This Week In Pac-10 Baseball
May 3, 2005
OREGON STATE, which started the season unranked in all the major polls, attained its highest ranking ever and became the first Pac-10 team to crack Baseball America's Top-5, checking in at No. 4 in the latest poll. The Beavers, whose previous rankings high had been No. 5 in the Mar. 29, 1963 edition of Collegiate Baseball, join some teams more used to the view from the top - No. 1 Cal State Fullerton, No. 2 Tulane and No. 3 Texas have each maintained a spot in the Top-4 in every Baseball America poll published in 2005. Despite its lofty national ranking, OSU remains a game back of Conference leader ARIZONA, which is ranked ninth for the second week in a row. Oregon State will travel to UCLA this week, while Arizona hosts Utah Valley State. No. 24 STANFORD travels to CALIFORNIA for this season's Battle by the Bay, while Sacramento State pays a visit to WASHINGTON STATE. No. 18 ARIZONA STATE faces Utah Valley State on May 4 before taking the weekend off. No. 25 USC hosts Cal State Northridge May 7. WASHINGTON is off this week.
Tue., May 3
STANFORD at Nevada, 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at San Francisco, 2:30 p.m.
Portland at OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.
San Diego at UCLA, 6 p.m.
Wed., May 4
Utah Valley State at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
Fri., May 6
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.*
OREGON STATE at UCLA, 7 p.m.*
Utah Valley State at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Sat., May 7
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*
Cal State Northridge at #25 USC, 2:30 p.m.
OREGON STATE at UCLA, 6 p.m.*
Sacramento State at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.
Utah Valley State at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Sun., May 8
Utah Valley State at ARIZONA, Noon
OREGON STATE at UCLA, 1 p.m.*
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*
Sacramento State at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.
Mon., May 9
Sacramento State at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon
Game times local to site
* Pacific-10 Conference Game
- Rankings from Baseball America
WASHINGTON'S CURT RINDAL NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
USC'S IAN KENNEDY NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK
WASHINGTON sophomore designated hitter Curt Rindal has been named Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and USC sophomore Ian Kennedy has been named Pitcher of the Week for April 26-May 2, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.
Rindal, from Mount Vernon, Wash., went 8-for-15 (.533) with five runs, 12 runs batted in, two doubles and three home runs in the Huskies' three-game sweep at Washington State. In the UW's 14-2 win on May 1, Rindal hit two homers, scored three runs and drove in four. He came into the weekend series with only 13 RBI all season and nearly doubled that total with 12 in the three games. Rindal did, in fact, more than double his home run total, pushing it from two to five.
Kennedy, from Huntington Beach, Calif., struck out 14 batters in eight scoreless innings of work in the Trojans' 13-0 shutout at Arizona on April 29. The right-hander allowed just three hits and three walks against a team that was batting .328 entering the contest. In doing so, Kenedy helped theTrojans hand Arizona pitcher John Meloan his first loss as a starter in two years. On the season, Kennedy is now 8-1 with a 2.53 ERA, having recorded a Conference-leading 108 strikeouts while issuing just 28 walks in 74 and two-thirds innings pitched. He is now 5-0 with a 1.72 ERA in Pac-10 games with 11 walks and 58 strikeouts, and has registered double digits in strikeouts in four of his last five starts.
The Player of the Week honor is the first of Rindal's career, while it is the 46th such honor for Washington. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the second for Kennedy and the 56th 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; Apr. 19 - Travis Buck, ASU; Apr. 26 - Andy Jenkins, OSU; May 3 - Curt Rindal, 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; Mar. 22 - John Meloan, ARIZ; Mar. 29 - Pat Bresnehan, ASU; Apr. 5 - Kevin Guyette, ARIZ; Apr. 12 - Ian Kennedy, USC; Apr. 19 - Tim Lincecum, WASH; Apr. 26 - Eric Dworkis, CAL; May 3 - Ian Kennedy, USC.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Tue., April 26
CALIFORNIA 6, UC Davis 5
Loyola Marymount 5, #22 USC 3
Santa Clara 7, #20 STANFORD 5
UCLA 3, UC Irvine 1
Wed., April 27
Lewis-Clark State 6, WASHINGTON STATE 5
Fri., April 29
CALIFORNIA 7, UCLA 1
#6 OREGON STATE 6, #17 ARIZONA STATE 5
#22 USC 13, #9 ARIZONA 0
WASHINGTON 17, WASHINGTON STATE 5
Sat., April 30
#17 ARIZONA STATE 3, #6 OREGON STATE 1
#9 ARIZONA 7, #22 USC 2
CALIFORNIA 6, UCLA 4
WASHINGTON 13, WASHINGTON STATE 5
Sun., May 1
#9 ARIZONA 18, #22 USC 4
#6 OREGON STATE 5, #17 ARIZONA STATE 1
UCLA 4, CALIFORNIA 2
WASHINGTON 14, WASHINGTON STATE 2
Mon., May 2
#20 STANFORD 8, UC Davis 0
ARIZONA junior OF Trevor Crowe paced the Wildcats to a 2-1 series victory over USC in Tucson last weekend. The third-year starter batted .417 (5-for-12) with a double, two home runs, two RBI, four runs scored and two walks (one intentional). He slugged a team-best 1.000 for the weekend and posted a .533 on-base percentage in the three games. In the rubber game of the series on May 1, Crowe hit his fourth lead-off home run of the season in the first and hit another solo shot, his ninth of the year, to start Arizona's 13-run third inning. Crowe's two home runs in the contest marked the third multi-homer game for the junior this season. He finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored... Now 12-3 in Conference games, the Wildcats have matched their Pac-10 win total from last season (12-12). Despite finishing fifth in the Conference in 2004, the Wildcats were the only Pac-10 team to reach the College World Series last year.
ARIZONA STATE junior OF Travis Buck continued his recent success at the plate going 5-for-13 (.385) in the three-game series against the Beavers. He has now recorded a hit in 10 straight games with nine of those contests featuring multi-hit performances. During the 10-game hitting streak Buck is hitting .523 (23-for-44) with 12 runs scored and 10 RBI... Senior 1B Jeff Larish went 5-for-11 (.455) with a home run and three RBI in ASU's series loss at No. 6 Oregon State. His two-run home run off Kevin Gunderson was his Pac-10 leading 16th of the season and the 44th of his career to move into a fourth place tie with Dan Rumsey in the ASU record books... Junior LHP Brett Bordes allowed only one hit in 3.2 scoreless innings against Oregon State and over his last 17 appearances out of the bullpen has given up only six runs in 27.1 innings pitched for a 1.98 ERA... Of ASU's 17 losses this year, 14 have come against teams that have been ranked at some point this season. Overall, the Sun Devils have played 25 of their 46 games against teams that have been ranked during the 2005 season. Despite the series loss to the Beavers, ASU has still won 23 of its last 31 games and 13 of the last 17.
CALIFORNIA sophomore OF Brennan Boesch is on both the Golden Spikes and Brooks Wallace Award list for the Collegiate National Player of the Year. Boesch is on the Pac-10 Top 10 list in seven different offensive categories: batting average (.380, 5th), doubles (16, 4th), total bases (111, 5th), slugging percentage (.603, 10th), hits (70, 4th), on-base percentage (.452, 10th), home runs (seven, t9th)... Senior right-hander Eric Dworkis leads the Pac-10 in innings pitched with 88.0, while senior right-hander Matt Swanson is first in the Pac-10 with 26 appearances... Junior OF Allen Craig finished last week 8-for-18 (.444) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI against UC Davis and UCLA. He was 6-for-15 (.400) versus the Bruins with two doubles, a homer and four RBI. Craig is currently on a five-game hitting streak and has raised his batting average from .248 to .296 in the last two weeks... Junior RHP Adam Gold pitched six innings with four hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts in Cal's 7-1 victory at UCLA Apr. 29. He now leads the Bears with six victories and is second on the team with 59 strikeouts in 74.0 innings. Gold is fifth in the Pac-10 in batters struck out looking (26).
OREGON STATE sophomore lefthander Kevin Gunderson got two records in one appearance on May 1. When Gunderson saved OSU's 5-1 win over Arizona State, he matched the Beavers' records for saves in a season (9) and in a career (12); he tied the records set by Jared Sanders during the 2002 season and in his career from 2002-04... OSU set Goss Stadium at Coleman Field post-renovation attendance records the times during its weekend series with Arizona State from April 30-May 1, twice for single games and also for the series. The second game of the series drew 2,012, the largest at the ballpark since it was renovated for the 1999 season; that was eclipsed the next day when OSU added bleachers down the rightfield line and 2,120 squeezed their way in. Throw in the 1,791 on hand for the cool, cloudy opening evening of the series, and the three games attracted 5,923... Oregon State's 11 wins in Pac-10 play match the most the Beavers have had for a full season since the conference combined its Northern and Southern divisions for the 1999 season; OSU was 11-13 in 2001. The Beavers' 32 overall wins are the most for a full season since OSU finished 1998 with a 35-14-1 record.
STANFORD has won five of its last six games and snapped a three-game road losing streak with a win over UC Davis May 2. The Cardinal has now won seven straight games against UC Davis as the Cardinal and Aggies played for the first time since Stanford was a 12-4 winner in Davis on February 18, 1997... Stanford made one error against UC Davis to maintain a .979 fielding percentage that leads the nation and is .002 points higher than the school record .977 fielding percentage posted by the 2001 club... Sophomore INF Adam Sorgi extended his career-high hit streak to seven games and drove in a career-high three runs against the Aggies, while sophomore OF Jim Rapoport drew a career-high five walks, the most by a Stanford player this season, and has now walked eight times in his last two contests. Rapoport has reached the 50-hit, 20-RBI and 10-stolen base marks for the season... Head coach Mark Marquess coached his 1800th collegiate game at Stanford on Monday and now has a 1215-580-5 (.676) record in his 29th season as a college head coach (all at Stanford).
UCLA junior OF Chris Jensen continued his torrid hitting pace with another seven hits last week. He went 7-for 15 (.467) and was hit by pitches twice, bringing his on-base percentage to .529 for the week. He is now batting .447 overall after 13 games since returning from a hamstring injury with three home runs and eight RBI. His performance at the plate lifted UCLA to two victories last week, its first two-win week since early February... Sophomore LHP Brian Schroeder added to his team-leading number of apperances with three outings last week in four games. The southpaw allowed just one run in five relief innings, good for a 1.80 ERA. He struck out six on the week, including four in three innings of work on April 29 against Cal. Schroeder earned the win in the Bruins' 4-2 victory on May 1 with two perfect innings of relief to close the game. Schroeder has now appeared in 22 of UCLA's 40 games.
USC handed Arizona's John Meloan (17-1) his first loss as a starter in two years on April 29, battering him with eight runs on nine hits... Junior C Jeff Clement is batting .361 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI this season... Ian Kennedy is now 8-1 with a 2.53 ERA, having allowed 21 earned runs on 53 hits in 74 and 2/3 innings. He has struck out 108 batters while walking just 28. Opponents are hitting .199 against him... He has recorded wins over CS Fullerton's Ricky Romero, Long Beach's Cesar Ramos, Washington's Tim Lincecum and Arizona's John Meloan. Kennedy is now 5-0 with a 1.72 ERA in Pac-10 games with 11 walks and 58 strikeouts. He has registered double digits in strikeouts in four of his last five starts... Freshman Lucas Duda is back in the lineup after being out for a month with a fractured left wrist... RHP Brett Bannister threw in the bullpen in Tucson with a probable next appearance in mid-May when the Trojans play two midweek games at Notre Dame.
In WASHINGTON's three-game sweep at Washington State, sophomore DH Curt Rindal went 8-for-15 (.533) with five runs, 12 runs batted in, two doubles and three home runs. Rindal hit two homers in Sunday's game. He came into the weekend series with only 13 RBI all season and nearly doubled that total with 12 in the three games. He did, in fact, more than double his home runs total, pushing it from two to five... In Friday's 17-5 win, senior RP David Dowling entered the game with the UW trailing, 5-4, and threw five innings of no-hit relief as the Huskies pulled away with a rout. He walked one and struck out four, facing only one over the minimum, to pick up his sixth win of the season (6-0)... In the three-game series, Washington scored 44 runs on 56 hits, including 11 doubles and eight home runs. The Huskies faced 12 different WSU pitchers and scored at least one run off of every one of them.
WASHINGTON STATE sophomore INF Jeff Miller started all four games last week at second base and hit .417 (5-for-12), with two stolen bases, two walks and two strikeouts. He hit .556 in the Cougars' three game series against Washington... WSU has seen 78 Cougar batters get hit by a pitch, most in the Pac-10. In fact, Washington State batsmen hold four of the top six slots in the Conference for individuals hit by pitches, as Kaeo Rubin and Brady Everett are tied for second in the Pac-10, having been hit 15 times, while Jay Miller and Zach McAngus sit tied for fifth (11 times)... Everett has been the Cougars' primary power source, leading the team with 10 home runs (t4th, Pac-10) and 49 RBI (t2nd)... Jason Freeman has proven to be particularly adept at drawing a free pass, having collected a team-high 26 walks (t9th, Pac-10). Once on base, he's also the Cougar most likely to catch opponents napping, having stolen 13 bases, sixth-most in the Conference.