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February 2nd, 2019
Arizona State Sun Devils
One of the most successful teams in college baseball history, the Arizona State Sun Devils hope to return to former glory in 2019. With 5 NCAA Tournament Championships (4th all-time) to go with their 39 NCAA Tournament appearances, the Sun Devils are a postseason force to be reckoned with. Head coach, Tracy Smith, hopes that this season will see Arizona State return to the top tier of the Pac 12. With several College World Series hopefuls in the Pac 12, conference play will be challenging, and Arizona State sees the likes of Cal State Fullerton (#24) and Long Beach State in non-conference play. Always a tough place to play, Phoenix Municipal Stadium offers a friendly, home confine for the Sun Devils, and Arizona State will kick off their season at home with a series against Notre Dame starting February 15th.
February 9th, 2019
#6 Oregon State Beavers
Coming off an improbable finish to their NCAA Tournament Championship run in 2018, the #6 Oregon State Beavers look to pick up where they left off in 2019. With six College World Series appearances since 2005 and three National Championships in that same time period, the Beavers have quickly become college baseball's new royalty. One thing 2018 didn't have for Oregon State was a Pac-12 Championship, and to get that, they'll have to take on UCLA (#3) and Stanford (#8). Minnesota and Indiana, from the Big Ten, will both pose as challenges for the Beavers, as well as Coastal Carolina (#22) from the Sun Belt. Despite these challenges, it won't be a surprise to anyone if Oregon State makes another deep postseason run in 2019.
February 7th, 2019
#8 Stanford Cardinal
The #8 Stanford Cardinal are coming off a Pac 12 Championship in 2018 and hope to ride a recent string of success to another good season in 2019. To repeat as conference champions, Stanford will have to get through a pair of top ten teams in UCLA (#3) and Oregon State (#6), as well as an upstart Washington team that made the College World Series a year ago. In non-conference play, the Cardinal will face the always tough Cal State Fullerton Titans (#24), the team who eliminated them from their own regional last year, and the Texas Longhorns (#20). This season, David Esquer, in his second year as head coach of Stanford, will try to lead the Cardinal to their first trip to Omaha since 2008.
February 12th, 2019
#3 UCLA Bruins
With the season kicking off on Friday, the UCLA Bruins look to return to the pinnacle of college baseball in 2019. Having last made the College World Series in 2013 (a year which they would go on to win the title), UCLA has its eyes set on Omaha once again. To make it there, the Bruins will first have to conquer the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic which includes Oklahoma State (#21), Michigan (#23) and local rival, USC, before they turn to Pac-12 play. In conference, UCLA faces the defending National Champs, Oregon State (#6), and the defending conference champion, Stanford (#8). Mixed into conference play are mid-week matchups against regional foes Cal State Fullerton (#24) and Long Beach State. With 34 games against West Coast teams, UCLA will try to prove that they are the Best in the West before they show that they're best in Omaha.