Pac-12 softball power rankings: Arizona stays in fourth
Senior Estela Piñon pitches at Hilenbrand Stadium. Piñon went all seven innings and only gave up two hits during Arizona’s second game against Washington on Sunday.
1. Oregon (47-6-1, 18-2-1)
This past weekend was really confusing for Oregon, as it lost a game, won a game and even tied a game against ASU. The Ducks play Arizona this weekend in what should be a great series.
2. UCLA Bruins (46-5, 17-4)
UCLA outplayed Stanford in two of their three games, but has to forget its most recent home loss. ASU is one of the hottest teams in the conference, and the Bruins have to travel to Tempe, Ariz., to take on the Sun Devils.
3. ASU (43-8-1, 14-5-1)
The Sun Devils had a rare win-loss-tie weekend against Oregon and have little to no time to dwell on that, as they play UCLA this weekend. If ASU can take care of the Bruins, it will definitely move up in these rankings next week.
4. Arizona (40-11, 13-8)
The Wildcats continue to struggle away from Hillenbrand Stadium, and luckily for them, they have no more road games. Unluckily for them, Oregon comes to town this weekend, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see Arizona’s undefeated home record end.
5. Washington (30-13, 10-9)
Washington would be higher on this list if it had played more games. It just took two of three from Arizona, but it’s just too much of a reach to put the Huskies over the Wildcats.
6. Utah (26-24, 8-15)
A sweep against California proved to be exactly what Utah needed after laboring through a four-game losing streak. The Utes have five winnable games this week and could get above 30 wins.
7. Stanford (29-23, 4-17)
Stanford stole a game against UCLA, but is still the most disappointing team in the Pac-12. Seems like forever ago that the Cardinal was in the top-25 rankings.
8. California (23-26, 4-15)
It wasn’t a surprise to see California get swept against Utah last weekend, and now it will play Washington this weekend. There’s little to no chance it wins a game against the Huskies.
9. Oregon State (16-30, 3-16)
Oregon State is the only Pac-12 team that will not reach the 20-win plateau, because it only has three games left. Winning out would at least provide optimism as the Beavers’ season ends.
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