This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

April 18, 2006

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Two Conference teams broke through the top-10 of this week's Baseball America poll. OREGON STATE, which enters this week at No. 9, travels to CALIFORNIA for a three-game Pac-10 series this weekend, while No. 10 ARIZONA STATE will play at UCLA ... No. 22 USC travels to UC Irvine for a non-conference game on Tuesday before hosting WASHINGTON ... ARIZONA and STANFORD each have non-conference games on the docket for Tuesday. The Wildcats travel to New Mexico, while the Cardinal head to Sacramento State, before the Pac-10 foes meet this weekend for a three-game series that starts on Friday ... In non-conference action, WASHINGTON STATE hosts Gonzaga Tuesday before its weekend trip to Northern Colorado.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., April 18
ARIZONA at New Mexico, 12 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. UC Davis, 2:30 p.m.
STANFORD at Sacramento State, 2:30 p.m.
UCLA vs. Long Beach State, 6 p.m.
No. 22 USC at UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Gonzaga, 6 p.m.

Fri., April 21
STANFORD at ARIZONA*, 7 p.m.
No. 10 ARIZONA STATE at UCLA*, 6 p.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA*, 2:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON at No. 22 USC*, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Northern Colorado, 2 p.m.

Sat., April 22
STANFORD at ARIZONA*, 6 p.m.
No. 10 ARIZONA STATE at UCLA*, 2 p.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at No. 22 USC*, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Northern Colorado, 1 p.m.

Sun., April 23
STANFORD at ARIZONA*, 12 p.m.
No. 10 ARIZONA STATE at UCLA*, 1 p.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at No. 22 USC*, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Northern Colorado, 12 p.m.

*Pacific-10 Conference Game
Game times local to site. Baseball America ranking at game time.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., April 11
No. 11 OREGON STATE 14, Portland 9
No. 20 USC 17, UC Riverside 9
British Columbia 6, WASHINGTON 4 (Exhibition)

Thur., April 13
ARIZONA 4, UCLA 3
No. 20 USC 13, No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 12
CALIFORNIA 9, WASHINGTON STATE 2
No. 11 OREGON STATE 3, STANFORD 0
WASHINGTON 10, Brigham Young 1

Fri., April 14
UCLA 13, ARIZONA 8
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 10, No. 20 USC 9 (10)
WASHINGTON STATE 5, CALIFORNIA 4
No. 11 OREGON STATE 1, STANFORD 0
Brigham Young 4, WASHINGTON 2

Sat., April 15
UCLA 8, ARIZONA 5
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 8, No. 20 USC 7
WASHINGTON 12, Brigham Young 1

Sun., April 16
CALIFORNIA 6, WASHINGTON STATE 4
No. 11 OREGON STATE 12, STANFORD 1 (7)

Mon., April 17
Texas Tech 7, No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 2
San Francisco 9, STANFORD 4
WASHINGTON 7, Portland 4

PAC-10 NOTES

  • Ten Pac-10 baseball legends are on the inaugural ballot for the first class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame to be inducted July 4th in Lubbock, Texas. Jerry Kindall of Arizona, Bobby Winkles and Dr. Jim Brock of Arizona State, Rod Dedeaux of USC and Charles 'Bobo' Brayton of Washington State are included in the list of 12 former coaches on the ballot. The list of 22 legendary former players include Bob Horner of Arizona State, Jackie Jensen of California, Fred Lynn of USC, and John Olerud of Washington State. Former California coach Clint Evans was included in the list of veteran pre-1947 candidates. The College Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2006 will be announced at the completion of voting in late April and officially inducted during a two-day celebration of collegiate baseball, in conjunction with the third annual Brooks Wallace College Baseball Player of the Year Award dinner.

  • ARIZONA (15-18, 3-6): The Wildcats scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally from a 2-1 deficit to defeat UCLA, 4-3, in the series opener. The victory marks Arizona's first win to start a three-game series, since defeating Minnesota in the opening game of the Dairy Queen Classic on March 3 ... Freshman left-hander Daniel Schlereth, who entered the game for fellow frosh Preston Guilmet in the sixth, worked a career-high four innings to pick up his second victory of the year. He allowed one run on two hits, while finishing with three strikeouts and two walks ...Freshman Jon Gaston, who finished Saturday's game 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, saw his hitting streak end at nine on Sunday ... Even though the Wildcats are only hitting .275 (308-for-1121), Arizona leads the Conference with 20 triples this season.

  • ARIZONA STATE (27-12, 6-3): The Sun Devils scored ten runs in the sixth inning and headed into the ninth with a four-run lead, but Arizona State was unable to hold off a late rally to USC in the Conference series opener ... Sophomore Eric Sogard fell a homer short of hitting the cycle against the Trojans, as he finished the night 3-for-4. Freshman Ike Davis went 2-for-4 with three RBI and sophomore J.J. Sferra added three hits in the loss ... Junior Seth Dhaenens helped the Devils avenge Thursday's loss, hitting a bases-loaded single in the tenth to give ASU the 10-9 win ... Six Sun Devils had multi-hit games, led by Dhaenen's three ... In the fifth, senior Frank Mesa hit a three-run shot, the second round-tripper of Mesa's career and his first since 2003 ... For the second straight game, the Sun Devils defeated the Trojans with a walk-off single to cap off a come-from-behind victory ... Junior Colin Curtis, who provided the one-bagger, hit 4-for-6 in the game with three RBIs and one home run short of the cycle ... Curtis combined with Sogard for all seven of the Devils' RBIs. Sogard finished 3-for-5 and became the second Sun Devil to hit two homers in a game this season. Sophomore Willy Fox hit two vs. Cal State Northridge on Jan. 28 ... Sogard now leads his team with six homers on the year ... The Devils picked up only five hits off two Texas Tech pitchers on Monday, after collecting 47 hits over the weekend against USC.

  • CALIFORNIA (18-17, 6-6): Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch knocked a pair of two-run homers in Thursday's series opener at Washington State. Boesch finished the game with three hits, driving in five and scoring three runs ... Fellow junior Brandon Morrow improved his record to 7-0 with the 9-2 victory, allowing two runs and only three hits over seven innings. Morrow has a 1.67 ERA and has struck out 76 batters in 70 innings of work. He has only given up 46 hits and opponents are batting .194 against him ... Morrow combined with freshman Matt Gorgen and senior Alex Trafton to hold Washington State to just four hits on the evening ... Cal's 5-4 loss on Friday marked the Bears' ninth one-run loss this season. Four of those losses have gone into extra innings ... Junior catcher Garrett Bussiere performed well at the plate last weekend, going 5-for-11 (.455) with two home runs and five RBI. Bussiere was 3-for-4 with a home run on Friday, including the game-tying homer in the top of the ninth, and went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI in Sunday's rubber match ... California has fought the weather all season, with several games being postponed and cancelled. The Bears cancelled last week's Tuesday game because of rain and after being pushed back twice Saturday due to snow, the rubber game at Washington State was postponed until Sunday.

  • OREGON STATE (25-9, 6-3): Oregon State erased an early six-run deficit on Tuesday with 14 unanswered runs to defeat Portland 14-9 ... The Beavers' 14 runs matched their season-high that was set on April 1 in the second game of a double-header against Texas-Pan American ... Sophomore right-hander Daniel Turpen, who started twice against Portland last season, had allowed a pair of one-out runs in the second inning, but allowed just two base runners over the last 3 2/3 innings of work to get the win for his first decision this season ... In his longest outing of the season, sophomore RHP Mike Stutes and three relievers combined to pitch a four-hitter on Thursday evening vs. Stanford. The Beavers scored the game's only runs in the top of the sixth inning on a run-scoring single by senior Bill Rowe, who was 3-for-4 on the night, and a two-run single by senior Shea McFeely ... In game two, junior Dallas Buck scattered four hits over 8 1/3 innings, his longest performance of the season to improve his record to 7-0. Buck has now won 12 straight, dating back to the middle of 2005, and now is tied for ninth on the school's all-time victory list at 22-7 ... Junior Cole Gillespie was 2-for-3 and scored the game's only run to give OSU back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1993 ... The win also moved junior Kevin Gunderson into a tie for second on the Beavers' all-time list of single-season save leaders with nine ... The lone run Oregon State allowed Stanford to score on Sunday marked the fewest runs ever allowed by the Beavers in a three-game series. The previous low was two runs against Washington State in 1920 ... The three-game series sweep was the first in OSU history that the Beavers had taken three straight from Stanford. Oregon State had swept a two-game series at Stanford in 1980.

  • STANFORD (15-15, 2-7): The Cardinal's 3-0 loss at Oregon State on Thursday was the first time Stanford had been shut out in a Pac-10 game since 2001, breaking a streak of 109 consecutive Conference games without being shut out. Stanford had not been shut out of any game since 2005, and Thursday's loss ended a stretch of scoring in 60 straight games ... Both teams combined for only 11 hits in the game, including Stanford's season-low of four. All of those hits were singles, including senior John Hester's to lead off the game to mark the 100th hit of his career ... Freshman lefty Jeremy Bleich (2-2) took Friday's loss in his first collegiate start, despite being charged with just one run and allowing only three hits in a career-high 6.0 innings of work, striking out four and walking two ... The back-to-back shutouts in the first two games in Corvallis mark the first time Stanford has been shutout in back-to-back contests since 1975 ... Prior to last weekend, Stanford had yet to be swept in a three-game regular series by Oregon State in school history ... Stanford batters collected nine hits on Monday vs. San Francisco, the most since the club got nine vs. Pacific on Apr. 10. The Cardinal have gone five straight games without reaching double digits in hits ... Since scoring a season-high tying 13 runs at San Jose State on Apr. 8, Stanford has scored just seven runs in its last 43 innings over its past five contests.

  • UCLA (20-15, 5-4): Junior Dave Huff earned his first complete game of the season on Friday. Huff threw 131 pitches in nine innings, striking out 11. He allowed eight runs, six earned, on 12 hits but earned the complete-game victory. In his last four appearances, Huff has posted a 2-0 record with a 3.15 ERA, collecting 32 K's in 34 1/3 innings of work ... Five UCLA players hit over .400 in the three-game Conference series at Arizona last weekend, with three other players hitting .300 or better in Tucson. Junior Tim Stewart hit .600 (6-for-10), senior Josh Roenicke went .500 (5-for-10), junior Eric Taylor, Jr. and freshman Ryan Babineau each hit .444 (4-for-9), and senior Chris Jensen hit .400 (6-for-15). As a team, UCLA batted .368 (42-for-114) in the series, marking a series high for hits in a three-game series ... UCLA started the Pac-10 schedule batting .176 in its series at Washington. Since then, the Bruins are hitting .341 (73-for-214) in their last six Conference games ... The Bruins are in line to do something no UCLA team has done since 1995: beat Long Beach State twice in one season. On. Feb. 28, UCLA won at then-No. 15 LBSU to hand the Dirtbags their first home loss of the season. The Bruins have been on a tear since that win, having gone 15-6 since Feb. 28 ... The Bruins have ripped a long ball in 17 of their last 22 games, knocking out 28 in that span. On the season, UCLA has hit 36 homers, good for second in the Conference. 14 different Bruin batters have hit round-trippers so far this season, with nine players already owning two or more home runs this year, including senior Brett McMillan, who leads the team with six. UCLA is 16-5 this season when a Bruin homers in a game.

  • USC (22-16, 8-4): Junior Hector Estrella hit one of three USC home runs on Tuesday vs. UC Riverside, helping the Trojans defeat the Highlanders 17-9. Junior Cyle Hankerd hit his sixth of the season in a 3-for-5 performance with three RBI, while fellow junior Daniel Perales went 4-for-5 with his fourth home run and three RBI ... As a team, the Trojans pounded out 19 hits. Senior Baron Frost went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI, and senior Blake Sharpe went 3-for-5 ... The Trojans have trailed after the eighth inning in 15 games this season, and finally came on top on Thursday, upsetting then-No. 13 Arizona State. The Trojans' rally was remarkable after they held an 8-1 lead in the sixth before the Sun Devils exploded for 10 runs to take the 11-8 lead. The Devils added another run in the seventh and looked to close it out in the ninth before the Trojans' produced the rally ... All 18 players for both starting lineups had at least one hit on the evening ... Estrella's season-high hitting streak was snapped on Friday when the junior went 0-for-4 in the 10-9, 10-inning loss ... In the Trojans' second-straight one-run loss in Tempe, Hankerd and sophomore Matt Cusick each had three hits ... Junior right-hander Shawn Olsen (4-3) took the loss, despite allowing just one run in three innings ... USC will honor legendary head coach Rod Dedeaux prior to this Saturday's game vs. Washington. Dedeaux, who passed away on Jan. 5 at the age of 91, led the Trojans to 11 national championships during his 45-year tenure at USC (1942-86).

  • WASHINGTON (25-14, 4-5): Junior RHP Tim Lincecum threw 14 of Washington's 20 strikeouts in the Huskies' 10-1 win over Brigham Young. The win improved Lincecum's record to 8-2 ... UW got two doubles and three RBI each from senior Zach Clem and junior Curt Rindal. Sophomore Matt Hague was 1-for-1 with three walks and three stolen bases. For the week, Hague went 8-for-13 (.615) at the plate. He walked four times, good for a .706 on-base average, scored seven runs, drove in six, and hit a home run ... Freshman left-hander Tyler Cheney suffered Friday's loss, despite allowing only three runs (two earned) on six hits, no walks, and two strikeouts ... The Dawgs bounced back on Saturday to defeat BYU 12-1, thanks in part to Clem, who went 3-for-3 and hit his league-leading 15th homer of the year ... Junior starter Kyle Parker threw five shutout innings and only allowed two hits, walking three and striking out four for the win ...In his first start, sophomore Elliott Cribby threw six solid innings at Portland. Cribby, who has served the role as closer this season, allowed two unearned runs on just three hits for the 7-4 win ... Lincecum made his third relief appearance of the year, grabbing his second career save as he fanned six in two innings of work. The junior leads the nation with 129 k's so far this season.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (23-14, 5-7): The Cougars scored their only runs of the series-opener vs. California in the bottom of the fifth inning. Freshman Greg Lagreid drove a 1-1 pitch deep over the wall in left for a two-run home run, scoring sophomore Jim Murphy. It was Lagreid's first home run of the season and it closed out the scoring for both teams ... The Cougars had just four hits in the game, one each from senior Jay Miller, junior Ryan Krauser, sophomore Paul Gran and Lagreid ... The 9-2 loss marked freshman Jared Prince's first loss of the season, as he worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs on eight hits. Senior Reese Baker went the rest of the way, working 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out one ... Murphy hit two home runs on Friday, including the game-winner to lead off the ninth inning. It marked the first time Washington State won on a walk-off homer since Zach Kosturos did so in an 11-10 win over Washington on March 21, 2004 ... The Cougars had seven hits on the evening, including their second, three home run game of the season ... Snow and rain pushed the rubber match back to Easter Sunday, but the weather continued to fight WSU, causing almost a two-hour delay at the start of the fourth inning ... Junior starter Wayne Daman, Jr. went 4 1/3 innings and allowed only two hits and three runs with four strikeouts. When Daman departed in the fifth, sophomore lefty Jayson Miller came on for the next 2 2/3 innings of no-hit relief. In all, six Cougar pitchers went to the mound, as Daman suffered the loss to fall to 5-3 this season ... At the plate, Murphy and freshman Travis Coulter each had two hits to lead a 10-hit Cougar attack.
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