This Week In Pac-10 Baseball
April 14, 2003
Pac-10 Notes: Ranked fourth in the country by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, STANFORD (7-2, 23-10) has a mid-week game against the Spartans of San Jose State, before facing OREGON STATE (3-6, 16-17) at Sunken Diamond in a three-game series .. The Beavers split last week, earning two wins over Portland and WSU ... ARIZONA STATE (6-3, 38-7) returns to Packard Stadium to host UCLA (3-6, 17-22) beginning Thurs., April 17 ... Fox Sports Net will produce a delayed telecast of Friday's game between the Sun Devils and Bruins ... After a game against Saint Mary's on Tues., April 15, CALIFORNIA (6-6, 20-18) will take on USC (5-4, 18-17), winners of four of its last five games ... ARIZONA (5-4, 26-12) faces Sacramento State and Conference opponent, WASHINGTON STATE (3-6, 11-24) in Pac-10 action this week, while WASHINGTON (4-5, 22-12) heads to the midwest to take on Kansas State in a two-game series beginning Tues., April 15.
ARIZONA (5-4, 26-12)Last Week: vs. Washington L, 4-3 (11 inn.); W, 13-4; W, 9-4This Week: Sacramento State, *Washington State
Arizona went above .500 in Conference play with two wins over Washington last weekend, by scores of 13-4 and 9-4 on Sat., April 12 and Sun., April 13, respectively ... The Wildcats have a Monday game against Sacramento State before taking on Washington State in Pullman ... Sophomore outfielder Jeff Van Houten continues to pace the Conference in batting average (.445) ... Van Houten missed out on hitting for the cycle by just a double for the second consecutive week ... Arizona has registered 39 doubles already this season, 21 more than the next-closest team, and is on pace to break the Pac-10 triples record of 43 set by the Wildcats in 1986 ... UA has also proven that they are ready to run, having amassed 125 stolen base attempts, 98 of which were successful, 48 more than the second-place team.
ARIZONA STATE (6-3, 38-7)Last Week: vs. California W, 11-3; W, 6-0; W, 10-1This Week: *UCLA
Arizona State swept three games against California last weekend in Berkeley, the first Pac-10 road sweep for ASU in almost two years ... After a rain-delay forced the teams to play a double-header on Sunday, the Sun Devils wrapped up two wins by scores of 6-0 and 10-1, respectively ... ASU heads home to host UCLA in a three-game series, Friday's game being televised by Fox Sports Net ... Junior designated hitter Nick Walsh had a career day going 6-for-8 (.750) and reached base in eight of his 10 plate appearances in the doubleheader sweep Sunday vs. California ... Having started only five prior games in 2003 and combining to go only 1-for-16 in those games, Walsh broke out to go 3-for-3 with an RBI in the first game and 3-for-5 with two RBI in the second game ... Arizona State leads the Conference in batting average (.345) and ERA (3.32).
CALIFORNIA (6-6, 20-18)Last Week: vs. San Jose State L, 5-2; vs. Arizona State L, 11-3; L, 6-0; L, 10-1This Week: Saint Mary's, *USC
California is looking to rebound from its series against Arizona State in which they dropped three games at Evans Diamond ... The Bears will play at Saint Mary's before taking on USC at home beginning Thurs., April 17 ... Junior right fielder Brian Horwitz returned to the Cal lineup against ASU after missing 12 games with a sprained left thumb ... Horwitz went 4-for-11 with a triple against the Sun Devils ... Despite hitting .250 overall, sophomore left fielder Justin Nelson is batting .367 versus Pac-10 competition ... Nelson leads the Bears in home runs with seven and last weekend was 4-for-8 with a double against the Sun Devils, including going 3-for-3 with a double Apr. 11 ... Cal continues to play well in the field, having committed only 41 errors through 38 games, while notching a .972 fielding percentage.
OREGON STATE (3-6, 16-17)Last Week: vs. Portland W, 10-1; vs. Washington State L, 10-6; W, 11-3; L, 11-7This Week: *Stanford
Oregon State won two games last week against Portland (10-1) and Washington State (11-3), but dropped the Pac-10 series to the Cougars, 2-1 ... The Beavers will travel to Palo Alto this weekend for a three-game series against first-place Stanford at Sunken Diamond ... OSU won the series meeting between the two last year, taking the first two games by scores of 3-1 and 4-3, respectively ... Oregon State was one of only two teams in the Pac-10 to win the 2002 meeting against the Cardinal ... After missing nearly two months of the season, sophomore outfielder Aaron Mathews was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for April 7-13 for his two home run, two double, eight RBI and five runs scored performance ... Tony Calderon doubled three times to tie Oregon State's record for doubles in a game in an 11-3 win over Washington State on April 12 at OSU.
STANFORD (7-2, 23-10)Last Week: vs. Santa Clara W, 17-8; vs. Sacramento State W, 9-1This Week: San Jose State, *Oregon State
Stanford had a light weekend, earning a 9-1 victory over Sacramento State on Fri., April 11 to bring its overall record to 23-10 ... Saturday's rain-out will be made up on Tues., April 22 at Sac State ... The Cardinal will face San Jose State and Oregon State this week, all four games being played at Sunken Diamond ... Stanford is at home for eight of its next nine games to close out the month of April ... Junior Carlos Quentin had a career night in a 17-8 win over Santa Clara last week, in which he hit his first career grand slam and homered twice for the second time in his career, while setting new single-game career-bests with six RBI, six runs scored and 13 total bases ... Stanford ranks third in the Pac-10 in batting average (.325) and ERA (4.30).
UCLA (3-6, 17-22)Last Week: vs. Long Beach State L, 5-3; vs. USC L, 7-6; L, 7-4; L, 8-5This Week: Cal State Fullerton, *Arizona State
UCLA played three close games last week against No.10 Long Beach State and Conference foe, Southern California ... The Bruins will play a make-up game against Cal State Fullerton on Tues., April 15 before heading to Tempe to take on Arizona State ... Friday's game against the Sun Devils will be produced by Fox Sports Net for a delayed television presentation ... Senior right-hander Doug Silva has made 11 appearances for the Bruins, amassing a 4-0 record, while owning a 2.78 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 32.1 innings pitched ... Leading UCLA in batting average is freshman infielder Brett McMillan (.359), who also has 42 hits and 15 RBI.
USC (5-4, 18-17)Last Week: vs. San Diego L, 4-3; vs. UCLA W, 7-6; W, 7-4; W, 8-5This Week: Loyola Marymount, *California
Having won three games in as many days over Conference opponent UCLA last weekend, the Trojans are looking to bounce back from a sub-par early season and find themselves in the hunt for a Pac-10 Championship ... Tied for third place with Arizona, USC has won five out of its last seven games, including a non-conference win over UC Riverside ... Southern California has a game against Loyola Marymount this week before heading north to face California in a three-game series at Evans Diamond ... Freshman catcher Jeff Clement continues to carry the hot bat for USC, leading the team in batting average (.353), runs (41), home runs (16), RBI (36), slugging percentage (.759), walks (21) and on-base percentage (.446) ... Junior lefty Josh Rummonds was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for April 7-13.
WASHINGTON (4-5, 22-12)Last Week: vs. Arizona W, 4-3 (11 inn.); L, 13-4; L, 9-4This Week: Kansas State
Washington started off its series against Arizona on the right foot with a 4-3 win in 11 innings, but dropped the next two by a combined 14 runs ... In three Pac-10 series thus far, the Huskies have notched the important first win all three times, but can't seem to hold on for the remainder of the weekend .. UW travels to Kansas State for a pair of non-conference games against the Wildcats ... Freshman Brent Lillibridge has a 12-game hit streak, longest of the year by a Husky ... During streak: .429 (21-for-49) with 14 RBI and 12 run scored ... Sophomore sensation Will Fenton has made nine appearances in 2003, allowing only six hits, no runs (earned or unearned), while striking out 26 batters .. Further, opponents are only hitting .113 against the righty ... Washington continues to pace the Conference in fielding percentage (.978), having committed a league-low 29 errors.
WASHINGTON STATE (3-6, 11-24)Last Week: vs. Gonzaga L, 10-1; vs. Oregon State W, 10-6; L, 11-3; W, 11-7This Week: *Arizona
Washington State won its second series of the 2003 season, first in Pac-10 competition ... After posting a 10-6 win over Oregon State on Fri., April 11, the Cougars notched an 11-7 victory over the Beavers on Sunday to earn the 2-1 series win ... WSU travels to Tucson this week for a trio of games with No. 25 (CB) Arizona ... As a team, the Cougars hit a stellar .339 against OSU, up 79 points from their overall batting average and the best in a three-game competition this year ... Starting first baseman Grant Richardson hit .462 (6-for-13) over the weekend, smashing three home runs in as many games ... He also had a slugging percentage of 1.231 ... The Cougars are looking to better their overall team ERA that stands at 6.30 through 35 games played.