Teams hit May looking to gain ground

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THIS WEEKEND: Starting Thursday, Oregon State is at Washington, as OSU’s Andrew Moore is second in the Pac-12 in strikeouts (75) and fourth in ERA (1.94)... starting on Friday, Gonzaga is at UCLA, as the Bruins have not lost a series all season... Stanford is at Oregon as Drew Jackson (17) and Tommy Edman have scored a combined 36 runs in April, most of any duo in the conference...  Arizona, with two of the conference’s top hitters in Scott Kingery (.440) and Kevin Newman (.379), is at Washington State, one of the Pac-12’s hottest teams...  USC is at Utah, as the Trojans are hitting .294 with a 3.15 ERA, both third in the Pac-12. Bobby Stahel is also second in the Pac-12 in hits (69) and runs (43)... Arizona State is at California in a top-20 matchup which matches up the .305 hitting Sun Devils against the Bears, who has a 2.75 ERA. A sweep by ASU ties with with UCLA (16-5) for first. 

BY THE NUMBERS: Three of the six seven-game winners come from UCLA’s starting rotation... with Tuesday’s 12th inning loss, USC has now played six extra inning games this year. The loss to CS Fullerton was its first extra inning loss of the year... Washington State was the Pac-12’s hottest team in April, winning 12 of 16 games this month, hitting .290 with a 2.19 ERA. Ryan Waker had a 0.92 ERA over six games, while Sam Triece had a 1.27 ERA over nine games... UCLA reliever Grant Dyer did not give up an earned run in the month over 12 games and 16.0 innings... in four starts, Daulton Jefferies was 2-1 with an 0.44 ERA for the Bears in April... Stanford’s Zach Hoffpauir drove in 15 runs, second only to Bobby Dalbec (17) in April. Dalbec also hit seven home runs... overall, four primary second baseman are hitting over .300  on the season at  their respective positions only, led by Pac-12 leader Scott Kingery (.440 at second base only), followed by USC’s Dante Flores (.319), Oregon’s Mitchell Tolman (.315) and Utah’s Kody Davis (.311)... USC’s Bobby Stahel (.386 in the outfield only) is the top hitting outfielder, followed by Utah’s Wyler Smith (.355), ASU’s Tyler Allen (.341) and OSU’s Jeff Hendrix (.340).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: UCLA (37-7) remains at No. 2 followed by No. 7 Arizona State (28-12) and No. 13 USC (30-12) in Baseball America. In Collegiate Baseball, the Bruins are No. 2, followed by No. 6 ASU, No. 13 California (26-14), No. 16 USC, and No. 18 Oregon State (27-13).

 
OSU at WASH starts Thursday, the rest on Friday

#18 Oregon St. at Washington, 5 p.m. (P12N), 7 p.m. (P12N), 7:30 p.m. (P12N)
OSU 18 of 27 wins at home; Huskies posting the top fielding percentage in the confern

RHP Andrew Moore (4-2, 1.94), OSU    vs. RHP Noah Bremer (5-2, 2.29), WASH
RHP Dennis Rasmussen (4-3, 2.43), OSU    vs. RHP Tyler Davis (5-5, 2.66), WASH
RHP Travis Eckert (4-0, 4.19), OSU    vs. TBA    

Gonzaga at #2 UCLA, 6 p.m., 2 p.m., 1 p.m.
Bruins take a weekend off from Pac-12 play with three 7-game winners, 12-7 vs. top-50

RHP Andrew Sopko (7-3, 2.17), GON    vs. RHP James Kaprielian (7-4, 2.61), UCLA    
RHP Hunter Wells (1-4, 3.50), GON    vs. LHP Grant Watson (7-3, 1.94), UCLA    
RHP Brandon Bailey (6-2, 2.95), GON    vs. RHP Griffin Canning (7-1, 2.72), UCLA

Stanford at Oregon, 6 p.m., 2 p.m., 12 p.m.
STAN with 18 games vs. top-50, most in P12, STAN’s Hoffpauir had 15 RBIs in April

RHP Brett Hanewich (3-3, 3.84), STAN    vs. LHP Cole Irvin (1-4, 4.66), ORE
TBA    vs. TBA
TBA    vs. TBA

Arizona at Washington St., 6 p.m., 2 p.m., 12 p.m.
ARIZ has dropped last four series, WSU has won seven of last 10 games

RHP Cody Hamlin (4-2, 4.38), ARIZ     vs. RHP Sean Hartnett (3-3, 3.83), WSU    
RHP Nathan Bannister (6-2, 3.34), ARIZ     vs. LHP Joe Pistorese (6-4, 2.70), WSU    
Bobby Dalbec (2-5, 4.05), ARIZ    vs. TBA    

#13 USC at Utah, 7 p.m. (P12N), 5:30 p.m. (P12N), 12 p.m. (P12N)
Trojans with a 12-7 record on the road, UTAH with 18 of 25 losses on the road

LHP Tyler Gilbert (3-1, 2.38), USC    vs. RHP Nolan Stouder (0-3, 4.91), UTAH    
LHP Kyle Twomey (6-2, 2.11), USC    vs. RHP Dalton Carroll (5-5, 4.57), UTAH
RHP Mitch Hart (6-2, 3.84), USC    vs. RHP Jayson Rose (3-4, 3.66), UTAH

#6 Arizona St. at #13 California, 7 p.m., 6 p.m., 1 p.m.
ASU with 21 of 28 wins at home, Cal posts a 16-8 record at home

RHP Seth Martinez (2-0, 3.38), ASU    vs. RHP Daulton Jefferies (5-2, 1.55), CAL    
LHP Ryan Kellogg (7-1, 3.67), ASU    vs. RHP Ryan Mason (5-2, 3.12), CAL    
LHP Brett Lilek (3-2, 3.66), ASU    vs. LHP Matt Ladrech (6-4, 2.16), CAL    

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

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