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Wildcats drop down power rankings again

Tanner Clinch

Arizona baseball coach Andy Lopez (7) speaks to pitcher Rio Gomez (29) while others listen during Arizona’s 10-9 loss against USC on April 4 at Hi Corbett Field. Fresh off three straight series lost, the Wildcats have dropped in the conference power rankings.

1. No. 2 (USA Today) UCLA (28-8, 14-4 Pac-12 Conference)

The Bruins improved to 6-0 in midweek games with a win over local rival Cal State Fullerton. Then, UCLA beat NorCal rival California twice to stay in first.

Last week: first, W vs. Cal State Fullerton 7-2, LWW vs. Cal 2-0, 7-1, 2-1

This week: vs. UC Irvine (23-13, 10-2 Big West) (single game), at Stanford (16-21, 4-11)

2. No. 7 USC (29-10, 10-5)

The Trojans rebounded from their series loss to UCLA by winning three of four last week. Up next, they travel to Oregon State, leaving Southern California for the first time in eight games.

Last week: second, W at Pepperdine 2-0, WLW vs. Oregon 13-5, 15-4, 7-3

This week: at Oregon State (25-12, 8-7)

3. No. 12 ASU (25-11, 13-5)

The Sun Devils outlasted Washington in extra innings to win their sixth Pac-12 series. ASU has lost five conference games, but no Pac-12 series yet.

Last week: third, LWW at Washington 9-7, 4-3, 6-5 (10 innings)

This week: at Arizona (24-13, 9-9) (single game), vs. Tennessee Tech (18-19, 11-10 Ohio Valley Conference)

4. Oregon State (25-12, 8-7)

The Beavers rebounded from their series loss to Oregon to beat fellow middle-of-the-Pac team Arizona. OSU is 2-1 so far on this home stand, with a series against USC to come.

Last week: sixth, WLW vs. Arizona 3-1, 3-1, 5-3

This week: vs. No. 7 USC (29-10,10-5)

5. California (23-13, 10-8)

The Golden Bears lost their third straight series but almost beat UCLA, the current class of the conference.  So, Cal moves past Arizona ­­— for this week, at least.

Last week: fifth, WLL at UCLA 2-0, 7-1, 2-1

This week: at Stanford (16-21, 4-11) (single game), at Arizona (24-13, 9-9)

6. Arizona (24-13, 9-9)

Since sweeping Stanford and Oregon and entering the national rankings, the Wildcats have lost three series in a row and seven of their last nine games. On Wednesday, Arizona faces a Pac-12 team in a nonconference game on the Pac-12 Networks.

Last week: fourth, LWL at Oregon State 3-1, 3-1, 5-3

This week: vs. No. 12 ASU (25-11, 13-5) (single game), vs. California (23-13, 10-8)

7. Washington State (21-18, 5-10)

Thanks in no small part to their four-game series against San Jose State (10-30), the Cougars finished their nine-game home stand 7-2. Wazzu has won nine of its last 12.

Last week: seventh, LWWW vs. San Jose State 7-5 (11 innings), 4-3, 14-2, 8-5

This week: at Utah (13-22, 5-10)

8. Washington (21-16, 7-11)

The Huskies went 2-2 last week but were a run away from taking a series against upper division ASU. This week, the Seattle school travels to Bellevue, Wash., to take on Seattle University.

Last week: 10th, W vs. Seattle 9-5, WLL vs. ASU 9-7, 4-3, 6-5 (10 innings)

This week: at Seattle (21-18, 12-3 WAC) (single game), at Oregon (23-18, 5-10)

9. Stanford (16-21, 4-11)

The nerds started the Pac-12 being bullied by the jocks, but all of a sudden, they’ve won their last two series. Infielder Drew Jackson won Pac-12 Player of the Week, the Cardinal’s second straight POW award.

Last week: 11th, WWL vs. Utah 10-6, 8-1, 11-3

This week: vs. California (23-13, 10-8) (single game), vs. No. 2 UCLA (28-8, 14-4)

10. Oregon (23-18, 5-10)

The Ducks lost their series to USC and have only won one Pac-12 series. However, Oregon is 4-5 against ranked teams.

Last week: Ninth, LWL at USC 13-5, 15-4, 7-3

This week: vs. Washington (21-16, 7-11)

11. Utah (13-22, 5-10)

After a pair of losses, the Utes rebounded against Stanford on Sunday to get a season-high 16 hits. However, Utah did lose the series and have dropped their last four Pac-12 series.

Last week: eighth, LLW at Stanford 10-6, 8-1, 11-3

This week: at BYU (17-19, 8-7 West Coast Conference) (single game), vs. Washington State (21-18, 5-10)


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