This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

June 13, 2006

Fourth-ranked OREGON STATE advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. for the second straight season and will be the only team from last year's field among the eight qualifying for the 2006 CWS. The Beavers swept STANFORD in the NCAA Corvallis Super Regional. The Beavers will open their third-ever CWS appearance on Saturday against Miami, the first ever meeting between the teams ... This is the 56th year (of a possible 59) that the Pac-10 has sent at least one team to the CWS. The Pac-10 has won 24 national championships, 14 more than the next conference (Big 12, 10). A Pac-10 team has been runner-up 14 times.


Sat., June 17
OREGON STATE vs. Miami - 6 p.m. CST, ESPN

Mon., June 19
OREGON STATE/Miami vs. Rice/Georgia
Winners from Friday - 6 p.m. CST, ESPN2
Losers from Friday - 1 p.m. CST, ESPN


Sat., June 10
Sun., June 11

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

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.


  • ARIZONA (27-28, 12-12): Winners of their final five games, the Wildcats swept USC on the road during the last weekend of regular season play to finish the Conference season at .500. The trip marked the first time Arizona has swept three games from the Trojans since 1990 ... As a team, UA hit a league-leading 34 triples this season, nine of which came from the stick of senior Brad Boyer. Boyer finished his Wildcat career among the school's all-time leaders in games played (216), at bats (857), runs (218), hits (265), triples (26) and stolen bases (73). Boyer, the fourth player in UA history to score 200 or more career runs, wrapped up his senior campaign with a .323 batting average while leading the Wildcats with 65 runs scored and 21 stolen bases ... After working just 23 1/3 innings in his first two seasons in Tucson, junior left-hander Brad Mills made a team-high 16 starts and appeared in 17 games total this season, leading the `Cats with six victories, while posting a 4.70 ERA. He finished with 82 strikeouts in a career-high 82 1/3 innings on the mound ... Arizona's all-time saves leader Mark Melancon went 3-3 in 2006, making four saves and holding a 2.97 ERA in 14 appearances. The junior RHP missed nearly two months of play due to an elbow injury ... Jason Donald wrapped up his junior season with a career-high .332 batting average, while leading the team with 49 RBI and 19 doubles. He ended the 2006 season with a 26-game hitting streak, batting .368 (43-for-117) with 10 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 25 RBI and 22 runs scored. A career .315 hitter at Arizona, Donald has made 177 starts and has missed only two games out of a possible 179.
  • ARIZONA STATE (37-21, 14-10): Collegiate Baseball honored two Sun Devil rookies by naming Ike Davis and Preston Paramore to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team. Davis, a first baseman/pitcher, went 79-for-240 (.339) on the year with a team-leading 20 doubles, nine home runs and 65 RBI, which set a new ASU record for runs batted in by a freshman. As the Sun Devils' Friday night starter, the left-hander worked in 14 games, striking out 40 batters over 47 1/3 innings. Davis was also named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... A catcher, Paramore played in 53 of the Sun Devils' 58 games, batting .318 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 35 RBI while handling 16 different pitchers ... Junior infielder Seth Dhaenens, who inked a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, finished his collegiate career having appeared in 142 games over three seasons. He batted .290 as a Sun Devil, belting three home runs and knocking in 59 runs ...After transferring from Utah, junior RHP Brady Martinez led ASU in appearances this season, throwing in 32 games. He was a perfect 4-0 on the year, in addition to picking up two saves. He finished the year with a 4.36 ERA, striking out 55 batters while walking only 19 in 43 1/3 innings of work. Martinez leaves Tempe after signing a contract with the New York Yankees ... Junior outfielder Colin Curtis has started all 182 games of his Sun Devil career, batting .328 with 13 home runs and 135 RBI. He has stolen 50 bases, including a career-high 21 in 2006 ... Junior right-hander Pat Bresnehan has thrown in 71 games and started in 21. He holds a career record of 11-9 with a 5.01 ERA, striking out 173 batters over three seasons in 192 1/3 innings pitched ... Junior right-hander Zechry Zinicola ranks third all-time in school history with 18 saves, including a freshmen record-tying eight in 2004. In his 75 games pitched, Zinicola is 10-9 with a 4.34 ERA. He's also hit five home runs for the Devils ... Senior lefty Brett Bordes leaves Arizona State as the school's all-time leader in pitching appearances, finishing with 109. In his senior season, Bordes led ASU with seven victories on the year to bring his career victories total to 16, in addition to nine saves ... Senior right-hander Tony Barnette appeared in 50 games, finishing with a 10-2 career record. He went 6-1 in his final season, leading the team with 70 K's and striking out 123 batters in 104 2/3 career innings.
  • CALIFORNIA (26-28, 9-15): Brandon Morrow became the highest draft pick in Cal baseball history when he was selected fifth by the Seattle Mariners in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. The junior right-hander finished the season at 7-4 is currently second in the Pac-10 with a 2.05 ERA. Morrow is tied for sixth in the Conference with 97 strikeouts (10th on Cal's single-season strikeout list), and opponents batted .211 against him (third in the Pac-10). Morrow worked two complete games and only allowed 39 walks and 72 hits in his 96 2/3 innings (10th in the Pac-10) ... Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch finished the 2006 campaign batting .313 with 11 doubles, 10 home runs (tied for seventh in the Pac-10) and a team-leading 42 RBI. He ended the year hitting safely in 19 of the team's final 20 games, including three game-winning RBI. For his career, Boesch has a .327 average with 37 doubles, three triples, 21 home runs and 90 RBI ... Senior shortstop Allen Craig owned a team-best .344 average with a team-high 76 hits, 39 runs, 15 doubles and 11 home runs (tied for fifth in the Pac-10). He also had 27 multiple-hit games, 124 total bases (eighth in the Pac-10) and a .561 slugging percentage (ninth in the Pac-10). For his career, Craig had a .308 average with 48 doubles (seventh on the Cal all-time list), a triple, 27 home runs (ninth on the Cal all-time list) and 107 RBI in 192 games. Craig's 751 career at-bats are eighth, his 362 total bases are ninth and his 231 hits are 10th on the Cal all-time list ... As a true freshman, Tyson Ross finished 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA (seventh in the Pac-10), and had 85 strikeouts (10th in the Pac-10) in 84 2/3 innings. The right-hander paced the Bears with 15 starts, had a complete-game victory over Washington, and had a career-high nine strikeouts in six innings versus then-No. 17 Long Beach State.
  • OREGON STATE (44-14, 16-7): Oregon State earned its second straight trip to the College World Series by sweeping the best-of-three Super Regional series from Stanford ... Sophomore Mitch Canham doubled home the winning run with two out in the seventh inning to lift the Beavers to a 4-3 victory in Saturday's series opener ... Junior outfielder Cole Gillespie went 2-for-3 in Saturday's Super Regional opener to set the school record for total bases in a season with 144. The previous record had been set by Jacoby Ellsbury with 142 in 2005 ... Junior right-hander Dallas Buck pitched eight innings, striking out six and allowing eight hits and two walks to earn his 12th win of the season, which ties him for second on the school's all-time list of single-season leaders. Buck earned 12 wins in 2005, and his 27-9 career record moves him into a tie for fifth on Oregon State's all-time list of career wins leaders ... Junior RHP Jonah Nickerson and two relievers combined to pitch a five-hit shutout on Sunday, blanking the Cardinal 15-0 to win the Corvallis Super Regional baseball series. Sunday's win was not only the second-ever shutout for Oregon State in postseason play, but marked the third time in five games between the teams this season that OSU had shut out Stanford, as the Beavers outscored the Cardinal 35-4 in the five meetings ... Nickerson improved his record to 11-4 on the season by allowing five hits on three walks in 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven ... The Beavers scored four times in the first inning, then junior Scott Santschi's two-run homer ignited a six-run fourth inning as Oregon State collected a season-high 19 hits against seven Stanford pitchers. Senior Bill Rowe was 3-for-3 with a double, three RBI and four runs scored. Canham added five RBI, while junior Tyler Graham went 5-for-6 with three RBI. Graham's five hits tied OSU's single-game school record, and, in every game in which the Beavers have clinched a berth in the CWS, an Oregon State player has had a five-hit game: Jay Dean against Fresno State in 1952, Andy Jenkins against Southern California in 2005 and Graham in 2006 ... In addition to his three hits, Rowe was hit by pitch three times to tie OSU's single-game record shared by several players ... For the second straight night, the crowd was a post-1999 renovation record for Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers finished the season 27-4 in their home ballpark, eclipsing the record for home wins they had set in 2005. Oregon State went 53-8 at home over the past two seasons ... The Beavers will open their third-ever CWS appearance on Saturday against Miami ... Oregon State was the only school from the 2005 CWS field to reach the Super Regionals in 2006. OSU also reached the CWS in 1952 ... In its five postseason tournament games, Oregon State outscored its opponents 47-12.
  • STANFORD (33-27, 11-13): The Cardinal entered Saturday's Super Regional opener with a season-best string of six errorless games in a row, but committed three miscues leading to a 4-3 loss, which snapped Stanford's five-game Super Regional win streak ... The Cardinal took a 2-1 lead in the third after junior Jim Rapoport hit his third home run of the season. Rapoport (2-for-4) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit and had two of the team's three RBI, while freshman Jason Castro drove in the other Cardinal run with his clutch two-out RBI single in the fifth. The three runs were more than Stanford had scored in the regular-season series in Corvallis, when the Beavers limited the Cardinal to just one run in three games ... Junior right-hander Greg Reynolds took the loss, dropping his record to 7-6 after allowing a total of four runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks with nine strikeouts ... Stanford's 2006 season ended Sunday two wins short of the College World Series. The Cardinal endured their first postseason shutout since 1992, dropping Sunday's game 15-0. The 15-run margin of defeat was the worst NCAA playoff loss in school history, eclipsing a previous 17-3 loss to Miami in the first game of the 1983 CWS ... Oregon State's Jonah Nickerson limited Stanford to just five hits and three walks over the first 7 2/3 frames ... In the final game of his Cardinal career, senior Chris Minaker (2-for-4) was the only Stanford player with more than one hit. Minaker, who played every inning at shortstop in each of his last two seasons and started the final 157 games of his career at the position, doubled in his final collegiate at bat with two outs in the Cardinal eighth. Minaker wrapped up his senior season as the team's leader and with career-highs in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.364), hits (94), home runs (11), RBI (68), triples (3), total bases (154), slugging percentage (.597) and at bats (258). He also still led the team in doubles (21), four short of his career-high 25 he posted in 2005 ... Stanford hit 40 home runs on the season to mark the 20th consecutive campaign the Cardinal has hit 40 or more ...Stanford recorded its 13th straight winning campaign, as well as its 41st in the last 42 years and 58 in the past 60 seasons
  • UCLA (33-25, 13-10): UCLA head coach John Savage is a finalist for's National Coach of the Year award. Savage, a finalist for the honor for the second time in the last three years, led a 2005 Bruin team that finished 15-41 in his first year at UCLA, to a 33-25 record in 2006. The Bruins posted a 3.77 ERA this year, the club's lowest since 1980, while fielding at a league-leading .977, a mark that ranked among the nation's best most of the year ... Freshman Ryan Babineau went 46-for-178 (.258) in 2006 with six home runs, eight doubles, 25 RBI and 24 runs scored. The catcher, who was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, started all 23 league games behind the plate for the Bruins and went the entire regular season without committing an error ... 12 Bruins were selected in last week's MLB draft, which ties the school record set in 2000. Junior Dave Huff is the first Bruin to be selected in the first round Josh Karp was selected by the Montreal Expos in 2001. Huff was selected by the Cleveland Indians with the 39th overall pick. In eight Pac-10 starts this season, Huff tossed 68 1/3 innings with a 4-1 record, a 2.77 ERA and 49 strikeouts. Huff finished 2006 at 7-4 overall, with a 2.98 ERA, three complete-game victories and 100 K's in 129 2/3 innings of work ... Fellow juniors Hector Ambriz, Paul Oseguera, Brant Rustich, Brian Schroeder, and Eric Taylor, Jr., join Huff and seniors Josh Roenicke, Brett McMillan, Sean Smith, Chris Jensen and Daniel Miltenberger and former Bruin Jarrad Page as UCLA players to be drafted by teams in the majors. Page was also a seventh-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2006 NFL Draft.
  • USC (25-33, 11-13): Mike Gillespie, who guided the USC baseball team to the 1998 College World Series championship and 15 NCAA Regional appearances in his 20 years as the Trojans' head coach, announced his retirement on June 2. Since taking over for the legendary Rod Dedeaux in 1987, Gillespie posted a 763-471-2 (.618) record at USC, winning five Pac-10 titles and advancing to college baseball's biggest stage four times. He was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year four times and earned National Coach of the Year honors in 1998. Gillespie's son in law, former major league catcher Chad Kreuter, will replace him as head coach. Currently the manager of the Colorado Rockies' single-A affiliate Modesto Nuts, Kreuter served as USC's director of baseball operations in 2005 and becomes just the fourth Trojan baseball head coach in the last 77 years ...Junior All-American Ian Kennedy, who was selected 21st in the MLB Amateur Draft by the New York Yankees, threw 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). Kennedy went 21-12 as a Trojan, compiling a 3.09 ERA. Kennedy also finishes second all-time in strikeouts per nine innings (10.99), behind current Chicago Cubs' pitcher Mark Prior (11.52) ... Junior outfielder Cyle Hankerd led the Trojans this season in the Triple Crown categories, batting .383 (88-for-230) with 10 home runs and 55 RBI. Drafted in the third round (87th overall), Hankerd finished his three-year career at USC with a .340 average with 12 home runs and 123 RBI ... Hankerd will be joined on the Arizona Diamondbacks with senior infielder Blake Sharpe, who batted a career-high .323 (75-for-232) with 32 RBI and five stolen bases. He batted .312 in three years at Troy with seven home runs, 96 RBI and 23 stolen bases ... Daniel Perales batted .337 (66-for-196) this season for the Trojans with four home runs, 37 RBI and seven stolen bases. The junior, who was picked in the 22nd round by the Diamondbacks, batted .305 for his career with seven home runs and 80 RBI ... Senior Baron Frost batted .310 (66-for-213) this season with six home runs and 47 RBI. His four-year career produced a .295 average with 45 doubles, 15 home runs and 112 RBI.
  • WASHINGTON (36-25, 11-13): Junior right-hander Tim Lincecum has been named a finalist for the 2006 Roger Clemens Award, after throwing a nation-leading 199 strikeouts in 2006, one short of becoming the second pitcher in Conference history to notch 200 K's in one season. Lincecum, who is also a Golden Spikes finalist and the 2006 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, went 12-4 on the season with a 1.94 ERA and broke the Husky records for wins and strikeouts in a season and broke the Pac-10 career strikeouts record, finishing his third collegiate season with 481 career K's. He became the highest drafted player in UW history when the San Francisco Giants took him with the 10th overall selection last week. ... Junior Matt Lane batted .268 with 12 home runs and 43 runs batted in during the 2006 season. He started 56 of the Huskies' 61 games, including 50 behind the plate ... Senior Zach Clem wrapped up his Husky career batting .304 with a league-leading 20 homers and 53 RBI ... Sophomore right fielder Matt Hague batting .381 this season with six home runs and 45 RBI. Hague led the Huskies with 86 hits, 53 runs scored and eight stolen bases.
  • WASHINGTON STATE (36-23, 10-14): Senior Jay Miller concluded his collegiate career as the Cougars' all-time leader in hits with 308 and at-bats with 891, and second in career doubles with 74. His 307 hits moves him ahead of former Stanford player A.J. Hinch for the ninth spot on the Pac-10 all-time list. In collecting Louisville Slugger third-team honors, Miller becomes the first Cougar All-American since Stefan Bailie earned honorable mention honors following the 2000 season ... Washington State's 36 wins are the most by a Cougar club 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 ... Freshman Jared Prince leads the Conference with a .401 batting average, which ranks 23rd in the nation among all Division I players and makes him the first Cougar to hit over .400 since Kelly Smith batted .418 in 1980. Prince, who ranks second in the league with his .492 on-base percentage, also ranked among the Top-10 in RBI (58, third), slugging percentage (.618, fourth), hits (83, tied-fifth), runs scored (50, ninth) and total bases (128, seventh). On the mound, Prince went 6-2 this season with a 4.53 ERA. He fanned 32 batters with 15 walks in his first collegiate season. Freshman second baseman Travis Coulter hit .345 for the season, including a team-best .331 during Pac-10 play. Coulter hit safely in 23 of his last 24 games, including a Cougar-season-best 20 game hitting streak late in the year. For the season, he had 22 multi-hit games and finished in the Conference Top-10 in runs (54, sixth), sacrifice bunts (13, second), and stolen bases (10, tied-ninth) ... Junior lefty Travis Webb posted a 4-0 record this season with eight saves , which tied for second on the school's single season list and third in the league. Webb had a 2.17 ERA on the season and his opponents hit just .215 against him.
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