Here is your Pac-12 Weekend Recap for February 22nd-24th.
Arizona State at Tennessee
The No. 22 ranked Sun Devils traveled to Knoxville to take on the Volunteers over the weekend. In game one, RHP Trevor Williams secured his first victory of the season by throwing seven innings and striking out eight as Arizona State won 4-0. Trevor Allen hit a three-run homerun for the Devils. In game two, after Arizona State scored two early runs, RHP Drake Owenby for Tennessee was able to stifle Arizona State. He pitched four innings out of the pen and did not allow a run as Tennessee was able to secure an 11-2 victory thanks to three Volunteers knocking in multiple RBI. In game three Sunday afternoon, LHP Ryan Kellogg improved to 2-0 after bouncing back from allowing an early run. His final line was 5 IP, 1ER, and 6K’s, as Arizona State was able to secure a series victory 5-1. Outfielders Trevor Allen and James McDonald each hit a two-run homerun to account for four of the five RBI. Continue reading
UCLA at Baylor
The No. 6 ranked Bruins will travel to Waco, Texas to take on the Baylor Bears this weekend. It will be UCLA’s first visit to Baylor in program history. UCLA (2-1) is coming off a series victory against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Bruins dropped the opener 6-2 in 10 innings Friday night, but rallied on Saturday by defeating the Gophers 14-0. On Sunday, sophomore starter Grant Watson kept the Gophers quiet by throwing six scoreless innings and tallying a career high eight strikeouts. Baylor (1-3) is coming off a win at home Tuesday against Texas State. The Bears were swept on the road at UC Irvine last weekend. Continue reading
2012 Conference Standings
Oregon St: 18-12
Arizona St: 18-12
Washington St: 12-18
The Pac-12 is one of the best conferences in college baseball. It’s a safe statement after the University of Arizona claimed their fourth National Championship in school history by sweeping the two-time defending champion South Carolina Gamecocks in 2012. Their coach was also rewarded. Andy Lopez was named the National Coach of the Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Arizona was also able to lay claim to the Pac-12 title last season; an honor in which they shared with another national power, UCLA. UCLA finished one game better than Arizona in the overall record, and advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. They meet in the winner’s bracket with Arizona getting the better of their conference rival. Still, two teams in the College World Series, is a signal to the rest of the NCAA that the Pac-12 is once again a dominant conference. Continue reading
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — In a polling of the Pac-12’s baseball coaches, STANFORD has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the conference title this season. The Cardinal received five of 10 possible first-place votes and 93 points. Stanford finished the 2012 campaign with a 41-18 record and advanced to NCAA Super Regional play in the postseason. The Cardinal, led by preseason All-Americans Mark Appel, Brian Ragira and Austin Wilson, enters the season as a consensus top-10 team in the national rankings. Continue reading
An abbreviated version for the Week 7 weekend preview. Find out where all the Southern California teams are playing, what we’ll have our eyes on and then take a trip around the horn.
Arizona @ Oregon State
-Arizona took 2/3 from Washington State
-Oregon State swept Cal making them the only Pac-12 team to sweep its conference opener Continue reading
As conference play kicked off over the weekend, the competition level proved just how ultra-competitive of a conference that the Pac-12 already is. Oregon State was the only Pac-12 team to come out of week one unscathed as they swept Cal in their conference opener. This makes them the only team in the conference undefeated in Pac-12 play aside from Stanford who has yet to play a conference game.
LOS ANGELES — The Utah Utes took a pair of close games in their first ever Pac-12 games Friday afternoon at USC’s Dedeaux Field.
Utah completely shut down the Trojans’ offensive attack. The Utes got great pitching efforts from starters Joe Pond (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 7 K) and Brock Duke (7 IP, 8 H, ER, 5 K) and relievers Tyler Wagner and Mitch Watrous allowed only hit in five innings.
I caught up with Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg between the doubleheader about how things have changed now that the Utes are members of the Pac-12 conference:
LOS ANGELES — The Utah Utes introduced themselves to Pac-12 conference play with a doubleheader sweep of USC on Friday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Utes (6-11, 2-0) took the first game 1-0 behind a combined three-hitter by Joe Pond and Tyler Wagner, negating a complete game, 11-strikeout effort by USC (12-6, 0-2) ace Andrew Triggs.
Overall Record: 58-25
Collegiate Baseball: Stanford (3), ASU (11), Oregon (15), Arizona (18), USC (21), Cal (25), Oregon State (26), UCLA (28)
NCBWA: Stanford (2), ASU (11), Arizona (14), Oregon (23), Oregon State (24), UCLA (25), Cal (28), USC (29),
Baseball America: Stanford (2), Arizona (7), ASU (11), UCLA (17), Oregon (18) Continue reading