Two top-20 baseball series on tap

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PREVIEWING THE WEEKEND SERIES: No. 9 Arizona State travels to Utah where three of the top hitters in the Pac-12 will do battle... No. 8 USC and No. 13 Arizona tangle in Tucson with the Pac-12’s hottest offense against one of the Conference’s top rotations in one of two top-20 matchups this weekend... the other, No. 18 Oregon State travels to Westwood to face the No. 4 Bruins, as both team have ERA’s under 2.90... Washington State travels to Cal, as the Bears’ rotation has accounted for 12 of the team’s wins... Washington is at Stanford as the Cardinal try to get back on track after an 0-6 Pac-12 start... Michigan State will travel to Oregon in a Friday-Sunday affair, as the rest of the Pac-12 are Thursday-Saturday.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Arizona hit .344 in March, no other Pac-12 team hit over .296 (ASU).. OSU had a 2.02 ERA in March, going 13-4, leading five teams with March ERA’s under 3.00... UCLA made just eight errors all month (.987), Oregon made 27 (.962)...  in March Arizona’s Kevin Newman hit .484 and Scott Kingery hit .459... Cal’s Lucas Erceg drove in 20 and hit six homers in the month... UCLA has a 1.80 ERA in nine Pac-12 games, OSU has a 1.98 ERA... Arizona has scored 69 runs and hit .317 in nine Pac-12 games... UCLA’s David Berg has four saves and not allowed a run in 13.0 innings and seven Pac-12 relief appearances.

** Thursday starts for all series except Michigan State-Oregon

#9 Arizona St. at Utah, 5 p.m. (P12N), 5 p.m.  (P12N), 4 p.m. MT (P12N)
Three of Pac-12’s top hitters, ASU’s Allen (.352) and Servern (.351) versus Utah’s Smith (.362)

RHP Nolan Stouder (0-2, 5.82), UTAH    vs. RHP Seth Martinez (1-0, 2.34), ASU
RHP Dalton Carroll (3-4, 4.29), UTAH    vs. LHP Ryan Kellogg (5-0, 3.26), ASU
RHP Jayson Rose (2-3, 4.00), UTAH    vs. LHP Brett Lilek (2-2, 4.40), ASU

#8 USC at #13 Arizona, 6 p.m. MT, 6 p.m. MT, 12 p.m. MT
USC’s rotation has gone a combined 11-2 with a 2.27 ERA; Arizona Pac-12 best .332 averaage

RHP Brent Wheatley (2-1, 2.27) USC    RHP Cody Hamlin (4-0, 4.03), ARIZ    
LHP Kyle Twomey (4-1, 2.08) USC    RHP Robby Medel (1-2, 3.89), ARIZ
RHP Mitch Hart (5-0, 2.47) USC    RHP Tyger Talley (3-0, 3.18), ARIZ
    
Washington St. at California, 7 p.m. (P12N), 7 p.m. (P12N), 1 p.m. (P12N)
With 12 wins, Cal’s rotation has struck out just 57 over 118 innings; WSU hitting just .207

RHP Sean Hartnett (3-3, 4.11), WSU    RHP Jeff Bain (4-0, 2.06), CAL
LHP Joe Pistorese (3-3, 3.27), WSU    RHP Ryan Mason (4-0, 2.74), CAL
TBA    LHP Matt Ladrech (4-3, 2.06), CAL    

#18 Oregon St. at #4 UCLA, 7 p.m. (P12N), 7 p.m. (P12N), 4 p.m. (P12N)
Lowing scoring expected with OSU’s team ERA of 2.83 vs. UCLA’s team ERA of 2.32

RHP Andrew Moore (2-1, 1.87), OSU    RHP James Kaprielian (6-1, 2.35), UCLA
RHP Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 1.91), OSU    LHP Grant Wilson (4-2, 1.76), UCLA
RHP Travis Eckert (3-0, 2.80), OSU    RHP Griffin Canning (5-1, 2.20), UCLA

Washington at Stanford, 7 p.m. (P12N), 7 p.m. (P12N), 4 p.m. (P12N)
UW’s Davis with 41 strikeouts this year; STAN’s Tommy Edman second in P12 with 10 doubles

RHP Noah Bremer (3-2, 1.58) UW    vs. RHP Brett Hanewich (1-2, 3.48) STAN
RHP Tyler Davis (4-2, 2.17) UW    vs. TBA
TBA    vs. TBA

Michigan St. at Oregon, 6 p.m., 2 p.m., 2 p.m. (Friday-Sunday)
MSU has won at least 30 games in each of the last five years; Oregon third in P12 with 11 triples

RHP Mick VanVossen (1-4, 6.96), MSU    vs. RHP Conor Harber (3-1, 3.86), ORE    
LHP Cam Vieaux (1-4, 2.83), MSU    vs. LHP David Peterson (2-3, 4.32), ORE    
RHP Anthony Misiewicz (1-3, 6.19), MSU    vs. LHP Cole Irvin (1-2, 4.26), ORE    

rotations based on SIDs or previous weekend’s games. Check on site for most accurate.

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