This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

Feb. 15, 2005

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The pros may just now be reporting to training camp, but Pac-10 baseball is already in the thick of the non-conference schedule. This week's docket features a slew of premium matchups between the Pac-10 and the nation's elite, starting on Friday, when No. 6 STANFORD kicks off a three-game series at No. 4 Texas at 2:30 p.m. Other ranked foes in action against Pac-10 teams include No. 20 Long Beach State (hosting California), No. 3 Cal State Fullerton (visiting USC), and the nation's top team (according to Baseball America), Tulane, which hosts No. 11 ARIZONA STATE. The Sun Devils and No. 10 ARIZONA will also give baseball fans a preview of the Pac-10 season-to-come when the Wildcats host a non-conference duel in the desert on Tuesday.

Tue., Feb. 15
San Jose State at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
No. 11 ARIZONA STATE at No. 10 ARIZONA, 4 p.m.
San Diego at USC, 5 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 18
No. 6 STANFORD at No. 4 Texas, 2:30 p.m.
Portland at WASHINGTON STATE, 3 p.m. (2)
No. 3 Cal State Fullerton at USC, 6 p.m.
Utah at UCLA, 6 p.m.
No. 12 WASHINGTON at Santa Clara, 6 p.m.
No. 11 ARIZONA STATE at No. 1 Tulane, 6:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at No. 20 Long Beach State, 6:30 p.m.
No. 10 ARIZONA at UT Pan Am, 7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 19
Portland at WASHINGTON STATE (DH), Noon, (2)
Utah at UCLA, 1 p.m.
No. 12 WASHINGTON at Santa Clara, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. UC Davis, 1 p.m. (1)
No. 11 ARIZONA STATE at No. 1 Tulane, 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at No. 20 Long Beach State, 2 p.m.
No. 6 STANFORD at No. 4 Texas, 2 p.m.
No. 10 ARIZONA at UT Pan Am, 5 p.m.
USC at No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 20
Portland at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon (2)
No. 11 ARIZONA STATE at No. 1 Tulane, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at No. 20 Long Beach State, 1 p.m.
No. 6 STANFORD at No. 4 Texas, 1 p.m.
USC at No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m.
Utah at UCLA, 1 p.m.
No. 12 WASHINGTON at Santa Clara, 1 p.m.
No. 10 ARIZONA at UT Pan Am, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE at San Diego, 2 p.m. (1)

Mon., Feb. 21
OREGON STATE at San Diego, 2 p.m. (1)

(1) - San Diego Tournament, San Diego, Calif.
(2) - Pasco, Wash.

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CALIFORNIA'S CHRIS ERRECART NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
UCLA'S BRANT RUSTICH NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK

CALIFORNIA sophomore outfielder Chris Errecart and UCLA sophomore right-handed pitcher Brant Rustich have been named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week of February 8-14.

Errecart, from Stockton, Calif., went 7-for-13 (.538) with a double, two home runs and six RBI last weekend at Loyola Marymount. He was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in game one on Feb. 12. In game two, which was the first game of a doubleheader on Feb. 13, Errecart was a perfect 3-for-3, including the game-winning three-run homer in the top of the ninth in the Bears' 8-5 win. In the second game of the doubleheader, Errecart was 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Cal's six-run fifth inning. Errecart finished the weekend with 14 total bases, a 1.077 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage.

Rustich, from El Cajon, Calif., was masterful on Feb. 13 against Cal State Northridge as he picked up his first win of the season with a complete game performance, allowing just one unearned run. Rustich struck out eight and needed just 113 pitches en route to his first career complete game. He got stronger as the game progressed, retiring seven of the last nine batters he faced. The right-hander was not scheduled to pitch in the game because of a rainout two days earlier, but due to Bryan Beck's sore pitching shoulder, Rustich was reinserted into the starting slot. Rustich lowered his season ERA over two full runs down to 2.08. Opposing hitters are now batting a meager .197 against him.

The Player of the Week honor is the first-ever for Errecart, while it is the 38th such honor for California. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first ever for Rustich and the 37th selection all-time for UCLA.

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