This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

March 1, 2005

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For the second straight week a new Pac-10 team emerged at the top of the standings and entered Baseball America's Top-25; last time it was USC (now No. 23), this week it's OREGON STATE, breaking into the poll at No. 24. The Beavers are riding an eight-game winning streak, their longest since 1998, which was also the last season Oregon State cracked Baseball America's rankings. The Beavers host a series against UC Riverside this week... In other Top-25 action, No. 2 Texas travels to face No. 10 ARIZONA in a three-game series, No. 23 USC faces No. 15 Texas A&M and No. 12 Rice at the Round Rock Classic, ARIZONA STATE plays No. 6 North Carolina at the Keith LeClair Invitational, and No. 11 STANFORD hosts CALIFORNIA for a trio of non-conference Big Games.

Tue., March 1
San Francisco at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
UC Riverside at #23 USC, 6 p.m.

Wed., March 2
St. Martin's at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.

Thu., March 3
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Gonzaga, 10 a.m. (1)
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Utah Valley State, 1 p.m. (1)

Fri., March 4
UCLA vs. Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m. (3)
UC Riverside at #24 OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Portland, 4 p.m. (1)
ARIZONA STATE vs. #6 North Carolina, 5 p.m. (2)
UC Santa Barbara at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.
#23 USC at #15 Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. (4)
#2 Texas at #10 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

Sat., March 5
UC Riverside at #24 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Lewis-Clark State, 1 p.m. (1)
UCLA vs. Nevada, 2:30 p.m. (3)
#23 USC vs. #12 Rice, 3 p.m. (4)
#2 Texas at #10 ARIZONA, 4 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at East Carolina, 5 p.m. (2)

Sun., March 6
ARIZONA STATE vs. Ohio State, 10 a.m. (2)
#23 USC vs. Nebraska, 10 a.m. (4)
#2 Texas at #10 ARIZONA, Noon
UC Riverside at #24 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
UCLA at #4 Cal State Fullerton, 4:30 p.m. (3)

(1) - Banana Belt Tournament, Lewiston, Idaho
(2) - Keith LeClair Invitational, Greenville, N.C.
(3) - KIA Baseball Bash, Fullerton, Calif.
(4) - 2005 Round Rock College Baseball Classic, College Station, Texas

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ARIZONA STATE junior outfielder Travis Buck and WASHINGTON sophomore right-handed pitcher Tim Lincecum have been named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week of February 22-28, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Buck, from Richland, Wash., emerged from his early-season slump with a torrid weekend at the plate against No. 8 Baylor. The preseason All-American torched the Bear pitching staff, hitting .571 (8-for-14) with six runs and six RBI as the Sun Devils took two of three in the series. Buck started the weekend going 2-for-4 and lifted the Devils to a 5-3 victory with a grand slam home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. He followed that performance going 4-for-5 on Saturday and 2-for-5 in the series finale. Overall, Buck is hitting .307 (23-for-75) with four doubles, one home run, 10 RBI and four stolen bases. He has recorded at least one hit in 14 of 18 games this season, including seven multi-hit games.

Lincecum, from Renton, Wash., threw a two-hit, complete-game shutout to beat No. 11 Texas A&M at College Station, 1-0. Lincecum went the distance in the scheduled seven-inning game, allowing two hits and no runs, while walking only one and striking out eight. It was the first complete game and the first shutout of his career. Lincecum was named the 2004 Pac-10 Pitcher and Freshman of the Year after leading the Conference with 161 strikeouts last season.

The Player of the Week honor is the fourth for Buck, while it is the 75th such honor for Arizona State. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the third for Lincecum and the 32nd selection all-time for Washington.

2005 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 15 - Chris Errecart, CAL; Feb. 22 - Trevor Crowe, ARIZ; Mar. 1 - Travis Buck, ASU.

2005 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 15 - Brant Rustich, UCLA; Feb. 22 - Anton Maxwell, OSU; Mar. 1 - Tim Lincecum, WASH.

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