This Week in the Pac-10, Apr. 8: Kurt Heyer and the Wildcats host Top-25 Calby Scott Terrell on Apr. 07, 2011, under Sports
The Arizona Wildcats baseball team wasn’t expecting to be sitting in 6th place at this point, but that’s life when you play in a conference with six ranked teams.
The best remedy is to beat one of them and the Cats have another chance at home.
Elsewhere in the Pac-10, none of the tri-leaders play each other this weekend but one of the teams tied for 4th looks to make a move.
It’s another fun-filled three days with a full slate of five Pac-10 series. The matchups look like this (with each team’s average ranking in the five polls):
#16.6 Cal (19-7 / 5-1) at #21.2 ARIZONA (20-10 / 2-4)
The Bears are playing very well, winning 13 of their last 16, but this will be their first true road series of the year.
#5.6 ASU (22-6 / 5-1) at #20.6 OSU (21-7 / 2-1)
The Devils leave town for their first conference road games. If someone else is going to win this league they need to be rooting for the Beavers.
#15.8 Stanford (14-7 / 2-1) at USC (11-18 / 2-4)
Stanford is starting Pac-10 play with two straight road series. If they get through this weekend they could get into the championship discussion in a hurry.
#20.8 UCLA (14-10 / 5-1) at WSU (12-12 / 1-5)
The Bruins gave up six total runs in their sweep last week. If Wazzu gets to three at any point they should stop the game and celebrate.
Washington (7-19 / 0-3) at Oregon (14-12 / 0-3)
Somebody’s going to get their first Pac-10 win! Don’t be surprised if the Ducks take all three. UW looks like this year’s ASU Basketball.
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So the year-away Wildcats aren’t going to shock the conference and win Andy Lopez’s first Pac-10 title. It’s time to focus on the smaller goal of winning a home series against a good team.
Cal is second in the Pac-10 in team ERA and in this conference that’s saying something. All three of the Bears’ starters – Erik Johnson, Justin Jones and Dixon Anderson – have at least three wins with a sub-3 ERA.
The Cats counter with the best hitting team in the league. Joey Rickard continues to lead the Pac-10 in batting average while Cole Frenzel and Bryce Ortega are 3rd and 4th.
Lots of baseball left to be played. This weekend’s games start at 6 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and 12 noon on Sunday.
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