This Week in Pac-10 Baseball (4/2/01)

April 2, 2001

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This Week's Schedule

Tue., Apr. 3San Francisco at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.STANFORD at San Jose State, 7 p.m.Pepperdine at UCLA, 6 p.m.USC at San Diego State, 6 p.m.Pacific Lutheran at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 6ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 3 p.m.ARIZONA STATE at USC, 6 p.m.CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.UCLA at STANFORD, 6 p.m.WASHINGTON at Hawaii-Hilo, 6 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 7ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m.ARIZONA STATE at USC, 1 p.m.CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.UCLA at STANFORD, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON at Hawaii-Hilo, 1/7 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 8ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m.ARIZONA STATE at USC, 1 p.m.CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.UCLA at STANFORD, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON at Hawaii-Hilo, 1 p.m.

* All times are local to site

Last Weeks' Results

Tue., Mar. 27Pacific 9, CAL 8 (13 inn)STAN 8, Saint Mary's 3San Diego 9, UCLA 3Cal State Fullerton 12, USC 11

Wed., Mar. 28USC 16, San Diego State 7WASH 14, Puget Sound 7

Fri., Mar. 30ARIZ 5, OSU 2STAN 6, ASU 2CAL 8, WASH 6WSU 12, UCLA 11

Sat., Mar. 31OSU 8, ARIZ 0STAN 5, ASU 2CAL 5, WASH 2

Sun., Apr. 1ARIZ 13, OSU 6ASU 6, STAN 5CAL 13, WASH 7UCLA 13, WSU 10UCLA 10, WSU 9

Baseball AmericaTop-25 (Apr. 2)

1. STANFORD 24-62. Rice 28-63. Georgia Tech 23-74. Louisiana Tech 21-8-15. Nebraska 22-76. Florida State 27-77. Notre Dame 21-4-18. Miami 25-99. South Carolina 24-710. ARIZONA STATE 21-9-111. Clemson 21-812. USC 20-1113. South Alabama 26-614. Central Florida 27-715. Baylor 24-916. Mississippi 23-817. Tennessee 26-618. Cal State Fullerton 19-1019. Pepperdine 20-1120. Tulane 24-721. Florida International 30-822. Texas 24-1223. Stetson 25-424. Georgia 19-925. East Carolina 25-7

Baseball America Rankings

M12 M19 M26 A2

ASU 6 5 6 10STAN 1 1 1 1USC 10 9 12 12

Collegiate BaseballTop-30 (Apr. 2)

1. Rice 28-62. STANFORD 24-63. Georgia Tech 23-74. Louisiana State 21-8-15. Florida State 27-76. Notre Dame 21-4-17. Stetson 25-48. Clemson 21-89. ARIZONA STATE 21-9-110. Nebraska 22-711. Tennessee 26-612. South Carolina 24-713. South Alabama 26-614. Cal State Fullerton 19-1015. USC 20-1116. Miami 25-917. Baylor 24-918. Texas 24-1219. Central Florida 27-720. Mississippi 23-8-121. East Carolina 25-722. Ohio State 20-523. The Citadel 22-924. Alabama 20-1125. Pepperdine 20-1126. Tulane 24-727. Rutgers 21-728. Winthrop 25-5-129. Virginia Commonwealth 24-630. Florida International 30-8

ARIZONA (21-16 Overall, 4-5 Pac-10)Last Week: Oregon State W 5-2, L 0-8, W 13-6 This Week: at Washington State

Arizona took two games of a three-game series from Oregon State ... The Wildcats edged the Beavers by an 18-16 run margin. Arizona is averaging 7.0 runs per game ... Freshman RHP Marc Kaiser pitched Arizona's first complete game this season with a 5-2 victory in the first game of the series. He is the first pitcher to toss an entire game for the 'Cats since Mar. 17, 2000 ... Arizona was shutout in the second game and only DH Kaiser notched multiple hits going 2-for-3 ... After collecting only five hits in the previous game, Arizona pounded out 19 hits in the final game of the series, winning 13-6 ... Against the Beavers, sophomore 2B Matt Abram batted .500 (6-for-12), with four runs scored and seven RBI ... Senior 1B Ernie Durazo continues to sit atop the Pac-10's runs (38) and total bases (90) categories. He has now hit safely in 35 of 37 games ... After playing the last 10 games at home, Arizona is on the road at Washington State.

ARIZONA STATE (21-9-1 Overall, 4-5 Pac-10)Last Week: Stanford L 2-6, L 2-5, W 6-5 This Week: at USC

The Sun Devils struggled against the No. 1 Cardinal, losing the first two games of last weekend's series, before winning the final game, 6-5 ... Stanford's starting pitching staff held the Pac-10's best hitting team to a .233 batting average ... ASU's lone victory snapped a four-game losing streak, their longest since 1999 ... Sophomore SS Dennis Wyrick paced the Sun Devils at the plate, hitting .556 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI ... Senior C Casey Myers also contributed offensively, adding four hits, a home run and four RBI on the weekend. His home run ended ASU's 280-at-bat, with no home runs, drought. The homer also gave Myers 37 in his career, placing him seventh all-time at ASU ... Senior lefty Drew Friedberg continues to be a bright spot out of the bullpen. Against Stanford he allowed only one run in four innings. In Pac-10 play he holds a 0.84 ERA and is 3-0 overall, with one save, a 0.95 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 28.1 innings ... The Sun Devils have a tough stretch of games ahead of them with a road trip to Southern California, including three games at USC and one game at Cal State Fullerton.

CALIFORNIA (18-14 Overall, 5-4 Pac-10)Last Week: Pacific L 8-9 (13 inn), at WASH W 8-6, 5-2, 16-7 This Week: San Francisco, at Oregon State

Cal had a great series last weekend, sweeping Washington with scores of 8-6, 5-2 and 16-7. The sweep is the Bears' first against a Pac-10 opponent since 1998. It also is the first time Cal has swept a Pac-10 opponent on the road since the 1996 season ... Cal had several pitchers do well last week. Senior RHP David Cash allowed one run on three hits with two walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts in six innings against Pacific, but the Bears fell 8-9 in the 13 inning affair. Cash earned his third save of the season in Cal's 16-7 win over Washington. Freshman reliever Blake Read earned his first collegiate win after allowing no runs on two hits with three strikeouts in three innings in Cal's first game of the series and junior LHP Jason Dennis improved to 3-1 after allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts in seven innings in the Bears' second victory over Washington ... Cal was led offensively by freshman 3B Conor Jackson. Jackson went 7-for-12 with two RBI against the Huskies. He continues on a 14-game hitting streak and is batting .311 on the year with 20 RBI and a team-high 21 walks ... Cal plays a midweek game against San Francisco before heading north to play at Oregon State.

OREGON STATE (19-12 Overall, 3-3 Pac-10)Last Week: at Arizona L 2-5, W 8-0, L 6-13 This Week: California

Oregon State only took one game at Arizona, but it was a commanding 8-0 win over the Wildcats. The Beavers were led by senior LHP Scott Nicholson in the win, as he threw his third consecutive complete game and second shutout in his last three outings. Nicholson allowed no runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. He retired the Wildcats in order in six of the nine innings ... Sophomore LF Chris Biles did well against Wildcat pitching. Biles batted .583 (7-for-12) with two runs and two RBI in the series ... Oregon State is second in the Conference in hitting with a .323 team batting average. They lead the league in slugging percentage (.494) ... Despite the two losses in the desert, Oregon State has still won eight of its last 11 games ... The Beavers return home to host California this weekend.

STANFORD (24-6 Overall, 5-1 Pac-10)Last Week: Saint Mary's W 8-3, at Arizona State W 6-2, 5-2, L 5-6 This Week: at San Jose State, UCLA

With two wins against then-No. 4 Arizona State, Stanford remains in the top spot in the Baseball America poll ... The Cardinal also picked up a midweek win against Saint Mary's ... Stanford had its 10-game winning streak broken in the final game of the series against ASU, but has won 22 of its last 25 games. The 10-game streak was the longest for Stanford since the Cardinal won 11 in row during the 1999 season ... Stanford's starting pitching rotation is now a perfect, 17-0. Junior RHP Jeremy Guthrie won his seventh consecutive game and junior RHP Jeff Bruksch won for the sixth time in seven starts ... Stanford continues to pace the Pac-10 in pitching, with a team ERA of 2.84, and fielding (.980) ... The Cardinal plays a midweek game at San Jose State before hosting UCLA for a weekend series. Stanford has been especially hard to beat at home this season, boasting a 14-1 overall record at Sunken Diamond.

UCLA (19-9 Overall, 3-3 Pac-10)Last Week: at San Diego L 3-9, at WSU L 11-2, W 13-10, 10-9 This Week: Pepperdine, at Stanford

The Bruins went 2-2 last week, losing a game at San Diego, but taking two of three at Washington State ... The Bruins lost the first game against the Cougars, but won both games of a double-header ... In the loss to the Cougars, the Bruins had a 10-0 lead after three innings with six hitters collecting multiple hits, but let WSU back into the game and knock in the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth ... Several Bruins did well offensively in the double-header games. Junior C Josh Arhart went 3-for-5 with four RBI and freshman SS Preston Griffin went 4-for-5 with one run and three RBI in Game 1 ... Sophomore RHP Wade Clark picked up his second win of the season. He allowed only one run in five innings pitched against the Cougars and held off WSU by making the final assist to preserve the 10-9 victory ... UCLA hosts Pepperdine for a midweek game, before heading up the coast to take on Stanford.

USC (20-11 Overall, 4-2 Pac-10)Last Week: at CS Fullerton L 11-12, San Diego State W 16-7 This Week: Arizona State

USC is coming off a midweek split against Cal State Fullerton and San Diego State. The Trojans dropped a close one at Fullerton, losing 11-12. The game featured six different lead changes, but USC was unable to prevent a four-run ninth inning rally by the Titans ... The Trojans made up for the loss the next game, defeating San Diego State 16-7. Every batter in the lineup recorded at least one hit and USC totaled 16 hits, tying their season-high. In the game, senior INF Josh Persell hit his third home run in as many game. He now has five on the season ... Starter Mark Prior struck out six Aztecs and allowed only one earned run on two hits in five innings pitched. It was the first earned run he had given up in 21.2 innings ... Sophomores Alberto Concepcion and Anthony Lunetta did well against the Titans and Aztecs. Concepcion went 5-for-9 with two doubles, four runs and one RBI, while Lunetta was 5-for-8 with two stolen bases, four runs and one RBI ... USC takes on Arizona State this weekend at home.

WASHINGTON (14-10 Overall, 2-7 Pac-10)Last Week: Puget Sound W 14-7, California L 6-8, 2-5, 7-16 This Week: Pacific Lutheran, at Hawaii-Hilo

After being swept last weekend by California, Washington has dropped its last six Pac-10 games and now stands at 14-10 overall, 2-7 in Conference play ... The Huskies did pick up a 14-7 midweek win against Puget Sound ... Shawn Kohn made his first start for the Huskies, after making 39 relief appearances during his career. He worked six innings, allowing the Bears only one unearned run on five hits, while striking out five. He left the game with a 6-1 lead, but Cal came back to win 8-6 ... With sophomore C Jefferson Thiel out with an injury, Ben Johnson and Chad Yarbrough have seen time behind the plate. Both freshman collected their first collegiate hits as Johnson doubled in his first at-bat against Cal and Yarbrough hit a two-run homer against Puget Sound ... The injuries continue for Washington. The latest Husky victim is sophomore LF Jay Garthwaite. Garthwaite left the final game of the Cal series in the first inning after being struck in the wrist by a pitch. Garthwaite is Washington's clean-up hitter and is second on the team with 23 RBI ... The Huskies play six non-conference games this week taking on Pacific Lutheran for a midweek game and then playing four games at Hawaii-Hilo.

WASHINGTON STATE (11-19 Overall, 3-3 Pac-10)Last Week: UCLA W 12-11, L 10-13, 9-10 This Week: Arizona

Washington State manufactured an 12-11 comeback win against UCLA in the first game of the series, but lost two close games to the Bruins in a double-header ... In the opening game, the Cougars came back after facing a 10-0 run deficit after the first three innings. Junior 2B Bookie Gates drove in the winning-run ... For his outstanding offensive effort in the series Gates was named Pac-10 Player of the Week. He hit .714 (10-for-14) with three doubles and one home run. He also scored five times and added seven RBI. The Player of the Week honor is first selection for Washington State since the Northern and Southern Divisions merged in 1999 ... Despite knocking out 19 hits and 31 runs in the two games of the double-header, the Cougars were unable to come up with the wins. Washington State only lost those games by four runs collectively ... The Cougars remain at home this week and host Arizona.

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