This Week In Pac-10 Baseball
April 21, 2003
Pac-10 Notes: After a weekend that saw the top-four teams drop at least one game, Pac-10 action continues to heat up as No. 1 STANFORD (9-3, 26-11) hosts a three-game series against ARIZONA (7-5, 28-14) at Sunken Diamond on the Cardinal campus ... Tied for second-place, ARIZONA STATE (7-5, 39-9) will face WASHINGTON STATE (4-8, 12-26), who took the final game against the Wildcats last weekend, 12-8 to avoid the series sweep ... CALIFORNIA (8-7, 23-19), riding a two-game win streak, has a mid-week game against Santa Clara before traveling to Seattle for a three-game series against WASHINGTON (4-5, 23-12) ... The Huskies will also play a trio of games against Hawaii-Hilo beginning Mon., April 21 ... After picking up one win against the Cardinal, OREGON STATE (4-8, 17-19) has games this week against Portland and USC (6-6, 20-19) ... The Trojans have won five of their last seven games ... UCLA (5-7, 19-24) takes a break from Conference action this week to host No. 1 (CB, BA) Cal State Fullerton on Tues., April 22.
ARIZONA (7-5, 28-14)Last Week: vs. Sacramento State L, 12-11; vs. Washington State W, 11-9; W, 6-4 (11 inn.); L, 12-8This Week: Grand Canyon, *Stanford
Arizona went 2-2 last week, picking up two wins over Washington State to bring its Conference record to 7-5 and a tie for second place ... The Wildcats have a mid-week game against Grand Canyon before taking on first-place Stanford at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, Calif. ... UA fell three places in Collegiate Baseball's latest poll, ranking 28th this week ... Arizona is second in the Pac-10 in batting average (.336), but leads the league in slugging percentage (.548), triples (40) and stolen bases (111) ... The team's 40 triples is just three shy of the Pac-10 record set by the 1986 Wildcat squad ... Freshman Brad Boyer is tied for first place in the Conference with 17 stolen bases out of 22 attempts ... Sophomore Jeff Van Houten leads the league with a .431 batting average.
ARIZONA STATE (7-5, 39-9)Last Week: vs. UCLA L, 9-8; L, 8-7 (13 inn.); W, 17-1This Week: *Washington State
The Sun Devils dropped the first two games of their series with UCLA by two combined runs, the second game of which went into extra innings, before breaking out for a 17-1 victory on Sat., April 19 ...This homestand marks only the second time all season that ASU has lost two games in a row ... Despite the two losses, Arizona State remains in the top of the polls, ranked as high as No. 5 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... The Devils will host Washington State in a three-game series this weekend ... Junior outfielder Andre Ethier put together a solid week at the plate going 8-for-17 (.471) vs. UCLA with four runs scored, two home runs and four RBI ... Arizona State paces the league in batting average (.347), runs scored (478), doubles (121), total bases (910) and walks (295).
CALIFORNIA (8-7, 23-19)Last Week: vs. Saint Mary's W, 13-2; vs. USC L, 3-1; W, 11-2; W, 8-3This Week: Saint Mary's, *USC
California snapped a four-game losing streak with a 13-2 win over Saint Mary's last week, and followed the non-conference performance with two wins over USC at Evans Diamond on Friday and Saturday ... The Golden Bears have a game against Santa Clara on Tues., April 22 before traveling to Seattle for a three-game series against Washington ... Sophomore right-hander Jesse Ingram got his first collegiate start on Thurs., April 17 and made the best of it ... Ingram threw a career-high 7.0 innings with two hits, one run, four walks and a career-high seven strikeouts ... Junior third baseman Conor Jackson was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his 10-for-15 (.667), two double, two home run, four RBI performance last week against Saint Mary's and USC.
OREGON STATE (4-8, 17-19)Last Week: vs. Stanford L, 5-2; W, 8-7; L, 10-0This Week: Portland, *USC
Oregon State picked up Friday's game against Stanford with an 8-7 win over the first-place Cardinal, snapping Stanford's seven-game win streak ... The win at Sunken Diamond marked the first OSU victory in over 20 years on the Stanford campus ... While it had been many years, it was only 11 straight losses because Oregon State didn't play at Stanford from 1970-1982 and again from 1985-1999 ... The Beavers have a mid-week game against Portland before hosting USC in a three-game homestand at Goss Stadium ... In 2002, the Trojans took the series, two games to one ... Junior transfer Tony Calderon is fourth in the Conference with a .406 batting average, while senior Andy Jarvis is hitting .379, good enough to place ninth in the league.
STANFORD (9-3, 26-11)Last Week: vs. San Jose State W, 4-2; vs. Oregon State W, 5-2; L, 8-7; W, 10-0This Week: Sacramento State, *Arizona
Stanford remains atop the league with a 9-3 record, 26-11 overall ... The Cardinal took two of three from Oregon State last weekend, along with a non-conference win over San Jose State on Tues., April 15 ... Stanford has a mid-week game against Sacramento State before taking on second-place Arizona in a three-game series at Sunken Diamond ... Friday's game will be televised by College Sports Television ... Freshman lefty Mark Romanczuk was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for April 14-20, picking up a pair of wins to bring his record to a perfect 8-0 ... Romanczuk pitched 9.2 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 12 batters ... Sophomore Danny Putnam also had a terrific weekend, homering twice and driving in 10 runs to go with a .545 (6-for-11) batting average.
UCLA (5-7, 19-24)Last Week: vs. Cal State Fullerton L, 13-2; W, 9-8; W, 8-7 (13 inn.); L, 17-1This Week: Cal State Fullerton
UCLA upset Arizona State twice last weekend by scores of 9-8 and 8-7 (11 inn.) on Thursday and Friday, respectively ... It was the first series victory for UCLA over ASU since 1999 ... The Bruins now have a 5-7 record in the Conference and are currently in seventh place ... The team has the daunting task of taking on the No. 1 team in the nation, Cal State Fullerton on Tues., April 22 ... The two teams have met twice previously this season, both decisions going to CSF ... The Bruins don't return to Pac-10 action until Fri., May 2 when they take on Oregon State ... Sophomore outfielder Billy Susdorf hit .375 (6-for-16) over four games last week, leading the Bruins with 11 total bases, two doubles and a home run ... Susdorf also had a .688 slugging percentage.
USC (6-6, 20-19)Last Week: vs. Loyola Marymount W, 8-5; vs. California W, 3-1; L, 11-2; L, 8-3This Week: UC Santa Barbara, *Oregon State
USC had its five-game win streak snapped by California on Fri., April 18 when the Golden Bears notched an 11-2 victory in Berkeley, Calif. ... Southern California won the first of the three-game series by a score of 3-1 ... Despite the losses, the Trojans have won six of their last nine games and are fifth in the Conference with a 6-6 record ... After a mid-week game against UC Santa Barbara, USC will travel to Corvallis for a three-game series against Oregon State ... Freshman catcher Jeff Clement leads the Pac-10 with 17 home runs, while the team has amassed 54 homers, good enough to tie for first in the Conference ... Senior Anthony Lunetta leads the team with a .338 batting average and 50 hits ... Lunetta also has 18 doubles, five home runs and 18 RBI through 39 games played.
WASHINGTON (4-5, 23-12)Last Week: vs. Kansas State W, 14-5; rained outThis Week: Hawaii-Hilo, *California
Washington sits in sixth place through 35 games played, including a 14-5 non-conference win over Kansas State last week ... The Huskies and Wildcats were scheduled to play a pair of games, but the second one was called off due to rain and will not be made up ... UW plays six games in the next seven days, including three games against Hawaii-Hilo before California travels to Seattle for a three-game series beginning Fri., April 25 ... Friday's game will be televised by Fox Sports Net ... Freshman Brent Lillibridge continues to hold the hot bat for the Huskies with a 13-game hitting streak ... During that streak the center fielder has gone 24-for-53 (.453) with 15 runs, 17 RBI and six home runs ... Head coach Ken Knutson earned his 370th career win last week, becoming UW's second all-time winningest coach (370-247-1).
WASHINGTON STATE (4-8, 13-26)Last Week: vs. Arizona L, 11-9; L, 6-4 (11 inn.); W, 12-8This Week: Lewis-Clark State College, *Arizona State
Washington State picked up the final win of its series against Arizona with a 12-8 victory over the Wildcats on Sat., April 19 ... The previous two games were decided by a combined four runs as the Cougars lost 11-9 and 6-4 in 11 innings on Thursday and Friday, respectively ... After a mid-week game against Lewis-Clark State College, WSU heads to Tempe to take on second-place Arizona State at Packard Stadium ... Junior transfer Aaron MacKenzie has put together a successful first season in the Pac-10 ... MacKenzie currently ranks seventh in the Conference with 48 strikeouts, while opponents are only hitting .266 of him, good enough to rank eighth in the league ... In Pac-10 games only, the Cougars are hitting .296 as a team, fifth-best in the Conference.