This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

March 7, 2006

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ARIZONA STATE, which has not been ranked by Baseball America since Feb. 6, re-entered the Top-25 this week at No. 17, after defeating Texas Tech and sweeping Auburn. The Sun Devils travel to Texas this week for the Corpus Christi Baseball Classic, where they will face No. 3 Rice on Saturday ... ARIZONA, which finished last week's Dairy Queen Classic at 2-1, travels to No. 6 Mississippi State this week ... CALIFORNIA and No. 16 STANFORD were unable to finish their three-game, non-conference series last weekend because of rain. CALIFORNIA will host Georgetown Tuesday, before traveling to Las Vegas this week for a four-game series with UNLV. Meanwhile, the Bears' Bay Area rival, STANFORD travels to San Jose State on Tuesday and heads to Los Angeles for a non-conference series at USC ... UCLA continues to face ranked opponents this week, traveling to No. 23 Pepperdine on Tuesday before hosting No. 19 Mississippi this weeken ... In other non-conference action, No. 11 OREGON STATE continues its homestand vs. Portland State before traveling to New Mexico. WASHINGTON hosts a two-game series with San Diego before its three game series vs. Santa Clara, while WASHINGTON STATE hosts Chicago State once again in a three-game series.

Tues., March 7
CALIFORNIA vs. Georgetown, 2 p.m.
No. 11 OREGON STATE vs. Portland, 4 p.m.
No. 16 STANFORD at San Jose State, 6 p.m.
UCLA at No. 23 Pepperdine, 2 p.m.
USC vs. UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. San Diego, 6:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Chicago State, 5 p.m.

Wed., March 8
WASHINGTON vs. San Diego, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Chicago State, 5 p.m.

Thur., March 9
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Chicago State, 5 p.m.

Fri., March 10
ARIZONA at No. 6 Mississippi State, 4 p.m.
No. 17 ARIZONA STATE vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (1), 6:30 p.m.
No. 11 OREGON STATE at New Mexico, 6 p.m.
No. 16 STANFORD at USC, 6 p.m.
UCLA vs. No. 19 Mississippi, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Santa Clara, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., March 11
ARIZONA at No. 6 Mississippi State, 2 p.m.
No. 17 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 3 Rice (1), 5:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at UNLV, 2 p.m. (Double-Header)
No. 11 OREGON STATE at New Mexico, 6 p.m.
No. 16 STANFORD at USC, 1 p.m.
UCLA vs. No. 19 Mississippi, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Santa Clara, 2 p.m.

Sun., March 12
ARIZONA at No. 6 Mississippi State, 1:30 p.m.
No. 17 ARIZONA STATE vs. TCU (1), 11:30 a.m.
No. 11 OREGON STATE at New Mexico, 1 p.m.
No. 16 STANFORD at USC, 1 p.m.
UCLA vs. No. 19 Mississippi, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Santa Clara, 1 p.m.

Mon., March 13
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Bucknell (2), 1 p.m.

Tournaments and Neutral Sites
(1) - Corpus Christi Baseball Classic, Corpus Christi, Texas
(2) - Pepsi/Johnny Classic, Fresno, Calif.

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


Tues., Feb. 28
ARIZONA STATE 13, Texas Tech 5
UCLA 6, No. 16 Long Beach State 3
WASHINGTON 5, No. 11 Arkansas 2

Wed., March 1
WASHINGTON 10, Hawaii Pacific 7
Hawaii 10, WASHINGTON 6

Thur., March 2
Georgia 3, USC 2
WASHINGTON 6, Texas-Arlington 5
WASHINGTON STATE 16, Chicago State 0

Fri., March 3
ARIZONA 7, Minnesota 2
ARIZONA STATE 14, Auburn 2
No. 13 OREGON STATE 13, Nevada 4
UCLA 7, North Carolina State 2
USC 9, Georgia 5

Sat., March 4
No. 23 Nebraska 3, ARIZONA 1
ARIZONA STATE 12, Auburn 3
No. 19 STANFORD 6, CALIFORNIA 5 (11 innings)
No. 13 OREGON STATE 4, Nevada 0
UCLA 5, North Carolina State 4
USC 12, Georgia 11
Hawaii 10, WASHINGTON 8
WASHINGTON 8, Hawaii 7
WASHINGTON STATE 6, Lewis-Clark State 1

Sun., March 5
ARIZONA 2, Notre Dame 0 (10 innings)
No. 13 OREGON STATE 9, Nevada 1
UCLA 13, North Carolina State 2


WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE freshman LHP/DH Ike Davis has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and UCLA junior right-handed pitcher Tyson Brummett has been named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 28 - Mar. 6, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Davis, from Scottsdale, Ariz., excelled at the plate and on the mound for the Sun Devils, who finished last week 4-0 thanks to a 13-5 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday and a three-game sweep over Auburn. Davis hit the first two home runs of his career last week, both grand slams. He knocked in 13 runs over the four games, batting .588 (10-for-17) with four extra-base hits to help the Devils score 47 runs over the week. On Friday, Davis batted in a career-high seven runs, and leads his team with 29 RBI this season. On the mound, Davis threw 4.1 innings against Texas Tech, allowing six hits and two earned runs to pick up the victory. On Sunday, he lasted four innings, allowing one earned run and four hits. He leads the ASU pitching staff with 29 strikeouts this season.

Brummett, from Salem, Utah, earned his second victory of the season, helping UCLA clinch its first three-game series road sweep since 2000 in a 13-2 Bruin win over North Carolina State. Brummett went eight innings with a season-best 12 strikeouts, allowing just one earned run on six hits and no walks. He shut down a Wolfpack offense that entered the week batting .387 (195-for-504) as a team, with 16 home runs, 42 doubles, 152 RBI, 171 runs scored in 14 games, a .585 slugging percentage and a .498 on-base percentage. On the season, Brummett is 2-3 with a 4.55 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Davis' career, while it is the 77th such honor for Arizona State. The Pitcher of the Week honor is also the first for Brummett, and the 38th selection all-time for UCLA.

2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Cyle Hankerd, USC; Feb. 21 - Matt Stevens, WASH; Feb. 28 - Andy Lentz, WASH; Mar. 7 - Ike Davis, ASU.

2006 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Wayne Daman, Jr., WSU; Feb. 21 - Ian Kennedy, USC; Feb. 28 - David Stringer, STAN; Mar. 7 - Tyson Brummett, UCLA.


  • ARIZONA (10-5, 0-0): In the Wildcats' first game of the Dairy Queen Classic, freshman T.J. Steele hit a three-run double, his fifth double of the year, in the top of the eighth to help Arizona defeat its host, Minnesota, 7-2. The win was Arizona's fifth straight, and marked junior Mark Melancon's second save of the season. Melancon has made 16 saves in his UA career ... Melancon also got a pair of at-bats on Friday, going in the No. 2 spot in the batting order for an injured Derek Decater. Melancon went down on strikes in both ABs ... Junior Jason Donald extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games with a double in the fourth, and added a two-run single in the sixth to finish the game 2-for-4 ... On Saturday, freshman RHP Preston Guilmet went seven innings vs. No. 11 Nebraska. In his second straight start, Guilmet surrendered just two runs on six hits and finished with seven Ks and two walks ... The Wildcats struck out a season-high-tying 12 times against the Huskers and stranded eight runners on base, including five in scoring position ... Arizona finally broke out of a 16-inning scoreless stretch on Sunday, scoring two runs in the 10th inning to defeat Notre Dame, 2-0 ... Colt Sedbrook was hit by five pitches in Arizona's three games at the Dairy Queen Classic, which set a tournament record ... Melancon tossed the final 4 2/3 innings vs. the Irish, finishing with five strikeouts and just one walk. His close preserved the effort of Brad Mills, who struck out a career-high eight batters and scattered five hits over the first 5 1/3 innings.

  • ARIZONA STATE (14-5, 0-0): The Sun Devils have won nine of their last 10 games, and 12 of 13 at home ... LHP/DH Ike Davis earned Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors, after batting two grand slams, his first career home runs, and knocking in 13 runs over ASU's four games last week. He batted .588 (10-of-17) with four extra-base hits to help the Sun Devils score 47 runs vs. Texas Tech and Auburn. On the series opener vs. Auburn, Davis batted in a career-high seven runs. Davis also started on the mound on Tuesday against the Red Raiders and on Sunday against the Tigers. He kept Texas Tech at bay for 4.1 innings on Tuesday, allowing six hits and two earned runs to pick up the win. He lasted four innings on Sunday, allowing one earned run and four hits ... Arizona State is 7-1 when scoring in the first inning, with their only loss coming in the season opener to Cal State Northridge. The Devils are 10-1 when scoring the first run of the ball game, and they have scored four or more runs in 11 innings this season ... Sophomore J.J. Sferra had his tenth multi-hit game of the season on Sunday, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. He batted .583 (7-for-12) and had five RBI against Auburn ... Righty Brady Martinez leads the Pac-10 this season with 13 appearances. The school record for appearances in a season is 39, set by Noah Peery in 1994. Brett Bordes made 38 appearances in 2005, and coincidentally is tied for second in the Conference this year with 11 appearances.

  • CALIFORNIA (6-5, 0-0): Josh Satin scored the game-winning run on a Stanford throwing error to give California a dramatic 7-6 win over its Bay Area rival in the opener of its non-conference series. Allen Craig hit a key three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to snap a 3-3 tie and give the Golden Bears a 6-3 lead. Craig finished 2-for-5, as did Brennan Boesch. Starter Brandon Morrow limited the Cardinal to three runs, two earned, and scattered seven hits in a career-high 7.1 innings of work. He struck out seven and walked five in the no-decision outing ... Matt Gorgen, who picked up Friday's victory for the Bears, took the 7-6, 11 inning loss on Saturday. Gorgen entered Saturday's game at the top of the 11th and allowed a leadoff single to the runner who eventually gave Stanford the win ... Craig was one of five Cal players with two hits each in the game, while Boesch drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly in the fifth and a two-RBI double in the seventh to spur a comeback from an early 5-0 deficit ... The Bears have had to endure their fair share of weather woes this season. After cancelling its series at Baylor due to weather, the Bears' Sunday game vs. UC Santa Barbara was rain-delayed for almost two hours, 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, as well as last weekend's rubber game vs. Stanford, which has yet to be rescheduled.

  • OREGON STATE (6-4, 0-0): In Friday's home-opening, 13-4 win over Nevada, Cole Gillespie hit his first home run since April 24, 2004, when he made his first career start at USC. Gillespie drove in four runs and overall, the Beavers had 12 hits and stranded just seven runners, an improvement over several low-scoring games this season. Dallas Buck threw five innings for OSU, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out five. The win moved him to ninth on the school's career strikeouts list with 200. His 18-7 career record leaves him three wins from the top 10 in that category as well ... The win extends Oregon State's record in home-openers to 78-19. The Beavers have won 17 of their last 19 home-openers and 32 of their last 35 ... Jonah Nickerson threw OSU's first complete game of the season on Saturday, allowing five hits and striking out nine in the Beavers' 4-0 shutout over the Wolf Pack. Nickerson didn't allow a walk and lowered his ERA to 2.77 ... Tyler Graham left the game due to his recurring leg injury that has sidelined him much of the season ... the Beavers completed their sweep on Sunday, led by Geoff Wagner who was 4-for-5 with a double. Wagner's four hits and three runs scored were both career highs, as the senior had never had more than two hits in a game at Oregon State ... Four OSU pitchers combined on the six-hitter to secure the school's fifth straight victory. The Beaver pitching staff had a streak of 15 straight scoreless innings from the eighth inning on Friday through the fourth on Sunday. Over the past two games, they have allowed just one run on 11 hits, walking one and striking out 12.

  • STANFORD (10-5, 0-0): On Friday, Chris Minaker went 4-for-5 and batted two runners in, but it wasn't enough to hold off Stanford's 7-6 loss at Cal. Brendan Domaracki and Michael Taylor each had two hits, as Taylor lengthened his career-high hit streak to eight straight and reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances. He added a pair of walks and a hit batsmen to his pair of singles. Joey August also scored three runs for Stanford in their 7-6 loss to the Bears ... After a fielding error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Minaker redeemed himself with an RBI single in the top of the 11th to score Cord Phelps with the eventual game-winning run and lift the Cardinal to a 6-5 victory over its Bay Area rival. Minaker, who went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI, extended his season-high hitting streak to eight straight. August and Phelps also had three hits and scored two runs each for Stanford. On the mound, Matt Manship made his longest outing of the season and second longest of his career, going six innings and not allowing an earned run. Austin Yount earned the victory by retiring all five batters he faced, after coming into the game with runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the 10th. The win ended Stanford's three-game losing streak in Berkeley.

  • UCLA (9-9, 0-0): UCLA ends its season-long seven-game road swing at Pepperdine Tuesday. All seven of the games in the almost two-week trip have been against ranked opponents. Last week, the Bruins won for the first time since 1995 at then-No. 15 Long Beach State, handing the Dirtbags their first loss of the season. UCLA followed that up by completing a sweep at then-No. 17 North Carolina State, marking UCLA's first three-game road series sweep since 2000. UCLA is currently 6-3 on the road this season, and the sweep of the Wolfpack put the Bruins at .500 for the first time this season. Prior to last week, the Bruins had only won back-to-back games at Pacific and had not posted a four-game winning streak in over a year ... In Sunday's win at NC State, UCLA scored a season-best 13 runs, collected a season-high 18 hits, as five Bruins homered, and four different players combined to hit five doubles, collecting 13 RBI ... 10 different Bruins have gone yard this season, and five already own two or more homers on the year.

  • USC (10-8, 0-0): Ian Kennedy struck out 11 Georgia batters on Thursday, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Bulldogs in their first game on the West Coast. The game was Kennedy's 11th 10 K game of his career, and he now ranks fifth on USC's all time strikeout list with 324, passing Randy Flores (1994-97) ... The Trojans sought redemption on Friday, sending 11 batters to the plate as part of a six-run seventh inning to hand Georgia their first loss of the season. Freshman David Parrow earned his first collegiate win, tossing 1 1/3 perfect innings, followed by two perfect innings by reliever John Dunn. Matt Cusick and Blake Sharpe each had two hits and two RBI, while Hector Estrella drew four walks in as many plate appearances ... Down by six runs on Saturday, the Trojans rallied, scoring four runs in the fourth and six in the fifth. Cusick went 3-for-5 in the game with a double, triple and four RBI. Cyle Hankerd and Lucas Duda each hit home runs and brought in three runs. Duda finished 3-for-4 and Hankerd went 2-for-4 to secure the series win ... Shawn Olsen got the win for the Trojans after working 3 1/3 innings ... Dunn threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and has not been charged with a run in his last 16 2/3 innings.

  • WASHINGTON (12-4, 0-0): Junior Tim Lincecum picked up Washington's first win in Hawaii on Tuesday over then-No. 11 Arkansas in the Rainbow Tournament opener. He allowed two runs on four Razorback hits, striking out eight in seven innings, his longest outing of the season. For his performance, Lincecum was named the tournament's most outstanding pitcher ... Junior Curt Rindal went 8-for-23 in Hawaii (.348 with four RBI, which also earned all-Rainbow Tournament honors. He was on the all-tourney team by freshman Matt Hague, who went 9-for-19 (.474) with five walks, two steals and eight runs. Hague enters this week with a .430 career batting average and he leads the Huskies with 17 runs this season ... Matt Lane went 10-for-24 during his week on the island, hitting 10 of his team-leading 19 RBI in six games ... in UW's last game in Hawaii, freshman Bradley Boyer pinch-hit an RBI triple with two outs in the ninth to break a 7-7 tie and secure an 8-7 win over Washington's host, Hawaii. The game, which was scheduled for seven innings as the second game of a doubleheader, was won in the ninth inning ... After going 4-2 last week in Hawaii, Washington returns to Seattle to begin an eight-game homestand. The Huskies are currently in the midst of a stretch of 11 games in 13 days and 14 games in 17 days ...

  • WASHINGTON STATE (13-3, 0-0): The Cougars pounded out 14 hits and three WSU pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout to open the school's home schedule with a 16-0 victory over Chicago State in the first game of the Banana Belt Tournament. The game marked Washington State's first shutout since May 7, 2005. Freshman made his first start of the season, going five innings, scattering five hits with five strikeouts to pick up the win. From the plate, Jim Murphy, Simi Reynolds, Garrett Kimbrel and Paul Gran each had two hits. Reynolds scored three times and Jay Miller drove in three ... Miller collecting four hits and scoring a career-high five runs. Jared Prince added a season-high four RBI. The win improved Wayne Daman, Jr.'s record to 4-0 this season, despite giving up a season-high seven runs. Daman, Jr. worked six innings, allowing 11 hits while striking out five ... On Sunday, Nick Ison struck out a season-high nine batters over eight innings, while Miller made four hits for the second straight game in WSU's 6-1 win over Lewis-Clark State ... Cross-state rival Gonzaga ended Washington State's seven-game winning streak on Sunday. Miller, who entered the game riding an 18-game hitting streak which dated to last season, went 0-for-3 against the Bulldogs.
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