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 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.
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:
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
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 all 10 possible first-place votes and 100 points. Stanford finished the 2011 campaign with a 35-22 record after progressing to NCAA Super Regional play in the postseason. Stanford is ranked in the top five in the preseason polls, including a No. 2 ranking in Baseball America’s preseason top 25 poll. The Cardinal features preseason All-America selections Stephen Piscotty, Mark Appel and Kenny Diekroeger. Continue reading
Here is Part Two of our Pac-12 Preview. You can check out the first part of the preview by clicking here.
UCLA (35-24 overall, 18-9 Pac-12)
Key Returning Players: RHP Zack Weiss, RHP Adam Plutko, OF Beau Ameral
Key Losses Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Trevor Bauer, 1st overall pick Gerrit Cole, C Steve Rodriguez Continue reading
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
Wichita, Kan. (NCBWA) — Forty-five players have been named to the initial watch list for the eighth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association Wednesday. Continue reading
Utah quarterback and RHP Tyler Shreve has left the Utah football program to transfer to Riverside (CA) Community College where he will play both football and baseball. Shreve was a highly regarded baseball recruit out of high school but only pitched 0.2 innings as a freshman in 2011. He was drafted in the tenth round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010. It should be interesting to see if Shreve ends up transferring to a Division 1 baseball program after the 2012 season. Continue reading