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6/14/2012 2:27:23 AM

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• Arizona and UCLA will represent the Pac-12 in Omaha as the College World Series kicks off this weekend. The only other conference to have more than one team left in the postseason is the SEC (three teams). The Pac-12 went 12-5 against SEC teams this season.

• UCLA is making its second appearance in the College World Series in the last three years, with the Bruins finishing as runners-up in 2010. The Wildcats are returning to Omaha for the first time since 2004.

• The Bruins’ first opponent, Stony Brook, is in the national top 10 in 12 statistical categories, including hits (No. 1, 731 hits in 65 games), batting average (No. 2, .335), slugging percentage (No. 2, .483) and on-base percentage (No. 5, .414). However, UCLA allows just 7.97 hits per nine innings and is batting .309 through last weekend’s action.

• Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto has been named the NCBWA Freshman Hitter of the Year and the Louisville Slugger Freshman Player of the Year. Conforto, also the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, hit .349 and finished the season as the league leader in RBI (76), slugging percentage (.601) and total bases (131), and tied for first in home runs (13).

• Seven Pac-12 freshmen made the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team: OSU’s Conforto, UCLA RHP David Berg, Stanford third baseman Alex Blandino, Oregon State LHP Jayce Fry, Oregon RHP Jake Reed, USC LHP Stephen Tarpley and UCLA LHP Grant Watson. Berg was also named a second-team NCBWA Freshman All-American.

• The Pac-12 had 57 players selected in the 2012 MLB Draft last week. Arizona State led the way with 10 players taken, while California, Stanford and UCLA each had seven selected. Arizona and Washington State each had five chosen, Washington had four, and Oregon, Oregon State, USC and Utah all had three drafted. A complete list of Pac-12 players drafted is on page four of this release.

• UCLA finished the regular season with the nation’s highest RPI. Oregon, Arizona, Stanford, Arizona State and Oregon State all finished in the top 30.

Go Devils !!
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