The sophomore duo of Cole and Bauer rank first and second, respectively, in strikeouts in the Pac-10 Conference, through Monday, March 22. Cole has gone 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA in a team-high 32.2 innings. Bauer has posted a 4-0 record and 2.05 ERA through 30.2 innings.
Both pitchers were selected as National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball on March 15, after having registered 15 strikeouts in each of their respective starts the previous weekend at the Whataburger College Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. Cole fanned 15 batters against Texas A&M Corpus Christi in a 11-3 victory on March 12, before Bauer notched 15 strikeouts in a 5-2 win over Mississippi State on March 13.