Oregon Ducks Pac-10 baseball

The Ducks are swinging for their first Pac-10 win vs. U-Dub.
Photo by Crystal Ochoa/The Arizona Republic

The Arizona Wildcats baseball team wasn’t expecting to be sitting in 6th place at this point, but that’s life when you play in a conference with six ranked teams.

The best remedy is to beat one of them and the Cats have another chance at home.

Elsewhere in the Pac-10, none of the tri-leaders play each other this weekend but one of the teams tied for 4th looks to make a move.

It’s another fun-filled three days with a full slate of five Pac-10 series. The matchups look like this (with each team’s average ranking in the five polls):

#16.6 Cal (19-7 / 5-1) at #21.2 ARIZONA (20-10 / 2-4)
The Bears are playing very well, winning 13 of their last 16, but this will be their first true road series of the year.

#5.6 ASU (22-6 / 5-1) at #20.6 OSU (21-7 / 2-1)
The Devils leave town for their first conference road games. If someone else is going to win this league they need to be rooting for the Beavers.

#15.8 Stanford (14-7 / 2-1) at USC (11-18 / 2-4)
Stanford is starting Pac-10 play with two straight road series. If they get through this weekend they could get into the championship discussion in a hurry.

#20.8 UCLA (14-10 / 5-1) at WSU (12-12 / 1-5)
The Bruins gave up six total runs in their sweep last week. If Wazzu gets to three at any point they should stop the game and celebrate.

Washington (7-19 / 0-3) at Oregon (14-12 / 0-3)
Somebody’s going to get their first Pac-10 win! Don’t be surprised if the Ducks take all three. UW looks like this year’s ASU Basketball.

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So the year-away Wildcats aren’t going to shock the conference and win Andy Lopez’s first Pac-10 title. It’s time to focus on the smaller goal of winning a home series against a good team.

Cal is second in the Pac-10 in team ERA and in this conference that’s saying something. All three of the Bears’ starters – Erik Johnson, Justin Jones and Dixon Anderson – have at least three wins with a sub-3 ERA.

The Cats counter with the best hitting team in the league. Joey Rickard continues to lead the Pac-10 in batting average while Cole Frenzel and Bryce Ortega are 3rd and 4th.

Lots of baseball left to be played. This weekend’s games start at 6 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and 12 noon on Sunday.

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