Baseball Weekend Roundup

Last weekend marked the final slate of non-conference games for the Pac-10. Stanford did their part by winning their only game of the week, a 9-6 victory at Pacific. While it was overall another solid weekend for the conference. Read on for all of the latest from around the Pac-10 plus an updated "Super Sixteen."

Pac-10 Standings (overall records through games of Sun. 3/20)

Oregon State         16-3
USC                  13-6
Arizona              16-9
California           16-9
Stanford             12-7
Washington           13-8
Washington State     15-10
Arizona State        16-12
UCLA                  7-13

In what was the final full weekend of non-conference play, the Pac-10 remained red-hot.  Arizona vs. Cal State Fullerton was no doubt the series of the weekend as the 2nd ranked Titans managed a close 2-of-3 series win on their home field.  The Wildcats won an exciting pitchers duel in the opener by a 1-0 score as John Meloan outdueled Ricky Romero.  Fullerton responded with an easy 7-1 victory on Saturday before a thrilling, come-from-behind 17-15 win in the rubber contest.  Arizona rattled off a bunch of wins against inferior competition to begin the year, but has shown they can hang with the best in the country.  The Wildcats have taken a series from 24th ranked Mississippi State while they've also lost 2-of-3 to highly rated Texas in a very competitive matchup.

The other seven teams who played last weekend all came through with winning week's.  Oregon State continued their torrid non-conference season with an easy three-game home sweep of Sacramento State.  The pitching-rich Beavers allowed just nine runs in the three games as they ran their record to a remarkable 16-3 on the year.  Meanwhile, USC also had a perfect weekend posting a 3-0 mark at UC Irvine's round-robin tournament.  The Trojans recorded victories over Nevada, Stony Brook, and the host Anteaters.

Arizona State continues to play very well in Tempe as they swept away Oklahoma in a three-game series.  The Devils have been hammered on the road against top-flight competition (0-5 at Tulane and LSU with four of the games decided by a large margin).  But they've played quite well at home as in addition to the Oklahoma sweep, they've also taken a series from 10th ranked Baylor (who just swept Texas).  ASU, a preseason top 10 team, is playing their best baseball of the season as they open conference play.

The same can probably be said for another preseason top 10 team, the Washington Huskies.  The Huskies started just 4-7 on the year, but have rattled off a bunch of wins of late that included a key 2-of-3 series win at Cal Poly last weekend.  California traveled out to Hawaii and won 3-of-4 from the host Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans.  The Vulcans are a terrible team though with just one win on the year prior to that series, so not getting the sweep could potentially be costly.

Meanwhile, Stanford won their only game played last weekend - a victory over Pacific.  Washington State took 3-of-4 from lowly Utah Valley State while struggling UCLA had the weekend off.

Six Pac-10 teams open their conference schedules this weekend.  Two matchups highlight the weekend led by Washington traveling down to Arizona to take on the 13th ranked Wildcats for three games.  Arizona State and USC also get together in Los Angeles for a series.  The Trojans have been playing well all season as they're now ranked 23rd in the country according to Baseball America.  The Devils look to have turned things around, but still need to prove they can win on the road against even just an average team.

The other conference series will pit Washington State against California in Berkeley.  This is a series the Bears must have if they have thoughts of qualifying for the NCAA's (this assumes the rest of the Pac-10 schedule will be a dogfight for Cal).  Meanwhile, Oregon State, which has shot all the way up to #18 this week, takes on Dallas Baptist for three games.  Stanford plays Sacramento State in a two-game, home-and-home while UCLA has their second straight weekend off.

"Super Sixteen"

                        Record   Pvs.
1. Cal State Fullerton   16-4     2
* Titans move up to top spot after 2-of-3 series win over visiting Arizona.

2. Tulane                19-3     4
* Green Wave sweep East Carolina in Conference USA opener ... Tulane's only series loss this season was to Fullerton.

3. LSU                   17-4     7
* Tigers open SEC campaign with a bang as they sweep Georgia on the road.

4. Texas                 21-4     1
* Longhorns fall back after getting swept by Baylor in a home-and-home three-game series.

5. Arkansas              18-2    11
* Hogs make big jump after impressive 2-of-3 series win at South Carolina.

6. Miami                 20-5     5
* Hurricanes take 2-of-3 from host Wake Forest.

7. Stanford              12-7     6
* Cardinal take out Pacific in their only game of the week.

8. South Carolina        17-3     3
* Gamecocks take a tumble after dropping 2-of-3 to Arkansas.

9. Mississippi           17-4    10
* Rebels open SEC play by winning 2-of-3 over visiting Florida.

10. Florida              16-6     8
* Gators drop a couple of spots after series loss at Mississippi.

11. Georgia Tech         19-2    16
* Jackets continue to move up after weekend sweep of N.C. State.

12. Arizona              16-9     9
* Wildcats split midweek series with UNLV and then lose 2-of-3 to Cal State Fullerton.

13. Oregon State         16-3    13
* Beavers remain hot with three-game sweep of Sacramento State.

14. Baylor               15-7    NR
* Bears back in the "Super Sixteen" after impressive sweep of Texas.

15. Texas A&M            17-7    12
* Aggies move down after 2-2 week (1-0 vs. Texas State, 1-2 at Texas Tech).

16. USC                  13-6    NR
* Trojans in the ranking after 3-0 record at Irvine's tournament.

Dropped Out: Rice (15-8, 1-3 last week), North Carolina (15-5, 4-2 last week).

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