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Baseball power rankings: Conference play gets underway in force

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Members of the Arizona baseball team huddle up before the start of their 10-5 victory over Utah on March 13 at Hi Corbett Field. Pac-12 Conference play starts to heat up this week as the Wildcats take on Oregon.

1. No. 8 USC (19-5, 2-1 Pac-12 Conference)

After opening the season 12-0, the Trojans have gone 7-5. But 19-5 is still a mighty good mark, right? USC opened conference play with a series win over Washington State.

Last week: L vs. Fresno State 14-7, LWW at Cal Poly 5-4, 13-0, 9-2

This week: vs. Pepperdine (11-14) (single game), at Washington (13-10, 1-5)

2. No. 9 UCLA (17-5, 5-1)

The Bruins have won six of their last seven and four in a row since the weekend they lost to USC, TCU and Vanderbilt. UCLA is tied atop the Pac-12 standings.

Last week: WWW vs. Utah 14-2, 3-0, 11-2

This week: at San Diego State (19-5) (single game), at Washington State (12-11, 1-5)

3. No. 11 ASU (15-7, 4-2)

The Sun Devils’ record is as almost as ugly as their color combination of maroon and yellow, but they have some big wins. They opened Pac-12 play with a pair of series wins over Oregon State and a ranked Oregon.

Last week: W vs. New Mexico 4-3, WWL at Oregon 7-6 (10), 2-1, 5-1

This week: vs. Stanford (9-11, 0-3)

4. No. 21 California (18-5, 5-1)

The Golden Bears have not lost a series this season and sit atop the Pac-12 standings. They traveled to Seattle last week and picked up three W’s at Washington.

Last week: L at San Francisco 3-1, WWW at Washington 3-2, 3-2, 12-2

This week: at Fresno State (14-11) (single game), at Utah (7-15, 2-4)

5. Arizona (19-6, 4-2)

The Wildcats opened spring break with a shocking home series loss to lowly Utah, their first defeats to a cold weather team. However, they bounced back to get their first ever road sweep of Stanford.

Last week: WWW at Stanford 6-5, 6-4, 6-0

This week: vs. No. 22 Oregon (15-8, 2-4)

6. Oregon State (18-5, 4-2)

The Beavers rebounded from losing a series to ASU by sweeping Washington State. However, like football and men’s basketball, the Cougars aren’t the toughest team to beat.

Last week: WWW vs. Washington State 5-2, 3-0, 2-1 (11)

This week: vs. San Jose State (7-16) (two games), vs. Cal Poly (7-13)

7. No. 22 Oregon (15-8, 2-4)

The Ducks have lost six of eight. Sure, four of those were against Cal and ASU, two of the top teams in the Pac-12, but two were to San Francisco — and we’re talking about the Dons, not the Giants.

Last week: LLW vs. ASU 7-6 (10), 2-1, 5-1

This week: at UC Riverside (10-13) (two games), at Arizona (19-6, 4-2)

8. Utah (7-15, 2-4)

The Utes came back down to Earth after shocking Arizona. They were swept at UCLA to end a three-game winning streak.

Last week: W vs. Utah Valley 9-3, LLL at UCLA 14-2, 3-0, 11-2

This week: vs. BYU (11-12) (single game), vs. No. 21 California (18-5, 5-1)

9. Stanford (10-11, 0-3)

The Cardinal was doing pretty well, having taken a series from Cal State Fullerton, tying a four-game series with Rice and then beating Texas twice. However, Stanford didn’t play for 11 days and then got swept at home by Arizona. Oops.

Last week: LLL vs. Arizona 6-5, 6-4, 6-0

This week: at No. 11 ASU (15-7, 4-2)

10. Washington (13-10, 1-5)

The Huskies have fallen on hard times, having lost four in a row and six of their last eight. Will their luck improve against in-state rival Gonzaga?

Last week: LLL vs. California 3-2, 3-2, 12-2

This week: at Gonzaga (11-12) (two games), vs. No. 8 USC (19-5, 2-1)

11. Washington State (12-11, 1-5)

The Cougars are struggling and have lost five in a row and six of their last seven. Before that, they had won five in a row.

Last week: L at San Diego 5-4, LLL at Oregon State 5-2, 3-0, 2-1 (11)

This week: vs. No. 9 UCLA (17-5, 5-1)

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