This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

Feb. 13, 2007

PAC-10 BASEBALL IN FULL SWING

The sun may not be shining but the bats are swinging as Pac-10 baseball is underway with all but two teams nearly a week in to their non-conference schedules. The season started Jan., 25 with the defending national champs, OREGON STATE traveling across the Pacific to take on Hawai'i - Hilo. The Beavers swept the Vulcans before traveling across the country to Georgia where they continued their winning streak and took the Bulldogs 3-0 last weekend ... ARIZONA is off to it's best start since the 2005 season standing at 8-0. The Wildcats look to keep their streak alive as they face No. 12 Cal State Fullerton for a three-game series ... ARIZONA STATE will have its chance to show why it was picked to win the Conference title in the preseason coaches poll as they will face the Beavers at the Coca-Cola Classic in an intra-Conference clash ... The Washington schools are ready to start their seasons, as WASHINGTON prepares to travel down to the Golden State to take on Cal Poly, while WASHINGTON STATE opens the season at Cal State Northridge ... Three Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's polls. Here's where they are ranked (Baseball America): Oregon State (10), Arizona State (13) and UCLA (15).

THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

Tues., Feb. 13
CALIFORNIA vs. San Francisco, 1:30 p.m.
STANFORD vs. Rikkyo-Japan (EX), 2 p.m.
No. 15 UCLA vs. UC Riverside, 6 p.m.
USC at No. 23 Pepperdine, 2 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 15
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE vs. Missouri, 7 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 16
ARIZONA at No. 12 Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE vs. Missouri (1), 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. UNLV, 1:30 p.m.
No. 10 OREGON STATE vs. Gonzaga (1), 2 p.m.
STANFORD at No. 14 Texas, 2:30 p.m.
No. 15 UCLA vs. East Carolina, 6 p.m.
USC vs. San Diego State, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Cal Poly, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Cal State Northridge, 3 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 17
ARIZONA at No. 12 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 10 OREGON STATE (1), 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. UNLV, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at No. 14 Texas, 1 p.m.
No. 15 UCLA vs. East Carolina, 2 p.m.
USC at San Diego State, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Cal Poly, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Cal State Northridge, 1 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 18
ARIZONA at Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m.
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE vs. Gonzaga, 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. UNLV, 1 p.m.
No. 10 OREGON STATE vs. Missouri (1), 9 a.m.
STANFORD at No. 14 Texas, 1 p.m.
No. 15 UCLA vs. East Carolina, 1 p.m.
USC at San Diego State, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Cal Poly, 11 a.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Cal State Northridge, 12 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 19
USC vs. st. Paul Universtity - Japan (EX), 3 p.m.

Tournaments and neutral sites:
(EX) - Exhibition
(1) - Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic, Surprise, Ariz.

All times are local to site.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., Feb. 6
ARIZONA 4, Utah Valley State 2
USC 5, Loyola Marymount 2

Wed., Feb. 7
ARIZONA 13, Utah Valley State 2

Fri., Feb. 9
ARIZONA 9, New Mexico 6
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 5, Texas A&M 4
No. 15 OREGON STATE 10, Georgia 8
STANFORD vs. Fresno State, Postponed
No. 11 UCLA 0, No. 5 Miami 1
USC 6, No. 17 San Diego 2

Sat., Feb. 10
ARIZONA 8, New Mexico 1
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 6, No. 8 Vanderbilt 7 (10 Inn.)
No. 15 OREGON STATE 7, Georgia 3
STANFORD 9, Fresno State 2
No. 11 UCLA 8, No. 5 Miami 9
USC 6, No. 17 San Diego 12

Sun., Feb. 11
ARIZONA 8, New Mexico 3
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 11, Houston 1
CALIFORNIA 9, Portland 5
CALIFORNIA 4, Portland 3 (DH)
No. 15 OREGON STATE 6, Georgia 2
STANFORD 6, Fresno State 4
No. 11 UCLA 3, No. 5 Miami 7
USC 4, No. 17 San Diego 3 (10 Inn.)

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA (8-0, 0-0): Arizona's 8-0 start to the season is the fourth time in six years under Andy Lopez the Cats have won five or more games to start a year ... The eight-straight wins is the second-best start for the Cats under Lopez. UA went 9-0 to start the 2005 season ... Arizona's weekend sweep of Gonzaga to open 2007 and a perfect 5-0 record against Utah Valley State and New Mexico last week extended its carry over win streak from 2006 to 13 straight games. After taking two in-a-row from Arizona State and sweeping USC to close 2006, the Wildcats downed the Bulldogs three straight to begin the `07 season and held off the Wolverines and Lobos five times to move the streak to 13. The offense has been a major catalyst for the streak, as the `06 and `07 bats have combined to hit .364 (166-for-456) and average 10.3 runs, 2.7 doubles, 0.8 triples and 1.7 home runs and 9.4 RBI per game over the 13 wins.

• ARIZONA STATE (5-1, 0-0): After suffering its first loss of the season to No. 7 Vanderbilt on a wild pitch on an intentional walk in the tenth inning at the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park, the Sun Devils bounced back thanks to a sterling complete game from LHP Josh Satow. ASU finished the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park 2-1 thanks to their 11-1 victory over the Houston Cougars. Satow (2-0) allowed only six hits while striking out eight to help the Devils improve to 5-1 on the year ... Satow threw the first complete game for Arizona State since Erik Averill went the distance against Florida on June 22, 2005 in the College World Series. Satow allowed only a solo homer in the second and walked only one to pick up his second victory of the year. It was the first complete game of the junior's career ... Junior OF Matt Spencer was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2007 Houston College Classic. Spencer hit .500 (6-12) with two home runs and five runs batted in as ASU went 2-1 in the tournament. The 2007 tournament was the seventh edition of the event hosted by the Houston Astros ... The Sun Devils led all teams with six members of the All-Tournament Team, including C Petey Paramore, 1B Brett Wallace, 2B Eric Sogard, Spencer, and pitchers Mike Leake and Satow.

• CALIFORNIA (4-1, 0-0): With heavy rain in the Bay Area, the Golden Bears were forced to play a double-header against the University of Portland, which turned out to be no problem for Cal as they were led by solid pitching and hitting which helped them defeat the Pilots, 9-5 and 4-3, at Evans Diamond ... Sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross earned his second victory of the season, throwing 6.0 innings with only one hit, no runs, three walks and four strikeouts in a 9-5 victory over Portland in game one. For the season, Ross is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA and has 10 strikeouts in 13.0 innings ... On the offensive side, sophomore first baseman David Cooper went 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI in the doubleheader. For the season, Cooper leads the Bears with a .556 average (10-for-18) with two doubles and three RBI. He has a .667 slugging percentage and a .619 on-base percentage and is 3-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

• OREGON STATE (7-0, 0-0): The defending national champs are off to an amazing 7-0 start to the season, marking their best start since the 2005 season ... The Beavers opened the year in remarkable fashion as Oregon State's Mike Stutes, Josh Keller, Mark Grbavac and Jorge Reyes combined to pitch a no-hitter as the Beavers beat Hawai'i - Hilo 5-0 in the baseball season-opener for both teams ... It was the third no-hitter in OSU history, and the first in 40 years ... Last week, OSU traveled across country for a three-game series against Georgia. Catcher Mitch Canham's three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning gave Oregon State the lead for good as the 15th-ranked Beavers beat Georgia 6-2 in the final game of the series. Canham's homer broke a 2-2 tie as the Beavers completed a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs ... The series was a rematch of a game from the 2006 College World Series, when OSU beat Georgia 5-3 in the second round of bracket play. The victory was the first of six straight in elimination games for the Beavers, a run that carried them to the national title.

• STANFORD (2-3, 0-0): After falling to No. 14 Cal State Fullerton in their season-opening series, 0-3, the Cardinal have gone on to win their last two outings, sweeping Fresno State in a two-game series ... Freshman Toby Gerhart blasted his first career home run to help lead Stanford to a 9-2 victory over Fresno State in a game that began on Saturday and was resumed on Sunday after Saturday's action was suspended due to weather. Gerhart's three-run shot capped a four-run Cardinal third. He finished the two-game series with a .333 batting average (3-9) and fielded all six of his defensive chances successfully ... Also playing into Stanford's success is junior David Stringer. Stringer was magnificent in a relief appearance to help the Cardinal hold a lead against Fresno State in a 6-4 win over the Bulldogs. Stringer entered the contest in the top of the seventh after the Cardinal had snapped a 4-4 tie with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. He pitched 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out two to record his first save of the season.

• UCLA (2-4, 0-0): As the Bruins prepare to take on UC Riverside, be sure to look for freshman right-hander Garett Claypool to make his collegiate appearance. Claypool, a West Hills, Calif., resident, was a three-year varsity letterwinner at El Camino Real High School. As a senior in 2006, he posted a 1.86 ERA in 49.0 innings and limited opponents to a .170 batting average (54 strikeouts, 21 walks) ... According to Boyd's World, a national strength of schedule ranking service, UCLA faces the third-most difficult schedule in the nation this season. The Bruins play 20 games against teams ranked in Baseball America's preseason top-25 poll. Likewise, 50 of UCLA's 56 regular-season games are against teams either ranked in or receiving votes in Collegiate Baseball's preseason 'Fabulous 40' poll ... The top four spots in UCLA's lineup are batting a combined .315 (30-for-95) and has been headlined by second baseman Alden Carrithers, shortstop Brandon Crawford, first baseman Tim Stewart and outfielder Mickey Weisser.

• USC (5-4, 0-0): First year head coach Chad Kreuter is looking to change things up for the Trojans from their starting rotation to their uniforms. This season, USC's starting rotation comprises of three sophomores (Tommy Milone, Ryan Cook and Anthony Vasquez) and one freshman (Brad Boxberger). Another freshman, Kevin Couture, is one of the lead relievers out of the bullpen with two other freshmen in the mix (Robert Stock and Hector Rabago). Stock has also seen considerable time as the team's catcher ... Two sophomores Nick Buss and Vasquez are starting in the outfield as well as a starting freshman shortstop (Grant Green) ... Sophomore left-hander Tommy Milone is 2-0 this season with a 3.00 ERA (12 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 12 SO, .245 opponents' batting average). Milone struck out six in six innings on Feb. 6 at Loyola Marymount for his second win, allowing two runs on six hits with two walks. He opened the 2007 campaign with a win against Cal Poly on Jan. 30, going six innings and allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

• WASHINGTON (0-0, 0-0): The Huskies open the 2007 season this weekend when they travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif., for a three-game series at Cal Poly (5-6) ... Washington is slated to start junior LHP Nick Hagadone Friday, sophomore RHP Jorden Merry Saturday and sophomore LHP Nick Haughian Sunday. Merry, a junior college transfer, and Haughian will both be making their first starts in a UW uniform ... Coach Ken Knutson is already the winningest baseball coach in UW history (in fact, he's one more games than any coach of any sport ever at Washington), but he has another milestone on the horizon. Knutson, who enters the season with a career record of 497-320-2, is only three wins shy of his 500th career victory ... Only 16 Pac-10 coaches have ever reached 500 career victories, a group than includes legends like USC's Rod Dedeaux, Arizona's Jerry Kindall and Jim Brock and Bobby Winkles of Arizona State.

• WASHINGTON STATE (0-0, 0-0): Set to escape the frigid cold of the Palouse, the Cougars travel to Golden State to open their season in a non-conference match-up against Cal State Northridge on Friday ... With just eight letterwinners departing from last year's team, the Cougars lead the Pac-10 with an astounding 25 returning players, including seven starting position players and three pitchers ... Last year, coach Donnie Marbut led WSU to 36 wins, marking the most by a Cougar team since the 1991 season ... A key returner for the Cougs is sophomore outfielder/pitcher Jared Prince. Prince was recently named a 2007 Second-Team Preseason All-American by the National collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) after having arguably the finest freshman campaign in WSU history in 2006 ... Last season Prince became the first Cougar freshman to earn All-Pacific-10 Conference first team honors. He led the conference in hitting with a .401 average, which also ranked 24th in the nation among all Division I players, and on-base percentage (.492). Prince also ranked among the Top 10 in RBIs (58, 3rd), slugging (.618, 4th), hits (83, T-4th), runs scored (50, 9th) and total bases (128, 5th).

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