Pac-10 Baseball Season In Review

June 28, 2005

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The ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils' postseason run ended just shy of the CWS championship series, as ASU fell to Florida in an elimination game for both teams, 6-3. But the Sun Devils' run to a third place finish was a memorable one, as Arizona State reached the cusp of the championship series despite losing their first game at the CWS, winning three straight elimination games before succumbing to the Gators. For the postseason, the Sun Devils were 5-1 in elimination games, ending the postseasons of defending national champion Cal State Fullerton, Nebraska and Tennessee along the way.

While Arizona State made its 19th trip to Omaha, OREGON STATE returned to College Baseball's biggest stage for the first time since 1952. Though the Beavers lost two close ballgames in Omaha, the Beavers' 2005 regular and postseasons will be remembered by the fans and record books alike. The Beavers established new benchmarks for wins (46), games over .500 (34), and poll rankings (No. 2 by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball) among others.

Joining ASU and OSU in postseason play were ARIZONA, STANFORD and USC. Five Pac-10 teams made the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and the fourth time overall. In 1992, six teams made the postseason, while five teams were selected in 2004, 1997 and 1990. The Pacific-10 Conference has produced a College World Series participant each year since 1996 and has made the CWS 24 times overall since the league became known as the Pac-10 in 1979. The Conference of Champions has had two teams in the CWS in 28 of its 59 years.

The Beavers won the Pac-10 title in 2005, 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. OSU's 19 Conference wins equaled the most by any team since the Conference merged its Northern and Southern Divisions prior to the 1999 season. The Beavers were picked sixth in the preseason coaches' poll.

Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year honors were awarded to Arizona's Trevor Crowe and Oregon State's Jacoby Ellsbury. Oregon State also received honors for Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Darwin Barney and Pac-10 Coach of the Year Pat Casey. USC's Ian Kennedy was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. Crowe and USC's Jeff Clement were among the five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award.

POSTSEASON RESULTS

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

OMAHA, NEB.
Fri., June 17

#2 Nebraska 5, #11 ARIZONA STATE 3

Sat., June 18

#1 Tulane 3, #3 OREGON STATE 1

Sun., June 19

#11 ARIZONA STATE 4, #6 Tennessee 2

Mon., June 20

#4 Baylor 4, #3 OREGON STATE 3 (10 inn.)

Tues., June 21

#11 ARIZONA STATE 8, #2 Nebraska 7 (11 inn.)

Wed., June 22

#11 ARIZONA STATE 6, #7 Florida 1

Thurs., June 23

#7 Florida 6, #11 ARIZONA STATE 3


NCAA SUPER REGIONALS

FULLERTON, CALIF.
Fri., June 10

#4 Cal State Fullerton 3, #17 ARIZONA STATE 2

Sat., June 11

#17 ARIZONA STATE 6, #4 Cal State Fullerton 2

Sun., June 12

#17 ARIZONA STATE 9, #4 Cal State Fullerton 8


Corvallis, Ore.
Sat., June 11

#2 OREGON STATE 10, #16 USC 4

Sun., June 12

#16 USC 9, #2 OREGON STATE 8 (10 inn.)

Mon., June 13

#2 OREGON STATE 10, #16 USC 8


NCAA REGIONALS

Fullerton, Calif.
Fri., June 3

#7 ARIZONA 5, Missouri 3

Sat., June 4

#7 ARIZONA 6, #4 Cal State Fullerton 5

Sun., May 29

#4 Cal State Fullerton 7, #7 ARIZONA 2

Mon., June 6

#4 Cal State Fullerton 6, #7 ARIZONA 3

Tempe, Ariz.
Fri., June 3

#23 ARIZONA STATE 9, East Carolina 6

Sat., June 4

#23 ARIZONA STATE 11, #25 Coastal Carolina 3

Sun., June 5

#23 ARIZONA STATE 9, #25 Coastal Carolina 5

Corvallis, Ore.
Fri., June 3

#2 OREGON STATE 4, Ohio State 3

Sat., June 4

#2 OREGON STATE 11, St. John's 1

Sun., June 5

#2 OREGON STATE 19, St. John's 3

Long Beach, Calif.
Fri., June 3

#21 USC 7, Pepperdine 3

Sat., June 4

#21 USC 6, #12 Long Beach State 4

Sun., June 5

Pepperdine 9, #21 USC 2

Mon., June 6

#21 USC 5, Pepperdine 2

Waco, Texas
Sat., June 4

#24 Texas Christian 5, STANFORD 1

Sun., June 5

STANFORD 6, Texas-San Antonio 2
STANFORD 12, #24 Texas Christian 4

Mon., June 6

#8 Baylor 4, Stanford 3 (12 inn.)

2005 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
(Pac-10 Honorees Only)

Jeff Larish, 1B, Arizona State
Joey Hooft, 2B, Arizona State
Colin Curtis, OF, Arizona State
Travis Buck, OF, Arizona State

2005 NCAA REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS
(Pac-10 Honorees Only)

CORVALLIS REGIONAL

All-Regional Team

Mitch Canham, Oregon State
Jacoby Ellsbury, , Oregon State
Cole Gillespie, , Oregon State
Tyler Graham, , Oregon State
Andy Jenkins, Oregon State
Shea McFeely, Oregon State
Jonah Nickerson, Oregon State

Most Outstanding Player

Mitch Canham, Oregon State

FULLERTON REGIONAL

All-Regional Team

Brad Boyer, Arizona
Nick Hundley, Arizona
Long beach REGIONAL

All-Regional Team

Matt Cusick, USC
Hector Estrella, USC
Jack Spradlin, USC

Most Outstanding Player

Matt Cusick, USC

Tempe Regional

All-Regional Team

Erik Averill, Arizona State
Colin Curtis, Arizona State
Tuffy Gosewisch, Arizona State
Jeff Larish, Arizona State
J.J. Sferra, Arizona State

Co-Most Outstanding Players

Erik Averil, Arizona State
Tuffy Gosewisch, Arizona State

WACO Regional

All-Regional Team

John Hester, Stanford
Chris Lewis, Stanford
Matt Manship, Stanford
John Mayberry Jr., Stanford

2005 PAC-10 TEAM NOTES


ARIZONA - The Wildcats finished the season at 39-21, with a 17-7 mark in Pac-10 games. Arizona's 17 Conference wins were the most by a Wildcat team since the 1992 squad won 18, but that team played 30 Pac-10 games. UA's .708 winning percentage in Pac-10 games was the highest since the 1989 team boasted a .767 mark (23-7). Arizona's 39 overall wins were also the most since `89 (45)... Arizona made its 32nd trip to the postseason, second most among Pac-10 schools (USC - 40)... The Wildcats were powered by their potent offense, which led the league in batting average (.328), slugging percentage (.528), runs (496), RBI (445), doubles (153), triples (45) and total bases (1148). UA pitchers also paced the conference in K's, striking out 554 batters over the course of the season... Nationally, the Wildcats were seventh in batting average, eighth in scoring, fourth in doubles per game, first in triples per game and fourth in slugging percentage... Junior OF and Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year Trevor Crowe provided much of the spark for the offense, leading the Conference in slugging percentage (.715), runs (83), doubles (tied - 25), triples (15), stolen bases (tied - 27) and total bases (188), while finishing in the Top 10 in each of the other six major offensive categories. His 15 triples were good for a new Pac-10 record, as were his 26 career three-baggers. Crowe led the NCAA in triples per game, averaging 0.25 tripes per contest. He was also fourth in runs per game (1.38)... Junior 1B Jordan Brown was the Conference leader in RBI, finishing with 80 on the season... Head coach Andy Lopez recorded his 800th career win on Feb. 27 vs. UC Riverside... He finished the season with a career record of 828-513-7 and a 141-95-1 mark at Arizona.

ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils capped off an improbable postseason run with a third-place finish at the College World Series... ASU finished the season at 42-25 and 15-9 in Conference play... The Sun Devils hosted regional action as the No. 2 seed, defeating No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina twice to advance to the Super Regionals. There ASU faced defending national champion Cal State Fullerton, losing on a controversial balk call in the first game before taking games two and three to advance to Omaha... The Sun Devils lost their first game in Omaha, but followed it up with three straight elimination-game wins to reach the cusp of the championship series before falling to eventual runner-up Florida... ASU finished with a 5-1 record in elimination games... It was Arizona State's 19th trip to the CWS, and 29th berth in the NCAA postseason... ASU's postseason run includes a string of six straight years in the Field of 64 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 an appearance in the national championship game in 1998. ASU has an all-time 137-57 record in the NCAA Tournament. ASU's regional championship was the 14th in school history and the first achieved at Packard Stadium since 1993... Four ASU players were named to the College World Series All-Tournament team: Travis Buck, Colin Curtis, Joey Hooft and Jeff Larish... Larish led the Pac-10 in home runs in 2005 with 23, while Buck was the Conference leader in hits (110) and stolen bases (tied - 27). Buck's 110 hits are tied for eighth-most in Pac-10 single-season history, and six of the seven players in front of Buck on the list are former Sun Devils... As a team, ASU led the Conference in hits (731), walks (293) and stolen bases (128)... Coach Murphy joined the 800-win club on April 22nd vs. UCLA... His career record stands at 816-392-4, with a mark of 443-221-1 at ASU.

CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears completed the season at 34-23 and 13-11 in Conference games, but were not granted a berth in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first time a Pac-10 team did not advance to a NCAA Regional with a 13-11 league record since the Pac-10's Northern and Southern divisions merged prior to the 1999 season. Cal's 34 wins in 2005 were the most since the Bears' 2001 NCAA Regional team went 34-25... The Bears finished 11-10 versus teams ranked in Baseball America's Top 25 and won series against NCAA Tournament teams Arizona, Arizona State, Long Beach State and Stanford... Cal was led offensively by sophomore INF Brennan Boesch, who ranked among the Pac-10's best in batting average (.355, 5th), slugging percentage (.567, 10th) and doubles (21)... On the pitching side of things, sophomore RHP Michael Cooper ranked among the Conference leaders in ERA (3.47, 9th), while the Bears' bullpen was anchored by senior LHP Travis Talbott, who recorded nine saves (4th, Pac-10). Talbott's 10 career saves are good for ninth in the Cal record books... Freshman 2B Josh Satin became the first Bear named freshman All-American since Xavier Nady was the National Freshman of the Year in 1998. Satin was earlier selected to the 2005 All-Pac-10 team as he was second on the Bears' squad with a .348 average (7th in Pac-10) and 40 RBI. He also had 77 hits (8th in Pac-10), 15 doubles, a triple and five home runs... Head coach David Esquer's career record is 175-161-0.

OREGON STATE - The Beavers traveled to the College World Series for the second time in OSU history, and the first since 1952. The 53-year gap between appearances was the longest on record. Along the way, the Beavers won their first Pac-10 title since winning the Pac-10 North in 1994, played in their first postseason since 1986, hosted their first postseason games since 1963, and won their first postseason series since 1952. OSU finished the season with a record of 46-12, establishing new benchmarks for wins (46), Conference wins (19), home wins (26), games over .500 (34), and poll rankings (No. 2 by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball). Oregon State's 19 Conference wins tied the 1999 Stanford team for the most since the Pac-10's Northern and Southern divisions merged prior to the 1999 season. The Beavers were rewarded for their accomplishments as junior OF Jacoby Ellsbury was named the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year, freshman SS Darwin Barney earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year accolades, and head coach Pat Casey was tabbed as Coach of the Year... Ellsbury led the Conference in batting average (.406), while ranking among the Pac-10 Top 10 in slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs, hits, doubles, triples, total bases, walks and stolen bases. He set Oregon State records for single season total bases (142), single season hits (99) and career hits (236), and ranks among OSU's all-time leaders in multiple single season and career categories... Junior 2B Ryan Gipson led the league in on base percentage, reaching safely in 50 percent of his plate appearances... The Beaver pitching staff was equally impressive, boasting the two best ERAs league-wide in sophomores Dallas Buck (2.09) and Jonah Nickerson (2.13). Buck also led the Pac-10 in innings pitched (129.0) and wins (tied - 12), while opposing batters hit just .194 against him (2nd - Pac-10). Sophomore closer Kevin Gunderson tied for the league lead in saves with 14... As a team, Oregon State led the Pac-10 in on base percentage (.414), ERA (3.06), opposing batting average (.224), wins (46), saves (21) and runs allowed (226). The Beavers' team ERA was seventh best in the nation... Coach Casey recorded his 500th career win on May 6 at UCLA and his 300th win at OSU on Feb. 19th vs. UC Davis. His career record now stands at 512-350-5, with a 341-237-4 mark at Oregon State.

STANFORD - The Cardinal made the postseason for the 12th straight season but did not advance beyond the Waco Regional, finishing the season with a 34-25 record, including a 12-12 Pac-10 mark. It was Stanford's 12th straight winning season and 30-victory campaign... Junior SS Chris Minaker finished the season with 25 doubles to tie for the Conference lead and rank in sole possession of second-place on Stanford's all-time single-season list in that category, ranking just four behind school record holder Troy Paulsen's 29 two-baggers in 1990... Junior RHP Matt Manship finished the season with 17 career saves, ranking him tied for second on Stanford's all-time list with Scott Weiss (17, 1988-91)... Junior LHP Mark Romanczuk finished the season with 28 career wins and 329.1 career innings pitched to rank tied for sixth and eighth on Stanford's all-time lists in those categories... Nolan Gallagher finished the season with a 9.76 strikeouts per nine innings mark, good for eighth on Stanford's all-time list... Stanford was excellent in the field all season, recording a fielding percentage of .977, equaling the school record set by the 2001 club and finishing fourth nation-wide in the category... Stanford's pitching staff finished the season with a 3.77 ERA to record an ERA under 4.00 for the fourth time in the last six campaigns... Head coach Mark Marquess finished the season with an career record of 1224-590-5 (.674), ranking him eighth on the victory list for current active Division I coaches and 15th on the all-time list

UCLA - The Bruins went 15-41, 4-20 in the Pac-10, in head coach John Savage's first year at UCLA... Sophomore RHP Hector Ambriz finished 10th in the Pac-10 in strikeouts, recording 84, and sixth in strikeouts looking with 31. Senior RHP Brian Beck had 32 strikeouts looking, good for fifth in the Conference... Sophomore RHP Brant Rustich allowed the 8th fewest hits league-wide, giving up 71 on the season. He also tied for fourth in fewest home runs allowed, giving up just three on the season... Rustich was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 15 after pitching a complete game against Cal State Northridge, allowing just one unearned run. Rustich struck out eight and needed just 113 pitches en route to his first career complete game... Sophomore OF Will Penniall was one of five Pac-10 athletes to record a perfect fielding percentage in 2005, recording zero errors in 86 chances... Coach Savage earned his 100th career victory on May 10 against UC Irvine. Savage coached the Anteaters from 2002-04. His career record stands at 103-125-1.

USC - The Trojans made their 40th appearance in the postseason, winning the Long Beach Regional before falling to Oregon State in three games at the Super Regionals in Corvallis. USC finished the year with a 41-22 record and a 15-9 Conference mark. The 41 wins marked the most recorded by a USC squad since the 2001 team had 45. Head Coach Mike Gillespie's squad was an impressive 20-5 (.800) within the friendly confines of Dedeaux Field... The Trojans were led by the battery of sophomore RHP Ian Kennedy and junior C Jeff Clement. Kennedy, the 2005 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, led the Conference with 158 strikeouts, good for fourth place on the USC single-season list, including 70 strikeouts looking. He finished third in the Pac-10 in ERA (2.54) and opposing batting average (.201), and tied for the league lead in wins (12). Kennedy's 278 career strikeouts are good for 10th place in the USC record book. Clement, one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2005 Major League Baseball draft, finished in the Pac-10 Top 10 in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, hits, RBI, home runs, walks and total bases. His 15 home runs were second-most league-wide and propelled his career total to 46, putting him behind only Mark McGwire on the USC career home runs list. With 150 career RBI, Clement tied McGwire for seventh place in the Trojan annals... Sophomore RHP Paul Koss tied for the Pac-10 lead in saves, recording 14 on the year.. Coach Gillespie registered his 700th win for the Trojans on Feb. 13 against Long Beach State. His career record stands at 738-438-2.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies fell just short of the postseason, posting a 33-22 record, 12-12 in the Pac-10. UW finished hot, winning six of their final seven games, but were not offered an NCAA berth... The Huskies trademarks in 2005 were power hitting and defense, as the UW led the Pac-10 in both home runs (68) and fielding percentage (.978), totals that were good for 12th and first in the nation, respectively. The .978 fielding percentage mark also established a new school record for defensive proficiency. Zach Clem, Matt Hague, Taylor Johnson, Kyle Larsen and Brent Lillibridge led the Husky power surge, as each recorded eight home runs, good for 10th-best in the Conference. Washington's defensive effort was keyed by Johnson and Curt Rindal, two of the five Pac-10 players to record perfect fielding percentages for the season... The Husky pitching staff was anchored by sophomore RHP Tim Lincecum, who held opposing batters to a Conference-low .179 batting average on the season. Lincecum's 3.11 ERA and 131 strikeouts were good for sixth and second, respectively, among Pac-10 pitchers... Head coach Ken Knutson has a career record 461-295-2.

WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars ended their season at 21-37, with a 1-23 Pac-10 record, in head coach Don Marbut's first season at the helm. WSU was led offensively by senior C Brady Everett, who was fifth in the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.582), ninth in on base percentage (.443), sixth in RBI (62), tied for second in home runs (15) and 10th in total bases (126)... Senior RHP Dane Renkert led the Cougar bullpen, recording five saves (t-6th, Pac-10) in 30 appearances (t-7th). He finished 21 games in total (5th)... The Cougar defensive efforts were spearheaded by senior OF Jason Freeman, who committed just one error in 73 chances and boasted the 10th best fielding percentage in the Conference. Sophomore INF Jeff Miller finished fifth in the Pac-10 in assists, recording 166 on the season... Junior OF Jay Miller was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Mar. 22 after going 11-for-16 (.688) in the Cougars' 3-1 series win over Utah Valley State, recording three doubles, one triple and one home run. He totaled 6 RBI, 19 total bases, walked twice, and did not strikeout. Miller also recorded a 1.188 slugging percentage and stole 3-of-4 bases... Coach Marbut has a career record of 21-37.

ADDITIONAL NOTE

Pac-10 at the USA Baseball National Team Trials - Six Pac-10 baseball players have been invited to the 2005 USA Baseball National Team Trials: Arizona's Jason Donald and Mark Melancon, Arizona State's Colin Curtis, Oregon State's Kevin Gunderson and Jonah Nickerson, and USC's Ian Kennedy. In 2004, The Pac-10 put more players on the roster than any other Conference, with seven representatives from the Conference of Champions® on the team.

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