This year in Pac-12 baseball
OREGON STATE won its second-consecutive Pac-12 Championship after going 23-7 in league play. Ranked in the top-five throughout the entire season, the Beavers earned the No. 1 overall national seed in the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. OSU made a school-reacord sixth-straight NCAA postseason appearance and hosted a regional in Corvallis for the second-straight year. Four other teams earned NCAA postseason at-large bids in ARIZONA STATE, OREGON, STANFORD and WASHINGTON. The Pac-12 runner up Huskies finished just two games back from the Beavers after being picked to finished 10th out of 11 teams in the preseason poll. UW returned to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2004 and reached 40 or more wins for just the fifth time in program history. In one of the most unpredictable regional rounds in NCAA Baseball Championship history, only three of eight national seeds advanced to Super Regionals with only one Pac-12 team managing to advance out of the Regional round. The Cardinal--who finished tied for fifth in the league--upset Indiana to win the Bloomington Regional thanks to a two-run walkoff homerun in the Regional final. The Beavers fell to UC Irvine in their respective Regional final, while the Sun Devils, Ducks and Huskies all fell in regionals on the road. Stanford traveled to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt, but the Cardinal’s hot bats couldn’t overcome the Commodores’ stingy pitching staff. With no teams advancing to the College World Series, streaks of two-consecutive Pac-12 NCAA Champions and 17-straight years with a Pac-12 representative in Omaha were snapped. OSU sophomore outfielder Michael Conforto was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year for the second-consecutive year, while Beaver LHP Jace Fry earned Pitcher of the Year honors. WASHINGTON junior shortstop Erik Forgione was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year, STANFORD freshman right-hander Cal Quantrill was named Freshman of the Year and Washington’s Lindsay Meggs garnered Coach of the Year laurels. Conforto and Cardinal third baseman Alex Blandino were both chosen in the first round of the 2014 Draft. In total, the Pac-12 saw 54 players drafted.