*** With Easter Sunday, matchups are taking place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
UCLA at Arizona State
The premiere matchup in the conference this weekend takes place in Tempe, Arizona. The Bruins, ranked No. 6 in the latest NCWBA poll, come into the weekend 17-4 and 5-1 in conference. The Bruins are coming off a series victory last weekend against California. Arizona State, ranked No. 26, sits at 13-7-1 and 2-4 in conference play. Arizona State dropped two out of three last weekend against Oregon State. The player to watch for the Sun Devil’s is LHP Ryan Kellogg, who threw a no-hitter against the Beavers last Saturday. It will be interesting to see how he bounces back against another quality opponent. Arizona State ranks third in the conference with a .285 batting average, while UCLA sits at sixth with a .268 team batting average. On the mound, UCLA sits second in the conference with a 2.07 team ERA. Arizona State is fifth with a 3.10 team ERA. These are both regional teams and this matchup will be interesting to see how UCLA handles a quality opponent on the road in conference. The weekend at Arizona State will be the first time the Bruins have been on the road for a series since playing Baylor in Waco, Texas, on February 22. Continue reading
Arizona State at Oregon State
Oregon State took two out of three from Arizona State over the weekend. On Friday the Beavers, beyond LHP Matt Boyd, won the opener by a final of 5-0. Boyd went the distance and only allowed one hit. He struck out a career high 11 batters. Outfielder Michael Conforto led the Beavers with three hits, while designated hitter Dylan Davis drove in two RBI. While Boyd’s outing on Friday was impressive, the most outstanding performance of the weekend took place Saturday, as LHP Ryan Kellogg threw a no-hitter in the Sun Devil 4-0 victory. Kellogg struck out three and did not walk a batter. The no-hitter was the first against Oregon State since March 27, 1994 when Lewis and Clark State accomplished the feat. Arizona State had two errors to spoil the perfect game. Four Sun Devils had multi-hit games, while outfielder Jake Peevyhouse drove in two RBI. One of the RBI came on the outfielder’s first home run of the season. On Sunday, the Beavers were able to bounce back and claim the series victory with a 4-3 victory. Neither starter worked past the fifth, while a Michael Conforto sacrifice fly gave the Beavers the lead. The Oregon State bullpen was able to work around walks in the later innings to seal the victory. Continue reading
Oregon State at Arizona
The Oregon State Beavers swept Arizona for the first time in school history. The Beavers, now 19-1 and 3-0 in the Pac-12, took the Friday night game by a score of 6-2. Outfielder Michael Conforto hit a three-run home run and LHP Matt Boyd held Arizona to two hits and two runs through seven innings. Boyd improved to 4-0 on the season. On Saturday, Oregon State pulled off the series win by a final of 4-3. RHP Andrew Moore became the first Pac-12 pitcher to 5-0 this season. The freshman only lasted 5 2/3 innings, but the Beaver bullpen held Arizona scoreless the rest of the way. Designated hitter Dylan Davis and catcher Jake Rodriquez each had two RBI apiece. The Beavers finished off the sweep Sunday afternoon by a final of 8-4. Catcher Jake Rodriquez, who came into the game in the fourth inning as defensive substitution, had a career high five RBI. LHP Ben Wetzler made the start Sunday as he continues to battle back from a bad back. He went 4 1/3 innings while only allowing one run. With the sweep, the Arizona Wildcats fell to 15-8 overall and are now 0-3 in the conference. Continue reading
In preparing for the weekend, I caught up with Oregon State head coach Pat Casey to talk about his thoughts on how the season has gone so far for the Beavers. Oregon State is 8-0 and off to their best start since 1962. “Obviously when you start 8-0, you feel like you did a lot of things well,” Casey said. We played fairly well on the defensive side of the game. I think we could have swung the bats better.” The Beavers enter the weekend with a .297 team batting average, but will look to improve upon that number against a team in Bryant who has only played three games this season. Continue reading
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
As we continue counting down to the first pitch of the 2013 season, we are running some of the best posters from schools across the country. The team we feature today is the Washington State Cougars. They are coming off a season which saw them go 28-28 overall with a 12-18 record in Pac-12 conference play. You can check out the poster below. Future posters can be sent to me by clicking here. Continue reading
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 75 with Washington State junior Jason Monda. The Olympia, Washington native attended Capital High School. He was a four year letterwinner while being named all-league in three seasons. He was named WCC co-MVP senior year as well as Tacoma News Tribune All-Area first team as a senior. He ended up being drafted in the 32nd round by the Colorado Rockies in the 2010 MLB Draft but went to Washington State to continue his career.