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This Week In Pac-12 Baseball

Mar 30, 2016

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WEEKLY RECAP: No. 13 California hosted then-No. 3 Oregon State and swept the Beavers in the three-game series, outscoring them 16-5. Arizona protected its home turf and took two of three from UCLA while Utah went to Arizona State and won two games. Stanford won the series over Washington State with two wins while Washington beat Oregon in two of three games. In the lone non-conference matchup of the weekend, USC dropped two games at No. 19 UC Santa Barbara and won the third game back home in Los Angeles.

PREVIEWING THE WEEKEND: California is riding a four-game winning streak heading into its series with UCLA. Oregon State looks to get back on track, hosting Washington who has won both of its first two Pac-12 series. Arizona State heads to Washington State in a matchup that will have each game televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Stanford will square off against USC on The Farm while Arizona heads to Utah, a team that has also won its first two Pac-12 series. Oregon heads east for a game with Notre Dame on Thursday and then takes on Michigan State in a three-game series.

NUMBERS GAME: Oregon State leads the country in triples per game with 0.78 while Arizona is right behind them at 0.67 per game and UCLA is No. 12 in the country at 0.50. The Beavers have 18 triples on the year while Arizona has 16 and UCLA has 11 ... Arizona is tied for No. 54 in the country in drawing walks at 111 and it is also 12th in the country in sacrifice bunts with 28 on the year ... The league has four teams in the top 35 nationally for ERA: Stanford (No. 10, 2.4), California (No. 25, 2.90), Oregon (No. 30, 3.12) and Arizona State (No. 33, 3.24) ... The Cardinal pitching staff has the sixth-best mark in the country for hits allowed per nine innings at 6.62 ... Stanford has the second-best fielding percentage in the country at 0.986 while Arizona is eight overall at 0.981 ... California turns 1.10 double plays per game, the 12th-best mark in the country while Utah is 19th at 1.05 pergame ... Stanford has the sixth-best WHIP rating in the country at 1.06 (WHIP is calculated by adding the number of walks and hits allowed and dividing this sum by the number of innings pitched).

Arizona’s Jared Oliva is fifth in the country with 0.23 triples per game while Oregon State’s Christian Donahue is ninth at 0.2 and Logan Ice is 13 at 0.17 ... Ice also has the seventh-best slugging percentage in the country at 0.828 and is ranked ninth in the NCAA’s ‘toughest to strike out’ category, striking out once per 32 at bats ... Brett Cumberland of California is tied for 12th in the country with eight home runs, is fourth in slugging percentage at 0.844 and has an on base percentage of 0.536 which is also good for 12th in the country ... Justin Behnke of Arizona is 14th in the country in base on balls, drawing 1.0 walks per game ... In 13 appearances and 22.1 innings of work, Washington’s Troy Rallings has yet to surrender a run. Rallings also has the fifth-best WHIP rating in the country at 0.67 ... Ryan Hingst of Arizona State, who just threw a no-hitter, is 10th in the country in ERA at 0.71 ... Oregon State’s Max Engelbrekt is tied for the third-best total in the county with nine saves on the year.

STARS DELIVERING: Preseason All-American Matt Krook of Oregon is 16th in the country in strikeouts per nine innings with 12.49. Arizona’s All-American 3B/RHP Bobby Dalbec has earned four victories and five saves on the year. The reigning Pac-12 home run leader has hit four home runs on the year and driven in 16 runs while scoring 19 himself. California’s preseason All-American pitcher Daulton Jefferies is tied for the most wins in the country with six on the year and is 24th in the country in strikeouts with 47. Arizona State’s Colby Woodmansee, a preseason All-American, has 11 doubles on the year, the 17th-best mark in the country. Woodmansee also has 22 runs batted in which is tied for the most in the Pac-12. KJ Harrison of Oregon State, a preseason All-American and the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, leads the Conference in runs scored with 25, is second in doubles with 10, is tied for first in total bases with 55 and has 20 runs batted in.

IN THE RANKINGS: In the latest USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll, two Pac-12 teams are ranked. Oregon State leads the way at No. 7 and is followed by California at No. 13.

ALL-AMERICANS: The Pac-12 had 10 different student-athletes from nine schools garner preseason All-America honors. Oregon and Stanford each two different players honored to lead the way while the rest of the teams just had one honoree.

Pac-12 Players of the Week

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Timmy Robinson, Sr., OF, USC

On the week he had at least one hit in each of the four games, tallied a total of 6 RBI, 6 hits (6-for-13) and had three home runs, including a solo shot in USC’s 3-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK - Ryan Hingst, So., RHP, Arizona State

Hingst pitched the 10th no-hitter in Sun Devil Baseball history and the 57th in Conference history to power Arizona State to a 5-0 win against Utah on Friday night. Hingst, in his first start of the season and his first career Pac-12 start, completed ASU’s first no-hitter since March 23, 2013.

Date Player Pitcher
Feb. 23 Nick Madrigal, OSU Tristan Beck, STAN
Mar. 1 Alfonso Rivas III, ARIZ Colton Hock, STAN
Mar. 8 Logan Ice, OSU Erik Martinez, CAL
Mar. 14 David Greer, ASU Drew Rasmussen, OSU
Mar. 21 Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ Kyle Molnar, UCLA
Mar. 28 Timmy Robinson, USC Ryan Hingst, ASU

GOLDEN SPIKES: The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List features 50 amateurs, six of which are student-athletes from six different Pac-12 teams. With six, the Pac-12 has the third-most representatives among all conferences. Now in its 39th year recognizing the top amateur baseball player in the country, seven former Pac-12 baseball players have won the award, most recently pitcher Trevor Bauer of UCLA in 2011. 

STOPPER OF THE YEAR: The Pac-12 has eight student-athletes on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List, tied for the second-most among all conferences. Washington is the only lone Pac-12 team with more than one student-athlete on the list. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association will be presenting the Stopper of the Year Award to the top relief pitcher in Division I baseball for the 12th straight year in 2016. UCLA’s David Berg won the honor two of the last three years.

DRAFT: The league is coming off a 2015 season that saw six teams earn berths to the NCAA Tournament and saw 53 players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. Arizona State led the way with nine draftees while UCLA and USC each had 8. Twenty-four players were selected in the first 10 rounds and 29 were selected on the final day. Since 1997, the Pac-12 has had at least one player drafted in the first round each season. During that time, the league has garnered 62 first-round picks.

NEW FACES IN THE DUGOUT: On June 8, 2015, Jay Johnson was named head coach at Arizona. In his second and final year at Nevada, Johnson was named the 2015 Mountain West Coach of the Year. He led the team to its first-ever Mountain West Conference championship. They tallied 41 wins on the year, second-most in program history. Johnson replaced Andy Lopez, who retired at the end of the 2015 season after 14 years at the helm. The three-time National Coach of the Year led the Wildcats to two College World Series Appearances and won the title in 2012.

Washington State’s Marty Lees became the 15th head coach in program history. Lees spent the last three seasons as the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State and the previous 11 at Oregon State. Lees thrived as Oklahoma State’s recruiting coordinator. The Cowboys’ first class with Lees on board was ranked No. 4 nationally by Baseball America and No. 5 by Collegiate Baseball, and followed that with a 2014 class that was ranked No. 5 by Collegiate Baseball for the second-consecutive year.

National Honors

Collegiate Baseball National Players of the Week
David Peterson, ORE, LHP - March 7
Ryan Hingst, ASU, RHP - March 29

NCBWA National Players of the Week
Ryan Hingst, ASU, RHP - March 29 2015

Teaching Professional of The Year by Collegiate Baseball
John Savage, UCLA

Baseball America Preseason All-Americans 
First Team

KJ Harrison, OSU, 1B
Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ, 3B/RHP

Second Team
Daulton Jefferies, CAL, RHP

Third Team
Tommy Edman, STAN, 2B
Colby Woodmansee, ASU, SS
Cal Quantrill, STAN, RHP

NCBWA Preseason All-Americans
First Team

Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ, 3B/SP

Second Team
KJ Harrison, OSU, 1B
Stephen Nogosek, ORE, RP

Third Team
Daulton Jefferies, CAL, SP
Griffin Canning, UCLA, SP
Matt Krook, ORE, SP

Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans
Second Team

Daulton Jefferies, CAL, RHP
Ian Hamilton, WSU, RHP
KJ Harrison, OSU, 1B
Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ, 3B
Colby Woodmansee, ASU, SS

Third Team
Matt Krook, ORE, LHP
Cal Quantrill, STAN, RHP

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List
Tucker Forbes, UCLA
Ian Hamilton, WSU
Mitch Hickey, OSU
Marc Huberman, USC
Spencer Jones, WASH
Erik Martinez, CAL
Stephen Nogosek, ORE
Troy Rallings, WASH

USA Baseball Golden Spikes Watch List
Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ
KJ Harrison, OSU
Daulton Jefferies, CAL
Matt Krook, ORE
Cal Quantrill, STAN
Colby Woodmansee, ASU