This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

April 4, 2006

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The pros have kicked off the 2006 season, but the Pac-10 is already in the thick of Conference play ... No. 13 ARIZONA STATE hosts WASHINGTON this weekend, including Saturday's game which will be broadcast on FSNAZ and FSNNW ... ARIZONA takes a break from Conference play, hosting the Tucson Sidewinders in an exhibition game on Tuesday, before traveling to No. 11 OREGON STATE for a three-game Conference series ... CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON STATE will each play in mid-week games against West Coast Conference teams before their respective trips to Los Angeles. The Bears will travel to Santa Clara for a mid-week game before their three-game series at USC this weekend. Meanwhile, the Cougars will host Gonzaga before travelling to UCLA ... STANFORD has three non-Conference games this week, taking on Pacific, San Jose State and Santa Clara.

Tues., April 4
ARIZONA vs. Tucson Sidewinders (Exhibition), 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Portland, 6:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Gonzaga, 6 p.m

Wed., April 5
CALIFORNIA at Santa Clara, 6 p.m.
STANFORD vs. Pacific, 6 p.m.
USC vs. UC Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.

Fri., April 7
ARIZONA at No. 11 OREGON STATE*, 5 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at USC*, 6 p.m.

Sat., April 8
ARIZONA at No. 11 OREGON STATE*, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at No. 13 ARIZONA STATE*, 12 p.m. (1)
CALIFORNIA at USC*, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at San Jose State, 1 p.m.

Sun., April 9
ARIZONA at No. 11 OREGON STATE*, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at USC*, 1 p.m.

Mon., April 10
STANFORD at Santa Clara, 6 p.m.

*Pacific-10 Conference Game

(1) Game will be televised on FSNAZ and FSNNW

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


Tues., March 28
No. 12 OREGON STATE 6, Pacific 4
Portland 8, WASHINGTON 5

Wed., March 29
San Francisco 8, No. 12 OREGON STATE 2
No. 19 Pepperdine 2, USC 1

Thur., March 30

Fri., March 31

Sat., April 1
No. 12 OREGON STATE 5, Texas-Pan American 4 (10)
No. 12 OREGON STATE 9, Texas-Pan American 1
No. 12 OREGON STATE 14, Texas-Pan American 1
USC 3, STANFORD 2 (12)

Sun., April 2


  • ARIZONA (13-14, 1-2): Freshman right-hander Preston Guilmet tied his career high with seven innings pitched on Thursday, but it wasn't enough to hold off the 3-2 loss at California. He surrendered seven hits, no earned runs, struck out five and walked only one in his first series-opening start ... Junior lefty Brad Mills tossed six shutout innings on Saturday to lead Arizona to a 5-1 win over the Bears. The junior scattered four hits and finished with seven strikeouts and two walks to help lead the Wildcats to a weekend team ERA of 2.61 and their first Conference win of the year ... Sunday's 5-4 loss at Cal marked Arizona's fifth loss this season by one run. After the loss in the 13th inning, which concluded Saturday's darkness-halted game, the `Cats traveled 650 miles to Phoenix for the Challenge at Case vs. in-state rival, Arizona State ... Freshman David Plante's two-out grand slam in the eighth inning handed Arizona a 12-8 win over the Sun Devils. The outfielder/DH finished the Challenge 3-for-5 with a team season-high seven RBI and a run scored. Plante's grand slam, the first homer of his career, was also the first grand slam by a Wildcat in just over a year. For the week, Plante batted .400 (6-for-15), finishing with a .600 slugging percentage and a .400 on-base percentage.

  • ARIZONA STATE (23-9, 2-1): Sophomore shortstop Andrew Romine made his season debut on Thursday at Washington State. Romine, who underwent rib removal surgery in January to correct a blood clot, saw his first defensive opportunity in the second inning, catching a line drive to end the inning. The game was suspended in the third inning, thanks to a light malfunction ... When play resumed on Friday, Colin Curtis homered to right field to cut the Cougars' lead to 5-1. Curtis' solo shot was the first earned run allowed by Jared Prince this year ... The Sun Devils bounced back in game two, thanks to a strong relief outing by Brady Martinez, who entered in the fifth and struck out seven, allowing only one hit to earn his third win this season ... Preston Paramore finished the nightcap 3-for-5 with three RBI, and Rocky Laguna added three hits of his own and an RBI for ASU ... Following Thursday's light failure and Friday's doubleheader, the mayhem in Pullman continued on Saturday with a five-hour delay thanks to rain, snow and sleet. The Devils were able to burn off the freezing temperatures to pick up the 2-1 victory. Pat Bresnehan lasted 4.2 innings, allowing one run and striking out six. Brett Bordes was perfect in relief, pitching 1.1 innings in his fourth win of the year ... In their fourth game in three days, Eric Sogard collected a game-high four hits in the Challenge at Chase, hitting an RBI triple in the seventh. Freshman Ike Davis brought home his Conference-leading 42nd RBI in Phoenix. Davis was charged with the loss, moving from left field to relief in the top of the eighth.

  • CALIFORNIA (16-12, 4-2): Junior Brandon Morrow, a third-team preseason All-American, improved his record to 6-0 on Thursday by throwing 8.0 innings with five hits, two runs, three walks and nine strikeouts in Cal's 3-2 win over Arizona. This season, Morrow has struck out 63 batters in 57.0 innings with a 1.74 ERA ... Game Two of Cal's doubleheader with the Wildcats went 12 innings before being suspended for darkness. The Bears came back from a 4-0 deficit thanks to an RBI single by Josh Satin, a two-run homer by Brennan Boesch and the game-tying RBI on a bases-loaded walk by Boesch. Boesch leads California with seven home runs and 20 RBI ... For the second time this season, freshman right-fielder Charlie Cutler threw a runner out at the plate in a key situation. Cutler preserved the 4-4 tie on Saturday by throwing out Colt Sedbrook in the top of the 12th inning ... Senior right-fielder Rob Nesbitt broke the 4-4 tie with Arizona on Sunday, hitting his first collegiate homer over the right-field fence in the bottom of the 13th for the 5-4 victory ... Senior Allen Craig finished the Arizona series 6-for-14 (.429) with a double. He was 5-for-6 in Sunday's win. Craig leads California with a .393 batting average, which includes 44 hits and 10 doubles. He also has knocked out five home runs and 15 RBI this season.

  • OREGON STATE (19-8, 1-2): Oregon State scored four runs in the ninth inning on Tuesday to beat Pacific and end the Tigers' five-game winning streak. The Beavers came up with the four runs on two hits, two walks and three Pacific errors. Prior to Tuesday, Oregon State had been 0-7 in games where the Beavers trailed after six innings ... Junior Jonah Nickerson led Oregon State to its second of three wins over Texas-Pan American on Saturday. Nickerson pitched 8.0 innings, striking out nine and allowing one run, as he scattered eight hits and one walk in the 9-1 victory ... With one swing of the bat, senior Chris Kunda earned a share of two Oregon State school records in the Beavers' 14-1 win over UTPA. Kunda's double just inside the third base bag in the eighth inning was his fifth hit and third double of the game. Kunda's record-tying performance came near the end of the Beavers' 25-inning day against the Broncs, as Oregon State completed a suspended game and then played a regularly scheduled doubleheader. In the condensed series, Kunda batted 5-for-8 with six runs scored, three doubles, one RBI, five walks, one sacrifice and one stolen base. Kunda played every inning of all three games, along with Cole Gillespie, Shea McFeely and Darwin Barney ... The day's play included 861 pitches, 141 outs, 223 plate appearances, 14 pitching changes, 51 hits, 30 runs and 6 errors.

  • STANFORD (13-11, 2-4): Jeremy Bleich came into the first game of Stanford's doubleheader at the top of the eighth to toss a pair of scoreless innings, while allowing just one walk to preserve the 9-7 victory. Bleich now has seven saves on the season to go with a 1-1 record and a 2.00 ERA in a team-high 13 appearances ... He has struck out 13 and walked just four in his 18.0 innings of work ... The nightcap marked Stanford's first loss this season in extra-innings. Nolan Gallagher pitched 6.1 innings in game 2, the longest outing of his career, while Michael Taylor had his fourth multiple-double game of his career and second of the season ... Sunday's loss to the Trojans marks Stanford's first series loss to USC since 1996. The Cardinal have lost four of six games to USC this season. The loss also marked the first regular-season home series loss to USC since 1999, which snapped a string of six straight series wins over the Trojans at Sunken Diamond. The game lasted just 2:32, one minute shy of Stanford's shortest game this season.

  • UCLA (16-13, 1-2): UCLA scored a total of four runs in its three-game series at Washington last weekend. Before that, the Bruins scored 61 runs in their last seven games, outscoring the opposition by 38 runs in that seven-game span. The Bruins' defense currently leads the Conference with a .977 fielding percentage ... On the mound, UCLA is tied with the Pac-10's lowest ERA (3.40) and are second in the league with a .243 opposing batting average ... The Bruins have been shutout by their opposition three times this season, but after each shutout loss, UCLA has bounced back to win the next game ... The Bruins have hit home runs in 14 of their last 16 games, knocking out 24 in that span and 32 so far this season. That number surpasses last year's season total for home runs (21) in half the number of games ... UCLA returns to Jackie Robinson Stadium on Tuesday, looking to win its sixth straight home game vs. UC Irvine. The Bruins, who will be playing their first home game in 16 days, have not won six straight at home since 2001.

  • USC (17-13, 4-2): The Trojans recorded 12 hits on Wednesday against No. 19 Pepperdine, but stranded 11 runners on base to drop the game, 2-1. Cyle Hankerd went 3-for-4 against the Waves ... Freshman reliever John Dunn threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to split Saturday's doubleheader with Stanford. Dunn held the Cardinal off the scoreboard, despite the bases loaded in the 11th and 12th innings. He allowed two hits with two walks and one strikeout ... The Trojans scored the game-winner in the 12th on a bases-loaded RBI groundout by pinch-hitter Josh Fogel ... Freshman Tommy Milone had the longest start of his career, throwing eight innings and allowing two runs on nine hits with a walk and six K's ... Freshman Ryan Cook threw his longest stint of the season Sunday in USC's 6-1 win, allowing just one run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings of work. Cook is 2-0 this season with a 1.35 ERA in two Pac-10 games against Oregon State and Stanford ... Matt Cusick, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI, leads the league with 37 runs scored this season. Cusick is second in the Pac-10 with 47 hits, 19 walks, and a .510 on-base percentage.

  • WASHINGTON (20-11, 3-3): Junior Tim Lincecum was named to the College Baseball Foundation's National Honor Roll for the fifth time this season after striking out a career-high 18 batters in a complete-game, two-hit shutout on Friday in the series opener vs. UCLA. The right-hander did not allow a hit through 5 1/2 innings and walked only one. His old career-best for strikeouts was 15, set in 2004 and matched earlier this year ... Junior Curt Rindal extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a double and a home run on Friday, a single on Saturday and a single and a home run on Sunday ... Freshman Tyler Cheney worked 8 2/3 innings on Saturday, surrendering two runs (one earned) on eight hits and no walks in a pitchers' duel vs. UCLA. Husky closer Elliott Cribby took the 3-2, 11-inning loss, allowed a run on two hits in relief for Cheney ... UW took the series on Sunday, as freshman Bryce Mooney pitched 4 2/3 innings of one-hit relief. Mooney did not allow a run and struck out six ... Matt Stevens hit his 10th homer of the year on Sunday, moving him into a tie for the Pac-10 lead with his teammate, Zach Clem ... Matt Lane completes the Husky trifecta on the Conference's home run list this season, knocking out seven thus far ... Redshirt sophomore RHP Richie Lentz is schedule to start in Tuesday's game vs. Portland. Lentz, who threw in only one game last year before season-ending surgery on his right elbow, will take the mound for the first time in nearly 14 months.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (21-9, 3-3): Jared Prince earned the Cougars' only victory over No. 14 Arizona State, a 6-1 series-opening win. Prince put in 6.0 innings of work, allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts. Prince had worked 2 2/3 innings on Thursday night before a partial light outage suspended the game until Friday. When play resumed, Prince returned to the mound and went 3 1/3 more innings before exiting. The run Prince surrendered marked the first earned run he has allowed this season in 25 innings, and also allowed his first walk of the year .... Six Cougar pitchers made appearances in game two of the double-header and offensively, Prince made three hits. Jay Miller rapped out two, moving him into second place on the Cougars' all-time list with 274 ... Sunday's game, which was originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, was pushed back to 6 p.m. because of rain and snow. Wayne Daman, Jr., matched his career-high with nine strikeouts, but allowed two runs in his six-plus innings. Daman (5-2) allowed six hits and did not walk a batter ... Steve Kost, Nick Cebula and Travis Webb worked the final three innings of the series, allowing a combined two hits while striking out three ... The Cougar bats continue to dominate the Pac-10, as Washington State ranks first in the Conference in on-base percentage (.409), runs scored (239), doubles (72) and stolen bases (59). The Cougars are second in the league for batting average (.326), hits (348), and RBI (205).
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