This Week in Pac-10 Baseball
April 5, 2005
OREGON STATE continues its unprecedented ascent in Baseball America's Top-25 poll. Winners of seven straight, the Pac-10 co-leaders find themselves at No. 16 in this week's poll, having never been ranked higher than No. 21 prior to this season. At 3-0 in Conference play, the Beavers share the top slot with No. 10 STANFORD, who they'll face this weekend down on The Farm... The Pac-10's desert schools will travel to cooler climes this week, as No. 6 ARIZONA visits WASHINGTON STATE and No. 24 ARIZONA STATE travels to CALIFORNIA. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, cross-town rivals UCLA and USC will battle for bragging rights. WASHINGTON, this week's odd-team out of the Pac-10 rotation, will travel to UC Riverside for a three-game set... Tuesday's non-conference docket is highlighted by No. 21 Long Beach State, who'll host SoCal rival UCLA.
This Week's Schedule
Tues., April 5
CALIFORNIA at Nevada, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Gonzaga, 3 p.m
Santa Clara at #10 STANFORD, 6 p.m.
UCLA at #21 Long Beach State, 6:30 p.m.
Portland at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.
Pepperdine at USC, 7 p.m.
Fri., April 8
#24 ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.*
#6 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m.*
#16 OREGON STATE at #10 STANFORD, 6 p.m.*
UCLA at USC, 7 p.m.*
WASHINGTON at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
Sat., April 9
#24 ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*
#16 OREGON STATE at #10 STANFORD, 1 p.m.*
UCLA at USC, 2 p.m.*
#6 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 3 p.m.*
WASHINGTON at UC Riverside, 6 p.m.
Sun., April 10
#6 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon*
#24 ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*
#16 OREGON STATE at #10 STANFORD, 1 p.m.*
UCLA at USC, 1 p.m.*
WASHINGTON at UC Riverside, 1 p.m.
Game times local to site
* Pacific-10 Conference Game
- Rankings from Baseball America
STANFORD'S JED LOWRIE, ARIZONA'S KEVIN GUYETTE: PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK
STANFORD junior infielder Jed Lowrie and ARIZONA junior right-handed pitcher Kevin Guyette have been named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 29-April 4, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Lowrie, from Salem, Ore., got untracked to lead Stanford to a three-game sweep in its Pac-10 opening series at Washington State last Friday-Sunday. The junior hit .500 (5-of-10) with a double, two homers, eight RBI, seven runs scored, three walks, three sacrifice flies, and a 1.200 slugging percentage against the Cougars. Lowrie highlighted his week with the third two-homer game of his career in an 11-4 win over the Cougars on Apr. 2. In addition, he fielded all 20 of his defensive chances successfully and took part in all five of Stanford's double plays. For the season, Lowrie is hitting .337 with 10 homers and 38 RBI, while adding a .714 slugging percentage. He has made just one error in 115 defensive chances for a .991 fielding percentage.
Guyette, from Phoenix, Ariz., tossed a complete game one-hitter in an 11-0 shutout win over UCLA in Los Angeles on Apr. 2. The right-hander needed just 100 pitches to finish off the Bruins as he struck out 11 and walked two on the night. A second-inning single by UCLA's Tommy Lansdon was the lone hit for the Bruins, as Guyette retired the final 11 batters he faced in the game and did not allow a runner past first after the second inning. The one-hitter was the first complete game victory for Guyette in three tries at Arizona and marked the first complete game shutout for an Arizona pitcher since Sean Rierson blanked UC Irvine 6-0 on Feb. 15, 2003. The Wildcats took all three games in the series with UCLA, their first conference road sweep since 1999.
The Player of the Week honor is the first for Lowrie, while it is the 58th such honor for Stanford. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Guyette and the 32nd 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; Mar. 22 - Jay Miller, WSU; Mar. 29 - Jordan Brown, ARIZ; Apr. 5 - Jed Lowrie, STAN.
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; Apr. 5 - Kevin Guyette, ARIZ.
Last Week's Results
Tue., March 29
#2 Cal State Fullerton 7, UCLA 6
CALIFORNIA 7, Sacramento State 5
Gonzaga 14, WASHINGTON STATE 12 (10 inn.)
#18 OREGON STATE 12, BYU 5
#18 OREGON STATE 11, BYU 6
Pacific 2, #12 STANFORD 0 (10 inn.)
USC 12, Loyola Marymount 4
WASHINGTON 6, Utah Valley State 5
Fri., April 1
#10 ARIZONA 8, UCLA 4
#24 ARIZONA STATE 13, Wright State 1
#18 OREGON STATE 11, CALIFORNIA 1
#12 STANFORD 14, WASHINGTON STATE 5
USC 2, WASHINGTON 1
Sat., April 2
#10 ARIZONA 11, UCLA 0
#24 ARIZONA STATE 11, Wright State 3
#18 OREGON STATE 5, CALIFORNIA 2
#12 STANFORD 11, WASHINGTON STATE 4
USC 5, WASHINGTON 1
Sun., April 3
#10 ARIZONA 12, UCLA 0
#24 ARIZONA STATE 14, Wright State 1
#18 OREGON STATE 4, CALIFORNIA 2
#12 STANFORD 8, WASHINGTON STATE 6
Mon. April 4
WASHINGTON 7, USC 3
ARIZONA freshman Eric Berger impressed in relief during the Wildcats' 12-2 win at UCLA on April 3. The southpaw retired the first 12 straight hitters he faced in relief of starter David Coulon, did not give up a hit and was just an eighth inning walk and a wild pitch on a third strike in the ninth shy of tossing a perfect final 5 2/3 innings the game. In 10 relief appearances this season Berger is 3-0 with a 1.31 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings... Sophomore Jason Donald was hit by his Pac-10 leading 14th pitch of the year. He is just one shy of equaling Kenny Corley's Arizona single season record of 15... Arizona batted .357 as a team with 10 doubles and three home runs in the series with UCLA, while the pitching staff posted a 3-0 record with a 2.00 ERA and 26 strikeouts against just nine walks in 27 innings pitched.
ARIZONA STATE redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna extended his hitting streak to a career-high six games and is hitting .500 (11-for-22) during the streak... Sophomore Seth Dhaenens hit .750 (6-for-8) in the series against Wright State and has recorded a hit in five of the last six games. Dhaenens has raised his batting average from .071 to .340 by going 15-for-34 (.441) over his last 13 games (9 starts). During ASU's five-game winning streak Dhaenens is hitting .643 (9-for-14)... Senior 1B/OF Jeff Larish gained sole possession of fifth place in the ASU career record books with his 41st career home run. His 204 RBI also moved him up to fifth place all-time, passing Antone Williamson (203, 1992-94). Larish is hitting .316 (42-for-133) on the season with 23 extra base hits (.692 SLG%), 36 RBI and 27 walks. The Sun Devils swept Wright State to extend their season-high winning streak to five games. After starting the season 6-9, ASU has won 15 of its last 19 games to improve to 21-13 overall. ASU has played 19 of its 24 games against teams that have appeared in the national polls at some point this season.
CALIFORNIA sophomore OF Brennan Boesch continues to be Cal's hottest hitter, sporting a .413 average (50-for-121) with 10 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 23 RBI. Boesch also owns a team-best .669 slugging percentage (8th, Pac-10), a .478 on-base percentage (6th), and 81 total bases (4th). His six homers are tied for fifth most in the Conference, and his 50 hits are sixth most league-wide. He has at least one hit in 27 of 32 games this season and has 13 multiple hit games. In Cal's first victory this season, Boesch was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and scored the winning run in the Bears' Feb. 5 extra-inning win over UC Irvine. Last season in his first collegiate at-bat, Boesch hit a two-run homer versus BYU, and went on to hit another two-run homer later in the game against the Cougars.
OREGON STATE's starting rotation of Dallas Buck, Anton Maxwell and Jonah Nickerson have combined for a record of 17-0 with a 1.93 earned run average; in 24 starts, the trio is averaging 6.0 innings, 4.2 hits, 1.7 walks and 6.4 strikeouts per start... In five games against Brigham Young and California, Jacoby Ellsbury batted .545 (12-for-22) with one double, one homer, four RBIs, five runs scored, three stolen bases, four walks, two hit-by-pitch, a slugging percentage of .727, and an on-base percentage of .643. On March 29 against Brigham Young, he led off the first inning with a home run, helping OSU to a 3-run inning that erased an early 1-0 deficit. On April 3 against California, he led off the game with a walk, stolen second base and took third on an error on the play, then scored on a sacrifice fly to start OSU on its way to a sweep in its first conference series of the season.
STANFORD's Blake Holler pitched 6.1 scoreless innings while appearing in three of the team's four games out of the bullpen last week, striking out eight batters. He picked up the victory with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to finish the game in Stanford's 8-6 victory at Washington State on Apr. 3 to complete a three-game Cardinal sweep. For the season, he is 5-0 with a 2.33 ERA and has 26 strikeouts in 27.0 innings over a team-high 10 appearances as opponents are hitting just .212 against him. He also has an excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio with just eight bases on balls... Stanford has won 23 straight games against Washington State after sweeping last week's series with the Cougars. The last Washington State victory over the Cardinal was a 6-3 win at the UC Riverside Invitational Tournament, back on March 28, 1978. The teams played just twice after that date until the Pac-10 North and South Divisions merged in 1999, with Stanford winning all 21 meetings since.
UCLA All-America candidate Hector Ambriz has lived up to his billing so far this season. The sophomore, one of several players added to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List in March, is leading UCLA on the mound and at the plate. Ambriz is batting .355 with 27 hits and has posted an equally impressive 2.88 ERA through seven starts. He is averaging six innings per start while also contributing six multi-hit games at the plate. His .473 on-base percentage also tops the squad... UCLA travels for a midweek non-conference matchup with Long Beach State Tuesday before heading down the road to arch rival USC for a three-game Pac-10 series this weekend. Since 1975, UCLA is 35-24 against the Dirtbags but Long Beach State has taken four of the last six contests since 2002. In 2004, the teams split a pair of games with UCLA claiming victory by a score of 11-1 at home on April 13 and Long Beach State returning the favor 2-1 at Blair Field on April 27.
USC has won eight of its last 11 games... Junior C Jeff Clement has a 11-game hitting streak going. He is 19-for-37 (.514) with six doubles, eight RBI, two HR and 12 walks during the streak... Junior RHP Ian Kennedy struck out a career-high 13 batters in the Trojans 2-1 win over Washington on Friday. He allowed just one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work with two walks to earn the victory. Kennedy allowed a double and single in the Washington second and proceeded to strike out the next six straight batters en route to surpassing his previous best of 11 strikeouts set last year on Feb. 20 against Louisville... Jack Spradlin threw his first complete game on Apr. 2 against Washington, in which each member of the Husky lineup recorded just one hit each (nine hits total).
After opening the 2005 season with 11 straight games away from home, WASHINGTON's return to the new FieldTurf surface at Husky Ballpark was evidently very comforting. The Huskies won all seven games of the first homestand of the season, beating St. Martin's 10-1, sweeping a three-game series from UC Santa Barbara (6-1, 6-5, 17-4), beating Portland 8-1 and closing with two wins over Pacific, 15-2 and 19-12. The Huskies then got their second seven-game homestand off to a good start with three wins over Utah Valley State, running their home record to 10-0 on the year. While the Huskies lost two of three at home to USC last weekend, they're still 11-2 at home so far. In those 13 games, the Huskies have batted .333 with 35 doubles and 25 home runs. By contrast, the Dawgs allowed opponents to hit only .202 with eight doubles and 14 homers. The UW pitching staff compiled a 3.08 team earned run average over the 13 games while opponents pitched at an 7.93 rate. Finally, the UW has made only five errors in 13 games on the new surface, good for a .990 fielding percentage.
WASHINGTON STATE senior C Brady Everett is currently riding a 18-game hitting streak and ranks third among Cougar regulars with a .336 overall batting average. The school record for most consecutive games with a hit belongs to Shawn Stevenson, who ended the 1997 season with hits in his last 18 games, then hit safely in the first 10 games of the 1998 season. Prior to Stevenson, the record was held by John Olerud with a mark of 22 games during the 1988 season, in which he was voted Baseball America's player of the year. Everett leads the team in several categories including home runs (8), RBI (39), runs scored (31), total bases (68) and is second with 181 putouts. Over his 18-game streak, the catcher is hitting .377, with 23 hits including two doubles and five home runs, while driving home 21 runners for a .656 slugging percentage. He leads WSU with 12 multiple RBI games with the next closest Cougar recording six.
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