Arizona Wildcats: Baseball looks to continue its winning ways against Washington State

Johnny Field is starting to heat up in the leadoff spot for Arizona's offense - Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE

Currently riding a six-game winning streak, the Wildcats head to Pullman this weekend

After having back-to-back sweeps of PAC-12 opponents (Utah and Cal) for the first time since 2007, Arizona (21-11, 6-6 PAC-12) has put itself right back into contention in the conference, currently sitting tied for fifth with Arizona State.

The Wildcats head to Pulllman to take on Washington State (17-13, 4-5 PAC-12) this weekend. WSU has had an interesting go of it in conference play so far. They opened up conference season taking 2-of-3 in Tempe against the Sun Devils, but have now gone 1-2 in series against Stanford and at Utah.

The Cougs are definitely a power-hitting team, especially compared to Arizona. WSU has 19 HRs on the season compared to Arizona's 7, and they have 63 doubles compared to Zona's 36. U of A does lead the nation with 25 triples though.

You can find live streams of all 3 games here. Friday gets underway at 6 PM, Saturday at 2 PM, and Sunday at Noon.

Here's some more team notes from the Wildcats:

  • The current six-game winning streak is the longest of the year
  • Johnny Field has reached base in 19 consecutive games, including going 14-for-31 over his last seven
  • Trent Gilbert leads the PAC-12 with 38 RBI, and currently has an 8-game hitting streak
  • Brandon Dixon leads the PAC-12 with a .408 batting average, .642 SLG, 40 runs, 49 hits, and 25 stolen bases. The 25 steals rank 5th in the country
  • Washington State's Nick Tanielu is right behind Dixon with a .402 batting average. Tanielu also has 8 errors this year, which is horrendous for a third baseman. Dixon is even worse with 11 errors at the hot corner this year though.

Probable Pitchers:

Friday: Konner Wade (3-2, 3.54 ERA) vs. Joe Pistorese (3-2, 2.14 ERA)

Saturday: James Farris (3-3, 4.06 ERA) vs. Tanner Chleborad (3-5, 5.04 ERA)

Sunday: Tyler Crawford (3-1, 2.54 ERA) vs. Scott Simon (3-0, 3.27 ERA)

WSU's Scott Simon was named PAC-12 pitcher of the week last week after becoming the first Cougar to throw a complete game shutout in 14 years in their game against Utah last Sunday.

PAC-12 Standings:

School Conference Record Overall Record
Oregon State 7-2 25-6
Oregon 9-3 24-8
UCLA 7-5 20-9
Stanford 5-4 17-10
Arizona State 6-6 20-9-1
Arizona 6-6 21-11
Washington State 4-5 17-13
Cal 5-7 16-16
USC 5-7 12-20
Utah 4-8 14-14
Washington 2-7 8-22

PAC-12 Weekend Schedule:

Washington at No. 23/25/NR Stanford

Utah at No. 6/7 Oregon State

No. 9/16 Oregon at Cal

Loyola Marymount at No. 13/15/17 UCLA

No. 15/17/19 Arizona State at USC

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