This Week in Pac-10 Baseball (3/12/01)
March 13, 2001
After a weekend of upsets and injuries around college baseball, several Pac-10 teams find themselves at different positions in the polls...Baseball America crowns STANFORD No. 1 in the nation, after ranking the Cardinal No. 10 last week...Stanford is ranked No. 3 in Collegiate Baseball and Baseball Weekly...ARIZONA STATE moves up to No. 6 in Baseball America and No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball and Baseball Weekly...After going 0-4 last week, USC falls to No. 10 in Baseball America's poll, while Collegiate Baseball and Baseball Weekly list the Trojans at No. 13...The Pac-10 Conference season continues this Friday when the Sun Devils head to the Bay Area to take on the Bears...USC will try to get back to its winning ways against WASHINGTON...In non-conference action ARIZONA hosts Southern Utah, OREGON STATE takes on Minnesota and WASHINGTON STATE visits Oral Roberts.
This Week's ScheduleTue., Mar. 13Sacramento State at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.Gonzaga at OREGON STATE, 2:30 p.m.Cal State Northridge at UCLA, 3 p.m.USC at UC Santa Barbara, 2 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 14Houston at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.Columbia at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.Gonzaga at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.Purdue at UCLA, 3 p.m.San Diego at USC, 5 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 16Southern Utah at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.Minnesota at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE at Oral Roberts, 5 p.m.Sat., Mar. 17Southern Utah at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.Minnesota at OREGON STATE, 11 a.m.USC at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE at Oral Roberts, 1 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 18Southern Utah at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.Minnesota at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.USC at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE at Oral Roberts, 1 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 19USC at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
* All times are local to site
Last Weeks' Results
Tue., Mar. 6ASU 17, Oral Roberts 3Nevada 5, CALIFORNIA 4UCLA 8, Loyola Marymount 4UC Riverside 6, USC 4WASHINGTON 10, OSU 7
Wed., Mar. 8STANFORD 3, CAL 2 (10 inn)OSU 17, WASHINGTON 3USC 4, Hosei University (exh.) 4
Fri., Mar. 9UCLA 3, ARIZONA 2ASU 16, South Florida 5UC Santa Barbara 9, CAL 2OSU 6, WSU 3WASH 8, Southern Utah 6
Sat., Mar. 10ARIZONA 6, UCLA 4ASU 10, South Florida 3UC Santa Barbara 4, CAL 3OSU 11, WSU 10STANFORD 15, USC 3WASH 12, Southern Utah 3
Sun., Mar. 11ARIZONA 9, UCLA 6ASU 12, South Florida 4CAL 6, UC Santa Barbara 4WSU 8, OSU 7STANFORD 9, USC 5 (10 inn)WASH 17, Southern Utah 0
Baseball AmericaTop-25 (Mar. 12)
1. STANFORD 18-52. Rice 18-43. South Carolina 16-24. Georgia Tech 13-55. Nebraska 12-36. ARIZONA STATE17-4-17. Miami 17-58. Louisiana State 13-6-19. Pepperdine 15-410. USC 12-811. Notre Dame 8-212. Central Florida 17-413. Auburn 16-414. Clemson 10-415. Oklahoma State 16-316. Tulane 17-317. Georgia 11-318. South Alabama 19-319. Florida State 14-520. East Carolina 16-221. Tennessee 16-222. Baylor 15-623. Rutgers 9-324. Cal State Fullerton 11-825. Wake Forest 13-3
Collegiate BaseballTop-30 (Mar. 12)
1. Rice 18-42. South Carolina 16-23. STANFORD 18-54. ARIZONA STATE 17-4-15. Nebraska 12-36. Pepperdine 15-47. Georgia Tech 13-58. Notre Dame 8-29. Miami 17-510. Clemson 10-411. Louisiana State 13-6-112. Oklahoma State16-313. USC 12-814. Central Florida 17-415. Auburn 16-416. Stetson 16-217. South Alabama 19-318. Florida State 14-519. East Carolina 16-220. Tennessee 16-221. Mississippi State 9-522. Tulane 17-323. Georgia 11-324. Southern Mississippi 12-625. Rutgers 9-326. Baylor 15-627. UCLA 13-728. Cal State Fullerton 11-829. North Carolina 14-430. Wake Forest 13-3
Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top-25Coaches Poll (Mar. 12)
1. Rice 18-42. South Carolina 16-23. STANFORD 18-54. ARIZONA STATE 17-4-15. Georgia Tech 13-56. Louisiana State 13-6-17. Miami 17-58. Nebraska 12-39. Pepperdine 15-410. Notre Dame 8-211. Oklahoma State 16-312. Auburn 16-413. USC 12-814. Clemson 10-415. Central Florida 17-416. Baylor 15-617. Tulane 17-318. South Alabama 19-319. Tennessee 16-220. East Carolina 16-221. Florida State 14-522. Georgia 11-323. Stetson 16-224. Rutgers 9-325. Wake Forest 13-3
Coaches Select USC to Win Pac-10
The Pac-10 coaches have selected USC as the preseason favorite to win the Conference. The Trojans garnered six first-place votes. USC made its 20th appearance in the College World Series last season, going 1-2.
Arizona State and Stanford also received one first-place vote each. Stanford was chosen last season to win the Conference, with UCLA second. Arizona State, Stanford and UCLA each earned a piece of the Conference title in 2000, marking the first time three teams ever shared the Pac-10 Championship.
Points are awarded in descending order with 8 points for first place, 7 points for second place, and so on. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.
School (1st Place votes) Points
1. USC (6) 522. ASU (1) 493. Stanford (1) 374. Arizona 315. California 306. UCLA 297. Oregon State 278. Washington 159. Washington State 8
Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON STATE sophomore first baseman Andy Jarvis has been named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and STANFORD sophomore right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has been named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for March 6-March 12, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Jarvis, from Renton, Wash., had a prolific week at the plate against rivals Washington and Washington State. He batted .478 (11-for-23), hit five home runs, two doubles and added eight runs scored and 13 RBI. Jarvis tied the Beavers' single-game record for home runs, knocking three balls out of the park against the Cougars.
Guthrie, from Ashland, Ore., earns his second consecutive Pitcher of the Week honor after recording his best performance of the season against then-No. 4 USC. Guthrie notched a complete game six-hit shutout for the victory in the Cardinal's first game against the Trojans this season. He struck out eight batters and lowered his season ERA to 0.94. He has given up just five earned runs in 48.0 innings pitched.
The Player of the Week honor is the first for Jarvis in his career, and the 44th selection all-time for OREGON STATE. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the second for Guthrie in his career, and the 56th selection all-time for STANFORD.
Also nominated for Player of the Week were Shelley Duncan, ARIZ, Jeremy West, ASU, Brian Horwitz, CAL, Andy Topham, STAN, Ben Francisco, UCLA and Jefferson Thiel, WASH. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were Sean Rierson, ARIZ, Andy Torres, ASU, Thad Johnson, OSU, Josh Karp, UCLA, Mark Prior, USC and Sean White, WASH.
2001 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 26 - Brian Baron, UCLA, Mar. 5 - Seth Davidson, USC, Mar. 13 - Andy Jarvis, OSU.
2001 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 26 - Jeff Bruksch, STAN, Mar. 5 - Jeremy Guthrie, STAN, Mar. 13 - Jeremy Guthrie, STAN.
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2001 Team Notes
ARIZONA (16-11, 2-1): The Wildcats got off to a strong start in Conference play, taking two games from UCLA in last weekend's three-game series in Los Angeles ... Arizona dropped the first game, but it was a close decision at 3-2 ... In the defeat freshman RHP Marc Kaiser had a strong outing despite getting a no-decision. He struck out four batters, while allowing only one earned run on eight hits in eight innings pitched ... Kaiser has also made starts at third base twice and once in left field ... Also in that game, senior 1B Ernie Durazo made his mark in Wildcat history by tying Arizona's school record for consecutive games with a hit. Durazo hit safely in 28 straight games, before being halted the very next game with an 0-for-5 performance ... Junior RF Shelley Duncan was impressive in Arizona's wins over the Bruins. In the series, Duncan went 7-for-11 for a .636 average. H also added four runs, four RBI and his 11th home run on the season. He leads the Conference in round-trippers.
ARIZONA STATE (17-4-1, 0-0): ASU's win over Oral Roberts and sweep of South Florida moved the Sun Devils up a couple notches in the national polls. The Sun Devils were named No. 6 by Baseball America and are ranked No. 4 in both the Collegiate Baseball and Baseball Weekly polls ... ASU outscored the Golden Eagles and Bulls 55-13 in the victories ... The Sun Devils, who have led the nation in scoring in each of the past two years, are averaging 11.05 runs per game and hitting .371 as a team ... Saturday's win over South Florida marked the 1,000 win at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils are 776-223-1 all-time at Packard ... Two Sun Devils are riding hitting streaks. Freshman DH Rod Allen, Jr. is on a 14-game streak, while junior CF Chris Duffy is on a 12-game streak ... 1B Jeremy West has been impressive so far in his freshman campaign. He leads the team with a .452 average and in home runs with five ... Senior C Casey Myers continues to rack up the RBI. He paces the Conference with 40 runs batted in on the season ... ASU also opened up Pac-10 play in 2000 against the Bears at Evans Diamond. The Sun Devils took two of three games from California.
CALIFORNIA (11-8, 0-0): The Bears picked up one win in a three-game series against UC Santa Barbara last weekend. The victory broke a four-game losing streak ... In the victory, freshman RHP Matt Brown earned his team-leading third save of the season. He allowed no runs on one hit, while striking out one in the ninth inning ... As a team, Cal has an ERA of 3.61 and is holding opposing batters to an under-.300 average at .265 ... Freshman CF Brian Horwitz has been impressive this season, leading the Bears with a .347 average. Against the Gauchos, he hit .462 (6-for-13), with three doubles and an RBI. He is riding a 15-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 18 of 19 games he has played in this year ... Senior 1B Clint Hoover knocked out his fourth home run of the season in the win over UC Santa Barbara. The four-bagger brings his career total to 32, which ties for fifth on the Cal all-time list ... The Bears play midweek games with Sacramento State and Columbia before hosting the Sun Devils this weekend.
OREGON STATE (11-9, 0-0): The Beavers went 3-2 on the week against their Pacific Northwest rivals, Washington and Washington State ... Sophomore Andy Jarvis was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week as well as Pac-10 Player of the Week. The first baseman was 11-for-23, good for a .478 batting average. He hit five home runs, two doubles and added eight runs and 13 RBI. He tied an OSU record for single-game home runs when he knocked three balls out of the park against the Cougars ... Junior RF Josh Carter has extended his hitting streak to 18 games this season. He is riding a 25-game streak, continuing from the 2000 season ... As a team, Oregon State is batting .334. Carter (.472) and senior DH Curtis Davis (.466) are leading the Beavers ... Senior CF Eric Stark played in his first games back since suffering a shoulder injury Feb. 15. Last week he hit .318 with two doubles, a home run and two stolen bases ... Oregon State hosts Gonzaga for a midweek series before taking on Minnesota.
STANFORD (18-5, 0-0): With Stanford's three-game sweep of then-No. 4 USC, the Cardinal moved up nine spots to No. 1 in the Baseball America poll. Stanford is ranked at No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball Weekly ... The wins marked the first time Stanford has swept USC since 1997 ... Stanford has won 16 of its last 18 games ... The Cardinal boasts a team ERA of 2.87, good for lowest among Pac-10 teams. The regular starting rotation of sophomore RHP Jeremy Guthrie, junior RHP Jeff Bruksch and sophomore LHP Tim Cunningham has combined for a 13-0 record and 2.18 ERA this year ... Guthrie picked up his second consecutive Conference Pitcher of the Week honor after earning the win in the first game of the series against the Trojans. In the decision, Guthrie tossed his first career shutout, a six-hitter with eight strikeouts. He stands at 5-0, with a
0.94 ERA ... Stanford is getting it done on the mound, and also at the plate. Last week, junior 2B Chris O'Riordan gathered five hits, two were home runs and two stolen bases. He hit a walk-off home run to beat Cal in the 10th inning last Wednesday ... Not to be outdone, junior 3B Andy Topham hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning to beat USC in the final game of last weekend's series. Topham set career-highs with four hits and six RBI in his 4-for-5 outing ... Pitching and offense aside, the Cardinal has 10 errorless games this season and a team .978 fielding percentage ... Stanford is off this week and kicks off its Conference season against Washington Mar. 23.
UCLA (13-7, 1-2): The Bruins dropped two games to Arizona at home in their first weekend of Pac-10 play. UCLA won the first game of the series by a score of 3-2 ... UCLA was only outscored 17-14 by Arizona ... The Bruins fell out of the Baseball America and Baseball Weekly polls, but remain ranked as No. 27 by Collegiate Baseball ... In the Bruin win, junior RHP Josh Karp allowed only five hits through eight innings and no unearned runs. He also struck out six batters. Karp has an ERA of 1.89 with a league-best 49 strikeouts in 38.0 innings pitched ... Despite the tough weekend, senior DH Brian Baron kept his 21-game hitting streak alive. Baron leads the Bruins offensively, hitting .513 with 40 hits and 49 total bases in 19 games played ... Senior 1B Eric Reece is leading UCLA in doubles (9) and RBI (24) and is tied for most home runs with three. He is second on the team with 28 hits ... Up for the Bruins this week are games at home against Cal State Northridge and Purdue.
USC (12-8, 0-0): After coming into last week with a four-game winning streak the Trojans lost four games in a row ... Stanford's sweep over USC marked the first time they've lost three games to the Cardinal since 1997 ... Stanford's first win of the series was the first time USC has been shutout since 1999 ... Due to the losses, the Trojans fell in the rankings to No. 10 (Baseball America) and No. 13 (Baseball Weekly, Collegiate Baseball) ... Despite getting a loss, junior RHP Mark Prior had a strong outing against the Cardinal tying a career-high 13 strikeouts. He allowed two runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings pitched ... senior RHP Rik Currier turned in his worst performance of the season against Stanford as the Cardinal tagged him for five earned runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings pitched. Currier, did however notch six strikeouts, which put him in second place on USC's all-time list for career strikeouts. He has 365 career strikeouts and is only 56 K's away from breaking the school and Pac-10 record ... USC will try to rebound with games against UC Santa Barbara and San Diego before heading north to Washington to begin its Conference season.
WASHINGTON (9-3, 0-0): Washington is coming off a three-game sweep of Southern Utah ... Last season through their first 12 games the Huskies posted a 3-9 record, this year they are 9-3 thus far ... Senior RHP Jeff Carlsen returned to the mound for the first time in 2001 after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery. Carlsen worked three perfect innings allowing no runs on no hits, while striking out six. With the strikeouts, he became only the third Husky pitcher to ever strikeout 200 or more batters in a a career. He has 202 career K's. He also earned the win over Southern Utah and moved into a tie for second place in Washington history with his 23rd career victory ... The Huskies shutout of Southern Utah on Sunday, marked Washington's first shutout since April 20, 1999 (Cal State Northridge, 6-0) ... The Huskies are batting .346 as a team ... Sophomore C Jefferson Thiel led Washington last week, going 7-for -15 with a double, two home runs, five runs scored and five RBI.
WASHINGTON STATE (6-13, 0-0): The Cougars came up with one win against the Beavers last weekend. However, Washington State was only outscored by Oregon State, 24-21 ... Junior DH Tyson Boston drove in the winning run of WSU's 8-7 victory after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the third game of the series. The Cougars nearly won the second game of the series as well. WSU battled back from an eight run deficit, but fell to the Beavers, 11-10 ... Sophomore 1B Stefan Bailie remains a bright spot on the Cougars' offense. Bailie leads the team in batting average (.394), hits (28), home runs (9) RBI (27), total bases (63) and slugging percentage (.887). Bailie's nine homers are second in the Conference behind Arizona's Shelley Duncan (10) ... Washington State travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma to take on Oral Roberts.