This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

Feb. 21, 2006

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After hosting San Diego State on Tuesday, No. 24 USC will play in an exhibition game vs. Japan's Waseda University on Wednesday. The two games will be the Trojan's last on the mainland before their first trip to Hawaii since 1997 ... UCLA, who returns home to Jackie Robinson Stadium to host No. 16 Pepperdine on Tuesday, will also face Waseda before this weekend's three-game series vs. No. 9 Cal State Fullerton ... OREGON STATE, which remains in Baseball America's top-10, will travel to the River City Classic this weekend, hosted by Sacramento State and UC Davis. The Beavers, who are the only ranked team participating in the tournament, will be joined by WASHINGTON STATE in northern California ... WASHINGTON, which took three of four last weekend at Cal State Northrdige, opens its home schedule this weekend vs. Gonzaga ... STANFORD, which won its three-game series vs. defending national champion and No. 7 Texas, hosts Nevada Tuesday before making the Cardinal's first road-trip of the season in a three-game series at Fresno State ... ARIZONA STATE hits the road for the Devils' first out-of-state trip this weekend at Baylor, while ARIZONA will host La Salle ... CALIFORNIA will play for the first time since Valentine's Day when the Bears host UC Santa Barbara.

Tues., Feb. 21
STANFORD vs. Nevada, 2 p.m.
UCLA vs. No. 16 Pepperdine, 6 p.m.
USC vs. San Diego State, 6 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 22
USC vs. Waseda University (Japan), 6 p.m.

Thur., Feb. 23
OREGON STATE vs. Brigham Young (1), 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Portland (1), 10 a.m.

Fri., Feb. 24
ARIZONA vs. LaSalle, 4 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at Baylor, 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. UC Santa Barbara, 1:30 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. UC Davis (1), 2 p.m.
STANFORD at Fresno State, 6:35 p.m.
UCLA vs. No. 9 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
USC at Hawaii, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Gonzaga, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Brigham Young (1), 10 a.m.

Sat., Feb. 25
ARIZONA vs. LaSalle, 1 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at Baylor, 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. UC Santa Barbara, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. Sacramento State (1), 2 p.m.
STANFORD at Fresno State, 1:05 p.m.
UCLA at No. 9 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
USC at Hawaii, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Gonzaga, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. UC Davis (1), 2 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 26
ARIZONA vs. LaSalle, 12 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE at Baylor, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. UC Santa Barbara, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. Saint Mary's (1), 10 a.m.
STANFORD at Fresno State, 1:05 p.m.
UCLA at No. 9 Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m.
USC at Hawaii, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Gonzaga, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. San Francisco (1), 10 a.m.

Tournaments & Neutral Sites
(1) - River City Classic, Sacramento/Davis, Calif.

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

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., Feb. 14
UC Davis 13, CALIFORNIA 9
UC Riverside 6, UCLA 4
No. 25 USC 16, UC Santa Barbara 11

Thur., Feb. 16
WASHINGTON STATE 13, Hawaii-Hilo 12 (10)
WASHINGTON STATE 9, Hawaii-Hilo 7

Fri., Feb. 17
New Mexico 6, ARIZONA 5
ARIZONA STATE 4, Houston 3
CALIFORNIA at Baylor, Cancelled (Rain)
No. 6 OREGON STATE 7, No. 16 Pepperdine 6
No. 25 USC 10, Kansas 1
WASHINGTON 7, Cal State Northridge 3
WASHINGTON STATE 11, Hawaii-Hilo 3

Sat., Feb. 18
New Mexico 7, ARIZONA 3
ARIZONA STATE 11, Houston 1
CALIFORNIA at Baylor, Cancelled (Rain)
No. 16 Pepperdine 6, No. 6 OREGON STATE 2
No. 7 Texas 4, No. 24 STANFORD 2
UCLA 5, Pacific 2
UCLA 5, Pacific 1
Vanderbilt 6, No. 25 USC 2
WASHINGTON 16, Cal State Northridge 6
Hawaii-Hilo 7, WASHINGTON STATE 5

Sun., Feb. 19
ARIZONA 19, New Mexico 16
ARIZONA STATE 8, Houston 6
CALIFORNIA at Baylor, Cancelled (Rain)
No. 16 Pepperdine 7, No. 6 OREGON STATE 1
No. 24 STANFORD 5, No. 7 Texas 1
Pacific 3, UCLA 0
No. 25 USC 8, No. 15 San Diego 3
WASHINGTON 2, Cal State Northridge 1

Mon., Feb. 20
No. 24 STANFORD 13, No. 7 Texas 9
Cal State Northridge 8, WASHINGTON 7

WASHINGTON'S MATT STEVENS
USC'S IAN KENNEDY
PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK


WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON sophomore third baseman Matt Stevens has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and USC junior right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy has been named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 14-20, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Stevens, from Lake Stevens, Wash., went 6-for-14 (.429) with a double, a triple, three home runs, six RBI and four runs scored in the Huskies' 3-1 weekend trip to Cal State Northridge. On Saturday, he became the first Husky in 12 seasons to hit for the cycle, hitting a single, a double, a triple and two home runs in his six at bats in the Dawgs 16-6 win over the Matadors. The last Washington player to hit for the cycle was Jon Vander Griend on the final day of the 1994 season. Stevens also went yard in Monday's 8-7 loss at Northridge. In the four games, he played error-free on defense, successfully fielding 10 chances.

Kennedy, from Huntington Beach, Calif., was one out away from a no-hitter in Friday's 10-1 win over Kansas in the first day at the Public Storage Baseball Classic. Kennedy had struck out 13 batters before his run was ended with a single to center. On the evening, Kennedy (2-1) allowed one unearned run on one hit with three walks. The game marked Kennedy's 10th time in his career to register double digits in strikeouts. With 308 K's, he is only the seventh Trojan in school history to record 300 or more strikeouts in a career.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Stevens' career, while it is the 48th such honor for Washington. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the second for Kennedy, and the 57th selection all-time for USC.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: Preston Paramore, ASU; Shea McFeely, OSU; Chris Minaker, STAN; Cyle Hankerd, USC; Jim Murphy, WSU.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Jeff Urlaub, ASU; Eddie Kunz, OSU; Jeremy Bleich, STAN; Dave Huff, UCLA; Tim Lincecum, WASH; Wayne Daman, Jr., WSU.

2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Cyle Hankerd, USC; Feb. 21 - Matt Stevens, WASH.

2006 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Wayne Daman, Jr., WSU; Feb. 21 - Ian Kennedy, USC.

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (5-4, 0-0): Arizona's 23-game winning streak over New Mexico was snapped Friday, as the Wildcats lost the series-opener, 6-5. The streak started in 1997 ... Freshman right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet shut down the Lobos to keep the game close, only allowing one hit over the final four innings of the game. He struck out four and walked none ... Senior Derek Decater and freshman Jon Gaston each paired hits in the loss, and junior Jason Donald hit his second triple of the year ... Sophomore lefty Eric Berger surrended just two earned runs on seven hits over seven innings on Saturday, striking out five and walking one in the longest outing by an Arizona starter this season ... In the bottom of the sixth, freshman Brad Glenn helped the `Cats claw their way back into the game with a two-run homer, his first career home run ... Sophomore Drew McDonald, who transferred from UNM to Arizona, finished Saturday 2-for-4 with two RBI ... Warding off the school's first three-game series sweep since 2004, Arizona outlasted the Lobos 19-16 in a four-hour marathon on Sunday. After trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the third, Arizona posted a season-high eight runs ito take its first lead in the series since the first inning of Friday's opener. The `Cats sent 14 hitters to the plate in that inning, and while they managed just four hits in the frame took advantage of three walks, three hit batters and pair of costly New Mexico errors to jump out to a 10-5 lead ... The two schools combined for 35 runs on 38 hits off of 11 different pitchers. 17 of the 18 starters in the game finished with at least one hit in the contest. Senior Brad Boyer, junior Bill Rhinehart, sophomore Colt Sedbrook and Gaston all finished with three hits, while Decater scored a game-high four runs.

  • ARIZONA STATE (8-4, 0-0): After struggling on the mound in the first nine games of the season, Arizona State found the relief pitching it needed to secure a 4-3 win in the series-opener vs. Houston. After junior OF Colin Curtis put the Sun Devils up with a go-ahead RBI single, the ASU bullpen took over to secure the win and end the three-game slide. Freshman lefty Ike Davis, who got the start for the Devils, also found an offensive groove, going 2-for-3 (.667) with two RBI ... Another freshman southpaw for the Devils, Jeff Urlaub was named to the College Baseball Foundation's Weekly Honor Roll for his performance in his first collegiate start and second career win. Urlaub lasted 7.2 innings and allowed one run on only five hits, striking out six to lead the Sun Devils to an 11-1 victory over Houston. The freshman had previously been used as a reliever ... In ASU's come-from-behind win on Sunday, freshman catcher Preston Paramore hit the first home run of his college career to give the Devils their first lead of the game. He then knocked in two insurance runs in the next inning to complete the sweep over the Cougars. Over the three games, he went 4-for-11 (.364), knocking in five and drawing two walks. Behind the plate, Paramore handled 11 different Sun Devils pitchers over the weekend.

  • CALIFORNIA (3-5, 0-0): Sophomore infielder Josh Satin led the Bears' in their only game last week, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and a career-high seven RBI in Cal's 13-9 loss at UC Davis. Satin is on a four-game hitting streak that started on Feb. 10 vs. Long Beach State ... Cal's three-game series at No. 23 Baylor was called off, thanks to an unusual Texas cold front that featured a winter storm watch, remained in central Texas with temperatures that had dropped into the low 20s with freezing rain ... Cal's offense has been led this season by senior shortstop Allen Craig, who is batting a team-high .344 with three doubles, and junior left fielder Chris Errecart, who is hitting .310 with a team-leading four home runs and nine RBI. Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch is batting .290 with three home runs and four RBI .. The Golden Bears' have been paced on the mound by junior RHP Brandon Morrow, who is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and has 13 strikeouts in 11.3 innings.

  • OREGON STATE (3-3, 0-0): After a rain delay of almost an hour, junior RHP Dallas Buck did not allow a hit over the final 4 2/3 innings at No. 14 Pepperdine. He worked six innings, striking out three and allowing two runs on four hits and four walks before the game was suspended due to darkness. The Beavers led 6-2 in the middle of the seventh, and held on to defeat the Waves 7-6 when the game was resumed on Saturday ... junior Cole Gillespie went 3-for-3 on Friday with a double and three RBI, while senior Shea McFeely was 3-for-4 with a triple and one RBI ... In the second game of the double-header, the Beavers had a season-high 14 hits but turned them into a season-low two runs in the 6-2 defeat. OSU left 11 runners on base, including six in scoring position; had a runner thrown out at the plate, another caught stealing and another doubled off second base on a flyout to centerfield ... McFeely again went 3-for-4 for the Beavers, his third three-hit game in OSU's five contests this season, while senior Bill Rowe and junior Scott Santschi were both 2-fof-4 ... Santschi led the Beavers in the third game, going 2-for-3 in the 7-1 loss. The junior, who was aboard after a one-out double, scored the Beavers' lone run when a pick-off throw got away from the first baseman ... Although Oregon State's pitching staff walked 13 batters in the game, sophomore right-hander Eddie Kunz struck out a career-high six and walked just one in hurling 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.

  • STANFORD (6-3, 0-0): In the delayed opener of a three-game series, sophomore Michael Taylor and senior Chris Lewis drove in two Cardinal runs in the first two innings vs. No. 7 Texas. Taylor's two-out RBI-double in the bottom of the first that brought home senior Chris Minaker, who had started the rally with a two-out walk. It was Stanford's only extra-bagger and one of only two in the game ... Taylor continued to excel against the Longhorns. In Sunday's 5-1 victory over the defending national championships, he drove in a in a career-high four runs, including a three-run double in the bottom of the third to give the Cardinal an early 3-0 lead ... The win marked freshman Jeremy Bleich's third save of the season. Bleich got the final five outs in the four batters he faced, including a double-play ... Minaker drove in a career-high five funs and hit the second grandslam of his career on Monday to lift Stanford to a 13-9 victory. The senior went 4-for-5 in the rubber game.

  • UCLA (4-6, 0-0): After a rain-out on Friday, the Bruins earned their first road victory of 2006 with a 5-2 win at Pacific. Senior OF Chris Jensen led the way at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while junior RHP Hector Ambriz went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Ambriz (1-2) also earned the win by throwing a season-high 7.0 innings with six strikeouts, allowing one earned run on four hits. As the designated hitter, Ambriz hit .500 (5-for-10) with a double and three runs scored in the series ... In the second game of the double-header, junior lefty Dave Huff earned his first win of the season for UCLA on Saturday, going 8.0 innings with a season-high 15 strikeouts, allowing just one run on two hits. Huff opened the game striking out the first nine batters. Huff's performance earned the junior National Player of the Week honors from Collegiate Baseball. On the season, Huff is 1-1 with a team-best 1.61 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched ... UCLA's trip to Stockton marked the first time the Bruins' have won back-to-back road games since the 2004 season ... freshman shortstop Brandon Crawford finished the Pacific series (.357) with a double and a RBI as the Bruins' leadoff hitter. He was also able to stretch his team-best hitting streak to eight games ... freshman 3B Jermaine Curtis has started the last six games at the 'hot corner' for the Bruins. In his six starts, Curtis is batting .375 (6-16) with three doubles, three RBI, and three runs scored, including a .500 on-base percentage.

  • USC (7-4, 0-0): Junior OF Cyle Hankerd extended his season-opening hitting streak to 11 games. Hankerd earned Most Outstanding Player honors in the Public Storage Baseball Classic after batting .571 (8-for-14) with two doubles and four RBI. Hankerd, who leads the Trojans in the Triple Crown categories batting .522 (24-for-56) with three home runs and 19 RBI, also leads the team with an .870 slugging percentage and .582 on-base percentage ... Junior RHP Ian Kennedy, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Pitcher, was also named this week's National Pitcher of the Week by The Rosenblatt Report for his performance on Friday. Kennedy was one out away from a no-hitter Friday as the Trojans defeated Kansas, 10-1, at the Public Storage Baseball Classic. After a 40-minute rain delay during the game, Kennedy allowed a walk before retiring 13 straight batters. With two outs in the ninth, Kennedy's bid was spoiled by a single to centerfield. Kennedy (2-1) allowed one unearned run on a hit with three walks. It was the 10th time in his career that Kennedy has registered double digits in strikeouts. His performance also made Kennedy the seventh Trojan to record 300 or more Ks in a career. He now has 308.

  • WASHINGTON (5-2, 0-0): Junior RHP Tim Lincecum was named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball for his performance last Friday in the Huskies' 7-3 win Friday at Cal State Northridge. Lincecum matched a career high with 15 strikeouts in only six innings of work. Over those six innings, he allowed just three hits, one earned run and four walks, striking out three in three innings and two in the three others. In doing so, Lincecum became the UW's career strikeouts leader, moving past former All-American Jeff Heaverlo, who notched 303 Ks from 1997 to 1999. Lincecum now has 312 as a Husky ... Sophomore 3B Matt Stevens became the first Husky to hit for the cycle in 12 seasons, adding an extra home run as well, as the Dawgs fought back from an early 5-1 deficit to claim a 16-6 win on Saturday. Stevens entered the game on an early-season slump, having gone 1-for-11 with seven strikeouts. The last Washington player to hit for the cycle was Jon Vander Griend, who did it in a loss to Georgia Tech in an NCAA regional championship game in 1994. Stevens finished the game 5-for-6 with four runs batted in and three runs scored ... UW edged CSN on Sunday, 2-1, as freshman LHP Tyler Cheney threw seven and two-thirds shutout innings. The win was Cheney's first in his collegiate career. He allowed only five hits and no walks while striking out two ... In the last game at Northridge, senior OF Zach Clem belted out a two-run homer in the ninth inning to help the Huskies take a 7-6 lead before eventually dropping the game, 8-7. The homer was Clem's fifth in seven games this season.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (6-2, 0-0): In the Cougars' four-game series at Hawaii-Hilo, sophomore first baseman Jim Murphy batted .500, going 7-for-14 with five runs scored, one double, two home runs and five RBIs. He accounted for 14 total bases, slugged 1.000 and had a .588 on-base average. In WSU's 10-inning, 13-12 series-opening win, Murphy went 4-for-5 with two home runs, the second coming with one out in the top of the 10th to hold of a late comeback bid by the Vulcans ... In the second game of Thursday's doubleheader, Wayne Daman, Jr., matched his career-high of nine strikeouts in seven innings of work to lead WSU to a 9-7 victory. Daman, Jr., allowed just one run on four hits ... freshman Jared Prince had four hits to lead a 17-hit Cougar attack and an 11-3 victory on Friday. Washington State scored six runs in the first inning. The game marked the first start of the season for junior RHP Nick Ison, who scattered three hits, all singles, while allowing just one run to improve to 2-0 in non-Conference play ... Following Saturday's 7-5 loss, senior Jay Miller moved into seventh-place on the Cougars' all-time hits list. Miller had three hits on Saturday, increasing his hitting streak to 11 games dating back to last season. Miller has 234 hits in his career as a Cougar.
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