Softball Pac-12 power rankings: Bruins dominating
1. UCLA Bruins (33-2, 8-1 Pac-12 Conference)
The Bruins remain the No. 1 team in the nation and have lost only twice all year. As long as the UCLA pitching staff continues to dominate opponents, the Bruins won’t move from this spot.
2. Oregon (32-4, 6-0)
The Ducks keep on winning and have held firm at the No. 3 ranking in the nation for a few weeks. A huge three-game series against UCLA this weekend could decide who wins the Pac-12.
3. ASU (32-6, 6-3)
ASU is coming off of two wins over Arizona and has moved up to the No. 6 ranking in the nation. The Sun Devils won’t play a tough game for another month, which should provide the team with several wins and a chance to move up in the rankings.
4. Arizona (29-8, 4-5)
The Wildcats are in the middle of a 6-5 stretch and have fallen to No. 10 in the national rankings. Arizona has a good chance this weekend to get back on track with a three-game series against Stanford at home.
Freshman infielder Katiyana Mauga hits the ball to bring junior catcher Chelsea Goodacre to home plate during Arizona's 14-1 win against Oregon State at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium on March 24.
5. Washington (22-10, 2-6)
Washington did not have a productive week, as it lost three straight games to Oregon. The Huskies put up only three runs over the series and dropped from No. 7 to No. 9 in the national rankings.
6. Stanford (24-11, 1-5)
Stanford played only two games last week and went 1-1 in those games. The Cardinal is lucky to remain in the national rankings after its ho-hum week.
7. California (19-11, 3-1)
Cal would’ve ranked higher here if two of its games from this past weekend hadn’t been rained out. The Golden Bears are kind of the unknown team in the conference.
8. Utah (12-15, 1-7)
With Utah and Oregon State facing off this week, the two worst teams in the conference will face a battle royal for the ages!
9. Oregon State (11-18, 2-5)
Just kidding; both teams are battling for the right to get a win or two. Looking at the rest of Oregon State’s schedule, this might be the last chance it has to win.
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