Lots of sweeps in Pac-10 baseball this past weekend. The best team and the worst team both took care of Mountain West schools. One struggling team pulled off a shocking win and another struggling team dropped to a new low.
ASU won both vs. BYU. Scores: 14-0, 7-2
Wildcat fans can only hope the Devils are tired of all these easy wins.
OSU won all three vs. Oregon. Scores: 2-1 (10 inn.), 4-3 (11 inn.), 6-5
The wow of the week. I guess the Beavers found their lug nuts.
UCLA won all three at Washington. Scores: 7-2, 14-6, 7-6
The Bruins responded the best possible way after getting swept last week.
WSU won all three vs. Cal.
Scores: 13-10, 11-9, 9-4
The all-or-nothing Bears continued to do their thing. Cal has played seven Pac-10 series to date, and six of them have ended in a sweep.
ARIZONA lost two of three vs.
Cal State Bakersfield.
Scores: 2-7 (11 innings), 17-6, 5-22
At the time when you want to be peaking, this team is valleying.
Stanford won two of three at
Long Beach State. Scores: 3-2, 4-3 (10 inn.), 5-10
The losses drop the Dirtbags to 7-8 in Pac-10 play this year. LBSU must be auditioning in case the Pac-10 expansion rumors are true.
USC won all three vs. Utah. Scores: 8-1, 6-5, 11-6
That makes wins in six of their last seven for the Trojans, the anti-Arizona.
The updated league standings:
It was a week of big moves as Oregon dropped from 3rd to 7th and UCLA went from 7th to 2nd. Arizona actually moved up after its horrid showing, going from 6th place to a tie for 5th by virtue of losing to someone other than a Pac-10 team.
The rankings, however, were not as kind to the UA:
BAS = Baseball America
COL = Collegiate Baseball
NAT = National Collegiate Baseball Writers
USA = USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll
RIV = Rivals.com
CBCRDI = College Baseball Cumulative Rankings Directional Indicator
The Wildcats should send a fruit basket to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers for keeping them in the top-25. Can Arizona shockingly turn things around against the high-flying Sun Devils this weekend?
That would be bananas.