This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

March 21, 2006

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Pac-10 Conference actions heads into week two, as the Washington schools head to the Bay Area. No. 17 STANFORD will host WASHINGTON STATE and CALIFORNIA will host WASHINGTON in the respective three-game series. Meanwhile, No. 16 OREGON STATE has wrapped up a stretch that saw the Beavers play 15 of their first 19 games on the road. OSU will host a three-game series against Utah Valley State this weekend, while No. ARIZONA STATE will face Penn State. In other non-conference action, USC will face Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, and ARIZONA will play UC Irvine in a two-game series this weekend. UCLA has a week off before playing UC Riverside on Tues., Mar. 28.

Tues., March 21
CALIFORNIA vs. Sacramento State, 2 p.m.
USC at Loyola Marymount, 2 p.m.

Wed., March 22
WASHINGTON vs. University of Puget Sound, 6 p.m.

Fri., March 24
WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA*, 2 p.m.
No. 16 OREGON STATE vs. Utah Valley State, 5 p.m.
No. 19 ARIZONA STATE vs. Penn State, 7 p.m.

Sat., March 25
ARIZONA vs. UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
No. 19 ARIZONA STATE vs. Penn State, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
No. 16 OREGON STATE vs. Utah Valley State, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 17 STANFORD*, 1 p.m.

Sun., March 26
ARIZONA vs. UC Irvine, 12 p.m.
No. 19 ARIZONA STATE vs. Penn State, 12 p.m.
WASHINGTON at CALFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
No. 16 OREGON STATE vs. Utah Valley State, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 17 STANFORD*, 1 p.m.

Mon., March 27
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 17 STANFORD*, 11 a.m.

*Pacific-10 Conference Game

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

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., March 14
No. 18 Texas 11, ARIZONA STATE 6
CALIFORNIA 6, Saint Mary's 0
UCLA 16, UNLV 2

Wed., March 15
WASHINGTON STATE 10, Lafayette 2

Thur., March 16
Fresno State 6, WASHINGTON STATE 1

Fri., March 17
No. 7 Cal State Fullerton 6, ARIZONA 4
ARIZONA STATE 8, No. 24 Oklahoma 7
CALIFORNIA 3, Pacific 1
OREGON STATE 4, USC 1
UCLA 14, San Diego State 6

Sat., March 18
No. 7 Cal State Fullerton 5, ARIZONA 3
No. 24 Oklahoma 15, ARIZONA STATE 8
Pacific 10, CALIFORNIA 3
USC 11, OREGON STATE 3
UCLA 12, San Diego State 2
Cal Poly SLO 5, WASHINGTON 4
WASHINGTON STATE 15, Gonzaga 3
Miami (Ohio) 9, WASHINGTON STATE 7

Sun., March 19
No. 7 Cal State Fullerton 5, ARIZONA 3
Pacific 6, CALIFORNIA 5 (10 innings)
USC 4, OREGON STATE 1
UCLA 9, San Diego State 1
Cal Poly SLO 18, WASHINGTON 3

Mon., March 20
WASHINGTON 9, Cal Poly 8 (10 innings)

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (10-11, 0-0): Arizona has lost six straight games, the longest losing streak for the Wildcats since 2003. Arizona was swept in its three-game home series vs. No. 7 Cal State Fullerton last week, who has won four straight games against the `Cats dating back to last season ... In the series opener vs. the Titans, Eric Berger threw 120 pitches in six innings. He gave up five runs on eight hits, striking out four and walking three ... Bill Rhinehart led Arizona at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored ... After a 51-minute rain delay before Sunday's rubber game started and a 24-minute hail delay in the fifth inning, Jason Donald offered a little bit of sunshine for Arizona, hitting his second homer of the season with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to give the Wildcats their first lead of the series. The blast was Donald's 16th in his career ... Sunday's game marked Arizona's seventh loss this season by two or less runs ... Konrad Schmidt is one of two Pac-10 backstops to be named to the Coleman Company Johnny Bench Award List, given to the top Division-I collegiate catcher.

  • ARIZONA STATE (18-7, 0-0): After a long road trip through the Lone Star State, Arizona State closed out its Texas trip against the Longhorns on Tuesday. Six Sun Devils pitchers combined for six walks in ASU's 11-6 loss, and gave up ten of the Longhorns' 11 runs with two outs ... Donned in green hats and socks, the Devils used a little luck of the Irish to spur a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth on Friday for an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over No. 24 Oklahoma. Junior rightfielder Colin Curtis went 3-for-5, hitting three doubles and two RBI, which extended his hitting streak to 21 consecutive games ... while he didn't get a hit in game two, Curtis reached base for the 22nd straight game on Saturday ... Seth Dhaenens knocked in three runs with his two hits in his start at catcher, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Sooners ... Preston Paramore is one of 26 catchers from 15 conferences to be named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch list. Paramore is the lone freshman on the list ... Curtis received the Gene Autry Courage Award at Monday's 13th Annual Gene Autry Awards Dinner. Curtis was diagnosed with testicular cancer as a freshman at Issaquah High School in Issaquah, Wash., and continued his baseball career after being inspired by Lance Armstrong. Curtis was named to the 2005 All-CWS team and earned preseason All-America honors from Baseball America this season.

  • CALIFORNIA (11-10, 0-0): Senior SS Allen Craig went 7-for-13 (.538) this past week in Tuesday's 6-0 win over Saint Mary's and last weekend's three-game series vs. Pacific. Craig hit four doubles, a home run and four RBI. He is currently hitting a team-best .415 with a team-high nine doubles, 14 RBI and a .671 slugging percentage. Craig is also on a 10-game hitting streak, and has had multiple-hit games in nine of his last 10 contests ...The Golden Bear pitching staff sent eight different players to the mound to hold St. Mary's scoreless. The longest any Bear pitcher threw was freshman southpaw Michael Burgary, who did not allow a hit nor a walk in the sixth and seventh innings. Burgary struck out two ... Brandon Morrow led Cal to its only win over Pacific on Friday, throwing 8.3 innings with four hits, one run, three walks and 10 strikeouts to improve his record to 4-0. The junior right-hander now has 46 strikeouts in 42.0 innings this season with a 1.29 ERA. Opponents are batting only .186 against him.

  • OREGON STATE (12-7, 1-2): Junior RHPs Dallas Buck and Kevin Gunderson combined on a four-hitter in Friday's Conference opener vs. USC. Buck, who improved his record to 5-0 this season, allowed one run on four hits and six walks, striking out two in 7.0 innings of work. He has now won his last 10 decisions, dating back to the middle of 2005. Gunderson picked up his fourth save of the season by pitching the final two innings, allowing just a hit batter while striking out four ... Oregon State's 4-1 victory on Friday marked the Beavers' fourth straight win in the Pac-10 opener. It was also the first time in seven tries that OSU has won a series-opener at USC, dating back to 1951 ... Despite a 11-3 loss on Saturday, Mike Lissman matched his career high for hits by going 4-for-5. Lissman tallied seven hits in the first two games of the USC series ... Mitch Canham batted .375 (3-for-8) in the series, knocking out two home runs. He also threw out five Trojan USC baserunners attempting to steal.

  • STANFORD (11-7, 0-0): The Cardinal, who took a 12-day break for finals, resume action and kick off the Conference season this weekend, hosting Washington State in a three-game series. Before the break, Stanford ended its eight-game road trip at .500 ... 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 ... The Cardinal pitching staff has only allowed 48 walks so far this season, which leads the Pac-10. Stanford also ranks second in hits allowed (174), runs allowed (94) and earned runs allowed (78). David Stringer has only allowed 15 hits, six runs, five earned runs, and two walks, the least of any pitcher in the Conference.

  • UCLA (15-11, 0-0): The Bruins are above .500 for the first time this season, after four wins last week and the school's first three-game series sweep at home since 2001. UCLA has won 10 of its last 12 games ... The Bruins posted 12 runs in the first four innings, and scored a season-high 16 runs in Tuesday's rout over UNLV. Junior Eric Taylor, Jr. led the way, going 2-for-4 with a homer and five RBI. Freshman Brandon Crawford also went 2-for-4 and went yard against the Rebels. He added three RBI and on Friday, Crawford went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI ... Freshman Blair Dunlap hit 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, junior Tim Stewart hit an RBI triple and senior Brett McMillan hit a three-run home run in the 14-6 series-opening win over San Diego State ... Junior Dave Huff went 8.0 innings on Saturday, throwing five strikeouts while allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks. The Bruin pitching staff did not allow a single Aztec to walk in the game ... Tyson Brummett closed out the sweep over SDSU on Sunday. The junior earned the win going 7.0 innings with five K's, allowing just one run on five hits ... Stewart led the Bruins from the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double and a home run, which extends UCLA's long ball streak to 13-straight games ... Hector Ambriz is hitting .667 (12-18) in his last five games, and is 3-0 with a save in his last four appearances, with a 1.52 ERA, and 24 strikeouts in 23.2 innings pitched.

  • USC (14-11, 2-1): Daniel Perales celebrated his 21st birthday weeked batting .500 (6-for-12) in the Trojan's Conference-opening series vs. Oregon State. Perales hit four RBI and added a stolen base against the Beavers ... Baron Frost and Cyle Hankerd each homered in Saturday's 11-3 win. The homer was the third this season for Frost (3-for-5), while Hankerd's long ball was his fifth of 2006 ... Redshirt freshman John Dunn threw 2 2/3 innings of no-hit ball to secure Saturday's win ... fellow freshman pitcher Ryan Cook threw five innings on Sunday, allowing one run to get the series win for the Trojans. Cook is 2-2 for the season after allowing five hits, walking four and striking out three ... Paul Koss picked up his third save of the season, throwing two perfect innings in relief. Koss is now fourth on USC's all-time list with his 17th career save ... The Trojans lead the league with a .329 batting average, going 278-for-845 as a team. USC also ranks second in the Conference for its .413 on-base percentage.

  • WASHINGTON (16-7, 0-0): Tim Lincecum (4-2) suffered Tuesday's 5-4 loss, despite allowing only one earned run. He worked eight innings, allowing five runs total on only three hits and five walks while striking out nine ... Sophomore Matt Stevens lofted his ninth home run of the season on Sunday, while senior Zach Clem knocked out his seventh. ... Sunday's loss marked the first time in 2006 that Washington has lost two consecutive games ... Andy Lentz knocked out a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning of Monday's rubber game vs. the Mustangs, and the Huskies got a bases-loaded single from Curt Rindal in the 10th inning to avoid a series sweep ... Leading the Pac-10 with a .497 slugging percentage, Washington also leads the Conference with 39 home runs and 413 total bases. On the mound, Husky pitchers lead all other teams with 12 saves. Seven of those saves have come from Elliott Cribby, who has finished in a league-leading 10 games.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (18-6, 0-0): Jared Prince helped the Cougars to a 2-2 record last week at Fresno State's Johnny Quik Classic. Prince batted a team-best .500, going 8-for-16 with four runs, three doubles, a home run and eight RBIs. He also had a .875 slugging percentage and .526 on-base percentage. On Tuesday, Prince went 3-for-4 against Lafayette, hitting his first home run of the season and adding a double and three RBIs. He also collected three hits in Saturday's 15-3 win over Gonzaga, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and season-high five RBIs. He finished the tournament, going 2-for-4 against Miami (Ohio) with a double and one run scored to be named the Classic's MVP. For the season Prince is hitting .449 (35-78) with a team-best 26 RBIs ... Wayne Daman, Jr. improved to 5-0 in five starts this season with Tuesday's 10-2 win over Lafayette. In 8.0 innings, Daman allowed one run on five hits with two walks while striking out seven. Lafayette's batters hit .179 against him, connecting for just one extra-base hit. His performance earned Daman to the all-tournament team. Daman has a 2.38 ERA this season, fanning 39 batters in 34.0 innings ... Washington State has scored 10 or more runs in seven games this season and has had double-digit hits in 15 games.
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