This Week In Pac-10 Postseason Baseball
June 2, 2003
PAC-10 NOTES: ARIZONA STATE (53-12, 16-8) and STANFORD (44-15, 18-6) each put together offensive explosions this past weekend to notch three consecutive wins and advance to the NCAA Super Regionals, June 6-8 ... The Sun Devils, in their home regional at Tempe Diablo Stadium, picked up a 14-2 win over Central Connecticut State in the opener and went on to smash New Mexico State and UNLV by scores of 15-0 and 16-1, respectively ... ASU will travel to Cal State Fullerton to take on the No. 1 national seed in a best of three series on the Titan campus ... The Cardinal was also swift and successful over the weekend, posting a 9-2 win over four-seed Illinois-Chicago, followed by a 13-6 defeat of UC Riverside and a 19-6 win over Richmond in the championship game ... Stanford will host sixth-ranked Long Beach State beginning Fri., June 6 at 7 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Fullerton, Calif.Notre Dame 13, Arizona 5San Diego 5, Arizona 2
Long Beach, Calif.Washington 5, Minnesota 3Long Beach State 7, Washington 2Washington 4, Minnesota 1Long Beach State 7, Washington 2
Stanford, Calif.Stanford 9, Illinois-Chicago 2Stanford 13, UC Riverside 6Stanford 19, Richmond 6
Tempe, Ariz.Arizona State 14, Central Conn. State 2Arizona State 15, New Mexico State 0Arizona State 16, UNLV 1
NCAA SUPER REGIONAL SCHEDULE (JUNE 6-8)
ARIZONA STATEFullerton, Calif.Fri., June 6: Arizona State (53-12) vs. Cal State Fullerton (46-13), 4:05 p.m.Sat., June 7: Arizona State vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12:05 p.m.Sun., June 8: (if necessary) Arizona State vs. Cal State Fullerton, 12:05 p.m.
STANFORDStanford, Calif.Fri., June 6: Stanford (44-15) vs. Long Beach State (41-18), 7:05 p.m.Sat., June 7: Stanford vs. Long Beach State, 5:05 p.m.Sun., June 8: (if necessary) Stanford vs. Long Beach State, 3:05 p.m.
2003 POSTSEASON TEAM NOTES
ARIZONA (13-11, 35-23)Last Week: vs. Notre Dame L, 13-5; vs. San Diego L, 5-2
Arizona didn't play as well as it had hoped over the weekend, dropping two straight games in the NCAA Regional to Notre Dame and San Diego by scores of 13-5 and 5-2, respectively ... The 13-5 defeat marked the first time in school history that the Wildcats had lost to the Fighting Irish ... Arizona's top ace, Richie Gardner, gave up seven runs on six hits in the second inning as Notre Dame took a commanding 9-0 lead ... UA then went up against San Diego in the loser's bracket and got a well-pitched game by Sean Rierson, but could not hold on for the win ... Sophomore outfielder Jeff Van Houten finished the day going 1-for-4, leaving him with a final batting average of .413 and making him the first UA player since Robbie Moen (1991) to hit over .400 for a season ... Van Houten's average puts him in the third place in the Conference ... He is also tied for first in the Pac-10 with nine triples and also ties for third with an even .700 slugging percentage ... Wildcats that made the Pac-10 All-Conference team include Brian Anderson, Brad Boyer, Gardner and Van Houten ... Van Houten was also named to the third team Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-America team ... Arizona ends its 2003 season with a 35-23 overall record, 13-11 in the Conference, good enough to grant them sole possession of fourth place.
ARIZONA STATE (16-8, 53-12)Last Week: vs. Central Connecticut State W, 14-2; vs. New Mexico State W, 15-0; vs. UNLV W, 16-1This Week: NCAA Super Regionals (Cal State Fullerton)
Arizona State made things look easy last weekend as it notched three straight defeats, including one shutout, to claim the regional title and advance to NCAA Super Regionals next weekend, beginning Fri., June 6 ... ASU outscored its opponents 45-3 over the three-day series ... The Sun Devils faced Northeastern Conference Champion, Central Connecticut State in the opener and defeated the Blue Devils, 14-2 ... Junior outfielder Andre Ethier went 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead the offensive explosion for ASU ... Senior right-hander Jered Liebeck remains undefeated in 2003 as he picked up his eighth win out of the bullpen ... Against New Mexico State, ASU recorded its ninth shutout on the year behind the stellar pitching of starter Beau Vaughan and various pitchers out of the bullpen ... Vaughan went six and one-third innings, allowing only four hits and striking out eight ... Against UNLV on Sun., June 1, junior designated hitter Jeremy West blasted four hits to continue his career-long 21-game hitting streak ... West was 9-for-15 (.600) during the first round and earned a spot on the regional All-Tournament team ... The Sun Devils are looking to earn their first College World Series berth since 1998 ... Riding a six-game win streak is helpful, but they must first get past No. 1 national seed Cal State Fullerton on the Titan's home field ... The two teams have met 41 times and ASU holds a slim 22-19 advantage ... Arizona State improved its NCAA record of 498 consecutive scoring games ... The team goes into Super Regionals batting .352 with a 3.18 ERA ... Sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia continues to rack up the postseason honors ... Along with being named the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, Pedroia was named the regional's Most Outstanding Player and was only one of two Conference players to be named to the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-America first team.
STANFORD (18-6, 44-15)Last Week: vs. Illinois-Chicago W, 9-2; vs. UC Riverside W, 13-6; vs. Richmond W, 19-6This Week: NCAA Super Regionals (Long Beach State)
Having won 17 of their last 20 games, the Cardinal is looking to make their fifth consecutive trip to the College World Series ... Hosting its own regional last weekend, No. 1 national seed Stanford defeated Illinois-Chicago in the opener by a score of 9-2 and followed up that performance with a 13-6 win over No. 30 UC Riverside and a 19-6 smashing of No. 17 Richmond ... Junior outfielder Carlos Quentin got the Stanford offense going as he was 3-for-4 with a home run and an RBI in the first game of the regional ... Stanford had a 16-hit attack against No. 3 seed UC Riverside, as Sam Fuld, Johnny Ash, Ryan Garko and Jed Lowrie all had three hits apiece ... In the championship game of the regional, Garko blasted his 17th and 18th homers of the year to lead Stanford and put him in third place in the Conference for home runs ... Sophomore outfielder Danny Putnam added a grand slam to assure Stanford of its fifth Super Regional berth in as many years ... The All-Tournament regional team reads like a Stanford roster as Garko, Brian Hall, Lowrie, Ash, Putnam, Quentin, Fuld and Ryan McCally all garnered first round honors ... The Cardinal is at home again this weekend as they take on No. 1 regional seed Long Beach State in the Super Regionals at Sunken Diamond beginning Fri., June 6 ... Head coach Mark Marquess has faced the 49ers only four times in his career, but he has earned three of those victories ... Garko is also starting to amass those postseason awards as he was named the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, along with being only one of two Conference players named to the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-America first team ... Among Stanford's players that were named first team All-Conference include Fuld, Putnam, Quentin and freshman left-hander Mark Romanczuk ... Romanczuk leads the Pac-10 in opposing batting average as players are only hitting .222 off him ... He also leads the league in wins with 11.
WASHINGTON (15-9, 42-18)Last Week: vs. Minnesota W, 5-3; vs. Long Beach State L, 7-2; vs. Minnesota W, 4-1; vs. Long Beach State L, 7-2
Washington advanced to the regional title game for the second time in as many years, but was unable to pull off the upset of No. 1 regional seed, Long Beach State ... The Huskies notched a 5-3 win in the opener over Minnesota to advance to the winner's bracket on Sat., May 31 ... UW used a one-run, two-out single by senior Tila Reynolds to break a three-all tie in the eighth inning and never looked back ... After dropping a 7-2 decision against Long Beach State, Washington rallied for yet another win over the Gophers late Saturday night ... In his first start of the season, sophomore David Dowling allowed only one unearned run on six hits over six and two-thirds innings to guide the Huskies to a 4-1 win ... Closer Will Fenton picked up his league-leading 12th save of the year as he struck out two Minnesota batters ... Three Washington players were named to the regional All-Tournament Team - Aaron Hathaway, Brent Lillibridge and John Otness ... Picking up Pac-10 first team All-Conference honors were Chad Boudon, Fenton and Lillibridge ... Washington's 42 wins are the third-most in Ken Knutson's tenure, as both the 1994 and 1997 squads picked up 46 victories ... UW concludes the 2003 season with a 42-18 overall record, 15-9 in the Conference, good enough for an outright third-place finish.
2003 SEASON WRAP-UPS
CALIFORNIA (10-14, 28-27)Last Week: vs. San Francisco W, 8-5
California finished off the regular season with an 8-5 win over San Francisco on Tues., May 13 at Evans Diamond ... The Golden Bears went 28-27 overall in 2003, with a 10-14 record in the Pac-10 for a seventh place finish ... Against the Dons, Cal had a 14-hit attack led by Brian Horwitz and Chris Grossman who had three hits apiece ... Grossman went 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI, while senior Nick Medrano, playing in the final game of his career, went 2-for-4 with a double ant two RBI ... Grossman has been named a Johnny Bench Award finalist ... Junior Conor Jackson had another solid season, moving up the school career charts as he is sixth in slugging percentage (.573), seventh in home runs (30) and 10th in walks (115) ... Cal's defense was solid all year long as the team finished fourth in the Conference in fielding percentage (.965).
OREGON STATE (7-17, 25-28)Last Week: vs. Arizona W, 13-12; vs. Portland W, 18-6; W, 4-3
Oregon State concluded its 2003 season with three wins, including a 13-12 victory over Conference foe, Arizona ... The Beavers picked up two more wins over in-state rival Portland, as they finished up games that were suspended earlier this season ... On the final day of his career in a OSU uniform, senior Andy Jarvis broke the school record for hits in a career and tied the record for home runs with 232 and 34, respectively ... Junior Tony Calderon notched 24 doubles on the year, good enough to rank second in the Pac-10 charts, while his teammate Chris Biles finished third with 23 doubles ... Junior left-hander Jake Postlewait finished the season with a 3.43 ERA for fourth place on the Conference charts ... OSU's .305 team batting average was the fifth-best in the Conference, behind only the four postseason teams.
UCLA (11-13, 28-31)Last Week: vs. Washington State W, 21-3; L, 15-2; W, 18-7
The Bruins ended their 2003 season with an 18-7 victory and a series win over Washington State, 2-1 ... UCLA bettered its 2002 finish of 9-15 in league play and a tie for seventh by finishing 11-13 and in a tie for fifth place with Los Angeles counterpart, USC ... Junior third baseman Brandon Averill became the first Bruin since Garrett Atkins to hit for the cycle on Sun., May 25 against WSU ... He went 7-for-15 (.467) during the series and recorded a team-high 1.133 slugging percentage and seven RBI ... Junior Casey Janssen recorded 73 strikeouts on the year, good enough to rank fifth in the league, while fellow pitcher Mike Kunes recorded 24 strikeouts looking to rank seventh among the Pac-10's best ... UCLA had a team ERA of 5.95 to finish the season, good enough to rank seventh in the Pac-10, while its .287 batting average also was seventh in the league.
USC (11-13, 28-28)Last Week: vs. Washington L, 26-2; L, 5-1; L, 10-8
For the first time in 11 years, the USC Trojans did not receive a postseason berth ... Southern California dropped its last four games, including a Conference battle against Washington, with the winner receiving an NCAA bid ... The Trojans finished at an even .500 with a 28-28 record, 11-13 in the Pac-10 to tie for fifth place with UCLA ... Freshman Jeff Clement remains tied atop the league with 21 homers belted, the most by any USC freshman in history ... He also ranks ninth in slugging percentage (.649), tenth in RBI (53) and ninth in walks (32) ... Clement also earned an invite to the 2003 USA Baseball National Team trials this summer ... Shortstop Anthony Lunetta finished his senior season with a .349 batting average and 73 hits, both of which were team highs ... USC had a strong team defense, ranking fifth in the Conference with a .961 fielding percentage.
WASHINGTON STATE (7-17, 19-37)Last Week: vs. UCLA L, 21-3; W, 15-2; L, 18-7
Washington State finished the 2003 season with a 7-17 record in Pac-10 play, 19-37 overall ... The Cougars picked up one game against UCLA over the weekend, a 15-2 decision on Sat., May 24 ... Junior transfer Aaron MacKenzie went the distance for a second time this season and struck out a career-high 10 batters ... The Cougars also had a 14-hit attack led by Grant Richardson and Derek Bruce, who each had three hits ... Freshman Jay Miller led all WSU batters in 2003 with a .341 average, while also pacing the team with 73 hits ... Miller also racked up 21 doubles, good enough to rank sixth in the Pac-10 ... Washington State finishes eighth in the Conference in fielding percentage with a .957 clip ... The Cougars were fourth in the Conference in fielding double plays with 51 and amassed 593 assists for sixth place.
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