UCLA takes Pac-12 lead into weekend

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THIS WEEKEND: Washington State which has won six of its last nine will host San Jose State in a four-game series starting on Thursday... also on Thursday, the conference leaders and No. 2-ranked Bruins will host California, having won its eighth-straight series (over USC) last weekend... starting on Friday, Arizona is at No. 20 Oregon State, who has a 14-2 record in Corvallis... Oregon is at No. 10 USC, as the Trojans dropped its weekend series of the year (seven in a row)... Utah is at Stanford with the Utes three wins away from the most wins in conference play since moving the needle to 11 teams. Stanford won its first series since late February last week... No. 5 Arizona State is at Washington with the Sun Devils boasting seven regulars batting over .310 and hitting .303 as a team.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: USC’s Bobby Stahel has a Pac-12 best 18-game hit streak heading into the weekend, he is one of eight players with a hit streak of 10 or more entering the weekend, which includes Arizona’s Bobby Dalbec (11 games) Pac-12 batting leader Scott Kingery (10), ASU’s Andrew Snow (13), David Greer (12)  and Brian Serven (10) , Washington’s Branden Berry (13) and Washington State’s Wes Hatten (11)... UCLA has a 1.96 ERA against 15 Pac-12 opponents this season and a .982 fielding percentage. The Bruins have also struck 141 in 138 innings (Arizona State is second at 110 strikeouts)... Arizona has a Pac-12 high .304 average and league best .983 fielding percentage in Pac-12 games... California (15) and Arizona (13) are the only Pac-12 teams in conference play with double digit homers... UCLA’s David Berg has yet to allow a run in 11 Pac-12 games (19.0 innings) with six saves... USC’s Bobby Stahel is hitting .537 in 12 Pac-12 games, nearly 70 points higher than Scott Kingery at .469 (and .463 overall).

** Thursday start for SJSU-WSU and CAL-UCLA

San Jose St. at Washington St., 6 p.m., 6 p.m., 2 p.m., 12 p.m.
Sparta 0-3 against the Pac-12 this year; WSU has won six of nine after 9-game losing streak

LHP Jonathan Hernandez (0-2, 7.11), SJSU    vs. RHP Sean Hartnett (3-3, 3.52), WSU
RHP Josh Nashed (3-3, 5.59), SJSU    vs. TBA
RHP Hilario Tovar (1-2, 8.79), SJSU    vs. LHP Joe Pistorese (5-3, 2.73), WSU
RHP Kalei Contrades (3-6, 4.23), SJSU    vs. TBA

California at #2 UCLA, 7 p.m. (P12N), 4 p.m. (P12N), 7:30 p.m. (P12N)
Pac-12 leading Bruins have a 1.96 ERA in conference games and have a rotation with an 18-6 record and lead Pac-12 in ERA and fielding; Cal’s Erceg second in Pac-12 in homers

RHP Daulton Jefferies (3-2, 2.20), CAL    vs. RHP James Kaprielian (7-2, 2.18), UCLA    
RHP Ryan Mason (4-1, 2.93), CAL    vs. LHP Grant Watson (5-3, 2.24), UCLA    
LHP Matt Ladrech (5-4, 2.45), CAL    vs. RHP Griffin Canning (6-1, 2.74), UCLA    

Arizona at #20 Oregon St., 5:35 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 1:05 p.m.
Wildcats out of top-25 for first time in a month; OSU in top-25 for last six weeks

RHP Cody Hamlin (4-1, 4.50), ARIZ    vs. RHP Andrew Moore (3-1, 1.46), OSU    
RHP Nathan Bannister (5-1, 3.60), ARIZ    vs. RHP Dennis Rasmussen (4-2, 2.44), OSU    
RHP Bobby Dalbec (2-3, 3.52), ARIZ    vs. RHP Travis Eckert (3-0, 4.01), OSU    

Oregon at #10 USC, 6 p.m., 2 p.m., 1 p.m.
USC with two 5-game winners and are one of three Pac-12 teams with an ERA under 3.00

LHP Cole Irvin (1-2, 3.11), ORE    vs. RHP Brent Wheatley (2-2, 2.70), USC
LHP David Peterson (2-5, 5.47), ORE    vs. LHP Kyle Twomey (6-1, 1.95), USC
TBA    vs. RHP Mitch Hart (5-1, 3.48), USC

Utah at Stanford, 6 p.m., 2 p.m., 1 p.m.
Stanford won its first series last weekend; UT three wins from most P12 wins in history (7)

RHP Nolan Stouder (0-2, 4.41), UTAH    vs. TBA    
RHP Dalton Carroll (4-4, 4.50), UTAH    vs. TBA
RHP Jayson Rose (2-3, 3.00), UTAH    vs. TBA

#5 Arizona St. at Washington, 7 p.m. (P12N), 7:30 p.m. (P12N), 1 p.m. (P12N)
ASU has won five-straight Pac-12 series; WASH only series win versus Stanford

RHP Seth Martinez (1-0, 2.84), ASU    vs. RHP Noah Bremer (4-2, 1.80), WASH
LHP Ryan Kellogg (6-1, 3.82), ASU    vs. RHP Tyler Davis (5-3, 2.38), WASH
LHP Brett Lilek (2-2, 3.83), ASU    vs. TBA

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

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