Teams look to gain ground on UCLA
WEEKEND SERIES: Pac-12 leader No. 2-ranked UCLA, which has won nine-straight series this year, is at Stanford...in a top-20 matchup, No. 10-ranked USC, one of five teams in the national top-20, enters the week 2.5 games back in the standing and is at No. 20 Oregon State... No. 16-ranked Cal, following two-straight series losses is at Arizona, as the Wildcats continue to have the Pac-12’s top hitter and are the top hitting team... Tennessee Tech is at No. 5-ranked Arizona State in a non-conference affair in the desert ... Washington is at Oregon as the Huskies are 1.5 games in front of the Ducks for seventh place... Washington State is at Utah, as both teams have five Pac-12 wins.
SOME STAT NOTABLES: USC’s Bobby Stahel is on a 21-game hit streak, while Washington’s Braden Berry saw his 16-game hit streak end on Tuesday... Arizona’s Bobby Dalbec has reached base safely in all 37 games this season... Ryan Kellogg improved to 18-2 in Pac-12 games in his career with a win at Washington.. OSU’s Andrew Moore now has a 1.40 ERA, the best among Pac-12 starters, following a win over Arizona... of the Pac-12’s four seven-game winners, two are relievers (Bur and WSU’s Matt Bower) and two are starters (Kellogg and UCLA’s James Kaprielian)... UCLA’s David Berg (0.96) has the third-lowest ERA in the nation... Dalbec’s 12 homers ranks fifth in the NCAA, two behind national leader Andrew Benintendi from Arkansas... Scott Kingery’s .440 average to enter the week is second nationally... despite an off week, Arizona still ranks seventh nationally in batting entering the week... UCLA has the third-best strikeout to walk ratio in the nation (4.2 to 1)
STOPPER OF THE YEAR: Three players were on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year midseason list including UCLA’s David Berg (0.98 ERA and 8 saves through Monday), ASU’s Ryan Burr (7-1, 2.76 ERA and 11 saves through Monday) and WSU’s Ian Hamilton (2.76 ERA and 9 saves through Monday).
Washington St. at Utah, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 12 p.m.
Utah has not won a P12 series since ARIZ in mid-March, WSU has won last 3 series (2 in P12)
RHP Sean Hartnett (3-3, 3.71), WSU vs. RHP Nolan Stouder (0-2, 4.54), UTAH
LHP Joe Pistorese (6-3, 2.71), WSU vs. RHP Dalton Carroll (4-5, 5.03), UTAH
TBA vs. RHP Jayson Rose (3-3, 3.88), UTAH
#2 UCLA at Stanford, 7 p.m. (P12N), 7 p.m. (ESPNU), 2 p.m. (P12N)
Bruins remain 1.0 game in front with Moore and Keck as two of top-5 RBI men in Pac-12
RHP James Kaprielian (7-3, 2.12), UCLA vs. RHP Brett Hanewich (2-3, 4.35), STAN
LHP Grant Watson (6-3, 2.15), UCLA vs. RHP Marc Brakeman (1-1, 3.15), STAN
RHP Griffin Canning (6-1, 2.63), UCLA vs. TBA
#10 USC at #20 Oregon St., 5:35 p.m., 1:35 p.m., 1:05 p.m.
Timmy Robinson drove in 7 last week to move into top-5 in Pac-12 in RBIs, Stahel on Pac-12 leading 21-game hit streak; OSU top-4 in league ERA.
LHP Tyler Gilbert (2-1, 2.15), USC vs. RHP Andrew Moore (4-1, 1.40), OSU
LHP Kyle Twomey (6-2, 2.05), USC vs. RHP Dennis Rasmussen (4-3, 2.45), OSU
RHP Mitch Hart (6-1, 3.28), USC vs. RHP Travis Eckert (4-0, 3.81), OSU
Washington at Oregon, 7 p.m. (P12N), 7:30 p.m. (P12N), 2 p.m. (P12N)
Bremer among league leaders in ERA but UW has lost last two series; ORE 5-3 last eight games
RHP Noah Bremer (4-2, 2.17), WASH vs. TBA
RHP Tyler Davis (5-4, 2.45), WASH vs. TBA
TBA vs. TBA
#16 California at Arizona, 6 p.m., 6 p.m., 12 p.m.
One of Pac-12’s top staffs heads to the desert to face top hitting ‘Cats. ARIZ Dalbec second in P12 in RBIs. Dalbec and CAL’s Erceg rank 1-2 in homers.
RHP Daulton Jefferies (4-2, 1.83), CAL vs. RHP Cody Hamlin (4-2, 4.38), ARIZ
RHP Ryan Mason (4-2, 3.55), CAL vs. RHP Nathan Bannister (6-1, 3.33), ARIZ
LHP Matt Ladrech (5-4, 2.19), CAL vs. Bobby Dalbec (2-4, 4.18), ARIZ
Tennessee Tech at #5 Arizona St., 6:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 12:30 p.m.
Sun Devils in second place, but host non-conference series; TT in midst of 13 of 17 on the road
RHP Chris Chism (6-1, 4.28), TT vs. RHP Seth Martinez (1-0, 3.53), ASU
RHP Evan Frailex (4-2, 5.50), TT vs. LHP Ryan Kellogg (7-1, 3.63), ASU
RHP Jacob Honea (0-1, 6.46) TT vs. LHP Brett Lilek (2-2, 4.05), ASU vs. TBA
rotations based on SIDs or previous weekend’s games. Check on site for most accurate.