Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The season's second weekend is headlined with big road trips to take on Big West, Big 12, and SEC contenders. How will the Pac-12 fare against some top-notch competition?
After a successful opening weekend for the Pac-12, the second weekend of college baseball features a few members of the Pac heading on the road for series with some major conferences. Before we get to those games, we have to recap the first midweek games of the season.
After Oregon (4-0) and Oregon State (5-0) finished off their opening weekend sweeps, the marquee midweek matchup was between Arizona (4-1) and Long Beach State (2-3) in Southern California. After a rainy day at the beach, LBSU finished up game one of the two game series with a 5-4 win. Game two went to Arizona, 3-1. The Dirtbags stranded thirteen baserunners throughout game two, and couldn't get a rally started agains the Wildcat pitching staff.
Stanford also got a much needed win over Cal on Tuesday, using a long chain of relief pitchers to shut the Bears out 5-0. Drew Jackson and Austin Slater had two hits apiece for the Cardinal, and Danny Diekroeger added two RBIs to give #11 Stanford the win.
USC (2-2) added a win against LMU in a weather shortened one game series, and Oregon State added its fifth win in San Diego against the SDSU Aztecs as well.
This weekend the entire conference returns to action, with major road trips headlining the weekend's action. The highest profile match up is between #6 UCLA (2-1) and #27 Baylor (1-3). The Bears were swept in their season opening matchup against UCI, but are still a talented bunch. UCLA's season turned around in a matchup with Baylor last year, but now comes in as a favorite against the Bears in Waco. To go along with their stellar pitching rotation, the Bruins also have a good track record against the Baylor pitching staff, so all signs point to a good Bruin performance against the Big-Twelve contenders.
The next big road trip will be to Knoxville as Arizona State (2-1) heads to SEC country to take on Tennessee (1-3). ASU will be looking to continue their winning ways against a power conference before heading to the Coca-Cola Classic, and a meeting with top ranked Arkansas next week.
Finally, Cal (3-1) heads to Irvine to take on the #21 UCI Anteaters (3-0) in a four game series. Cal will need to have their bats ready as they try to best an elite UCI pitching staff.
Elsewhere in the Pac, Oregon (4-0) will welcome LMU to PK Park for the Ducks' home opener. With the pitching staff already back in form, the Oregon offense will get another challenge from a good LMU pitching staff.
Check back on Monday for a recap of all the weekend's action!