Baseball Weekend Roundup

The Stanford Cardinal got back on track this weekend with a three-game sweep of Washington at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal are now in fifth place in the conference, but just three games separate the top five teams in a crowded Pac-10 race. Read on for all of the latest from around the conference plus an updated "Super Sixteen."

Pac-10 Standings (records through games of Sun. 4/24)

                  
Conf.  GB    Overall
Arizona            10-2    -    27-14
Oregon State        9-3   1.0   30-7
Arizona State       9-3   1.0   28-15
USC                 8-4   2.0   26-12
Stanford            7-5   3.0   24-14
California          7-8   4.5   26-18
Washington          4-8   6.0   24-17
UCLA                0-9   8.5    8-28
Washington State    0-12 10.0   18-23

The Cardinal rebounded from getting swept at Arizona State by taking three straight from the Washington Huskies.  The sweep gets Stanford back up above .500 in conference play while the Huskies drop down to 4-8.  Are the Huskies that bad?  Probably not as they've yet to play either UCLA or Washington State.  However, it's certainly been a disappointing season up in Seattle for a team that was picked second in the conference and garnered a preseason top ten ranking.  Now at the halfway point of the Pac-10 season, the Huskies find themselves right on the bubble for reaching the NCAA Tournament.

The Sun Devils remained hot with a sweep of UCLA down in Tempe.  ASU scored a whopping 38 runs in the three games sending the Bruins to a dismal 8-28 on the season.  Arizona State, despite their rough start to the season (thanks in large part to a brutal non-conference schedule), have now put themselves in a position to host a regional in June.  They're just one game behind their in-state rival for first place in the conference.

Speaking of Arizona, it was a difficult weekend out-of-conference for the Wildcats.  Playing up in Sacramento, Arizona lost twice to UC Irvine (including a 12-1 rout) and once to Ethan Katz and Sacramento State.  A weekend like this one doesn't hurt the Wildcats' Pac-10 title hopes, but it will certainly cause some major damage to their RPI ranking.  So much so, that they might now be put in a position of needing to win the conference to get a chance at hosting a regional (their RPI is now hovering around 30 - behind OSU, ASU, USC, and Stanford plus other west coast power Cal State Fullerton).  The Wildcats, if they win the conference, will definitely have earned it.  They still have road trips to Arizona State and Stanford left on their docket.

Oregon State took care of business in Corvallis this weekend with a three-game sweep of Washington State.  The lowly Cougars were competitive though losing two of those contests by one run.  But the Beavers prevailed in the end and are now just one game out of first place in the Pac-10.  Washington State has now played half of their conference schedule without recording a victory.

Finally, USC went up to Berkeley and picked up a huge 2-of-3 series win over California.  The Bears did salvage a game though with a 9-0 thumping of the Trojans on Sunday.  Nevertheless, the Trojans remain well above .500 in conference play and are still very much in contention for the Pac-10 title.

While Stanford has the upcoming weekend off, there will be plenty of other conference action to keep tabs on.  Two series' in particular have major implications for the Cardinal and the Pac-10 race.  Up in Corvallis, Oregon State takes on Arizona State for three games.  The Sun Devils cleaned up at home the last two weekends, but now are in for a major test. 

Meanwhile, Arizona hosts USC down in Tucson in another pivotal series.  The Wildcats had a terrible weekend in Sacramento, but have proven to be very tough to beat in their home ballpark.  A series win here for them is almost a must with those road trips to Tempe and Palo Alto looming. 

In other action, UCLA tries to win their first conference game as they take on California in Los Angeles while Washington tries to get back on track with a three-game set at rival Washington State.

This Weekend:
* Arizona State at Oregon State
* California at UCLA
* USC at Arizona
* Washington at Washington State


"Super Sixteen"

                   
Record   Pvs.
1. Texas             35-7     1
   
* Longhorns take midweek game from Rice and then notch 2-of-3 series win at Oklahoma State.

2. CS Fullerton      30-11    2
   
* Titans with a busy week as the lose Tuesday game at Pepperdine, spilt Wednesday doubleheader with USC, and then sweep UC Davis on the road over the weekend.

3. Tulane            35-7     3
   
* Green Wave defeat LSU in midweek game before 2-of-3 series win at Southern Miss.

4. Florida           30-10    4
   
* Gators separating themselves as the class of a muddled SEC ... swept Auburn on the road over the weekend.

5. Oregon State      30-7     6
   
* Beavers post three-game sweep of Washington State in Corvallis.

6. Miami             31-10    8
   
* Hurricanes move up after 2-of-3 series win over Florida State ... now just 1/2 game behind Georgia Tech in the ACC race (tied with UNC).

7. Nebraska          34-8    13
   
* Huskers benefit from those above losing plus impressive 2-of-3 series victory against Baylor.

8. Arizona           27-14    5
   
* Wildcats fall back after 1-3 week that includes a pair of losses to UC Irvine and one to Sacramento State.

9. Long Beach State  29-14    9
   
* Dirtbags lose midweek game at Loyola Marymount and then take 2-of-3 at Pacific.

10. Georgia Tech     30-10    7
   
* Jackets blow out Georgia on Wednesday before getting swept at Virginia during the weekend.

11. LSU              29-13   12
   
* Tigers gaining momentum after dominating road sweep of Arkansas (two shutouts in the final two games)

12. Arizona State    28-15   14
   
* Sun Devils continue to move up after sweep of UCLA.

13. USC              26-12   16
   
* Trojans with a 4-2 week (1-0 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 1-1 at CS Fullerton, 2-1 at California).

14. North Carolina   33-8    NR
   
* Tar Heels back in the "Super Sixteen" after 5-0 week that includes sweep of rival Duke.

15. Baylor           28-16   11
   
* Bears drop midweek game to TCU and then lose 2-of-3 at Nebraska.

16. South Carolina   30-11   10
   
* Gamecocks now 2-6 since LSU sweep ... lost midweek game to Clemson and then managed just one win in three tries at Alabama.

Dropped Out: Arkansas (31-11, 1-3 last week)


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