekend for the biggest series in recent program history. Washington has a chance to either overtake or keep pace with the Beavers in the Pac-12 standings. There are only six conference games left, so this is a golden opportunity for the Huskies to earn a national seed, which would guarantee them home field advantage throughout the postseason at their shining new ballpark.
17. Oregon (36-16, 14-10 Pac-12)
The Ducks lost two of three at Arizona State, dropping them out of contention for the Pac-12 title. But there's still much to play for in Eugene: Oregon has six conference games remaining to lock down home field advantage in the NCAA regional round, and it'll also have a chance to play spoiler against rival Oregon State in the final weekend of the regular season. First, though, a trip to UCLA awaits.
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