This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

Feb. 28, 2006

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WASHINGTON STATE tops the Pac-10 standings after closing out its 12-game road trip winning the River City Classic Tournament last weekend. The Cougars will kick off their 2006 home schedule Thursday when they begin the Banana Belt tournament with Chicago State ... After a home sweep over Gonzaga, WASHINGTON heads across the ocean for six games in Hawaii. The Huskies will play in the Rainbow Baseball Tournament at the University of Hawaii, and will take on Hawaii-Pacific on Wednesday in a non-Tournament game ... STANFORD has moved back into the most recent Baseball America poll at No. 19, after winning four of five games last week. The Cardinal started the 2006 season unranked in the publication's preseason poll for the first time since the Baseball America rankings began in 1981. Stanford had moved back into the poll for two weeks (February 6-13) at No. 19 and No. 24, respectively, before being bounced out again on February 20. Stanford will travel to Berkeley this week to face Bay area rival CALIFORNIA in a three-game non-Conference series ... OREGON STATE, which remains in the top-25, opens up its home season this weekend, playing host to Nevada in a three-game homestand ... In other non-Conference action, ARIZONA will travel toMinneapolis, Minn. for this weekend's Dairy Queen Classic, and UCLA will hit the road to face North Carolina State. On the home front, ARIZONA STATE will host Texas Tech and Auburn, while USC hosts Georgia.

Tues., Feb. 28
ARIZONA STATE vs. Texas Tech, 7 p.m.
UCLA at No. 16 Long Beach State, 6:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. No. 11 Arkansas (1), 2:30 p.m.

Wed., March 1
WASHINGTON vs. Hawaii Pacific, 11 a.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Hawaii (1), 6:30 p.m.

Thur., March 2
USC vs. Georgia, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Texas-Arlington (1), 2:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Chicago State (2), 3 p.m.

Fri., March 3
ARIZONA vs. Minnesota (3), 6:35 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. Auburn, 7 p.m.
No. 19 STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
No. 13 OREGON STATE vs. Nevada, 3 p.m.
UCLA at North Carolina State, 4 p.m.
USC vs. Georgia, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Rainbow Baseball Tournament (1), TBA
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Gonzaga (2), 2 p.m.

Sat., March 4
ARIZONA vs. No. 23 Nebraska (3), 12 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. Auburn, 1 p.m.
No. 19 STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
No. 13 OREGON STATE vs. Nevada, 1 p.m.
UCLA at North Carolina State, 7 p.m.
USC vs. Georgia, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Rainbow Baseball Tournament (1), TBA
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Lewis-Clark State (2), 2 p.m.

Sun., March 5
ARIZONA vs. Notre Dame (3), 11 a.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. Auburn, 12 p.m.
No. 19 STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
No. 13 OREGON STATE vs. Nevada, 12 p.m.
UCLA at North Carolina State, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Gonzaga (2), 3 p.m.

Tournaments and Neutral Sites
(1) - Rainbow Baseball Tournament, Honolulu, Hawaii
(2) - Banana Belt Tournament, Pullman, Wash.
(3) - Dairy Queen Classic, Minneapolis, Minn.

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

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., Feb. 21
STANFORD 5, Nevada 2
UCLA 2, No. 16 Pepperdine 0
San Diego State 6, USC 1

Wed., Feb. 22
Waseda University 5, USC 1 (Exhibition)

Thur., Feb. 23
OREGON STATE 12, Brigham Young 2
UCLA 4, Waseda University 0 (Exhibition)
WASHINGTON STATE 9, Portland 4

Fri., Feb. 24
ARIZONA 15, LaSalle 4
CALIFORNIA 3, UC Santa Barbara 0
UC Davis 2, OREGON STATE 1
STANFORD 3, Fresno State 2
No. 9 Cal State Fullerton 7, UCLA 2
Hawaii 4, USC 3
WASHINGTON 14, Gonzaga 4
WASHINGTON STATE 5, Brigham Young 1

Sat., Feb. 25
ARIZONA 15, LaSalle 1
ARIZONA STATE 9, Baylor 5
ARIZONA STATE 11, Baylor 3
CALIFORNIA 4, UC Santa Barbara 2
OREGON STATE 8, Sacramento State 3
Fresno State 7, STANFORD 5
No. 9 Cal State Fullerton 3, UCLA 1
Hawaii 7, USC 3
WASHINGTON 8, Gonzaga 6
WASHINGTON STATE 8, UC Davis 7

Sun., Feb. 26
ARIZONA 3, LaSalle 2
Baylor 5, ARIZONA STATE 3
CALIFORNIA 2, UC Santa Barbara 0
OREGON STATE 7, Saint Mary's 5
STANFORD 6, Fresno State 3
No. 9 Cal State Fullerton 12, UCLA 6
USC 4, Hawaii 3
WASHINGTON 7, Gonzaga 5
WASHINGTON STATE 7, San Francisco 6

WASHINGTON'S ANDY LENTZ
STANFORD'S DAVID STRINGER
PAC-10 PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE WEEK


WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON sophomore utility player Andy Lentz has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and STANFORD sophomore right-handed pitcher David Stringer has been named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 21-27, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Lentz, from Woodinville, Wash., went 5-for-8 (.625) at the plate with a double, three home runs, three RBI, six runs scored, two walks and two stolen bases in the Huskies' 3-0 sweep over Gonzaga. He hit his first solo homer to lead off the sixth inning in Washington's 14-4 home-opening victory vs. the Bulldogs. On Saturday, the sophomore hit two home runs and a double on Saturday to help UW in its 8-6 win. This season, Lentz has already seen action at first base, third base, center field, right field and designated hitter.

Stringer, from Palo Alto, Calif., made his first collegiate start Tuesday against Nevada, earning his first victory at Stanford. He took a one-hitter into the sixth and faced the minimum number of Wolf Pack batters through the first five innings. The one batter who had a hit was erased on a double play. In Sunday's rubber game at Fresno State, Stringer came in to start the fifth inning and shut out the Bulldogs, giving up just four hits and walking one to finish the game and earn the victory. For the week, Stringer went 2-0 with an 0.87 ERA, striking out 15. He allowed just one earned run, walked only one, and gave up seven hits as his opponents from the WAC hit only .189 against him.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Lentz's career, while it is the 49th such honor for Washington. The Pitcher of the Week honor is also the first for Stringer, and the 70th selection all-time for Stanford.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: Jason Donald, ARIZ; Ryan Sontag, ASU; Brett Munster, CAL; Shea McFeely, OSU; Michael Taylor, STAN; Jim Murphy, WSU.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Mark Melancon, ARIZ; Jeff Urlaub, ASU; Tyson Ross, CAL; Mike Stutes, OSU; Tim Lincecum, WASH; Wayne Daman, Jr., WSU.

2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Cyle Hankerd, USC; Feb. 21 - Matt Stevens, WASH; Feb. 28 - Andy Lentz, WASH.

2006 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Wayne Daman, Jr., WSU; Feb. 21 - Ian Kennedy, USC; Feb. 28 - David Stringer, STAN.

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (8-4, 0-0): The Wildcats scored at least one run in all eight innings of its series opener vs. La Salle on Friday. Three Arizona batters were hit by pitches, which opened the game with five runs on three hits in the first inning. Sophomore lefty Eric Berger finished with a season-high 10 strikeouts against the Explorers, striking out six of the first nine batters of the game. Berger gave up one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings. Behind the plate, the `Cats rapped out 15 hits and eight of the nine starters finished with at least one base knock. Freshmen T.J. Steele and Jon Gaston each went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored ... In his first career start, freshman Preston Guilmet went seven strong innings on Saturday, giving up just one run on six hits while matching the longest outing by an Arizona starter this season. He did not allow a runner past second through the first six innings and finished with eight-strikeouts and no walks for his first career victory ... Jason Donald led Arizona to its first series sweep of the season, going 5-for-9 (.556) from behind the plate. He hit three doubles, a team-best six RBI and five runs scored in three games. He also walked twice was was hit by a pair of pitches to help with to a .600 on-base percentage for the weekend. In the process, he broke Arizona's career HBP record, moving him past former Wildcat Kenny Corley with 33 HBP.

  • ARIZONA STATE (10-5, 0-0): After a Friday night rainstorm, Arizona State made its first out-of-state appearance this season at Baylor on Saturday. The Sun Devils got scoring started early in the first game of Saturday's double-header, putting up two runs in the first. Willy Fox and J.J. Sferra each had three hits in the game, knocking in two runs in the process. Four Sun Devils had two RBI, while five had multi-hit games. On the mound, ASU was led by Ike Davis, who lasted 4.1 innings, giving up only two runs and striking out five ... the Devils kept their offensive going in Game 2, knocking off the Bears 11-3. In his second career starting nod, Jeff Urlaub went seven innings, scattering five hits and allowing three runs, two earned, to get his third win of the year. He also struck out six ... Ryan Sontag went 3-for-4 in the nightcap, knocking in three runs and scoring three times. He went 6-for-12 (.500) for the weekend, scoring six runs and bringing in three RBI. Sontag also earned three walks and stole two bases in ASU's series win ... Sferra hit .545 on the weekend (6-for-11), while Davis had five RBI in the three games, giving him a team-high 16 on the year ... CJ Retherford added four RBI at Baylor and two runs scored. He went 5-for-10 in Waco.

  • CALIFORNIA (6-5, 0-0): Junior Brandon Morrow improved his record to (2-0) by throwing six innings, allowing only one hit, six walks and nine strikeouts, to shutout UC Santa Barbara, 3-0 on Friday. Freshman Matt Gorgen replaced Morrow in the seventh inning and proceeded to earn his first collegiate save, pitching the final 3.0 innings with two hits, no walks and five strikeouts. The two Bears pitchers, who combined to limit UCSB to three hits, striking out 14 batters, were named to the College Baseball Foundation's National Honor Roll this week for their performance ... On Saturday, Cal came back from a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the fifth inning. Junior second baseman Brett Munster added an insurance run in the seventh inning, knocking out his first collegiate home run to help secure the 4-2 victory for the Bears ... Junior right-hander Michael Cooper, who improved to 1-1, threw a career-high 7.0 innings on Saturday, allowing eight hits, two runs, no walks and three K's ... Freshman RHP Tyson Ross threw for five innings on Sunday, allowing three hits, no runs, one walk and eight strikeouts to help the Bears win their first series sweep since winning three straight over Washington State in March 2005. Ross is now 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and has recorded 21 strikeouts in 16.0 innings ... Cal keeps getting tested by the weather gods. After cancelling its series at Baylor due to weather, Sunday's rubber game was rain-delayed an hour and 46 minutes, only to be cut short to five innings. Inclimate weather has also caused the Bears to postpone their game with Sacramento State until Tues., March 21. The game was originally scheduled to be played Tues., Feb. 28.

  • OREGON STATE (6-4, 0-0): After scoring just three runs in the final two games at Pepperdine, Oregon State bounced back at the River City Classic Tournament, matching its season-highs for both runs and hits (14) in the Beavers' 12-2 win over Brigham Young. Mitch Canham, who hit a two-run homer vs. the Cougars, joined Cole Gillespie, Darwin Barney, Bill Rowe, Shea McFeely and Koa Kahalehoe with two hits each. Dallas Buck struck out eight hitters in seven innings for the afternoon. He allowed two runs on four hits and two walks to improve to 2-0 this season ... Oregon State outhit UC Davis 9-8 on Saturday and committed one error to two for the Aggies. But, the Beavers left the bases loaded twice and stranded 13 baserunners, eight in scoring position, to drop the game 2-1. Rowe was 2-for-2 at the plate his sixth multi-hit game this season ... Tyler Graham, who made his return to the field last weekend after a nagging hamstring injury, hit his first career home run, had a bunt single to drive in another run, and came up with a diving catch to start a double-play to help the Beavers hand co-host Sacramento State their first home loss this season. Graham, who had only one at-bat in OSU's first seven games, had gone 341 at-bats in his collegiate career without going yard ... Chris Kunda, who made a rare start at third base vs. the Hornets, had his first three-hit game since April 23, 2004 at USC ... Mike Stutes recorded 10 strikeouts against a St. Mary's team that was batting .291 on the season. He went 5 2/3 innings vs. the Gaels, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and one walk. Stutes sent eight consecutive SMC batters back to the dugout from the third through fifth innings. His 10 K's didn't match his collegiate high of 11, which came last season at Brown, but it marked the first time a Beaver pitcher had double-digits in strikeouts since Buck punched out 12 against Dallas Baptist last March ... McFeely finished the weekend going 8-for-17 (.471) at the plate, with one triple, one RBI, four runs scored and two walks.

  • STANFORD (9-4, 0-0): Michael Taylor extended his hitting streak to a new career-high seven games last weekend, by hitting safely in all four Stanford games, posting an even .500 (8-for-16) batting average with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Taylor had multiple hits in three of the four games, including his first three-hit game of the year when he was 3-for-5 with an RBI at Fresno State on Friday. For the season, Taylor leads the Cardinal with a .340 batting average and is tied for first in doubles (4), triples (1) and RBI (13) ... Local product David Stringer faced the minimum number of batters in Tuesday's win 5-2 victory over Nevada. Stringer pitched a one-hitter through the first five innings vs. the Wolf Pack in his first collegiate start on the mound. He struck out seven batters, including two each in the third, fourth and fifth innings, without issuing a walk ... Stanford's win over Nevada marked coach Mark Marquess' 1,231st career victory, which moves him to 14th place on the NCAA Division-I all-time win list ... Greg Reynolds and Jeremy Bleich combined on a six-hitter in Friday's win at Fresno State. In his first victory of the season, Reynolds struck out a career-high 11 batters without issuing a walk, while allowing just one run and five hits over the first 7.2 innings ... On Sunday, Chris Minaker and John Hester each hit solo homers in the sixth inning to help the Cardinal win the Fresno series ... Stringer tossed five scoreless innings of relief in for the win, striking out a career-high eight batters and allowing just four hits and one walk.

  • UCLA (5-9, 0-0): Brian Schroeder led UCLA to its first shutout of the season and his first victory of the year, throwing 6.0 innings in the Bruins' 2-0 victory over then-No. 9 Pepperdine. Schroeder did not allow a run on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks ... A season-high six freshmen made the Bruins' starting lineup on Sunday vs. Cal State Fullerton, and eight total freshman saw playing time in that game. Cody Decker came into the game 0-for-7 to open his collegiate career, in search of his first career hit. In his first at-bat Sunday, he hit a line-drive single to left center field before later hitting a solo homer over the left center field wall in the eighth inning for his first career home run ... Fellow freshman Eddie Murray collected his first hit on a RBI double in the eighth, while sophomore Sam Ray nailed a pinch-hit single in the seventh for the first hit of his career ... Freshman shortstop Brandon Crawford leads UCLA in hits (18), triples (three) and stolen bases (three). He is fourth on the Bruins' list with a .340 batting average, collecting a hit in 12 of the Bruins' 14 games to date ... UCLA has been hit by 21 pitches in 14 games, as senior Sean Smith leads with four ... junior Dave Huff leads the Conference in innings pitched with 30.0. He ranks second in the league with 33 strikeouts and sixth with a 2.10 ERA.

  • USC (8-7, 0-0): Cyle Hankerd, who had only two at-bats in USC's 6-1 loss to San Diego State, had his season-opening hitting streak snapped at 11 games on Tuesday. Garrett Gipe provided the lone run for the Trojans with an RBI double in the eighth ... In USC's first game in Honolulu since 1997, Baron Frost went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Blake Sharpe went 3-for-4, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Rainbows ... Despite 14 hits on Saturday, the Trojans mustered only three runs, thanks to three hits each by Frost and Matt Cusick. Steve Martlaro threw 1 2/3 no-hit innings in relief ... Thanks to 2 2/3 scoreless innings by Paul Koss, USC stopped a three-game skid on Sunday to hand Hawaii its first loss in eight games. Koss allowed just one hit in his first save of the season. Freshman Tommy Milone started the rubber game for the Trojans, allowing three runs (two earned) off five hits in 6 1/3 innings to improve his record to 4-0 ... USC will host Georgia in its first-ever appearance at Dedeaux Field this weekend. Tuesday's game at San Diego State was postponed due to rain, and no makeup date has been announced.

  • WASHINGTON (8-2, 0-0): In Friday's 14-4 home-opening win vs. Gonzaga, Tim Lincecum allowed only two hits, three runs (earned) and three walks, while striking out 13 in six innings of work. Gonzaga went only 2-for-20 off his pitches (.100 batting average). In three starts this year, Lincecum is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 17.0 innings ... The Huskies belted out five home runs in the win. UW notched its first run of the game in the second inning, when sophomore third baseman Matt Stevens blasted a long solo homer to left field. In the third, freshman DH Jake Rife led off with the first homer of his Husky career, and later in the same inning, first baseman Curt Rindal homered a three-run shot to deep right-center field. Washington also got a solo home run from Andy Lentz to lead off the sixth, and in the eighth, freshman pinch-hitter Kyle Conley finished the game with a three-run homer, his first as a Husky ... Lentz continued to go yard on Saturday, belting out two homers and a double to help Washington beat Gonzaga 8-6. The Huskies also got three hits from Matt Hague, and a homer from Zach Clem, his sixth of the season ... Sunday yet again proved to be a hit parade for the Dawgs, as Conley hit a solo homer in the second and a two-run shot in the seventh to give UW the 7-5 come-from-behind win. Senior Matt Kasser, who allowed just one unearned run in three innings of relief, picked up the win ... Washington's six-game, five-day road trip to Honolulu begins a stretch of 11 games in 13 days.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (10-2, 0-0): Zach McAngus had three of Washington State's 12 hits on Thursday, including his first home run of the season to help the Cougars defeat Portland, 9-4, in the opening game of the River City Classic. McAngus drove in five runs and scored two, while Jared Prince and Nick Hall each added a pair of hits. Wayne Daman, Jr. matched his career-high with nine strikeouts in the game, allowing just one walk by the Pilots. He worked seven innings, scattering four hits and two runs, both unearned. For the season, Daman, Jr. is 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA, having worked 20.0 innings with 27 strikeouts against six walks. Opponents are hitting just .167 against his pitches ... On Friday, Nick Ison threw eight innings of one-hit ball, while Jay Miller and Prince each collected two hits in Washington State's 5-1 win over Brigham Young. Miller's first-inning double extended his hitting streak to 13, including three games last season. He scored two runs in the game ... Sophomore Jim Murphy drove in five runs, including his third home run of the season to help WSU outlast co-host UC Davis, 8-7. Murphy went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI single on Sunday to help Washington State defeat San Francisco, 7-6, and earn the tournament championship. Murphy finished the week batting .400, going 4-for-10 with one double, one home run, two runs scored and seven RBIs ... The Cougars' trip to northern California ended their 12-game road trip. WSU opens its home season this weekend in the Banana Belt tournament.
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