This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

April 11, 2006

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USC re-enters the Baseball America poll this week at No. 20. The Trojans, who have won seven of their last 11 games and lead the Conference at 7-2, host UC Riverside Tuesday before this weekend's trip to No. 13 ARIZONA STATE ... No. 11 OREGON STATE travels to Portland Tuesday for a non-Conference game, before this weekend's series vs. STANFORD, which has loss three straight series for the first time since 1995 ... ARIZONA opens its home Conference schedule when the `Cats host UCLA this weekend ... CALIFORNIA hosts Hawaii in Berkeley on Tuesday, before the Bears make their way to WASHINGTON STATE ... WASHINGTON takes this week off from Conference play. The Huskies will face the University of British Columbia on Tuesday in an exhibition game and will play host to Brigham Young for a three-game weekend series.

Tues., April 11
CALIFORNIA vs. Hawaii, 2 p.m.
No. 11 OREGON STATE at Portland, 3 p.m.
STANFORD vs. San Francisco, 4 p.m.
No. 20 USC vs. UC Riverside, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. British Columbia, 6:30 p.m. (1)

Thur., April 13
UCLA at ARIZONA*, 7 p.m.
No. 20 USC at No. 13 ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE*, 6 p.m.
STANFORD at No. 11 OREGON STATE*, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Brigham Young, 6:30 p.m.

Fri., April 14
UCLA at ARIZONA*, 6 p.m.
No. 20 USC at No. 13 ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE*, 6 p.m.
STANFORD at No. 11 OREGON STATE*, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Brigham Young, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., April 15
UCLA at ARIZONA*, 12 p.m.
No. 20 USC at No. 13 ARIZONA STATE*, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE*, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at No. 11 OREGON STATE*, 12 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Brigham Young, 12 p.m.

Mon., April 17
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE at Texas Tech, 6:30 p.m.
STANFORD vs. Pacific, 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Portland, 3 p.m.

*Pacific-10 Conference Game

(1) Exhibition

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

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., April 4
WASHINGTON 11, Portland 10
Gonzaga 6, WASHINGTON STATE 2

Wed., April 5
Santa Clara 12, CALIFORNIA 7
UC Santa Barbara 9, USC 2

Fri., April 7
No. 11 OREGON STATE 10, ARIZONA 5
WASHINGTON 8, No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 0
USC 2, CALIFORNIA 1 (10)
UCLA 9, WASHINGTON STATE 5

Sat., April 8
No. 11 OREGON STATE 10, ARIZONA 2
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 12, WASHINGTON 7
USC 3, CALIFORNIA 2
STANFORD 13, San Jose State 3
WASHINGTON STATE 4, UCLA 3 (10)

Sun., April 9
ARIZONA 8, No. 11 OREGON STATE 1
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 8, WASHINGTON 7 (11)
USC 10, CALIFORNIA 1
UCLA 10, WASHINGTON STATE 7

Mon., April 10
STANFORD 2, Pacific 1

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (14-16, 2-4): Arizona seemingly had the first game at Oregon State in hand, after taking advantage of three hit batters and a three-run double by junior first baseman Bill Rhinehart, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Beavers ... Mark Melancon was charged with his third loss of the season after issuing three walks and striking out only two. The junior right-hander surrendered a career-high seven runs on six hits over two innings of wor, as the Wildcats lost, 10-5 ... The Wildcats' lone offense in Saturday's game came when freshmen David Plante and Brad Glenn hit back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the fourth inning, marking the first time two Arizona batters have hit home runs in consecutive at-bats since June 6, 2004 ... David Coulon tossed a career-high seven innings on Sunday, scattering five hits and allowing the lone Oregon State run. The sophomore left-hander, whose previous career-best was 5 1/3 innings, finished with two strikeouts against five walks, but induced the Beavers into 12 ground outs to give himself the first victory of the year ... Arizona's offense rapped out eight runs on 11 hits, including two doubles, a triple and a home run off four Oregon State pitchers, to save its series in Corvallis ... The `Cats win ended Oregon State's 13-game home winning streak, which extended over the past two seasons.

  • ARIZONA STATE (25-10, 4-2): On Friday, Arizona State was held to just two hits and scored no runs for just the second time this season. And, even though junior right-handers Pat Bresnehan and Brett Bruneel only surrendered one earned run apiece and struck out a combined seven Washington batters on the night, the Sun Devils committed a season-high six fielding errors that accounted for six unearned runs to put the game out of reach ... Freshman Preston Paramore led ASU's offensive unit on Saturday, knocking in a career-high five runs in Saturday's 12-7 win over the Huskies. In all, five Sun Devils had multi-hit games, as the club rapped out 15 hits against four Washington pitchers ... Senior RHP Tony Barnette picked up the win in relief, as he threw three innings of three-hit ball. He also struck out six ... Sophomore J.J. Sferra singled through the left side in the 11th inning to bring home an on-board Paramore and give the Devils the 8-7 victory ... Sophomore 3B Eric Sogard went 3-for-6 in the game, and sophomore outfielder Willy Fox batted in two runs to help lead Arizona State to the series win ... In Conference play, Arizona State leads all Pac-10 teams with a .307 batting average, a .423 slugging average and a .388 on-base percentage.

  • CALIFORNIA (16-16, 4-5): After dropping two of last week's games vs. USC, California has now lost eight games by one run this season, four of which into extra innings ... Sophomore right-fielder Taylor Grigsby has started in the last four games for the Golden Bears, going 8-for-15 (.533) with two doubles, a triple, four RBI and four runs scored. Grigsby is batting a team-leading .406 (13-for-32) this season ... Sophomore 3B Josh Satin is also having a standout season for the Bears, going 6-for-13 (.462) with two RBI so far ... Junior RHP Brandon Morrow is currently 6-0 with a league-leading 1.57 ERA, and has struck out 68 batters in 63.0 innings of work. Morrow, who has already thrown a complete game this season, has only allowed 43 hits, forcing his opponents to bat .200 against him ... Cal's pitching staff has a solid 3.90 ERA overall. The Bears have struck out 73 batters in Pac-10 games, which ranks first in the Conference.

  • OREGON STATE (21-9, 3-3): A six-run seventh inning gave way to Oregon State's 10-5 series-opening win over Arizona. The Beavers had trailed by four runs in the middle of the fifth ... In just his second career appearance, Freshman Mark Grbavac entered the game with OSU down 5-1, one out and runners at first and second. Grbavac allowed no hits and one walk, while striking out one, to pick up the win and junior closer Kevin Gunderson pitched a scoreless final two innings to protect the five-run lead ... Prior to Friday, the Beavers had gone their first 22 games of the season without winning a game in which they'd trailed after six innings. OSU has now come from behind in the seventh inning or later in three of its last five wins ... Junior Jonah Nickerson and sophomore Joe Paterson combined to limit Arizona's scoring to a pair of solo home runs in Saturday's 10-2 win. Paterson allowed just one hit over the final 3 2/3 innings, walking none and striking out two to become the second Beaver to record a save this season. In his last four appearances, Paterson has worked 9 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, walking one and striking out seven ... Junior Anton Maxwell's first pitch of Sunday's game was delayed several minutes after a rooster wandered in from 'fowl territory' onto the left-field warning track. After being corralled by the Oregon state grounds crew and several members of the OSU team, the rooster was turned over to a school public safety officer who owns five chickens himself ... Oregon State has won 9 of its last 11 games and 17 of its last 22.

  • STANFORD (14-11, 2-4): The Cardinal scored just one run in a 23-inning stretch through the first two innings of Saturday's game at San Jose State, but went on to tally 13 runs in the final seven frames. Stanford had a season-high 18 hits in the contest, led by senior John Hester, who collected a career-high four hits, including two doubles of the Cardinal's season-high seven doubles ... As a team, Stanford also set season-highs with 13 RBI and 33 total bases in San Jose ... In his first official start of the season, sophomore Brendan Domaracki finished with a career-high three RBI against the Spartans ... On Monday, freshman left-hander Jeremy Bleich struck out two Pacific batters in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the 2-1 win. Bleich, who is tied for second in the Conference with seven saves, was the last of three Stanford pitchers that held the Tigers to just one run and six hits, striking out a season-high-tying 13 batters and walking two ... Senior starter Matt Manship set a new career-best with seven of Stanford's K's ... Monday's victory marks the ninth game this season Stanford has come from behind to win.

  • UCLA (18-14, 3-3): Freshman Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam and senior Brett McMillan hit a three-run homer to help UCLA earn a 9-5 win in the series opener vs. Washington State. Crawford's blast was his third of the season, and the first grand slam by a Bruin since McMillan's slam on May 17, 2003 at Stanford ... McMillan finished Friday 2-for-3 with four RBI ... Junior Hector Ambriz (5-4) tossed 6.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts to earn the win ... Senior Sean Smith went 2-for-4 in each of the first two games of the series ... Junior Dave Huff tossed 8 1/3 innings on Saturday, striking out nine in his second-consecutive no-decision ... After Saturday's 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Cougars, UCLA found itself in an early four-run deficit in the rubber game. Freshman Ryan Babineau went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored, Crawford finished going 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored, and Ambriz went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI to help the Bruins bounce back and earn the 10-7 win to take the series ... Junior Eric Taylor, Jr. also had two hits with a run scored and a RBI, senior Chris Jensen went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and senior Josh Roenicke finished with four RBI on the day ... UCLA's defense continues to dominate the league. The Bruins lead the Pac-10 with their .976 fielding percentage and 3.44 ERA.

  • USC (20-14, 7-2): USC unconventionally took the series opener vs. California on Friday, as junior Daniel Perales was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to give the Trojans the 2-1 victory ... Junior right-hander Ian Kennedy earned the win, his first since Feb. 17, by going all 10 inning and allowing just one run on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts ... Freshman RHP Ryan Cook allowed just two runs on four hits in seven innings on Saturday, striking out four and walking none to grab Saturday's win over the Bears. Cook is undefeated in three Pac-10 starts with a 1.77 ERA ... Senior Blake Sharpe and junior Cyle Hankerd each had three hits and two RBI on Sunday to help give USC its first three-game sweep over Cal since March 28-30, 2002 ... The win improved freshman Tommy Milone's record to 6-0 on the season, as he allowed only one run on eight hits with two strikeouts in six innings of work. This season, Milone has only allowed eight walks in 61 2/3 innings ... Junior Hector Estrella extended his season-high hitting streak to 11 games, going 2-for-5 on Sunday ... The weekend sweep over California is USC's fifth straight. The Trojans are batting .322 at a team with a .974 fielding percentage ... On the mound, the starting rotation of Kennedy, Cook and Milone has a combined 2.36 ERA in Pac-10 play this season.

  • WASHINGTON (22-13, 4-5): Senior left-fielder Zach Clem became only the fourth Husky on record to hit three home runs in a game in Tuesday's 11-10 win over Portland. Clem belted two solo homers and a two-run shot to join Tyler Davidson (2002), Chad Boudon (2003) and Kyle Larsen (2004) as the only Washington players to hit three home runs in a game. Clem leads the Pac-10 with 14 homers, four more than sophomore Matt Stevens, who ranks second ... Tuesday's game featured a total of nine long balls, six from Husky batters ... On Friday, junior right-hander Tim Lincecum ran his string of consecutive scoreless innings to 28 2/3, as he struck out 12 in his second straight two-hit, complete-game shutout over No. 13 Arizona State ... Lincecum has struck out 109 batters this year, marking the third straight season that he has reached the 100-K plateau. Only two other UW pitchers have struck out 100 or more in a season ... Lincecum also became only the third pitcher in Pac-10 history to strike out 400 batters in a career. With 401, he's 48 short of conference record-holder Rik Currier, who fanned 449 in his four seasons at USC (1998-2001) ... Junior 1B Curt Rindal, who went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch on Friday, saw his hitting streak end at 21 games. He didn't wait long to connect, though, finishing Saturday 3-for-4 with three RBI and knocking out his eight homer of the season on Sunday.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (22-12, 4-5): The Cougars used eight pitchers in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to Gonzaga. Junior reliever Josh Williamson suffered the loss, dropping his record to 1-2 ... From the plate, Jay Miller, Jared Prince, Ryan Krauser and Simi Reynolds each had two hits ... Trailing UCLA 9-0 through six innings in the series opener, Washington State put up five runs in the seventh inning to get back in the game, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Bruins ... Junior starter Mike Wagner went 5 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs on eight hits while striking out six to drop his record to 3-5. Senior lefty Reese Baker came in the sixth to go the rest of the way, allowing just one hit and no runs ... Freshman RHP Jared Prince, who had walked just two batters all season, allowed three in the first inning of Saturday's game. Prince lasted just 2 1/3 innings, his shortest outing as a starter this season, before giving way to four Cougar relievers who combined for 7 2/3 scoreless innings. In the third, Jayson Miller came in for Prince with one on and one out. The sophomore southpaw retired the first 12 batters he faced before allowing a one-out double in the seventh ... After getting the next batter to pop up, Miller gave way to fellow sophomore left-hander Steve Cost, who allowed one hit in his one inning of work before junior RHP Nick Cebula came on to earn his first win of the year. Cebula allowed one hit while striking out one in the final 1 1/3 innings of play ... The Cougars banged out 14 hits on Sunday, four from Jeff Miller and two each from Jay Miller, Krauser, Jim Murphy and Travis Coulter.
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