Pac-10 Baseball Season Wrap-up

July 6, 2006

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The OREGON STATE Beavers captured their first College World Series title, the second NCAA team title in school history. After sweeping the NCAA Regional and Super Regional tournaments in Corvallis, OSU lost its first game in Omaha but reached the championship with four straight wins. After losing Game 1 to North Carolina, the Beavers pulled out two victories to help them become the first team in CWS history to lose twice in Omaha and win the national title. Oregon State also is the first truly Northern-based school to win the series since Ohio State earned the crown in 1966.

The Beavers, who also earned the outright league title for the second consecutive season, were the only team from last year's College World Series field among the eight who qualified for the 2006 CWS. The Pacific-10 Conference has produced a CWS participant each year since 1997, and the Beavers' trip marked the 56th year (of a possible 59) that the Pac-10 has sent at least one team to Omaha. Six of the Conference's nine teams have combined for 25 national championships, 14 more than the next conference (Big 12, 11).

Joining OSU in postseason play were STANFORD, ARIZONA STATE, and UCLA, making 2006 the 10th consecutive season the Conference has qualified at least four of its nine teams for the NCAA Tournament. In 1992, six teams made the postseason, while five teams were selected in 1990, 1997, 2004 and 2005.

The Cardinal made its sixth trip in the last eight years to college baseball's Sweet 16, their first since winning five consecutive Super Regionals from 1999-2003 to advance to Omaha. The club's trip to Corvallis marked Stanford's first Super Regional on the road, after hosting each of the previous five. UCLA made its 12th NCAA Regional Championship appearance in school history with its short trek to Malibu, while Arizona State's trip to Houston marked the Sun Devils' seventh consecutive postseason appearance and 30th all-time.

Oregon State's Cole Gillespie was awarded Player of the Year honors, and the Beavers also received honors for Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Chris Kunda and Pac-10 Coach of the Year Pat Casey. Arizona State's Ike Davis was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, while Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Tim Lincecum became the first WASHINGTON player to win the Golden Spikes Award.



Sat., June 17
No. 8 Miami 11, No. 4 OREGON STATE 1

Mon., June 19
No. 4 OREGON STATE 5, No. 6 Georgia 3

Tues., June 20
No. 4 OREGON STATE 8, No. 8 Miami 1

Wed., June 21
No. 4 OREGON STATE 5, No. 1 Rice 0

Thurs., June 22
No. 4 OREGON STATE 2, No. 1 Rice 0

Sat., June 24
No. 5 North Carolina 4, No. 4 OREGON STATE 3

Sun., June 25
No. 4 OREGON STATE 11, No. 5 North Carolina 7

Mon., June 26
No. 4 OREGON STATE 3, No. 5 North Carolina 2



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


  • USA Baseball National Team Trials - Five Pac-10 baseball players have been invited to the 2006 USA Baseball National Team Trials: Arizona State's Ike Davis, California's Tyson Ross, Oregon State's Darwin Barney, UCLA's Brandon Crawford and Washington State's Jared Prince. The trials will be held June 24-July 1, with the final 22-man roster announced on July 2. There are 35 athletes participating in the Team Trials which run in conjunction with the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

  • ARIZONA - The Wildcats finished the season at 27-28, with a 12-12 mark in Pac-10 games. Winners of its final five games, Arizona 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 the `Cats have 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 made 177 starts and missed only two games out of a possible 179 ... Head coach Andy Lopez finished the season with a career record of 840-541-7 and a 168-123-1 mark at Arizona.

  • ARIZONA STATE - Finishing the season with a 14-10 Conference record, the Sun Devils earned their 30th berth in the NCAA postseason, a run that includes a string of six straight years in the Field of 64 and nine in the last 10 years dating back to 1997. Arizona State has advanced to the postseason in nine of head coach Pat Murphy's 12 seasons in Tempe, including an appearance in the national championship game in 1998. ASU has an all-time 138-59 record in the NCAA Tournament ... Ike Davis, a first baseman/left-hander, went 79-for-240 (.339) in his first collegiate season 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 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year worked in 14 games, striking out 40 batters over 47 1/3 innings ... Davis was joined on the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team by Preston Paramore. The catcher 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Coach Murphy's career record stands at 853-413-4, with a mark of 480-242-1 at ASU.

  • CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears completed the season at 26-28 and 9-15 in Conference games ... Cal was led by junior RHP Brandon Morrow, who finished the 2006 campaign at 7-4 and ranked second in the Conference with a 2.05 ERA. Morrow, who worked two complete games, became the highest draft pick in school baseball history when he was selected fifth by the Seattle Mariners in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft ... Junior center fielder Brennan Boesch finished the season batting .313 with 11 doubles, 10 home runs, 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. He also had 27 multiple-hit games, 124 total bases and a .561 slugging percentage. 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 and struck out 85 batters 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 ... Head coach David Esquer's career record is 201-189-0.

  • OREGON STATE - The Beavers' College World Series crown gives Oregon State its second NCAA title in program history. The 2006 baseball team joins the 1961 men's cross country team as the school's NCAA team champions ... OSU's baseball championship marks only the second time in CWS history in which there have been 16 games. The Beavers, the first team since the 1990 Georgia club to win its first game in Omaha and a national title in the same season, is only the second team to play eight of 16 total games in Omaha, joining Stanford in 2003, the only other year where the championships series went to a decisive third game ... OSU is also the first team to win six elimination games in Omaha and the first team to lose twice in one CWS and win the title ... Oregon State finished the CWS with a .987 fielding percentage, the best fielding percentage for a champion since Miami also fielded .987 in 2001 ... Junior right-hander Jonah Nickerson tied the CWS record for starts with three in Omaha. Nickerson, who was named the championship series' Most Outstanding Player, threw 323 pitches in the 13-day tournament and did not allow an earned run in his last 16 and 1/3 innings of work ... With his save against North Carolina in the championship-clinching game, Kevin Gunderson took the national lead for saves with 20. The junior lefty, who had three saves and a win in the CWS, also tied a series record as he finished five games ... Head Coach Pat Casey's career record now stands at 562-366-5, with a 391-253-4 mark at Oregon State.

  • STANFORD - The Cardinal, who went 11-13 in Conference play and 33-27 overall, made the postseason for the 13th straight season and ended the 2006 season just two wins short of Omaha, playing in the Corvallis Super Regional against Conference foe and eventual NCAA champion, Oregon State ... Stanford recorded its 13th straight winning campaign, as well as its 41st in the last 42 years and 58 in the past 60 seasons ... Senior Chris Minaker played every inning at shortstop in each of his last two seasons and started the final 157 games of his career at the position. 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 led the team in doubles (21), four short of his career-high 25 he posted in 2005 ... Junior right-hander Greg Reynolds was selected second overall by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Reynolds' selection equals the highest a Stanford player has ever been taken in draft, equaling Steve Dunning's No. 2 selection in 1970. He worked complete games in five of his last seven starts, including a complete-game victory in the NCAA Regional opener versus North Carolina State on June 2 to help earn All-Regional honors for the first time in his career. Reynolds finished with a 7-6 record and a 3.31 ERA with team-highs of 108 strikeouts, 127 2/3 innings pitched and 18 starts ... Stanford hit 40 home runs on the season to mark the 20th consecutive campaign the Cardinal has hit 40 or more ... Head coach Mark Marquess finishes the 2006 season ranked 12th on the all-time win list for Division I coaches with a 1257-617-5 (.670) as well as sixth among active Division I coaches in victories.

  • UCLA - UCLA head coach John Savage was named 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 ... UCLA made their 12th NCAA Regional Championship appearance since 1975, and their first since 2004 when they traveled to the Oklahoma City Regional and finished second in the bracket ... 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 Freshman All-American catcher 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 the MLB draft, which ties the school record set in 2000. Junior Dave Huff is the first Bruin to be selected in the first round since 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.

  • USC - USC finished the 2006 season with a 25-33 record and a 11-13 Conference mark in head coach Mike Gillespie's last year. 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 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. Hankerd finished his three-year career at USC with a .340 average with 12 home runs and 123 RBI.

  • WASHINGTON - The Huskies posted a 36-25 overall record in 2006 and went 11-13 in Pac-10 play ... The Huskies' trademarks in 2006 were power hitting and defense, as the UW led the Pac-10 in home runs (86), putouts (1645) and assists (676), totals that were good for 12th and first in the nation, respectively. Senior Zach Clem wrapped up his Husky career batting .304 with a league-leading 20 homers and 53 RBI, while sophomore right fielder Matt Hague batting led the Dawgs with 86 hits, 53 runs scored and eight stolen bases ... The Husky pitching staff was anchored by junior RHP Tim Lincecum, who threw 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. The Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year became the first Husky to win the Golden Spikes Award and is a finalist for the Roger Clemens Award, after going 12-4 on the season with a 1.94 ERA to break school records for wins and strikeouts in a season. Lincecum also broke the Pac-10 career strikeouts record, finishing his third collegiate season with 481 career K's ... Head coach Ken Knutson has a career record 497-320-2.

  • WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars ended their season at 36-23, with a 10-14 Pac-10 record, in head coach Don Marbut's second season at the helm. 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 ... WSU was led offensively by senior OF Jay Miller, who 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 ... 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 also ranks second in the league with his .492 on-base percentage, and, on the mound, he went 6-2 this season, fanning 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 WSU's last 24 games, including a Cougar-season-best 20 game hitting streak late in the year ... 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 ... Coach Marbut has a career record of 57-60.
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