This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

May 24, 2005

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OREGON STATE has clinched at least a tie for the Pac-10 championship heading into the final weekend of Conference play. The No. 3 Beavers earned their first title in a unified Pac-10 since winning the Conference's 1952 championship series, and their first championship of any type since winning the 1994 Northern Division pennant. The only Pac-10 team to have completed its league schedule, Oregon State will await the results of the series between No. 6 ARIZONA and CALIFORNIA to find out whether it will share the Championship with the Wildcats or take the title outright. Arizona must sweep the Bears in Tucson in order to share the top spot with OSU. Elsewhere around the Conference, No. 25 ARIZONA STATE hosts WASHINGTON STATE, STANFORD travels to No. 24 USC, and WASHINGTON visits UCLA. With just two games separating third and sixth place, all four series could have a major impact on the final standings, as well as the postseason hopes of those battling for an always-precious NCAA Tourney bid.

Tue., May 24

CALIFORNIA at UC Davis, 2:30 p.m.
UCLA at UC Riverside, 6 p.m.

Wed., May 25

Long Beach State at #24 USC, 7 p.m.

Fri., May 27

CALIFORNIA at #6 ARIZONA, 7 p.m. *
STANFORD at #24 USC, 7 p.m.*

Sat., May 28

STANFORD at #24 USC, 2 p.m.*
CALIFORNIA at #6 ARIZONA, 7 p.m. *

Sun., May 29

STANFORD at #24 USC, 1 p.m.*

Game times local to site

* Pacific-10 Conference Game

- Rankings from Baseball America


ARIZONA junior second baseman Brad Boyer has been named Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and OREGON STATE sophomore right-handed pitcher Dallas Buck has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 17-23, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Boyer, from Camarillo, Calif., helped lead Arizona to its third straight season series victory over Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., last weekend. The Wildcats infielder batted .429 (6-for-14) with a double, two runs scored and a team-high seven RBI in the key Pac-10 series. In UA's series-opening 9-4 victory on May 20, Boyer went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. He finished 3-for-5 with a double, a game-high four RBI and a run scored in the series-clinching 11-8 win on May 22. He collected at least one hit in all three contests over the weekend to extend his hitting streak to a season-best 12 straight games. During his hitting streak, Boyer is batting .446 (25-for-56) with five doubles, three triples, 17 RBI and 14 runs scored. His hitting streak has raised his season average 53 points from .230 to its current .283 level.

Buck, from Newberg, Ore., earned the win as Oregon State beat Southern California 5-4 on May 20, out-dueling USC's Ian Kennedy in a matchup of pitchers who earlier in the day had been named semifinalists for the Roger Clemens Award. Buck went eight and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out seven. He improved his record to 11-1 this season, tying him for second place on OSU's all-time list of single-season wins leaders. Buck leads the Pac-10 in wins, earned run average (1.93) and innings pitched (107). He is also second in the Conference in opposing batting average (.187) and fifth in strikeouts (109).

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Boyer's career, while it is the 46th such honor for Arizona. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the second consecutive for Buck, as well as the second of his career, and the 57th selection all-time for Oregon State.

: 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; May 10 - Trevor Crowe, ARIZ; May 17 - Blake Sharpe, USC: May 24 - Brad Boyer, ARIZ.

: 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; May 10 - Jeff Gilmore, STAN; May 17 - Dallas Buck, OSU; May 24 - Dallas Buck, OSU.


Tue., May 17

Loyola Marymount 6, UCLA 1
Notre Dame 13, #21 USC 6
STANFORD 10, Saint Mary's 0
WASHINGTON 4, Lewis-Clark State 2

Wed., May 18

#21 USC 9, Notre Dame 3

Fri., May 20

#3 OREGON STATE 5, #21 USC 4

Sat., May 21

#3 OREGON STATE 10, #21 USC 7

Sun., May 22

#21 USC 12, #3 OREGON STATE 2

ARIZONA junior outfielder Trevor Crowe recorded his 13th triple of the year last weekend, giving him the Pac-10 record for three-baggers in a season. His 24 career triples are also the most in Pac-10 annals (two Arizona players have recorded more, but both did so before UA joined the Pac-10 in 1978). Crowe leads the Pac-10 in batting average (.429), slugging percentage (.760), runs scored (76), hits (100), doubles (24), triples (13), total bases (177), and stolen bases (23). He also leads the Wildcats in on base percentage (.504, 3rd Pac-10), and ranks among the team and Conference leaders in runs batted in (53, 3rd at Arizona, 5th Pac-10), home runs (9, 3rd at Arizona, 7th Pac-10), and walks (36, 2nd at Arizona, t-4th Pac-10). Crowe is currently in the midst of a 16-game hitting streak. He has recorded multi-hit games in 34 of Arizona's 54 contests this season.

ARIZONA STATE sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis went 4-for-10 (.400) to lead ASU at the plate during the Washington series. Curtis recorded at least one hit in all three games against the Huskies and has a current seven-game hitting streak. During the seven-game streak he is hitting .346 (9-for-26). Overall, Curtis is third on the team hitting .325 (68-for-209) and is second with 15 stolen bases. He has recorded at least one hit in 41 of 53 games. Sophomore right-hander Pat Bresnehan pitched in two games in the Washington series and made three total appearances last week. Bresnehan earned his first save of the year with five scoreless innings in ASU's 2-1 win on Sunday to avoid the series sweep. In two games against UW he struck out four and allowed only two runs in seven innings. The save was the sixth of his career and first since March of last season. Overall, Bresnehan is 3-4 with a 5.47 ERA... ASU has the most games against ranked opponents (26) of any team listed in Baseball America's top 25 poll, and 18 of ASU's 22 losses this season have come against teams that have been ranked at some point this season.

CALIFORNIA takes on UC Davis and travels to Arizona after a two-week hiatus. The Bears are 7-3 in their last 10 games... The Wildcats will be the sixth ranked team Cal has faced this season. The Bears have recorded a 9-9 overall mark against the five ranked foes they have faced so far this year. Two of the Bears' losses to ranked teams were by one run. Six of Cal's overall losses were by one-run... The Bears already have the most single-season wins (32 with four games remaining) since the 2001 NCAA Regional team that finished the year 34-25... Cal has been solid on the road, amassing a 16-12 overall record, including an impressive 12-4 mark against non-conference opponents... Cal is 4-0 in extra-inning games this season. The Bears are also 8-2 in doubleheaders... The Bears rank in the Conference's top three in several categories, including doubles (3rd, 102), saves (t-3rd, 12), fewest home runs allowed (2nd, 27) and fielding double plays (2nd, 53).

Oregon State capped off a memorable Pac-10 season by clinching a tie for the Pacific-10 championship when it won two of three games from USC. The Beavers had been picked for sixth place in the Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll... Oregon State also set a pair of school records for wins against USC. OSU's 41 wins this spring breaks the school record of 39 set by the 1986 Beavers. OSU's 21 wins at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field are the most-ever home wins for the Beavers, topping the 20 wins by the 1998 Beavers. Also, Oregon State's 19 Pacific-10 wins equal the most by any team since the Conference merged its Northern and Southern Divisions prior to the 1999 season. The only other team to win that many was Stanford in 1999... The crowd of 2,431 for OSU's 12-2 loss to USC on May 22 was the largest at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field since the ballpark was renovated for the 1999 season; it was the fourth straight game that OSU set a post-renovation attendance record. The USC series crowd of 6,918 was also a post-renovation record... When USC beat Oregon State 12-2 on May 22, it was just the third time this season that OSU had lost a game by more than two runs and just the third time that the Beavers had allowed an opponent into double digits in runs.

STANFORD has recorded a .978 fielding percentage mark this season, a clip that is ahead of the school record pace... Stanford has been impressive at home, going 22-10 within the friendly confines of the Sunken Diamond... The Stanford pitching staff has recorded five shutouts and has a 3.82 ERA that is second in the Pac-10. The Cardinal also ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in slugging percentage (.436, 3rd), doubles (109, 2nd), home runs (46, 3rd), opposing batting average, hits allowed (453, 3rd), runs allowed (237, t-2nd), earned runs allowed (197, 2nd), walks allowed (164, 2nd) and fielding percentage (.978, 2nd)... The Cardinal rank among the national leaders (as of May 22) in ERA (41st), fielding percentage (4th), and doubles per game (52nd).

UCLA junior C Chris Denove threw out three-of-four base runners over the weekend and four of eight on the week. Since May 6 against Oregon State, Denove has thrown out 19-of-31 base runners (61%)... Sophomore Brant Rustich earned his first save of the season (second of his career) on May 20... The Bruins laid down a season-high four sacrifice bunts, the most in over four years. UCLA executed a total of seven sac bunts on the weekend... Hector Ambriz earned his first win since February 25 in UCLA's 4-3 win on May 20. He has now lasted at least seven innings in his last three starts... Junior Chris Jensen launched his sixth home run of the season (fourth in Pac-10 play) on Saturday. He is now just one off the team lead after playing in just 25 of 52 games... Six UCLA seniors will be honored May 29 as the Bruins play their final game of the season at 1 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Players to be honored include seniors Bryan Beck, Matt Sharp and Jonathan Medici as well as redshirt juniors Dan Reid and Aaron Markel, who will be playing their final games in Westwood.

USC sophomore RHP Ian Kennedy gave up five runs in 7 1/3 innings on May 20. He is still 10-2 on the season with a 2.55 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings pitched. Kennedy was named a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award and the Dick Howser Trophy... The Trojans will finish the non-conference season with a makeup game May 25 against Long Beach State and then host Stanford in Pac-10 play to end the regular season... The Trojans' team fielding percentage is .974 (48 errors in 52 games)...Freshman Matt Cusick has recorded just 15 strikeouts in 186 at bats this season... Freshman RHP Anthony Encinas threw 5 1/3 no-hit innings at Oregon State on May 20 in a 12-2 win. He walked three and struck out five and at one point, he retired 12 straight batters. He also threw two no-hit innings in the Trojans' win at Notre Dame on May 18, giving him a total of 7 1/3 innings without allowing a hit last week.

WASHINGTON has reached the 30-win plateau for the ninth time in head coach Ken Knutson's tenure, while three teams have amassed 40 or more wins under his tutelage... Kyle Larsen broke the Huskies' career RBIs record with a two-run homer Tuesday vs. Lewis-Clark State. With 168 career runs batted in, he has passed former UW shortstop Kevin Miller, who had 166 between 1996 and 1998... Washington's defense has been its greatest strength this season, as the Huskies lead the nation in fielding percentage (.978). The Huskies' defensive effort is led by senior outfielder Taylor Johnson and sophomore infielder Curt Rindal, who each boast a perfect fielding percentage (1.000). Only five other players in the Pac-10 carry such an unblemished mark... In addition to fielding percentage, the Huskies lead the Pac-10 in home runs (62) and fielding double plays (65). They rank among the Conference's top three in slugging percentage (.458, 2nd), total bases (816, 3rd), opposing batting average (.241, 2nd), saves (12, t-3rd), hits allowed (390, 2nd), doubles allowed (60, t-2nd), triples allowed (5, t-3rd), and assists (614, 3rd).

WASHINGTON STATE catcher Brady Everett ranks among the national leaders in home runs per game (0.27, 39th), runs batted in per game (1.13, 44th), toughest to strike out (16.4, 25th) and hit by pitch (0.29, 43rd). He leads the Cougars batting .340 with 15 home runs, 62 RBI and just 12 strikeouts. Everett ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in on base percentage (.446, 7th), runs scored (49, t-9th), runs batted in (62, 2nd), home runs (15, 2nd), total bases (123, 8th) and hit by pitch (16, 2nd). Jay Miller ranks among the Conference leaders in hits (70, 9th), while Jason Freeman is on the stolen bases list (16, 5th).