This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

May 30, 2006

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For the 10th consecutive year, the Pac-10 qualified at least four of its nine teams to the NCAA Tournament ... The OREGON STATE Beavers, who earned the outright Pac-10 title for the second straight season, will host for the second straight year, taking on Wright State, Hawaii and Kansas ... UCLA will make its 12th NCAA Regional Championship appearance in school history, and the school's first since 2004. The Bruins will make the short trek to Malibu, Calif. for first round action against UC Irvine, marking the third time in three weeks that the squads will have met ... After finishing off the Conference season by sweeping California, ARIZONA STATE will travel to Houston, Texas to face Baylor, Prairie View, and host Rice ... Joining the Sun Devils in the Lonestar State will be STANFORD, who is seeded third in the Austin Regional. The Cardinal will play No. 2 seed North Carolina State on Friday ... The Pac-10 has won 24 of 58 national titles, the most of any conference.

REGIONAL SCHEDULE:
Campus Sites, Double Elimination

Games 1-2 will be played on Fri., June 2
Games 3-4 will be played on Sat., June 3
Games 5-6 will be played on Sun., June 4
Game 7 will be played on Mon., June 5 (if necessary)

Corvallis, Ore. (all times Pacific)
Game 1 - #2 Kansas vs. #3 Hawaii, 1 p.m.
Game 2 - #1 Oregon State vs. #4 Wright State, 5 p.m.
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 6 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 2 p.m. (if necessary)

Malibu, Calif. (all times Pacific)
Game 1 - #2 UCLA vs. #3 UC Irvine, 11 a.m.
Game 2 - #1 Pepperdine vs. #4 Missouri, 3 p.m.
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 11 a.m.
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 3 p.m.
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 11 a.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 3 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 11 a.m. (if necessary)

Houston, Texas (all times Central)
Game 1 - #1 Rice vs. #4 Prairie View, 4 p.m.
Game 2 - #2 Arizona State vs. #3 Baylor, 8 p.m.
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 12 p.m.
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4 p.m.
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 5 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 7 p.m. (if necessary)

Austin, Texas (all times Central)
Game 1 - #2 North Carolina State vs. #3 Stanford, 11 a.m.
Game 2 - #1 Texas vs. #4 Texas-Arlington, 3 p.m.
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 11 a.m.
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 3 p.m.
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 12 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 4 p.m.
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 6 p.m. (if necessary)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., May 23
CALIFORNIA 3, Pacific, 2
UCLA 10, UC Irvine 1
No. 2 Cal State Fullerton 6, USC 3 (11)

Wed., May 24
STANFORD 14, Pacific 8

Fri., May 26
ARIZONA 10, USC 5
No. 19 ARIZONA STATE 13, CALIFORNIA 5
UC Davis 3, STANFORD 0
WASHINGTON STATE 3, WASHINGTON 2
No. 5 OREGON STATE 9, UCLA 2

Sat., May 27
ARIZONA 6, USC 0
No. 19 ARIZONA STATE 9, CALIFORNIA 3
UC Davis 8, STANFORD 3
WASHINGTON 5, WASHINGTON STATE 4 (13)

Sun., May 28
ARIZONA 17, USC 14
No. 19 ARIZONA STATE 7, CALIFORNIA 6 (11)
UCLA 3, No. 5 OREGON STATE 1
WASHINGTON 5, WASHINGTON STATE 3

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (27-28, 12-12): Winners of their final five games, the Wildcats swept USC on the road last weekend to finish the Conference season at .500 ... On Friday, junior Konrad Schmidt hit a three-run double and senior Brad Boyer a two-run homer as Arizona scored five runs in the second inning of a 10-5 series-opening win. Boyer and freshman Brad Glenn led Arizona's 12-hit attack, with each player finishing 3-for-5 on the night. Boyer tallied three RBI and a run scored, and Glenn added two runs in the win ... Sophomore left-hander David Coulon scattered seven hits and blanked USC over nine innings in Saturday's complete-game 6-0 shutout victory. Coulon (4-3), who entered Saturday's start with an 8.12 ERA in 14 appearances this season, struck out seven and walked only one in his longest career outing to pick up the victory and lower his ERA to 6.83 on the year ... In game three, Arizona rallied from a seven-run deficit with 11 unanswered runs over the final three innings for its first three-game sweep of USC since 1990 ... Junior Bill Rhinehart's seventh-inning grand slam, his first career bases-loaded home run and his sixth of the year, handed the `Cats a 14-13 lead and capped off an eight-run inning that led Arizona back from a 13-6 deficit. He finished the contest 4-for-6 with four RBI and three runs scored. He also hit a two-run homer, his fifth of the season, in Arizona's 6-0 shutout win over the Trojans on Saturday. Rhinehart batted .500 for the series (5-for-10) with two home runs, a double, five runs scored and six RBI. He posted a 1.083 slugging percentage and a .571 on-base percentage.

  • ARIZONA STATE (36-19, 14-10): The Sun Devils wrapped up the final weekend of Pac-10 play sweeping California. Arizona State came up big in game one, beating Cal 13-5 ... Junior Colin Curtis, who went 3-for-5 and batted in four runs in the victory ... Sophomore Eric Sogard had three RBI, while freshman Ike Davis and sophomore Willy Fox each had two. Five Sun Devils had multi-hit games, thanks in large part to the 15 hits the Devils totaled on the night ... Sophomore southpaw Josh Satow upped his record to 4-1, after going five innings, scattering four hits and allowing only one run ... After falling behind early on Saturday by three runs, the Sun Devils got a spark from freshman Mike Jones, who went 2-for-3 in his first plate appearances of the season. Jones, who is also a wide receiver on Arizona State's football team, singled twice and knocked in the eventual game-winning run ... Senior starter Tony Barnette picked up the win for the fifth-straight decision to run his record to 6-1. He struck out ten over seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits ... After sophomore Ryan Sontag tripled on Sunday to lead off the bottom of the 11th in a 6-6 game, Cal gambled by intentionally walking the bases loaded to set up a force at any base. The gamble did not pay off for the Bears, as Michael Bugary walked Davis, forcing in the winning run and giving ASU the series sweep 7-6 ... Junior RHP Pat Bresnehan threw five outstanding innings of relief, for Davis, fanning five while allowing only one runner to reach base, via walk. Bresnehan's classmate, Zechry Zinicola threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, eventually giving way to senior left-hander Brett Bordes, who went the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up his team-leading seventh win of the year ... In its seventh consecutive postseason appearance and 29th all-time, ASU earned the No. 2 seed in the Houston Regional and will take on Baylor on Friday ... Arizona State is 4-1 all-time against the Bears, and the Houston Regional also includes Prairie View and host Rice.

  • CALIFORNIA (26-28, 9-15): In his shortest outing of the year, junior right-hander Brandon Morrow (7-4) threw 3 1/3 innings on Friday with seven hits, four earned runs, three walks and a strikeout in Cal's 13-5 loss at Arizona State. Morrow's lone strikeout gave him 97 for the season, tying him with Andy Messersmith (1965) for 10th on the Cal single-season strikeout list ... Junior Brennan Boesch, sophomore Jordan Karnofsky, sophomore Kyle Spraker and sophomore Mike Van Winden finished with two hits apiece, as the Bears were out-hit 13-11 ... After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings on Saturday, California surrendered nine straight runs, falling to the Sun Devils, 9-3. Cal scored two runs in the top of the first on four straight singles by Boesch, senior Allen Craig, junior Chris Errecart and Karnofsky. The Bears added another run off of ASU starter Tony Barnette in the second inning, as sophomore Van Winden led-off the frame with a single, advanced to second on Spraker's sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on senior Rob Nesbitt's single to left, and scored on Boesch's fielder's choice grounder. But, that was all of Cal's scoring for the contest ... Freshman left-hander Chris Petrini (3-2), limited ASU to only four hits in a career-high 6 2/3 innings, with five earned runs, two walks and a career-high eight strikeouts ... In their final game of the 2006 season, the Golden Bears lost their 12th one-run game, falling 7-6 in 11 innings in Tempe ... Offensively, Boesch, Craig and junior Brett Munster finished with two hits apiece to pace the Bears.

  • OREGON STATE (39-14, 16-7): The Beavers assured themselves sole possession of the 2006 Pac-10 baseball championship on Friday after defeating UCLA, 9-2. In the clincher, Oregon State scored in every inning except the third and collected 17 hits, while junior pitchers Dallas Buck and Kevin Gunderson limited the Bruins to six ... Buck, who had walked five hitters through the first two innings, including three in the second, retired 16 of the next 17 batters he faced. The right-hander allowed only two runs on four hits and five walks in seven innings of work to improve to 11-2 this season, putting him in a tie for third on Oregon State's all-time list of season wins leaders. His 26-9 career mark places Buck sixth on the Beavers' all-time career wins list ... Junior Cole Gillespie went 3-for-5, a single short of the cycle and batting in three runs. His two-run homer, which capped a three-run fourth inning that put OSU up 5-1, was his 11th long ball of the season to tie him for 10th place on the school's all-time list of career leaders. He also had a run-scoring triple in the bottom of the sixth inning and then doubled and scored in the eighth .. Saturday's game was cancelled due to rain and was not made up since OSU had already clinched the Conference title ... After learning that they would host an NCAA Regional on Sunday, the Beavers lost their final game of the regular season, falling 3-1 to UCLA. Both teams managed for only six total hits before a sellout crowd of 2,086 ... Junior RHP Jonah Nickerson saw his personal winning streak end at seven straight decisions, despite allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks in six innings. He also struck out five, putting him just two strikeouts away from tying Oregon State's career record ... The Beavers will host the NCAA Regional Tournament for the second straight year and third time in program history ... OSU will face Wright State at 5 p.m. on Friday. The Beavers hold a 1-0 record all-time vs. Wright State, with OSU earning its only victory over the Raiders in 1996.

  • STANFORD (30-25, 11-13): Stanford won for the ninth time in its last 11 games by coming from behind for a 14-8 non-conference victory at Pacific on Wednesday. Senior Chris Lewis (4-for-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, SB) homered, had a career-high five RBI and the second career-high-tying four-hit game of his career ... Senior Chris Minaker (3-for-6, 2B, 3 RBI), junior Ryan Seawell (3-for-5, 2B) and freshman Jason Castro (3-for-5) added three hits each, while senior John Hester (2-for-5, 2 RBI) had a pair of hits and scored a career-high three runs to contribute to a Cardinal offense that posted a season-high-tying 14 runs on a season-high 19 hits ... Freshman right-hander Austin Yount shut the door on Pacific in the longest outing his career, tossing 4 1/3 scoreless innings and striking out a career-high five while scattering four hits and walking just one ... Despite tossing his fourth complete game in his last five outings, senior RHP Greg Reynolds allowed UC Davis to score two runs in the top of the first on Friday. Reynolds allowed eight hits and three runs with nine strikeouts and a walk in the 3-0 loss ... The game was played in front of the largest crowd at Sunken Diamond this season with 3,362 fans present for Senior Night and the Town & Country Village Fireworks show ... On Saturday, Stanford gave up three home runs at Davis on Saturday for the Cardinal's second loss in as many days to the Aggies. Sophomore Nolan Gallagher suffered the loss, after allowing five runs on five hits and two walks before he could get an out in the second inning. Gallagher was replaced by freshman lefty Jeremy Bleich (4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 SO), who kept the Cardinal in the game with his scoreless work ... Stanford hit the ball well early in the contest, picking up 10 of its 12 hits in the first six innings but left six on, as well as having one runner erased caught stealing, one more on the base-paths and another on a double play. Freshman Grant Escue (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Lewis (3-for-4) both had three-hit days for the Cardinal, while Seawell (2-for-4, 3B) had a pair of hits including a triple to lead off the game ... Stanford still finished the season by winning nine of its final 13 contests to make a late postseason bid ... Stanford has made 12 consecutive appearances (1994-2005) in the postseason ... The No. 3-seed Cardinal will head south of the border for the Austin Regional, facing North Carolina State. This year marks the 12th straight postseason appearance for Stanford, and its first-ever meeting with the Wolfpack ... Texas and Texas-Arlington are also at the Austin Regional, where every game will be televised by ESPNU.

  • UCLA (32-23, 13-10): The Bruins' hopes of tying Oregon State for the Pac-10 title were dashed on Friday with UCLA's 9-2 loss in Corvallis ... Junior RHP Hector Ambriz (7-7) took the loss going 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts, allowing seven runs on 12 hits ... UCLA stranded six runners, as Oregon State starter Dallas Buck issued five walks through the first two innings of the game ... Senior Chris Jensen led the Bruin offensive effort, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run. Freshman Jermaine Curtis had a RBI single, and freshman Ryan Babineau went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored ... After an unexpected Saturday off due to a rain-out, UCLA shut down then fifth-ranked OSU in Sunday's regular season finale. Junior Dave Huff earned his seventh win of the year tossing 7 1/3 innings, while allowing just one run on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Huff shut down an OSU team that entered the game outscoring opponents 48-8 in its last four games, and posting nine-or-more runs in the previous five-consecutive contests. On the season, Huff owns a 7-3 record with a 2.82 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 121.1 innings pitched. Huff wrapped up the Conference season with a 4-1 mark, a 2.77 ERA, three complete games, and 49 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings pitched ... UCLA has scored eight-or-more runs in six of the last nine games, and has recorded 11-or-more hits in seven of the last 10 games ... UCLA has won seven of its last nine games ... The Bruins earned an at-large berth as the No. 2 seed in the Malibu Regional. UCLA will face No. 3-seed UC Irvine, the third time the teams will have met in as many weeks. Pepperdine earned the site's top-seed and will face fourth-seeded Missouri in the other first-round matchup of the bracket.

  • USC (25-33, 11-13): Junior All-American Ian Kennedy (5-7), went 6 1/3 innings on Friday and allowed five runs and seven hits in USC's 10-5 series-opening loss to Arizona. Kennedy walked four and struck out eight to finish with 102 strikeouts on the season. Kennedy has thrown 380 K's in his career, a mark that ranks third all-time at Troy behind Rik Currier (449, 1998-2001) and Seth Etherton (420, 1995-98) ... Junior Cyle Hankerd went 3-for-3 on the night, while senior Darin Vieira went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI ... Freshman Tommy Milone (7-4) was the hard-luck loser for USC on Saturday, despite giving up just three hits and striking out a season-high eight batters ... In his final game as a Trojan, senior Baron Frost went 3-for-4 on Sunday with two home runs and five RBI. It was his second multi-home run game of the season (Feb. 12 vs. Florida International), as he tied his personal best for RBI in a game. Two other Trojan seniors finished their careers with good days at the plate, as Vieira went 4-for-6 with two doubles and three RBI and Blake Sharpe went 3-for-5 with a triple and one RBI.

  • WASHINGTON (36-25, 11-13): Junior right-hander Tim Lincecum fanned 14 Washington State batters in a complete-game effort on Friday, but the Cougars still managed to edge the Huskies, 3-2, in the first game of the season-ending series in Seattle. Lincecum finished the night with his 199th strikeout of the season, falling one short of becoming the second pitcher in Conference history to notch 200 K's in one season. Over nine innings, the Husky ace allowed three runs (one earned) on eight hits, walking two ... On Saturday, senior Zach Clem scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift UW over Washington State, 5-4. Washington scored two in the ninth to force extra innings and, after WSU scored in the top of the 10th, scored again to keep the game alive. Clem singled to open the 13th inning, his third hit of the game. After a sacrifice bunt, WSU's Nick Cebula came on in relief of Jayson Miller and threw a wild pitch, which allowed Clem to take third base with one out. The Cougars intentionally walked the next two Huskies to load the bases. After getting ahead with two strikes to UW freshman Brett Kaluza, Cebula bounced his 0-2 pitch past his catcher, allowing Clem to score the winning run ... Freshman starter Adrian Gomez worked eight innings in his third collegiate start, allowing three runs on eight hits ... In game three of the Apple Cup of baseball, Washington rallied from a 3-0 deficit, scoring two runs in the seventh and three more in eighth to close out the 2006 season with a 5-3 win over its cross-state rival ... Sophomore reliever Elliott Cribby (7-6) picked up the win, working the final inning and one third. Freshman lefty Tyler Cheney held the Cougars to one run on five hits in six innings of relief.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (36-23, 10-14): On a night when senior Jay Miller broke the Cougar all-time hits record, sophomore im Murphy's eighth inning home run proved to be the difference as Washington State beat Washington, 3-2, on Friday. The Cougars held a narrow, 2-1, lead entering the eighth against Husky ace Tim Lincecum, before Murphy drilled his eighth home run of the season on a 0-1 pitch to give WSU a 3-1 lead and providing an insurance run for the Cougar pitching staff ... Miller, meanwhile, made history in the sixth inning. After a 0-for-2 start to his night, the senior lined a sharp single to left, giving him hit number 305 for his Cougar career and moving him ahead of Mike Kinkade for the top spot on the all-time hits list. In the seventh Miller added an RBI double, the 74th of his career, one shy of another Kinkade school record ... Miller and junior Ryan Krauser each had two hits to lead an eight-hit WSU attack. Miller's two hits also pushed him into ninth place on the Pac-10 all-time list, ahead of former Stanford player A.J. Hinch ... Freshman right-handed starter Jared Prince had his best outing in over a month as he went 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits. Sophomore southpaw Steve Kost came on to face one batter in the sixth before giving way to freshman Jeremy Johnson, who picked up his first win of the season as he allowed one run on two hits over 2 1/3 innings ... Junior Wayne Daman, Jr. worked eight strong innings against Washington on Saturday, picking up a no-decision as he left with a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning. Daman allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven, as the Cougars fell 5-4 in 13 innings. Daman's only runs allowed came on solo home runs in the sixth and ninth innings. He left in the ninth with no on but could not get the win as the Cougar bullpen allowed the tying run in the ninth ... Although Washington State lost its final game of the season on Sunday, the Cougars have concluded 2006 with a number of accomplishments. The 36 wins are the most by a WSU team since posting 37 victories in 1981. It also marks the most Conference victories by Washington State since the Pac-10 began a full round-robin format prior to the 1999 season ... The 15-game improvement from the 21-win season in 2005 is tied for the best single-season improvement since 1956, when the Cougars also had a 15-win improvement ... Prince became the first Cougar to hit over .400, and only the fourth ever, since Kelly Smith batted .418 during the 1980 season ... Miller concluded his collegiate career as the Cougars' all-time leader in hits with 307 and at-bats with 891, and second in career doubles with 74.
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