Two weekends remain in regular season
THIS WEEKEND: UCLA can clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 title with a sweep or a series win this weekend, depending on the outcome of Cal, ASU, and USC, who are all 3.0 games back. The Bruins’ magic number is four. ASU/WSU begin on Thursday and USC/Cal begin on Saturday with the rest of the series’ beginning on Friday.
UPCOMING DRAFT: According to Baseball America UCLA RHP James Kaprielian and ARIZ SS Kevin Newman are projected first round picks. Kaprielian is No. 17 in the top-100 draft prospects by Baseball America, followed by Newman (No. 27), ARIZ 2B Scott Kingery (No. 39) and ASU RHP Ryan Burr (No. 72)
ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Four Pac-12 players were named Academic All-District: ARIZ RHP Ryan Burr, 3.60 GPA, OSU RHP Andrew Moore, 3.32 GPA, Stanford SS Tommy Edman 3.83 GPA and Washington DH Josh Cushing 3.47 GPA.
GOLDEN SPIKES WATCH LIST: Four Pac-12 players are on the 30-man Golden Spikes Award for the nation’s top player, they are UCLA’s RHP David Berg, ARIZ utility man Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ 2B Scott Kingery, OSU RHP Andrew Moore,
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: UCLA’s Ty Moore and ARIZONA STATE’s Brett Lilek were named the Pac-12 Player and Pitcher of the Week.
Moore, who earned the weekly honor for the second time this season, hit .389 with six RBIs and a .611 slugging percentage. He began the week with a double, a homer, and four RBIs against Pepperdine. In the series victory over the Sun Devils, he went 5-for-15 with two hits in the Friday win and another three in the Saturday clincher, which went 17 innings.
ASU avoided the sweep on Sunday, as following the five-hour and 50-minute marathon, Lilek pitched a three-hitter, struck out a season-high seven and walked one in a 2-1 victory. In his longest career outing, the lefthander retired the first 14 batters before a two-out single broke up the no-hitter in the fifth.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: UCLA remains at No. 2 in Baseball America, followed by No. 15 USC, No. 16 Arizona State, No. 22 California and No. 23 Oregon State. In Collegiate Baseball, UCLA is No. 4 followed by No. 11 Cal, No. 12 ASU, No. 17 USC and No. 18 OSU.
NOTABLE UPCOMING DATES: May 25, Memorial Day at 9 a.m. PT on ESPNU, NCAA field announced; May 27, All-Pac-12 team announced; May 29, start of NCAA Regionals; June 5 start of NCAA Super Regionals; June 8, first 75 picks of MLB Draft, 4 p.m. PT on MLB Network, June 9-10, MLB Draft, June 13-23/24, College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
WSU-ASU starts Thursday; USC-CAL starts Saturday
Washington St. at Arizona St., 7 p.m. P12N, 4 p.m. P12N, 7 p.m. P12N
Sun Devils sit 3.0 games back in a tie for second with USC/Cal as WSU leadoff man Johnny Sewald leads the Pac-12 with 20 steals.
RHP Sean Hartnett (3-4, 4.43), WSU vs. LHP Ryan Kellogg (7-1, 3.79), ASU
LHP Joe Pistorese (7-4, 2.58), WSU vs. LHP Brett Lilek (4-2, 3.43), ASU
TBA vs. RHP Seth Martinez (2-1, 3.66), ASU
CS Northridge at Washington, 5 p.m., 2 p.m., 1 p.m.
Washington closes out regular season with CSUN and Utah, leading Pac-12 in fielding (.977)
RHP Calvin Copping (5-6, 3.01) vs. RHP Noah Bremer (5-3, 2.24), WASH
LHP Jerry Keel (4-7, 2.76) vs. RHP Tyler Davis (7-5, 3.01), WASH
RHP Rayne Raven (6-3, 2.29) vs. TBA
Arizona at UCLA, 7 p.m. P12N, 4 p.m. P12N, 1 p.m. P12N
Bruins can clinch a third title in five years; Series features top offense in ARIZ (.304) and top hitter in Scott Kingery (.418) against the second lowest ERA nationally in UCLA (2.16).
RHP Cody Hamlin (6-3, 4.53), ARIZ vs. RHP James Kaprielian (9-4, 2.15), UCLA
RHP Nathan Bannister (6-4, 4.20), ARIZ vs. LHP Grant Watson (7-4, 2.20), UCLA
RHP Bobby Dalbec (2-6, 3.22), ARIZ vs. RHP Griffin Canning (7-1, 2.97), UCLA
Oregon State at Stanford, 7 p.m. P12N, 7 p.m. P12N, 1 p.m. P12N
Back-to-back Pac-12 champions have won eight of 10 and sit 3.5 games behind front-runner UCLA. Moore has Pac-12’s top ERA among starters at 1.80. Hendrix on 14-game hit streak.
RHP Andrew Moore (5-2, 1.80), OSU vs. RHP Brett Hanewich (3-5, 4.21), STAN
RHP Dennis Rasmussen (5-3, 2.70), OSU vs. RHP Marc Brakeman (1-3, 3.35), STAN RHP Travis Eckert (5-0, 3.55), OSU vs. LHP Chris Castellanos (2-2, 3.20), STAN
Oregon at Utah, 5 p.m. MT P12N, 2 p.m. MT P12N, 11 a.m. MT P12N
Utah looking to top most Pac-12 wins since joining in 2012 (7), ORE has won last three series
LHP Cole Irvine (2-4, 4.37), ORE vs. RHP Bret Helton (2-7, 6.20), UTAH
LHP David Peterson (4-6, 4.93), ORE vs. RHP Dalton Carroll (5-7, 4.90), UTAH
TBA vs. RHP Jayson Rose (3-4, 3.75), UTAH
USC at California, 1 p.m. P12N, 4 p.m. P12N, 7 p.m. P12N
USC’s Stahel (.386) and Stubbs (.340) take offense against Cal’s starting staff that’s 17-9
RHP Kyle Davis (2-1, 3.82), USC vs. RHP Daulton Jefferies (5-3, 2.39), CAL
LHP Kyle Twomey (7-2, 2.35), USC vs. RHP Ryan Mason (6-2, 2.98), CAL
RHP Mitch Hart (7-2, 3.48), USC vs. LHP Matt Ladrech (6-4, 2.71), CAL
rotations based on SIDs or previous weekend’s games. Check on site for most accurate.