Oregon State Wins Pac-10 Title as Five Teams Make Regionals

May 30, 2005

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The OREGON STATE Beavers won 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 Pac-10 grabbed five postseason bids for the second year in a row. It marks only the fifth year that the Pac-10 has recieved five or more bids to regionals; in 1992 six teams made the postseason, while in 2004, 1997 and 1990 five teams got the invite... The Beavers received a No. 8 national seed, and will host for the first time since 1963, when the Beavers met eventual national champion USC in a best of three first round series. OSU will take on Ohio State, St. John's and Virginia... The ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils will also host a first round series - the fourth time in the last six years that they have done so - but it will be their first time hosting at Packard Stadium since 2000. ASU also hosted in 2002 at Hohokam Park in Mesa and in 2003 at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Visiting ASU will be East Carolina, Coastal Carolina and UNLV... ARIZONA will travel to Fullerton Calif. to take on Missouri, Cal State Fullerton and Harvard... USC will journey to Long Beach Calif. to take on Pepperdine, Long Beach State and Rhode Island... Stanford treks to Waco, Texas to face Texas Christian, Baylor and Texas-San Antonio.

REGIONAL SCHEDULE
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Campus Sites, Double Elimination

Games 1-2 will be played on Fri., June 3
Games 3-4 will be played on Sat., June 4
Games 5-6 will be played on Sun., June 5
Game 7 will be played on Mon., June 6 (if necessary)

Corvallis, Ore. (all times Pacific)

Game 1 - #2 Virginia vs. #3 St. John's, 12 p.m.
Game 2 - #1 Oregon State vs. #4 Ohio State, 5 p.m.
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 6 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 2 p.m. (if necessary)

Fullerton, Calif. (all times Pacific)

Game 1 - #2 Arizona vs. #3 Missouri, 4 p.m.
Game 2 - #1 Cal State Fullerton vs. #4 Harvard, 8 p.m.
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 4 p.m.
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 8 p.m.
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 4 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 8 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 6 p.m. (if necessary)

Tempe, Ariz. (all times Pacific)

Game 1 - #1 Coastal Carolina vs. #4 UNLV, 2 p.m.
Game 2 - #2 Arizona State vs. #3 East Carolina, 7 p.m.
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 2 p.m.
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 7 p.m.
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 11 a.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 3 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 6 p.m. (if necessary)

Long Beach, Calif. (all times Pacific)

Game 1 - #2 USC vs. #3 Pepperdine, 3 p.m.
Game 2 - #1 Long Beach State vs. #4 Rhode Island, 7 p.m.
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 3 p.m.
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 7 p.m.
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 5 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 7 p.m. (if necessary)

Waco, Texas (all times Central)

Game 1 - #2 Texas Christan vs. #3 Stanford, 2 p.m.
Game 2 - #1 Baylor vs. #4 Texas-San Antonio
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 2 p.m.
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 7 p.m.
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 2 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 7 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 6 p.m. (if necessary)


WASHINGTON'S MATT HAGUE NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CALIFORNIA'S TRAVIS TALBOTT NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK


WASHINGTON freshman outfielder Matt Hague has been named Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and CALIFORNIA senior left-handed pitcher Travis Talbott has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 24-29, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Hague, from Kent, Wash., went 9-for-15 (.600) with two doubles, a home run and eight RBI in the Huskies' three-game sweep of UCLA. He also scored three runs and had a sacrifice fly. Hague, who started 28 of the Huskies' 55 games (all in the second half of the year), finished the regular season with a .419 batting average (52-for-124) with 12 doubles, eight home runs and 34 RBI.

Talbott, from Santa Cruz, Calif., picked up a win and a save at No. 6 Arizona last weekend, helping the Bears win two of three over the Wildcats. He earned the save in the first game of the series, throwing two and one-third innings with no hits, no runs, one walk and two strikeouts. It was his ninth save of the season, tying him for second on the California all-time single-season save list. In game three, Talbott earned the win by pitching the final three and two-thirds innings with no hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts. For the weekend, he threw six innings without allowing a hit or a run, while issuing two walks and striking out five. Talbott finished the season 6-1 with nine saves and a 1.18 ERA. He had 36 strikeouts in 45 and two-thirds innings, and opponents batted only .185 against him.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Hague's career, while it is the 47th such honor for Washington. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Talbott and the 26th selection all-time for California.

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; May 10 - Trevor Crowe, ARIZ; May 17 - Blake Sharpe, USC; May 24 - Brad Boyer, ARIZ; May 30 - Matt Hague, 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; May 10 - Jeff Gilmore, STAN; May 17 - Dallas Buck, OSU; May 24 - Dallas Buck, OSU; May 30 - Travis Talbott, CAL.

Player of the Week Facts

* For the second season in a row, every school in the Pac-10 won a Player or Pitcher of the Week Award at least once.
* Arizona State's Travis Buck and Washington's Tim Lincecum won Player/Pitcher of the Week on the same day twice, with both players winning weekly honors on March 1 and April 19.
* Two players won Player of the Week twice this season: Arizona's Trevor Crowe and Arizona State's Travis Buck.
* Three players won Pitcher of the Week twice: Oregon State's Dallas Buck, USC's Ian Kennedy and Washington's Tim Lincecum.


LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tue., May 24

UC Davis 8, CALIFORNIA 7
UC Riverside 3, UCLA 2

Wed., May 25

#24 USC 5, #11 Long Beach State 4 (11 inn.)

Fri., May 27

#25 ARIZONA STATE 8, WASHINGTON STATE 2
#24 USC 5, STANFORD 2
WASHINGTON 6, UCLA 0

Sat., May 28

#25 ARIZONA STATE 16, WASHINGTON STATE 6
CALIFORNIA 6, #6 ARIZONA 3
STANFORD 14, #24 USC 3
WASHINGTON 6, UCLA 5

Sun., May 29

#6 ARIZONA 10, CALIFORNIA 5
#25 ARIZONA STATE 7, WASHINGTON STATE 2
CALIFORNIA 7, #6 ARIZONA 4
#24 USC 4, STANFORD 2
WASHINGTON 16, UCLA 5


PAC-10 POSTSEASON TEAM NOTES


ARIZONA has already posted the most wins for a UA team in a single season since the 1989 team went 45-18-1... Arizona won seven of its eight conference three-game series in 2005, matching the effort of Conference champion Oregon State... The Wildcats went 20-12 out of the Pac-10 this season and won five of the their eight non-conference three-game series... The 2005 regional invitation marks the third consecutive season that Arizona has advanced to play in the postseason... The last time UA made three straight trips to the NCAA's was 1985-87... The Wildcats are 51-35 (.593) in regional play since 1950 and have taken home 15 regional championships in school history, including the South Bend title last season... 2005 will mark the 19th time Arizona has left Tucson for the regional round of the NCAA's. Of the 18 previous regional road trips, Arizona has returned with the regional title seven times. Two of Arizona's three national championship runs were started with a regional road trip (1976 - Edinburg, Texas; 1986 - Austin, Texas), only the 1980 national championship team started its title run in Tucson... Arizona plays Missouri to open the Regional. The Wildcats and Tigers have met twice in baseball, both times in the postseason. Arizona is 2-0 all-time against Missouri, winning a 1963 College World Series contest 6-4 and a 1976 regional game 10-1 in Edinburg, Texas.

ARIZONA STATE will be making its 29th appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend, including a string of six straight and eight in the last nine years dating back to 1997. The Sun Devils have advanced to the postseason in eight of head coach Pat Murphy's 11 seasons in Tempe, including playing for the national championship in 1998. ASU has an all-time 129-55 record in the NCAA Tournament and has won five national championships to rank second among all NCAA schools (1965, 67, 69, 77, 81). The Devils have also made 18 trips to Omaha and the College World Series... The Sun Devils have played 17 games against Top-10 opponents this season, going 5-12 in those games, and 18 of their 22 losses this season have come against teams that have been ranked at some point this season... Senior 1B/OF Jeff Larish hit his Pac-10 leading 17th home run of the season against WSU last weekend. It was also his 45th career home run to tie Barry Bonds for third in the ASU career record books... Freshman DH Willy Fox hit .455 (5-for-11) with four runs and five RBI vs. WSU. In 17 starts he is hitting .381 (24-for-63) with 21 RBI... Sophomore OF Colin Curtis hit .455 (5-for-11) vs. WSU with five RBI and has a current 10-game hitting streak... Travis Buck needs six more hits to become just the 21st player in ASU history to join the 100-hit club.

OREGON STATE is ranked second nationally in this week's Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches poll and by Baseball America magazine and third by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Regional opponents Ohio State, St. John's and Virginia are all unranked but the Buckeyes and Cavaliers received votes in the coaches poll... Oregon State has an all-time record of 5-12 in NCAA postseason games - 5-10 in Regionals and 0-2 in the College World Series. This is OSU's seventh appearance in the NCAA postseason, following trips in 1952, 1962, 1963, 1983, 1985 and 1986... OSU's last trip to the NCAAs in 1986 saw the Beavers place third at the Midwest Regional at Oklahoma State, going 2-2. OSU lost to Arkansas 4-3, beat Richmond 7-1, beat Arkansas 1-0 and lost to Stanford 10-7... This is the first time OSU has hosted NCAA postseason play since 1963, when the Beavers fell to eventual national champion Southern California in a best-of-3 series, losing 6-5, winning 8-6 and losing 7-5. OSU also hosted NCAA play in 1952, beating Fresno State 2-1 and 8-4 to qualify for the College World Series.

STANFORD will be participating in the NCAA's postseason event for the 12th consecutive season and the 26th time overall but traveling for a regional for the first time since 1995, ending a string of nine consecutive seasons Stanford had hosted a regional... Stanford was selected as one of 34 at-large teams to the 2005 NCAA Division I Baseball Championships after having earned the Pacific-10 Conference automatic berth in each of the past two seasons by winning back-to-back league titles in 2003 and 2004. Stanford tied for sixth in the conference this season with a 12-12 Pac-10 record. The Cardinal had finished either first or second in the league in 22 of the past 24 campaigns... Stanford made five consecutive trips to the College World Series from 1999-2003 before the run was snapped with a regional loss to Long Beach State in 2004. All told, Stanford has won two CWS titles (1987, `88) and finished as the national runner-up on three other occasions (2000, `01, `03), while making a total of 15 trips to Omaha. Stanford has an all-time postseason record of 115-56 (.673) and is 63-23 (.733) in 22 regional appearances.

USC makes its 40th postseason appearance, traveling to the Long Beach State Regional. The Trojans swept Long Beach State in three games this season. They also took their only match-up with Pepperdine and did not play Rhode Island... The Trojans' rich postseason history includes 12 NCAA Championships, more than double that of any other school. USC has won an NCAA-best 74 College World Series games in 21 total appearances... Sophomore RHP Ian Kennedy is 11-2 on the season with a 2.44 ERA, having struck out 144 batters against just 34 walks... Junior C Jeff Clement hit two homers last weekend, and is batting .353 (71-for-201) with 13 homers and 48 RBI to go with a 41.4% rate for throwing out runners (24-of-58)... USC has committed just 53 errors in 56 games for a .974 fielding percentage. If the Trojans maintain that clip, they would be Mike Gillespie's best fielding team in his 19-year career (previous high was .973 with the 2001 College World Series team)... USC finishes the regular season with a .291 batting average and 4.03 staff ERA... The Trojans played 23 of 56 games against Top 25 opponents this season, earning a 13-10 record against them.

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