This Week in Pac-10 Baseball (4/23/01)

April 23, 2001

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RIVALRY WEEKEND

In-state match-ups dot this week's slate

ARIZONA heads up I-10 to take on ARIZONA STATE, while STANFORD crosses the bay to play at CALIFORNIA. UCLA heads across town to take on USC and WASHINGTON visits WASHINGTON STATE ... OREGON STATE is the lone Pac-10 team in non-conference weekend action playing a three-game series at Hawaii ... In other non-conference games, the Sun Devils host Gonzaga, while the Bears head to Nevada. The Cardinal, Bruins and Trojans stay local as Stanford takes on San Jose State, UCLA plays Long Beach State and USC visits Loyola Marymount. Washington hosts Lewis-Clark State.

This Week's Schedule

Mon., Apr. 23Gonzaga at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.

Tue., Apr. 24Gonzaga at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.CALIFORNIA at Nevada, 2 p.m.OREGON STATE at Portland, 3 p.m.San Jose State at STANFORD, 6 p.m.UCLA at Long Beach State, 7 p.m.USC at Loyola Marymount, 2:30 p.m.Lewis-Clark State at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 25Portland at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.Lewis-Clark State at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.

*All times local to site

Fri., Apr. 27ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.OREGON STATE at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m.UCLA at USC, 6 p.m.WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 28ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.OREGON STATE at Hawaii, 9:30 p.m.UCLA at USC, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 29ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.OREGON STATE at Hawaii, 5 p.m.UCLA at USC, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m.

Last Weeks' Results

Mon., Apr. 16WSU 17, Central Washington 7

Tue., Apr. 17ARIZ 4, Grand Canyon 2New Mexico State 19, ASU 16Saint Mary's 10, CAL 6OSU 11, Concordia 2San Francisco 5, STAN 4UCLA 5, Long Beach State 1USC 14, UC Riverside 2WASH 4, Portland 2 (11 inn)

Wed., Apr. 18ASU 5, Oklahoma 3 (11 inn)Cal State Fullerton 11, UCLA 10 (14 inn)WASH 5, Portland 4

Thu., Apr. 19ASU 5, Oral Roberts 2 (11 inn)

Fri., Apr. 20CAL 11, ARIZ 9OSU 14, WSU 5USC 2, STAN 1Kansas State 8, UCLA 5

Sat., Apr. 21CAL 19, ARIZ 13OSU 10, WSU 9USC 7, STAN 0UCLA, Kansas State ppd.

Sun., Apr. 22ARIZ 12, CAL 11 (10 inn)OSU 8, WSU 7STAN, 9 USC 5Kansas State 13, UCLA 12Kansas State 11, UCLA 7

Baseball AmericaTop-25 (Apr. 23)

1. Nebraska 34-92. Notre Dame 35-5-13. STANFORD 32-104. Miami 33-105. Louisiana State 30-13-16. USC 29-147. Rice 36-138. Cal St. Fullerton 30-119. Tulane 35-810. Pepperdine 31-1211. Florida State 34-1212. Clemson 28-1513. Georgia Tech 31-1214. Tennessee 33-1015. Mississippi 30-13-116. Central Florida 36-1017. East Carolina 36-1018. Baylor 30-1519. Stetson 36-620. ARIZONA STATE 26-14-121. Wake Forest 31-1222. Mississippi St. 26-1523. South Alabama 31-1124. Auburn 29-1225. Georgia 26-15

Baseball America Rankings

A2 A9 A16 A23

ASU 10 15 15 20STAN 1 1 1 3USC 12 9 8 6

Collegiate BaseballTop-30 (Apr. 23)

1. Notre Dame 35-5-12. STANFORD 32-103. Louisiana State 30-13-14. Nebraska 34-95. Cal St. Fullerton 30-116. USC 29-147. Miami 33-108. Stetson 36-69. Florida State 34-1210. Mississippi 30-13-111. Rice 36-1312. Clemson 28-1513. Tennessee 33-1014. East Carolina 36-1015. Georgia Tech 31-1216. Pepperdine 31-1217. Tulane 35-818. Mississippi St. 26-1519. ARIZONA STATE 26-14-120. Baylor 30-1521. Texas 30-1822. Wake Forest 31-1223. Auburn 29-1224. South Carolina 31-1325. Central Florida 36-1026. South Alabama 32-1127. Long Beach State27-1328. Georgia 26-1529. Purdue 23-1630. Florida Int'l 35-12

Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches (Apr. 23)

1. STANFORD 32-102. Nebraska 34-93. Miami 33-104. Notre Dame 35-5-15. Louisiana State 30-13-16. Rice 36-137. USC 29-148. Florida State 34-129. Cal St. Fullerton 30-1110. Georgia Tech 31-1211. Stetson 36-612. Tennessee 33-1013. Stetson 32-614. Baylor 30-1515. Clemson 28-1516. ARIZONA STATE 26-14-117. South Carolina 31-1318. Pepperdine 31-1219. East Carolina 36-1020. Central Florida 36-1021. South Alabama 32-1122. Mississippi 30-13-123. Wake Forest 31-1224. Auburn 29-1225. Florida Int'l 35-12

2001 Team Notes

ARIZONA (28-19 Overall, 7-8 Pac-10)Last Week: Grand Canyon W 4-2, CAL L 9-11, 13-19, W 12-11/10 inn This Week: at ASU

Arizona salvaged being swept by Cal, with a 9-5 victory Sunday. Freshman Brian Anderson was instrumental in the win, getting it done at the plate and on the mound. Anderson knocked in the winning run in the 12-11 extra-inning affair and picked up his first career win. Anderson finished that game 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI and finished the series 6-for-13 with 7 RBI and two runs scored ... Senior 1B Ernie Durazo was also an offensive star for the Wildcats, going 9-for-15 with seven runs, four RBI, three doubles, a home run and two stolen bases in the series ... The 'Cats struggled in the first two games of the series as the Bears pounded out 30 runs on 36 hits in those contests ... Among the Conference stats, the Wildcats rank third in batting (.319), first in runs scored (381), hits (553), RBI (340) and triples (27) and is tied with Stanford with 13 saves ... Junior RF Shelley Duncan paces the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.700), RBI (63), total bases (133) and home runs (20) ... Prior to the Cal series, Arizona defeated Grand Canyon in a midweek game, 4-2. The win marked the final game against non-conference opponents for the Wildcats. Next on Arizona's slate is in-state rival Arizona State.

ARIZONA STATE (26-14-1, Overall, 7-8 Pac-10)Last Week: New Mexico St. L 16-19, Oklahoma W 5-3/11 inn, Oral Roberts W 5-2/11 inn This Week: ARIZ

The Sun Devils went 2-1 in a non-conference road trip last week that saw them play three games in three different cities in three days. ASU played more than 12 hours of baseball between the three games ... ASU fell to New Mexico State, before picking up extra-inning wins at Oklahoma and Oral Roberts. The two consecutive extra-inning games marked the first time the Sun Devils had played two straight extra-inning contests since 1995 ... Freshman DH/OF Rod Allen was impressive at the plate during the road swing. Allen went 8-for-13 (.615) with a double, two homers and seven runs batted in. Allen leads the Sun Devils offensively, batting .441, which is good for second in the Conference behind UCLA's Brian Baron (.485). He is also second in the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.658) and ranks fifth in on-base percentage (.480). The freshman also has four round-trippers, 10 doubles, one triple and 32 RBI ... ASU was strong on the hill as well, as right-handed reliever Andy Torres picked up two wins on the week. In three appearances and 7.1 innings pitched, Torres allowed only three earned runs on four hits with eight strikeouts. The junior stands at 11-3 on the season with a 3.97 ERA ... Senior C Casey Myers will be pleased to play rival Arizona this weekend. In 15 career games against the Wildcats, Myers is .523 with seven home runs and 31 RBI. Last season alone, Myers went 13-for-27 with five homers and 17 RBI.

CALIFORNIA (24-20 Overall, 9-9 Pac-10)Last Week: Saint Mary's L 6-10, ARIZ W 11-9, 19-13, L 11-12/10 inn This Week: at Nevada, STAN

The Bears hit the ball well in the desert, nearly sweeping Arizona. Cal scored 41 runs on 53 hits in the series winning the first two games, but falling in the final game, 11-12 in 10 innings ... The one-run loss marked the 17th one-run game Cal has played this season. The Bears are 6-11 in the close ones. It also marked the sixth extra-inning game the Bears have played this year ... Junior 2B Carson White did well last week hitting .444 (8-for-18) with five runs, 7 RBI, two doubles and a triple. He continues on a 13-game hitting streak ... Senior 1B Clint Hoover ripped his fifth career grand slam against the Wildcats Saturday. He now ranks fifth on Cal's career home runs list with 34 and is 10th in RBI with 137 ... Senior RHP David Cash appeared in two games last week, but came up with a no-decision in both. He currently has an 8-2 record with a 3.42 ERA and leads the Bears with 75 strikeouts in 68.1 innings pitched. His 21 career wins places him tied for fifth on the Bears' all-time list ... Cal's pitching staff is third in the Conference with a 4.06 ERA. Freshman RHP Matt Brown is tied for first with seven saves ... Cal has a midweek non-conference match-up at Nevada before taking on Stanford at home.

OREGON STATE (25-16 Overall, 8-7 Pac-10)Last Week: Concordia W 11-2, WSU W 14-5, 10-9, 8-7 This Week: at Portland, at Hawaii

Oregon State swept Washington State last week to sit in third place in the Pac-10 standings. The Beavers have now won four straight games and 17 of their last 25 games ... Sophomore Brian Barden got it done for Oregon State in the batters box. The third baseman hit .643 against the Cougars with two home runs, three doubles, five runs scored and 12 RBI. It was Barden's two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth grand slam that gave OSU the win and the sweep over WSU. He had three and four-hit games in the first two contests and drove in a career-high five runs in the opening game. He was awarded his first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for his efforts ... OSU's win over WSU on Friday was Beavers head coach Pat Casey's 200th win at Oregon State. His record in Corvallis is now 202-144-4 ... Senior DH Curtis Davis broke a painful record by becoming Oregon State's single-season leader in hit by pitch (13) ... The Beavers knocked in 24 runs on 31 hits in the first two games of the series. That marks the 26th time in 40 games that OSU has had at least 10 hits and the 12th time that it has reached the 15-hit mark ... The Beavers have this weekend away from Pac-10 play. Oregon State will play Portland on the road and at home before heading to Hawaii for a three-game series.

STANFORD (32-10 Overall, 11-4 Pac-10)Last Week: San Francisco L 4-5, USC L 1-2, 0-7, W 9-5 This Week: San Jose St., at CAL

The Cardinal fell a notch or two in the polls this week after going 1-2 at USC. Baseball Weekly still ranks Stanford No. 1, while it stands at No. 2 in Collegiate Baseball and No. 3 in Baseball America ... The series loss halted Stanford's winning streak of regular season series wins at 17 and marked the first time the Cardinal had lost a regular season series in over a year ... The Cardinal remains in sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 standings, with a one-game lead over USC ... Stanford's top two pitchers took back-to-back losses in Pac-10 play for the first time this season. Sophomore RHP Jeremy Guthrie allowed only two runs on six hits in his outing, but was outdueled by Trojan Mark Prior's one run on five hits performance. Junior RHP Jeff Bruksch had a tough time on the mound and collected his first loss of the season. Despite last weekend's outings, Guthrie and Bruksch still have a 16-3 combined record. The Cardinal paces the Pac-10 in pitching with a 3.15 ERA ... Junior lefty Mike Gosling recorded his fourth win of the season in Stanford's final game of the series. He threw his first complete game, allowing five runs on six hits with eight K's and two walks for the win ... Freshman OF Carlos Quentin had a great time at the plate last week. He went 8-for-17 with a double, two home runs and three RBI. Against USC pitching, he notched two of Stanford's five hits on Friday and three of the Cardinal's five hits on Saturday ... The Cardinal hosts San Jose State for a midweek game before heading up the bay to take on Cal.

UCLA (25-16 Overall, 6-6 Pac-10)Last Week: Long Beach St. W 5-1, CS Fullerton L 10-11/14 inn, Kansas St. L 5-8, 12-13, 7-11 This Week: Long Beach St., at USC

The Bruins had a tough time last week, going 1-4 in five non-conference games ... UCLA split games in Southern California, picking up a 5-1 win at home against Long Beach State and losing a close 11-10, extra-inning game at Cal State Fullerton. On the road at Kansas State, UCLA dropped three more games ... The Bruins started off the scoring in the opening game against Kansas State, but couldn't tack on any more runs after they found themselves in a 5-all tie in the bottom of the seventh. The loss marked the first time junior RHP Josh Karp has lost this season. He allowed three earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks in 6.1 innings pitched ... In game two of the three-game series, UCLA led 12-9 before play was suspended due to darkness. The Bruins finished the game the next day, suffering a double-header sweep ... The Bruins' four losses in a row are the most for the team this season ... Sophomore OF Christian Lewis did well against the Wildcats going 6-for-9 (.667) with a double, home run, three runs scored and five RBI ... The Bruins again play Long Beach State this week before heading across town to face USC.

USC (29-14 Overall, 10-5 Pac-10)Last Week: UC Riverside W 14-2, STAN W 2-1, 7-0, L 5-9 This Week: at Loyola Marymount, UCLA

USC is only one-game out of first place in the Pac-10 standings. Two wins over Stanford last weekend moved the Trojans up in the polls. USC is now ranked No. 6 in Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball and No. 7 in Baseball Weekly ... Junior RHP Mark Prior helped USC to the first win in the series, allowing only one run on five hits with 12 strikeouts and one walk. The win avenged his only loss on the season, which came at Stanford. The win also marked the ninth time this season that Prior has struck out 10 or more batters. He now has a 1.18 ERA and 135 K's in 91.2 innings pitched. Opponents are batting a mere .164 against him. He was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this season. The honor makes Prior just the fourth Pac-10 player to ever be named Pitcher of the Week four times in a season ... The Trojans second-day starter, senior RHP Rik Currier also did well on the mound. Currier and freshman LHP Fraser Dizard combined for a shutout. Currier allowed no runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and four walks in eight innings pitched. He recorded his 400th career strikeout and stands only 19 K's away from breaking the Pac-10 career strikeouts record. The shutout marked the first time USC had blanked Stanford since 1996. It was also Stanford's first time being shutout in 196 games ... Senior SS Seth Davidson set a school record for career hits in the opening game against Stanford. Davidson has 285 hits. The old record was 282, held by Murph Proctor (1988-91) ... Sophomore C Alberto Concepcion sealed the win for the Trojans Friday and batted .500 (4-for-8) in the series with four runs scored, 5 RBI, a double and two homers.

WASHINGTON (21-13 Overall, 3-9 Pac-10)Last Week: Portland W 4-2/11 inn, 5-4 This Week: Lewis-Clark State, at WSU

The Huskies return to Conference action this week after winning both their games against Portland last week in a non-conference midweek series ... Sophomore RHP Scott Robertson recorded saves in both Husky victories against the Pilots. The closer is tied with Cal's Matt Brown for most saves in the Conference with seven. In 15 appearances this season, he is 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA ... Another Husky pitcher, Shawn Kohn, continues to dominant Washington opponents. Last week against Portland, Kohn wasn't the pitcher of record, but did work nine innings allowing two unearned runs on two hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts. The 11 K's set a new career high for Kohn, who struck out eight of the first nine batters in that game. In four starts this season, Kohn has allowed only three runs on 13 hits with six walks and 30 strikeouts ... Offensively, sophomore OF Tyler Davidson was 4-for-8 (.500) with a home run, three runs scored and 1 RBI against the Pilots ... Washington will host Lewis-Clark State before taking on rival Washington State.

WASHINGTON STATE (14-27 Overall, 5-10 Pac-10)Last Week: Central Washington W 17-7, Oregon State L 5-14, 9-10, 7-8 This Week: WASH

The Cougars had a tough time in Corvallis, after being swept by the Beavers. Washington State surrendered nine extra-base hits in the opening 14-5 loss, but only fell in the next two games by one-run margins ... The Cougars led the second game of the series going into the ninth inning, but Oregon State scored twice in their half to earn the win. In the final game, WSU found itself in the same situation as the day before, as they led 7-4 going into the ninth inning. Oregon State won that game by virtue of a two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth grand slam by Brian Barden ... Sophomore 1B Stefan Bailie had a good week at the plate going 6-for-17 (.353) with a double, home run, six runs and five RBI ... Prior to the series against Oregon State, the Cougars destroyed Central Washington in a midweek non-conference game. WSU scored 17 runs on 16 hits and Bailie and junior SS Bookie Gates hit two home runs apiece ... WSU hosts rival Washington this weekend.

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