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Baseball power rankings: Arizona remains in middle of conference

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UA Baseball vs Portland 3.9.15

1. No. 9 USC (15-1)

What a weekend it was for the Trojans. They beat then-No. 7 TCU on a walk-off squeeze in the 12th inning on Friday, beat No. 1 Vanderbilt on a walk-off home run on Saturday, and then beat archrival No. 6 UCLA 8-4 at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.

Last week: L at UC Santa Barbara 3-2, W vs. TCU 7-6 (12), W vs. Vanderbilt 6-5, W vs. UCLA 8-4

This week: at UC Irvine (5-9) (single game), vs. Washington State (11-5)

2. No. 11 UCLA (11-4)

While USC had a weekend to remember in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic, the Bruins had one to forget. UCLA lost all three of its games.

Last week: W vs. Cal State Northridge 5-1, L vs. Vanderbilt 6-0, L vs. TCU 3-1, L vs. USC 8-4

This week: at Pepperdine (8-8) (single game), vs. Washington (11-5)

3. No. 8 Oregon (13-2)

The good news for the Ducks is that they swept St. John’s. The bad new is their white and silver uniforms look like they have duct tape (or is it duck tape?) on them.

Last week: WWW vs. St. John’s 4-3 (12), 7-2, 8-6

This week: vs. San Francisco (3-12) (two games), at California (12-3)

4. No. 16 ASU (9-5)

The Sun Devils rebounded from their 4-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks by beating an unranked, but always dangerous, Long Beach State team. Plus, LBSU’s nickname, Dirtbags, is the greatest ever.

Last week: L at Diamondbacks 4-0, WLW vs. Long Beach State 6-4, 4-2, 9-3

This week: vs. UNLV (7-7) (single game), vs. Oregon State (13-3)

5. Stanford (9-8)

The Cardinal had a lot of losses, but it also has won four total games against Rice and Texas, which rank 12th and 22nd, respectively. It’s hard to place.

Last week: W at San Jose State 13-8, WWLL vs. Texas 5-4, 5-3, 3-1, 12-4

This week: off

6. Arizona (15-4)

The Wildcats have swept every series they’ve played, except for Rice. (They also lost two at Mississippi State in a tournament.) Those sweeps have come against the likes of Eastern Michigan, New Mexico State and Portland, though.

Last week: WW vs. New Mexico State 6-2, 10-0, WWW vs. Portland 9-4, 8-4, 9-6

This week: vs. Utah (4-11)

7. Oregon State (13-3)

The Beavers have won nine in a row since their last loss, to Oklahoma, in the Pac-12/Big 12 Tournament. However, those wins came against Kansas, Grambling State, Portland and Fresno State.

Last week: W vs. Portland 14-2, WWWW vs. Fresno State 2-1, 5-2, 12-2, 2-1

This week: vs. Portland (single game), at No. 16 ASU (9-5)

8. California (12-3)

The Golden Bears have won seven games in a row. However, those wins have come against Chicago State, San Francisco and Kansas State.

Last week: W vs. San Francisco 11-0, WWW vs. Chicago State 21-3, 5-4, 8-1

This week: at Pacific (single game), vs. No. 8 Oregon

9. Washington (11-5)

The Huskies have won all their series, but they’ve come against Pepperdine, North Dakota and Pacific. On Sunday, they lost to Pepperdine, ending a five-game win streak.

Last week: WWL vs. Pepperdine 3-1, 5-0, 5-3

This week: vs. Seattle (5-11) (single game), at No. 11 UCLA (11-4)

10. Washington State (11-5)

The Cougars have a good record, but wins over Sacred Heart and UC Riverside aren’t that impressive. They beat Sacred Heart (0-8) to earn their first four-game series sweep since 2013.

Last week: WWWW vs. Sacred Heart 5-1, 14-2, 5-2, 8-4

This week: at No. 9 USC (15-1)

11. Utah (4-11)

While five through 10 are hard to rank, at least one of the Pac-12’s cold weather teams isn’t. The Utes have lost series to Sacramento State and Nicholls State, but it could be worse. They could be Colorado baseball, which has been dead since 1980.

Last week: LWW at Kansas 7-5, 5-1, 8-4

This week: at Arizona (15-4)

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