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This Week In Pac-12 Baseball

Apr 13, 2016


Pac-12 Notes

WEEKLY RECAP: Despite losing their two Pac-12 series last weekend, California and Utah remain tied atop the league standings with 8-4 records. USC took two games from the Utes while Oregon was able to win two of the three against the Golden Bears. Washington won its series on the road at Arizona State while Arizona defended its home field by winning two of three games against Washington State. Stanford won two games against UCLA to mark its third-straight Pac-12 series victory. Oregon State hosted Central Arkansas and won all three games.

PREVIEWING THE WEEKEND: Washington State hosts Oregon State for the Pac-12 Network’s Thursday Night Baseball matchup. The Cougars will look to protect their home field against league’s top ranked team who is looking to climb back to the top of the Pac-12 table. The Arizona schools continue their homestand with the Wildcats hosting Stanford and the Sun Devils welcoming California. USC heads to Oregon while UCLA will play at Washington. Utah gets a break from league play and hosts a three-game series against UC Riverside.

NUMBERS GAME: Oregon State leads the country in triples per game with 0.76 while Arizona is seventh in the country at 0.52 per game. The Beavers have 22 triples on the year while Arizona has 17 ... Arizona is tied for No. 34 in the country in drawing walks at 154 and it is also 11th in the country in sacrifice bunts with 37 on the year ... The league has 4 teams in the top 40 nationally for ERA: Stanford (No. 5, 2.43), California (No. 26, 3.16), Oregon State (No. 31, 3.24) and Arizona State (No. 37, 3.39) ... The Cardinal pitching staff has the fourth-best mark in the country for hits allowed per nine innings at 6.79 ... Stanford has the second-best fielding percentage in the country at 0.986 while Arizona is 12th overall at 0.979 ... California turns 1.10 double plays per game, the 10th-best mark in the country while Utah is 20th at 1.03 per game ... Stanford has the 5th-best WHIP rating in the country at 1.09 while Oregon State is 17th at 1.17 and Oregon is 29th at 1.23 (WHIP is calculated by adding the number of walks and hits allowed and dividing this sum by the number of innings pitched).

Oregon State’s Christian Donahue is 4th in the country in triples per game at 0.19 while Arizona’s Jared Oliva is 13th with 0.16 triples per game ... Oregon State’s Logan Ice has the 22nd-best slugging percentage in the country at 0.706 and is ranked eighth in the NCAA’s ‘toughest to strike out’ category, striking out once per 21.3 at bats ... Brett Cumberland of California has the No. 53 ranked batting average in the country at .398, he is tied for 18th in the country with 10 home runs and is fifth in slugging percentage at 0.785. Cumberland also has an on base percentage of 0.525 which is good for 11th in the country ... Justin Behnke of Arizona is 26th in the country in base on balls, drawing 0.90 walks per game ... In 17 appearances and 36.1 innings of work, Washington’s Troy Rallings has allowed only three earned runs, boasting an ERA of 0.74 which is third in the country. Rallings also has the nation’s best WHIP rating at 0.61 ... Oregon State’s Max Engelbrekt is tied for the third-best total in the county with 10 saves on the year.

STARS DELIVERING: Preseason All-American Matt Krook of Oregon is ninth in the country in strikeouts per nine innings with 12.32. Arizona’s All-American 3B/RHP Bobby Dalbec has earned seven victories (tied for No. 1 in the country) and five saves on the year. The reigning Pac-12 home run leader has hit four home runs on the year and driven in 19 runs while scoring 25 himself. California’s preseason All-American pitcher Daulton Jefferies is tied for the eighth-most wins in the country with six on the year and is 20th in the country in strikeouts-to-walks ratio at 7.83 (47 SO - 6 BB). 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 31 and is first in doubles as well with 12.

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. 9 and is followed by California at No. 11. In the NCAA RPI rankings as of April 13 Oregon State leads the way at No. 38, California sits at No. 39 and Arizona is No. 60. Washington is 62nd and Stanford is No. 67.

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


Ramirez was on fire this past week at the plate while the Trojans went 3-1, including a series victory over first-place Utah. Ramirez batted .538 (7-for-13) with five RBIs and two home runs. He had at least one hit in every game, with two multi-hit outings.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Nathan Bannister, Sr., RHP, Arizona

Bannister dominated at Hi Corbett Field on Friday night. The senior right-hander tossed eight scoreless innings against Washington State, scattering just three hits. He walked three and struck out a season-high seven. His innings pitched (eight), strikeouts (seven) and pitches thrown (130) all marked season highs for the senior.

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
April 4 Brett Cumberland, CAL Travis Eckert, OSU
April 11 AJ Ramirez, USC Nathan Bannister, ARIZ

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.

PAC-12 IN THE MAJORS: With the Major League Baseball season beginning last week, 41 former Pac-12 players made the opening day rosters while 10 coaches are in MLB dugouts. With representation from 10 of the 11 teams, Arizona State leads the way with 12 former players currently in the league.

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
Brett Cumberland, CAL, C - April 4

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