UCLA takes Pac-12 lead into weekend
THIS WEEKEND: Washington State which has won six of its last nine will host San Jose State in a four-game series starting on Thursday... also on Thursday, the conference leaders and No. 2-ranked Bruins will host California, having won its eighth-straight series (over USC) last weekend... starting on Friday, Arizona is at No. 20 Oregon State, who has a 14-2 record in Corvallis... Oregon is at No. 10 USC, as the Trojans dropped its weekend series of the year (seven in a row)... Utah is at Stanford with the Utes three wins away from the most wins in conference play since moving the needle to 11 teams. Stanford won its first series since late February last week... No. 5 Arizona State is at Washington with the Sun Devils boasting seven regulars batting over .310 and hitting .303 as a team.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: USC’s Bobby Stahel has a Pac-12 best 18-game hit streak heading into the weekend, he is one of eight players with a hit streak of 10 or more entering the weekend, which includes Arizona’s Bobby Dalbec (11 games) Pac-12 batting leader Scott Kingery (10), ASU’s Andrew Snow (13), David Greer (12) and Brian Serven (10) , Washington’s Branden Berry (13) and Washington State’s Wes Hatten (11)... UCLA has a 1.96 ERA against 15 Pac-12 opponents this season and a .982 fielding percentage. The Bruins have also struck 141 in 138 innings (Arizona State is second at 110 strikeouts)... Arizona has a Pac-12 high .304 average and league best .983 fielding percentage in Pac-12 games... California (15) and Arizona (13) are the only Pac-12 teams in conference play with double digit homers... UCLA’s David Berg has yet to allow a run in 11 Pac-12 games (19.0 innings) with six saves... USC’s Bobby Stahel is hitting .537 in 12 Pac-12 games, nearly 70 points higher than Scott Kingery at .469 (and .463 overall).
** Thursday start for SJSU-WSU and CAL-UCLA
San Jose St. at Washington St., 6 p.m., 6 p.m., 2 p.m., 12 p.m.
Sparta 0-3 against the Pac-12 this year; WSU has won six of nine after 9-game losing streak
LHP Jonathan Hernandez (0-2, 7.11), SJSU vs. RHP Sean Hartnett (3-3, 3.52), WSU
RHP Josh Nashed (3-3, 5.59), SJSU vs. TBA
RHP Hilario Tovar (1-2, 8.79), SJSU vs. LHP Joe Pistorese (5-3, 2.73), WSU
RHP Kalei Contrades (3-6, 4.23), SJSU vs. TBA
California at #2 UCLA, 7 p.m. (P12N), 4 p.m. (P12N), 7:30 p.m. (P12N)
Pac-12 leading Bruins have a 1.96 ERA in conference games and have a rotation with an 18-6 record and lead Pac-12 in ERA and fielding; Cal’s Erceg second in Pac-12 in homers
RHP Daulton Jefferies (3-2, 2.20), CAL vs. RHP James Kaprielian (7-2, 2.18), UCLA
RHP Ryan Mason (4-1, 2.93), CAL vs. LHP Grant Watson (5-3, 2.24), UCLA
LHP Matt Ladrech (5-4, 2.45), CAL vs. RHP Griffin Canning (6-1, 2.74), UCLA
Arizona at #20 Oregon St., 5:35 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 1:05 p.m.
Wildcats out of top-25 for first time in a month; OSU in top-25 for last six weeks
RHP Cody Hamlin (4-1, 4.50), ARIZ vs. RHP Andrew Moore (3-1, 1.46), OSU
RHP Nathan Bannister (5-1, 3.60), ARIZ vs. RHP Dennis Rasmussen (4-2, 2.44), OSU
RHP Bobby Dalbec (2-3, 3.52), ARIZ vs. RHP Travis Eckert (3-0, 4.01), OSU
Oregon at #10 USC, 6 p.m., 2 p.m., 1 p.m.
USC with two 5-game winners and are one of three Pac-12 teams with an ERA under 3.00
LHP Cole Irvin (1-2, 3.11), ORE vs. RHP Brent Wheatley (2-2, 2.70), USC
LHP David Peterson (2-5, 5.47), ORE vs. LHP Kyle Twomey (6-1, 1.95), USC
TBA vs. RHP Mitch Hart (5-1, 3.48), USC
Utah at Stanford, 6 p.m., 2 p.m., 1 p.m.
Stanford won its first series last weekend; UT three wins from most P12 wins in history (7)
RHP Nolan Stouder (0-2, 4.41), UTAH vs. TBA
RHP Dalton Carroll (4-4, 4.50), UTAH vs. TBA
RHP Jayson Rose (2-3, 3.00), UTAH vs. TBA
#5 Arizona St. at Washington, 7 p.m. (P12N), 7:30 p.m. (P12N), 1 p.m. (P12N)
ASU has won five-straight Pac-12 series; WASH only series win versus Stanford
RHP Seth Martinez (1-0, 2.84), ASU vs. RHP Noah Bremer (4-2, 1.80), WASH
LHP Ryan Kellogg (6-1, 3.82), ASU vs. RHP Tyler Davis (5-3, 2.38), WASH
LHP Brett Lilek (2-2, 3.83), ASU vs. TBA
rotations based on SIDs or previous weekend’s games. Check on site for most accurate.