Baseball's rivalry week set for the weekend

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THIS WEEKEND: Starting on Thursday, rivaly week has Washington, and its three-game win streak at Washington State, which has won three of four... on Friday, a battle of the Pac-12’s top rotations, in UCLA at USC, in the Bay Area, the Bears and its own solid rotation host Stanford, and Oregon State, which features the Pac-12 leader in RBIs, KJ Harrison, is at Oregon... on Saturday, Phoenix should see a lot of scoring as ASU and Arizona have both scored over 5.5 runs per game this season...  also Southland leader SE Louisiana visits Utah starting on Friday.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: USC’s Bobby Stahel is on a current 14-game hit streak, four short of the conference high this season held by ASU’s Trever Allen (18) and Cal’s Lucas Erceg (18)... 18 players have pitched for Stanford this year, as projected (and injured) weekend starters Cal Quantrill, John Hochstatter and Marc Bradkeman have started a combined eight of 30 games... Scott Kingery (.477) and Arizona (.323) remain the national leaders in average...  USC is in the national top-10 in steals, Arizona in triples, Oregon in walks and sacrifices... UCLA has the nation’s eighth-best strikeout to walk ratio and fourth-best ERA (2.22)

MLB OPENING DAY: On Opening Day 2015, the Pac-12 Conference will feature 42 former players on MLB rosters and another five as its managers. (see following pages)

The MLB list includes 13 former All-Stars, including former MVP Dustin Pedroia (Arizona State) and fellow Gold Glove All-Star teammate Andre Ethier (Arizona State). Also making All-Star teams are Jacoby Ellsbury (Oregon State), Chase Utley (UCLA), Carlos Quentin (Stanford) and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (Washington). 

NATIONAL RANKINGS: UCLA is up to No. 3 in Collegiate Baseball, followed by the Sun Devils (No. 8), USC (No. 10), California (No. 14), Oregon State (No. 20, 22-9) and Arizona (No. 24, 22-9). In Baseball America, USC (25-6) is No. 6 followed by No. 7 UCLA (23-6), No. 9 Arizona State (21-8) and No. 23 California (21-9).

** Thursday start for WASH-WSU, Saturday start for ARIZ-ASU

Washington at Washington St., 7 p.m. (P12N), 7 p.m. (P12W), 3:30 p.m. (P12W)
WASH second in Pac-12 in fielding (.977), first two starters a combined 9-4 with a 1.85 ERA

RHP Noah Bremer (4-2, 1.80), WASH    vs. RHP Sean Hartnett (3-3, 3.63), WSU
RHP Tyler Davis (5-2, 1.89), WASH    vs. LHP Joe Pistorese (4-3, 2.68), WSU
TBA    vs. TBA

UCLA at USC, 3 p.m. (P12N), 7:30 p.m. (P12N), 2 p.m. (P12N)
Top rotations do battle; as do two of the top-4 hitters USC’s Stahel (.438) & UCLA’s Kramer (.387)

RHP James Kaprielian (6-2, 2.09), UCLA   vs.  RHP Brent Wheatley (2-1, 2.18), USC
LHP Grant Watson (5-2, 1.53), UCLA    vs. LHP Kyle Twomey (5-1, 2.23), USC
RHP Griffin Canning (5-1, 2.84), UCLA    vs. RHP Mitch Hart (5-0, 2.93), USC

Stanford at California, 3 p.m. (P12BA), 7:30 p.m. (P12BA), 2 p.m. (P12BA), 
Cal features one of Pac-12’s top staffs (2.73); Stanford yet to win a Pac-12 game (0-9)

RHP Brett Hanewich (1-3, 3.79), STAN    vs. RHP Daulton Jefferies (3-1, 2.20), CAL
TBA    vs. RHP Ryan Mason (4-1, 3.14), CAL
TBA    vs. LHP Matt Ladrech (5-3, 2.13), CAL

SE Louisiana at Utah, 6 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. MT, 1 p.m. MT, 
Wyler Smith leads club with a .384 average; SELA leads the Southland Conference

RHP Tate Scioneaux (5-2, 4.23), SELA    vs. RHP Nolan Stouder (0-2, 4.71), UTAH    
RHP Jake Johnson (6-0, 2.44), SELA    vs. RHP Dalton Carroll (3-4, 4.12), UTAH    
LHP Kyle Cetotal (4-2, 1.84), SELA    vs. RHP Jayson Rose (2-3, 4.07), UTAH    

Oregon St. at Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU), 7:30 p.m. (P12N), 2 p.m. (P12OR), 
OSU’s Moore third-best ERA and 2nd-best strikeouts, at the plate, Harrison Pac-12 leader in RBIs; 

RHP Andrew Moore (3-1, 1.63), OSU    vs. LHP Cole Irvin (1-2, 3.52), ORE
RHP Dennis Rasmussen (3-2, 2.39), OSU    vs. TBA
RHP Travis Eckert (3-0, 3.26), OSU    vs. TBA

Arizona at Arizona St., 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU), 5 p.m. (P12N), 7 p.m. (P12N)
ARIZ averaging 7.6 runs per game, ASU at 5.5 runs per game; ARIZ second in Pac-12 in steals

RHP Cody Hamlin (4-1, 3.38), ARIZ    vs. RHP Seth Martinez (1-0, 2.52), ASU
LHP Xavier Borde (2-0, 1.69), ARIZ    vs. LHP Ryan Kellogg (5-1, 3.56), ASU
RHP Bobby Dalbec (2-3, 4.34), ARIZ    vs. LHP Brett Lilek (2-2, 4.33), ASU

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

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