* at Stanford 3, California 0
* Oregon State 3, at Washington State 0
* at Washington 2, UCLA 1
Pac-10 Standings :
Conf. GB Overall
11-4 - 28-18
Washington 10-5 1.0 22-20-1
Stanford 9-6 2.0 32-13
Oregon State 9-6 2.0 30-15
Arizona State 9-6 2.0 27-16
Arizona 6-9 5.0 28-18
UCLA 6-9 5.0 21-28
California 8-13 6.0 26-26
Washington State 4-14 8.5 18-27
in the Pac-10 :
* Arizona State at Stanford
* Washington at USC
* Oregon State at California
* UCLA at Arizona
Lewis-Clark State at Washington State
** Records are through Sunday 4-28 **
Team Record Previous
* Tigers remain at the top after splitting the first two games of their series with Georgia Tech (third game is today).
* Owls had the week off for exams.
3. Wake Forest
* Demon Deacons go 2-0 with a pair of mid-week wins over UNC-Greensboro and Davidson.
4. Florida State
* Seminoles starting to get hot ... 2-0 last week (1-0 vs. Florida A&M, 1-0 vs. Duke - final two games of that series to be completed this week).
* Longhorns brake even at 2-2 as they defeat TCU in a mid-week game then drop 2-of-3 to Nebraska.
6. South Carolina
* Gamecocks go 3-1 last week including big series win over Mississippi.
* Cardinal drop mid-week game to San Jose State but rebound to sweep Cal over the weekend.
* Cougars move down after losing 2-of-3 games at home to South Florida.
* Crimson Tide defeat UAB in mid-week game then drop 2-of-3 at Georgia over the weekend.
* Rebels lose second straight series, this time to South Carolina.
11. Georgia Tech
* Yellow Jackets split first two games of their series with #1 Clemson.
12. North Carolina
* Tar Heels with a perfect 3-0 week against non-conference opponents (Elon, East Carolina, and Appalachian State).
* Gators with impressive series sweep at Mississippi State.
14. Wichita State
* Shockers beat Nebraska in mid-week game then take 3-of-4 from SMS.
* Huskers drop mid-week game to Wichita State, but rebound to take 2-of-3 at Texas.
16. Cal State
Northridge 35-13 16
* Matadors remain atop the Big West with three-game sweep at Pacific.
Dropped Out :
"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 although the Tigers will be playing the rubber game of their three-game set with Georgia Tech tonight.
* Conference Breakdown : ACC (5 teams), SEC (4), Big 12 (2), Big West (1), Conference USA (1), Missouri Valley (1), Pac-10 (1), WAC (1).
* Pac-10 still
with only team in the poll, but USC is close to getting in.
Analysis and Predictions :
* I still believe that the Pac-10 will only get four teams into the NCAA Tournament. Stanford and USC are in right now while Arizona State is looking good. Oregon State and Washington are "on the bubble" although you have to give the Huskies the edge due to their current second-place standing in the conference. Huge weekend for the Huskies as they travel down to USC. If they win that series, they should be in. Arizona State is at a critical stage right now. They need to at least take one game from Stanford this weekend, a sweep at the hands of the Cardinal and they are all of a sudden on the bubble. Oregon State is hoping at least one of those falters this weekend while they continue to win.
* My prediction on the eight "National Seeds" ... Clemson, Rice, Wake Forest, Texas, South Carolina, Stanford, Houston, and Alabama. No change from last week. Interesting to note that three ACC teams (Clemson, Wake, and FSU) and three SEC teams (USC, Alabama, and Florida) are all ranked in the top 8 of this week's Baseball America poll (along with Rice and Stanford). I still don't see how one conference can get three National Seeds even if the SEC and especially the ACC are very top heavy. Because of this, I think Houston gets one of the seeds as the C-USA champion and Texas as the Big-12 champ. I still maintain that Stanford needs to finish in the top two in the conference to claim one of those National Seeds.
* 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
Conf. champs). SJSU may move themselves up to a #2 seed with an impressive
showing at Rice this weekend. Could flip-flop them and Baylor as
they are both very even and ranked in the No. 20-25 range right now.