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Pac-12 Baseball Weekly Release - April 21, 2022

Apr 21, 2022
Raph Baum

LEADING OFF:  With all Pac-12 schools now having played at least 15 conference games, this weekend marks the unofficial second half of the season with a tie atop the standings between the two Oregon schools.  

No. 2 Oregon State, winners of eight of their last nine overall, need two wins to reach the 30-victory mark for the 13th consecutive full season (not including the shortened 2020 campaign).  The Beavers welcome Washington to town this weekend and the Huskies are looking to win a series against OSU for the first time since 2013 and a series in Corvallis for the first time since 2004.  OSU’s Friday starter, Cooper Hjerpe, has struck out 50 batters with just four walks in 27.1 innings at home this season.

Just down the road, No. 23 Oregon will put their six-game win streak on the line against Washington State.  The Ducks have had a flair for the dramatic of late with their last five wins coming by a combined seven runs.  The Cougars, who won their last road series at Arizona two weeks ago, will be looking to win a series in Eugene for the first time since 2012.  Oregon leads the Pac-12 with 56 home runs, tying the school’s single-season record set last season.

No. 12 Stanford hits the road for four non-conference games in San Diego, two against Grand Canyon and two against San Diego State.  The Cardinal have won seven of their last eight overall and have seven shutouts on the season, tied for the most in country.

No. 14 UCLA hopes their strong play on the road continues this weekend in Berkeley.  The Bruins are 7-2 in true road games including winning both their conference road series (Arizona, Utah).  Cal has won their last two conference series this season, and have not lost a home series to the Bruins since 2014.  Preseason All-American Dylan Beavers hit his league-leading 12th home run on Tuesday and is now tied for eighth most in school history with 31 in his career.

It will be a duel in the desert this weekend in Tucson as the Sun Devils and Wildcats meet in conference play for the first time this season.  Arizona State won a non-conference matchup between these two on April 5th in Phoenix, as the Sun Devils overcame a 6-3 deficit to win 10-6.  ASU is riding a season-high five-game win streak into the weekend but not have won a series in Tucson since 2016. The Wildcats are coming off a two-game sweep at Creighton earlier this week, where the pitching staff did not allow an extra-base hit.

Utah is coming off a walk-off win over their in-state rivals on Tuesday and have now won three in a row and four of their last five.  The Utes hit the road this weekend to battle the Trojans.  USC, who’s averaging 8.4 runs per game over the last five games, are 14-5 all-time at home against Utah.

Rankings Roundup

  • USA Today Coaches:  #2 Oregon State, #12 Stanford, #14 UCLA, #23 Oregon
  • Baseball America:  #3 Oregon State, #6 Stanford, #10 Oregon, #16 UCLA
  • D1Baseball:  #2 Oregon State, #7 Stanford, #13 UCLA, #20 Oregon
  • Collegiate Baseball:  #6 Stanford, #7 Oregon State, #10 Oregon, #12 UCLA, #19 Arizona
  • NCBWA:  #2 Oregon State, #8 Stanford, #15 UCLA, #22 Oregon, #27 Arizona
  • Perfect Game:  #2 Oregon State, #12 Oregon, #18 Stanford, #20 UCLA

RPI UPDATE:  Entering Wednesday, the Pac-12 had nine teams in the top 100 in Adjusted RPI, one of only three conferences that can say that (ACC, SEC).  Oregon leads the way at No. 3 and are 3-1 against the RPI Top 25 teams with Oregon State right behind them at No. 6. 

UCLA has the fifth highest adjusted RPI (No. 43) among Pac-12 schools but is 10-3 against the RPI Top 50, the second best win percentage (.769) against Top 50 teams behind Tennessee (12-2, .857) – minimum 3 games

FORWARD THINKING:  D1Baseball and Baseball America both released updated projections for the Field of 64 on April 20th with both predicting five Pac-12 schools making the NCAA Tournament with three teams as regional hosts.

Just as in their previous release, both publications have Oregon State as a number one seed and at number 3 overall.  Both also have Stanford and Oregon moving up to regional hosts after being two seeds last time, effectively switching places with UCLA and Arizona who are now both predicted to be two seeds.  Oregon is listed as the seventh overall number one seed on both lists while Stanford is listed sixth by Baseball America and ninth by D1Baseball.

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 ROLL:  Stanford’s Quinn Mathews took home the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week award for the third time this season, becoming the first to do it since UCLA’s Ryan Garcia in 2019 and first Cardinal to do it since Mark Appel in 2013.  Arizona State infielder Sean McLain hit .688 last week to take home the Pac-12 Player of the Week, an award his older brother Matt won at UCLA in March 2020.

Collegiate Baseball named USC catcher Tyler Lozano as one of their national players of the week.  Lozano tied a school record with three home runs in a game on April 14 at Arizona State, becoming the first Trojan to do it since Ricky Oropesa in 2010.  The redshirt junior finished the week with four homers and 10 RBI with five runs scored in four games.

D1Baseball National Players of the Week

  • April 5- LHP Cooper Hjerpe (OSU)

Collegiate Baseball National Players of the Week

  • April 18- C Tyler Lozano (USC)
  • April 11- C 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)

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.

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)

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. 

Their Midseason All-American 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.

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)

PAC TO THE PROS:  MLB’s Opening Day 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 got 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).

FEELING A DRAFT:  D1Baseball released their MLB Draft Midseason Top 150 prospects with 12 Pac-12 players making the list with the rough estimate of the round they would be drafted in:

  • #2- Arizona catcher Daniel Susac (1st round)
  • #13- Cal outfielder Dylan Beavers (1st round)
  • #30- Oregon State outfielder Jacob Melton (2nd round)
  • #32- Oregon State pitcher Cooper Hjerpe (2nd round)
  • #40- Stanford outfielder Brock Jones (2nd round)
  • #62- Oregon shortstop Josh Kasevich (3rd round)
  • #82- Oregon State outfielder Justin Boyd (4th round)
  • #93- Oregon pitcher Adam Maier (5th round)
  • #120- Arizona State outfielder Ethan Long (5th round)
  • #137- Oregon outfielder Anthony Hall (6th round)
  • #145- Arizona state infielder Sean McLain (6th round)
  • #149- UCLA pitcher Max Rajcic (6th round)

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).


ON DECK (Full Schedule

Friday, April 22    
Grand Canyon vs No. 12 Stanford (in San Diego)   1:00 p.m.. PT
Washington at No. 2 Oregon State Pac-12 Insider 5:35 p.m. PT
Arizona State at Arizona Pac-12 Arizona 6:00 p.m. PT
Utah at USC Pac-12 Mountain 6:00 p.m. PT
Washington State at No. 23 Oregon Oregon Live Stream 6:00 p.m. PT
No. 14 UCLA at California Cal Live Stream 6:05 p.m. PT
Saturday, April 23    
Grand Canyon vs. No. 12 Stanford   1:00 p.m. PT
Washington at No. 2 Oregon State OSU Live Stream 1:35 p.m. PT
Washington State at No. 23 Oregon Oregon Live Stream 3:00 p.m. PT
No. 14 UCLA at Cal Cal Live Stream 3:05 p.m. PT
Arizona State at Arizona Pac-12 Networks 5:00 p.m. PT
Utah at USC Pac-12 Networks 5:00 p.m. PT
No. 12 Stanford at San Diego State   6:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, April 24    
Arizona State at Arizona Pac-12 Networks 12:00 p.m. PT
Utah at USC Pac-12 Los Angeles 12:00 p.m. PT
Washington State at No. 23 Oregon Oregon Live Stream 12:00 p.m. PT
No. 12 Stanford at San Diego State   1:00 p.m. PT
No. 14 UCLA at California Cal Live Stream 1:05 p.m. PT
Washington at No. 2 Oregon State Pac-12 Insider 1:05 p.m. PT
Tuesday, April 26    
Dixie State at Utah Utah Live Stream 3:00 p.m. PT
Washington at Seattle WAC Digital Network 4:00 p.m. PT
Arizona at New Mexico State WAC Digital Network 5:00 p.m. PT
Oregon State at Oregon (non-conference game) Pac-12 Insider 6:00 p.m. PT
UC Irvine at No. 14 UCLA UCLA Live Stream 6:00 p.m. PT
UC Santa Barbara at USC USC Live Stream 6:00 p.m. PT
UNLV at Arizona State ASU Live Stream 6:00 p.m. PT
No. 11 Gonzaga at Washington State WSU Live Stream 6:05 p.m. PT
Pacific at California Cal Live Stream 6:05 p.m. PT

CONFERENCE STANDINGS (Expanded Standings

Teams Pac-12 Record Overall Record
No. 2 Oregon State 10-5 28-8
No. 23 Oregon 10-5 25-11
Arizona 11-7 26-12
No. 12 Stanford 11-7 21-11
No. 14 UCLA 9-6 25-11
Arizona State 8-7 19-19
California 9-9 18-18
Utah 7-8 21-14-1
Washington 6-12 16-18
Washington State 5-13 14-21
USC 4-11 18-16

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
April 18 Sean McLain, Arizona State Quinn Mathews, Stanford