This Week In Pac-10 Baseball
March 29, 2005
After the first week of Pac-10 play, CALIFORNIA emerged atop the Conference standings at 3-0, having swept WASHINGTON STATE in Berkeley. The Golden Bears will look to continue their success this weekend on the road at No. 18 OREGON STATE. Other intra-Conference clashes on the docket this week include No. 10 ARIZONA at UCLA, No. 12 STANFORD at Washington State, and USC at WASHINGTON. After capturing a 2-1 series win over USC last week, ARIZONA STATE returned to Baseball America's Top 25 at No. 24. The Sun Devils, left out of this week's Conference schedule, will host Wright State... Defending national champion and No. 2 ranked Cal State Fullerton pays a visit to UCLA, highlighting Tuesday's full slate of nonconference match-ups.
Tue., March 29
BYU at #18 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
Sacramento State at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
USC at Loyola Marymount, 2 p.m.
Utah Valley State at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.
#2 Cal State Fullerton at UCLA, 6 p.m.
Gonzaga at WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m.
Pacific at #12 STANFORD, 6 p.m.
Fri., April 1
CALIFORNIA at #18 OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.*
#12 STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m.*
USC at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.*
Wright State at #24 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
#10 ARIZONA at UCLA, 7 p.m.*
Sat., April 2
CALIFORNIA at #18 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.*
#12 STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m.*
USC at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.*
#10 ARIZONA at UCLA, 6 p.m.*
Wright State at #24 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
Sun., April 3
#12 STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon*
#10 ARIZONA at UCLA, 1 p.m.*
CALIFORNIA at #18 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.*
USC at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.*
Wright State at #24 ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.
Game times local to site
* Pacific-10 Conference Game
- Rankings from Baseball America
ARIZONA'S JORDAN BROWN NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ARIZONA STATE'S PAT BRESNEHAN NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK
ARIZONA junior first baseman Jordan Brown and ARIZONA STATE sophomore right-handed pitcher Pat Bresnehan have been named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 22-28, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.
Brown, from Vacaville, Calif., helped lead the Wildcats to a series victory over visiting Washington. Brown wrapped up the weekend with a .429 batting average (6-for-14), a team-best seven RBI and five runs scored. Four of his six hits in the series went for extra bases, including two doubles, a triple and his team-leading eighth home run of the season. In Friday's come-from-behind 6-5 victory, Brown forced the contest into extra innings, hitting a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to tie the game at 5-5 in the ninth inning. Teammate Jeff Van Houten ended the game with a walk-off HR in the 12th inning.
Bresnehan, from Sherborn, Mass., threw a complete-game four-hitter to help lead the Sun Devils to a 17-1 victory over USC on Mar. 25. A day after six ASU pitchers combined for nine walks and three hit batters, Bresnehan got ASU back on the winning track and helped save the bullpen with his first career complete game. He did not allow an earned run and scattered four singles to pick up his first victory in seven career starts. He struck out five and walked only two. For the season, Bresnehan is 2-2 and is second on the team with a 3.76 ERA.
The Player of the Week honor is the second for Brown, while it is the 44th such honor for Arizona. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Bresnehan and the 46th selection all-time for Arizona State.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Tuffy Gosewisch, ASU; Mike Van Winden, CAL; Jacoby Ellsbury, OSU; Michael Taylor, STAN; Kyle Larsen, WASH; Jim Murphy, WSU.
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Mark Melancon, ARIZ; Eric Dworkis, CAL; Dallas Buck, OSU; Matt Leva, STAN; Brandon McKerney, WASH; Dane Renkert, 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; Mar. 29 - Jordan Brown, ARIZ.
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; Mar. 29 - Pat Bresnehan, ASU.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tue., March 22
#18 OREGON STATE 7, Portland 5
Thu., March 24
#13 ARIZONA 13, WASHINGTON 6
CALIFORNIA 13, WASHINGTON STATE 2
Dallas Baptist 17, #18 OREGON STATE 7
#12 STANFORD 6, Pacific 1
#23 USC 9, ARIZONA STATE 8
Fri., March 25
#13 ARIZONA 6, WASHINGTON 5 (12 inn.)
ARIZONA STATE 17, #23 USC 1
CALIFORNIA 11, WASHINGTON STATE 4
#18 OREGON STATE 7, Dallas Baptist 2
#18 OREGON STATE 11, Dallas Baptist 3
Sacramento State 4, #12 STANFORD 3
Sat., March 26
ARIZONA STATE 2, #23 USC 1 (10 inn.)
CALIFORNIA 5, WASHINGTON STATE 4
#12 STANFORD 8, Sacramento State 2
WASHINGTON 16, #13 ARIZONA 8
Mon., March 28
WASHINGTON 3, Utah Valley State 1
WASHINGTON 11, Utah Valley State 1
ARIZONA sophomore RHP Mark Melancon picked up his first win of the year after tossing a career-high five innings in Arizona's 6-5, 12-inning victory over visiting Washington last Friday. The right-hander gave up just one run on two hits while stirking out six and walking only two. The career-long effort marked the seventh time in 16 appearances this season that Arizona's stopper has worked two or more innings... The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in batting average, hitting .335 as a team. They are also tops in the league in slugging percentage (.527) and on-base percentage (.416)... Arizona travels to UCLA this week. The all-time series between the Bruins and Wildcats couldn't get any tighter - Arizona leads 98-97-1.
ARIZONA STATE senior 1B/LF Jeff Larish hit a pair of home runs in the series victory over USC and now leads the NCAA with 12 home runs. With seven home runs in his last nine games, Larish now has 40 in his career to rank tied for fifth in the ASU career record books with Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99)... Junior OF Travis Buck cooled down a bit after opening the series going 3-for-5, but went 4-for-14 (.286) in the series with three doubles and five runs scored. Buck leads the team hitting .362 (50-for-138) with 13 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 22 RBI... Sophomore RHP Zechry Zinicola threw scoreless innings as a starter in Thursday's series opener, but was removed from the game after being hit in the ankle by a line drive... Zinicola came back to close out Saturday's 2-1 for his second save of the season and 10th of his career... the 10 career saves move him into a tie for eighth place in the ASU record books with Eric Doble (1999-2001).
CALIFORNIA's sweep of Washington State was the Bears' first conference sweep since May 10-12, 2002 when Cal won three-straight over Oregon State at Evans Diamond. In the series versus WSU, the Bears had a team batting average of .385 and a team ERA of 3.00. On the mound, senior LHP Travis Talbott continues to put up impressive numbers. Talbott won in relief Mar. 26 against WSU (2.7 innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, one strikeout) and is now 2-1 with a 0.81 ERA and five saves. He also leads the Bears with 14 appearances, has 18 strikeouts and five walks in 22.3 innings and opponents are batting .155 against him. Cal has won seven of its last eight games after earlier winning nine straight games Feb. 13-Mar. 1.
When OREGON STATE junior OF Jacoby Ellsbury stole a pair of bases in the final game of a series against Dallas Baptist on March 25, it gave him 47 for his career and moved him into sole possession of third place on the Beavers' all-time list of career leaders. The man he passed? Steve Lyons, now a broadcaster for Fox Sports, who stole 46 bases for OSU from 1979-81... Oregon State went into its March 24-25 series against Dallas Baptist with a team earned run average of 2.30. After giving up 17 runs - all earned - in a series-opening loss, that figure went up to 3.02. The next day, the Beavers didn't allow an earned run in sweeping a doubleheader and the number dropped back to 2.75
STANFORD freshman OF Michael Taylor hit .600 (6-10) with a pair of doubles, an RBI and four runs scored against Pacific and Sacramento State last week. He also posted an .800 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage, walking twice. The highly heralded freshman has his batting average up to a season-high .272 thanks to multiple-hit games in four of his last seven contests. He has played in all 22 of Stanford's games with 21 starts... Stanford will open Pac-10 action with a three-game series at Washington State this Friday-Sunday... The Cardinal has won four of its last six league openers since the Pac-10 North and South Divisions merged in 1999... Stanford has won nine consecutive league-opening series since UCLA took two-of-three from the Cardinal in Los Angeles to open the 1996 conference slate (February 23-25).
UCLA Head Coach John Savage is just five wins away from notching career head coaching win No. 100. Savage entered the season with 88 career wins and is now at 95... Having not played since a March 13 loss to Texas A&M, UCLA will throw its 2005 season back into gear Tuesday evening as the Bruins host the defending national champions, Cal State Fullerton at 6 p.m. Ranked No. 2 in the country, Fullerton stands at 17-6 while UCLA sits with a 7-13 overall mark... UCLA freshman LHP Brendan Lafferty will make his first career start on Tuesday evening. The Riverside, California native has appeared six times for the Bruins out of the bullpen this season, including a season best 3.1 inning outing against Cal State Fullerton during a 14-4 loss on March 6.
USC sophomore outfielder Cyle Hankerd is batting a team-high .390 (30-for-77) this season with 19 RBI. Hankerd earned most valuable player honors at the 2005 OCYSF-UC Irvine Tournament (March 18-20) after going 7-for-11 (.636) with two doubles and six RBI. On March 18 vs. Nevada, he went 3-for-4 with two RBI and 2-for-3 with three RBI on March 20 against UC Irvine. He hit a bases-loaded triple on Feb. 13 in a 2-for-4 performance against No. 17 Long Beach State and 3-for-5 with a double, triple and three RBI on March 1 against UC Riverside... USC leads Washington, this week's Pac-10 opponent, by a 25-10 margin in the all-time series, but the Huskies have won eight of the last 11 games.
In his first career start on Mar. 28 versus Utah Valley State, WASHINGTON freshman RHP Brandon McKerney faced only one batter over the minimum in his six innings of work. In those six innings, the only baserunner he allowed reached on a single. He didn't walk a man or allow another runner to reach base, and struck out five for his second win of the season... In five games last week senior 1B Kyle Larsen went 7-for-18 (.389) at the plate. He hit three doubles and two home runs while scoring eight runs and driving in eight. He also walked five times and was hit by a pitch twice, good for a slugging percentage of .889 and on-base average of .560... The Huskies' home record stands at a perfect 9-0. Washington has won 12 straight home games dating back to last season
WASHINGTON STATE freshman 3B Jim Murphy hit .385 against California, taking over WSU's team batting title with a .371 overall batting average. He went 5-for-13 for the weekend, including two doubles, scoring a pair of runs, while driving home two Cougars. The Kirkland, Wash. native had a 3-for-5 performance Sunday, with one double and two RBI. He is second on the team with five long balls and leads the Cougs .677 overall slugging percentage, driving home 15 runs this season. The first baseman has commited only one error, while making 157 put outs and six assists... Senior RHP Dane Renkert made two relief appearances against California, throwing 6.0 innings of work. He allowed nine hits and three runs, all earned, in the series, while striking out six Bears. He has a 4.55 overall ERA.