This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

March 22, 2005

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After a long and successful non-conference campaign, this week marks the start of Conference play! Series between WASHINGTON STATE and CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA STATE and No. 23 USC, and WASHINGTON and No. 13 ARIZONA begin on Thursday, when the Cougars and Golden Bears face off at 2 p.m. in Berkeley. No. 18 OREGON STATE and No. 12 STANFORD continue non-conference play this week, while UCLA has the week off. The Beavers, atop the Pac-10 standings for the fourth straight week, have attained their highest ever ranking in Baseball America's poll at No. 18. Their previous high in Baseball America's rankings had been No. 21 on three occasions, the latest being April 6, 1987.

Tue., March 22
#18 OREGON STATE at Portland, 2 p.m.
#23 USC at Pepperdine, 2 p.m.

Thu., March 24
Pacific at #12 STANFORD, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.*
Dallas Baptist at #18 OREGON STATE, 4 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at #23 USC, 6 p.m.*
WASHINGTON at #13 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*

Fri., March 25
WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.*
Dallas Baptist at #18 OREGON STATE, 4 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at #23 USC, 6 p.m.*
Sacramento State at #12 STANFORD, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at #13 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*

Sat., March 26
WASHINGTON at #13 ARIZONA, Noon *
WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*
ARIZONA STATE at #23 USC, 1 p.m.*
Dallas Baptist at #18 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
#12 STANFORD at Sacramento State, 2 p.m.

Mon., March 28
Utah Valley State at WASHINGTON (DH), 3 p.m.
BYU at #18 OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.


Game times local to site

* Pacific-10 Conference Game

- Rankings from Baseball America

WASHINGTON STATE'S JAY MILLER
ARIZONA'S JOHN MELOAN
PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK

WASHINGTON STATE junior outfielder Jay Miller and ARIZONA junior right-handed pitcher John Meloan have been named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 15-21, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Miller, from Bellevue, Wash., went 11-for-16 (.688) in the Cougars' 3-1 series win over Utah Valley State last week, with three doubles, one triple and one home run. He totaled 6 RBI, 19 total bases, walked twice, and did not strikeout. Miller also recorded a 1.188 slugging percentage and stole 3-of-4 bases. He is batting .376 for the season, with a team-high 38 hits and a .471 on-base percentage, ninth best in the Pac-10.

Meloan, from Houston, Texas, pitched the Wildcats to a 1-0 shutout victory over defending national champion Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field in Southern California on Friday. The junior right-hander limited the No. 2-ranked Titans to just four hits over 7 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and four walks. The performance handed CSF ace Rickey Romero (5-1) his first loss of the year while improving Meloan to 4-0 on the season and pushing his winning streak when factoring in a decision to 14-0 dating back to last year.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Miller, while it is the 57th such honor for Washington State. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Meloan and the 31st selection all-time for Arizona.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: Travis Buck, ASU; Brennan Boesch, CAL; Ryan Gipson, OSU; Cyle Hankerd, USC.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Erik Averill, ASU; Joe Todoroff, CAL; Jonah Nickerson, OSU; Brett Bannister, USC; Tim Lincecum, WASH; James Freeman and Wayne Daman Jr., WSU.

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; Mar. 22 - Jay Miller, WSU.

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; Mar. 22 - John Meloan, ARIZ.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA junior OF Trevor Crowe has been a dynamic offensive force for the Wildcats. He leads the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.743), runs scored (35), doubles (15), triples (6), and total bases (84), and ranks in the Conference Top 10 in batting average (.398, 6th), on base percentage (.473, 8th), hits (45, 2nd), runs batted in (26, 7th), walks (17, 5th), stolen bases (10, t2nd), total plate appearances (131, 4th), and at bats (113, 2nd). In fact, the only major offensive category in which Crowe does not rank in the Pac-10 Top 10 is home runs - he has four of those, good for 11th place (tied) Conference-wide.

With the weekend sweep of Oklahoma, ARIZONA STATE has won 10 of its last 13 games... The Sun Devils head back on the road this weekend, opening Conferece play against USC at Dedeaux Field... ASU has played 15 of its last 21 games on the road and will play its first two conference series away from Packard Stadium... ASU has already played half of its games against ranked opponents (14 of 28) and 11 of its 12 losses have come against teams that have appeared in the national rankings this season... The Sun Devils' defense continues to improve and registered a .977 fielding percentage over the weekend... ASU was errorless in the field Sunday for the fourth time this season and raised the team fielding percentage from .950 to .954.

CALIFORNIA's nine-game winning streak from Feb. 13-Mar. 1 was the Bears' longest winning streak since 1998. During that streak, the Cal pitching staff had a team ERA of 2.93, including four saves by senior LHP Travis Talbott, a save by junior RHP Alex Trafton, a complete game with one walk and 10 strikeouts by senior right-hander Eric Dworkis and a 7-0 shutout of Saint Mary's... A key to Cal's success has been its bullpen. The Bears' four main relievers - Trafton, Talbott, senior RHP Matt Swanson and sophomore RHP Michael Cooper - have a combined 34 appearances in relief. In those 34 relief appearances, they are 8-1 with seven saves, and have only given up 10 earned runs in 68.3 innings for a 1.32 ERA.

OREGON STATE's team earned run average through March 20 is 2.26. The Beavers have allowed over 3 runs in a game - earned or unearned - only 5 times this spring. Opponents are batting just .193 against the Beavers, and a mere 6 of 31 inherited baserunners have scored against OSU relievers... In a series sweep of Sacramento State, junior OF Ryan Gipson batted .800 (4-for-5) with 4 runs, 3 walks, 1 hit by pitch, an on-base percentage of .875, was 2-for-3 on stolen bases, and played errorless defense.

STANFORD will have played just once in 18 days when it faces Pacific on Mar. 24. The Cardinal had a week off following its 2-1 series win over California March 5-6 - since then rainouts have prevented the team from the Farm from seeing the field... The lone exception was a 9-6 victory at Pacific on Mar. 20. Junior INF Jed Lowrie hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season in the game, while junior RHP Jeff Gilmore picked up the victory, finishing the game by pitching six scoreless innings.

UCLA had last week off and will not play this week either - the Bruins are on a 16-day spring break/finals induced hiatus. UCLA returns to action on Mar. 29 against Cal State Fullerton, looking to break a nine-game losing streak.

The USC Trojan pitching staff recorded shutouts on Mar. 19 and 20 against Stony Brook (10-0) and UC Irvine (5-0), the first back-to-back blankings since USC accomplished the feat on Feb. 6 and 8, 1988. Brett Bannister had a complete game shutout against Stony Brook, the first individual complete game shutout by a Trojan since Anthony Reyes did it on May 29, 2001, against Fresno State at the 2001 NCAA First-Round Regional... Head coach Mike Gillespie registered his 700th win for the Trojans on Feb. 13 in a 7-5 win against No. 17 Long Beach State at Dedeaux Field.

In Friday's 7-4 win at Cal Poly, WASHINGTON sophomore RHP Tim Lincecum won his fourth consecutive decision to improve to 4-2 on the season. In that win, he threw eight innings (tying his career-long outing), allowing only three hits (all singles), four runs (only two earned) and four walks while striking out nine. Over his last four starts, Lincecum has allowed only 10 hits and four earned runs in 28 innings of work, good for a 4-0 record and a 1.29 ERA over that span.

WASHINGTON STATE senior OF Keaeo Rubin set a school record with hits in nine consecutive trips to the plate Mar. 5-12. He also tied a school record set in 1992 with hits in 10 consecutive at bats, not counting walks. Rubin went 6-for-6 on Mar. 11, tying a school record for hits in a game set in 1907. He used hits over three-game span, including the 6-hit performance, to set and tie school records. Rubin had 11 hits with three doubles and five RBI in the three-game span.

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