This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

May 9, 2006

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USC, who took last week off for final exams, start this week with a Tuesday trip to third-ranked Cal State Fullerton. The Trojans will then head across town to face their Conference rival, UCLA, in a three-game series which include two games that will be broadcast on FSN West ... No. 4 OREGON STATE enters this week with the school's highest ranking in Baseball America this season. The Beavers travel to No. 18 ARIZONA STATE this week for a showdown of the ranked Conference teams ... WASHINGTON STATE, who won its non-conference series vs. Utah Valley State last week, heads to Tucson for a three-game series at ARIZONA ... STANFORD begins a five-game road swing with a non-conference contest at Santa Clara on Tuesday. The Cardinal will then travel to Sacramento State on Wednesday, before visiting WASHINGTON for a three-game Pac-10 series ... CALIFORNIA will next host a pair of West Coast Conference opponents this week, with San Francisco on Tuesday and Santa Clara on Wednesday. Both games were added to the schedule due to rainouts before the Golden Bears break for finals.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., May 9
CALIFORNIA vs. San Francisco, 2:30 p.m.
STANFORD at Santa Clara, 6 p.m.
UCLA at UC Santa Barbara, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Portland, 3 p.m.

Wed., May 10
CALIFORNIA vs. Santa Clara, 2:30 p.m.
STANFORD at Sacramento State, 2:30 p.m.
USC at No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.

Fri., May 12
No. 4 OREGON STATE at No. 18 ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON*, 6:30 p.m.
USC at UCLA*, 6 p.m.

Sat., May 13
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA*, 7 p.m.
No. 4 OREGON STATE at No. 18 ARIZONA STATE*, 6 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON*, 2 p.m.
USC at UCLA*, 4:30 p.m. (1)

Sun., May 14
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA*, 6 p.m.
No. 4 OREGON STATE at No. 18 ARIZONA STATE*, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON*, 1 p.m.
USC at UCLA*, 4:30 p.m. (1)

Mon., May 15
WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA*, 12 p.m.

*Pacific-10 Conference Game
(1) To be broadcast on FSNW2
Game times local to site.
Baseball America ranking at game time.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., May 2
No. 20 ARIZONA STATE 22, ARIZONA 8
CALIFORNIA 7, Saint Mary's 6
STANFORD 6, San Jose State 2
UCLA 9, UC Riverside 4
Lewis-Clark State 9, WASHINGTON 7

Fri., May 5
ARIZONA 7, UNLV 6 (11)
STANFORD 3, CALIFORNIA 2
No. 22 WASHINGTON 6, No. 5 OREGON STATE 4

Sat., May 6
UNLV 15, ARIZONA 7
CALIFORNIA 5, STANFORD 1
No. 5 OREGON STATE 5, No. 22 WASHINGTON 3
Utah Valley State 6, WASHINGTON STATE 5

Sun., May 7
UNLV 16, ARIZONA 12
STANFORD 6, CALIFORNIA 4
No. 5 OREGON STATE 7, No. 22 WASHINGTON 1
WASHINGTON STATE 9, Utah Valley State 8 (11)

Mon., May 8
WASHINGTON 8, Portland 1
WASHINGTON STATE 6, Utah Valley State 5

PAC-10 NOTES

  • Three Pac-10 baseball legends will be honored into the first-ever Induction Class of the new College Baseball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2006 includes legendary coaches Bobby Winkles of Arizona State and Rod Dedeaux of USC, in addition to former standout Sun Devil player, Bob Horner. These collegiate greats will be officially enshrined during a two-day celebration of college baseball in Lubbock Texas during the first weekend of July, in conjunction with the third annual Brooks Wallace College Baseball Player of the Year Award dinner. Former California coach Clint Evans was included in the list of veteran pre-1947 candidates. The veteran selections will be named later this fall and will be officially inducted with the Class of 2007.

  • ARIZONA (21-25, 6-9): Bright spots in Arizona's 22-8 loss at Arizona State on Tuesday included a pair of scoreless innings from freshman right-hander Cory Burns. Junior Jason Donald extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games and freshman Hunter Pace collected his first two career hits, finishing the contest 2-for-3 with a run scored ... The Wildcats weathered a late UNLV rally in Friday's season opener, as Donald drove home freshman Travis Peep with a two-out single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give UA the 7-6 win. The one-run victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the `Cats ... Closer Daniel Schlereth, a transfer from UNLV, picked up the win over his former team and improved to 3-1 on the year, after working a career-high five innings in relief of freshman starter Preston Guilmet. Schlereth struck out seven and walked five on the night. Guilmet also pitched well in the no-decision effort, giving up three runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked two ... Offensively, Arizona rapped out 11 hits to UNLV's 10. Sophomore Colt Sedbrook (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR), junior Bill Rhinehart (2 for 5, R, 2 RBI). Donald (2 for 5, RBI), and Peep (2 for 5, R) all paired hits on the night for Arizona ... In Saturday's 15-7 loss, Sedbrook hit his third home run of the season and went 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Peep chipped in with two hits in three at-bats and scored a pair of runs in the loss. Senior Brad Boyer went 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored for the Wildcats ... Despite Sunday's 16-12 loss, Arizona's fourth in its last five games, four Wildcat batters (freshman Brad Glenn, sophomore Matt Denker, Sedbrook and Donald) each finished with three hits. Donald extended his hitting streak to a season-high 17 straight games with a bloop double in the first.

  • ARIZONA STATE (30-16, 8-7): The Sun Devils, who dropped two of three on the road to UCLA and Stanford the previous two weeks, hosted their in-state rival, Arizona, in a non-conference match-up on Tuesday. Arizona State routed the Wildcats, 22-8, to give them their 30th win of the season and move them to No. 18 in the Baseball America poll ... Junior CJ Retherford homered twice and drove in six runs, part of his 3-for-5 night ... Fellow junior Colin Curtis had four hits and scored four runs, while sophomore Eric Sogard knocked out his seventh home run of the year and finished a single shy of the cycle during his 3-for-5 night ... Freshman Ike Davis added three hits and his 54th RBI of the year, tying him with Barry Bonds for the third most runs batted in by a Sun Devil in his debut season ... As a team, Arizona State pounded out 22 hits to go along with the Devils' 22 runs, both of which were season highs. 11 of their 22 hits were of the extra base variety ... Surrounding the 25th anniversary of the 1981 National Championship team, Arizona State will retire the numbers of Alvin Davis (#9) and Kevin Romine (#12) prior to Sunday's game vs. No. 4 Oregon State. Davis, who collected 200 RBI (seventh most in school history) during his four years, and Romine, who owns the highest career batting average in Sun Devil history at .408 over his two seasons in Tempe, will become the 15th and 16th Sun Devils to have their numbers retired by the program. Kevin's son, sophomore shortstop Andrew Romine, wears his father's #12.

  • CALIFORNIA (24-24, 9-12): The Golden Bears had one four of five games leading into last week's series at Stanford, and had captured league series from Washington, Arizona, Washington State and UCLA before winning one game on the Farm ... Cal is looking to avenge two, one-run losses to San Francisco (4-3 in 10 innings on Feb. 7 in Berkeley and 7-6 on Apr. 25 at AT&T Park) and a 12-7 defeat at Santa Clara on Apr. 5 ... Junior right-hander Brandon Morrow a third-team preseason All-American in Baseball America, is 7-3 with a 1.74 ERA, and has 96 strikeouts in 93.3 innings after last Fridays 3-2 loss to the Cardinal (8.3 innings, six hits, three runs, no walks, 11 strikeouts). He now has two complete games, has only allowed 65 hits and opponents are batting .200 against him. Morrow was the National Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 6, and is on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List as a National Pitcher of the Year candidate ... Senior shortstop Allen Craig is having an outstanding year as well after being selected as a 2005 first-team Summer All-American in Baseball America. He is batting .361 with 13 doubles, 10 home runs and 31 RBI, and is second in the Pac-10 with 70 hits. Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch also tops the Bears with 10 home runs, has a team-best 37 RBI, and has three game-winning RBI ... Freshman right-hander Tyson Ross threw 7 1/3 innings in Saturday's win, allowing six hits, one earned run, and three walks, while striking out eight. Ross now has a 5-4 record with a 3.52 ERA and has 72 strikeouts in 71.7 innings ... The Bears have lost 11 games by one run, four of those in extra innings. However, Cal has won three one-run games in its last four victories ... Cal is leading the Pac-10 with 162 strikeout versus Conference foes and is second in the league with a 3.69 team ERA, the club's lowest team ERA since averaging 3.13 in 1980.

  • OREGON STATE (34-11, 11-4): The Beavers opened the Conference series against Washington on Friday in front of a crowd of 2,362, Oregon State's first sellout of the season, which included nearly 60 scouts from the majors. Although Washington's Tim Lincecum fanned 16 OSU batters to give the Beavers only their third home loss in 22 games this season, junior Cole Gillespie managed to go 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI ... The pitchers' duel saw junior Dallas Buck's personal winning streak end at 14 straight decisions, dating back to a loss at Arizona in 2005, and ended his scoreless innings streak at 22 2/3. Buck went 7 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out seven as his record dropped to 9-1 this season. It was just Buck's second loss in the last two seasons; he's 21-2 in that span ... Saturday's 5-3 win over then-No. 22 Washington gave junior closer Kevin Gunderson his 15th save of 2006, which broke the single-season school record that he had set in 2005. The save marked the 32nd of Gunderson's career, giving him sole possession of second place on the Pac-10's list of all-time leaders in that category. ... Senior Shea McFeely was 3-for-5 with a home run and scored twice, including the winning run in the seventh inning. McFeely, who now ranks among the school's all-time top-10 list of career runs leaders and at-bats leaders, is two hits and nine total bases from places on the Beavers' career top-10s in those categories as well ... Sunday's rubber match was scheduled to start at 1 p.m., and the final out was recorded at 7:34 p.m. But, thanks to a two-hour, 51-minute rain delay before the first pitch and a 57-minute delay in the bottom of the sixth, the teams only played for two hours and 38 minutes ... Sophomore starter Mike Stutes only allowed one unearned run in his eight innings, giving up three hits and four walks while striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 2.25 ... In nine of its last 14 games, Oregon State has limited a opponent to two or fewer runs, and after committing one error on Sunday, the Beavers have committed no more than one error in 19 of their last 21 games. For the weekend, Gillespie went 4-for-9 with one home run, one double, seven RBI, four runs scored, two hits-by-pitch, and three stolen bases.

  • STANFORD (22-21, 7-11): Senior Chris Minaker hit two solo home runs before leading off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single and scoring the game-winning run on sophomore Randy Molina's one-out RBI single to lift Stanford to a dramatic 3-2 victory its Bay area rival, California. Minaker scored all three of the Cardinal's three runs off Cal's Brandon Morrow ... Junior RHP Greg Reynolds (5-3) tossed his second consecutive complete game. Reynolds, who allowed just two runs, scattering six hits and two walks with four strikeouts, has won his last three decisions, as well as four of his last five starts ... Junior Matt Leva (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season on Saturday, when he allowed two Cal runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts over the first 4 2/3 frames ... The two squads combined for 12 walks and seven hit batsmen in the contest, with junior Ryan Seawell being hit a career-high and team season-high three times.. The clubs left 24 runners on base with both teams stranding 12 ... Stanford has a season-high four double plays in the rubber 'Big Game,' helping stop California rallies in the third, fifth, seventh and ninth innings ... Senior Chris Lewis (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and then drove in another run with a two-out RBI single in the eighth to lift the Cardinal over Cal ... Sophomore Michael Taylor added a two-hit game and also scored a pair of runs for the Cardinal, while freshman Jason Castro and Seawell each had an RBI. Minaker went 0-for-4 to end a season-high 12-game hit streak one shy of the career-high 13-game run he put together in 2005 ... Freshman lefty Jeremy Bleich (3-4) earned the win, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks over 4 1/3 of relief before a Sunken Diamond season-high crowd of 2,586 ... Stanford had a season-high four double plays in the contest, helping stop California rallies in the third, fifth, seventh and ninth innings.

  • UCLA (25-19, 8-7): 35 days after UCLA's game at UC Riverside was suspended due to rain, the Bruins picked up where they left off to defeat the Highlanders 9-4 ... Junior Hector Ambriz went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, and senior Sean Smith went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI ... Freshman right-hander Jason Novak picked up his second win of the season, striking out two in 3.1 innings of relief ... UCLA is currently riding a four-game homer-less stretch. The Bruins did not hit a home run in a three-game series for the first time this season at California, and did not go yard at UC Riverside to tie their season-long drought at four games. The last time UCLA went four game without a home run was from Feb. 9 - 25, but the Bruins broke out of that drought by hitting 23 home runs in the next 13-consecutive games ... UCLA's defense has been superb this year as the Bruins currently lead the Conference with a .977 fielding percentage, a mark that is 10th-best in the nation ... Since 1975, UCLA owns a 38-22 series advantage over UC Santa Barbara. The Bruins dropped two games in a three-game home-and-home series to the Gauchos last season. These two teams met exactly two weeks ago, with the Gauchos taking an 11-8 decision from the Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

  • USC (24-22, 10-8): The Trojans, who took last week off for final exams, will resume play Tuesday at No. 3 Cal State Fullerton ... Junior right-hander Shawn Olsen had his longest stint of the season for the Trojans on Apr. 25 vs. Loyola Marymount. Olsen lasted seven innings, striking out seven without allowing a walk. After a Lion leadoff single, Olsen did not allow a hit for the final five innings of his appearance ... In the Apr. 28 opener at Washington State, junior Ian Kennedy allowed just two runs in eight innings to defeat the Cougars, 9-2. Kennedy added four strikeouts in his outing before giving way to freshman John Dunn, who worked a perfect ninth inning ... Junior Daniel Perales went 3-for-5 while seniors Blake Sharpe and Baron Frost and junior Cyle Hankerd each had two hits ... Defensively, the Trojans tied a season-high with four double plays on the evening ... Freshman starter Tommy Milone (7-1) suffered his first loss of the season on Apr. 29 after allowing nine runs in 4 1/3 innings ... Hankerd, who hit three home runs in as many days in Pullman, is the first Trojan to go yard in four straight games since Justin Gemoll hit four from Apr. 1 to Apr. 7, 2000. Hankerd has 10 home runs this year, which ties him for third in the Conference.

  • WASHINGTON (32-19, 9-9): Washington, who was ranked 22nd at the time, couldn't overcome an early deficit on Tuesday to the NAIA's top-ranked team, Lewis-Clark State, who handed the Huskies a 9-7 loss. Nevertheless, junior Curt Rindal went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and a single, while sophomore Matt Stevens homered and doubled ... Freshman starter Tyler Cheney (1-5) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on seven hits over two and one-third innings. Relievers Brandon McKerney, Bryce Mooney and Nick Hagadone held Lewis-Clark State to only one earned run over the final 6 2/3 innings ... Junior Tim Lincecum struck out 16 batters over eighth innings to become the Pac-10's career strikeouts leader in Friday's opener at then-fifth-ranked Oregon State. Lincecum (11-2), the nation's leader in both strikeouts and victories, finished the game with the 460th strikeout of his career to pass the all-time Pac-10 record of 449, set by USC's Rik Currier between 1998 and 2001. He struck out the side in order in the second and the fifth, when all three were on called third strikes. He also fanned four in the eighth, thanks to a third-strike wild pitch. In his eight innings of work, he allowed four runs on five hits, walking five ... Led by five shutout innings from sophomore starter Nick Hagadone and a seven-run seventh inning on Monday, the Washington baseball team earned its third win over Portland this season. Hagadone (2-2) allowed just two hits over his five innings of work to pick up the win. He walked three and struck out a pair ... The Huskies broke the game open with seven runs in the seventh. Junior center fielder Jesse Ferguson, in his first Husky start, walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a double from sophomore designated hitter Matt Hague.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (31-17, 7-8): Washington State committed two errors in Saturday's 6-5 loss to Utah Valley State. Those errors led to four unearned runs ... Freshman Travis Coulter had three hits in the game, while junior Jeff Miller added two. Freshman Jared Prince had one hit, driving in three while scoring two ... On the mound, junior RHP Mike Wagner went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. Freshman Jeremy Johnson came in to start the seventh and went two scoreless innings, surrendering one hit with two strikeouts. Sophomore Steve Kost suffered the loss as his record falls to 1-1 ... Sophomore Paul Gran's RBI single in the 11th inning on Sunday scored Prince from second base with the winning run to give the Cougars the 9-8 victory over the Wolverines. In the bottom of the 11th, Prince lined a two-out single to left to start the rally, his fourth hit of the afternoon. Following a single by sophomore Jim Murphy, Gran lined a 2-1 pitch to left field, allowing Prince to beat the throw home with the winning run. It was the third extra-inning victory by the Cougars this season in as many games ... Sophomore Travis Webb picked up the win after allowing just one single with three strikeouts in three innings of scoreless relief. It marked his longest outing of the season and improved his record to 3-0 this year with a 1.71 ERA. Webb also leads the Cougars with seven saves ... The Cougars hit four home runs during a five-run eighth inning on Monday to secure the series win. The four home runs marked a season high by the Cougars and marked the first time since March 19, 2005 against Gonzaga that Washington State had hit three home runs in one inning.
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