This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

March 15, 2005

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ARIZONA, a fifth place finisher at the 2004 College World Series, will face defending champion Cal State Fullerton in a three-game series this week in Fullerton, Calif. The Wildcats are ranked ninth by Baseball America, the highest ranking among Pac-10 Teams, while the Titans are ranked second... STANFORD and OREGON STATE are also among those ranked by Baseball America, with the Cardinal checking in at No. 12 after a week off, and the Beavers holding down slot No. 22. Stanford will play a home-and-home with Pacific this weekend, while OSU hosts Sacramento State. With just a little more than a week left before Conference play begins, ARIZONA STATE hosts Oklahoma, CALIFORNIA travels to Hawaii-Hilo, USC heads to the UC Irvine Tournament, Washington travels to Cal Poly and WASHINGTON STATE hosts Utah Valley State. UCLA has two weeks off - the Bruins' season resumes on March 29 vs. Cal State Fullerton.

Tue., March 15
USC at San Diego, 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Pacific, 6 p.m.
UNLV at #9 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

Wed., March 16
UNLV at #9 ARIZONA, 3 p.m.

Fri., March 18
CALIFORNIA at Hawaii-Hilo, 2 p.m.
USC vs. Nevada, 2:30 p.m. (1)
Sacramento State at #22 OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.
Utah Valley State at WASHINGTON STATE, 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, 6 p.m.
Oklahoma at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
#9 ARIZONA at #2 Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

Sat., March 19
CALIFORNIA at Hawaii-Hilo, Noon
Pacific at #12 STANFORD, 1 p.m.
Sacramento State at #22 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
USC vs. Stony Brook, 1 p.m. (1)
Utah Valley State at WASHINGTON STATE (DH), 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Hawaii-Hilo, 3 p.m.
#9 ARIZONA at #2 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
Oklahoma at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.

Sun., March 20
WASHINGTON at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, 11 a.m.
Utah Valley State at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon
Oklahoma at ARIZONA STATE, Noon
#9 ARIZONA at #2 Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m.
Sacramento State at #22 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
#12 STANFORD at Pacific, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Hawaii-Hilo, 2 p.m.
USC at UC Irvine, 5 p.m. (1)

(1) - 2005 UC Irvine Tournament, Irvine, Calif.


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- Rankings from Baseball America

WASHINGTON'S BRENT LILLIBRIDGE
ARIZONA'S MARK MELANCON
PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK


WASHINGTON junior shortstop Brent Lillibridge and ARIZONA sophomore right-handed pitcher Mark Melancon have been named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 8-14, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Lillibridge, from Everett, Wash., went 4-for-11 (.374) in three Husky wins last week (one over Portland and two over Pacific), with all four hits leaving the park for home runs. He hit one homer against Portland, a grand slam against Pacific in the first game and then two homers in Thursday's win over the Tigers. He finished the three games with eight runs batted in and seven runs scored, having walked once and been hit by a pitch three times. He also stole a base and fielded 21 errorless chances. Lillibridge is currently riding an 11-game hitting streak, longest of the year by a Husky hitter, and has yet to make an error all season as the UW's everyday starter at shortstop.

Melancon, from Golden, Colo., was perfect in Arizona's series victory over visiting Mississippi State last weekend. The right-hander pitched in all three games of the series, struck out seven of the 10 batters he faced and did not give up a hit or a walk to the Bulldogs in three innings of work. He earned his team-best third save of the year in Saturday's contest after entering the 7-3 game in the ninth inning with runners on first and second and no outs. He struck out the side to end the MSU scoring threat and the game.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Lillibridge, while it is the 45th such honor for Washington. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Melancon and the 30th selection all-time for Arizona.

2005 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 15 - Chris Errecart, CAL; Feb. 22 - Trevor Crowe, ARIZ; Mar. 1 - Travis Buck, ASU; Mar. 8 - Taylor Johnson, WASH; Mar. 15 - Brent Lillibridge, WASH.

2005 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 15 - Brant Rustich , UCLA; Feb. 22 - Anton Maxwell, OSU; Mar. 1 - Tim Lincecum, WASH; Mar. 8 - Mark Romanczuk, STAN; Mar. 15 - Mark Melancon, ARIZ.

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