This Week In Pac-12 Baseball

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WEEKLY RECAP: Arizona earned its 17th trip to the College World Series, which is tied for the seventh-most all-time in NCAA history, after beating Mississippi State in games one and two in the Super Regional in Starkville, Miss. In the first game, All-Pac-12 honoree Bobby Dalbec threw a gem for the Wildcats in their 1-0 victory. The junior went 8.2 scoreless innings while only allowing five hits and striking out nine batters. In game 2, the Wildcats were down 5-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning when first baseman Ryan Aguilar hit a three-run home run to bring Arizona right back into the game. After a run in the bottom of the ninth to extend the game, Arizona won it in the bottom of the 11th with a walk-off single from freshman and Tucson native, Cesar Salazar.

NCAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP:

Four Pac-12 baseball teams earned berths to the 2016 NCAA Baseball Championship. UTAH earned the Pac-12’s automatic bid while ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE and WASHINGTON earned at-large selections. The Pac-12 currently holds an all-time record of 793-481 (.622) in the NCAA Baseball Championship, with 28 titles all-time, the latest coming from UCLA in 2013. 

The 70th Men’s College World Series, an eight-team playoff, begins play Saturday, June 18, at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Neb. The first game this Saturday is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. PT, and will see Oklahoma State (41-20) play against UC Santa Barbara (42-18-1). Saturday’s second game features No. 3 national seed Miami (Fla.) (50-12) against Arizona (44-21), and is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. PT. The losers of Saturday’s two games will play one another at 1 p.m. CT Monday, June 20. While Saturday’s winners face off at 6 p.m. CT Monday, June 20. The losers of Sunday’s games will play each other at 4 p.m. CT Tuesday, June 21. Sunday’s winners will meet Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. CT.

The winners of the two brackets will play a best-of-three College World Series Finals, with the first game set for 6 p.m. CT on Monday, June 27. The second game is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 28, while the third and deciding game (if necessary) is slated for 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday, June 29.

Arizona earned its first trip to the NCAA Baseball Championship since they won the title in 2012. It is the program’s 34th all-time appearance, the ninth-most in NCAA history (1954-present). The Wildcats, winners of 12 of their last 13 games, have been on a remarkable run of late. Dating back to May 19, the squad had traveled roughly 12,177 miles leading up to their matchup against Mississippi State. They had a three-game series at Oregon, then flew to Tucson for a mid-week series against Abilene Christian. After that the team trekked to Hawaii to sweep the Rainbow Warriors. Following that, Arizona went to Lafayette and then right from there drove to Starkville where they took games one and two of the three-game series to advance to the College World Series.

Utah, the 2016 Pac-12 Champions for the first time in program history, had a remarkable run in league play, with a record of 19-11 (25-27 overall) to clinch the automatic bid. Its season ended in the Oxford Regional but not before it handed Ole Miss a loss in the opening game, winning 6-5 in 10 innings. The Utes then fell to Boston College, 4-3, on June 4 and to Tulane, 4-1, on June 5 to end their season.

Arizona State earned its spot in the NCAA Baseball Championship for the fourth-straight year and the 39th time overall in program history, the fourth-most in NCAA history. The Sun Devils lost their opening game in the Fort Worth Regional, falling to Gonzaga, 5-1. They rebounded to beat Oral Roberts (4-1) and Gonzaga (6-3) before losing to the host, TCU, 8-1.

Washington earned its second appearance in the last three years and the 10th all-time to the NCAA Baseball Championship. The Huskies dropped a heartbreaker in the opening game of the Nashville Regional, falling 3-2 in 14 innings to UC Santa Barbara. Against the host Vanderbilt in game two, the Huskies made a furious comeback and knocked out the Commodores with a 9-8 win. On June 5, Xavier beat Washington, 7-5.

NUMBERS GAME: Arizona is tied for No. 21 in the country with 639 hits on the year. It is tied for No. 16 in the country in drawing walks at 295 and it is also tied for third in the country in sacrifice bunts with 77 on the year. Washington tops the league with 84 sacrifice bunts and is second in the nation ... Five Pac-12 teams rank in the top 40 in the nation in WHIP with Arizona leading the way at No. 9 (1.20), Oregon State is No. 19 (1.23), Stanford is 31st (1.26), Washington is No. 35 (1.29) and Oregon is 36th (1.29) (WHIP is calculated by adding the number of walks and hits allowed and dividing this sum by the number of innings pitched).

Zach Gibbons has 94 hits on the year to lead the Pac-12 and rank ninth in the country while also hitting .381 on the year. His teammate Cody Ramer has 92 hits on the season with a .352 batting average ... David Greer of Arizona State is tied for 13th in the nation with 23 doubles on the year ... Jack Meggs of Washington has laid down 23 sacrifice bunts on the year which is the best mark in the nation ...  In 28 appearances and 61.0 innings of work, Washington’s Troy Rallings allowed only six earned runs while boasting an ERA of 0.89 which is second in the country. Rallings still holds the nation’s best WHIP rating at 0.72. Rallings earned 31 saves over the course of his career which is tied for the fourth-best total in Conference history ... Also in the top-15 in the country in WHIP is Nathan Bannister of Arizona who is 15th at 0.94 ... Rallings is also tied for fourth in the nation in saves with 16.

COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Four student-athletes from the Pac-12 earned CoSIDA Academic All-Disrict honorees. In District 8, Stanford pitcher Andrew Summerville (So., 3.72 GPA, management, science & engineering major), Stanford infielder Tommy Edman (Jr., 3.84 GPA, computer science major), Oregon State infielder KJ Harrison (So., 3.39 GPA, pre-business major) and Oregon State outfielder Jack Anderson (Jr., 3.73 GPA, kinesiology major) represented the Pac-12.

PAC-12 IN THE MLB DRAFT: In the 2016 MLB Draft, every Pac-12 school had at least one student-athlete drafted: Arizona (6), Arizona State (5); California (7), Oregon (5), Oregon State (5), Stanford (4), UCLA (5), USC (12), Utah (1), Washington (3) and Washington State (3). ASU leads all NCAA schools with 414 total MLB draft picks, and at least one Sun Devil has been drafted every year since the draft’s inception in 1965. 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.

CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS: The Pac-12 has now won 488 national titles all-time, by far the most of any conference in the country and 10 this year.  No other conference in the country has more than five this year up to this point. The Conference has claimed titles in men’s soccer (Stanford), men’s and women’s water polo (UCLA - men, USC - women), men’s and women’s indoor track and field (Oregon both), beach volleyball (USC), women’s tennis (Stanford), men’s and women’s golf (Oregon - men, Washington - women) and women’s rowing (California).

Pac-12 Players of the Week

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
Mar. 28 Timmy Robinson, USC Ryan Hingst, ASU
April 4 Brett Cumberland, CAL Travis Eckert, OSU
April 11 AJ Ramirez, USC Nathan Bannister, ARIZ
April 18 Trek Stemp, WSU Griffin Canning, UCLA
April 25 Jeremy Martinez, USC Nathan Bannister, ARIZ
May 2 Kort Peterson, UCLA Kevin Ginkel, ARIZ
May 9 Hunter Simmons, UTAH Ryan Schmitten, WASH
May 16 Brett Cumberland, CAL Ian Hamilton, WSU
May 23 Chris Baker, WASH Travis Eckert, OSU
May 30 DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., UTAH Luke Heimlich, OSU

PAC-12 IN THE MAJORS: With the Major League Baseball season beginning last week, 41 former Pac-12 players made the opening day rosters while 10 coaches are in MLB dugouts. With representation from 10 of the 11 teams, Arizona State leads the way with 12 former players currently in the league.

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/RHP

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/RHP
Colby Woodmansee, ASU, SS

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

Collegiate Baseball National Players of the Week
David Peterson, ORE, LHP - March 7
Ryan Hingst, ASU, RHP - March 29
Brett Cumberland, CAL, C - April 4
Kevin Ginkel, ARIZ, RHP - May 2
Cole Irvin, ORE, LHP - May 2

NCBWA National Players of the Week
Ryan Hingst, ASU, RHP - March 29

2015 Teaching Professional of The Year by Collegiate Baseball
John Savage, UCLA

John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Semifinalist
Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ, 3B/RHP

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalist
Troy Rallings, WASH

USA Baseball Golden Spikes Semifinalists
Brett Cumberland, CAL
Troy Rallings, WASH

Louisville Slugger All-Americans
First Team

Troy Rallings, WASH, RP

Second Team
Seth Martinez, ASU, SP
Nathan Bannister, ARIZ, SP
Bryce Fehmel, OSU, SP

Third Team
Stephen Nogosek, ORE, RP
Brett Cumberland, CAL, C
David Greer, ASU, 1B
Colby Woodmansee, ASU, SS

Freshman
Tristan Beck, STAN, SP
Kyle Molnar, UCLA, SP
Bryce Fehmel, OSU, RP*
Nick Madrigal, OSU, 2B
DaShawn Keirsey, UTAH, OF

* - Freshman Relief Pitcher of The Year

Baseball America All-Americans
First Team

Troy Rallings, WASH, RP

Third Team
David Oppenheim, USC, OF
Brett Cumberland, CAL, DH

NCBWA All-Americans
First Team

Troy Rallings, WASH, RP

Second Team
Stephen Nogosek, ORE, RP

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