This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

March 28, 2006

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OREGON STATE climbed four places to No. 12 in this week's Baseball America poll. The Beavers will break up their four-weekend baseball homestand with a quick jaunt south for midweek games at Pacific and San Francisco before this weekend's series hosting Texas Pan-American ... No. 14 ARIZONA STATE opens its Conference schedule this weekend with a three-game series at WASHINGTON STATE. ARIZONA will travel to CALIFORNIA for the Wildcats' first Conference series of the season. The Arizona schools will then meet in Phoenix on Monday for the Challenge at Chase Field ... UCLA travels to UC Riverside to face the Highlanders for the second time this season, before its trip to Seattle. The Bruins will face WASHINGTON in a three-game series, which starts on Mar. 31 ... USC will host No. 19 Pepperdine on Wednesday, before the Trojans' trip to STANFORD this weekend.

Tues., March 28
No. 12 OREGON STATE at Pacific, 6 p.m.
UCLA at UC Riverside, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Portland, 2 p.m.

Wed., March 29
USC vs. No. 19 Pepperdine, 6 p.m.
No. 12 OREGON STATE at San Francisco, 2 p.m.

Thur., March 30
ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA*, 2 p.m.
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE*, 6 p.m.

Fri., March 31
ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA*, 2 p.m.
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE*, 6 p.m.
No. 12 OREGON STATE vs. Texas-Pan American, 4 p.m.
USC at STANFORD*, 6 p.m.
UCLA at WASHINGTON*, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., April 1
ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE*, 1 p.m.
No. 12 OREGON STATE vs. Texas-Pan American, 1 p.m. (DH)
USC at STANFORD*, 1 p.m.
UCLA at WASHINGTON*, 2 p.m.

Sun., April 2
ARIZONA vs. No. 14 ARIZONA STATE (1), 5 p.m.
USC at STANFORD*, 1 p.m.
UCLA at WASHINGTON*, 1 p.m.

*Pacific-10 Conference Game

Neutral Sites
(1) Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz.

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

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., March 21
CALIFORNIA 8, Sacramento State 2
USC 14, Loyola Marymount 4

Wed., March 22
WASHINGTON 5, University of Puget Sound 4

Fri., March 24
No. 19 ARIZONA STATE 8, Penn State 5
CALIFORNIA 9, WASHINGTON 3

Sat., March 25
ARIZONA 5, UC Irvine 1
No. 19 ARIZONA STATE 15, Penn State 5
CALIFORNIA 2, WASHINGTON 1
No. 16 OREGON STATE 7, Utah Valley State 5
No. 16 OREGON STATE 9, Utah Valley State 4
WASHINGTON STATE 7, No. 17 STANFORD 1

Sun., March 26
UC Irvine 7, ARIZONA 1
No. 19 ARIZONA STATE 9, Penn State 7
WASHINGTON 5, CALFORNIA 0
No. 16 OREGON STATE 13, Utah Valley State 6
WASHINGTON STATE 8, No. 17 STANFORD 5

Mon., March 27
No. 17 STANFORD 5, WASHINGTON STATE 3

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (11-12, 0-0): Arizona snapped a season-high six-game losing streak on Saturday with a 5-1 victory over UC Irvine ... Freshman RHP Preston Guilmet (2-3) surrendered just one unearned run on seven hits, holding the Anteaters' offense in 6 2/3 innings to pick up his first win on the mound since Feb. 25. Guilmet started in place of an ailing Eric Berger and finished with five strikeouts, while not issuing a walk ... Junior righthander Mark Melancon also finished with five Ks, one walk and did not allow a hit in his third save of the year ... Offensively, junior first baseman Bill Rhinehart led a nine-hit night for the Wildcats, finishing 3-for-3 with his first home run of the season, three RBI and a pair of runs scored ... junior infielder Jason Donald chipped in a pair of hits in three at-bats and added an RBI and a run scored in the winning effort ... junior lefty Brad Mills was charged with his first loss of the season on Sunday, depsite limiting UC Irvine to one run on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings of work. The junior southpaw struck out five and walked two ... Arizona posted seven of its nine hits in the first seven innings of Sunday's game, stranding 10 of the 14 runners left on base in the contest during that stretch, including eight in scoring position. Junior catcher Konrad Schmidt helped the `Cats avoid the shutout loss with a sac-fly in the ninth.

  • ARIZONA STATE (21-7, 0-0): Trailing 5-2 in the top of the second to Penn State on Friday, Arizona State scored six unanswered runs to pick up the 8-5 victory. The Sun Devils were led by freshman Ike Davis, who went 3-for-4 and collected three RBI thanks to a pair of doubles. Davis has batted in 40 runs this season ... Senior southpaw Brett Bordes earned the win on the mound, pitching 3.1 scoreless innings and surrendering only one hit ... Junior righthander Zechry Zinicola earned the save, pitching the Devils out of a jam in the ninth ... Senior RHP Daryl Arreola was solid out of the bullpen as well, taking over for Davis in the second and throwing 3.1 scoreless innings ... On Saturday, the Sun Devils set season highs in four different offensive categories, including hits (20), runs (15) and doubles (7) ... Senior RHP Frank Mesa got his first career start against the Nittany Lions on Saturday, striking out seven batters in four innings of work ... Junior RHP Brady Martinez earned the 15-5 win with eight strikeouts in four innings ... Junior righthander Pat Bresnehan got the starting nod for ASU on Sunday, which was his first extended-action game since his injury against Baylor in February. He lasted 4.1 innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out five ... Zinicola finished out the game to pick up his fifth save of the season and second of the series, while junior Matt Trink earned the win, improving his record to 2-0 ... The Sun Devils have swept four series so far this season.

  • CALIFORNIA (14-11, 2-1): Junior righthander Brandon Morrow threw an impressive 7.0 innings on Thursday against Washington, allowing eight hits, no walks and eight strikeouts to improve his record to 5-0. The only runs Morrow gave up was a three-run homer to Washington's Zach Clem before a 45-minute rain delay. After sitting in the cold, Morrow came back to limit the Huskies to just two more hits with no runs in the next four innings. Morrow currently has 54 strikeouts in 49.0 innings with a 1.65 ERA and opponents are batting .202 against him ... Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch finished last week 6-for-16 (.375) with a double, two home runs and six RBI, which helped the Bears to a 3-1 mark, including two Pac-10 victories over Washington. On Tuesday vs. Sacramento State, Boesch went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and four RBI. In Cal's Conference opener vs. Washington, Boesch hit another homer and batted in two runs. On Friday, Boesch threw the potential game-tying Husky runner out at the plate in the top of the ninth inning to help preserve the 2-1 victory. Boesch had two of the Bears' six hits on Sunday. The junior is currently batting .281 and leads the Bears in home runs (six) and RBI (17) ... 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 two games vs. Sacramento State, including the game scheduled for Tues., Mar. 28. A makeup date has yet to be determined.

  • OREGON STATE (15-7, 1-2): Junior outfielder Scott Santschi batted .583 (7-for-12) in last week's three-game sweep over Utah Valley State. He finished the weekend with one home run, three doubles, seven RBI, five runs and one stolen base, slugging at 1.083. Santschi's two walks and his hit-by-pitch helped him to a .667 on-base percentage. In Sunday's 13-6 victory, Santschi set a new career-high for hits by going 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. His performance against UVSC upped Santschi's from .257 to .305 ... junior lefty Kevin Gunderson earned two saves over the weekend and did not allow a run nor a hit. In the opener, Gunderson was called on to get the final two outs of a 7-5 win with the tying run at the plate. He retired the only two hitters he faced. In Sunday's series finale, Gunderson entered the game to start the eighth inning with the Beavers up 9-6 and pitched the final two innings for a 13-6 win. Gunderson now has six saves this season, which ties him for fourth place on the school's all-time list of single-season leaders. He increased his OSU school record for career saves to 23 ... junior pitchers Dallas Buck and Jonah Nickerson broke into the Beavers' all-time top 10 lists in separate categories. Buck's victory on Friday was the 21st of his career, tying him for 10th on the Beavers' all-time list with Scott Christman (1991-93). Nickerson recorded eight strikeouts on Friday, giving him 201 for his career, which places him 10th on Oregon State's all-time list.

  • STANFORD (12-9, 1-2): Senior infielder Chris Minaker had his season-high hit streak snapped at 11 games (two shy of his career-high of 13) by going 0-for-4 on Saturday. Nevertheless, Minaker made a season-high nine assists that were one short of his career-high (10) ... freshman righthander Austin Yount allowed the first two earned runs of his Stanford career in the series opener, after not allowing an earned run in his first 7.0 innings of collegiate work ... Stanford's victory in Monday's Conference series finale vs. Washington State snapped the Cardinal's four-game losing streak, the school's longest since dropping four in a row in 1998. The win also allowed the Cardinal to avoid being swept in a regular season three-game homestand for the first time since 1997, extending the run to 65 straight series. The win also helped Stanford avoid the school's first five-game losing skid since the team dropped five in a row in 1993 ... Despite Monday's victory, Stanford has had its string of Pac-10 opening series victories ended at nine by losing the first two games of the series ... Senior righthander Matt Manship posted his longest start of the season and the second longest of his career, working 6.1 innings to earn his first victory of the season. Manship allowed just two runs and spread out nine hits, walking two and striking out four ... Stanford stole a season-high three bases and drew a season-high-tying seven walks, marking the third time this season the Cardinal has been issued seven free passes ... Stanford has been outhit in the past seven games and has not reached double-digits in the last four contests.

  • UCLA (15-11, 0-0): After taking last week off, UCLA resumes action on Tuesday against UC Riverside. Tuesday's game marks the second time the Bruins have faced the Highlanders, who dealt UCLA a 'heartbreaking' 6-4 loss on Valentine's Day ... 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 ... junior RHP 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 (15-11, 2-1): The Trojans sent 14 batters to the plate on Tuesday as part of a nine-run eighth inning against Loyola Marymount. Seniors Baron Frost and Darin Vieira combined to go 7-for-9 with five RBI. Frost hit at .800 (4-for-5) with three doubles, the most by a Trojan since April 20, 2002, when Bill Peavey hit three against Washington State ... Vieira went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple ... Junior Shawn Olsen (3-1) allowed just one run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief, walking two and striking out four ... The Trojans are currently batting .334 on the season, close to the school record .335 set in 1997.

  • WASHINGTON (18-9, 1-2): After managing only one hit through the first four innings in Wednesday's game vs. Puget Sound, Washington came back from a 4-0 deficit to earn its 16th straight win over the Loggers. Freshman Bryce Mooney struck out six in three perfect innings of relief for the victory, while sophomore closer Elliott Cribby pitched the ninth innings for his Pac-10 leading eighth save, Cribby has finished 12 games for UW, which also leads the league ... senior Zach Clem's homer in the Huskies' Conference opener at California accounted for all three Husky runs. He also doubled in his four at-bats ... Junior RHP Tim Lincecum threw eight shutout innings on Sunday to help UW avoid a weekend series sweep. Lincecum allowed five singles, walking three and striking out eight. Over his last 23 innings, Lincecum has allowed only eight hits and one earned run. Cribby worked a scoreless inning to preserve the shutout for Washington ... In the rubber game, Clem hit his ninth home run of the season, moving him into a tie for the Pac-10 lead in homers alongside teammate sophomore Matt Stevens ... junior first baseman Curt Rindal extended his hitting streak to 16 straight games with three hits on Sunday. He finished 3-for-5 with an RBI.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (20-7, 2-1): Junior righthander Mike Wagner evened his season record at 3-3 on Saturday by picking up a 7-1 victory at Stanford in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. The win marked the first Cougar victory over Stanford since the 1978 season and the first win on the Farm since 1971. Wagner worked 7.0 innings, allowing one run on six singles to pick up the win. He had two strikeouts, two walks and twice retired the side in order in his longest outing of the season. For the season, Wagner is 3-3 with a 4.62 ERA. He has registered K's against nine walks ... The Cougars pounded out 11 hits on Saturday, with two each coming from senior Jay Miller, junior Jeff Miller, sophomore Jim Murphy and junior Ryan Krauser ... Krauser, who spent last season at Lower Columbia College, made his first appearance in crimson and gray after missing the first 24 games due to an elbow injury ... Jeff Miller and freshman Jared Prince each batted in two runs on Saturday, while freshman Travis Coulter and senior Zach McAngus each scored twice ... the Cougar bats continued to connect on Sunday, as the WSU offense pounded out 17 hits. Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Krauser each had three hits on the afternoon, while Jay Miller and sophomore Paul Gran each drove in two ... Sunday's win gave Washington State's third 'J. Miller,' Jayson Miller, his second win of the season, as he registered three K's in his four innings of work ... The Cougars finished its trip to Stanford with 41 hits ... Last week's series win at Stanford gave Washington State its first Conference series win since 2005. Prior to last week, the Cougars had not once captured a series at Stanford in school history.
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