This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

Feb. 27, 2007

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FIVE-HUNDRED OR BUST

The Pac-10 has always been a dominant baseball Conference and this season seems to be no exception as eight of the nine teams in the Conference have posted a winning percentage of .500 or better in non-conference play ... Making the largest jump up the Conference charts is STANFORD. Last week the Cardinal were near the bottom of the Conference standings at 3-5 (.375), but have since gone on a 5-0 winning streak with wins over San Francisco and a three-game series sweep over Kansas ... With both the Arizona schools sitting atop the Conference standings, look out for their non-conference match-up before ARIZONA hosts Eastern Washington and ARIZONA STATE travels to Auburn ... Conference rivals, CALIFORNIA and STANFORD, will give a preview of what is to come in Conference play when the two face-off in a three-game non-conference series ... OREGON STATE has posted an impressive 9-0 record while on the road and it looks to keep it alive when it travels to No. 25 Texas A&M ... For the fifth consecutive UCLA and Arizona State are ranked among the Top 25. Here is where they rank in this week's poll (Baseball America): Oregon State (9), Arizona State (14) and UCLA (23).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., Feb. 27
ARIZONA vs. ARIZONA STATE, 4 p.m.
USC vs. Loyola Marymount, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Portland, 3 p.m.

Thurs., March 1
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Utah Valley State (4), 5:30 p.m.

Fri., March 2
ARIZONA vs. Eastern Michigan, 4 p.m.
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE at Auburn, 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 5 p.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE at No. 25 Texas A &M (5), 6:30 p.m.
USC at Georgia, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. UC Irvine, 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Southern Utah (4), 5:30 p.m.

Sat., March 3
ARIZONA vs. Eastern Michigan, 1 p.m.
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE at Auburn, 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE vs. New Mexico (5), 12:30 p.m.
USC at Georgia, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. UC Irvine, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Lewis-Clark State (4), 1 p.m.

Sun., March 4
ARIZONA vs. Eastern Michigan, 12 p.m.
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE at Auburn, 1:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE vs. St. Louis (5), 2:30 p.m.
USC at Georgia, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. UC Irvine, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Air Force (4), 5:30 p.m.

Mon., March 5
No. 9 OREGON STATE at No. 25 Texas A &M (5), 2:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Southern Utah, 5 p.m.

Tournaments and neutral sites:
(4) - Banana Belt Tournament, Pullman, Wash.
(5) - Aggie Baseball Classic, College Station, Texas

All times are local to site.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., Feb. 20
CALIFORNIA 8, San Jose State 9
STANFORD 4, San Francisco 1
No. 15 UCLA 1, Long Beach State 14
USC 3, UC Irvine 6

Fri., Feb. 23
ARIZONA 6, UNLV, 5 (10 Innings)
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE 11, UAB 3
CALIFORNIA 1, Long Beach State 4
No. 9 OREGON STATE 11, Davis 2
STANFORD 6, Kansas 5
No. 15 UCLA 6, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton 2
USC 8, No. 21 Tulane 5
WASHINGTON 3, . Duke 4
WASHINGTON STATE 2, No. 13 Texas 4

Sat., Feb. 24
ARIZONA 9, UNLV 3
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE 13, UAB 2
CALIFORNIA 3, Long Beach State 8
No. 9 OREGON STATE 1, St. Mary's College 4
STANFORD 4, Kansas 1
No. 15 UCLA 4, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton 7
USC 4, No. 21 Tulane 3
WASHINGTON 3, East Carolina 6
WASHINGTON STATE 2, No. 13 Texas 11

Sun., Feb. 25
ARIZONA 6, UNLV 8
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE 12, UAB 5
CALIFORNIA 7, UC Santa Barbara 1
No. 9 OREGON STATE 18, CSU Sacramento 5
STANFORD 7, Kansas 6
No. 15 UCLA 2, No. 10 Cal State Fullerton 7
USC 3, No. 21 Tulane 5
WASHINGTON 6, St. John's 3
WASHINGTON STATE 7, No. 13 Texas 6

Mon., Feb. 26
CALIFORNIA 6, UC Santa Barbara 1

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA (11-3, 0-0): Last week the Wildcats traveled to Las Vegas for a three-game series against UNLV ... Arizona won the first two games of the series, 6-5 and 9-3, but couldn't pull off the sweep after falling 8-6 in the finale on Sunday ... Making the trip was junior Colt Sedbrook who rejoined the Wildcats at UNLV after missing the first 11 games of the season due to personal issues ... In his first three games back, Sedbrook went 3 for 11 (.273) with three walks, two sac bunts, a HBP - the 28th in his career - and three runs scored. The Wildcats have opened the season with an 11-3 mark through the first 14 games ... As a team Arizona is batting .312 with 35 doubles, nine triples, 13 home runs and 93 RBI ... The Cats are averaging 7.6 runs, 10.6 hits and 6.6 RBI per game thus far ... On the mound, the Arizona pitching staff has a 2.98 ERA in 124 innings of work ... Opponents have hit just .228 against the Arizona staff while striking out 123 times and walking only 48 times.

• ARIZONA STATE (10-3 0-0): The Sun Devils continue to be a dominant force in the rankings as they appear in the top-15 in all four major rankings and currently hold the top spot in the Conference in both batting (.365) and fielding (.980) percentage ... Arizona State continued its winning streak as it took the three-game series against UAB with a clean sweep ... Leading the way was Petey Paramore, who loved hitting against the Blazers, going 6-10 (.600) with seven runs scored and three RBI in the Sun Devils' three-game sweep. Paramore also drew four walks, giving him a .714 OBP on the weekend. He also stole a base ... In the field, Paramore not only played his usual catchers spot, but also flashed some leather at third base. It was the first time in his collegiate career Paramore played in the field somewhere other than behind the plate.

• CALIFORNIA (7-7, 0-0): Freshman designated hitter Jeff Kobernus continues to swing a hot bat, going 10-for-22 (.455) with two doubles and an RBI in the last five games from the Bears' lead-off spot. On the year, Kobernus leads Cal with a .471 average (24-for-51) and .500 on-base percentage with three doubles and seven RBI ... Freshman Blake Smith was impressive Sunday at UC Santa Barbara, going 3-for-5 with four RBI, including hitting a three-run homer - the first home run of his college career. He also threw a runner out at the plate from right field - the second time this season he has accomplished that feat. Smith is hitting .362 (17-for-47) on the year with a double, a triple, a home run and eight RBI ... Junior right-handed Alex Rollin improved his record to 3-0 Sunday at UC Santa Barbara, throwing 6.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and four strikeouts.

• OREGON STATE (11-2, 0-0): When Oregon State's Darwin Barney hit a grand slam in the Beavers' 18-5 win at Sacramento State on Feb. 25, it was the OSU's first homer with the bases loaded since March 29, 2005, when Scott Nelson pinch-hit a grand slam against Brigham Young. OSU then went through the 2005 Pac-10 schedule, winning the conference title and advancing to the College World Series without hitting a grand slam; the Beavers followed that up by playing their entire 2006 national championship season without hitting a grand slam.

• STANFORD (7-5, 0-0): The Cardinal may not have stepped out on the right foot, but have since proven to be a serious contender since returning home to Sunken Diamond as they have remained unbeaten at home this season ... Last week Stanford's sweep of Kansas extended its winning streak to five games and improved it's record to a season-best two games over .500 ... The Cardinal won their fourth consecutive contest in a row against Kansas after having lost the two previous games against the Jayhawks and is now 10-2 all-time versus Kansas ... The sweep marked the first time the Cardinal had swept a three-game home series sweep since taking three in a row from Cal State Fullerton from Feb. 3-5, 2006, marking a stretch of six straight regular season three-game series in between three-game sweeps ... Coach Mark Marquess won his 1264th career game as Stanford's head coach to move within three victories of Miami's Ron Fraser for 11th place on the all-time win list for Division I coaches.

• UCLA (7-7, 0-0): UCLA is holding on to its position in Baseball America's Top 25 as the Bruins sit at No. 23 in the most recent poll after posting back-to-back losses to No. 10 Cal State Fullerton to finish the three-game series at 1-2 ... In the first game of the series, Cal State Fullerton right-hander Wes Roemer allowed 12 hits, the most allowed in his career ... Roemer's 12 strikeouts tied his career high and is the most K's in a game against UCLA this season ... ... Pac-10 Player of the Week, Tyson Brummett, recorded 10 strikeouts which is just two shy of his career-high in the duel against Roemer ... For the series, second baseman Alden Carrithers extended his hitting steak to six games with his leadoff double in the first inning of game two ... It marked his seventh multi-hit game of the season ... Freshman Matt Drummond made 15 pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning ... Redshirt freshman Corey Ashner earned his first career start Sunday afternoon and played third base after redshirt senior Nolan Rouse was scratched from the starting lineup prior to game time with a right arm injury ... Ashner recorded his first collegiate hit when he led off the bottom of the sixth with a base hit up the middle ... Brandon Crawford has hit in 13 of UCLA's 14 games this season.

• USC (9-7 0-0): Junior infielder Matt Cusick is leading the team with a .370 batting average, 12 RBI and six stolen bases ... USC has won two series this season against Top 25 opponents (San Diego and Tulane) ... Freshman right-hander Brad Boxberger is 0-1 with a 1.54 ERA (23 1/3 IP, 14 H, 4 ER, 13 BB, 13 SO, .175 opponents' batting average) ... The combined bullpen trio of Paul Koss, Robert Stock and Hector Rabago is 3-1 with a 1.21 ERA and eight saves (22 1/3 IP, 15 H, 3 ER) ... Last week Koss recorded two saves against No. 21 Tulane ... In three appearances during the week, he allowed three hits in three scoreless innings with one strikeout... This season, Koss is 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA and six saves (8 2/3 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO). He now has 26 career saves, which ties him for second on USC's all-time list with Brian Nichols (1985-88).

• WASHINGTON (1-5, 0-0): Home sweet home, or so the Huskies are hoping as they begin a 12-game home stand that stretches over the next three weeks as Portland and UC Irvine visit Husky Ballpark. ... Washington is counting those in the 'others receiving votes' category, the preseason Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches' poll ranked 55 teams this season. Washington will play at least 24 games against teams that received votes in the preseason ranking. Those 24 games come against eight different teams, including six conference opponents. The Huskies will play a total of 12 games against four teams ranked in the top 25 in the preseason poll- three each against No. 14 Arizona State, No. 15 Oregon State, No. 21 UCLA and No. 25 Stanford ... Well-respected baseball web site boydsworld.com ranks the Huskies' schedule as the 22nd-toughest in the nation (among 291 Division I programs), which is in the middle of the Pac-10 Conference (fifth, to be precise) ... All nine Pac-10 teams' schedules rank in the top 30, according to boydsworld.com.

• WASHINGTON STATE (3-3, 0-0): The Cougars look to open their gates as they host Utah Valley State in their season home opener at the Banana Belt Tournament ... Washington State will look to improve its record during the tournament when it takes on Southern Utah, Lewis-Clark State and Air Force ... Last week, the Cougs faced No. 13 Texas and avoided a three-game sweep when they upset the Longhorns, 7-6, in the final game of the series ... Trailing 6-3 entering the eighth, WSU strung together five hits as Josh Ashenbrenner drove in Travis Coulter from third. Coulter led off the inning with a single to right, the first of five straight pinch-hitters used by head coach Donnie Marbut ... A single by Scott Suttmeier loaded the bases for Paul Gran, whose sacrifice fly to center brought home Simi Reynolds to make it a one-run game. Jared Prince then stepped in and drove an 0-2 pitch off Texas reliever Randy Boone deep to the gap in right-center, clearing the bases giving the Cougs the lead ... At the plate for WSU, Gran finished the day with three hits, while Jim Murphy and Prince each added two and a pair of RBIs ... Michael Ratigan picked up the first win of his Cougar career as he worked 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout.

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