This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

April 12, 2005

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ARIZONA moves to the top of the Pac-10 standings with last week's sweep of WASHINGTON STATE. This week, the No. 6 Wildcats will host OREGON STATE, which rose to No. 11 in Baseball America's Top-25 after handing STANFORD its first home series loss since 2003. The No. 14 Cardinal will travel to the desert, facing ARIZONA STATE in a three-game set. CALIFORNIA travels to WASHINGTON in the only other Pac-10 series this week. UCLA, No. 25 USC and Washington State all have the week off from Conference play, but will be busy taking on non-conference foes. The Trojans will host No. 2 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday before traveling to face UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. The Bruins will then host UC Santa Barbara for one game, and travel to Santa Barbara from two more. Washington State faces eastern Washington rival Gonzaga in its only game of the week.


Tue., April 12

CALIFORNIA at Sacramento State, 2 p.m.
UCLA at Loyola Marymount, 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Gonzaga, 3 p.m.
San Francisco at #14 STANFORD, 6 p.m.
#2 Cal State Fullerton at #25 USC, 7 p.m.

Wed., April 13

#25 USC at UC Santa Barbara, 2 p.m.

Fri., April 15

UC Santa Barbara at UCLA, 6 p.m.
#14 STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.*
#11 OREGON STATE at #6 ARIZONA, 7 p.m. *

Sat., April 16

UCLA at UC Santa Barbara, 1 p.m.
#14 STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.*
#11 OREGON STATE at #6 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.*

Sun., April 17

#11 OREGON STATE at #6 ARIZONA, Noon *
UCLA at UC Santa Barbara, 1 p.m.

Game times local to site

* Pacific-10 Conference Game

- Rankings from Baseball America


OREGON STATE junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and USC sophomore right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy have been named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 5-11, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Ellsbury, from Madras, Ore., helped Oregon State hand Stanford its first home series loss since 2003, extending his hitting streak to 13 games in the process. Ellsbury batted .583 (7-for-12) with one homer, two doubles, six RBI, three runs and a stolen base for a 1.000 slugging percentage in the series. He also had three walks and one hit by pitch for a .688 on-base percentage. Ellsbury singled home the tying and winning runs with two out in the eighth inning as OSU rallied from a 7-5 deficit to a 9-7 win in the opening game on Apr. 9, giving him 4 RBI in the game. He then homered as the Beavers came back from a 9-2 deficit to win the second game of the doubleheader 11-10. For the series, Ellsbury had 15 putouts and played errorless defense. On the season Ellsbury leads the Pac-10 in batting average (.461), on base percentage (.549) and stolen bases (17). He has also recorded 59 hits (2nd, Pac-10), five homers, two triples (t9th), 12 doubles (t4th), and 30 RBI on the year.

Kennedy, from Huntington Beach, Calif., threw his first career complete game and struck out a career-high 15 batters in Saturday's 9-0 shutout against UCLA. He allowed just three hits and walked two batters. He opened the game with four straight strikeouts and finished the game by striking out five of the last six batters he faced. Kennedy is 3-0 during Pac-10 play with a 2.08 ERA in 21 and two-thirds innings pitched, having allowed just five runs on 14 hits, while striking out 37 opposing batters and allowing just eight walks. For the season, Kennedy has a 2.96 ERA (7th, Pac-10) with 77 strikeouts (2nd), and opposing batters are hitting just .190 against him (3rd). For 40 of Kennedy's 77 strikeouts, the batter was struck out looking - a tally in which he leads the Conference by 14.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Ellsbury, while it is the 49th such honor for Oregon State. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Kennedy and the 55th selection all-time for USC.

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; Apr. 12 - Jacoby Ellsbury, OSU.

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; Apr. 12 - Ian Kennedy, USC.


Tues., April 5

CALIFORNIA 11, Nevada 8
#21 Long Beach State 2, UCLA 1
#10 STANFORD 7, Santa Clara 6
USC 4, Pepperdine 3
WASHINGTON 18, Portland 7

Fri., April 8

USC 11, UCLA 1
WASHINGTON 9, UC Riverside 0

Sat., April 9

WASHINGTON 19, UC Riverside 3

Sun., April 10

UC Riverside 14, WASHINGTON 1


ARIZONA earned its second straight Pac-10 road series sweep last weekend. At 8-1, the Wildcats are off to their best Conference start ever... Junior OF Trevor Crowe hit .643 in UA's three wins over Washington State in Pullman. Crowe finished the series 9 for 14 with two doubles, a triple, four RBI, two stolen bases and a team-best six runs scored. He posted a .929 slugging percentage, a .706 on-base percentage and missed out on hitting for the cycle by just a home run on April 8, as he finished 4 for 5 with a single, two doubles and triple. He drove in three runs and scored twice in the contest. Junior RHP John Meloan won his 16th straight decision in Arizona's 13-0 victory over WSU on April 8. He improved to 6-0 on the year after holding WSU scoreless on just four hits over eight innings of work. He struck out seven, walked three and stranded three Cougar runners in scoring position to help Arizona post its fifth shutout victory of the year.

ARIZONA STATE sophomore 2B Seth Dhaenens was 5-for-11 (.455) with two runs scored, one double and two RBI in the series at Cal. He recorded at least one hit in all three games to extend his hitting streak to a career-high six games. During the hitting streak Dhaenens is hitting .579 (11-for-19) with six runs and six RBI. Dhaenens is hitting .455 (20-for-44) over the last 15 games to raise his season batting average from .071 to .362. Overall, Dhaenens leads the team in hitting at .362 (21-for-58) with 14 runs, three doubles and 16 RBI... ASU has played its first two Conference series on the road (at Cal and USC). After starting the season 6-9, the Sun Devils have won 16 of their last 22 games and six of their last eight... Senior 1B Jeff Larish hit .364 (4-for-11) against the Golden Bears with two doubles and two runs scored... Larish is hitting .319 (46-for-144) on the season with 13 home runs, 37 RBI and a .681 slugging percentage... Junior starting pitcher Erik Averill gave up two runs and six hits in 5.2 innings in Sunday's 4-3 loss to California. He struck out four and left the game in position to gain his seventh win of the season with a 3-2 lead at his back... Averill leads the ASU pitching staff at 6-2 with a 3.05 ERA and has recorded 56 strikeouts and 12 walks.

CALIFORNIA senior 3B Matt Einspahr went 5-for-14 (.357) last week, with a double and six RBI . He had a key three-run double in the Bears' 11-8 come-from-behind win at Nevada April 5, and knocked in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth in Cal's come-from-behind 4-3 win over Arizona State April 10. Einspahr leads the Bears with 27 RBI after entering the season with only 18 career RBI. He is hitting .414 against Pac-10 opponents and is hitting .348 (16-for-46) with runners in scoring position... Junior RHP Adam Gold was solid in the 7-3 win over Arizona State April 9, pitching a season-high 7.3 innings with eight hits, three runs, two walks and four strikeouts to improve his record to 5-3. He now leads the Bears in victories with five and has a team-high 47 strikeouts in 55.7 innings... Cal is currently 23-13 in 2005 after only winning 25 games last season. The Bears are hitting .327 as a team against Pac-10 competition.

When OREGON STATE took two of three games at Stanford, it ended the Cardinal's streak of home series wins at 14 straight over three seasons. It was OSU's first series win at Stanford since sweeping a two-gamer in 1970; however, the teams had only played four series at Sunken Diamond in the intervening 34 seasons... Sophomore LHP Kevin Gunderson pitched in both wins at Stanford, including picking up the win by pitching the final three innings in the 11-10 victory in the second game. In his two appearances, Gunderson pitched a total of 4.1 innings and allowed no runs on one hit and two walks while striking out six. For the season, Gunderson has a 2-1 record with 7 saves and a 2.29 ERA: opponents are batting .185 against him... Another Beaver who had a big weekend at Stanford was Geoff Wagner. Against the Cardinal Wagner was 4-for-10 with a home run, and he singled home the tying runs with two out in the seventh inning of the series' second game as OSU rallied from a 9-2 deficit to an 11-10 win.

STANFORD's 4-3 victory over OSU on April 10 helped the Cardinal avoid its first sweep at Sunken Diamond since Arizona State won three straight on The Farm from April 11-13, 1997, a span that has now been extended to 59 consecutive home series. However, Stanford had its regular season home series win streak snapped at 14 and its Pac-10 home series win streak broken at five by dropping two-of-three to Oregon State... Jim Rapoport hit safely in all three games against OSU, extending his career-high hit streak to nine games, the longest by a Stanford player this season. Matt Manship recorded his 13th career save on April 10 against OSU to move into a tie for sixth on Stanford's all-time list. He has not allowed a run in 11.1 innings over nine relief appearances this season... Stanford is now 13-1 in games in which the Cardinal scores in the first inning and 13-3 when Stanford scores first.

UCLA faces UCSB in a three-game home-away-away series this weekend. The Gauchos will travel to Westwood and play game one against the Bruins Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium before the two teams turn around and play Saturday and Sunday's contests in Santa Barbara. The Bruins lead the all-time series against UCSB 37-29 with UCLA taking the only game between the two schools in 2004 by a score of 3-2. In that game, Bruin catcher Chris Denove launched a game-winning walk off home run on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the twelfth inning to propel the Bruins to victory.

After a weekend sweep of the cross-town Bruins, USC has won 12 of its last 15 games. By blanking UCLA in the last two games of the series, the Trojans recorded back-to-back shutouts for the second time this season, making 2005 first season USC has done that since 1971... Jack Spradlin has allowed just four runs in his last four games (exactly one run in each start) for a total of 30 2/3 innings (1.17 ERA) with seven walks and 21 strikeouts... Ian Kennedy is 3-0 during Pac-10 play with a 2.08 ERA and 37 strikeouts. Kennedy registered a career-high 13 K's on April 1 at Washington only to top it on April 9 against UCLA with his first complete complete game shutout and a career-high 15 K's. That gives him 28 K's against just four walks and only one run in his last two starts... Jeff Clement has a 15-game hitting streak (.442, 23-for-52) and has averaged a walk during each game of the streak... Freshman Anthony Encinas registered victories in both appearances last week (April 5 vs. Pepperdine and April 10 vs. UCLA), throwing a combined 7 1/3 scoreless innings and allowing just four hits.

In four games last week, WASHINGTON senior 3B Nick Batkoski went 10-for-14 (.714) at the plate with eight runs scored and seven runs batted in. He had three doubles and a home run and slugged a whopping 1.143. He also had two walks and was hit by a pitch, good for a .722 on-base average. In the win over Portland, he was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a homer... In the Huskies' 9-0 win at UC Riverside on April 8, sophomore RHP Tim Lincecum combined to shut the Highlanders out, throwing seven scoreless innings for the victory. In his seven innings, he allowed four hits. He walked seven, but also struck out seven... Washington hosts California this weekend. The Bears lead the all-time series 25-19. Last season, however, the Huskies took two of three from the Bears in Berkeley, en route to a second-place Pac-10 finish.

WASHINGTON STATE freshman Jim Murphy was named the first baseman on Baseball America's Midseason All-American Freshman Team. Murphy has led Cougar regulars in hitting for the last three weeks and is currently hitting .383 for the season and .342 during Pac-10 play. He is ranked on several Pac-10 individual batting categories including; batting average (6th, .383), slugging percentage (7th, .638), on base percentage (8th, .468) and home runs (t-8th, six)... The Miller brothers, Jay and Jeff, combined for five of WSU's 22 hits and seven of its 13 RBI against No. 6 Arizona last weekend. Jay, the elder Miller, leads WSU with 49 hits and is second on the team in batting average, hitting .350. Jeff is hitting .279 this season with 36 hits, and is second on the team with 31 RBI. Jay has plated 23 runners this year. The duo from Bellevue, Wash., account for 85 of WSU's 381 hits, 47 of its' 253 runs, 13 of its 70 doubles, two of its eight triples, four of its 23 home runs and 54 of its 231 RBI.

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