This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

June 6, 2006

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The Pac-10 has had a team make the Super Regionals each year since 1996 thanks to OREGON STATE and STANFORD advancing at Regionals last weekend. Because the Beavers and Cardinal will play each other in the Super Regionals, the Pac-10 is assured of a berth in the College World Series for the tenth straight year. A Pac-10 team has made the CWS 25 times since the league became known as the Pac-10 in 1979. Oregon State, which advanced beyond the first round for the second straight season, is the only 2005 CWS participant who can return to Omaha this year. The Beavers' sweep of last week's Regional tournament helped run their home record to 25-4 this season and 51-9 over the past two seasons. Meanwhile, Stanford is making its sixth trip in the last eight years to college baseball's Sweet 16, the Cardinal's first since winning five consecutive Super Regionals from 1999-2003 to advance to Omaha. Stanford will be on the road in a Super Regional for the first time, after hosting each of the previous five the club has played.

SUPER REGIONAL SCHEDULE:

Corvallis, Ore. (all times Pacific and all games to be broadcast on ESPN/ESPNU)
Game 1 - Sat., June 11 - No. 17 STANFORD at No. 4 OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
Game 2 - Sun., June 12 - No. 17 STANFORD at No. 4 OREGON STATE, 7 p.m.
Game 3 - Mon., June 13 - No. 17 STANFORD at No. 4 OREGON STATE, 4 p.m. (if necessary)

LAST WEEK'S REGIONAL RESULTS:

Houston, Texas
Sat., June 3
Baylor 3, ARIZONA STATE 2
ARIZONA STATE 13, Prairie View A&M 4
Sun., June 4
Baylor 7, ARIZONA STATE 2

Corvallis, Ore.
Fri., June 2
No. 5 Oregon State 5, Wright State 3
Sat., June 3
No. 5 OREGON STATE 11, No. 22 Kansas 3
Sun., June 4
No. 5 OREGON STATE 12, Hawaii 3

Austin, Texas
Fri., June 2
STANFORD 7, North Carolina State 2
Sat., June 3
STANFORD 12, No. 4 Texas 8
Sun., June 4
STANFORD 17, North Carolina State 7

Malibu, Calif.
Fri., June 2
UCLA 3, UC Irvine 2
Sat., June 3
No. 18 Pepperdine 6, UCLA 0
Sun., June 4
Missouri 2, UCLA 1

All Rankings According to Baseball America

PAC-10 TEAMS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT ACTION

  • ARIZONA STATE (37-21, 14-10): The Sun Devils lost their Houston Regional opener to Baylor 3-2. Senior right-hander Tony Barnette was the starter before rain washed out Friday night, but sophomore southpaw Josh Satow took the mound when play was resumed on Saturday. Satow took the loss, allowing three earned runs on five hits in two 1/3 innings to drop his record to 4-2 ... Arizona State stranded six runners on base and twice had runners thrown out trying to steal ... An hour after its loss to Baylor, ASU rebounded to eliminate the Prairie View A&M Panthers, 13-4. Freshman Preston Paramore and junior Colin Curtis each had three RBI to lead the Devils ... Barnette made his second start in as many regional games. He would go only two innings, allowing only three hits before giving way to junior RHP Brady Martinez with the Devils up 11-0. Martinez worked four innings, allowing only one earned run to pick up his fourth win of the year ... Junior right-hander CJ Retherford threw the final three frames to pick up his first career save. Retherford also went 3-for-4 while playing third, catcher and pitcher ... Eight Sun Devils combined for 16 hits against three different Panther pitchers, while five ASU batters had multi-hit games in the win ... Arizona State's 2006 campaign came to a close on Sunday, as the Devils dropped a 7-2 decision to Baylor, their second loss to the Bears in as many days to eliminate them from the NCAA Tournament ... Freshman lefty Jeff Urlaub (5-3) took the loss for the Devils, allowing four earned runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings of work before giving way to Pat Bresnehan. The junior lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and three runs, none of which were earned ... Senior left-hander Brett Bordes leaves Arizona State as the school's all-time leader in pitching appearances, finishing with 109.
  • OREGON STATE (42-14, 16-7): Senior Chris Kunda hit a two-out, two-run double on Friday in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Beavers to a 5-3 win over Wright State. The Pac-10 champs were able to beat the Raiders by picking up two runs off WSU closer Joe Smith, who had entered the game undefeated with three wins, 12 saves and a 0.75 ERA ... Sophomore right-hander Eddie Kunz was credited with the win for his two scoreless innings of relief work, allowing one hit and striking out one to improve his record to 5-1 this season. Junior right-handed starter Dallas Buck went the first six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven ... In front of Saturday's sellout crowd of 2,967, junior RHP Jonah Nickerson fanned eight in 7 2/3 innings to give him 273 for his career, surpassing the 267 strikeouts Mason Smith collected from 1991-1994. Nickerson retired the first 11 hitters he faced until issuing a fourth-inning walk, and he didn't allow a hit until a two-run solo shot in the top of the fifth ... Kunda capped the seven-run second frame with a three-run homer, his first of two jacks on the day. The senior, who hadn't hit a homer since April 17, 2005 at Arizona, had the first two-homer game by a Beaver since Danny Anderson homered twice against St. John's in the final game of last year's Corvallis Regional. Kunda also drove in five runs in the 11-3 win over the Jayhawks ... In Sunday's regional championship, senior Bill Rowe drove in six runs for the first time by an Oregon State player since Tony Calderon did so against Portland on May 18, 2004 ... Junior Tyler Graham chipped in by going 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored to help OSU defeat Hawaii 12-3 ... Junior RHP Mike Stutes got the win to improve to 7-2 this season. In 5 2/3 innings, he allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out four ... The Beavers pulled away from the Rainbows with three runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh ...In its three tournament games, Oregon State outscored its opponents 28-9.
  • STANFORD (33-25, 11-13): The Cardinal opened postseason play at the Austin Regional on Friday with a 7-2 victory over North Carolina State, as junior right-hander Greg Reynolds tossed a complete-game seven-hitter, striking out seven and walking two to go the distance for the fifth time in his last six starts. The junior induced 12 ground ball outs and Stanford added three more outs via the ground by turning three double plays in front of a crowd of 4,055 ... Stanford jumped out to a 5-0 lead after an inning and a half and never trailed as the Cardinal won its postseason opener for the seventh time in the last eight campaigns ... Junior Jim Rapoport equaled a season-best with his third three-hit game of the season and had a pair of doubles for the first time in his career ... Sophomore Randy Molina (3-for-3) also had a three-hit contest, while senior Chris Minaker, freshman Grant Escue and senior John Hester added a pair of hits each ... Sophomore Michael Taylor drove in a pair of runs, while Escue scored a career-high-tying two runs ... Stanford advanced to the regional championship game with a wild 12-8 victory over defending national champion and host Texas on Saturday. Hester hit his first career grandslam in the second inning and tied a career-high four RBI to help the Cardinal come back from an early 3-0 deficit, while sophomore right-hander Erik Davis recorded his third save of the season by pitching 2 1/3 hitless frames and preventing a Longhorn rally in the seventh ... The win gave head coach Mark Marquess his 1256th career victory to move into sole possession of 12th-place on the all-time NCAA Division I win list ... The trio of freshman Jason Castro, Lewis and Taylor combined for nine of Stanford's 16 hits and nine of the team's 12 runs with each player scoring three times and collecting three hits. Minaker also had a pair of hits, while Rapoport drove in a pair of runs ... Sophomore starter Nolan Gallagher (5-4) picked up the victory by lasting until two outs in the seventh inning, despite allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts ... Stanford took the Austin championship with a 17-7 victory over North Carolina State on Sunday ... Minaker scored a career-high six of Stanford's season-high 17 runs and had a career-high-tying five of the club's season-high 24 hits to earn Most Outstanding Player nods ... Taylor and junior Ryan Seawell added four hits each, as Seawell posted the first four-hit game of his career. Lewis also drove in four and had pair of hits, while Castro and Hester also had a pair of hits each ... The win extended freshman reliever Austin Yount's undefeated record to 4-0. Yount limited the Wolfpack to a pair of runs on one hit and three walks with two strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings of work.
  • UCLA (33-25, 13-10): Junior RHP Hector Ambriz (8-7) earned his second complete-game win of the year with Friday's 3-2 win over UC Irvine in the first round of the Malibu Regional. Ambriz allowed two runs, both unearned, on just four hits, with five strikeouts and four walks. The junior finished the game strong, retiring the final 13 of 14 Anteaters he faced to close out a tough win for the Bruins ... Senior Chris Jensen led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a RBI ... Freshman Ryan Babineau hit a game-tying solo home run, while his classmate, Brandon Crawford finished 2-for-3 with the game-winning RBI double in the seventh. Fellow frosh Blair Dunlap went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, and Ambriz also had two singles in the game ... After splitting a home-and-home series with Pepperdine in the regular season, the top-ranked Waves blew open a 2-0 lead with a four-run ninth inning to shutout UCLA, 6-0 on Saturday and force the Bruins into an elimination game vs. No. 4-seed Missouri on Sunday ... UCLA hit 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the game that was delayed an hour and 40 minutes because of a preceding 14 inning, 5-4 Missouri win over UC Irvine ... Freshman Cody Decker went 2-for-3 in the game with a double, and junior Tim Stewart finished 1-for-4 with a double ... Junior left-hander Dave Huff (7-4) tossed 8 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits with one strikeout and two walks in a losing effort. Huff allowed just two runs through the first seven innings. The Bruins ended their season on Sunday with a 2-1 loss to Missouri ... Junior RHP Tyson Brummett (6-7) worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk in the loss ... UCLA hit a combined 0-for-9 at the plate with runners in scoring position, stranding eight runners on base in the game ... Dunlap went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI, Decker went 2-for-4, and Stewart went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
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