This Week in Pac-10 Baseball (5/22/01)

May 22, 2001

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USC WINS PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPFour Pac-10 teams invited to play in 52nd annual NCAA Tournament

USC wins its first Pac-10 Championship since 1996 ... For the ninth time, four Pac-10 teams have been invited to the tournament ... STANFORD and USC are No. 1 seeds in their regional, while ARIZONA STATE is a No. 2 and CALIFORNIA a No. 3 ... The Cardinal and Trojans were selected last week as host schools ... The Sun Devils will travel to Fullerton and the Bears head to Baton Rouge.

NCAA REGIONAL SCHEDULE (MAY 25-27)

Pac-10 Teams

(at Los Angles, Calif.)No. 1 seed USC vs. No. 4 seed Oral Roberts, 3 p.m. PT, also No. 2 Pepperdine, No. 3 Fresno State

(at Stanford, Calif.)No. 1 seed STANFORD vs. No. 4 seed Marist, 7 p.m., also No. 2 Long Beach State, No. 3 Texas

(at Baton Rouge, La.)No. 2 seed Virginia Commonwealth vs. No. 3 seed CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. CT, also No. 1 LSU, No. 4 Minnesota

(at Fullerton, Calif.)No. 2 seed ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 3 seed Texas Tech, 3 p.m. PT, also No. 1 Cal State Fullerton, No. 4 Temple

Other NCAA Regional Sites

Clemson, S.C. (Clemson)Wilson, N.C. (East Carolina)Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida St.)Athens, Ga. (Georgia)Coral Gables, Fla. (Miami)Lincoln, Neb. (Nebraska)South Bend, Ind. (Notre Dame)Columbia, Ohio (Ohio St.)Houston, Tex. (Rice)Columbia, S.C. (South Carolina)Knoxville, Tenn. (Tennessee)New Orleans, La. (Tulane)

Top-8 National Seeds

1. Cal State Fullerton (41-15)2. Miami (44-12)3. USC (39-17)4. STANFORD (42-14)5. Tulane (50-10)6. Georgia (41-18)7. East Carolina (44-11)8. Nebraska (45-14)

Last Weeks' Results

Tue., May 15UC Santa Barbara 10, UCLA 4USC 10, Long Beach 2Gonzaga 3, WASH 2

Wed., May 16Nevada 6, ASU 4Lewis-Clark State 13, WSU 10

Fri., May 18ARIZ 8, WASH 3ASU 7, UCLA 3USC 7, OSU 3 (10 inn.)STAN 14, WSU 6

Sat., May 19ARIZ 5, WASH 2UCLA 3, ASU 1OSU 6, USC 0STAN 19, WSU 3

Sun., May 20ARIZ 18, WASH 6ASU 12, UCLA 9USC 1, OSU 0STAN 12, WSU 1

Baseball AmericaTop-25 (May 21)

1. Miami 44-122. USC 39-173. Nebraska 45-144. Cal St. Fullerton41-155. Tulane 50-106. STANFORD 42-147. Central Florida 49-128. Notre Dame 46-11-19. Georgia 41-1810. East Carolina 44-1111. Pepperdine 41-1612. Louisiana State 40-19-113. Florida State 43-1714. Rice 43-1715. Wake Forest 41-1616. South Carolina 44-1717. ARIZONA STATE 36-18-118. Tennessee 41-1719. Clemson 38-2020. Georgia Tech 41-1821. Mississippi St. 36-2222. South Alabama 44-1723. UC Santa Barbara38-1524. Mid. Tennessee St.41-1525. Minnesota 40-19

Baseball America Rankings

A30 M7 M14 M21

ASU 20 19 18 17STAN 7 7 7 6USC 5 5 2 2

Collegiate BaseballTop-30 (May 21)

1. Miami 44-122. USC 39-173. Nebraska 45-144. STANFORD 42-145. Cal St. Fullerton41-156. Tulane 50-107. Florida State 43-178. Notre Dame 46-11-19. Georgia 41-1810. East Carolina 44-1111. Louisiana State 40-19-112. Central Florida 49-1213. Pepperdine 41-1614. Clemson 38-2015. Rice 43-1716. ARIZONA STATE 36-18-117. Wake Forest 41-1618. Tennessee 41-1719. Mississippi St. 36-2220. Georgia Tech 41-1821. UC Santa Barbara39-1522. Texas Tech 40-1823. Mississippi 38-21-124. South Carolina 44-1725. Oral Roberts 48-1126. CALIFORNIA 33-2327. South Alabama 44-1728. Delaware 44-1329. Baylor 35-2230. Ohio State 43-16

Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches (May 21)

1. Miami 44-122. USC 39-173. STANFORD 42-144. Nebraska 45-145. Tulane 50-106. Cal St. Fullerton41-157. Louisiana State 40-19-18. Rice 43-179. Florida State 43-1710. Notre Dame 46-11-111. Central Florida 49-1212. East Carolina 44-1113. South Carolina 44-1714. Georgia 41-1815. Georgia Tech 41-1816. Tennessee 41-1717. Wake Forest 41-1618. Pepperdine 41-1619. ARIZONA STATE 36-18-120. Clemson 38-2021. South Alabama 44-1722. Texas Tech 40-18-123. Mississippi St. 37-2124. UC Santa Barbara39-1525. Baylor 35-22

POSTSEASON NOTES

ARIZONA STATE (36-18-1, Overall, 14-10 Pac-10, T-3rd Place)Last Week: UCLA W 7-3, L 1-3, W 12-9 This Week: NCAA Regionals

The Sun Devils finished out the regular season strong, winning six of their last seven Pac-10 games. The team has won 11 of their last 15 games ... Senior C Casey Myers earned his second consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Year honor. Myers paces the Sun Devils in runs (49), hits (83), home runs (6), RBI (66), total bases (117) and on base percentage (.472). He ranks in the Pac-10 in batting average (.386, 6th), on base percentage (3rd), runs (8th), hits (t4th), RBI (2nd) and walks (34, 4th). He stands just 11 RBI from setting a new ASU and Pac-10 record for career RBI. He currently has 272 ... Head coach Pat Murphy leads his team to the postseason for the fourth time in the last five years. Murphy notched his 100th Pac-10 victory against Washington, May 11 ... The Sun Devils are quite the offensive force in the Pac-10. The squad ranks first in the Conference in batting (.328), runs (456), RBI (412), doubles (121), on base percentage (.433), stolen bases (106) and walks (85). The team also rank in these categories: hits (640, 2nd), triples (18, 2nd), slugging percentage (.453, 4th) and total bases (884, 5th) ... ASU is a terror on the base paths as evidenced by its five Sun Devils with at least 10 steals. Junior CF Chris Duffy leads the team with 19 thefts on the season ... With 23 appearances out of the bullpen, senior LHP Drew Friedberg has emerged as one of ASU's most dependable closers. He leads the team in ERA (1.88) and opposing batting average (.203) and has 54 strikeouts in 52.2 innings pitched ... ASU broke an NCAA record on Apr. 7, of not having been shut out in 350 consecutive games. The streak is currently at 372 games. The Sun Devils managed to score one run in Saturday's game against UCLA to keep the streak alive. The one run marked only the 10th time during the streak that ASU has been limited to just one run ... ASU is making its 25th NCAA Regional appearance. The Sun Devils will take on Texas Tech in their first regional game hosted by Cal State Fullerton.

CALIFORNIA (33-23 Overall, 14-10 Pac-10, T-3rd Place)Last Week: No Games This Week: NCAA Regionals

Cal's 33 wins are its most regular season wins since 1995. The Bears closed out their season winning seven of their last eight games and seven of nine Pac-10 contests ... Cal head coach David Esquer earned his first Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor. In his second season at the helm of the Cal program, Esquer led the Bears to their first postseason appearance since 1995. He has compiled a 53-51 record, 25-23 in Pac-10 play ... Junior 2B Carson White was the only Bear selected to the All-Pac-10 team. White is batting .340 and leads the Bears in doubles (18), triples (4) and RBI (49). He ranks in the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.575, 8th), doubles (7th), triples (8th) and total bases (9th) ... Senior RF Rob Meyer is leading the team with a 3.47 batting average and senior 1B Clint Hoover is riding a 10-game hitting streak and leads the team with 10 home runs ... Last season's Bears staff had a 5.69 ERA. This year, Cal's pitching is third in the Conference with a 4.14 ERA ... Senior RHP David Cash has been impressive for the Bears with six starts in 26 appearances. He leads the team in wins (10) and strikeouts (87). Cash has a 3.87 ERA and 23-7 career mark as a Bear ... Freshman closer Matt Brown has been strong out of the bullpen. He leads the Pac-10 with eight saves on the season ... Cal is making its ninth NCAA Regional appearance. The Bears made it to the College World Series five times out of their eight postseason appearances. Cal faces Virginia Commonwealth in its regional, hosted by Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, La.

STANFORD (42-14 Overall, 17-7 Pac-10, 2nd Place)Last Week: WSU W 14-6, 19-3, 12-1 This Week: NCAA Regionals

Stanford has reached the 40-win plateau for the seventh straight season and 15th time during head coach Mark Marquess' 25-year reign. The Cardinal has won nine of its last 11 games ... Marquess posted his 1,000 career victory Feb. 9 against Florida State. He became just the 23rd coach in Division I baseball history to ever reach the elite milestone ... The Cardinal is 11-4 against ranked opponents this season. Stanford has been ranked in the top-10 all season and was tabbed No. 1 by Baseball America for six straight weeks during the months of March and April ... The Cardinal was led offensively this season by junior 2B Chris O'Riordan. O'Riordan paces Stanford in batting average (.379, 7th Pac-10), runs (53, 5th), hits (88, 3rd), doubles (14), RBI (63, 3rd), total bases (136, 4th), on base percentage (.449, t6th) and stolen bases (15, t5th) ... Freshman outfielder Carlos Quentin was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Quentin is hitting .352 and leads the Cardinal in home runs (11) and hit by pitches (12). He ranks second on the squad in RBI (45), runs (49), total bases (115) and slugging percentage (.578) ... Stanford has led the Pac-10 in pitching all season long, bolstered by the arms of sophomore RHP Jeremy Guthrie, junior RHP Jeff Bruksch and junior LHP Mike Gosling. Those pitchers have a combined record of 26-7 with 266 strikeouts in 279.2 innings pitched ... The Cardinal is making its 22nd NCAA Regional appearance. Stanford will host Marist at Sunken Diamond in its first regional game.

USC (39-17 Overall, 18-6 Pac-10, 1st Place)Last Week: Long Beach State W 10-2, OSU W 7-3/10 inn., L 0-6, W 1-0 This Week: NCAA Regionals

USC wins its first Conference title since 1996 and fourth under head coach Mike Gillespie ... Gillespie recently won his 600th game against Long Beach State, May 15. He has a career record of 602-329-2 ... USC won seven of its eight Pac-10 series this season ... The Trojans have won nine of their last 10 games and 15 of their last 20. They were on a nine-game winning streak before losing to Oregon State last week. It was their longest winning streak of the season ... Junior RHP Mark Prior was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. Prior compiled a 13-1 record this season with a 1.49 ERA and 166 strikeouts in 114.2 innings pitched. He walked only 17 batter this season and kept hitters to a .182 average. He leads the Pac-10 in ERA, opposing batting average, strikeouts and wins. Among national statistics, Prior's ERA is fifth, and he also ranks third in strikeouts per nine innings and is tied for sixth in wins. Prior is a perfect 7-0 in Pac-10 games, going all nine innings in five of those contests. He has recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game 11 times this season. He has notched 15 strikeouts in a game once and 14 three times. Prior was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week five times this year and was a National Pitcher of the Week selection twice ... USC's pitching packs a tough 1-2 punch, as its second day starter, senior RHP Rik Currier is also one of the Pac-10's top pitchers. Currier is 10-2 on the year with a 2.36 ERA. He has 100 strikeouts in 99 innings pitched. Currier recently set the new USC and Pac-10 record for career strikeouts. He has 429 K's as a Trojan ... USC is led offensively by junior CF Brian Barre. Barre is hitting .337 with 45 runs, 67 hits, 12 home runs and 46 RBI ... The Trojans are making their 37th NCAA Regional appearance. USC takes on Oral Roberts Friday at Dedeaux Field.

SEASON WRAP-UP

ARIZONA (33-23 Overall, 12-12 Pac-10, 5th Place)

Arizona has reached the 30-win plateau for the fourth time under head coach Jerry Stitt's five-year tenure ... The Wildcats are at or near the top of several Pac-10 statistical categories. The team is first in slugging percentage (.476), hits (655), triples (29) and total bases (982) and are second in batting (.318), runs (436), RBI (387), home runs (54) and saves (16) ... Senior 1B Ernie Durazo had a Pac-10 best 28-game hitting streak earlier this season. He led the 'Cats in batting average (.395), runs (66), hits (94) and on base percentage (.469). He also ranks first in the Pac-10 in runs and doubles (23) and second in hits and total bases (146) ... Junior RF Shelley Duncan owns every Arizona home run record. Earlier this year he became the Wildcats' all-time career home run leader. Recently, the team MVP, knocked out his league leading 24th homer to set Arizona's single-season record ... Freshman pitchers Marc Kaiser, Chris Goodman and Sean Rierson have been the nucleus of the Wildcats staff. They have a combined record of 18-12 with 177 strikeouts in 261.1 innings pitched ... Final Leaders: Batting average, runs, hits, doubles, on base percentage - Durazo (.395, 66, 94, 23, .469), triples - Fr. OF Brian Anderson, Sr. 3B Erik Torres (6), home runs, total bases, slugging percentage - Duncan (24, 160, .702), ERA - Anderson (2.61), saves - Sr. RHP Daryl DeSalvo (5), strikeouts - Rierson (66).

OREGON STATE (31-24 Overall, 11-13 Pac-10, 6th Place)

The Beavers notched at least 30 wins for the fourth time in the past six seasons ... OSU's 11 Pac-10 wins are the most since the Conference united the Northern and Southern Divisions in 1999. The Beavers improved their overall record by three games and their Pac-10 by two games over their final 2000 mark ... Several single- season OSU records were broken this season. Sophomore 3B Brian Barden set a new record for at-bats (226) and hits (83). Senior DH Curtis Davis set a new hit by pitch record (14) and senior LHP Scott Nicholson set the single-season record for innings pitched (130.2). Sophomore 1B Andy Jarvis set a single-game record for home runs (3) ... The Beavers also set new records for home runs in a game (7) and hits in a season (618) ...Nicholson is 11-2 with a 3.58 ERA. His 11 wins tie him for the second-most wins ever in a season by an OSU pitcher. His 10 complete games are the most for a Beaver pitcher since 1994. He led the Pac-10 in innings pitched (130.2) ... Final Leaders: Batting average, slugging percentage - So. LF Chris Biles (.395, .605), runs, hits, RBI, total bases - Barden (51, 83, 55, 122), doubles - Jr. RF Josh Carter (18), home runs - Jarvis (12), stolen bases - Sr. CF Eric Stark (10), wins, innings pitched, opposing batting average - Nicholson (11, 130.2, .273), strikeouts - Sr. RHP Thad Johnson (87).

UCLA (30-27 Overall, 9-15 Pac-10, 7th Place)

The Bruins hit the 30-win mark for the third straight year and fifth time in the last six seasons with a 3-1 win over Arizona State in Tempe last weekend ... UCLA struggled in Pac-10 play, but put together a .667 (20-10) winning percentage against non-conference foes. The Bruins also knocked off a No. 1 ranked team three times this year ... UCLA was led offensively by senior DH Brian Baron, who is tops on the team in batting (.443), hits (105), RBI (47), total bases (128), slugging percentage (.540) and on base percentage (.487). He is the seventh Bruin to ever collect 100 hits in a season. Baron's batting average is also good for first in the Conference and is 48 points higher than the Pac-10's second-best hitter. He also ranks in the Pac-10 stats in on base percentage (2nd) and total bases (6th) ... Senior 2B Josh Canales ended the season on a 23-game hitting streak. Canales, along with sophomore RF Ben Francisco, led the team with 15 stolen bases. He was second among the Bruins in batting average (.376) and hits (80) ... Final Leaders: Batting average, hits, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, on base percentage - Baron (.443, 105, 47, 128, .540, .487), doubles - Francisco (20), triples - Jr. LF Adam Berry (2), home runs - Sr. 1B Eric Reece (10), ERA - Fr. RHP Mike Castillo (2.25), strikeouts - Jr. RHP Josh Karp (92).

WASHINGTON (29-23 Overall, 7-17 Pac-10, 8th Place)

The Huskies won at least 26 games for the sixth consecutive season and 11th time in the last 12 years ... Washington is three wins better than last season's overall record of 26-30 ... Two seniors, 2B Marc Rittenhouse and RHP Jeff Carlsen finished out fine Husky careers last weekend. Rittenhouse knocked out a home run in his final collegiate at bat, jumping into the Washington top-10 list for career home runs. He stands tied in ninth place with 19 career round-trippers. Rittenhouse is also fifth in Husky history in runs scored (163) and walks (109). Carlsen battled injuries this season, but finished first in the Husky record books in career starts (47) and career innings (283.1), second in career victories (24) and third in career strikeouts (221) ... Junior RHP Shawn Kohn was one of the brightest spots on the Washington pitching staff. Kohn's season ERA of 2.57 was the best by a Husky starter since 1993. He recorded a 6-2 mark with 65 strikeouts on the season ... Final Leaders: Batting average, on base percentage - Rittenhouse (.375, .454), hits, home runs, total bases, slugging percentage - Jr. INF Michael Done (65, 7, 101, .532), runs, triples, stolen bases - So. SS Tila Reynolds (42, 3, 10), doubles, RBI - So. LF Jay Garthwaite (17, 46), ERA, strikeouts, innings pitched - Kohn (2.57, 65, 80.2).

WASHINGTON STATE (15-39 Overall, 6-18 Pac-10, 9th Place)

The Cougars placed one player on the All-Pac-10 team, while three others received honorable mention recognition. Sophomore 1B Stefan Bailie was selected All-Pac-10 after pacing the Cougars in nearly all offensive statistical categories. He ranked among Pac-10 stat leaders in runs scored (55, 4th), RBI (56, 6th), home runs (18, 2nd) and total bases (139, 3rd). With his 24 home runs this season, he has 30 in his career and sits at seventh in the all-time Cougar record books ... Junior 2B Bookie Gates, junior CF Evan Hecker and senior RF Mike Knight were named honorable mentions ... Knight finished out his Cougar career in style, hitting a double against Stanford in his final at bat ... Final Leaders: batting average, runs, hits, home runs, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, on base percentage - Bailie (.352, 55, 74, 18, 56, 139, .662, .438), doubles - Gates (16), stolen bases - Gates, Knight (8), saves - Sr. RHP Donny Davis (3), strikeouts - Jr. RHP Zach Fisher (53).

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