Huskies Earn Seventh Seed For Inaugural Pac-12 Baseball Tournament In Arizona
SEATTLE - Great things can happen when you finish strong and the Washington Huskies proved just that finishing with 12 straight wins to earn them a spot in the inaugural 2022 Pac-12 Baseball Tournament. Only eight of the 11 Pac-12 baseball teams are invited to the tournament May 25-29 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
At 18-24 following a road loss to then 12th-ranked Gonzaga on May 2nd, the Huskies sat two and a half games back of Arizona State for that eighth and final spot. Plus, the three teams in the mix (Arizona State, Utah, and Cal) all held any tie-breaker scenarios as the Huskies dropped two of three in each of those series. The Dawgs were going to need some breaks to crack the field of eight, so they left nothing to chance. Taking two of three from the sixth-ranked Cardinal the weekend before gave this young Husky ball club a sense of what they were made of. With that edge of confidence, they swept then eighth-ranked UCLA and didn't stop there. They continued to roll rattling off nine more straight wins to not only earn a ticket to the tournament, but a seventh seed none the less. Their 14-16 Pac-12 record now places them one game above 13-17 Arizona State who grabbed the eighth spot.
Overall Pac-12 standings show the 30-24 Huskies in sixth place just above 28-25 California. The Golden Bears also hold a 14-16 Pac-12 record, but leapfrog the Huskies into the tournament's sixth spot owning the regular season series tie-breaker.
The Huskies' impressive finish helped to exceed pre-season expectations where the Huskies were predicted to finish 10th out of 11 teams.
With the seventh seed, the Huskies are set to take on the number the two seed Oregon State Beavers on Wednesday at 4:45 PM at Scottsdale Stadium.
Live tournament coverage can be found on Pac-12 Networks leading up to the championship game, which will take place on ESPN2 on Sunday, May 29 at 7:00 PM.
Those looking to cheer on the Dawgs in the stands can purchase tickets at Pac-12.com/tickets.