It’s the final day of the regular season in college baseball for every Pac-12 team. There may not be an official conference championship game or tournament, but three games today will decide who will finally win the Pac-12 crown. As all of these teams host a regional next week, it could give one or more a national seeding.
The Oregon Ducks where in cruise control winning nine straight going into the final series, but they have coughed up the last two games against Oregon State and find themselves in a three-way tie at first place. UCLA and Arizona sit with the same 19-10 conference record.
Conveniently, all three of these games will be this afternoon.
For the Ducks, the tiebreaker scenarios are pretty simple. They have won the series against all three of the other contenders. This only applies to who would get the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. If two or more teams tie at the finish line, they will all be considered conference co-champions.
So what’s the reason this is all important? Influencing the committee to try and get one of the eight national seeds to host through the super regionals, and bragging rights.
According to the latest NCAA Regional predictions by College Baseball Daily (May 16th), both Oregon and UCLA held two of the national seeds, while Arizona was placed to host a regional. In an announcement made just moments ago, the Ducks, Bruins, Wildcats, and Stanford Cardinal will all host a regional tournament next week.
Now it’s just all about the chance to win the conference and become one of the top eight seeds.
- Arizona State (18-11, 36-19) @ Arizona (19-10, 37-17) – 12:00 p.m. (PT)
- Oregon (19-10, 42-16) @ Oregon State (17-12, 37-18) – 1:00 p.m. (PT)
- USC (8-21, 23-31) @ UCLA (19-10, 41-14) – 1:00 p.m. (PT)