Softball Pac-12 power rankings: Arizona stands pat at No. 4
Freshman third baseman/right fielder Katiyana Mauga (34) hits a home run during Arizona’s 18-12 win against Stanford at Hillenbrand Stadium on April 4.
1. Oregon (37-5, 11-1 Pac-12 Conference)
Fresh off of a three-game sweep of rival Oregon State, Oregon maintains the top spot in this and the national rankings. California comes to Eugene this week in what should be a competitive series.
2. ASU (38-6, 12-3)
Despite being ranked behind UCLA in the national rankings, the Sun Devils leap frog UCLA this week in the Pac-12 rankings. ASU has a big series against Washington this week, which will be the perfect chance to validate its position.
3. UCLA Bruins (36-4, 9-3)
The Bruins move up to No. 2 in the national rankings but down in the Pac-12 rankings. This kind of trend is definitely uncommon among a team with only four losses on the season. However, its relatively easy upcoming schedule should encourage optimism.
4. Arizona (34-9, 9-6)
Arizona stays firm at No. 9 in the national rankings after taking two of three from Cal this past weekend. The Wildcats are off this week, but have five straight home games after that.
5. Washington (24-11, 4-7)
The Huskies dropped one spot in the national rankings to No. 11, and could drop further after this week’s three-game series against ASU. The Sun Devils are playing fantastic softball right now and will be tough to overcome.
6. Cal (22-17, 4-6)
Coming off of losing two of three to Arizona last weekend, the Golden Bears don’t get a break this week as they travel to Oregon. The Ducks are the No. 1 team in the nation and have only lost one conference game all season. Winning in Eugene is not going to be easy.
7. Stanford (25-16, 2-10)
Stanford really can’t seem to catch a break. The Cardinal is 1-5 in its last six games and take on Utah this week. The Utes actually have a better conference record than Stanford and won’t be an easy out.
8. Utah (18-19, 3-11)
After going over the .500 mark last week, Utah managed to drop below that same line this week. Luckily for Utah, its upcoming schedule shows several winnable games.
9. Oregon State (13-23, 3-10)
There’s just no way around it: The Beavers are the worst team in the conference. It doesn’t help that they play in a power softball conference, and their next six games are against the No. 2 UCLA Bruins and the No. 11 Washington Huskies.
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