Pac-12 softball power rankings: Ducks hold on to lead
Arizona junior utility Hallie Wilson (5) is greeted by her teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during Arizona’s 8-3 win against Utah at Hillenbrand Stadium on Sunday. The Wildcats remained fourth in the Daily Wildcat Pac-12 power rankings.
1. Oregon (44-5, 17-1)
At the rate it’s currently going, I’m not quite sure if anyone in the country can stop Oregon. The No. 1 Ducks have a 10-game winning streak.
2. UCLA Bruins (44-4, 15-3)
UCLA has rebounded nicely after losing two out of three games to Oregon almost a month ago and has even matched Oregon’s win total.
3. Arizona State (42-7, 11-3)
ASU has held firm in the top five nationally, and here at No. 3 of the power rankings. This weekend’s series against Oregon is the perfect opportunity to move up.
4. Arizona (39-9, 12-6)
The 10 days off did not hurt Arizona, which won all five of its games over the last week. The UA now has a three-game series on the road against Washington that will show head coach Mike Candrea exactly what kind of team he has.
5. Washington (28-12, 8-8)
The Huskies really needed to catch a break, and their series against Oregon State gave them just that. If Washington’s offense can expose the Arizona pitching staff this weekend, it can surprise the Wildcats.
6. Utah (23-24, 5-15)
You can’t blame Utah’s hustle this season; it just doesn’t have the talent to defeat the top tier teams in the Pac-12. It has shown a lot of fight in conference play, though.
7. Stanford (27-21, 3-15)
Stanford was 24-6 out of conference and only 3-15 in conference play. The Pac-12 is a great softball conference, but the Cardinal has no excuses for all of its losses. To make matters worse, it’s up against UCLA this weekend.
8. California (23-23, 4-12)
Like Stanford, Cal has struggled mightily in Pac-12 conference play.
9. Oregon State (13-29, 3-16)
Oregon State has been the worst team in the Pac-12 all season and would need to win all of its remaining five games just to get to 18 wins.
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