This week in Pac-12 baseball

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With Conference teams winning a combined 23 games during opening weekend, five Pac-12 squads head into the second week of the season ranked in Baseball America's top 25 poll: Oregon State (6), UCLA (12), Oregon (14), Stanford (15) and Arizona (23). All 11 teams found the win column last week, with four posting series sweeps. California starts its week with a trip to Stanford for a traditional rivalry matchup with the Cardinal before heading south to take on No. 25 UC Irvine. The Cardinal rounds out the week at home against Fresno State. The Wildcats open the week with a two game series at Long Beach Sate before returning to Tucson host San Jose State. Oregon clashes with Loyola Marymount, and Utah hits the road for a four-game set with UC Davis, while UCLA travels to Waco to play Baylor. The Beavers square off with San Diego State, while Washington welcomes Eastern Michigan. Washington meets Creighton and Lamar twice each in the YMBL Cardinal Classic in Baumont, Texas, and USC plays host to Cal State Northridge. Arizona State heads to Knoxville to take on SEC opponent Tennessee in a weekend series.


Tuesday, February 19
No. 23/15 Arizona at Long Beach State.....6:30 p.m. PT

Wednesday, February 20
No. 23/15 Arizona at Long Beach State.....3:30 p.m. PT
California at No. 15/11 Stanford .....5 p.m. PT
Loyola Marymount at USC.....6 p.m. PT

Thursday, February 21
No. 6/9 Oregon State at NR/22 San Diego State.....6 p.m. PT

Friday, February 22
Washington vs. Creighton.....2 p.m. CT
      YMBL Cardinal Classic (Beaumont, Texas)
Utah at UC Davis.....2 p.m. PT
NR/No. 23 Arizona State at Tennessee.....5 p.m. ET
Eastern Michigan at Washington State .....2 p.m. PT
No. 12/6 UCLA at Baylor.....6:35 p.m. CT
Fresno State at No. 15/11 Stanford.....5 p.m. PT
San Jose State at No. 23/15 Arizona.....6 p.m. MT
Cal State Northridge at USC.....6 p.m. PT
No. 6/9 Oregon State at NR/No. 22 San Diego State.....6 p.m. PT
Loyola Marymount at No. 14/5 Oregon.....6 p.m. PT
California at No. 25/21 UC Irvine.....6:30 p.m. PT

Saturday, February 23
Eastern Michigan at Washington State.....12 p.m. PT
Utah at UC Davis.....1 p.m. PT
USC at Cal State Northridge.....1 p.m. PT
San Jose State at No. 23/15 Arizona.....4 p.m. MT
Eastern Michigan at Washington State.....3:30 p.m. PT
NR/No. 23 Arizona State at Tennessee.....1 p.m. ET
Washington at Lamar.....1 p.m. CT
       YMBL Cardinal Classic (Beaumont, Texas)
California at No. 25/21 UC Irvine.....12 p.m. PT
Fresno State at No. 15/11 Stanford.....1 p.m. PT
No. 6/9 Oregon State at NR/No. 22 San Diego State.....1 p.m. PT
No. 12/6 UCLA at Baylor.....3:05 p.m. CT
Loyola Marymount at No. 14/5 Oregon.....2 p.m. PT
California at No. 25/21 UC Irvine.....3 p.m. PT

Sunday, February 24
Washington vs. Creighton.....12 p.m. CT
      YMBL Cardinal Classic (Beaumont, Texas)
NR/No. 23 Arizona State at Tennessee.....1 p.m. ET
San Jose State at No. 23/15 Arizona.....12 p.m. MT
No. 12/6 UCLA at Baylor.....1:05 p.m. CT
Loyola Marymount at No. 14/5 Oregon.....12 p.m. PT
Eastern Michigan at Washington State.....12 p.m. PT
Cal State Northridge at USC.....1 p.m. PT
Utah at UC Davis.....1 p.m. PT
Fresno State at No. 15/11 Stanford.....1 p.m. PT
Washington at Lamar.....3 p.m. CT
      YMBL Cardinal Classic (Beaumont, Texas)
No. 6/9 Oregon State at NR/No. 22 San Diego State.....1 p.m. PT
California at No. 25/21 UC Irvine.....1 p.m. PT

Monday, February 25
Utah at UC Davis.....12 p.m. PT

Games are local to site and subject to change.
Rankings are from Baseball America/Collegiate Baseball.


Arizona (3-0)
The Wildcats began their NCAA title defense with a trio of lopsided victories over visiting Coppin State to kick off the 2013 season. Arizona outscored Coppin State, 43-10, and never trailed in the series. Junior right-handed pitcher James Farris garnered Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week accolades after throwing a two-hitter on Saturday. He fanned a career-best eight batters and did not allow a walk in eight innings of work, and Arizona rolled to a 14-1 win. Junior third baseman Brandon Dixon, who reached base nine times on the weekend, accounted for 11 of the Wildcats' 43 runs scored in the series. He scored seven times and drove in four RBI.

Arizona State (2-1)
The Sun Devils went 2-1 in their first homestand of 2013 against Bethune-Cookman. Sophomore Drew Stankiewicz paced the offensive effort, collecting seven hits—including a pair of doubles and a home run—while scoring six runs and knocking in four RBI. In the opener, he scored the game-tying and game-winning runs in the ninth and 11th innings. Freshman left-handed pitcher Ryan Kellog was impressive in his collegiate debut. He earned the win in his first career appearance after throwing four scoreless innings in relief.

California (3-0)
The Golden Bears earned a sweep of Michigan on opening weekend with three walk-off finishes. After winning the first two games of in extra innings, Cal ended Sunday's contest in the bottom of the ninth. Redshirt freshman left fielder Brian Celsi, who was instrumental in each of the Bears' wins, drove in the deciding run with a single in the home half of the ninth inning to seal the 2-1 win. Freshman right-hander Ryan Mason showed tremendous poise in first collegiate appearance on Friday, striking out four batters in 1.2 innings of relief, including the final two in the bottom of the 10th inning to get out of a bases-loaded jam.

Oregon (4-0)
At 4-0, Oregon is off to its best start since baseball returned to Eugene in 2009. The Ducks returned to the mainland unscathed after completing a sweep of Hawai'i in its season-opening series. They kicked off the weekend with a five-hit shutout and never looked back. Sophomore Jake Reed pitched six scoreless innings and gave up four hits while striking out seven in the opener. Junior first-baseman Ryon Healy was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after batting .533 with three doubles, a home run and four RBI in the series.

Oregon State (4-0)
They needed 11 innings, but the Beavers edged UC Riverside, 5-4, on Monday to record the program's first 4-0 start since 2007. OSU, which competed at the Palm Springs Tournament in Palm Springs, Calif. over the weekend, outscored its first three opponents (Utah Valley, Gonzaga and UC Riverside) by a combined margin of 28-7. Junior infielder Jake Rodriguez was outstanding in the first week of action, going 6-for-13 with five RBI and thtee walks while splitting time between third base and catcher. He was the only OSU player to notch two multi-hit efforts and two multi-RBI efforts through the first three games.

Stanford (1-2)
Stanford went 1-2 in its season-opening series against Rice, dropping the first and third games in the set. The Cardinal had won each of its last five lid-lifting games and series. On Saturday, Stanford first baseman Justin Ringo delivered a one-out RBI double in the top of the 10th that lifted the Cardinal. Freshman right-hander John Starwalt pitched 3.1 scoreless innings and earned the win in his first career appearance.

UCLA (2-1)
UCLA shook off an extra-innings loss to Minnesota in the opener on Friday and racked up 28 runs in blowout victories over the Gophers on Saturday and Sunday. The Bruins, who conceded six runs in the first game, allowed just one total run in the second and third games of the series. Sophomore infielder Kevin Kramer went 6-for-11 and drove in seven runs in the series. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Grant Watson threw six shutout innings and struck out a career-high eight batters on Sunday while allowing just two hits.

USC (1-2)
After dropping a pair of tough road tilts against No. 22 Cal State Fullerton and CSU Bakersfield last weekend, USC returned home on Sunday and edged Nebraska, 4-3, on the strength of a two-out RBI single by senior Adam Landecker in the ninth inning. The Trojans have not lost a home opener since 2006.

Utah (1-2)
Utah started the 2013 campaign on a high note, notching a 6-3 victory over Loyola Marymount in the opener. Senior right-hander Brock Duke, who was perfect through five innings, pitched 6.2 innings in Friday's win, allowing three hits and one earned run. Junior T.J. Bennett provided a spark on offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a two runs scored. The junior college transfer homered in his first career plate appearance. On Saturday, junior southpaw Tanner Banks tossed a 7.1 inning, four-hit gem in his first career start, but the Utes fell 1-0. They dropped the rubber match, 11-2, on Friday.

Washington (1-3)
Momentum swings underlined a 1-3 weekend for the Huskies who hit the road a four-game series with UC Davis. In all four games, runs came in spurts, and, usually, the team with the hot hand late came out on top. In what may be the exception, Washington won the second game of a double-header against the Aggies on Saturday, 3-2, where all five runs were scored in the first two innings. The Huskie reeled off nine doubles last weekend to tie for the second-most in the Conference.

Washington State (1-2)
The Cougars bounced back from a 0-2 start to win the third and final game of its season-opening series against Western Carolina, 4-1. Timely hitting and four perfect innings from the bullpen propelled the Cougars to their first victory of the season. Jason Monda, a Baseball America Preseason All-America outfielder, made his collegiate pitching debut—a relief appearance in the seventh inning— and struck out the side. WSU scored 27 runs during the series, its most in a three-game, nonconference series on the road since 2006. Its four homers in the series were the most by any Conference team during the first week of action.

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