This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

April 25, 2006

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Over halfway through the Conference season, a new Pac-10 team has emerged in this week's Baseball America rankings. For the first time since March 2001, UCLA is ranked No. 22 in the magazine. The Bruins, coming off a season sweep of Long Beach State and a Conference series win over ARIZONA STATE, will host CALIFORNIA this weekend ... Despite losing two of three in Los Angeles, Arizona State remains ranked at No. 16. The Sun Devils will travel to STANFORD for a three-game series this weekend, which includes the 2006 television debut of the Cardinal ... OREGON STATE continues its gradual climb up the rankings, entering this week at No. 5. The Beavers are this week's odd-team-out and will face Portland, Cal Poly SLO and New Mexico this week in non-Conference play ... ARIZONA and WASHINGTON, who each won their Conference series last week, will face each other this weekend, and WASHINGTON STATE will host USC.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., April 25
ARIZONA vs. Southern Utah, 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. San Francisco, 3 p.m. (1)
No. 5 OREGON STATE at Portland, 4 p.m.
STANFORD vs. Santa Clara, 6 p.m.
No. 22 UCLA vs. UC Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.
USC vs. Loyola Marymount, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. St. Martin's, 6:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Gonzaga, 6:30 p.m.

Wed., April 26
ARIZONA vs. Southern Utah, 1 p.m.

Thur., April 27
No. 5 OREGON STATE vs. Cal Poly SLO, 5 p.m.

Fri., April 28
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON*, 6:30 p.m.
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD*, 6 p.m. (2)
No. 22 UCLA at CALIFORNIA*, 2:30 p.m.
No. 5 OREGON STATE vs. New Mexico, 5 p.m.
USC at WASHINGTON STATE*, 6 p.m.

Sat., April 29
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON*, 2 p.m.
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD*, 1 p.m.
No. 22 UCLA at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
No. 5 OREGON STATE vs. Cal Poly SLO, 4 p.m.
USC at WASHINGTON STATE*, 1 p.m.

Sun., April 30
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON*, 1 p.m.
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD*, 1 p.m.
No. 22 UCLA at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
No. 5 OREGON STATE vs. New Mexico, 1 p.m.
USC at WASHINGTON STATE*, 12 p.m.

Mon., May 1
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.

*Pacific-10 Conference Game
(1) Dante Benedetti Classic, San Francisco, Calif.
(2) To be broadcast on CSTV

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

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., April 18
New Mexico 13, ARIZONA 3
CALIFORNIA 8, UC Davis 2
STANFORD 12, Sacramento State 5
UCLA 9, Long Beach State 7
UC Irvine 5, No. 22 USC 0
Gonzaga 9, WASHINGTON STATE 4

Fri., April 21
STANFORD 10, ARIZONA 6
No. 10 ARIZONA STATE 3, UCLA 2
No. 9 OREGON STATE 5, CALIFORNIA 2
WASHINGTON 7, No. 22 USC 2
WASHINGTON STATE 22, Northern Colorado 7

Sat., April 22
ARIZONA 14, STANFORD 4
UCLA 5, No. 10 ARIZONA STATE 1
No. 9 OREGON STATE 5, CALIFORNIA 2
No. 22 USC 15, WASHINGTON 8
WASHINGTON STATE 10, Northern Colorado 7

Sun., April 23
ARIZONA 12, STANFORD 3
UCLA 11, No. 10 ARIZONA STATE 10 (10)
No. 9 OREGON STATE 9, CALIFORNIA 7
WASHINGTON 7, No. 22 USC 2
WASHINGTON STATE 5, Northern Colorado 2

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 (17-20, 5-7): Arizona dropped a 13-3 decision at New Mexico on Tuesday, marking the first time the Wildcats have lost a season series to the Lobos since 1994 ... After suffering its fourth straight loss in the Conference series opener vs. Stanford, UA exploded for 18 hits on Saturday, the most hits in a game in over two months. All nine starting Wildcats finished with at least one hit in the game, and six with two or more, as the team fell just two hits shy of equaling its season-high of 20 set on Feb. 19 against New Mexico ... Junior left-hander Brad Mills turned in a strong six-inning performance on the mound, giving up just four runs (two earned) on seven hits to improve to 4-3 on the year. Mills struck out five and walked three on the night ... Sophomore left-hander David Coulon provided Arizona's pitching staff with a much-needed boost in Saturday's rubber game. With Friday starter Eric Berger shelved for the remainder of the season and closer Mark Melancon out for an extended period, Coulon made an extended outing, working six innings and limited the Cardinal to three runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked three on the afternoon to pick up his second win of the year ... Junior Bill Rhinehart batted .429 (6-for-14) with a pair of doubles and a home run against the Cardinal. He finished the three-game series with team-highs in both RBI (four) and runs scored (six), while recording a .786 slugging percentage and a .429 on-base percentage ... Arizona's series victory over Stanford marks the fourth straight year the Wildcats have won a season series against the Cardinal.

  • ARIZONA STATE (28-14, 7-5): The Sun Devils were able to outlast UCLA on Friday, thanks to a career-high 10 strikeouts by sophomore starter Josh Satow. The left-hander, whose previous high was six K's, improved to 3-0 on the year, after going five innings. He allowed only one run on three hits ... Sophomore Eric Sogard and freshman Brett Wallace each had two hits, as did sophomore Andrew Romine, who returned to the lineup for the first time since April 2nd ... Freshman lefty Jeff Urlaub took Saturday's loss, falling to 5-1, despite allowing only four hits and three runs in six plus innings of work ... The Devils only managed two hits, singles from freshman Ike Davis and Wallace ... Despite taking leads into both the bottom of the ninth and tenth innings on Sunday, the Sun Devil pitching staff could not hold either lead. Romine, Sogard and junior Colin Curtis each had three hits in the loss, but the Sun Devil bullpen allowed six runs and relinquished three leads.

  • CALIFORNIA (19-20, 6-9): Despite suffering his first loss of the season Friday versus Oregon State, junior Brandon Morrow was still impressive, throwing 7.0 innings, allowing only three hits, no earned runs (five unearned runs), two walks and five strikeouts. Morrow currently is 7-1 with a 1.52 ERA and has struck out 81 batters in 77 innings. Opponents are only batting .187 against him, and he has only allowed 49 hits ... Senior Rob Nesbitt went 7-for-10 last week with two doubles and two RBI. Nesbitt, who has only started six games this season, went 6-for-7 in the last two games against Oregon State, including going 4-for-4 with an RBI double on Sunday. He is now batting .400 (10-for-25) on the season with three doubles, a home run and five RBI in 16 games ... Senior shortstop Allen Craig went 6-for-16 (.375) in last week's Tuesday game vs. UC Davis and the three-game series vs. the Beavers. Craig, who hit three home runs and seven RBI, has now hit home runs in three of the last four games and is batting .363 overall with 11 doubles, eight home runs and 23 RBI. He is second on the team behind junior Brennan Boesch's nine home runs and 27 RBI ... The Bears have lost nine, one-run games this season, and four, one-run games in extra-innings.

  • OREGON STATE (28-9, 9-3): The Beavers picked up only four of Friday's 12 total hits, but took advantage of three errors to help build a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning ... Junior Dallas Buck earned his 13th straight decision over the past two seasons, and after not giving up a run in seven-plus innings on Friday, he has now pitched 15 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in his last two appearances. Buck allowed four hits and four walks, striking out two to earn the win which moves him into a tie for eighth place on the school's all-time list of career wins leaders. Buck is 23-7 in the orange and black ... Junior Kevin Gunderson pitched the ninth innings in each of last week's games, earning three saves in as many games. Gunderson has 12 saves this season, giving him sole possession of second place on the Beavers' all-time list of single-seasons saves leaders. Gunderson tops the list with 14 saves last season and has extended his career saves record to 29 ... Junior Jonah Nickerson, who earned Saturday's decision, has a 6-2 record in his last eight starts, averaging over 6 2/3 innings and a 1.83 ERA . He moved into sixth on OSU's all-time list with 228 career strikeouts, passing two-time all-American Cecil Ira, who threw 221 K's from 1961-63 ... The Beavers', who won the Pac-10 series vs. Cal for the third straight year, have swept in their last four Conference road series, dating back to last season. The Beavers have seven straight games and 16 of their last 17. OSU has won six in a row in Pac-10 play.

  • STANFORD (17-17, 3-9): On Friday, sophomore Michael Taylor nailed a double in the third inning to join seniors John Hester and Chris Lewis and junior Jim Rapoport as the fourth Stanford player to pick up his 100th career hit this month. Taylor has hit safely in nine of his last 10 contests and 14 of his last 16 ... Friday's victory, which was Stanford's 11th come-from-behind win this season, moved head coach Mark Marquess to within one win of 13th on the all-time win list. Marquess is 1241-607-5 (.671) in his 30th season at the helm of the Cardinal ... A total of 10 different Stanford pitchers have combined for the team's 17 wins with junior right-hander Greg Reynolds (3-3) the only one recording more than two ... Junior Ryan Seawell and freshman Jason Castro both have current five-game hit streaks. Seawell has hit .455 (10-22) with two doubles, three RBI and two stolen bases in five games since April 17, while Castro's streak has been spread out from April 2-21 (.471, 8-17, 2B, SB, 4 RBI) ... Stanford is fielding at a clip of just .963, after fielding at .971 or better in each of the past six years for six of the top eight fielding percentages in school history. The Cardinal has made at least one error in six straight games and a total of 14 over the period ... Stanford's current five-series losing streak (at USC, Washington State, USC, at Oregon State, and at Arizona) is the Cardinal's longest since dropping seven in a row when it lost the final six series of 1993 (at UCLA, Arizona, at Arizona State, at California, UNLV, UCLA), as well as in its first series in 1994 (Cal State Fullerton).

  • UCLA (23-16, 7-5): In Friday's series opener vs. Arizona State, freshman Ryan Babineau went a perfect 3-for-3 with a solo home run, the first three-hit game of his career ... UCLA has scored three or more runs in an inning 35 times this season, and the Bruins are 19-1 when they have scored three or more in a frame. On Saturday, UCLA used a three-run seventh inning to pull away for a 5-1 win over the Sun Devils. The Bruins then survived Sunday's rubber game by using a three-run third inning to take a 5-4 lead, and a three-run 10th inning to record their first comeback win of the season ... Freshman Cody Decker anchored the comeback with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 10th. The Bruins trailed 10-8, when Decker ripped a double to left field to score two and tie the game at 10 all. It was Decker's first double of the season and the first pinch hit of his career in nine tries ... For the second time this season, UCLA won back-to-back games without hitting a home run. In Sunday's win, the Bruins scored 11 runs, their second double-digit total in a game minus a long ball ... UCLA is 11-3 when scoring in the first inning, and 5-4 when scoring before the opposition in a game. The Bruins are 8- 2 when opponents score first in a game ... UCLA is a perfect 22-0 when owning the lead after eight innings ... UCLA hit .298 (31-for-104) in the series win over Arizona State, which marks the first time in the last five seasons that the Bruins have won three-straight Conference series.

  • USC (23-19, 9-6): The Trojans snapped Washington starter Tim Lincecum's impressive streak of scoreless innings with two runs in the first inning of Friday's series opener. Senior Baron Frost clubbed a two-run double to left on a 0-2 to break Lincecum's streak of 37 1/3 scoreless innings ... Before Saturday's game, USC honored former head coach Rod Dedeaux, who coached the Trojans to 11 national championships and guided 59 players who played in the majors. The salute featured speeches from former Los Angeles Dodgers' manager Tommy Lasorda and Fred Lynn, who was the American League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year in 1975 for the Boston Red Sox ... Senior Blake Sharpe went 4-for-4 with a double and RBI to lead the Trojans to a 15-8 in ... USC sent 12 batters to the plate in the second inning and scored eight times. The Trojans led by a 12-1 margin after the third ... The win moved freshman Tommy Milone's record to 7-0 this season. Milone allowed just two runs through six innings, before giving up four in the seventh.

  • WASHINGTON (27-15, 6-6): Although his 37 1/3 scoreless innings streak came to an end on Friday, junior RHP Tim Lincecum picked up his ninth win of the season. Lincecum, the 2004 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, allowed two two-out runs in the first inning, but kept USC off the scoreboard the rest of the way. In six inning of work, he allowed two runs on five hits (four of which came in the first) and four walks, while striking out 11 ... Lincecum has allowed only three earned runs on 19 hits over his last 59 innings, going 6-1 with two saves during that span ... The Huskies came up with all the offense they would need in the fifth inning, breaking through with seven runs. Sophomore Ryan Anderson led the Husky hitters with two singles, a run and an RBI. No other UW batter had more than one hit ... Despite home runs from senior Zach Clem, sophomore Matt Stevens and freshman Brett Kaluza, UW fell behind early on Saturday and couldn't come back, as the Huskies allowed eight runs on five hits, one error, one hit batter and two walks in the second inning ... Junior first baseman Curt Rindal finished the day 4-for-5 with two runs batted in. Anderson and sophomore Matt Hague also each had three hits ... In just his second collegiate start, sophomore Elliott Cribby allowed only one earned run over 6 1/3 innings in the rubber game. Cribby had been the Huskies' closer before earning his first start last Monday at Portland ... UW took the lead early in the top of the first, when Clem hit a two-out solo homer, his league-leading 17th of the season. Clem finished the game a single short of hitting for the cycle while driving in three runs.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (26-15, 5-7): The Cougars set a school record with 26 hits on Sunday, including at least one from every starter in the series-opening 22-7 win at Northern Colorado. The 26 hits break the previous mark of 25, set twice during the 1999 season in back-to-back games against New Mexico State. It also marks the most runs scored by a Cougar team since putting up 22 in a 22-10 win at New Mexico State, Feb. 14, 1999 ... Junior Mike Gilbert led the way with four hits, four RBI and two runs scored. Senior Jay Miller had three doubles, while freshman Jared Prince, junior Ryan Krauser and sophomore Paul Gran each added three hits. In all, 13 different Cougars registered hits ... On the mound, junior right-hander Mike Wagner picked up his fourth win of the season, going five innings while allowing six runs, three earned, on eight hits. Freshman lefty Ross Humes worked the final four innings, surrendering one run on four hits to earn his first save of the year ... On Saturday, Prince capped a five-run ninth inning with his third home run of the season to give the Cougars their first come-from-behind win of the season ... The Cougars connected for 13 hits, including four by Prince, who also drove in three and scored three. Sophomore Jim Murphy also drove in three runs and scored a pair ... Prince did it on both sides of the ball on Saturday, nailing three hits and going six strong innings on the mound. The freshman improved to 5-1 this season, after he allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out three.
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