The Pac-10 schools will be taking a break from counting TV money to play some college baseball games.
First-place Oregon State hosts another ranked team and the Arizona Wildcats face an unfamiliar foe with a familiar acronym.
Here are the three conference series and the three that are non (with each team’s average ranking):
#23.8 Cal (27-14 / 11-7) at #5.6 OSU (32-10 / 12-3)
The Bears have feasted on the lower-division teams (7-2 vs. USC/Washington/Oregon) but haven’t fared as well against the top half of the Pac-10 (1-5 vs. ASU/Arizona). The Oregon State No-Hitters are not a lower-division team.
#23.4 UCLA (24-16 / 11-7) at Oregon (23-20 / 5-10)
UCLA needs to get back to winning series. The Bruins haven’t won a three-game set since beating the UA three weeks ago.
Washington (13-27 / 4-11) at #29.0 Stanford (22-16 / 6-9)
The Cardinal wants to follow the Wildcats’ playbook and take all three of these to get back to .500 in conference play.
Alcorn State (22-20) at #29.0 ARIZONA (27-16 / 9-9)
No truth to the rumor that the Cats scheduled this series just so they could finally beat ASU.
Long Beach State (23-19) at #7.2 ASU (32-11 / 13-5)
The Devils will be playing against the Dirtbags but will be rooting for Cal against Oregon State. (Wildcat fans will be pitching in a Go Beavers!)
UNLV (28-18) at WSU (19-20 / 5-13)
It’s the Jim Livengood Bowl! If baseball had bowls.
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With two straight road series looming, Arizona needs to maintain focus and get some more wins at home. Alcorn State, Acorn State, Peanut State, it doesn’t matter. Throw strikes, hit line drives (don’t get picked off!), play catch.
And beat ASU!
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