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

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

Johnny Field is starting to heat up in the leadoff spot for Arizona's offense
Johnny Field is starting to heat up in the leadoff spot for Arizona's offense
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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