This Week in Pac-10 Baseball (5/28/01)
May 29, 2001
USC, STANFORD ADVANCE TO SUPER REGIONALSTrojans host Florida Int'l while the Cardinal faces South Carolina at Sunken Diamond
Two teams advance to the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend, which is a best-of-three game series ... ARIZONA STATE was eliminated by Texas Tech ... CALIFORNIA was eliminated by Virginia Commonwealth ... USC won its first Pac-10 Championship since 1996 ... For the ninth time, four Pac-10 teams were invited to the tournament ... STANFORD hosts South Carolina from the SEC ... USC welcomes the Sun Belt's Florida International.
NCAA SUPER REGIONAL SCHEDULE (June 1-3)
(at Los Angles, Calif.)USC vs. Florida International (44-19)6 p.m., 1 p.m., 1 p.m. (PT)
(at Stanford, Calif.)STANFORD vs. South Carolina (48-18)7 p.m., 1 p.m., 1 p.m. (PT)
Other NCAA Super Regional Sites
Mississippi St. at CS FullertonRice at NebraskaLSU at TulaneClemson at MiamiTennessee at East CarolinaFlorida State at Georgia
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)
NCAA Regional Results
at Fullerton, Calif.No. 2 ASU 12, No. 3 Texas Tech 3No. 1 CS Fullerton 13, ASU 3Texas Tech 9, ASU 8
at Baton Rouge. La.No. 2 Virginia Commonwealth 9, No. 3 CAL 7CAL 9, No. 4 Minnesota 3Virginia Commonwealth 11, CAL 2
at Los Angeles, Calif.No. 1 USC 12, No. 4 Oral Roberts 4USC 4, No. 2 Pepperdine 3USC 8, No. 3 Fresno State 0
at Stanford, Calif.No. 1 STAN 4, No. 4 Marist 3No. 3 Texas 4, STAN 3STAN 6, Marist 0STAN 10, Texas 9 (10 inn.)STAN 4, Texas 3
Baseball AmericaTop-25 (May 28)
1. Miami 47-122. USC 42-173. Nebraska 48-144. Cal St. Fullerton44-165. Tulane 53-106. STANFORD 46-157. Georgia 45-198. East Carolina 47-119. Louisiana State 43-20-110. Florida State 46-1711. Rice 47-1812. South Carolina 48-1813. Central Florida 51-1414. Tennessee 44-1815. Notre Dame 49-13-116. Pepperdine 42-1817. Clemson 41-2018. Wake Forest 44-1819. Mississippi St. 39-2220. Florida Int'l 43-1921. Texas Tech 43-20-122. ARIZONA STATE 37-20-123. South Alabama 45-1924. Winthrop 47-16-125. Rutgers 42-17
Baseball America Rankings
M7 M14 M21 M28
ASU 19 18 17 22STAN 7 7 6 6USC 5 2 2 2
Collegiate BaseballTop-30 (May 28)
1. Miami 47-122. USC 42-173. Nebraska 48-144. STANFORD 46-155. Cal St. Fullerton44-166. Tulane 53-107. Florida State 46-178. Georgia 45-199. East Carolina 47-1110. Louisiana State 43-20-111. Notre Dame 48-12-112. Clemson 41-2013. Tennessee 44-1814. Mississippi St. 39-2215. South Carolina 48-1816. Rice 46-1817. Central Florida 51-1418. Wake Forest 44-1819. Florida Int'l 42-1820. Pepperdine 42-1821. Texas Tech 43-20-122. Baylor 37-2323. ARIZONA STATE 37-20-124. Virginia Commonwealth 41-1925. Rutgers 42-1726. UC Santa Barbara40-1727. Georgia Tech 41-2028. Texas 36-2629. Winthrop 48-16-130. Auburn 37-21
STANFORD (46-15 Overall, 17-7 Pac-10, 2nd Place)Last Week: Marist W 4-3, Texas L 3-4, Marist W 6-0, Texas W 10-9/10 inn., 4-3 This Week: NCAA Super Regional
Stanford won its third consecutive NCAA Regional title at Sunken Diamond with a 4-3 win over Texas. This was the first time the Cardinal has ever won two games on the final day of a regional to advance in the NCAA Baseball Tournament ... Sophomore C Ryan Garko hit .364 with three runs and four RBI during the regional and was named the Co-Most Outstanding Player along with Ben King from Texas ... Junior reliever Mike Wodnicki also did well for the Cardinal. In three appearances over the weekend, Wodnicki notched a win and a save, allowing four runs on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk in six innings pitched. Wodnicki is now 12-1 all-time at Stanford which ties him for the best won-loss percentage in school history ... Sunken Diamond has been selected as a Super Regional host site. Stanford will take on South Carolina this weekend. The Gamecocks won a pair of games over Central Florida to reach the Super Regional ... Stanford and South Carolina have met just once, in a first-round game at the 1982 College World Series. The Cardinal won that game 15-4 ... Last season's runners-up, the Cardinal looks to make its third straight CWS appearance. Stanford has won its Super Regional each of the last two years ... 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 eight of its last 10 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 is led offensively this season by junior 2B Chris O'Riordan. O'Riordan paces Stanford in batting average (.367), runs (58, 4th in Pac-10), hits (92, 3rd), total bases (144, 3rd), on base percentage (.441, t9th) and stolen bases (16, t4th). He is tied for first on the team with 15 doubles and 11 home runs ... Freshman outfielder Carlos Quentin was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Quentin is hitting .347 and leads the Cardinal in hit by pitches (12) and is tied for first with 11 home runs. He ranks second on the squad in RBI (50), total bases (123) and slugging percentage (.554) ... 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 27-8 with 280 strikeouts in 299.1 innings pitched ... The Cardinal is making its third NCAA Super Regional appearance and looking to make its 13th trip to Omaha.
USC (39-17 Overall, 18-6 Pac-10, 1st Place)Last Week: Oral Roberts W 12-4, Pepperdine W 4-3, Fresno St. W 8-0 This Week: NCAA Super Regional
USC won its regional and will host Florida International in an NCAA Super Regional this weekend. It will mark the first meeting between the two teams ... Freshman 3B Michael Moon was named the Most Outstanding Player of last weekend's regional. Moon hit .538 (7-for-13) with a triple, home run, stolen base, four runs scored and five RBI ... USC pitchers also did well. In 27 innings pitched, Trojan tossers notched 30 strikeouts while walking just three batters. One of those walks was intentional ... Sophomore Anthony Reyes had a nice outing in his start against Fresno State. The righthander threw a three-hit, complete-game shutout with 10 strikeouts and no walks. In his last four starts he is 4-0 with a 0.27 ERA ... Junior RHP Mark Prior was named Collegiate Baseball's Player of the Year. He becomes just the third Pac-10 player to win the award. After his 14 strikeout-no walks performance against Pepperdine last weekend, Prior has a 13-1 record with a 1.54 ERA. He has 180 strikeouts and just 17 walks in 122.2 innings pitched. Prior is two strikeouts away from tying the USC and Pac-10 record of 182 strikeouts in a season, held by former Trojan Seth Etherton ... USC's team batting average of .298 is the lowest since the 1992 season (.274). The Trojans did however, pound out a season-high 17 hits against both Oral Roberts and Fresno State last weekend ... The Trojans' team ERA of 3.44 is the lowest since the 1978 season. The team won the national championship that year ... 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 13 of their last 14. They were on a nine-game winning streak before losing to Oregon State in the final week. It was their longest winning streak of the season ... Prior, the Pac-10 Pitcher of the
Year, 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 inPac-10 games, going all nine innings in five of those contests. He has recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game 12 times this season. He has notched 15 strikeouts in a game once and 14 four 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 11-2 on the year with a 2.60 ERA. He has 104 strikeouts in 104 innings pitched. Currier recently set the new USC and Pac-10 record for career strikeouts. He has 433 K's as a Trojan ... USC is led offensively by junior CF Brian Barre. Barre is hitting .343 with 49 runs, 72 hits, 12 home runs and 46 RBI.
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).
ARIZONA STATE (37-20-1, Overall, 14-10 Pac-10, T-3rd Place)
Arizona State lost to Cal State Fullerton and Texas Tech and were eliminated from the tournament ... Senior C Casey Myers was the only Sun Devil named to the All-Regional Team. Myers hit .625 (5-for-8) in the regional with a double, home run, four runs scored and three RBI. Myers earned his second consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Year honor. Myers paces the Sun Devils in runs (53), hits (88), home runs (7), RBI (69), total bases (126) and on base percentage (.488). He ranks in the Pac-10 in batting average (.395, t2nd), on base percentage (2nd), runs (6th), hits (4th), RBI (2nd) and walks (37, t2nd). He finished his Sun Devil career as No. 2 in the ASU and Pac-10 record books for career RBI. His total is 275 ... The Sun Devils finished out the regular season strong, winning six of their last seven Pac-10 games. The team won 11 of their last 15 games ... The squad had an 11- game winning streak from Feb. 1- 17, longest in the Pac-10 this season ... ASU won over 30 games for the 39th straight year ... Head coach Pat Murphy led 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 (.327), RBI (432), on base percentage (.431), stolen bases (111) and walks (309). The team also rank in these categories: runs (436, 2nd), hits (669, 2nd), doubles (127, 2nd), triples (18, t2nd), slugging percentage (.454, 4th) and total bases (931, 3rd) ... ASU is a terror on the base paths as evidenced by its five Sun Devils with at least 10 steals. Four of those players have over 15 steals. Junior CF Chris Duffy led the team with 20 thefts on the season ... Freshman DH/OF Rod Allen was ASU's best hitter this season with a .389 average. He also led the Sun Devils in...... He became the first ASU freshman to ever earn All-Pac-10 honors ... Junior RHP Andy Torres ended the season with a 13-... record. His 13 victories are the most for a SUn Devil since 1990 ... With 23 appearances out of the bullpen, senior LHP Drew Friedberg emerged as one of ASU's most dependable closers. He led 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 375 games. During the streak the Sun Devils have been limited to scoring only one run just 10 times ... Final Leaders:
Batting average, runs, hits, home runs, RBI, total bases - Myers (.395, 53, 88, 7, 69, 126), slugging percentage - Allen (.578), doubles - Sr. 1B Jeff Phelps (20), triples - Fr. INF Steve Garrabrants (5), stolen bases - Duffy (20), ERA, batting average - Friedberg (2.03, .206), innings pitched, strikeouts - Jr. LHP Jon Switzer (100.1, 128), wins - Jr. RHP Andy Torres (13), saves - So. LHP Bryce Kartler (4).
CALIFORNIA (34-25 Overall, 14-10 Pac-10, T-3rd Place)
California was eliminated from its regional at Baton Rouge, La. by Virginia Commonwealth ... Senior RF Rob Meyer played well at LSU. He batted .500 (6-for-12) with three home runs, a stolen base, three runs scored and seven RBI. In Cal's 9-3 win over Minnesota he went 3-for-4 with two round-trippers... Cal's 33 wins were 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 59-53 record, 25-23 in Pac-10 play ... The Bears won four Pac-10 series this season, one better than last season's three. The squad also swept three series this season, including two against Pac-10 teams (Washington/UCLA) ... Junior 2B Carson White was the only Bear selected to the All-Pac-10 team. White batted .338 and led the Bears in doubles (19), triples (4) and was second on the team with 49 RBI. He ranks in the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.564, 9th), doubles (t4th), triples (t6th) and total bases (127,7th) ... Meyer led the team with a .355 batting average and senior 1B Clint Hoover ended the regular season on a 10-game hitting streak. He led the Bears with 11 home runs ... Last season's Bears staff had a 5.69 ERA. This year, Cal's pitching is third in the Conference with a 4.29 ERA ... Freshman LF Brian Horwitz had a school-record 23-game hitting streak from Feb. 9-Mar. 25. During that time he hit .385 (37-for-96) with 12 doubles, a triple, home run and 12 RBI ... Senior RHP David Cash has been impressive for the Bears with six starts in 28 appearances. He led the team in wins (10) and was second in strikeouts (91). Cash has a 3.77 ERA and 24-7 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 ... Final Leaders: Batting average - Meyer (.355), hits - Meyer/White (76), doubles, triples, total bases, slugging percentage - White (19, 4, 127, .564), runs - Fr. 3B Conor Jackson (50), home runs, RBI - Hoover (11, 54), stolen bases - Horwitz (11), ERA, opposing batting average - Sr. RHP Andrew Sproul (3.60, .235), wins, strikeouts - Cash (10, 94), innings pitched - Jr. RHP Trevor Hutchinson (114.2), saves - Brown (8).
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 thesingle-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 is48 points higher than the Pac-10's second-best hitter. He also ranks in the Pac-10 stats in on base percentage (3rd) 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).