We mentioned it briefly on yesterday's(Tue) show, but it's worth repeating. Oregon has started Pac 10 play in baseball and already received a heavy duty dose of reality. As strong as the conference is historically and typically in hoops and football, that fluctuates. There are times the Big 12, Big East or other leagues look stronger. That is never the case in baseball. The Pac 10 is as consistently strong as any, always. Oregon entered their opening series at Tucson last week with a team ERA of 2.4. After getting walloped for 23 earned runs over 25 innings against Arizona, it's now at 3.0! That's an amazing number. And the Wildcats weren't even among the Pac 10 teams in the national rankings. For the record, the opponent heading to PK Park for this Thursday thru Saturday 3 game set, Arizona State, is unbeaten and #1 in the country according to USA Today, 2nd according to Baseball America. UCLA is 5th/6th, Stanford is 26th/19th, Oregon State is 18th/21st, Arizona is NOW ranked, 20th/22nd. For the record the USA Today coaches poll has the Ducks in the also receiving votes category at 29. I have a pair of tickets for tomorrow's(Thur) and Saturday's game vs the Sun Devils. E-mail the correct answer to the following to get in the drawing to email@example.com
Oregon State captured back to back national titles in 2006 and 2006. Who was the last Pac 10 team to win the National Championship in baseball prior to the Beavers?