This Week in Pac-12 Baseball

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WEEKLY RECAP: Utah now sits alone atop the Pac-12 standings after California lost its series at Arizona State. Washington State pulled off the upset and took the series over then-No. 9 Oregon State, its first series win over the Beavers since 2010. Oregon swept USC and is now 7-5 overall in league play tied with Stanford, who lost its first Pac-12 series of the year at Arizona. Washington is tied for second place in the league with the Golden Bears after the Huskies’ series victory over UCLA.

PREVIEWING THE WEEKEND: UCLA hosts Oregon for the Pac-12 Network’s Thursday Night Baseball matchup. The Ducks will try to continue their winning ways while UCLA looks to get back on track. Utah hosts Oregon State in what will be an important series in regards to the Pac-12 standings. USC heads to Washington State who will look to win its second-straight Conference matchup. The Bay Area schools host the desert schools this weekend as Arizona heads to California and Stanford hosts Arizona State. Washington will have a break from league play to take on St. Mary’s (Calif.).

NUMBERS GAME: Oregon State leads the country in triples per game with 0.70 while Arizona is fourth in the country at 0.50 per game. The Beavers have 23 triples on the year while Arizona has 18 ... Arizona is tied for No. 40 in the country in drawing walks at 168 and it is also tied for 10th in the country in sacrifice bunts with 42 on the year ... The league has 3 teams in the top 40 nationally for ERA: Stanford (No. 6, 2.60), California (No. 25, 3.20) and Arizona State (No. 38, 3.38) ... The Cardinal pitching staff has the sixth-best mark in the country for hits allowed per nine innings at 7.08 ... Stanford has the best fielding percentage in the country at 0.987 while Arizona is 15th overall at 0.979 and Washington is 19th with a mark of 0.978 ... California and Utah turn 1.03 double plays per game, tied for the 18th-best mark in the country ... Stanford has the 9th-best WHIP rating in the country at 1.15 while Oregon State is 26th at 1.23 and Washington is is 27th at 1.24 (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 ninth in the country in triples per game at 0.17 ... Oregon State’s Logan Ice has the 12th-best slugging percentage in the country at 0.722 and is ranked 26th in the NCAA’s ‘toughest to strike out’ category, striking out once per 16.2 at bats ... Brett Cumberland of California has the No. 38 ranked batting average in the country at .400, he is tied for 14th in the country with 11 home runs and is seventh in slugging percentage at 0.764. Cumberland also has an on base percentage of 0.518 which is good for 12th in the nation ... Justin Behnke of Arizona is 29th in the country in base on balls, drawing 0.88 walks per game ... In 19 appearances and 41.1 innings of work, Washington’s Troy Rallings has allowed only three earned runs, boasting an ERA of 0.87 which is third in the country. Rallings also has the nation’s best WHIP rating at 0.60 ... Oregon State’s Max Engelbrekt is tied for the fourth-best total in the county with 10 saves on the year.

STARS DELIVERING: Preseason All-American Matt Krook of Oregon is 21st in the country in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.6. 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 20 runs while scoring 27 himself. California’s preseason All-American pitcher Daulton Jefferies is tied for the 24th-most wins in the country with six on the year and is 15th 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 35 and is second in doubles as well with 13.

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. 12 and is followed by California at No. 18. In the NCAA RPI rankings as of April 20, California leads the way at No. 30, Oregon State is No. 44, Arizona sits at No. 53, No. 55 Washington and No. 66 Stanford.

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 - Trek Stemp, Jr., IF/OF, Washington State

Stemp, the first Cougar to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors since 2012, helped Washington State to a series win over No. 9 Oregon State. Stemp posted a .692 batting average, slugged .769, scored four runs, drove in two and had multiple hits in all three games including a four-hit game in the Saturday finale.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Griffin Canning, So., RHP, UCLA

Canning started Friday night for UCLA in a road game at Washington and led the Bruins to a 1-0 victory. The sophomore threw a complete game shutout, allowing six hits while striking out 10 and walking just one. The complete game was his second consecutive, becoming the first UCLA player since Trevor Bauer in 2011 to throw consecutive complete games.

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
April 18 Trek Stemp, WSU Griffin Canning, UCLA

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

John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List
Bobby Dalbec, ARIZ, 3B/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

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