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Pac-12 Baseball Weekly Release - April 14, 2022

Apr 14, 2022

LEADING OFF:  The Pac-12 weekend slate kicks off on Thursday this week due to Easter and two of the hottest teams in the league square off as No. 23 Stanford travels south to face No. 13 UCLA.  The Cardinal have won four straight overall, thanks to a walk-off wild pitch on Tuesday night, and eight of their last nine conference games.  Stanford scored 34 runs in their  three-game sweep of Arizona State last weekend.  The Bruins have won 13 of their last 16 overall and six of their last seven wins have come in one-run games.  Friday’s game is Jackie Robinson Day, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the great former Bruin breaking MLB’s color barrier, and will be broadcast on ESPN2.  

No. 2 Oregon State has won four straight, including their first ever road sweep of USC, to help pull back into a tie for first in conference play.  It’s the Beavers second longest win streak of the season after opening 9-0.  OSU is home this weekend for a three-game set with Long Beach State followed by a pair with No. 15 Gonzaga.  Mitch Canham’s squad already has two wins over the Bulldogs this season at the College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Arizona in the season-opening weekend.  

No. 16 Arizona remains tied for first despite dropping two of three over the weekend.  The Wildcats did get some good news with Dawson Netz making his first start in over two weeks on Tuesday, throwing two scoreless innings against New Mexico State.  They’ll head to Salt Lake City to take on a Utah squad that had three one-run games against UCLA last weekend but dropped two of them.  The Utes are looking for their first series win over Arizona since 2018.

Oregon jumps back into conference play after taking three out of four from a good Ball State team last weekend.  The Ducks have a league-high 51 home runs this season, only five short of their single-season record set just last season.  They’ll head to Seattle where they have only won a series over the Huskies once, back in 2010.

Cal enters the weekend on a three-game win streak, matching their longest of the season.  The Bears have gotten some stellar pitching of late with a 2.49 ERA over the last five games.  Washington State took two of three at Arizona last weekend, their first road series win over a top 10 team since 2012.

Arizona State returns home this weekend and have won both of their home conference series so far this season.  The Sun Devils are coming off a 21-1 win at Santa Clara on Monday, the most runs they’ve scored in a game since 2010.  USC hit six home runs on Tuesday on their way to a 16-10 win over CSUN.  The Trojans won the series the last time they faced ASU in Phoenix back in 2018.

Rankings Roundup

  • USA Today Coaches:  #2 Oregon State, #13 UCLA, #16 Arizona, #23 Stanford
  • Baseball America:  #5 Oregon State, #11 Stanford, #13 UCLA, #16 Arizona, #21 Oregon
  • D1Baseball:  #3 Oregon State, #12 UCLA, #20 Arizona, #22 Stanford
  • Collegiate Baseball:  #9 UCLA, #12 Arizona, #15 Stanford, #16 Oregon State, #21 Oregon
  • NCBWA:  #2 Oregon State, #13 UCLA, #14 Arizona, #18 Stanford,
  • Perfect Game:  #5 Oregon State, #13 UCLA, #20 Arizona, #22 Oregon

RPI UPDATE:  Entering Thursday, the Pac-12 had nine teams in the top 90 in Adjusted RPI, one of only three conferences that can say that (ACC, SEC).  Oregon State leads the way at No. 8 and are 2-0 against the RPI Top 25 teams. 

UCLA has the fourth highest adjusted RPI (No. 35) but is 5-0 against the RPI Top 25, the most wins in the country without a loss against RPI Top 25 teams.

FORWARD THINKING:  D1 Baseball and Baseball America both put out their midseason Field of 64 projections last week with their experts both predicting that five Pac-12 schools would currently make the NCAA Tournament, fourth most among all conferences. 

D1 Baseball has three schools projected as regional hosts with Arizona (5th overall), UCLA (8th overall), and Oregon State (10th overall).  Baseball America has two regional hosts with Arizona (5th overall) and Oregon State (7th overall) with UCLA as a two seed.  Both publications also have Stanford and Oregon as two seeds.  Baseball America lists USC among their first four out.

PAC TO THE PROS:  MLB’s Opening Day last week saw 48 former Pac-12 stars on big league rosters.  Stanford led the way with eight former Cardinal suiting up, with Arizona State placing six big leaguers and five each for Arizona, California, UCLA and USC.

Former Sun Devil Spencer Torkelson, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, made his debut with the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day while former Beaver Steven Kwan has gotten off to an historic start to his career.  The Cleveland Guardians outfielder reached base 18 times in his first five career games, the most in a player’s first five games in MLB’s Modern Era (since 1901).

700 CLUB:  UCLA’s win over Pepperdine on Tuesday night was the 700th overall win in head coach John Savage’s career.  Earlier this season, Savage picked up both his 600th win at UCLA (March 18) and his 1,000th game as Bruins skipper (April 5).

NO SHORT SUPPLY:  The Brooks Wallace Award, who’s named the country’s best shortstop since 2009, announced its watch list this week and included five current Pac-12 players:  Josh Kasevich (Oregon), Nik McClaughry (Arizona), Sean McLain (Arizona State), Keshawn Ogans (California) and Cody Schrier (UCLA).

The only time a Pac-12 player has won this award was in 2018 when Oregon State’s Cadyn Grenier was honored.  Grenier is currently with the Orioles’ AAA affiliate in Norfolk after being Baltimore’s first round pick in 2018.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!:  The inaugural Pac-12 Baseball Tournament is scheduled for May 25-29, 2022 at Scottsdale Stadium and tickets are now available at pac-12.com/tickets.  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.

HONOR ROLLThe Bay Area schools dominated the award tour this week with Cal’s Nathan Martorella winning Pac-12 Player of the Week and Stanford’s Alex Williams the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week.  Martorella went 10-19 with seven extra-base hits and eight runs scored over four games while Williams threw a three-hit shutout.

Meanwhile, Stanford DH Vincent Martinez was honored by Collegiate Baseball as one of their national players of the week.  Martinez slugged four homers and nine RBI with 4 runs scored, homering in all three games of their sweep of Arizona State.

PERFECT TIMING:  Perfect Game announced their Midseason Awards for this season and Oregon State lefty Cooper Hjerpe was named their Midseason Pitcher of the Year.  Hjerpe enters the weekend as one of eight pitchers with seven wins this season, leading Division 1.  The junior is also fifth in the country in strikeouts (77) and 22nd in ERA (1.70).

Their Midseason All-Amerian teams featured Hjerpe on the first team and two more on the second team with Arizona catcher Daniel Susac and Oregon State outfielder Jacob Melton

Their Midseason All-Freshman team was heavily Pac-12 influenced.  The hitters included Cal catcher Caleb Lomavita, Oregon first baseman Jacob Walsh, Oregon State second baseman Travis Bazzana and UCLA shortstop Cody Schrier.  The pitchers were a pair of Bruins with Thatcher Hurd and Ethan Flanagan.

D1Baseball National Players of the Week

  • April 5- LHP Cooper Hjerpe (OSU)

Collegiate Baseball National Players of the Week

  • April 11- DH Vincent Martinez (Stanford)
  • April 4- LHP Cooper Hjerpe (OSU), LHP Quinn Mathews (Stanford)
  • March 21- LHP Cooper Hjerpe (OSU)
  • March 14- OF Jacob Melton (OSU), C Daniel Susac (Arizona), LHP Adam Tulloch (Arizona St)
  • March 7- 1B/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

  • April 4- LHP Cooper Hjerpe (OSU)
  • 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

  • April 5- LHP Cooper Hjerpe (OSU) – Co-winner
  • March 8- RHP Thatcher Hurd (UCLA) – Co-winner

Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week

  • April 5- LHP Cooper Hjerpe (OSU)
  • 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)

POWER PLAYERS:  Reaching roughly one-third of the way through the season, D1Baseball named their Position Power Rankings with the Top 30 at each infield position, Top 75 relievers and their Top 100 in the outfield and among starting pitchers.  The following Pac-12 players made the lists:

  • Catcher:  #1 Daniel Susac (Arizona)
  • First Base:  #22 Carter Graham (Stanford)
  • Second Base:  #6 Travis  Bazzana (Oregon State)
  • Shortstop:  #21 Josh Kasevich (Oregon)
  • Third Base:  #13 Ethan Long (Arizona State)
  • Outfield:  #4 Jacob Melton (Oregon State), #17 Justin Boyd (Oregon State), #18 Dylan Beavers (California), #26 Colby Shade (Oregon), #28 Brock Jones (Stanford), #51 Tanner Smith (Oregon), #64 Tanner O’Tremba (Arizona), #80 Chase Davis (Arizona), #98 Joe Lampe (Arizona State)
  • Starting Pitchers: #13 Cooper Hjerpe (Oregon State), #19 TJ Nichols (Arizona), #20 Thatcher Hurd (UCLA), #36 Jake Brooks (UCLA), #44 Josh White (California), #63 Quinn Mathews (Stanford), #81 Max Rajcic (UCLA), #100 Garrett Irvin (Arizona)
  • Relievers:  #12 Stefan Raeth (Washington), #40 Holden Christian (Arizona), #43 Kolby Somers (Oregon), #46 Quinn Flanagan (Arizona), #60 Joey Dixon (Stanford)

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 (Midseason)

  • RHP Jake Brooks, UCLA
  • LHP Cooper Hjerpe, Oregon State
  • OF/INF Jacob Melton, Oregon State
  • Daniel Susac, Arizona

GOLDEN SPIKES (Preseason)

  • 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

BROOKS WALLACE (Collegiate Shortstop of the Year)

  • Josh Kasevich, Oregon
  • Nik McClaughry, Arizona
  • Sean McLain, Arizona State
  • Keshawn Ogans, California
  • Cody Schrier, UCLA

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.


ON DECK (Full Schedule

Thursday, April 14    
No. 16 Arizona at Utah Pac-12 Insider 10:00 a.m.. PT
California at Washington State WSU Live Stream 3:05 p.m. PT
Long Beach State at No. 2 Oregon State OSU Live Stream 5:35 p.m. PT
USC at Arizona State Pac-12 Insider 6:30 p.m. PT
No. 23 Stanford at No. 13 UCLA Pac-12 Networks 7:00 p.m. PT
Oregon at Washington Pac-12 Networks 7:05 p.m. PT
Friday, April 15    
No. 16 Arizona at Utah Utah Live Stream 10:00 a.m. PT
California at Washington State WSU Live Stream 2:05 p.m. PT
Oregon at Washington Pac-12 Networks 2:05 p.m. PT
Long Beach State at No. 2 Oregon State OSU Live Stream 5:35 p.m. PT
USC at Arizona State ASU Live Stream 6:00 p.m. PT
No. 23 Stanford at No. 13 UCLA ESPN2 7:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, April 16    
No. 16 Arizona at Utah Utah Live Stream 10:00 a.m. PT
USC at Arizona State ASU Live Stream 12:30 p.m. PT
California at Washington State WSU Live Stream 1:05 p.m. PT
Long Beach State at No. 2 Oregon State OSU Live Stream 1:35 p.m. PT
Oregon at Washington Pac-12 Washington 2:05 p.m. PT
No. 23 Stanford at No. 13 UCLA Pac-12 Networks 4:00 p.m. PT
Monday, April 18    
No. 16 Arizona at Creighton FS1 4:00 p.m. PT
No. 15 Gonzaga at No. 2 Oregon State Pac-12 Networks 5:30 p.m. PT
Tuesday, April 19    
Washington State at Seattle WAC Digital Network 4:00 p.m. PT
BYU at Utah Pac-12 Networks 5:00 p.m. PT
Oregon at Portland KRCW 5:00 p.m. PT
No. 13 UCLA at UC Santa Barbara   5:30 p.m. PT
No. 15 Gonzaga at No. 2 Oregon State  Pac-12 Insider 5:35 p.m. PT
No. 16 Arizona at Creighton CBS Sports Network 6:00 p.m. PT
Cal State Northridge at Arizona State ASU Live Stream 6:00 p.m. PT
No. 23 Stanford at Cal Poly   6:00 p.m. PT
USC at Cal State Fullerton ESPN Plus 6:00 p.m. PT
San Francisco at California Cal Live Stream 6:05 p.m. PT
Wednesday, April 20    
Washington State at Seattle WAC Digital Network 4:00 p.m PT

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
No. 2 Oregon State 10-5 24-7
No. 16 Arizona 10-5 23-10
No. 13 UCLA 8-4 23-9
No. 23 Stanford 9-6 18-10
Oregon 7-5 21-11
California 7-8 16-16
Utah 5-7 18-13-1
Arizona State 5-7 15-19
Washington 6-9 16-15
USC 4-8 18-12
Washington State 4-11 12-19

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
March 28 Ethan Long, Arizona State Quinn Mathews, Stanford
April 4 Trevor Halsema, USC Cooper Hjerpe, Oregon State
April 11 Nathan Martorella, California Alex Williams, Stanford