This Week In Pac-12 Baseball

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WEEKLY RECAP: No. 3 Oregon State hosted then-No. 25 Arizona State, riding an eight-game winning streak, in its opening Pac-12 series of the 2016 season and the Beavers defended their home field, sweeping the red-hot Sun Devils. Utah went to Eugene and won two games against Oregon with strong pitching performances, holding the Ducks offense to just one run total in the two Utah wins. The Los Angeles schools had successful homestands with USC taking two games from No. 20 California while No. 23 UCLA swept Washington State. Washington hosted Arizona, who was also on a hot streak prior to the series, and took two of three from the Wildcats. Stanford returned to action after an 11-day break and swept the Kansas Jayhawks.

PREVIEWING THE WEEKEND: USC is set to face another top 25 opponent when they go to No. 22 UC Santa Barbara for a three-game series. UCLA will put its five-game winning streak to the test when it heads to Tucson for a series against Arizona. The Bay Area schools both have homestands this weekend with Stanford hosting Washington State and No. 20 California hosting No. 3 Oregon State. Utah will look to build off its successful opening series when it visits Arizona State. Oregon and Washington will square off in Seattle for a three-game series in which each game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

NUMBERS GAME: Oregon State is fifth in the country in on base percentage at 0.422, eighth in batting average at .331 and 17th in slugging percentage at 0.489 ... Oregon State leads the country in triples per game with 0.83 while Arizona is right behind them at 0.75 per game. Both squads have 15 total triples on the year ... Arizona is tied for No. 38 in the country in drawing walks at 101 and it is also eighth in the country in sacrifice bunts with 26 on the year ... The league has four teams in the top 35 nationally for ERA: Stanford (No. 3, 2.18), Oregon (No. 26, 2.79), Arizona State (No. 30, 2.89) and California (No. 34, 3.0) ... The Cardinal pitching staff has the fourth-best mark in the country for hits allowed per inning at 6.35 ... Stanford has the best fielding percentage in the country at 0.988 while Arizona is third overall at 0.985 ... California turns 1.18 double plays per game, the 10th-best mark in the country ... Stanford has the fourth-best WHIP rating in the country at 1.01 (WHIP is calculated by adding the number of walks and hits allowed and dividing this sum by the number of innings pitched).

Oregon State’s Logan Ice has the 20th-best batting average in the country at 0.434 and the fourth-best slugging percentage at 0.887. Ice is also seventh in the country at 0.22 triples per game, just behind by Arizona’s Jared Oliva who is second in the country with 0.28 per game ... Brett Cumberland of California has an on base percentage of 0.552 which is good for ninth in the country ... Justin Behnke of Arizona is 11th in the country in base on balls, drawing 1.1 walks per game ... In five appearances and 15.1 innings of work, Stanford’s Colton Hock has yet to surrender a run ... Oregon State’s Max Engelbrekt is tied for the national lead with eight saves on the year ... Stanford's Andrew Summerville and Washington’s Noah Bremer are No. 22 and No. 24 in the country, respectively, with WHIP ratings of 0.76 and 0.77 ... Only two complete games have been thrown in the Pac-12 this year and both have come from the Utah’s Dalton Carroll and Josh Lapiana.

STARS DELIVERING: Preseason All-American Matt Krook of Oregon is eighth in the country in strikeouts per nine innings with 13.29. Arizona’s All-American 3B/RHP Bobby Dalbec has earned four victories (tied for No. 10 in the country) and five saves (tied for No. 16 in the country) on the year. The reigning Pac-12 home run leader has hit four home runs on the year and driven in 16 runs while scoring 19 himself. California’s preseason All-American pitcher Daulton Jefferies is tied for the most wins in the country with fiver on the year and is 14th in the country in strikeouts with 43. Arizona State’s Colby Woodmansee, a preseason All-American, has 11 doubles on the year, the sixth-best mark in the country. Woodmansee also has 19 runs batted in, the second-best total in the league. KJ Harrison of Oregon State, a preseason All-American and the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, is ninth in the country in doubles per game at 0.56 (10 total) and is tied for the league lead in runs scored (20) with Arizona’s JJ Matijevic.

IN THE RANKINGS: In the latest USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll, three Pac-12 teams are ranked. Oregon State leads the way at No. 3, followed by California at No. 20 and UCLA who sits at No. 23.

ALL-AMERICANS: The Pac-12 had 10 different student-athletes from nine schools garner preseason All-America honors. Oregon and Stanford each two different players honored to lead the way while the rest of the teams just had one honoree.

Pac-12 Players of the Week

PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Bobby Dalbec, Jr., 3B/RHP, Arizona

Dalbec went 5-14 with 6 runs, 6 RBI, three home runs and 5 walks. He reached base .526 of the time for the week. On the mound, Dalbec earned a win and a save and posted a 2.57 ERA in seven innings.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK - Kyle Molnar, Fr., RHP, UCLA

The rookie set new career-highs in innings (7.0) and strikeouts (11) in the game. Molnar retired the final 13 consecutive batters he faced, including a run of eight-straight strikeouts. The freshman became the first UCLA pitcher to strikeout eight batters in a row since David Huff in 2006.

Date Player Pitcher
Feb. 23 Nick Madrigal, OSU Tristan Beck, STAN
Mar. 1 Alfonso Rivas III, ARIZ Colton Hock, STAN
Mar. 8 Logan Ice, OSU Erik Martinez, CAL
Mar. 14 David Greer, ASU Drew Rasmussen, OSU
Mar. 21 Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ Kyle Molnar, UCLA

GOLDEN SPIKES: The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List features 50 amateurs, six of which are student-athletes from six different Pac-12 teams. With six, the Pac-12 has the third-most representatives among all conferences. Now in its 39th year recognizing the top amateur baseball player in the country, seven former Pac-12 baseball players have won the award, most recently pitcher Trevor Bauer of UCLA in 2011. 

STOPPER OF THE YEAR: The Pac-12 has eight student-athletes on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List, tied for the second-most among all conferences. Washington is the only lone Pac-12 team with more than one student-athlete on the list. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association will be presenting the Stopper of the Year Award to the top relief pitcher in Division I baseball for the 12th straight year in 2016. UCLA’s David Berg won the honor two of the last three years.

DRAFT: The league is coming off a 2015 season that saw six teams earn berths to the NCAA Tournament and saw 53 players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Arizona State led the way with nine draftees while UCLA and USC each had 8. Twenty-four players were selected in the first 10 rounds and 29 were selected on the final day. Since 1997, the Pac-12 has had at least one player drafted in the first round each season. During that time, the league has garnered 62 first-round picks.

NEW FACES IN THE DUGOUT: On June 8, 2015, Jay Johnson was named head coach at Arizona. In his second and final year at Nevada, Johnson was named the 2015 Mountain West Coach of the Year. He led the team to its first-ever Mountain West Conference championship. They tallied 41 wins on the year, second-most in program history. Johnson replaced Andy Lopez, who retired at the end of the 2015 season after 14 years at the helm. The three-time National Coach of the Year led the Wildcats to two College World Series Appearances and won the title in 2012.

Washington State’s Marty Lees became the 15th head coach in program history. Lees spent the last three seasons as the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State and the previous 11 at Oregon State. Lees thrived as Oklahoma State’s recruiting coordinator. The Cowboys’ first class with Lees on board was ranked No. 4 nationally by Baseball America and No. 5 by Collegiate Baseball, and followed that with a 2014 class that was ranked No. 5 by Collegiate Baseball for the second-consecutive year.

National Honors

Baseball America Preseason All-Americans 
First Team

KJ Harrison, OSU, 1B
Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ, 3B/RHP

Second Team
Daulton Jefferies, CAL, RHP

Third Team
Tommy Edman, STAN, 2B
Colby Woodmansee, ASU, SS
Cal Quantrill, STAN, RHP

NCBWA Preseason All-Americans
First Team

Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ, 3B/SP

Second Team
KJ Harrison, OSU, 1B
Stephen Nogosek, ORE, RP

Third Team
Daulton Jefferies, CAL, SP
Griffin Canning, UCLA, SP
Matt Krook, ORE, SP

Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans
Second Team

Daulton Jefferies, CAL, RHP
Ian Hamilton, WSU, RHP
KJ Harrison, OSU, 1B
Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ, 3B
Colby Woodmansee, ASU, SS

Third Team
Matt Krook, ORE, LHP
Cal Quantrill, STAN, RHP

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List
Tucker Forbes, UCLA
Ian Hamilton, WSU
Mitch Hickey, OSU
Marc Huberman, USC
Spencer Jones, WASH
Erik Martinez, CAL
Stephen Nogosek, ORE
Troy Rallings, WASH

USA Baseball Golden Spikes Watch List
Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ
KJ Harrison, OSU
Daulton Jefferies, CAL
Matt Krook, ORE
Cal Quantrill, STAN
Colby Woodmansee, ASU

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