Pac-12 softball power rankings: Ducks hold on to lead
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.
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.
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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