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Pac-12 power rankings: Arizona baseball goes streaking after sweep

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Emily Gauci

Arizona baseball outfielder Zach Gibbons (23) hits the ball during Arizona’s 9-5 victory over Oregon on Saturday at Hi Corbett Field. Gibbons and the Wildcats have moved into the national rankings with the weekend sweep over Oregon.

1. No. 6 (USA Today) UCLA (21-5, 8-1 Pac-12 Conference)

While the Bruins lost to USC earlier in the season and only beat Washington State last week, they’ve won eight games in a row to slide into the DMs, er, I mean, first place.

Last week: second, WWW at Washington State 4-3, 6-1, 8-4

This week: vs. Oregon State (21-7, 4-2)

2. No. 9 USC (22-6, 4-2)

The last couple weeks were rough for the Trojans. They lost three times, once at lowly Washington, to double their loss total.

Last week: first, W vs. Pepperdine 5-2, LWW at Washington 5-1, 3-2, 4-3

This week: at No. 22 Arizona (22-6, 7-2)

3. No. 10 ASU (18-7, 7-2)

The Sun Devils are tied with Arizona in the standings, but get a slight edge in the power rankings this week by having a slightly more impressive body of work. The archrivals play their Pac-12 series next week.

Last week: third, WWW vs. Stanford 7-6, 6-3, 14-6

This week: vs. New Mexico State (4-20-1, 1-4-1 WAC) (one game), at Utah (9-17, 3-6)

4. No. 22 Arizona (22-6, 7-2)

The Wildcats are hot right now, sweeping a couple series against good teams. This week, USC comes to town in the biggest series in Tucson since the 2012 Super Regionals.

Last week: fifth, WWW vs. Oregon 7-2, 9-5, 13-4

This week: vs. No. 9 USC (22-6, 4-2)

5. California (20-7, 7-2)

The Golden Bears are the third team tied for second place. However, Cal lost at Utah, so it drops a spot.

Last week: fourth, WWL at Utah 14-6, 11-6, 3-2

This week: vs. Washington State (12-14, 1-8)

6. Oregon State (21-7, 4-2)

This is where the league drops off a bit. The Beavers took a break from Pac-12 play to lose a series with Cal Poly.

Last week: sixth, WW vs. San Jose State 6-1, 8-2, LLW vs. Cal Poly 8-1, 7-2, 4-2

This week: at No. 6 UCLA (21-5, 8-1)

7. Washington (15-12, 2-7)

The Huskies jumped up a few spots with a win over USC. However, that’s their second win in Pac-12 play.

Last week: 10th, W at Gonzaga 7-3, WLL vs. USC 5-1, 3-2, 4-3

This week: vs. Stanford (10-14, 0-6)

8. Oregon (17-11, 2-7)

After getting destroyed by the Arizona schools and Cal, the Ducks must be thankful for getting a break from the Conference of Champions. Oregon plays Seattle, Michigan State and Portland before getting back into the swing of things with archrival Oregon State.

Last week: seventh, W at UC Riverside 12-3, LLL at Arizona 7-2, 9-5, 13-4

This week: vs. Seattle (12-14,5-1 WAC) (one game), vs. Michigan State (12-13, 2-4 Big Ten)

9. Utah (9-17, 3-6)

The Utes have a hideous record, but they did win a series at UA and beat Cal last week. In the win over the Golden Bears, they struck out 17.

Last week: eighth, W BYU 9-3, LLW vs. California LLW 14-6, 11-6, 3-2

This week: at No. 10 ASU (18-7, 7-2)

10. Stanford (10-14, 0-6)

The poor Cardinal was rolling until it took a week off when its quarter was ending. Since then, it got swept by UA and ASU, once again proving semesters > quarters.

Last week: ninth, LLL at ASU 7-6, 6-3, 14-6

This week: vs. San Francisco (11-17, 5-4 WCC) (one game), vs. Washington (15-12, 2-7)

11. Washington State (12-14, 1-8)

The Cougars have lost eight in a row and nine of the last 10. On the bright side, that win was at USC.

Last week: 11th, LLL UCLA 4-3, 6-1, 8-4

This week: at Gonzaga (12-15, 3-6 WCC) (one game), at California (20-7, 7-2)

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