This Week in the Pac-12, Apr. 24: Baseball race tightens as top teams falterby Scott Terrell on Apr. 24, 2013, under Sports
The top two baseball teams in the Pac-12 took a week off from winning and the previously-hot Arizona Wildcats cooled off on the Farm.
Read on for this week’s polls, schedule and teeny-tiny previews!
Here’s where the Pac-12 falls in the five major NCAA baseball polls:
Arizona State is No. 8 in two polls and outside the top 25 in another. Ah, the quirks of college baseball.
The games of this week:
#20.6 Stanford (23-12 / 9-6) at #9.6 Oregon (30-10 / 13-5)
Oregon gave up five total runs in three games against UCLA last week and lost the series. Who loses 1-0 games on consecutive days?
USC (16-23 / 8-10) at #6.4 OSU (31-8 / 11-4)
The Ducks didn’t lose any ground in the Pac-12 race because Oregon State lost two of three to Washington including a double-header sweep on Saturday.
#8.2 UCLA 25-12 / 9-6) at WSU (19-18 / 6-9)
The Bruins are giving up just 3.3 runs per game in Pac-12 play.
#15.0 ASU (24-12 / 8-7) at Utah (16-20 / 5-13)
ASU announced it will be moving to a city-owned stadium previously used for spring training. What a unique and not-at-all-borrowed idea!
Cal (18-22 / 7-11) at Washington (12-26 / 5-10)
The Huskies played top-10 Oregon State and almost doubled their Pac-12 win total.
Alabama State (27-18) at #25.6 ARIZONA (25-14 / 9-9)
The ASU Hornets are in 2nd place in the SWAC Eastern Division.
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The Stanford/Arizona series was one where both teams went home thinking they should have swept. The Cats had the bases loaded with one out in the 9th on Friday before losing by a run, and the UA had a seven-run inning in Sunday’s defeat.
This week you want to see the Wildcat pitchers get back into form, especially the three starters. James Farris and Tyler Crawford were excellent against Washington State two weeks ago but each gave up seven earned runs against Stanford. The staff as a whole allowed 21 runs in the final two games against the Cardinal.
Returning to Tucson should help, where the UA has won seven straight games at Hi Corbett Field. Arizona has only 10 home games left this season and seven come in a 10-day span starting Friday.
Time to make like last night’s dinner and get reheated.
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