This Week In Pac-10 Baseball
May 5, 2003
Pac-10 Notes: As regular season play begins to wind down, three Pac-10 teams find themselves ranked in the three major polls this week ... ARIZONA (11-7, 33-17) comes in as high as 19th (Collegiate Baseball), along with placing 21st (Baseball America) and 25th (Sports Weekly/ESPN) ... The Wildcats are idle this week ... ARIZONA STATE (10-5, 43-9) takes on UC Irvine in a mid-week game and places 6th (BA), 4th (CB) and 3rd (SW/ESPN) ... After sweeping the Pac-10 series against the Trojans, STANFORD (13-5, 31-14) is ranked as high as No. 3 in the country (CB) and also places 7th (BA and SW/ESPN) ... After claiming the final game of the series against the Bruins, OREGON STATE (5-13, 19-24) will take on Concordia, while WASHINGTON (8-7, 31-14) and UCLA (7-8, 22-26) will go head-to-head in a three game series ... WASHINGTON STATE (5-13, 15-31) takes a break from Conference action to face Sacramento State ... USC (9-9, 25-22) faces Cal State Fullerton on Mon., May 5, while CALIFORNIA (10-11, 26-24) is at Fresno State before hosting Stanford in a three-game series at Evans Diamond.
This Week's Games
Mon., May 5USC vs. Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
Tue., May 6UC Irvine at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.CALIFORNIA at Fresno State, 7 p.m.Concordia at OREGON STATE, 3:30 p.m.STANFORD at San Jose State, 7 p.m.UC Santa Barbara at UCLA, 6 p.m.Portland at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.
Wed., May 7Portland at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.
Fri., May 9*STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.*WASHINGTON at UCLA, 6 p.m.Sacramento State at WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m.
Sat., May 10*STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*WASHINGTON at UCLA, 1 p.m.Sacramento State at WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m.
Sun., May 11*STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*WASHINGTON at UCLA, 1 p.m.Sacramento State at WASHINGTON STATE, noon
All game times local to site.
STANFORD'S RYAN GARKO NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK,STANFORD'S MARK ROMANCZUK NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD swept the weekly honors as senior catcher Ryan Garko has been named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and freshman left-hander Mark Romanczuk has been named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for April 28-May 4, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Garko, from Walnut, Calif., went 10-for-13 (.769) with three home runs, 12 RBI and a 1.615 slugging percentage to lead Stanford to a key three-game sweep of USC to move into sole possession of first-place in the Conference. He added two doubles, six runs scored, 21 total bases, two walks and one stolen base in the series. On Sun., May 4, Garko went 4-for-4 with two homers, including his first career grandslam, and a career-high seven RBI to help the Cardinal to a 8-3 victory.
Romanczuk, from Newark, Del., pitched a three-hit complete game in the first game of a doubleheader on Sun., May 4 at USC to remain unbeaten at 9-0 and become the first Pac-10 pitcher to reach the nine-win mark. He allowed only three runs and struck out five to hold the Trojans scoreless over the final seven innings. It was the second complete game for Romanczuk this season.
The Player of the Week honor is the first for Garko in his career and the 52nd selection all-time for Stanford. The Pitcher of the Week is the third such honor for Romanczuk, the 64th Cardinal to earn the weekly recognition.
Also nominated for Player of the Week were Conor Jackson, CAL; Jacoby Ellsbury, OSU; Billy Susdorf, UCLA. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were Sean Rierson, ARIZ; Matt Brown, CAL; Casey Janssen, UCLA.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Mon., April 28ARIZONA 21, Sacramento State 13
Tue., April 29UC Davis 11, CALIFORNIA 7Santa Clara 2, STANFORD 0UCLA 7, Loyola Marymount 1USC 2, UC Irvine 1WASHINGTON 15, Lewis-Clark St. 3WASHINGTON STATE 6, Gonzaga 4
Wed., April 30ARIZONA STATE 9, Oklahoma 4
Fri., May 2*ARIZONA 9, CALIFORNIA 5*WASH. 9, WASHINGTON ST. 8 (13 inn.)
Sat., May 3*ARIZONA 10, CALIFORNIA 4*UCLA 8, OREGON STATE 7*UCLA 10, OREGON ST. 9 (10 inn.)*STANFORD 22, USC 10*WASHINGTON 9, WASHINGTON ST. 4
Sun., May 4*CALIFORNIA 12, ARIZONA 7 (10 inn.)*OREGON STATE 7, UCLA 6*STANFORD 8, USC 3*STANFORD 8, USC 3*WASHINGTON ST. 6, WASHINGTON 2
ARIZONA (11-7, 33-17)Last Week: vs. Sacramento State W, 21-13; vs. California W, 9-5; W, 10-4; L, 12-7 (10 inn.)This Week: Idle
Arizona notched three wins over Sacramento State and Conference-foe California last week ... The Bears took the final game of the series by a 12-7 score in extra innings to avoid the Wildcat sweep ... Against Sacramento State, UA set or tied four school records in a 21-13 win over the Hornets, including not leaving one runner stranded through nine innings ... In 100 years of baseball at Arizona, the team had never not left a man on base ... Previous lows of one runner stranded happened three times - 1979, 1983 and 1988 ... Junior righty Sean Rierson tossed his third complete game of the season to improve to 8-1 in 2003 ... He surrendered just three earned runs on six hits to help the Wildcats win their fifth Pac-10 series of the season ... The contest marked Rierson's fifth career complete game.
ARIZONA STATE (10-5, 43-9)Last Week: vs. Oklahoma W, 9-4This Week: UC Irvine
Arizona State had a light week in which they traveled to Oklahoma and defeated the Sooners, 9-4 ... This week the Devils will take on UC Irvine and take the weekend off from league play ... When junior Rod Allen hit a pinch-hit grandslam home run in the seventh inning against Oklahoma last week, ASU tied the NCAA record for grandslams in a season with 12 (Oklahoma State, 1996) ... Arizona State finds itself in all three polls this week, ranked as high as No. 3 by Sports Weekly/ESPN ... Sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia is pacing the Conference in batting average at .417 ... Pedroia also ranks first in the Pac-10 in doubles (28), hits (93) and at bats (223) ... As a team, the Sun Devils' batting average is at .351, 23 points above second-place Arizona (.328).
CALIFORNIA (10-11, 26-24)Last Week: vs. UC Davis L, 11-7; vs. Arizona L, 9-5, L, 10-4; W, 12-7 (10 inn.)This Week: Fresno State, *Stanford
California picked up the final game of its series against Arizona with a 12-7 win in extra innings to avoid the Wildcat sweep ... The Bears will travel to Fresno State for a mid-week contest before returning to Evans Diamond to host the first-place Cardinal ... Third baseman Conor Jackson continues to carry the hot bat for the Bears, going 9-for-16 (.563) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI against UC Davis and at Arizona ... Jackson leads the team with a .399 batting average ... In Cal's 12-7 win over UA last weekend, junior right-hander Matt Brown didn't get the decision but pitched 7.7 innings with six hits, five runs, two walks and five strikeouts ... Junior right-fielder Brian Horwitz is currently on a 10-game hitting streak that dates back to Fri., April 18.
OREGON STATE (5-13, 19-24)Last Week: vs. UCLA L, 8-7; L, 10-9 (10 inn.); W, 7-6This Week: Concordia
Oregon State went head-to-head with UCLA last week in a three-game series which was decided by three total runs ... The Beavers picked up Sunday's win by a score of 7-6 over the Bruins ... The team has a light week in which they will face Concordia and a possible make-up with Portland ... Freshman outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury batted .462 (6-for-13) with two homers, four RBI, five runs, 2-for-2 stolen bases; had two walks and one hit by pitch for an on-base percentage of .562 against UCLA last weekend ... He also played errorless defense with 12 putouts ... After homering in the first two games of the series, Ellsbury had homered in three straight games ... Junior transfer Tony Calderon ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with a .390 batting average through 43 games played.
STANFORD (13-5, 31-14)Last Week: vs. Santa Clara L, 2-0; vs. USC W, 22-10; W, 8-3; W, 8-3This Week: San Jose State, *California
Stanford notched all three games against USC last weekend for its second Conference sweep of the season ... The Cardinal remains in first-place with a 13-5 league record ... The team will play at San Jose State and at California this weekend ... In the 2002 series, Stanford took all three Conference games from the Bears, along with two of three non-conference matchups ... Senior catcher Ryan Garko and freshman left-hander Mark Romanczuk swept the Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the week honors, the first time the Cardinal has done so since 1999 ... Garko put on quite a show going 10-for-13 (.769) with two doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI and a 1.615 slugging percentage last weekend against the Trojans ... Romanczuk earned his third honor of the season by throwing a three-hit complete game on Sun., May 4.
UCLA (7-8, 22-26)Last Week: vs. Loyola Marymount W, 7-1; W, 8-7; W, 10-9 (10 inn.); L, 7-6This Week: UC Santa Barbara, *Washington
UCLA won a tight series with Oregon State last week, picking up 8-7 and 10-9 victories over the Beavers in a doubleheader last Saturday ... The Bruins also took care of Loyola Marymount 7-1, to bring their overall record to 22-26 on the season ... UCLA needs just four more wins to tie its win total of 26 from last season ... The team will take on UC Santa Barbara in mid-week action before getting set to host Washington in a three-game series at Jackie Robinson Stadium ... Sophomore outfielder Billy Susdorf batted .562 (9-for-12) over four games last week, posting the first four-hit game of his career in Saturday's second game ... Junior righty Casey Janssen also had a good week for UCLA, notching a 1.08 ERA, while striking out 10 batters.
USC (9-9, 25-22)Last Week: vs. UC Irvine W, 2-1; vs. Stanford L, 22-10; L, 8-3; L, 8-3This Week: Cal State FullertonUSC took a 2-1 victory over UC Irvine last week that marked the final contest of a five-game win streak ... The Trojans have a heavy task at hand, facing the fourth-ranked team in the nation, Cal State Fullerton on Mon., May 5 at Edison International Field, home of the world champion Anaheim Angels ... The Men of Troy will then be idle until Tues., May 13 when they take on Loyola Marymount ... Freshman catcher Jeff Clement is tied for sixth in the nation with 0.42 home runs per game, while also being tied for first in the Pac-10 with 18 homers in the 2003 season ... Clement ranks eighth in the league with 28 walks ... USC freshman Bobby Paschal has proven he can play at the next level, leading the team with 62 strikeouts.
WASHINGTON (8-7, 31-14)Last Week: vs. Lewis-Clark State W, 15-3; vs. Washington State W, 9-8 (13 inn.) W, 9-4; L, 6-2This Week: vs. Portland, *UCLA
Washington picked up three wins last week against Lewis-Clark State College and Washington State ... The Huskies have won nine of their last 11 games and will take on Portland for two mid-week games before heading to Los Angeles to face UCLA in a three-game series ... Junior transfer Chad Bouden is tied for first in the Conference with 18 home runs, just one shy of tying the UW record of 19 (Dominic Woody, 1999) ... Washington is tied with Arizona for home runs with 66 belted this season ... Freshman Brent Lillibridge continues to carry the hot bat for UW, batting an even .400 overall, .431 in Conference play ... Lillibridge also has 11 doubles, 48 total bases and a .738 slugging percentage in Pac-10 games only ... The Huskies are pacing the Conference in fielding percentage (.980), good enough to rank third in the country.
WASHINGTON STATE (5-13, 15-31)Last Week: vs. Gonzaga W, 6-4; L, 9-8 (13 inn.); L, 9-4; W, 6-2This Week: Sacramento State
Washington State picked up a 6-2 win over Washington last Sunday to avoid the Husky sweep ... The Cougars also defeated Gonzaga for the second time this season to bring their overall record to 15-31 ... WSU will take on Sacramento State in a three-game series beginning Fri., May 9 in Pullman ... Freshman outfielder Jay Miller has been one of the bright, young stars for the Cougars this year ... He currently sports a .315 batting average, second-best on the team ... Miller was on fire in three Pac-10 series against Stanford, Oregon State and Arizona, going 23-55 for a .418 average ... Despite his 2-8 record, senior pitcher Tony Banaszak has made a tremendous turnaround from this time last season, having undergone 'Tommy John' surgery ... Banaszak has made 14 starts this year and is second among WSU starters with a 5.61 ERA in 93.0 innings of work.