2019 Pac-12 baseball season tees off this Friday

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PAC-12 SEASON PREVIEW
The Pac-12 looks to have another thrilling season, with OREGON STATE looking to defend its NCAA title. The Beavers claimed the Conference’s 29th NCAA College World Series title, nearly triple the amount of all other conferences. Additionally, with WASHINGTON’s first-ever program appearance in the 2018 CWS, all 11 league programs have reached at least one CWS. 

Opening day for the 2019 Pac-12 Baseball campaign features all 11 league teams in action on Friday, Feb. 15, leading off a 35-game schedule for the first weekend of the Conference’s 103rd season. 

Returning to the diamond are a handful of big names that garnered big awards last season, including Baseball America Freshman of the Year OSU’s Kevin Abel, Perfect Game Freshman of the Year ARIZONA STATE’s Spencer Torkelson and Golden Spikes Award winner California’s Andrew Vaughn. Vaughn is the eighth Pac-12 student-athlete to be honored as the best amateur baseball player in the country by USA Baseball. 

USA Today’s Coaches preseason Poll has three Pac-12 teams ranked, with Oregon State, UCLA and Stanford all in the top 10. Oregon State lead the way at the fifth spot, followed by UCLA at seventh and Stanford is ninth. The Beavers, Bruins and Cardinal were also ranked in the top 12 in Baseball America, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball’s preseason polls. 

The Pac-12 coaches similarly have high hopes for UCLA, Stanford and Oregon State. UCLA was chosen to win the Pac-12 title for the third time in program history, Stanford was chosen second for the third-consecutive year and OSU was selected to finish third. 

IN THE RANKINGS
At least three Pac-12 teams are ranked in the top 15 in all five national rankings. In the USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll, Oregon State takes the fifth spot, UCLA ranks seventh and Stanford lands at ninth. Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Washington received votes in the poll. 

STAR POWER
The Pac-12 has 20 total preseason All-America selections from seven different schools. Six student-athletes were named to all five preseason All-America lists and 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner Cal’s Andrew Vaughn, 2018 CWS Most Outstanding Player OSU’s Adley Rutschman and All-Pac-12 selection UCLA’s Chase Strumpf were named to the first team by all five outlets. Rutschman was also tabbed the Projected Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball. Baseball America highlighted several league student-athletes as All-American Best Tools, with Vaughn earning best hitter, Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson selected as the best power hitter and Rutschman tabbed as the best defensive catcher. 

GOLDEN SPIKES
The Pac-12 is home to eight Golden Spikes Award winners after Andrew Vaughn claimed the award last season, tying the ACC and SEC for most of any conference. This year, ten student-athletes from seven different league schools were named to the preseason Watch List, including Vaughn. He is just one of four Golden Spikes Award recipients all-time to return to school after winning the award. Oregon State, UCLA and Stanford each boast a pair of student-athletes on the prestigious list. The preseason watch list features 55 of the nation’s top amateur players. The 42nd Golden Spikes Award will be presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation on June 14, 2019. 

STOPPER OF THE YEAR
The Pac-12 has seven student-athletes from five different Pac-12 schools on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List, the second-most selections of any conference. Stanford’s Jack Little is featured on the list after being named a finalist for the 2018 season. The NCBWA presents the Stopper of the Year Award to the top relief pitcher in Division I baseball for the 15th straight year at the College World Series on Saturday, June 15, 2019. 

MLB DRAFT
49 Pac-12 student-athletes were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft with all 11 programs having at least one player drafted. Arizona led the Conference with eight picks followed by Oregon State with six. The 49 total selections from the Conference of Champions were the third-most of any league. Oregon State second baseman Nick Madrigal was first off the board with the No. 4 overall pick to the Chicago White Sox. Madrigal is the highest draft selection in Oregon State history, surpassing Michael Conforto who was picked 10th to the New York Mets in 2014. According to NCAA research, three of the top seven and five of the top 20 programs with the most first-round draft picks are from the Pac-12. Arizona State is tied for the second-most with Texas (21), USC is tied at sixth with North Carolina (15), UCLA is tied at 11th (12) and Arizona is tied at 14th (11).


CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings)

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
Arizona 0-0 0-0
Arizona State 0-0 0-0
California 0-0 0-0
Oregon 0-0 0-0
Oregon State 0-0 0-0
Stanford 0-0 0-0
UCLA 0-0 0-0
USC 0-0 0-0
Utah 0-0 0-0
Washington 0-0 0-0
Washington State 0-0 0-0

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Pacific - Expanded Schedule Details)

Friday, Feb. 15 TV/Stream Time
New Mexico vs. #5 OREGON STATE (1)   12 p.m.
OREGON at #4 Texas Tech TexasTech.Tv 12 p.m.
CSU Bakersfield vs. CALIFORNIA (2)   2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at St. Mary's (Calif.)   2 p.m.
UTAH at Texas State (3)   4 p.m.
UMass Lowell at ARIZONA Live Stream 5 p.m.
Notre Dame at ARIZONA STATE   5:30 p.m.
Ball State vs. #9 STANFORD (2)   6 p.m.
Nebraska Omaha at USC Live Stream 6 p.m.
St. John's (N.Y.) at #7 UCLA   6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at UC Irvine   6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16 TV/Stream Time
UTAH vs. Missouri State (3)   10 a.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at St. Mary's (Calif.)   10 a.m.
Gonzaga vs. #5 OREGON STATE (1)   12 p.m.
OREGON at #4 Texas Tech TexasTech.TV 12 p.m.
UMass Lowell at ARIZONA   12 p.m.
Nebraska Omaha at USC Live Stream 2 p.m.
St. John's (N.Y.) at #7 UCLA   2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at St. Mary's (Calif.)   2 p.m.
Pepperdine vs. CALIFORNIA (4)   5 p.m.
UMass Lowell at ARIZONA   5 p.m.
Notre Dame at ARIZONA STATE Live Stream 5:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON at UC Irvine   6 p.m.
Wichita State vs. #9 STANFORD (2)   6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17 TV/Stream Time
UTAH vs. Nevada (3)   9 a.m.
Northwestern vs. CALIFORNIA (2)   10 a.m.
Notre Dame at ARIZONA STATE Live Stream 11:30 a.m.
Minnesota vs. OREGON STATE (1)   12 p.m.
Nebraska Omaha at USC Live Stream 12 p.m.
OREGON at #4 Texas Tech Fox Sports Southwest Plus 12 p.m.
UMass Lowell at ARIZONA   12 p.m.
Pepperdine vs. #9 STANFORD (2)   1 p.m.
St. John's (N.Y.) at #7 UCLA   1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at St. Mary's (Calif.)   1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at UC Irvine   1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 18 TV/Stream Time
BYU vs. CALIFORNIA (2)   10 a.m.
OREGON at #4 Texas Tech TexasTech.TV 11 a.m.
STANFORD at Grand Canyon   12 p.m.
New Mexico vs. OREGON STATE (1)   1 p.m. 
WASHINGTON at CS Fullerton   2 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19 TV/Stream Time
LMU at UCLA   6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 20 TV/Stream Time
ARIZONA at Rice   4:30 p.m.
San Diego at ARIZONA STATE Live Stream 5:30 p.m.

1 - Sanderson Ford College Classic, Surprise, Ariz.; 2 - Angels College Classic, Tempe, Ariz.; 3 - Texas State Invitational, San Marcos, Texas; 4 - Angels College Classic, Phoenix, Ariz.

Rankings listed are USA Today Coaches Poll


PRESEASON NATIONAL HONORS 

USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List:
Kevin Abel, RHP, OSU
Jack Little, RHP, STAB
Nick Quintana, IF, ARIZ
Adley Rutschman, C, OSU
Kyle Stowers, OF, STAN
Chase Strumpf, IF, UCLA
Michael Toglia, IF, UCLA
Spencer Torkelson, IF, ASU
Andrew Vaughn, IF, CAL
Kenyon Yovan, RHP, ORE

NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List: 
Brandon Eisert, Jr., OSU
Jack Little, Jr., STAN
Connor Lunn, Jr., USC
Jake Mulholland, Jr., OSU
Ryne Nelson, Jr., ORE
Jacob Palisch, So., STAN
Holden Powell, So., UCLA

Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-Americans:
First Team 
Kevin Abel, RHP, OSU
Jack Little, RHP, STAN
Adley Rutschman, C, OSU
Andrew Vaughn, 1B, CAL
Spencer Torkelson, 1B, ASU
Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA

Second Team
Bryce Fehmel, RHP, OSU
Kenyon Yovan, RHP, ORE
Jeremy Ydens, OF, UCLA

Third Team
Brendan Beck, RHP, STAN
Jake Mulholland, LHP, OSU
Nic Kahle, C, WASH
Michael Toglia, 1B, UCLA
Nick Quintana, 3B, ARIZ

Collegiate Baseball Projected  Player of the Year:
Adley Rutschman, C, OSU

D1Baseball.com Preseason All-Americans:
First Team
Adley Rutschman, C, OSU
Andrew Vaughn, 1B, CAL
Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA
Spencer Torkelson, DH, ASU
Kevin Abel, SP, OSU
Jack Little, RP, STAN

Second Team
Michael Toglia, 1B, UCLA
Cameron Cannon, 2B, ARIZ
Kenyon Yovan, SP, ORE

Third Team
Nick Quintana, 3B, ARIZ
Brandon Eisert, RP, OSU

Perfect Game Preseason All-Americans:
First Team
Adley Rutschman, C, OSU
Andrew Vaughn, 1B, CAL
Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA
Spencer Torkelson, 1B, ASU
Kevin Abel, SP, OSU
Jack Little, RP, STAN

Second Team
Bryce Fehmel, SP, OSU
Third Team 
Michael Toglia, 1B, UCLA
Nick Quintana, 3B, ARIZ
Jake Mulholland, RP, OSU 

Baseball America Preseason All-Americans:
First Team
Adley Rutschman, C, OSU
Andrew Vaughn, 1B, CAL
Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA
Kyle Stowers, OF, STAN

Second Team
Spencer Torkelson, 1B, ASU
Erik Miller, SP, STAN
Jack Little, RP, STAN

Third Team
Nick Quintana, 3B, ARIZ
Ryne Nelson, SP, ORE

Baseball America Preseason All-American Best Tools:
Best Hitter

Andrew Vaughn, 1B, CAL
Best Power
Spencer Torkelson, 1B, ASU
Best Defensive Catcher
Adley Rutschman, C, OSU

NCBWA Preseason All-Americans:
First Team 
Adley Rutschman, C, OSU
Andrew Vaughn, 1B, CAL
Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA
Spencer Torkelson, 1B, ASU
Kevin Abel, SP, OSU
Bryce Fehmel, SP, OSU
Jack Little, RP, STAN
Jake Mulholland, RP, OSU

Second Team
Nick Quintana, 3B, ARIZ
Joe Wainhouse, DH, WASH

Third Team
Michael Toglia, 1B, UCLA
Kenyon Yovan, UT, ORE
Brendan Beck, SP, STAN
Brandon Eisert, RP, OSU

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