This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

March 14, 2006

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No. 13 OREGON STATE and USC open the Conference season this weekend in a rematch of last year's NCAA Super Regional, where the Beavers won the series to advance to the College World Series ... WASHINGTON STATE continues its run in this week's Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic. The Cougars will play six games in six days at the Fresno tournament ... WASHINGTON broke into the national rankings this week, earning the No. 19 spot in the Baseball America Top-25. After last week's three-game sweep over Santa Clara, the Huskies are taking a break this week during finals before starting their three-game series against Cal Poly SLO on Saturday ... UCLA will face two Mountain West Conference opponents this week, starting with UNLV on Tuesday before the Bruins' three-game series vs. San Diego State ... the Arizona schools continue to play ranked opponents this week. ARIZONA hosts No. 7 Cal State Fullerton in a three-game series this weekend, while No. 16 ARIZONA STATE travels to No. 18 and defending-national champion Texas before hosting No. 24 Oklahoma. In other non-Conference action, CALIFORNIA hosts Saint Mary's on Tuesday before its three-game series with Pacific. No. 17 STANFORD will return to the field next week, after taking some time off for final exams.

Tues., March 14
ARIZONA STATE at No. 18 Texas, 6:15 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. Saint Mary's, 2 p.m.
UCLA vs. UNLV, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Binghampton (1), 4 p.m.

Wed., March 15
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Lafayette (1), 4 p.m.

Thur., March 16
WASHINGTON STATE at Fresno State (1), 7 p.m.

Fri., March 17
ARIZONA vs. No. 7 Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 24 Oklahoma, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. Pacific, 2 p.m.
OREGON STATE at USC*, 6 p.m.
UCLA vs. San Diego State, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Gonzaga (1), 4 p.m.

Sat., March 18
ARIZONA vs. No. 7 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 24 Oklahoma, 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Pacific, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE at USC*, 1 p.m.
UCLA vs. San Diego State, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Cal Poly SLO, 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Miami (Ohio) (1), 4 p.m.

Sun., March 19
ARIZONA vs. No. 7 Cal State Fullerton, 12 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 24 Oklahoma, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. Pacific, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE at USC*, 12 p.m.
UCLA vs. San Diego State, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Cal Poly SLO, 2 p.m.

Mon., March 20
WASHINGTON vs. Cal Poly SLO, 12 p.m.

*Pacific-10 Conference Game

Tournaments and Neutral Sites
(1) - Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic, Fresno, Calif.

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

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., March 7
CALIFORNIA 13, Georgetown 2
No. 11 OREGON STATE 3, Portland 1
No. 23 Pepperdine 6, UCLA 1
UC Irvine 10, USC 9 (13 innings)
San Diego 8, WASHINGTON 4
WASHINGTON STATE 20, Chicago State 4

Thur., March 9
Chicago State 6, WASHINGTON STATE 5
WASHINGTON STATE 8, Chicago State 0

Fri., March 10
No. 6 Mississippi State 3, ARIZONA 2
No. 17 ARIZONA STATE 10, TAMCC 2
CALIFORNIA 5, UNLV 1
No. 11 OREGON STATE 10, New Mexico 4
No. 16 STANFORD 7, USC 6
UCLA 9, No. 19 Mississippi 2
WASHINGTON 14, Santa Clara 10

Sat., March 11
No. 6 Mississippi State 9, ARIZONA 2
No. 17 ARIZONA STATE 6, No. 3 Rice 5 (10 innings)
UNLV 9, CALIFORNIA 6
New Mexico 13, No. 11 OREGON STATE 2
USC 16, No. 16 STANFORD 7
No. 19 Mississippi 6, UCLA 5
WASHINGTON 15, Santa Clara 13

Sun., March 12
No. 6 Mississippi State 5, ARIZONA 4
No. 17 ARIZONA STATE 3, TCU 1
UNLV 5, CALIFORNIA 4
USC 7, No. 16 STANFORD 3
UCLA 6, No. 19 Mississippi 4
WASHINGTON 9, Santa Clara 0

Mon., March 13
WASHINGTON STATE 7, Bucknell 1

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (10-8, 0-0): Freshman T.J. Steele continues to provide Arizona's offensive punch. In the series opener at Mississippi State, Steele drove home a run with a two-out single in the second to put the Wildcats up 1-0, and scored Arizona's second run after tripling to lead off the fifth. Steele finished Friday's game 2-for-4 with his team-leading fourth triple of the year. His four three-baggers rank second in the Pac-10, as Arizona leads the Conference with 15 triples ... The Wildcats were swept in three games for the first time since April 23-25, 2004 at Washington ... Colt Sedbrook leads the league after being hit by 13 pitches. The `Cats have been hit with 40 pitches total this season, which ranks second ... Brad Boyer leads the Pac-10 in steal attempts, with 13 of Arizona's 38. Wildcat runners have stolen 24 bases this season, which ranks third in the Conference, but UA also ranks first with 14 runners caught stealing.

  • ARIZONA STATE (17-5, 0-0): Willy Fox led the Sun Devils to a 3-0 sweep of the First Annual Whataburger College Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. Fox was named Tournament MVP thanks to his 5-for-13 performance with two runs batted in, including the game-winning single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth inning Saturday night to give ASU the 6-5 victory over No. 3 Rice. Fox also scored four runs and drew two walks at the tournament, while playing flawless defense at both third and first base ... Fox was joined on the all-tournament team by five other Sun Devils: Austin Stockfisch, Eric Sogard, Ryan Sontag, Ike Davis and Zechry Zinicola, who shut down the Owls for three innings while his teammates rallied back from a 5-1 deficit. Zinicola allowed only one hit and struck out five, picking up his second win of the season ... On Friday, Josh Satow went 4.2 innings vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, his longest outing for the season. He now has a record of 1-0 ... The Sun Devils have scored in the opening frame in 10 of their games this season. They are now 9-1 in games in which they score in the first inning, and 13-1 in games in which they score first.

  • CALIFORNIA (9-8, 0-0): Chris Errecart went 5-for-13 (.385) with two, two-run homers over the weekend in Las Vegas. The junior currently leads the Bears with six home runs, 13 RBI and has a .600 slugging percentage. Errecart is also on an eight-game hitting streak since Feb. 25, going 11-for-33 (.333) with two homers and four RBI ... Brandon Morrow threw his first collegiate complete-game last Friday at UNLV. In nine innings, the junior right hander allowed six hits, one run, and three walks, while striking out seven. He is now 3-0 with a 1.34 ERA and has 36 strikeouts in 33.7 innings. Opponents are batting .195 against him ... Senior shortstop Allen Craig went 7-for-12 (.583) at UNLV, batting in three runs, including a two-run homer Sunday against the Rebels. This season, Craig leads Cal with a .391 batting average ... The Bears have lost five games by one run this season.

  • OREGON STATE (11-5, 0-0): On Tuesday, Mike Stutes pitched 6.0 innings, allowing no runs on one hit and two walks. Stutes struck out seven and at one point, he retired 10 consecutive Pilot hitter. He combined with Jon Koller and Kevin Gunderson to pitch a three-hitter ... Shea McFeely batted .538 (7-for-13) last week with two triples and five RBI. He had a .846 slugging percentage in games vs. Portland and New Mexico. In the Beavers' 10-4 series opener vs. New Mexico, McFeely belted a pair of triples to tie Oregon State's school record for triples in a game. It gave him five triples for the season, ranking sixth on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders. McFeely and Bill Rowe both had four hits on Friday, which were career highs for both Beaver batters.

  • STANFORD (11-7, 0-0): Last weekend's series sweep marked the first time Stanford has dropped back-to-back series to USC in the regular season since 1996. Sunday's loss at USC snapped the Cardinal's streak of consecutive double-digit hit games at seven. Cord Phelps had hit in six straight games before Sunday ... Brent Milleville his the first home run of his collegiate career on Sunday, while Ryan Seawell tied his career-high with three hits for the second time ... The Cardinal ended its eight-game road trip at .500 and will open its Conference schedule against Washington State on March 25. This season, Stanford has played seven one-run games and has won five of those contests ... Chris Minaker is on a torrid season-high 11-game hit streak. For the season, Minaker is hitting .368 (28-for-76), which leads the Cardinal. He also leads the club with three homers, 22 RBI, 28 hits and three stolen bases.

  • UCLA (11-11, 0-0): Freshman Ryan Babineau hit .500 (5-for-10) last weekend against Ole Miss, nailing two doubles, a home run, five RBI and two runs scored. Babineau's performance raised his batting average to .219 (14-for-64) ... The Bruins extended their home run streak to nine consecutive games last week. In those nine games, UCLA has nailed 14 homers, upping the school's season total to 23, which is second in the Conference. The Bruins have already topped last year's season total, 21, in half the number of games. 12 Bruin batters have smacked round-trippers in 2006, with six players already owning multiple home runs this year. Chris Jensen has hit four, Tim Stewart has nailed three, and Hector Ambriz, Cody Decker, Brett McMillan and Sean Smith have each tallied two ... UCLA is 10-3 this season when scoring five or more runs in a ball game, and owns a 7-0 record when holding opponents to two runs or less. The Bruins are also 10-3 this season when recording eight or more hits in a game. Tuesday's game vs. UNLV is the first time UCLA has faced a non-ranked opponent in 12 games. 18 of the Bruins' 22 games this season have been against nationally-ranked opposition.

  • USC (12-10, 0-0): Daniel Perales batted .500 (6-for-12) for the weekend against No. 16 Stanford, hitting a home run and five RBI. Perales went a perfect 5-for-5 on Saturday with two doubles, a home run and four RBI ... The Trojans's 16 runs on Saturday marked the most against Stanford since April 13, 2002, when USC defeated the Cardinal 16-11 at Sunken Diamond ... Tommy Milone allowed just two runs in USC's 7-3 win over Stanford on Sunday. After allowing a run in the third and fourth innings, the freshman kept the Cardinal off the scoreboard with seven strong innings. Milone scattered six hits, allowed a walk and struck out three to improve to 5-0 on the season. Milone's win gave the Trojans' their second straight series win over Stanford for the first time since 1996, when USC was a perfect 6-0. Darin Vieira and Lucas Duda joined Perales in the .500 club this weekend, while Baron Frost batted .625 (5-for-8) in the non-conference series.

  • WASHINGTON (15-5, 0-0): Collegiate Baseball honored Husky pitchers Tim Lincecum and Nick Hagadone as National Players of the Week, after combining for the school's first no-hitter since 1978. Lincecum threw the first six innings of Sunday's 9-0 win over Santa Clara to earn his third National Player of the Week award in five weeks. Hagadone, who threw three perfect innings to close the no-hitter, allowed only two hits over eight innings in three relief appearances last week ... In the loss to San Diego and the three-game series vs. Santa Clara, Kyle Conley went 6-for-9 at the plate with four runs and three RBI ... Fellow freshman Matt Hague enters this week with a .426 career batting average (84-for-197) and is currently on a nine-game hitting streak, including his .667 (2-for-3) performance Saturday, hitting a home run and five RBI against Santa Clara ... Junior Curt Rindal is also riding a nine-game hit streak, averaging .389 (14-for-36) with seven RBI, 10 runs and five doubles.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (16-4, 0-0): Jared Prince helped the Cougars to a 3-1 week in a three-game series against Chicago State and a 7-1 victory over Bucknell in the opening round of the Johnny Quik Tournament in Fresno. Prince batted a team-best .500, going 7-for-14 with four runs, two doubles and seven RBIs for the week. He also had a .643 slugging percentage and .579 on-base percentage. In the series opener, Prince went 5-for-6 with a double, three runs and three RBI in a 20-4 Cougar win. He then went 1-4 with a double and RBI in the second game and 1-2 with a run and three RBIs in the finale. Prince also went 2-0 on the mound last week. He scattered nine hits and did not allow an earned run in 11.0 innings of work. His opponents hit .214 against Prince, as he struck out nine. Against Bucknell in Washington State's first game at the Johnny Quik Tournament, he improved to 3-0 on the season, working 7.0 innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits while striking out five with no walks. Prince had yet to allow an earned run this season in 17 innings pitched, and for the season, he is hitting .435 (27-for-62) with 18 RBI.
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