This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

March 6, 2007

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HOME SWEET HOME FOR THE PAC-10

Home sweet home rings true for most of the schools in the Pac-10 as three schools have posted perfect records at home this season. STANFORD leads the way with a record of 9-0 marking the team's best start at Sunken Diamond since the 1993 club began its home schedule with 10 straight wins ... ARIZONA STATE protects their turf in Tempe as the Sun Devils have posted an impressive 8-0 mark at home this season. The Devils haven't lost a game at home since falling, 8-9, to Pac-10 foe Oregon State, on May 14, 2006 ... WASHINGTON STATE is the only other school in the Conference with a perfect record at home. The Cougars posted a 3-0 record at home after hosting the Banana Belt Tournament last week ... On the other end of the spectrum, OREGON STATE is still looking for their first home game of the season. The Beavers just completed a 17 game road trip, marking the second-longest such season-opening string in OSU history. The Beavers look to open the gates for their first home game Fri., March 9, when the No. 9 ranked Beavers take on Evansville at 1 p.m. ... USC made its debut in this weeks Top 25 poll. Here's where they ranks (Baseball America): Oregon State (9), Arizona State (15), USC (20) and UCLA (23).

Pac-10 Player of the Week: Sean Ratliff, Stanford
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week: Connor Lambert, Washington State

This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

Tues., March 6
STANFORD at Santa Clara, 6 p.m.
No. 20 USC vs. UC Riverside, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Southern Utah, 2 p.m.

Thurs., March 8
No. 9 OREGON STATE vs. Evansville, 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at San Jose State, 6 p.m.

Fri., March 9
ARIZONA at Hawai'i, 6:30 p.m.
No. 15 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 19 Long Beach State, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. Kent State (6), 11 a.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE vs. Evansville, 1 p.m.
STANFORD vs. No. 20 USC, 5 p.m.
No. 23 UCLA at Mississippi, 6:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Pacific, 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at San Jose State, 6 p.m.

Sat., March 10
ARIZONA at Hawai'i, 6:30 p.m.
No. 15 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 19 Long Beach State, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Louisville (6), 3 p.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE vs. Evansville, 1 p.m.
STANFORD vs. No. 20 USC, 1 p.m.
No. 23 UCLA at Mississippi, 1:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Pacific, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at San Jose State, 1 p.m.

Sun., March 11
ARIZONA at Hawai'i, 1 p.m.
No. 15 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 19 Long Beach State, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. Indiana State (6), 10 a.m.
STANFORD vs. No. 20 USC, 1 p.m.
No. 23 UCLA at Mississippi, 12 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Pacific, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Rider, 5:30 p.m.

Mon., March 12
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Rider, 5:30 p.m.

Tournaments and neutral sites:
(6) - Cardinal Classic, Louisville, Ky.

All times are local to site.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., Feb. 27
ARIZONA 8, No. 14 ARIZONA STATE 22
USC 7, Loyola Marymount 1
WASHINGTON 13, Portland 11

Thurs., March 1
WASHINGTON STATE 17, Utah Valley State 11

Fri., March 2
ARIZONA 9, Eastern Michigan 2
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE 8, Auburn 2
CALIFORNIA 0, STANFORD 1
No. 9 OREGON STATE 2, No. 25 Texas A &M 5
USC 4, Georgia 3
WASHINGTON STATE 13, Southern Utah 0

Sat., March 3
ARIZONA 8, Eastern Michigan 7
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE 11, Auburn 8
CALIFORNIA 4, STANFORD 5
No. 9 OREGON STATE 6, New Mexico 2
USC 4, Georgia 2
WASHINGTON 1, UC Irvine 0
WASHINGTON 3, UC Irvine 6
WASHINGTON STATE 1, Lewis-Clark State 12

Sun., March 4
ARIZONA 5, Eastern Michigan 7
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE 6, Auburn 7
CALIFORNIA 7, STANFORD 9
No. 9 OREGON STATE 2, St. Louis 0
USC 7, Georgia 6 (10 Innings)
WASHINGTON 3, UC Irvine 6
WASHINGTON STATE 3, Air Force 0

Mon., March 5
No. 9 OREGON STATE 6, No. 25 Texas A &M 5 WASHINGTON 7, Southern Utah 1

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

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA (13-5, 0-0): As a team, Arizona hit .355 for the week (50 for 141) with seven doubles, three triples and five home runs ... The Wildcats also went 9 for 9 in stolen base tries to extend their streak to 19-straight successful steal attempts ... Individually, Jon Gaston led all Arizona players at the plate, batting .538 (7 for 13) in the four games with a double, a triple and three runs scored ... Bill Rhinehart finished the week 8 for 20 with four RBI and two runs scored ... C.J. Ziegler hit three home runs last week and finished the four games 7 for 19 (.368) with five RBI, four runs scored and a .842 slugging percentage ... Ziegler and Brad Glenn hit back-to-back home runs in consecutive games (2/27 vs... Arizona State and 3/2 vs. Eastern Michigan) ... Sophomore closer Daniel Schlereth appeared in three games last week and worked a combined 3 1/3 innings. Of the 10 outs he recorded in the three games, nine came via the strikeout. He recorded his team-leading fourth save of the year when he struck out Eastern Michigan's Aaron Powell looking with the tying run on third in Saturday's 8-7 win over the Eagles. He allowed just two hits over the week and issued just one walk.

• ARIZONA STATE (12-5 0-0): Sophomore Petey Paramore loved hitting against the UAB 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 (7-10, 0-0): Freshman outfielder/designated hitter Jeff Kobernus leads the Bears with a .431 average (28-for-65) and has nine multiple hit games. Sophomore first baseman David Cooper, despite going 1-for-14 versus Stanford, still had three RBI versus the Cardinal and on the year is still batting .368 with a team-high five doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI ... Be on the watch for sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross. Ross threw his first collegiate complete game in the Bears' 1-0 loss at Stanford with five hits, one run, only one walk and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts. On the season, Ross is 1-3, but he has an ERA of 2.02 with 29 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

• OREGON STATE (13-3, 0-0): Oregon State's trip to the Domino's Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic at Texas A&M completed OSU's string of 17 straight games away from home to start the season ... To go a step further, the Beavers' 5 trips to open the season had them playing in 5 different time zones: Hawai'ian, for a season-opening series at Hawai'i-Hilo; Eastern, for a series at Georgia; Mountain, for the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz.; Pacific, for the River City Classic in Sacramento and Davis, Calif.; and Central, for the Aggie Classic ... The 17 straight games away from home matches the second-longest such season-opening string in OSU history ... The most games the Beavers have ever played away from Goss Stadium at Coleman Field prior to their home-opener was 19 in 1999, but that included some special circumstances. A 2-game series against Gonzaga that had been scheduled as OSU's first home games of the season was moved to Salem because the renovation of Oregon State's home ballpark was not yet complete ... OSU also played 17 straight games away from home to begin the 1989 season, 16 to start the 1984 season and 14 to begin the 2004, 2003 and 1998 seasons.

• STANFORD (10-5, 0-0): The Cardinal swept Bay Area rival, California, in a three game series, driving their record to an impressive 10-5 ... Stanford clinched at least a tie in its season series with California during the regular season to run its string of not losing a regular season series to the Golden Bears to 30 consecutive years dating back to the last California regular season series victory in 1978 ... Sunday's victory was the 2500th in the history of Stanford Baseball (114th season) to make the Cardinal just the fifth school to reach the illustrious 2500 mark with the other four being Fordham, Texas, USC and Michigan ... Stanford extended its season-long win streak to eight games, which is the club's longest since the 2004 club also won eight straight from March 23 - April 3, 2004 (Stanford has not won nine or more in a row since a 10-game win streak from May 18 - June 13, 2003) ... The Cardinal's 9-0 start at home is the team's best start at Sunken Diamond since the 1993 club began its home schedule with 10 straight wins.

• UCLA (7-7, 0-0): Senior right-hander Tyson Brummett and senior outfielder Will Penniall have been UCLA's best players on the road this season ... In two road starts (at Miami, Feb. 9 and at Cal State Fullerton, Feb. 23), Brummett has tallied a 1.62 ERA and a 1-1 record. In 16.2 innings pitched, the Salem, Utah, native has struck out 18 batters while issuing just five walks ... Opponents are hitting a mere .145 off Brummett in their own ballpark ... Penniall has played in four of UCLA's five road contests and boasts a .313 average (5-for-16). The switch-hitting outfielder has stolen two bases and knocked in two RBI ... Junior Alden Carrithers has performed well in clutch situations this season. The transfer from UC Santa Barbara not only boasts a .373 batting average (second-best on the club) but has also tallied a .474 (9-for-19) mark with runners on-base. A talented second baseman, Carrithers is hitting .500 (7-for-14) with runners in scoring position and .833 (5-for-6) with a runner on third base and less than two outs ... This week, the Bruins hit the road to face No. 16 Mississippi for a three-game series.

• USC (13-7, 0-0): USC has won four series in a row ... This week is the first time that USC has appeared in the national Top 25 polls ... Eleven of USC's 20 games have been decided by two runs or less (USC is 6-1 in one-run games and 2-2 in two run games) ... Paul Koss is now second all-time at USC with 28 career saves ... Sophomore right-hander Ryan Cook went eight innings at Georgia allowing three runs (all unearned) on nine hits with no walks and seven strikeouts as USC swept the Bulldogs in Athens. Cook is now 3-0 on the season with a 2.43 ERA.

• WASHINGTON (3-8, 0-0): Washington's 15th-year head coach Ken Knutson won his 500th career game Monday when the Huskies beat Southern Utah, 7-1 ... Knutson is the 17th coach in Pac-10 history to pick up 500 career wins. He's the second-winningest active coach in the conference, behind only Stanford coach Mark Marquess ... Washington's 1-0 win over UC Irvine in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader was the first 1-0 game in the 10-year history of Husky Ballpark ... All three Husky wins this year have included a save. Sophomore Tyler Cheney has one and Nick Hagadone the other two ... Junior CF Andy Lentz broke up a no-hitter Sunday vs. UC Irvine with a triple with no outs in the ninth. The last time that the Huskies were one-hit (at Cal Poly on March 19, 2005), Lentz had the only hit, a one-out single in the sixth ... Junior RHP Johnny DuRocher made his mound debut Saturday vs. UC Irvine. The former Husky quarterback had surgery to remove a brain tumor last November, a procedure that brought his football career to a close. The fourth-year junior hadn't played baseball since his sophomore year of high school, when he was a catcher.

• WASHINGTON STATE (3-3, 0-0): During last Friday's play at the Banana Belt Tournament, the Cougars posted back-to-back shutouts over Southern Utah and Air Force. It marked the first time WSU had registered back-to-back shutouts since the 1996 season, when the Cougars defeated Hawaii-Hilo (Jan. 22), 11-0, and followed that with a 3-0 victory over Texas Christian (Jan. 23) ... Junior first baseman Jim Murphy is on pace to break the career putouts list at WSU by the end of his third season. Murphy entered the 2007 campaign fifth on the all-time list with 966 putouts, 432 shy of career leader Kevin Brunstad (1991-93). If the first three weekends are any indication, Murphy will not need the entire season to reach the top as he has registered 83 in the 10 games. He needs 21 putouts to move into second place on the all-time list ... Sophomore catcher Greg Lagreid led the Cougars with a .600 (6-10) batting average in four games at the Banana Belt Tournament last week. The sophomore catcher had two doubles, two runs scored and drove in a pair of runs. He began the tournament with a 3-4 performance against Utah Valley State with a double, two runs and two RBIs. He had a pair of hits in WSU's 3-0 victory over Air Force then went 1-3 with a double against Lewis-Clark State, one of only three hits for the Cougars in the game. For the season Lagreid is hitting .407, the highest among all regulars in the WSU lineup.

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