Pac-12 baseball power rankings: Huskies top power rankings
1. No. 20 Washington (22-6-1, 10-2 Pac-12 Conference)
The Huskies kept the ball rolling over the weekend with a conference series win on the road against a very tough Oregon team. UW jumped up four spots in the NCBWA poll and will face some lighter competition this week in Seattle against Stanford.
2. No. 5 Oregon State (25-6, 9-3)
The Beavers have won five in a row, culminating in their home sweep over Stanford, and are starting to heat up. They don’t have any midweek games and should be able to win the upcoming weekend series against Washington State, even though it’s on the road.
3. No. 12 Oregon (22-10, 7-5)
Oregon dropped three spots in the NCBWA poll after losing two out of three on the road against Washington. But the Ducks snapped the Huskies’ 10-game win streak with a seven-run win on Friday, so credit where credit is due.
4. ASU (17-12, 7-5)
The Sun Devils impressed over the weekend, winning a conference series against USC at Packard Stadium. If ASU beats Arizona today and takes at least two out of three versus California, it could break into the top 25 of the NCBWA.
JUNIOR CATCHER Riley Moore attempts to tag Oregon State freshman infielder Caleb Hamilton at home plate during Arizona’s 11-0 loss against Oregon State on March 30 at Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats are near the bottom of the Pac-12 power rankings, while the Beavers are near the top.
5. No. 22 UCLA (18-12, 6-3)
It was another week of .500 caliber baseball for UCLA, and it fell out of the NCBWA’s top 20 because of it. Losing a series to Long Beach State (15-15) over the weekend didn’t help its case. The Bruins look like they have a national championship hangover.
6. Washington State (15-13, 6-3)
Currently on a six-game win streak, this team is starting to show some life. WSU just broke out the brooms against Cal, but has a tough weekend ahead when big, bad Oregon State comes to town.
7. USC (15-15, 4-8)
The Trojans have lost six of their last 10 games, and the season is slowly slipping away from them. This weekend, USC must sweep Utah if it hopes to make the playoffs, especially if it wants to recover from its loss to Pepperdine on Tuesday.
8. Stanford (10-14, 3-6)
It’s starting to look bleak for Stanford now that it’s dropped four in a row. On a positive note, all three losses to Oregon State last weekend were highly competitive; the largest margin of victory for the Beavers was three runs.
9. Cal (14-15, 3-3)
Cal should not have been swept by Washington State, and it knows that. This is not a playoff team.
10. Arizona (14-19, 4-8)
Well, somebody had to give Utah its first Pac-12 win, and Arizona was that somebody. The Wildcats picked up a little momentum, though, by winning the next two games against the Utes, giving the UA its first conference series win of 2014.
11. Utah (10-19, 1-11)
The Utes got the monkey off their back by finally picking up a Pac-12 win against Arizona last Friday. Alas, they’re playing the season out for pride at this point.
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