Eight Pac-10 baseball teams remain in the tournament discussion even though only three of them have clinched a winning conference record. Who will be the best of the losers?


The bubble is on ASU, not the
other way around.
Photo by Crystal Ochoa/
The Arizona Republic

#2.8 ASU (46-7 / 19-6)
at #29.0 Stanford (30-22 / 13-12)
This is a Thursday-to-Saturday series and the Sun Devils already won the first game. ASU is officially the four-time defending Pac-10 champs.

Who do the Wildcats want to win?
ASU. If the Cardinal lose the final two games it will join the teams with a losing conference record. Blemished teams love company.

Prediction: The Devils win two out of three but Stanford makes the tournament.

#30.2 ARIZONA (32-20 / 11-13)
at OSU (29-21 / 10-14)
The Beavers picked up another resume-boosting win in a non-conference game against Oregon on Wednesday. OSU knows it is this close to making the Diamond Dance.

Who do the Wildcats want to win?
Your Maybe-Never-Is-Enough Wildcats. If the Lakers can win on a Kobe Bryant air-ball the BatCats may be able to get into the tournament losing six consecutive series.

Prediction: OSU wins two out of three but both teams get in.

Cal (27-22 / 11-13) at #22.6 Oregon (37-20 / 12-12)
The Bears are still on the bubble even after seven consecutive losses. If the Ducks avoid a sweep they’ll be comfortably in the field of 64.

Who do the Wildcats want to win?
Oregon. Arizona’s two best arguments are RPI and “At least we’re not as bad as Cal.”

Prediction: In a monumental upset, Cal doesn’t get swept! But the Bears lose two of three and get left out of the field.

Washington (27-26 / 10-14) at USC (26-31 / 5-19)
The only two teams in the league with no chance of making the tournament meet to quietly end their seasons. Shhh…

Who do the Wildcats want to win?
Doesn’t matter. Maybe the Trojans, to make the Cats’ series loss to them a little less embarrassing.

Prediction: Nobody watches this series who isn’t related to one of the players.

#24.4 WSU (33-18 / 14-10) at #7.0 UCLA (41-12 / 16-8)
The best the Bruins can do now is tie for the Pac-10 title, but UCLA can still earn home field through the Super Regionals with a strong finish.

Who do the Wildcats want to win?
Doesn’t matter. Both of these teams are making the tournament no matter what. If you like watching Pac-10 teams in the College World Series root for UCLA.

Prediction: UCLA takes two of three, WSU gets a bid and the Bruins are one of the eight national seeds.

That would be seven Pac teams in the tournament with two teams in line to host a Regional and Super Regional. It would be the Pac-10’s strongest regular season showing ever.

The Wildcats and Beavers play at 5:30 p.m on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

Saturday’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Northwest. On Fox Sports Arizona at the same time? “In My Own Words: Mark Grace” and Brandon Webb’s fishing tournament. You aren’t finishing the year with momentum if fishing shows are more valuable in your home state.

All the Pac-10 hopefuls will learn their fate during the college baseball tournament selection show Monday starting at 9:30 a.m. Pacific/Arizona time on ESPN.

Can the Cats reel in a bid?