* at Oregon State 2, Stanford 1
* at USC 2, Arizona 1
* Washington State 2, at UCLA 1
* Washington 3, at California 0
at Notre Dame 1, Arizona State 0
Pac-10 Standings :
Conf. GB Overall
11-4 - 28-17
Washington 8-4 1.5 20-19-1
Arizona State 9-6 1.5 26-16
Stanford 6-6 3.5 29-12
Oregon State 6-6 3.5 27-15
California 8-10 4.5 26-22
UCLA 5-7 4.5 19-26
Arizona 6-9 5.0 28-18
Washington State 4-11 7.0 17-24
in the Pac-10 :
* California at Stanford
* Oregon State at Washington State
* UCLA at Washington
** Records are through Sunday 4-28 **
Team Record Previous
* Tigers with an impressive 4-1 week as they take mid-week game from South Carolina then win 2-of-3 versus Wake.
* Owls remain hot with another 4-0 week that includes weekend sweep of Louisiana Tech.
3. Wake Forest
* Demon Deacons go 2-0 in mid-week games then drop 2-of-3 at #1 Clemson.
* Longhorns continue to roll with 3-game sweep of a tough Oklahoma State team.
* Cougars with a perfect 3-0 week (1-0 vs. Sam Houston St, 2-0 at Saint Louis).
6. Florida State
* Seminoles moving up in the ACC with a 3-game weekend sweep of N.C. State.
7. South Carolina
* Gamecocks drop mid-week game to Clemson, but rebound to sweep Kentucky over the weekend.
* Cardinal move down again after losing 2-of-3 at Oregon State
* Crimson Tide go 4-0 last week including weekend sweep of arch-rival Auburn.
* Rebels and Tide flip-flop after Mississippi drops 2-of-3 to Tennessee.
11. Georgia Tech
* Yellow Jackets move up after 4-1 week that includes series win versus Virginia.
12. North Carolina
* Tar Heels gradually moving up in the rankings ... 4-1 last week that includes a series win versus Miami.
* Gators move up after taking 2-of-3 from Georgia.
14. Wichita State
* Shockers back in the poll after a convincing 4-game sweep of Howard (outscored them 90-9).
* Huskers move up one spot after a 4-1 week (2-0 vs. UT-Pan American, 2-1 vs. Kansas).
16. Cal State
Northridge 32-13 NA
* Matadors in the poll for the first time after sweeping Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton.
Dropped Out :
Baylor (31-16, 2-2 last week), Cal State Fullerton (29-15, 2-3 last week).
"Super Sixteen" :
* Clemson and Rice seem to separating themselves as the nation's elite at this point in time.
* The Tigers and Owls are now the only team's in the poll without a weekend series loss this season.
* Conference Breakdown : ACC (5 teams), SEC (4), Big 12 (2), Big West (1), Conference USA (1), Missouri Valley (1), Pac-10 (1), WAC (1).
* Five others
to watch (in alphabetical order) : East Carolina (33-10), LSU (30-15),
Notre Dame (30-12), Richmond (36-7), USC (28-17).
Analysis and Predictions :
* The Pac-10 will probably only get four teams in the tournament. Right now, Stanford, USC, Washington, and Arizona State are in. Oregon State and Cal are "on the bubble." OSU needs to finish above .500 in conference play to get in while Cal, who only has two conference series' remaining, is in big trouble after getting swept by Washington last weekend. The Bears need to sweep Stanford this weekend to stay alive.
* My prediction on the eight "National Seeds" ... Clemson, Rice, Wake Forest, Texas, Houston, South Carolina, Alabama, and Stanford. Despite being the top conference in the country, I don't see three ACC teams being awarded national seeds. And while Florida State has a slightly better record then Stanford, I'll give the Card the edge after they took 2-of-3 from the Seminoles earlier this year. To keep that National Seed though, Stanford needs to finish in the top 2 in the conference. SEC (2nd best conference, in my opinion) deserves two national seeds and that goes to the two top teams in the conference, South Carolina and Alabama. Mississippi is close, but they fell back after losing a series to unranked Tennessee last weekend. Conference leaders Rice, Houston, and Texas also get National Seeds right now. Those conferences (WAC, C-USA, and Big 12) aren't strong enough to receive two National Seeds. Stanford squeaks in right now, but not by much. Conference tournaments (week of May 20th) will be interesting to watch, could see a few changes after those games.
* My current
prediction on who is coming to Stanford for the sub-regional (just a guess,
don't take it too seriously) ... #1 Stanford, #2 Baylor (31-16, 3rd in
Big 12), #3 San Jose State (35-13, 2nd in WAC), #4 Monmouth (Northeast