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Arizona baseball moves up in rankings

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Alex McIntyre | The Daily Wildcat

Arizona baseball catcher Riley Moore (6) celebrates with teammates Kevin Newman (2) and Michael Hoard (31) during Arizona's 17-6 victory over ASU at Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats won their Washington State series to move up one spot in the Pac-12 Conference power rankings.

1. No. 5 (USA Today) UCLA (32-11, 16-5 Pac-12 Conference)

The Bruins split their four games last week but did take a series against Gonzaga, surely avenging those men’s basketball losses this season. On Tuesday, Arizona coach Andy Lopez’s alma mater faces Pepperdine, where he won his first national championship.

Last week: first, L at Long Beach State 2-1 (13), WLW vs. Gonzaga 3-0, 6-1, 6-5

This week: vs. Pepperdine (24-21, 14-7 WCC) (single game), at No. 13 ASU (29-15, 14-7)

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2. No. 14 USC (32-14, 13-8)

The Trojans were one run away from sweeping Utah but fell in extra innings on Sunday. They also lost at home to Cal State Fullerton in extras.

Last week: second, L vs. Cal State Fullerton 5-3 (12), WWL at Utah 12-7, 8-5, 8-5 (10)

This week: vs. UC Irvine (28-16, 11-4 Big West) (single game), vs. Stanford (20-25, 6-15)

3. Oregon State (29-14, 12-9)

The Beavers won their third rubber match of the Pac-12 season on Sunday to take the series at Washington. OSU has now won three series in a row.

Last week: third, WLW at Washington 4-2 (10), 8-6, 4-1

This week: vs. Oregon (27-20, 9-12) (single game), vs. Utah (15-27, 7-14)

4. No. 25 California (29-15, 15-9)

The Golden Bears won their second straight series and entered the national rankings. Their reward is a trip to Buies Creek, N.C., to face the Fighting Camels of Campbell University … Um, OK.

Last week: fifth, W vs. Fresno State 4-1, LWW vs. No. 13 ASU 5-3, 5-4, 8-6

This week: at Campbell (27-19, 10-11 Big South)

5. No. 13 ASU (29-15, 14-7)

Last week wasn’t a good one for the Sun Devils, getting pounded by Arizona and then dropping their first Pac-12 series. Now ASU hosts first-place UCLA in a matchup that’s lost some luster.

Last week: fourth, L at Arizona 17-6, WLL at No. 25 California 5-3, 5-4, 8-6

This week: vs. No. 5 UCLA (32-11, 16-5)

6. Arizona (27-18, 11-13)

After an April to forget, the Wildcats are hot right now. After losing five in a row, twice, and 11 of 13, Arizona has won three of its last four games.

Last week: seventh, W vs. No. 13 ASU 17-6, WLW at Washington State 14-5, 5-3, 2-0 (11)

This week: vs. Washington (24-21, 9-15)

7. Oregon (27-20, 9-12)

After a slow start to conference play, the Ducks have won three of their last four series, only losing two games to one at USC. Oregon had won four in a row until they gave up four runs late to Stanford on Sunday.

Last week: Eighth, WWL vs. Stanford 7-3, 4-3, 6-5

This week: at Oregon State (29-14, 12-9) (single game), at Washington State (25-21, 8-13)

8. Washington State (25-21, 8-13)

The Cougars’ bid to beat Arizona came up short after they dropped a fly ball on Sunday. Since the November 2014 football win at Arizona, WSU has lost both men’s basketball games to UA in blowouts, was routed in their football game versus Arizona and lost a baseball series to the Wildcats on an error. Karma?  

Last week: sixth, W at Washington 3-0, LWL vs. Arizona 14-5, 5-3, 2-0 (11)

This week: vs. Oregon (27-20, 9-12)

9. Washington (24-21, 9-15)

The Huskies came close stealing a series against Oregon State. A total of 2,360 fans, a Husky Ballpark record, attended Sunday’s loss. Unfortunately for them, the Huskies are still near the bottom of the conference.

Last week: ninth, L vs. Washington State 3-0, LWL vs. Oregon State 4-2 (10), 8-6, 4-1

This week: at Arizona (27-18, 11-13)

10. Stanford (20-25, 6-15)

After winning two series in a row, the Cardinal has lost a couple consecutively. It did rally to beat Oregon and avoid its fourth Pac-12 series sweep of the year, though.

Last week: 10th, W vs. San Jose State 4-3, LLW at Oregon 7-3, 4-3, 6-5

This week: vs. Santa Clara (20-26, 8-13 WCC) (single game), at No. 14 USC (32-14, 13-8)

11. Utah (15-27, 7-14)

The Utes avoided a sweep at the hands of USC with a 10th inning walk-off, three-run home run. Too bad the stands looked about as full as a Baltimore Orioles home game last week.

Last week: 11th, LLW vs. No. 14 USC 12-7, 8-5, 8-5 (10)

This week: at Utah Valley (15-29, 11-10 WAC) (single game), at Oregon State (29-14, 12-9)

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