With three weeks left in baseball's regular season, Benedictine-Mesa, Antelope Valley, and Marymount California are tied atop the California Pacific Conference standings with identical 15-6 league records. Things could sort out significantly when MCU travels to UAV for a three-game set this weekend.
This season the Cal Pac does not have a conference baseball tournament, so the regular season champion will represent the league in the NAIA nationals. This is the first year the conference has a full six-team slate of eligible teams, so marks the first season the Cal Pac is assured a spot in baseball's national championship tournament first round.
Each of the tied trio play two of their remaining three series on the road, with MCU (20-15 overall) possibly having the greatest challenge - or opportunity - by facing both UAV and BenU. The Mariners have the most work to do, too, having dropped the first series with each of those top rivals winning two games at MCU.
BenU (27-15) already owns a 4-2 series advantage over UAV - and 2-1 against MCU - and travels to La Sierra and Providence Christian the next two weekends before a season-ending showdown against MCU in Mesa, Ariz. With series advantages already giving them a tie-breaker edge, the Redhawks control more of their own destiny as the season winds down.
UAV (25-16) needs to finish ahead of Benedictine in the final standings due to its season series result, and on paper could have a slightly easier road to do so. The Pioneers host MCU this weekend in a colossal showdown, but finish the season against Simpson and PCC, who have 19 wins between them.