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Pac-12 Baseball Weekly Release - March 25, 2022

Mar 25, 2022

LEADING OFF:  The reigning Pac-12 champion Arizona enters the weekend in a tie for first in conference play at 5-1.  The Wildcats welcome UCLA to town this weekend, a team Arizona has not won a series over since a 3-game sweep at Hi Corbett in 2018.  This will be the Bruins first true road series of the season but did win a road game at Loyola Marymount, 9-5 on Tuesday.

Also atop the Pac-12 standings are the Oregon Ducks, who are hottest team in the league with a four-game win streak.  Coming off a win at No. 25 Gonzaga on Tuesday, the Ducks return home to host USC.  The Trojans won their only road series so far this season at UCLA but have never won a three-game series in Eugene.

No. 6 Oregon State travels to the Bay Area this weekend for a series in Berkeley.  The Beavers already won their first conference road series, taking two of three in Pullman, and have won 11 of their last 12 games against Cal overall.  The Bears are already 6-5 this season against ranked opponents.  Friday night’s match-up has a pair of preseason All-Americans on the mound in OSU’s Cooper Hjerpe and Cal’s Josh White.

The preseason pick to win the conference, Stanford has gotten off to a slow start in conference play at 1-5.  However, the Cardinal have won their last 10 series against this weekend’s opponent in Washington State.  The Cougars, who are in the middle of a 5-game road trip, look for their first series win at Stanford since 2010.

And after sweeping their in-state rivals in Seattle last weekend, Washington heads to the desert to tangle with Arizona State.  Off to a 4-2 start in Pac-12 play, the Huskies are on pace for their first winning record in conference play since 2016.  The Sun Devils will be playing their first conference home series of the season.

Rankings Roundup

  • USA Today Coaches:  #6 Oregon State, #9 Arizona, #24 Stanford
  • Baseball America:  #2 Oregon State, #12 Arizona, #18 Stanford
  • D1Baseball:  #6 Oregon State, #11 Arizona
  • Collegiate Baseball:  #10 Arizona, #11 Oregon State, #21 Oregon
  • NCBWA:  #6 Oregon State, #9 Arizona, #19 Stanford
  • Perfect Game:  #7 Oregon State, #15 Arizona

20/20 VISION:  A pair of Pac-12 squads topped 20 runs in a game last week, both on the same day.  Oregon State blanked Arizona State 21-0 last Friday, the most by the Beavers in a conference game since 2002.  UCLA meanwhile beat Harvard 25-2, their most ever runs at Jackie Robinson Stadium.  It also happened to be John Savage’s 600th win at UCLA. 

HEAD OF THE CLASS:  Six Pac-12 baseball players made the list of candidates for the 2022 Senior CLASS Award for their excellence on and off the field:  Oregon infielder Sam Novitske, Washington State infielder Jack Smith, Oregon outfielder Tanner Smith, Oregon pitcher Kolby Somers, Oregon State pitcher Mitchell Verburg, and Stanford pitcher Alex Williams.  The winner will be announced at the College World Series in June.  Since its inception in 2007, the lone Pac-12 winner was Arizona State’s Trever Allen in 2015.

HONOR ROLL:  Oregon State swept the Pac-12 Player of the Week Awards with infielder Travis Bazzana winning Player of the Week and lefty Cooper Hjerpe earning Pitcher of the Week.  Bazzana drove in 11 runs over five games last week including eight in one game.  Hjerpe had seven shutout innings allowing just one hit with 12 strikeouts to pick up his fifth win of the year.  For his efforts, Hjerpe was also honored as one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week.

Collegiate Baseball National Players of the Week

  • March 21- LHP Cooper Hjerpe (OSU)
  • 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 of the Week

  • March 15- C Daniel Susac (Arizona)

Dick Howser Trophy Pitcher of the Week

  • March 8RHP Thatcher Hurd (UCLA) – Co-winner

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

SENIOR CLASS AWARD

  • INF Sam Novitske, Oregon
  • INF Jack Smith, Washington State
  • OF Tanner Smith, Oregon
  • LHP Kolby Somers, Oregon
  • RHP Mitchell Verburg, Oregon State
  • RHP Alex Williams, Stanford

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 25    
USC at Oregon Oregon Live Stream 4:00 p.m.. PT
Mercer at Utah Utah Live Stream 5:00 p.m. PT
No. 6 Oregon State at California Pac-12 Oregon 6:00 p.m. PT
UCLA at No. 9 Arizona Arizona Live Stream 6:00 p.m. PT
Washington at Arizona State Pac-12 Washington 6:00 p.m. PT
Washington State at No. 24 Stanford Stanford Live Stream 6:05 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 26    
Mercer at Utah Utah Live Stream 1:00 p.m. PT
No. 6 Oregon State at California Pac-12 Bay Area 2:00 p.m. PT
USC at Oregon Oregon Live Stream 2:00 p.m. PT
Washington at Arizona State Pac-12 Washington 2:00 p.m. PT
Washington State at No. 24 Stanford Stanford Live Stream 2:05 p.m. PT
UCLA at No. 9 Arizona Arizona Live Stream 6:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 27    
Mercer at Utah Utah Live Stream 10:00 a.m. PT
UCLA at No. 9 Arizona Arizona Live Stream 12:00 p.m. PT
USC at Oregon Oregon Live Stream 12:00 p.m. PT
No. 6 Oregon State at California Pac-12 Oregon 12:00 p.m. PT
Washington at Arizona State Pac-12 Washington 1:00 p.m. PT
Washington State at No. 24 Stanford Stanford Live Stream 1:05 p.m. PT
Tuesday, March 28    
Washington State at BYU BYUtv 1:00 p.m. PT
San Francisco at Oregon Oregon Live Stream 4:00 p.m. PT
No. 6 Oregon State at Nevada Nevada Sports Network 5:00 p.m. PT
Utah Valley at Utah Utah Live Stream 5:00 p.m. PT
Washington at Portland KRCW 5:00 p.m. PT
Arizona State at UNLV   5:05 p.m. PT
No. 9 Arizona at Grand Canyon ESPN+ 6:00 p.m. PT
UCSB at UCLA Pac-12 Insider 6:00 p.m. PT
Saint Mary's at California Cal Live Stream 6:05 p.m. PT
Wednesday, March 23    
No. 6 Oregon State at Nevada Nevada Sports Network 12:00 p.m. PT
San Francisco at Oregon Oregon Live Stream 1:00 p.m. PT
Seattle at USC USC Live Stream 6:00 p.m. PT

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
No. 9 Arizona 5-1 16-5
Oregon 5-1 14-6
No. 6 Oregon State 4-2 15-4
Washington 4-2 12-8
USC 3-3 13-6
California 3-3 10-10
Utah 2-4 13-7-1
UCLA 1-2 13-7
Arizona State 1-2 9-13
No. 24 Stanford 1-5 9-8
Washington State 1-5 9-11

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
March 21 Travis Bazzana, Oregon State Cooper Hjerpe, Oregon State