Pac-12 baseball in the polls: May 5
All three Pac-12 teams in the USA Today rankings swept their series this past weekend. Here's the latest USA Today baseball coaches' poll:
[Related: Pac-12 baseball standings]
2. Oregon State (34-8, 17-4 Pac-12)
The Beavers swept Cal on the road, and they now own their highest national ranking of the season as a result. Oregon State isn't far behind top-ranked Virginia (37-9). In fact, Pat Casey's club received 12 first-place votes, just five fewer than the Cavaliers.
The Beavers now have won seven in a row, and that streak has come on the strength of excellent all-around play. Jace Fry's one-hit complete game shutout finished Cal off on Sunday, but it was clutch hitting to the tune of seven 10th-inning runs that beat the Bears the day before. Oregon State can win baseball games in nearly every way imaginable, and that's why many think it's the best team in the country.
12. Oregon (34-13, 13-8 Pac-12)
The Ducks were humbled by Oregon State a week ago, but they bounced back from that sweep in Corvallis by busting out their own brooms at home against Arizona. Two excellent pitching performances sandwiched a clutch win on Saturday. The meat of the Oregon order rallied for four runs to tie the game in the seventh inning before Austin Grebeck delivered the winning hit in the 10th inning of a 7-6 triumph.
It appears that the Quack Attack offense is back on track, and they have a shot at revenge against Oregon State on Tuesday – albeit in a non-conference setting.
13. Washington (31-11-1, 19-5 Pac-12)
The Huskies remain in the Pac-12 title hunt, and they can thank their football team for that. Just kidding – kind of. Washington beat Utah 21-17 in the wildest conference contest of the season Sunday to finish off a sweep in Salt Lake City. The Utes and Huskies combined for 42 hits and 38 runs. The Dawgs led 10-1 before giving up 10 unanswered runs. They bounced back by scoring 10 runs over the final three innings to grab the critical victory. Washington now gets a non-conference break before traveling to Oregon State for a weekend series that likely will determine the conference crown.