Last week the Arizona Wildcats picked up three easy non-conference wins at home. This week the UA baseball club hits the road, and hopes it can hit on the road.
At the top of the standings, I declared the title chase over after Oregon State no-hit UCLA but ASU isn’t letting go of its crown without a fight.
Here are the matchups and average rankings for this week’s Pac action:
#28.2 ARIZONA (30-16 / 9-9) at
WSU (20-22 / 5-13)
The odd Saturday-to-Monday series gives the Cats an extra day of rest this week but will short-change them next week as they prepare for Stanford.
#5.4 OSU (35-11 / 14-4) at Washington (13-30 / 4-14)
Considering the Beavers swept Arizona State you’d think their lead would be bigger than one game. But OSU has only swept one other series while the Sun Devils have gone 3-0 three different times.
#6.6 ASU (35-11 / 13-5) at USC (18-26 / 8-10)
The Devils and Beavers will swap opponents next week so it may come down to the final weekend when ASU hosts UCLA while OSU travels to Oregon.
Cal State Bakersfield (26-19) at #21.4 UCLA (27-18 / 14-7)
Just when you think the Bruins have figured it out they drop another two non-conference games this week. The Roadrunners may have the advantage since they’re not a Pac-10 team.
#28.0 Stanford (27-16 / 9-9) at Oregon (24-23 / 5-13)
A couple midweek wins mean the Cardinal winning streak is up to six games. Can both Stanford and Arizona keep it up before their battle next week?
#29.2 Cal (28-16 / 12-9) isn’t playing Anybody
Hey, it worked for USC.
– – –
The Wildcats have the schedule right where they want it. Nine games left and six of them are against the two worst teams in the league. The only problem is the UA has already lost a series to Oregon, the third-worst team in the league.
When you look at the stats the ledger leans heavily in Arizona’s favor but the big numbers have been built primarily at home. The Cats are only hitting .245 in their 16 road games and they’re averaging just 4.3 runs a game away from home, less than half of their 8.8 run average at Sancet Stadium.
The game times are 2 p.m. on Saturday, 12 p.m. on Sunday and 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Brian Jeffries will be calling all three contests on 1290 AM radio.
– – – – –