The Beavers are not only one of the hottest teams in the Pac-12, but in the country as well. They've won 18 of their last 20, and are now all but assured of a national seed. They also get infielder Kavin Keyes back from a fractured thumb injury in two weeks, which should help even more.
2. Washington (37-11, 19-5)
The Huskies sit one game behind Oregon State at the top of the league standings. That means whoever wins this weekend's series in Corvallis will likely take the Pac's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Dawgs are also playing to earn one of the eight national seeds, and will need at least two wins against the Beavers in order to do that.
3. Arizona State (27-21, 14-10)
The Sun Devils move into third after winning a series against Oregon and dominating a midweek game at UNLV. They are currently on the right side of the bubble for an NCAA Tournament bid, their chances bolstered by a top ten SOS rank. That number will fall as they close the season with three games against Utah, one against Abilene Christian, and three at Washington State, so it is critical they take care of business in those.
4. Oregon (37-16, 14-10)
The Ducks are still safely in the field of 64 despite some head-scratching results the past couple of weeks. They have managed to stay in the Top 25 of the RPI despite a sub 80 SOS rank. The committee will look past Oregon's bad losses against Stanford (2) and San Francisco if it finishes strong.
5. USC (26-22, 14-13)
This is the last team with a shot at the NCAA's. The schedule couldn't set up any nicer for USC, who gets a combined four games against Cal State Fullerton and Oregon State to prove it belongs. They'll need at least three wins that week to get a spot.
6. Stanford (24-22, 11-13)
The Cardinal are currently hovering at two games above .500. Each year, the selection committee throws one or two curveballs at fans and includes a team that no one saw coming. They'll have to win five of their final seven to even have a chance of accomplishing that.
7. Washington State (22-25, 12-12)
Wazzu's season will end in a couple weeks when they host Arizona State up in Pullman, but this could very well be one of the best teams in the country with a sub .500 record. It has just kicked too many chances to earn big victories over the past few weeks. The Cougars are paced by sophomore Nick Tanielu, who is batting at a .322 average and has driven in 27 RBI's.
8. UCLA (23-26, 10-14)
The defending national champions assured themselves that they would not have a chance to defend that title over the past few weeks, having dropped their last seven games. UCLA has only won one game since April 22. The Bruins get Oregon in Los Angeles this week for three games.
9. California (21-25, 9-15)
Now playing the role of spoiler, California did a good job of that last week, winning a series at USC. It was a good bounce back for the Golden Bears after losing three games by a combined 17 runs against Oregon State the week before. Infielder Brenden Farney leads Cal at the dish with a .299 average.
10. Arizona (19-30, 8-19)
Some thought when Arizona won five of six games in early April, it had turned the corner. That would prove not to be the case. The Wildcats now sit at 19-30 with six games left.
11. Utah (16-30, 4-20)
The Utes struggled out of the gates and have struggled to gain any momentum. They did, however, get a nice 5-4 rivalry win last night against BYU.