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Pac-12 Baseball Weekly Release - March 17, 2022

Mar 17, 2022

LEADING OFF:  Week Two of conference play is highlighted by a Top 25 showdown in Tucson between No. 11 Stanford and No. 16 Arizona.  The Pac-12’s two representatives in the 2021 College World Series will square off in a three-game set at Hi Corbett Field Saturday through Monday with each game being carried by the Pac-12 Networks.  The Cardinal took three of four from the Wildcats last season including an elimination game in the CWS.

Arizona State opens their 2022 conference slate with a trip to face No. 6 Oregon State.  The Sun Devils took two of three from the Beavers in Tempe last season but have not won a series in Corvallis since 2014. 

USC picked up their first series win at UCLA since 2016 last weekend and look to keep it going with another in-state rival this weekend.  The Trojans are actually playing their first 19 games this season in Los Angeles (15 home, 4 away).  Cal is coming off their best offensive performance of the season, with 17 runs on 18 hits (8 XBH) in a Tuesday win at San Jose State.

Coming off a series win over Stanford, Oregon welcomes Utah to town.  The Ducks have won the last 9 games in the series since the start of the 2018 season and have not lost a game to the Utes in Eugene since March 2016.  However, at 11-4-1, Utah is off to its best start since 1981.

The Apple Cup series is back in Seattle for the first time since 2018 and Washington State hasn’t won a road series against the rivals since 2016.  The Cougars took two of three from the Huskies in Pullman last year.

Rankings Roundup

  • USA Today Coaches:  #6 Oregon State, #11 Stanford, #16 Arizona
  • Baseball America:  #3 Oregon State, #10 Stanford, #17 Arizona, #25 USC
  • D1Baseball:  #5 Oregon State, #12 Stanford, #16 Arizona
  • Collegiate Baseball:  #3 Oregon State, #14 Stanford, #16 Arizona, #25 USC
  • NCBWA:  #5 Oregon State, #11 Stanford, #14 Arizona
  • Perfect Game:  #8 Oregon State, #11 Stanford, #20 Arizona, #25 UCLA

FRESHMAN FLAMETHROWERS:  UCLA has had one of the top pitching staffs in the country this season, currently ranked ninth in D-1 in ERA (2.48), first in WHIP (0.93), third in strikeout to walk ratio (4.97) and ninth in hits allowed per nine innings (6.21).

One of the big reasons for this has been a pair of freshmen who’ve shown a quick study of college baseball.  RHP Thatcher Hurd ranks in the top 25 in the country in strikeouts (38, 13th) strikeouts per nine (15.31, 14th) and ERA (0.81, 25th).  Meanwhile LHP Ethan Flanagan is 17th in ERA (0.54), allowing just 1 run on 10 hits in 16.2 IP with 24 strikeouts.

The Bruins host Harvard for a 3-game set this weekend.

CATCH THIS:  Four Pac-12 stars were named to the 2022 Buster Posey Award Watch List for the collegiate catcher of the year:  Cole Elvis (California), Garret Guillemette (USC), Kody Huff (Stanford), Daniel Susac (Arizona).

This honor was created in 2000 and originally called the Johnny Bench Award but renamed after the former Florida State legend Posey in 2019.  Four Pac-12 alums have brought home this award in the past:  Stanford’s Ryan Garko (2003), USC’s Jeff Clement (2005), USC’s Garrett Stubbs (USC), and Oregon State’s Adley Rutschman (2019).

HONOR ROLL:  Arizona catcher Daniel Susac was popular on the award tour this week, pulling in the Pac-12 Player of the Week as well as being honored by Collegiate Baseball and the Dick Howser Trophy for their national weekly honors.  The nation’s leader with 33 hits this season, Susac had 3 HR and 11 RBI in four games last week.

Arizona State LHP Adam Tulloch won the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week as well as being honored nationally by Collegiate Baseball.  Tulloch struck out 13 batters, the most by a Pac-12 player this year, over seven innings in a win over San Francisco on March 11.

Oregon State OF Jacob Melton was also honored nationally as a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week.  Melton was 7-14 with 3 HR and 8 RBI on the week and is now fourth in the country with 31 RBI and 13th in slugging percentage at .908.

Collegiate Baseball National Players of the Week

  • March 14- OF Jacob Melton (OSU), C Daniel Susac (Arizona), LHP Adam Tulloch (Arizona St)
  • March 71B/LHP TJ Clarkson (Utah), RHP Thatcher Hurd (UCLA)
  • February 28- RHP Matthew Sox (Utah)
  • February 21- RHP Josh White (California)

Golden Spikes Performance of the Week

  • February 28 LHP Quinn Mathews (Stanford), RHP Matthew Sox (Utah)

Dick Howser Trophy Player/Pitcher of the Week

  • March 15- C Daniel Susac (Arizona) - Player
  • March 8RHP Thatcher Hurd (UCLA) – Co-pitcher

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week

  • March 8RHP Thatcher Hurd (UCLA)

College Baseball Foundation Pitcher of the Week

  • March 1- Quinn Mathews (Stanford)

College Baseball Foundation Shortstop of the Week

  • March 1 – Nik McClaughry (Arizona)

COACHES CHOOSE CARDINAL:  The Pac-12 coaches took Stanford atop their preseason poll with the Cardinal receiving eight first-place votes for a total of 98 out of a possible 100 points.

Oregon State was second with 84 points and one first-place vote, Arizona was third with 77 points and UCLA with two first-place votes had the fourth-most points with 75.

NATIONAL AWARDS WATCH LISTS

GOLDEN SPIKES

  • OF Dylan Beavers, California
  • OF Brock Jones, Stanford
  • IF Ethan Long, Arizona State
  • IF Sean McLain, Arizona State
  • RHP Max Rajcic, UCLA
  • Daniel Susac, Arizona
  • RHP Josh White, California

BUSTER POSEY (Collegiate Catcher of the Year)

  • Cole Elvis, California
  • Garret Guillemette, USC
  • Kody Huff, Stanford
  • Daniel Susac, Arizona

BOBBY BRAGAN COLLEGIATE SLUGGER AWARD

  • OF Dylan Beavers, California
  • Cole Elvis, California
  • OF Brock Jones, Stanford
  • IF John Kasevich, Oregon
  • OF Tanner Smith, Oregon
  • Daniel Susac, Arizona

NCBWA STOPPER OF THE YEAR

  • Holden Christian, Arizona
  • Stone Churby, Oregon
  • Aaron Roberts, California
  • Kolby Somers, Oregon
  • Mitchell Verburg, Oregon State

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS

 

D1 Baseball

Baseball America

Collegiate Baseball

1st Team:

C Daniel Susac (Arizona), OF Brock Jones (Stanford)

C Daniel Susac (Arizona)

C Daniel Susac (Arizona), OF Brock Jones (Stanford)

2nd Team:

SP Josh White (Cal), RP Holden Christian (Arizona)

OF Brock Jones (Stanford), OF Dylan Beavers (Cal), SP Cooper Hjerpe (OSU)

3B Ethan Long (ASU), OF Dylan Beavers (Cal)

3rd Team:

OF Dylan Beavers (Cal), DH Ethan Long (ASU), RP Kolby Somers (Oregon)

2B Sean McLain (ASU), SP Max Rajcic (UCLA)

RP Kolby Somers (Oregon), OF Tanner Smith (Oregon)

 

 

NCBWA

Perfect Game

1st team:

C Daniel Susac (Arizona), OF Brock Jones (Stanford), OF Dylan Beavers (Cal)

C Daniel Susac (Arizona), OF Brock Jones (Stanford)

2nd team:

3B Ethan Long (ASU)

OF Dylan Beavers (Cal)

3rd team:

OF Tanner Smith (Oregon)

UT Ethan Long (ASU), SP Cooper Hjerpe (OSU)

AMERICAN MADE:  Seven Pac-12 players were part of the 45-man roster for the 2021 Collegiate National Team.  Normally this would include exhibitions against international opponents but instead played an 11-game intrasquad series last summer at Appalachian League ballparks.  The roster included OF Dylan Beavers (CALIFORNIA), OF Brock Jones (STANFORD), OF/1B Ethan Long (ARIZONA STATE), INF/OF Sean McLain (ARIZONA STATE), C Daniel Susac (ARIZONA) and RHP Josh White (CALIFORNIA).

NEXT GENERATION:  The Class of 2021 recruits will get their first taste of Pac-12 play this season and it was a strong class across the board for the conference.  

Baseball America ranked UCLA’s class number one in the country for the first time in their 22 years for rankings.  The class is highlighted by a pair of Top 100 pitchers in RHP Thatcher Hurd (#44) and LHP Gage Jump (#57) along with Top 100 outfielder Malakhi Knight (#72).

Three other schools made their Top 25 with Oregon State (#6), USC (#17), and Washington (#24).

ALUMNI TOP PROSPECT LISTS:  In the latest lists by MLB Pipeline, Baseball America and The Athletic’s Keith Law, former Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman is considered the top prospect in Major League Baseball.  The #1 pick in the 2019 draft by the Baltimore Orioles hit a combined 23 homers over 123 games between their AA (Bowie) and AAA (Norfolk) affiliates.

Former Sun Devil Spencer Torkelson, the #1 pick in the 2020 draft by the Detroit Tigers comes in #4 on all three lists.  Torkelson hit 30 home runs over three different minor league levels.

INAUGURAL PAC-12 TOURNAMENT:  The inaugural Pac-12 Baseball Tournament is scheduled for May 25-29, 2022 at Scottsdale Stadium.  The double-elimination tournament will be spread over five days at the Spring Training home of the San Francisco Giants.

The top eight teams in the Conference standings at the conclusion of the regular season will earn berths in the Pac-12 Baseball Tournament, from which the champion will receive the Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Pac-12’s initial agreement with the City of Scottsdale runs through 2024.


ON DECK (Full Schedule

Friday, March 18    
Arizona State at No. 6 Oregon State Pac-12 Insider 5:35 p.m.. PT
California at USC USC Live Stream 6:00 p.m. PT
Harvard at UCLA UCLA Live Stream 6:00 p.m. PT
Utah at Oregon Pac-12 Oregon 6:00 p.m. PT
Washington State at Washington Pac-12 Networks 6:05 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 19    
Arizona State at No. 6 Oregon State OSU Live Stream 1:35 p.m. PT
California at USC USC Live Stream 2:00 p.m. PT
Harvard at UCLA UCLA Live Stream 2:00 p.m. PT
Utah at Oregon Pac-12 Oregon 3:00 p.m. PT
No. 11 Stanford at No. 16 Arizona Pac-12 Networks 5:00 p.m. PT
Washington State at Washington Pac-12 Arizona 5:05 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 20    
Utah at Oregon Pac-12 Networks 11:00 a.m. PT
No. 11 Stanford at No. 16 Arizona Pac-12 Arizona 12:00 p.m. PT
Arizona State at No. 6 Oregon State Pac-12 Insider 12:05 p.m. PT
Washington State at Washington Pac-12 Washington 12:05 p.m. PT
California at USC USC Live Stream 1:00 p.m. PT
Harvard at UCLA UCLA Live Stream 1:00 p.m. PT
Monday, March 21    
No. 11 Stanford at No. 16 Arizona Pac-12 Networks 6:00 p.m. PT
Cal State Sacramento at Washington Washington Live Stream 6:05 p.m. PT
Tuesday, March 22    
Oregon at Gonzaga SWX 3:00 p.m. PT
Cal Poly at California Cal Live Stream 3:05 p.m. PT
Northern Colorado at Utah   5:00 p.m. PT
Cal State Fullerton at USC Pac-12 Insider 6:00 p.m. PT
Grand Canyon at Arizona State ASU Live Stream 6:00 p.m. PT
UCLA at Loyola Marymount   6:00 p.m. PT
Wednesday, March 23    
Northern Colorado at Utah   3:00 p.m. PT
Seattle at No. 6 Oregon State OSU Live Stream 3:05 p.m. PT
No. 16 Arizona at New Mexico Mountain West Network 5:00 p.m. PT
Washington State at Santa Clara WCC Network 6:00 p.m. PT

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
No. 6 Oregon State 2-1 12-3
No. 16 Arizona 2-1 13-4
USC 2-1 11-4
Utah 2-1 11-4-1
Oregon 2-1 10-6
No. 11 Stanford 1-2 9-5
UCLA 1-2 10-6
Washington State 1-2 9-7
Washington 1-2 9-8
California 1-2 8-8
Arizona State 0-0 8-10

PAC-12 BASEBALL WEEKLY AWARDS

  Player of the Week Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 21 Tanner O'Tremba, Arizona Dawson Netz, Arizona
Feb. 28 Brett Barrera, Stanford Quinn Mathews, Stanford
March 7 Carson Yates, UCLA Joseph King, California
March 14 Daniel Susac, Arizona Adam Tulloch, Arizona State