This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

Feb. 7, 2006

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Pac-10 baseball is once again in full swing, as six teams have started their non-conference schedules. The season started on Jan. 27 with ARIZONA STATE hosting Cal State Northridge. The Sun Devils went 2-1 with the Matadors, before sweeping Northern Illinois last weekend ... Defending Conference champion OREGON STATE will open 2006 at the Coca-Cola Tournament in Surprise, Ariz., where the Beavers will face Arizona State on Saturday in an intra-Conference clash ... The Washington schools are set to open their seasons, as well. WASHINGTON will pay a visit to New Mexico State for a three-game series, while WASHINGTON STATE will open at the Buccaneer Baseball Classic in Charleston, S.C. ... STANFORD, which was left out of the Baseball America preseason poll for the first time in the publication's 25 years, has emerged atop the Pac-10 standings at 3-0, having swept No. 5 Cal State Fullerton at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal resurfaced to the Baseball America poll this week at No. 19.

Tues., Feb. 7
CALIFORNIA vs. San Francisco, 2 p.m.
USC at UC Riverside, 5 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 10
ARIZONA at UC Riverside, 5 p.m.
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE vs. Gonzaga (1), 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. No. 17 Long Beach State, 1:30 p.m.
No. 6 OREGON STATE vs. Nevada (1), 3 p.m.
No. 19 STANFORD vs. Kansas, 5 p.m.
UCLA vs. Miami, 6 p.m.
USC vs. Florida International, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at New Mexico State, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. East Tennessee State (2), 2:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 11
ARIZONA at UC Riverside, 1 p.m.
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 6 OREGON STATE (1), 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. No. 17 Long Beach State, 1 p.m.
No. 19 STANFORD vs. Kansas, 1 p.m.
UCLA vs. Miami, 2 p.m.
USC vs. Florida International, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at New Mexico State, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Kennesaw State (2), 10:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Charleston Southern (2), 2:30 p.m.


Sun., Feb. 12
ARIZONA at UC Riverside, 1 p.m.
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE vs. Nevada (1), 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. No. 17 Long Beach State, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. Gonzaga (1), 11 a.m.
No. 19 STANFORD vs. Kansas, 11 a.m.
UCLA vs. Miami, 1 p.m.
USC vs. Florida International, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at New Mexico State, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. No. 10 Missouri (2), 10:30 a.m.

Tournaments & Neutral Sites
(1) - Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic, Surprise, Ariz.
(2) - Buccaneer Baseball Classic, Charleston, S.C.

Game times local to site. Baseball America ranking at game time.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Fri., Jan. 27
Cal State Northridge 13, No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 2

Sat., Jan. 28
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 9, Cal State Northridge 4

Sun., Jan. 29
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 8, Cal State Northridge 1

Fri., Feb. 3
ARIZONA 10, Loyola Marymount 5
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 5, Northern Illinois 3
No. 25 CALIFORNIA 6, UC Irvine 2
STANFORD 2, No. 5 Cal State Fullerton 1
Fresno State 11, UCLA 9
No. 22 Long Beach State 4, No. 17 USC 2

Sat., Feb. 4
ARIZONA 5, Loyola Marymount 3
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 9, Northern Illinois 6
UC Irvine 10, No. 25 CALIFORNIA 4
STANFORD 6, No. 5 Cal State Fullerton 5 (10 innings)
Fresno State 5, UCLA 0
No. 22 Long Beach State 9, No. 17 USC 6

Sun., Feb. 5
Loyola Marymount 12, ARIZONA 5
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 8, Northern Illinois 3
UC Irvine 7, No. 25 CALIFORNIA 6
STANFORD 6, No. 5 Cal State Fullerton 3
UCLA 12, Fresno State 2

Pac-10 Baseball Coaches Pick Oregon State to Capture Conference CrownP>WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Defending Conference champion OREGON STATE has been chosen as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10 baseball title, according to a vote of the league's coaches.

The Beavers received seven of nine first-place votes, earning 62 points overall. Second-place USC received one first place vote and 51 points overall, while STANFORD and ARIZONA STATE tied for third with 46 points. The Cardinal, who were chosen as the favorite to win the 2005 Pac-10 baseball title, collected the remaining first-place nod in this year's poll.

Oregon State, ranked third in Collegiate Baseball's preseason Top-25 and eighth in Baseball America's preseason Top-40, finished last season with a league-best 46-12 record, including a 19-5 mark in Conference play. The Beavers earned their first Pac-10 title in a unified Conference, since winning the 1952 league championship series. Oregon State traveled to the College World Series for only the second time in school history, and its first appearance in 53 years. OSU lost two close ball games in Omaha, falling to top-seeded Tulane 3-1, and losing to No. 4 Baylor in 10 innings (4-3). The Beavers were picked to finish sixth in last year's preseason poll.

Arizona State finished third in the 2005 College World Series, making its 19th trip to Omaha. ASU ended the season just shy of the CWS championship series, as the Sun Devils fell to Florida in an elimination game for both teams, 6-3. ASU and OSU were joined in postseason play by Arizona, Stanford and USC, making it the second straight year and fourth time overall that five Pac-10 teams have made the NCAA Tournament. 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 2006 baseball season gets underway Fri., Jan. 27, when Arizona State hosts non-conference foe, Cal State Northridge. The Conference season begins on Fri., Mar. 17, when USC hosts Oregon State in a three game series.

Results of the poll are as follows. Eight points are awarded for a first-place vote, seven points for a second-place vote, and so on. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.


1. Oregon State (7) 62
2. USC (1) 51
3. Stanford (1) 46
Arizona State 46
5. Arizona 36
California 36
7. Washington 22
8. UCLA 17
9. Washington State 8



PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (2-1, 0-0): The Wildcats found themselves behind early in the first two games of the series vs. Loyola Marymount, but rallied back to win both games. Trailing 5-2 after three innings on Friday, junior Colt Sedbrook started an Arizona rally with a leadoff double in the bottom of the fourth. He advanced to third on a one-out error and scored on a single by junior Bill Rhinehart for the first of eight unanswered runs to capture the 10-5 win over the Lions ... Freshman Jon Gaston crushed the first collegiate pitch thrown to him for a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth ... Friday's victory marked the fourth season-opening win for the `Cats under fifth-year head coach Andy Lopez, and the 12th time in the last 13 seasons that Arizona has opened its year with a victory ... Junior right-hander Mark Melancon set a school record Saturday, making his 15th career save over the final three innings in Arizona's 5-3 win. Melancon struck out two batters in three hitless innings to close out the win.

  • ARIZONA STATE (5-1, 0-0): The Sun Devils celebrated the legacy of their late coach during Alumni Weekend. On January 20th, Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark was dedicated to the late Dr. Jim Brock, who won five Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards during his tenure. The legendary ASU coach, who passed away in 1994, won two national championships during his 23 years at Arizona State University ... The Sun Devils kicked off the 2006 season in the last week of January, taking two of three games from Cal State Northridge. The Matadors captured the opener 13-2, but Arizona State rebounded to win the final two games, 9-4 and 8-1 ... In the school's first-ever meeting with Northern Illinois, freshman lefty Ike Davis went 7.1 innings in his second-career start, scattering four hits and allowing only one run to help lead the Sun Devils to a 5-3 victory. Davis also went 1-4 with an RBI in the DH spot ... Entering the ninth inning on Saturday leading 9-1, junior right-hander Zechry Zinicola picked up his second save in as many days to preserve the ASU win ... Pat Bresnehan went six strong innings on Sunday to seal the three-game sweep for the Devils. The junior RHP struck out six, allowing only two hits and an unearned run, to improve his record to 2-0 ... junior outfielder Colin Curtis, who hit in the leadoff position all weekend after batting third against Cal State Northridge, went 3-4 with a home run, a single and a double to go with his three stolen bases ... Over the weekend, Arizona State had nine extra base hits, including six doubles. They scored 22 runs over the weekend, with Curtis crossing home six times in the three games.

  • CALIFORNIA (1-2, 0-0): Junior right-hander Brandon Morrow, a third-team preseason All-American in Baseball America and a candidate for The Roger Clemens Award as the nation's top collegiate pitcher, was named National Pitcher of the Week by both Collegiate Baseball and The Rosenblatt Report after his opening-game performance last Friday at UC Irvine. Morrow pitched 6.3 innings with no hits, no runs, only one walk and a career-high 12 strikeouts, helping pace the Golden Bears to a season-opening 6-2 victory over the Anteaters ... After falling 10-4 on Saturday, Cal outhit UC Irvine 15-8 on Sunday in its 7-6 loss. Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch led the Bears, hitting 3-of-4 on the day with two runs scored ... Boesch entered the 2006 season with the most preseason accolades since Xavier Nady was Baseball America's National Preseason Player of the Year in 2000. Boesch is listed as a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball Writers (first-team), Baseball America (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball (third-team). He is also predicted to be the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, and is on the Brooks Wallace List as a candidate for national player of the year honors.

  • OREGON STATE (0-0, 0-0): Picked to defend their Conference title, the Beavers return 19 lettermen from last year's CWS team, including their entire starting pitching rotation that combined for a 32-4 record and 2.94 ERA, which helped Oregon State earn its highest-ever preseason rankings. The Beavers were tabbed as high as No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball's newspaper poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ... Oregon State gets the 2006 season underway this weekend at the Coca-Cola Classic tournament at Surprise Stadium, the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, in Surprise, Ariz. The Beavers open on Friday with Nevada, a team the Beavers have not faced since 2002 ... The Beavers' all-time record in season-openers is 67-29, and OSU has won 13 of its last 19 season-openers ... Junior righthander Dallas Buck has won his last 5 decisions entering the 2006 season ... Buck is expected to get the start for opening day vs. the Wolf Pack. It would be his second straight opening-day start for OSU.

  • STANFORD (3-0, 0-0): After sweeping preseason No. 5 Cal State Fullerton in last weekend's three-game series, Stanford returned to the Baseball America national poll this week at No. 19. The Cardinal were unranked in the preseason poll in 2006 for the first time since the publication began the rankings in 1981 ... Stanford's sweep of the Titans included a pair of dramatic one-run victories. In the bottom of the ninth on Friday, sophomore Brendan Domaracki pinch-hit an RBI single to load the bases with one out, which plated fellow sophomore Michael Taylor with the game-winning run in a 2-1 victory. On Saturday, senior catcher John Hester scored on a balk with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to capture a 6-5 win for the Cardinal. Taylor and Chris Lewis homered and drove in two runs each in Sunday's 6-3 victory ... Seven Cardinal freshmen played in the series, including Jeremy Bleich, Sean Ratliff and Austin Yount, who each earned their first collegiate wins on the mound. The trio combined for a 3-0 record and a save, without giving up a run and allowing only two hits in 9.0 innings ... Yount also leads the club with four RBI, hitting a triple and going 3-for-7 (.429) in the series.

  • UCLA (1-2, 0-0): The Bruins endured two 30-minute fog delays to their season opener vs. Fresno State. The game was postponed to Saturday. UCLA dropped the first two games of the three-game home stand, before landing its first win of 2006 with a 12-2 romp over the Bulldogs in the third game ... Junior right-hander Hector Ambriz tallied his 150th career strikeout on Friday in the first inning vs. Fresno State. Ambriz owns three strikeouts so far this season, and 152 for his career ... Freshman centerfielder Tim Murphy looked like a seasoned veteran in his first collegiate game, hitting 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Murphy finished the weekend with a team best 6-of-10 (.600) from the plate ... The senior trio of Chris Jensen, Sean Smith and Brett McMillan combined for a big weekend in the starting lineup, combining to hit .424 (14-33) with two home runs, two doubles, five RBI, and eight runs scored ... The last three times the Bruins have started a season at 1-2, they have responded with a high winning percentage in the next six games. After going 1-2 to open the season, the Bruins went 6-0 in 2001, 5-1 in 2002, and 5-1 in 2005 ... UCLA will play host to Miami for a three-game series beginning Friday, facing off for the first time since 2002. The series marks the first time coach John Savage has faced an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • USC (0-3, 0-0): The Trojans opened the school's 111th season of baseball in the fog at No. 22 Long Beach State last weekend. Ian Kennedy, the 2005 Conference Pitcher of the Year, struck out seven Dirtbags on Friday, giving him 285 strikeouts in his career. Kennedy passed Bruce Gardner (1958-60) for ninth on USC's all-time list. His next strikeout will move him to eighth place, passing Jim Barr's 286 K's from 1968-70 ... Freshman lefty Tommy Milone made a strong performance on Saturday's home opener vs. Long Beach State, with four scoreless innings in relief and allowing just three hits ... Four Trojans had two hits each on Sunday, including junior designated hitter Shawn Olsen, who added two RBI ... The Trojans are wearing a commemorative patch in honor of Rod Dedeaux, who passed away in January. Dedeaux was the main architect of the USC program, guiding the Trojans to 11 national championships and 28 conference titles. He posted an overall record of 1,332-571-11 (.699) and, at his retirement, had won more games than any other baseball coach. His teams from 1970-74 won five straight NCAA championships, a record that may never be broken, since no other school has won more than two titles in a row.

  • WASHINGTON (0-0, 0-0): Ranked No. 38 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top-40 poll, the Huskies open the 2006 season this weekend with a three-game series at New Mexico State. Tim Lincecum is expected to start for UW on Friday ... Lincecum's breaking ball was recognized by Baseball America as the best in both the Conference and the nation. The junior right-hander enters 2006 with a 18-9 career record and a 3.32 ERA. He has struck out 292, 11 short of the school record, set by Jeff Heaverlo from 1997-99 ... 34 of the 36 players on UW's roster are from the state of Washington. The only non-Washingtonians on the team is are freshman pitchers Bryce Mooney (Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Geoff Nichols (Portland, Ore.) ... Washington's 20 returning players have competed in a total of 699 Husky baseball games, and have combined for 1,326 career at bats and 642.3 career innings pitched in purple and gold ... In the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll, Washington was last picked to finish seventh in the Conference in 2003. The Dawgs finished third that year.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (0-0, 0-0): Set to open 2006 at the Charleston Southern Buccaneer Baseball Classic, Washington State will face East Tennessee State on Friday. It will be the first collegiate game for several Cougars, as head coach Donnie Marbut has 21 freshmen on the roster. In addition, 14 Cougars have played just one season with the squad ... Marbut begins his second season at the helm of the Cougars, after guiding Washington State to a 21-37 record last year ... senior outfielder Jay Miller needs 81 hits to become just the second Cougar ever with 300 career hits ... Jay's younger brother, Jeff Miller, will anchor the Cougars' infield. The junior, who started 57 games at second base last season, batted .282, finishing second on the team in RBI (40) and stolen bases (10) ... The third 'J. Miller' on the Cougar roster, sophomore southpaw Jayson Miller, looks to battle for a spot in the pitching rotation, after starting in several Friday night games last season ... Junior Wayne Daman returns to the mound this season, after posting a 7-6 record in 2005 with a 4.91 ERA. He led the Cougars in wins and was second in ERA, innings pitched (84.1) and strikeouts (44).
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