This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

May 23, 2006

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With last week's sweep at WASHINGTON STATE, No. 5 OREGON STATE clinched at least a share of the Pacific-10 Conference baseball championship. The Beavers will meet UCLA this weekend for a three-game series, as the Bruins look to share the league title ... Before UCLA's trip to Corvallis, the Bruins host UC Irvine in their final home game of the regular season. UCLA has won 15 of its last 21 home games and is looking to defeat the Anteaters for the second time in seven days ... USC plays its first home game in almost a month on Tuesday with a non-conference match-up vs. second-ranked Cal State Fullerton. The Trojans then conclude the regular-season with a series against ARIZONA, who took two of three from ARIZONA STATE last weekend ... The No. 19 Sun Devils head home to wrap up their regular season with a three-game series against CALIFORNIA ... The Bears, who have not played since their May 10 victory vs. Santa Clara, take their show on the road to Pacific for a Tuesday game ... WASHINGTON closes out the regular season, hosting its in-state rival, Washington State ... STANFORD, who wrapped up its Conference schedule last weekend in Los Angeles, has three non-conference contests this week, beginning with a Wednesday game at Pacific before a two-game home-and-away series with UC Davis on Friday and Saturday ... The 16 Regional host sites for the 2006 NCAA Baseball Championship will be announced on Sunday, May 28, while the 64-team field will be revealed on Monday, May 29.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., May 23
CALIFORNIA at Pacific, 2 p.m.
UCLA vs. UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
USC vs. No. 2 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.

Wed., May 24
STANFORD at Pacific, 2 p.m.

Fri., May 26
ARIZONA at USC*, 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at No. 19 ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m.
UCLA at No. 5 OREGON STATE*, 5 p.m.
STANFORD vs. UC Davis, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON*, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., May 27
ARIZONA at USC*, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at No. 19 ARIZONA STATE*, 6 p.m.
UCLA at No. 5 OREGON STATE*, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at UC Davis, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON*, 2 p.m.

Sun., May 28
NCAA Regional Site Selections Announcement, 12:30 p.m. PT, ESPNews
ARIZONA at USC*, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at No. 19 ARIZONA STATE*, 1 p.m.
UCLA at No. 5 OREGON STATE*, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON*, 1 p.m.

Mon., May 29
NCAA 64-Team Bracket Selection Show, 9:30 a.m. PT, ESPN

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

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., May 16
STANFORD 11, Santa Clara 7
UCLA 8, at UC Irvine 4
No. 20 Pepperdine 2, USC 1
WASHINGTON 10, Portland 4
WASHINGTON STATE 11, Gonzaga 5

Fri., May 19
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 15, ARIZONA 6
No. 6 OREGON STATE 16, WASHINGTON STATE 1
UCLA 8, STANFORD 1
Wichita State 2, USC 1
WASHINGTON 5, Pacific 3

Sat., May 20
ARIZONA 18, No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 12
No. 6 OREGON STATE 10, WASHINGTON STATE 2
STANFORD 6, UCLA 2
Wichita State 11, USC 7
Pacific 7, WASHINGTON 2

Sun., May 21
ARIZONA 5, No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 4
No. 6 OREGON STATE 13, WASHINGTON STATE 3
UCLA 8, STANFORD 7
Wichita State 10, USC 8

Mon., May 22
WASHINGTON STATE 4, Lewis Clark State 2

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (24-28, 9-12): Despite last weekend's series win over in-state rival Arizona State, the Wildcats' game one loss on Friday ensured a losing season for Arizona for the first time since going 26-30 in 2000 ... Freshman right-hander Preston Guilmet (3-7) was charged with the loss after giving up eight earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out one and walked five ... The Arizona offense rapped out 17 hits on Saturday and took advantage of five Arizona State errors to rally back from an early 6-0 deficit for a series-tying 18-12 win. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Wildcats ... All nine starters finished with at least one hit on the night, including six with two or more. Junior Jason Donald finished the contest 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two RBI and three runs scored, while freshman Jon Gaston, who needed a double for the cycle, added a solo homer of his own and finished the contest 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored ... A late addition to the starting lineup, freshman T.J. Steele added three hits, two RBI and two runs scored in the win, and senior Brad Boyer (2-for-6, two RBI, three runs), junior Bill Rhinehart (2-for-5, RBI, two runs) and freshman Travis Peep (2-for-4, two RBI, one run) all chipped with a pair of hits for Arizona ... Sophomore Colt Sedbrook was hit by pitches twice in the game to extend his single season school record to 25 HBP for the year ... Sophomore southpaw David Coulon (3-3) picked up his third win of the season, despite giving up eight runs on eight hits and five walks over five innings of work, and freshman reliever Daniel Schlereth tallied his team-leading fifth save of the year after working the final four innings ... The Wildcats 5-4 win over the Devils on Sunday not only gave Arizona a 2-1 Pac-10 series victory, but handed the `Cats a 3-2 edge in the season series and helped to stave off the first losing season at Kindall Field since 1995 ... Freshman Brad Glenn's pinch-hit solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning provided the Wildcats with the winning margin, as UA was able to prevail despite walking nine batters on the day ... Junior Brad Mills (6-5) picked up his team-leading sixth win of the season. The southpaw gave up three runs on six hits over five innings and finished with three strikeouts and three walks ... The victory was UA's eighth in the last 11 games against ASU.

  • ARIZONA STATE (33-19, 11-10): Senior Tony Barnette went six plus innings in Friday's opener at Arizona, allowing five runs, two earned, with eight strike outs to up his record to 5-1 ... Junior RHP Brady Martinez threw the final three innings to pick up his first save ... Five Sun Devils turned in multi-hit efforts, led by junior Colin Curtis, who had the first multi-homer game of his career as part of his five hit, seven RBI night. Curtis is the first Devil to have five hits in a game since Tuffy Gosewisch had five against Cal State Fullerton in the 2005 NCAA Super Regionals ... Freshman Ike Davis' home run in the sixth inning brought in his 60th RBI to break his tie with Casey Myers for most runs batted in by an Arizona State freshman. In ASU's next at-bat, Davis' classmate, Brett Wallace, knocked one out of the park to give the Devils back-to-back bombs for the first time since March 13, 2005, when Tuffy Gosewisch and Jeff Larish pulled the feat against Western Illinois ... Arizona State rapped out 17 hits on the evening ... Despite holding a 6-0 lead in the second inning, the Sun Devils dropped a 18-12 decision to the Wildcats on Saturday. Junior right-hander Zechry Zinicola (2-3) took the loss for the Devils, allowing four runs, three earned, in three innings of work ... The Devils used seven pitchers in the loss, despite a 3-for-5, five RBI night by sophomore Eric Sogard ... 19 different Sun Devils saw playing time in the loss ... After having no trouble pushing runs across the plate the last two nights in Tucson, the Sun Devils bats were silenced for most of the nine innings on Sunday as they fell to the Wildcats 5-4 ... Wallace and sophomore Willy Fox each had two hits to lead the Devils, who stranded 14 runners on base on the afternoon, including the bases loaded in the ninth inning .. Arizona State committed three more errors, giving them 13 for the three-game series.

  • CALIFORNIA (25-25, 9-12): After a 13-day break for final exams, California returns to the yard on Tuesday for the Bears' fourth game vs. Pacific this season ... Junior RHP Brandon Morrow, a third-team preseason All-American in Baseball America, has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2006 Roger Clemens Award, which honors the top pitcher in college baseball. Morrow joins a list that includes Oregon State's Dallas Buck and Washington's Tim Lincecum. Morrow is having an outstanding season, owning a 7-3 record with a Pac-10 leading 1.74 ERA. He is also tied for second in the Conference with 96 strikeouts in 93.1 innings (eighth in the Pac-10), and opponents are batting .200 against him (second in the Pac-10). Morrow has two complete games to his credit (at UNLV and at Stanford) and has only allowed 36 walks and 65 hits. He has notched wins over UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UNLV, Pacific, Washington, Arizona and Washington State ... The three finalists for the Clemens Award will be announced June 1.

  • OREGON STATE (38-13, 15-6): The Beavers outscored WSU 39-6 on the weekend, got two complete-game wins from junior right-handed pitchers Dallas Buck and Jonah Nickerson and five shutout innings from sophomore Sunday starter Mike Stutes, and turned in a number of outstanding defensive plays ... Against a Washington State team that went into the game with a Pac-10-best .323 team batting average, Buck threw a three-hitter to lead the Beavers to a 16-1 win on Friday. Buck, who was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Clemens Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate pitcher, walked one and struck out six in pitching his first complete game of the season and the second of his career. The junior needed just 102 pitches and was aided by the Beaver infield turning four double plays behind him. Buck improved to 10-2 on the season, giving him back-to-back seasons with double-digit wins. His 10 wins tie him for ninth on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders, and his 25-7 career record ties him for sixth place on the school's all-time list of career wins leaders ... Sophomore Mitch Canham and senior Chris Kunda each drove in three runs during a 10-run fifth inning, marking the first time the Beavers have scored double-digits in a frame since putting up 13 runs in the second inning of a 19-3 win over St. John's in last year's Corvallis Regional. The 16 runs matched OSU's season-high, which came in a 16-1 win over New Mexico on April 28 ... Friday's game took only two hours, 28 minutes plus a 34-minute delay caused by lightning in the bottom of the sixth ... In the series, Canham batted .538 (7-for-13) with one home run, one double, 10 RBI, fur runs scored and was 1-for-1 in stolen base attempts. For the week, the sophomore had an .846 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base average. Canham also threw out the only Cougar base-runner who attempted to steal during the weekend and played errorless defense.

  • STANFORD (29-23, 11-13): The Cardinal trailed Santa Clara 6-0 after four and a half innings on Tuesday, before exploding with an eight-run fifth frame to boost them toward a 11-7 victory, Stanford's 18th come-from-behind win of the season. It was the third straight contest the Cardinal scored double digit runs, the first time Stanford has accomplished the same feat since May 1-7, 2003 ... Sophomore Michael Taylor (5-for-5, 2B) had the first five-hit contest of his career and the first for the club this season, while junior Jim Rapoport (2-for-3, 3 RBI, SB) drove in three runs and senior John Hester brought home a pair ... Stanford's season-high seven-game win streak was snapped in the series-opener at UCLA on Friday, as the Cardinal lost 8-1 ... The loss also snapped junior RHP Greg Reynolds' four-game win streak, as he failed to pitch a complete game for the first time in his last four starts ... Senior Chris Minaker (3-for-4) and freshman Grant Escue (2-for-4) had multiple-hit games for the Cardinal ... Taylor was held hitless to end his career-high hit streak at nine ... In the first Pac-10 start of his career, sophomore right-hander Nolan Gallagher (4-3) pitched his first career complete game on Saturday and struck out a career-high seven to earn the 6-2 victory, allowing just two runs (one earned) and scattering seven hits with just one walk. Minaker, Taylor and senior Chris Lewis all went deep as the three homers tied Stanford's season-high with Minaker also driving in three runs ... Freshman Jason Castro extended his career-high hit streak to 10 games on Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI ...Minaker also ran his hit-streak to nine with an RBI single in the top of the first.

  • UCLA (30-22, 12-9): UCLA defeated Stanford twice in a three-game series last weekend to win its sixth-straight three-game home series of the season. Since 1975, that feat has never been accomplished ... On Sunday, junior Tim Stewart lifted the Bruins to the series win by hitting two clutch home runs with four RBI to give UCLA the 8-7 win. Down 5-3 in the fifth inning, Stewart connected for a three-run homer to left field to put the Bruins up 6-5 to gain the lead for the first time after being down 6-0. Stewart would then win the game for his team in the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at seven all and two outs by driving a 0-1 pitch over the left center wall for a game-winning walk-off home run ... In the Stanford series, freshman Jermaine Curtis hit .545 (6-11) at the plate with three runs scored, and an impressive .615 on-base percentage. In his last 19 games, Curtis is batting .452 (28-62) with a .543 on-base percentage and 18 runs scored. Curtis also leads the team with 11 hit by pitches, and is second on the squad with 21 walks ... UCLA has knocked an extra-base hit in 48 of its 52 games so far this year. The Bruins have smacked 175 extra-base hits with 111 doubles, 13 triples, and 51 home runs. UCLA has hit at least one double in its last 23-consecutive games, a season-high, posting 59 two-baggers in that span. UCLA hit five home runs, seven doubles, and two triples in the three-game homestand vs. Stanford. The Bruins are 23-8 when they post three-or-more extra base hits in a game.

  • USC (25-29, 11-10): In Tuesday's 2-1 loss at No. 20 Pepperdine, junior Cyle Hankerd went 2-for-2 with two walks ... Junior right-hander Shawn Olsen (4-6) took the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings of work ... Senior Darin Vieira went 2-for-4 in Friday's 11-3 loss at Wichita State ... Junior Ian Kennedy gave up seven runs (four earned) in 6 1/3 innings on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts ... Freshman Ryan Cook, who was diagnosed with mononucleosis, made his first appearance since April 23 with two-thirds of an inning ... The Trojans stranded 14 runners on Saturday and held a 4-1 lead in the fourth before Wichita State scored 10 unanswered runs, including five runs in the seventh ... Freshman left-hander Tommy Milone (7-3) was tagged for the loss for the Trojans, allowing six runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings. Hankerd and Vieira each had three hits. On the season, Hankerd now has 23 multi-hit games with 10 three-hit performances ... USC scored five times in the first inning on Sunday, before the host Shockers chipped away for the eventual win ... Junior RHP Paul Koss went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits ... Senior Baron Frost led the Trojans with a 3-for-5 day and stole home in the fifth for the Trojans' seventh run of the contest. It was the first time a Trojan had stolen home since Michael Moon did so on Feb. 14, 2003 against South Alabama.

  • WASHINGTON (34-24, 9-12): Junior Matt Lane broke a 4-4 tie with a sixth-inning, leadoff homer and freshman Adrian Gomez threw seven innings of shutout relief to help Washington snap a four-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 6-4 win at Portland. Gomez, who came on after the first five batters had reached base in the bottom of the first, picked up his first Husky win to improve to 1-1. The lefty allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four ... Sophomore center fielder Michael Burgher had three hits, including an RBI triple for the Huskies while junior Curt Rindal hit his 10th homer of the year ... Tim Lincecum broke the Huskies' single-season wins record with his 12th victory of the year on Friday at Pacific. The junior right-hander (12-3) broke the record of 11 wins, set first by Jake Kringen in 1997 and tied by Shawn Kohn in 2002. Lincecum worked seven innings, allowing one run on four hits and five walks while striking out 11 ... Sophomore Elliott Cribby threw the final two innings to pick up his 10th save for the Huskies ... On Saturday, freshman starter Tyler Cheney (1-6) suffered the 7-2 loss for the Huskies, allowing five earned run on five hits over four and one-third innings ... Tied 1-1 at the top of the third inning, Sunday's rubber match and Washington's final non-conference game of the regular season was cancelled due to rain ... Gomez started Sunday's game and had allowed one run in his two innings ... The Huskies scored in the first when Burgher walked, stole second and scored on an error. Pacific tied the score in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly. However, none of the stats from the game will count.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (35-21, 9-12): On Tuesday, senior Jay Miller became only the second player in Cougar baseball history to collect 300 hits thanks to a ninth inning double in Washington State's 11-5 win at Gonzaga ... The Cougars had 18 hits on the afternoon, three each from sophomore Paul Gran, freshman Travis Coulter, sophomore Jim Murphy and sophomore Garrett Kimbrel. Murphy added four RBIs while Coulter had three runs scored to increase his team lead to 50 ... Washington State managed just three hits off Dallas Buck on Friday, as freshman Jared Prince homered, while Murphy doubled and Coulter singled ... Senior southpaw Reese Baker suffered the loss for WSU, allowing six runs on seven hits in four and 1/3 innings, as his record fell to 2-4 ... For the second straight game, Prince homered in his first at-bat on Saturday. Prince drove in both runs for the Cougars, while connecting for his team-leading eighth home run of the season ... Senior Zach McAngus and sophomore Scott Suttmeier each had two hits, part of the Cougars' 10 hits on the afternoon. McAngus' home run was his sixth of the season ... Prince suffered the loss as he went three innings, allowing four runs on four hits ... Miller entered Monday's game vs. Lewis-Clark State College needing two hits to tie career leader Mike Kinkade's record of 304, and after a 43-minute rain and lightning delay prior to the game, Miller led off the bottom of the first with a clean single through the right side. In his next at-bat, Miller's two-out double to right in the third inning scored Scott Suttmeier, tying the game at 1-1, and tying Kinkade's 11-year old mark. Fittingly, Miller's record-tying hit came on a double, which gives him 73 for his career, just two doubles shy of another Kinkade record which has stood since 1995.
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