Two top-16 match-ups close out regular season

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Eric Evans

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THIS WEEKEND: UCLA is at Oregon, Stanford is at Washington State, Cal is at Oregon State, Utah is at Washington and Arizona State is at USC. On Thursday and Friday, Abilene Christian is at Arizona, and on Saturday and Sunday, Hawai’i is at Arizona.

TOP-10: From the home office in San Francisco...

10. Since 2010, 17 Pac-12 players have hit double digit homers, led this year by ARIZ’s Bobby Dalbec (14). Just three players have equaled Dalbec’s total, USC’s Ricky Oropesa in 2010 (20), ASU’s Kole Calhoun in 2010 (17) and ORE’s Shaun Chase in 2014 (14).

9. Oregon’s Mitchell Tolman and his 19 doubles make him the Ducks’ all-time leader in doubles (46) and multi-RBI games (31) and two weeks ago, RBIs (126). He ranks in the Oregon top-10 in nine other all-time categories. 

8. Scott Kingery (.402) is looking to become the eighth Wildcat to hit .400 in a season and first back-to-back batting champion since ASU major leaguer Brett Wallace in 2007-08.

7. Cal’s Chris Paul hit .700 last week against USC to earn Player of the Week honors on May 19. He drove in nine with three multi-hit games and two multi-RBI games. He drove five in the series clincher on Monday, a 7-2 win.

6. The Bruins have played six extra-inning games this year, going 5-1 including a marathon 17-inning game May 9. Prior to Tuesday, they played three of six games to extra frames.

5. Five Pac-12 teams are currently ranked in the national top-25 led by No. 2 UCLA. It has been that way since March 16. The Pac-12 has seen eight of its 11 teams ranked in the top-25 this year.

4. Oregon enters the final weekend having won four-straight series.

3. UCLA secured its third title in five years with a sweep last week. It was the Bruins’ 13th-straight series win.

2. James Kaprielian and David Berg combined on a 10-inning no-hitter, the second extra-inning no-no of 2015 (Lehigh went 13 innings) and the first extra-inning no-hitter in Pac-12 history since 1978. According to the NCAA, no other teams had extra inning no-hitters since 2004.

1. Not one current Pac-12 team has ever played Ball State in baseball, alma mater of one David Letterman.

NOTABLE UPCOMING DATES: May 24, at about 6 p.m. on ESPNU, regional sites announced. May 25, Memorial Day at 9 a.m. PT on ESPNU, NCAA field announced; May 27, All-Pac-12 team announced; May 29, start of NCAA Regionals; June 5 start of Super Regionals; June 8, first 75 picks of MLB Draft, 4 p.m. PT on MLB Network, June 9-10, MLB Draft, June 13-23/24, CWS.

Abilene Christian at Arizona Thurs-Fri., 6 p.m., 6 p.m.
Hawai’i at Arizona, Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m., 12 p.m.

Wildcats enter final weekend having lost five-straight; Kingery trying to secure batting title

#2 UCLA at Oregon, 4 p.m. P12N, 7 p.m. P12N, 12 p.m. P12N
Pac-12’s hottest team, Oregon, hosts the Pac-12 champions on the final weekend; Kaprielian has not allowed an earned run in three starts

RHP James Kaprielian (9-4, 1.94), UCLA    vs. LHP Cole Irvine (2-4, 4.05), ORE
LHP Grant Watson (8-4, 2.02), UCLA    vs. LHP David Peterson (4-6, 4.74), ORE
RHP Griffin Canning (7-1, 2.97), UCLA    vs. TBA

Stanford at Washington State, 4 p.m. P12N, 1 p.m. P12N, 12 p.m. P12N
Cardinal with first losing record since 1993; Pistorese could win 9th on Saturday, most since ‘09

RHP Brett Hanewich (3-6, 4.46), STAN    vs. RHP Sean Hartnett (3-5, 4.25), WSU
RHP Marc Brakeman (1-4, 3.30), STAN    vs. LHP Joe Pistorese (8-4, 2.34), WSU
LHP Chris Castellanos (2-3, 3.65), STAN    vs. TBA

#16 California at #11 Oregon State, 7 p.m. P12N, 4 p.m. P12N, 3 p.m. P12N
One of the two top-15 matchups as top two pitching staffs (OSU-2.92 vs. CAL-3.03) battle

RHP Daulton Jefferies (5-4, 3.17), CAL     vs. RHP Andrew Moore (6-2, 1.87), OSU    
RHP Ryan Mason (6-2, 3.19), CAL     vs. RHP Dennis Rasmussen (6-3, 2.72), OSU    
LHP Matt Ladrech (6-4, 2.67), CAL     vs. RHP Travis Eckert (6-0, 3.64), OSU        

#12 Arizona St. at #15 USC, 7 p.m., P12N, 4 p.m. P12N, 3 p.m P12N
City of Angels offensive as ASU is batting .294 and USC is hitting .293 with P12-best 91 steals; USC’s Dante Flores on a 13-game hit streak

LHP Brett Lilek (4-2, 3.10), ASU     vs. RHP Kyle Davis (3-1, 3.72), USC
LHP Ryan Kellogg (8-1, 3.45), ASU    vs. LHP Kyle Twomey (7-2, 2.77), USC        
RHP Seth Martinez (2-1, 3.79), ASU    vs. RHP Mitch Hart (7-3, 3.58), USC

Utah at Washington, 7 p.m. P12N, 7 p.m. P12N, 3 p.m. P12N
Both teams swept last weekend, Washington’s front two have won 12 games
RHP Bret Helton (2-7, 5.69), UTAH    vs. RHP Noah Bremer (5-3, 2.33), WASH
RHP Dalton Carroll (5-8, 5.02), UTAH    vs. RHP Tyler Davis (7-6, 3.21), WASH
RHP Jayson Rose (3-5, 3.84), UTAH    vs. TBA

rotations based on SIDs or previous weekend’s games. Check on site for most accurate.