This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

May 16, 2006

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With just two weeks left in regular season play, OREGON STATE is two games ahead of ARIZONA STATE and UCLA and two and 1/2 games ahead of USC. The Beavers will travel to WASHINGTON STATE this weekend ... Arizona State, who took two-of-three from OSU last weekend, returns to action when they make the trip to ARIZONA for a three-game series ... UCLA heads to UC Irvine on Tuesday to face its last non-conference regular season opponent before hosting STANFORD ... The Cardinal's six-game winning streak has moved them up two spots in the Pac-10 standings, thanks to last week's sweep at WASHINGTON ... The Huskies have to win their three remaining Pac-10 games to reach .500 in the Conference. UW will wait a week before its last league series, though, as the Dawgs travel to Portland on Tuesday before its three-game series at Pacific this weekend ... USC travels to No. 20 Pepperdine on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. game. The Trojans will then travel to Wichita State this weekend.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., May 16
STANFORD vs. Santa Clara, 6 p.m.
UCLA at UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
No. 20 USC at Pepperdine, 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Portland, 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Gonzaga, 3 p.m.

Fri., May 19
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA*, 7 p.m.
No. 6 OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE*, 6 p.m.
STANFORD at UCLA*, 6 p.m.
USC at Wichita State, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Pacific, 2 p.m.

Sat., May 20
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA*, 6 p.m.
No. 6 OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE*, 2 p.m.
STANFORD at UCLA*, 2 p.m.
USC at Wichita State, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Pacific, 1 p.m.

Sun., May 21
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA*, 12 p.m.
No. 6 OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE*, 12 p.m.
STANFORD at UCLA*, 1 p.m.
USC at Wichita State, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Pacific, 1 p.m.


Mon., May 22
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Lewis Clark State, 6 p.m.

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

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., May 9
San Francisco 9, CALIFORNIA 5
STANFORD 8, Santa Clara 4 (15 innings)
UC Santa Barbara 4, UCLA 3
Portland 7, WASHINGTON 6

Wed., May 10
CALIFORNIA 6, Santa Clara 0
STANFORD 5, Sacramento State 4
No. 3 Cal State Fullerton 7, USC 6

Fri., May 12
No. 18 ARIZONA STATE 10, No. 4 OREGON STATE 3
STANFORD 5, WASHINGTON 0
USC 8, UCLA 6

Sat., May 13
ARIZONA 29, WASHINGTON STATE 4
No. 18 ARIZONA STATE 6, No. 4 OREGON STATE 3
STANFORD 14, WASHINGTON 6
UCLA 8, USC 3

Sun., May 14
WASHINGTON STATE 9, ARIZONA 3
No. 4 OREGON STATE 9, No. 18 ARIZONA STATE 8
STANFORD 10, WASHINGTON 2
UCLA 12, USC 1

Mon., May 15
WASHINGTON STATE 6, ARIZONA 5

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (22-27, 7-11): Arizona sent 18 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, including 13 before the first out was recorded, and scored 13 runs to snap a 3-3 tie and break Saturday's series-opener vs. Washington State open. The Wildcats' final run total of 29 eclipsed the previous school record for a Conference contest of 22 runs set against Arizona State in 1980 and again in 1986. Arizona had not scored that many runs since defeating Brigham Young, 32-3, on Feb. 1, 2003. The effort fell 11 runs shy of the all-time run total in a single game set in 1995 in a 40-10 win over St. Francis ... All 12 Arizona players who made plate appearances also collected at least one hit, and 11 of the 12 finished with a run scored and at least one RBI on the night. Senior Brad Boyer led all players with a career-high seven RBI after finishing 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored ... Junior Bill Rhinehart, whose fourth inning home run was his fourth of the year, went 5-for-6 with four RBI and four runs scored, and freshman T.J. Steele added four hits in six trips to the plate, including a double and a triple, and touched home a game-high five times on the night ... The offensive outburst took away from a fine performance on the mound by three Arizona pitchers. Freshman starter Preston Guilmet and fellow frosh relievers Ryan Perry and Mike Colla teamed up to limit Washington State to four runs on nine hits over the nine innings. The trio combined to strikeout nine Cougar batters on the night, while issuing only three walks ... Guilmet (3-6) picked up his first victory on the mound since March 25, tossing seven solid innings. The right-hander surrendered three runs on seven hits and finished with seven K's and three walks ... Junior Brad Mills (5-5) was charged with Sunday's loss after giving up four runs on six hits over six innings. The left-hander struck out six and walked three on the night ... On Monday, Arizona lost by a single run for the seventh time this season, falling 6-5 in the rubber game. Sophomore lefty Matt Baugh (1-1) was the tough-luck loser, replacing sophomore David Coulon after only 2/3 of an inning to keep the Wildcats in the game. Baugh gave up just one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings of solid relief, striking out two and walking none ... Both schools finished the contest with 11 hits. Boyer, who finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, tied a school record by hitting three doubles on the afternoon, and junior Jason Donald extended his hitting streak to 20-straight games with a run-scoring single in the first inning. He finished the game 2-for-5 with two RBI.

  • ARIZONA STATE (32-17, 10-8): Thanks to eight runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Sun Devils handed No. 4 Oregon State a 10-3 loss in the series opener on Friday night. Freshman Ike Davis led the way, going 3-for-4 with three RBI. Davis now has 57 RBI this season, one short of the school record, set by Casey Myers in 1998 ... Senior right-hander Tony Barnette struck out ten in seven innings, on his way to earning his fourth win this year. Barnette allowed only six hits in his second straight start for Arizona State, as he was the winner in the 22-8 victory over Arizona on May 2 ... Fellow senior LHP Brett Bordes took over in the eighth inning, his 103rd career appearance to break the school's all-time record for appearances ... After trailing 3-1 for most of Saturday, the Sun Devils scored five times in the bottom of the eighth, four off Beaver closer Kevin Gunderson, to pick up a come-from-behind 6-3 victory. Junior Colin Curtis went 3-for-4 on the night with an RBI and a run scored, while sophomore Eric Sogard and junior Seth Dhaenens each had two hits ... Sophomore lefty Josh Satow lasted seven innings in the no-decision, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five ... Prior to Sunday's game, ASU retired the numbers of former Sun Devils Alvin Davis and Kevin Romine. The Devils sported throwback jerseys from the 1980s in honor of the two alumni and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1981 National Championship team ... Arizona State found itself in an early 3-0 hole in game three, but battled back in the second inning, scoring five times, including a Davis solo homer that tied him with Casey Myers for the most RBI by a freshman in school history with 58. ASU would add two more in the third on a Brett Wallace two-run shot to make it 7-3, but four Arizona State errors, including two in the ninth, led to five unearned runs, keeping the Devils from sweeping the Pac-10 leading Beavers ... Junior reliever Pat Bresnehan surrendered only one earned run for the Devils in 5.1 innings of relief.

  • CALIFORNIA (25-25, 9-12): Sophomore Brett Munster was the top California hitter on Tuesday against San Francisco, going 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI. Junior Brennan Boesch also had a pair of hits in the 9-5 loss, which saw the Dons score seven runs in the sixth inning ... In their final home game of the 2006 season, Cal was led by strong pitching from three freshman hurlers on Wednesday in the Golden Bears' 6-0 win over visiting Santa Clara, limiting the Broncos to five hits ... Making his first start of the season, frosh left-hander Chris Petrini improved his record to 3-1, throwing a career-high 5 1/3 innings with three hits, no walks and three strikeouts. Petrini's left-handed classmate, Craig Benningson, came in and threw the next 2 2/3 innings (one hit, one walk, three strikeouts), while RHP Matt Gorgen pitched the final frame (one hit, two strikeouts) ... Sophomore Travis Howell, Boesch and Munster finished with two hits apiece, and junior Chris Errecart hit his eighth home run of the season with a solo shot in the second inning ... 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 six victories ... Cal is second in the Pac-10 with a 3.69 team ERA, Cal's lowest since 3.13 in 1980, and is first in the Conference with a 2.97 team ERA in league games ... On the mound, junior right-hander Brandon Morrow (7-3, two complete games) is first in the Pac-10 with a 1.74 ERA, second in strikeouts (96) and opposing batting average (.200), and fourth in innings pitched (93.3) ... At the plate, senior shortstop Allen Craig is batting .350 and is third in the Conference in home runs (10), fifth in total bases (114), eighth in hits (71), and 10th in slugging percentage (.562). Boesch, batting .311, also leads the Bears with 10 home runs and has a team-high 37 RBI and seven stolen bases.

  • OREGON STATE (35-13, 12-6): On Friday, junior right-hander Dallas Buck dropped his second straight decision in as many starts, after his string of 14 straight winning decisions was snapped a week ago against Washington. In 6 2/3 innings against Arizona State, Buck allowed three runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out four. Buck's record fell to 9-2, and over the past two seasons he's 21-3 ... Junior Cole Gillespie was 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI, while junior Tyler Graham, playing for the first time since April 28, was 2-for-3 with one RBI ... Oregon State had been victimized in late innings for the second straight night on Saturday. After OSU had given up eight runs in the seventh inning of a 10-3 loss on Friday, the Beavers saw Arizona State score five runs in the bottom of the eighth, as they fell 6-3. This time, it was junior left-hander Kevin Gunderson, who is tied for the national lead in saves with 15, who could not finish off the win ... Junior RHP Jonah Nickerson gave up a home run for only the third time this season, when C.J. Retherford led off the bottom of the second with a homer to right field. The only two previous homers allowed by Nickerson this season had both come on April 8 by Arizona ... In his seven innings, Nickerson allowed two runs on eight hits and one walk, striking out five ... Gillespie went 2-for-4 for the second straight night ... The Beavers overcame a four-run deficit on Sunday to keep from being swept and to hold onto first place in the league race with a 9-8 win over the 18th-ranked Devils ... Less than a day after taking Saturday's loss, Gunderson earned the Sunday win to even his season record at 2-2. In 2 2/3 innings of work, the junior allowed one run on two hits and no walks, striking out two and retiring the Sun Devils in order in the ninth ... Sophomore Darwin Barney, batting in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI, as the Beavers collected 14 hits. Senior Chris Kunda was 2-for-5 with a double and one RBI, freshman John Wallace was 2-for-5 with one RBI and senior Bill Rowe was 2-for-4 for the Beavers, who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season ... Senior Shea McFeely joined the school's all-time top-10 for career hits with a two-out single up the middle in the first inning. It was the 180th hit of McFeely's career, matching Kevin Hooker's total from 1991-95.

  • STANFORD (27-21, 10-11): Stanford scored four runs in the top of the 15th inning and outlasted Santa Clara in an 8-4 non-conference victory on Tuesday. The game was the longest of the season for the Cardinal, checking in at five hours and seven minutes ... Sophomore Randy Molina (3-for-4, RBI) and senior Chris Lewis (3-for-7, 2 2B, 2 RBI) had three hits each for the Cardinal, as Lewis extended his hit streak to a new season-high six games, while the freshmen trio of Cord Phelps (2-3, RBI), Joey August (2-3) and Jason Castro (2-6) picked up two each ... Freshman right-hander Max Fearnow (2-0) picked up the victory, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts over the final four innings. Sophomore RHP Erik Davis (5.0 IP, 1H, 1 BB, 4 SO) equaled the longest outing of his career without giving up a run to extend the game into extra innings) ... Sophomore Brian Juhl's first career homer lifted Stanford to a 5-4 victory at Sacramento State. Juhl, the only Stanford player with more than one hit, snapped a 4-4 tie when he launched a two-out solo shot over the right field wall in the top of the sixth ... Freshman Brent Milleville drove in a career-high-tying pair of runs with a key two-out, two-run single in the top of the first inning ... Sophomore right-hander David Stringer (3-4) earned the win by tossing 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and allowing just two hits with three walks. Freshman RHP Austin Yount (1.0 IP, 1 SO) pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth to notch his first collegiate save ... Greg Reynolds pitched his first career complete game shutout to lift Stanford to a 5-0 in the series-opener at Washington on Friday. The junior right-hander's complete game shutout marks Stanford's first since Mark Romanczuk blanked USC, 6-0, on Feb. 25, 2005. The complete game effort was the third in a row for Reynolds, who won his fourth consecutive start and for the fifth time in his last six outings ... From the plate, the Cardinal came up with four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and two walks during Lincecum's 7.0 innings and struck out just five times against the nation's strikeout leader. Sophomore Michael Taylor (2-5, 2B, 2 RBI) had a pair of hits and two RBI for the Cardinal, while junior Jim Rapport (2-for-4, RBI) and senior Chris Minaker (2-for-5, 2B) each added a pair of hits. Molina and Lewis drove in the other two Stanford runs ... Stanford scored nine runs in the top of the second inning of game two and cruised to a 14-6 victory on Saturday. All nine Stanford starters scored at least one of the team's season-high 14 runs, led by Minaker and Lewis, who both had three-run homers in the second frame, while junior Ryan Seawell (3-for-5, 2B, RBI) added a three-hit game and also scored three runs ... Gallagher (3-3) held Washington to just one run over a career-high 7.0 innings of relief to earn the win ... The Cardinal extended its longest win streak of the season to six games with a 10-2 victory over Washington to complete the three-game Conference sweep. Stanford scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning ... Freshman left-hander Jeremy Bleich (4-4) pitched a career-high seven innings, allowing just two runs while scattering eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts ... Senior right-handed reliever Matt Manship closed out the game by giving up just one hit with a strikeout in two scoreless frames ... Taylor (3-for-4, HR, RBI), Castro (2-for-4, HR, career-high three RBI) and Seawell (2-for-6, HR, RBI) homered.

  • UCLA (27-21, 10-8): The Bruins enter this week ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 Conference with a .976 fielding percentage, a top-10 mark in the nation. UCLA committed a season-high four errors in Tuesday's game at UC Santa Barbara, dropping the team fielding percentage to .975. However, the Bruins committed just one error in three-games against the Trojans for a .991 fielding percentage in the series ... Entering its three-game series with cross-town rival, USC, UCLA was riding a season-long five game homer-less stretch. After failing to go yard in their series at California and their non-conference games at UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara, the Bruins broke out of their funk with four home runs against the Trojans, one by senior Sean Smith on Friday, a home run each by senior Chris Jensen and freshman Cody Decker on Saturday, and a bomb by Decker on Sunday. UCLA went four games without a home run was from Feb. 19-25, but the Bruins broke out of that drought by hitting 23 home runs in the next 13-consecutive games ... In the two televised games on Saturday and Sunday, Decker hit .444 (4-for-9) with two home runs, three RBI, and four runs scored. Decker now has five home runs on the season in 43 at bats ... As a team, UCLA hit .349 (37-for-106) in the three-game series vs. USC, with a .441 on-base percentage. The Bruins scored 26 runs (8.7 per game), with those runs coming in 14 of the 25 innings played ... The Bruins received back-to-back complete game victories from starting juniors Dave Huff and Tyson Brummett to clinch the series. On Saturday, Huff (6-2) earned his third complete game win of the season, allowing three runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts and just one walk, while throwing 123 pitches, 83 of which were strikes (.675). On Sunday, Brummett (6-6) earned his first-career complete game victory allowing just one run on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks on 104 pitches in the game, 72 (.692) of which were strikes ... In his last regular-season series vs. USC, Jensen hit .571 (8-for-14) with a home run, two doubles, five RBI, and six runs scored. The senior was particularly hot at the plate on Saturday and Sunday, hitting .778 (7-for-9), going 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run, a double, and two RBI on Saturday, and 4-for-4 with a double, four runs scored and three RBI on Sunday ... The Bruins took two of three games from USC to win their fifth-consecutive home series of the season. UCLA had not won five-straight series at Jackie Robinson Stadium since 1997.

  • USC (25-25, 11-10): After being down 4-0 at then-No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, the Trojans scored three times in the fifth and sixth innings, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Titans. USC entered the eighth inning up 6-5, but the rallying Titans scored, including the winning run off a bases-loaded wild pitch by freshman Steve Martlaro to give the Titans the 7-6 win ... On Friday, junior right-handed closer Paul Koss struck out UCLA pinch hitter Cody Decker with the tying run at second in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Bruins, 8-6, and to earn his sixth save of the season.. Junior Hector Estrella and senior Blake Sharpe had three RBI each for the Trojans ... Junior All-American Ian Kennedy (5-5) allowed two unearned runs in six innings, allowing six hits. With seven strikeouts on the evening, Kennedy moved into third place on USC's all-time list with 364 career strikeouts. He passed Brent Strom (1968-70), who had 363 strikeouts. Kennedy is now behind Trojan pitchers Rik Currier (449, 1998-2001) and Seth Etherton (420, 1995-98) ... Sophomore Matt Cusick went 4-for-5 on Saturday and hit a leadoff home run for the second straight game at UCLA, while Estrella and senior Baron Frost had two hits each in the 8-3 loss ... Junior RHP Shawn Olsen (4-5) lasted just one inning on Sunday, allowing three runs on three hits. Freshman right-handed reliever John Dunn threw two perfect innings with four strikeouts, as USC fell 12-1 to its Los Angeles rival. The Trojans' lone run came in the fourth on an RBI ground out by Frost.

  • WASHINGTON (32-23, 9-12): Down 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday's game vs. Portland, senior left fielder Zach Clem belted his 20th home run of the season on a line drive to left-center. Clem is now two homers short of the single-season record of 22 (Chad Boudon, 2003) and one short of the Husky career mark of 42 (Ed Erickson, 1997-2000) ... Sophomore Brandon McKerney, making his first start of the season, threw well but didn't figure in the decision, allowing three runs on three hits over five innings. After allowing the first two batters in the second inning to reach base, McKerney retired the last 12 Pilots he faced ... Freshman reliever Bryce Mooney (3-3), who came on to begin the eighth, suffered the 7-6 non-conference loss, allowing three runs over 1 2/3 innings ... Senior Cory Rickard finished the game 3-for-5 to lead the Husky offense ... Junior right-hander Tim Lincecum suffered his first Pac-10 loss of the year as Washington fell to visiting Stanford in the first of their three-game Conference series. Lincecum (11-3), who had won seven consecutive starts and entered the week leading the nation in victories, had also won all six of his starts in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal notched four runs (three earned) on 10 hits over Lincecum's seven innings. He walked two and struck out only five, his fewest since a five-inning start opening day ... Four Huskies -- Rickard, freshman Jake Rife, sophomore Matt Hague, and junior Curt Rindal -- notched two hits apiece in the loss ... Washington had ample chances to score as the leadoff hitter was aboard in five of the first seven innings. However, three double plays and a runner thrown out at the plate trying to score on a grounder kept the UW out of the runs column. In the fifth, sixth and seventh innings , the Huskies' first two batters reached base, but Stanford's Greg Reynolds was able to work his way out of the jam each time ... After being held scoreless in the series-opening loss, the Huskies broke out in a big way on Saturday, scoring four runs in the first inning. The Cardinal responded quickly, posting nine runs in the second and three in the fourth to hand UW the 14-6 loss ... Eight starters from each team had at least one hit in the Saturday contest that featured a combined 20 runs, 28 hits and five errors between the clubs ... Sophomore right-hander Elliott Cribby took Sunday's 10-2 loss to fall to 6-6. Over 3 1/3 innings, he surrendered seven runs on 10 hits.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (33-18, 9-9): Although the Cougars scored first in Saturday's series-opener at Arizona, the Wildcats scored 29 runs and notched 27 hits, a Washington State opponent season high and the most runs scored against a Cougar team since Arizona State posted 25 against WSU on April 27, 2003 ... Senior Zach McAngus and junior Jeff Miller each had two hits in the contest ... Senior southpaw Reese Baker suffered the loss as he allowed six runs in his three innings of work ... Junior right-hander Wayne Daman Jr. started on the mound on Sunday and went six strong innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out four. The 9-3 win improved Daman's record to 6-3 this season, as he earned his first win since a 10-2 victory over Lafayette on Mar. 15 in Fresno, Calif ... Junior RHP Mike Wagner came on in the seventh for WSU and worked the final three innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two for his first save of the season ... The Cougars, who scored in six of their nine innings and marked the scoreboard in their first three and final three at-bats, collected 12 hits in the game, as every player had at least one. Freshman Travis Coulter led the way with three, along with two runs scored and an RBI. Freshman Greg Lagreid had a pair of doubles while McAngus and sophomore Jim Murphy each drove in two ... Entering Monday's rubber match with two outs and a runner on first in the sixth innings, junior left-hander Travis Webb retired the first four batters he faced before allowing his only hit, a single to left to start the eighth. After a sacrifice, Webb got out of the inning by striking out the next two hitters. He sent the Wildcats down in order in the ninth, lowering his ERA to 1.48 to give Washington State the 6-5 win and improving his record to 4-0 this season ... In all, the Cougars used six pitchers on the afternoon. Freshman Jared Prince started and went two innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Sophomore Jayson Miller, freshman Jeremy Johnson, sophomore Steve Kost and junior Josh Williamson all threw for the Cougars before giving way to Webb, whose three and 1/3 innings was his longest stint of the season ... Offensively, WSU pounded out 11 hits, two each by Coulter, Murphy, McAngus and senior Jay Miller ... Coulter improved his WSU season-long hitting streak to 16 games, while Jay Miller inched closer to 300 career hits, finishing the game with 298 ... Sunday's series-clincher marks the first time Washington State has won consecutive Conference series since 1998.
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