This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

March 20, 2007

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BATTER UP! PAC-10 PLAY BEGINS

Spring officially begins this week as does Pac-10 Conference play when ARIZONA STATE opens its regular season with a road trip to Los Angeles to face USC ... However, before taking the mound against the Sun Devils, the Trojans will have one final game to prepare as they host No. 12 Pepperdine on Tuesday ... OREGON STATE looks to continue their nine-game winning streak and improve upon its already impressive 10-1 record on the road when the Beavers travel to Cal Poly for a three-game series ... ARIZONA holds tight to the No. 3 spot in the Pac-10 as the Wildcats host Morehead State, marking the first Pac-10 baseball match-up against the Eagles in Conference history ... Both WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE will take on Gonzaga at the Zags' new ballpark before facing off in their first Pac-10 game of the season ... STANFORD returns to action this week when it takes on Sacramento State ... CALIFORNIA joined the ranks of schools at .500 or better and looks to continue its streak when it faces Oral Roberts ... UCLA looks to snap it's five-game losing streak when it hosts Pacific ...Here's where the Pac-10 teams rank (Baseball America): Oregon State (4), Arizona State (17) and USC (19).

Pac-10 Player of the Week: Kiel Rolin, Arizona State
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week: Brian Flores, Arizona State

THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

Tues., March 20
ARIZONA vs. Morehead State, 7 p.m.
No. 19 USC vs. No. 12 Pepperdine, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Portland, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Gonzaga, 6 p.m.

Wed., March 21
ARIZONA vs. Morehead State, 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Gonzaga, 3 p.m.

Thurs., March 22
CALIFORNIA vs. Oral Roberts, 2 p.m.

Fri., March 23
ARIZONA vs. Northern Colorado, 7 p.m.
No. 17 ARIZONA STATE at No. 19 USC*, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. Oral Roberts, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE*, 5:30 p.m.

Sat., March 24
ARIZONA vs.Northern Colorado, 6 p.m.
No. 17 ARIZONA STATE at No. 19 USC*, 1:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. Oral Roberts, 1 p.m.
No. 4 OREGON STATE at Cal Poly, 6 p.m.
STANFORD vs. Sacramento State, 1 p.m.
UCLA vs. Pacific, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE*, 2 p.m.

Sun., March 25
ARIZONA vs. Northern Colorado, 12 p.m.
No. 17 ARIZONA STATE at No. 19 USC*, 1 p.m.
No. 4 OREGON STATE at Cal Poly, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at Sacramento State, 2 p.m.
UCLA vs. Pacific, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE*, 12 p.m.

Mon., March 26
No. 4 OREGON STATE at Cal Poly, 1 p.m.
UCLA vs. Pacific, 1 p.m.

* Pacific-10 Conference game.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., March 13
ARIZONA 19, Hawai'i-Hilo 3
No. 18 ARIZONA STATE 9, Kansas State 6
CALIFORNIA 7, UC Davis 6
UCLA 2, No. 17 Long Beach State 4
WASHINGTON STATE 11, Rider 0

Wed., March 14
ARIZONA at Hawai'i-Hilo, 1 p.m.
No. 18 ARIZONA STATE 6, Kansas State 2
No. 19 USC 2, Portland 1

Fri., March 16
No. 18 ARIZONA STATE 12, Maine 3
CALIFORNIA 7, Rhode Island 6 (11 Innings)
No. 5 OREGON STATE 11, San Francisco 1
UCLA 2, San Diego State 8
WASHINGTON 7, Cal State Northridge 0
WASHINGTON STATE 5, Illinois-Chicago 2

Sat., March 17
No. 18 ARIZONA STATE 12, Maine 1
No. 18 ARIZONA STATE 23, Maine 2 (DH)
CALIFORNIA 7, Rhode Island 8
No. 5 OREGON STATE 9, San Francisco 2
UCLA 6, San Diego State 12
WASHINGTON 2, Cal State Northridge 1
WASHINGTON STATE 11, Illinois-Chicago 14

Sun., March 18
No. 18 ARIZONA STATE 11, Maine 5
CALIFORNIA 6, Rhode Island 2
No. 5 OREGON STATE 3, San Francisco 2
UCLA 3, San Diego State 5
WASHINGTON 9, Cal State Northridge 2
WASHINGTON STATE 9, Illinois-Chicago 3

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA (16-6, 0-0): Last week, the Wildcats took off for a Spring Break trip in Hawaii. The Cats took two of three from Hawaii on Oahu and then defeated Hawaii-Hilo 19-3 before getting rained out against the Vulcans in their final scheduled game for the week ... As a team, UA batted .233 (31 for 133) in the four games in Hawaii and finished with six doubles, three triples and one home run ... Junior C.J. Ziegler led all players individually, batting .353 (6 for 17) with two doubles, his team-leading seventh home run of the year, three RBI and three runs scored ... On the mound, the Arizona pitching staff dominated with a 2.31 ERA in 35 innings of work ..The Wildcat hurlers finished the week with 42 punchouts and 16 walks ... Arizona's 10 home wins this season has pushed the Cats' record to 996-445-4 all-time at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. Arizona needs just four more victories at the facility to make it an even 1,000 since putting down roots at the site in 1967. The earliest that Arizona could reach the milestone home win would be March 24 vs. Northern Colorado.

• ARIZONA STATE (19-7 0-0): The Sun Devils took on an ambitious schedule last week as they played six games in a six day span. Arizona State finished their spring break week 6-0 and was led by the bats of Kiel Roling and Brett Wallace ... Roling went 12-20 (.600) with 15 RBI, 11 runs scored, two walks and seven extra base hits, including two home runs ... Wallace finished the week 11-23 (.478) with ten RBI, eight extra base hits, including three home runs, ten runs scored and three walks. One of Wallace's round trippers cleared the green monster in centerfield at Packard Stadium, making him the 18th player all-time and first since 2000 to accomplish that feat ... The Sun Devils head to Los Angeles next weekend to open Pac-10 play, facing the USC Trojans in a three-game series that begins Friday night at Dedeaux Field. The Devils and Trojans are two of the three Pac-10 teams to grace the Top 25 in all four polls.

• CALIFORNIA (12-12, 0-0): Sophomore first baseman David Cooper continues his torrid pace as he is batting .380 (35-for-92) with seven doubles and a team-high 20 runs, seven home runs and 31 RBI ... Junior designated hitter Jordan Karnofsky, who was slowed this season with a right foot injury, played full-time for the first time last week, going 6-for-17 with four doubles and five RBI. On the year, Karnofsky is batting .400 (8-for-20) ... On the mound, sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross got a no decision versus Rhode Island, but still threw 7.0 innings with only one walk and eight strikeouts. On the year, Ross has a 2.13 ERA and a team-leading 47 strikeouts in 50.2 innings ... Sophomore closer Matt Gorgen, who picked up his fourth save of the season Mar. 13 at UC Davis and won the Mar. 16 extra-inning game versus Rhode Island, has 30 strikeouts in 21.1 innings this season.

• OREGON STATE (20-3, 0-0): Oregon State found itself with just 3 hits against San Francisco on March 18 - including only 1 through the first 8 innings - but the Beavers managed to beat the Dons 3-2 to complete a 3-game sweep. With 2 out in the bottom of the ninth, Mitch Canham walked and Drew George doubled him home with the tying run; after Jason Ogata drew a walk, Jordan Lennerton singled down the rightfield line to plate the game-winning run ... Oregon State's starting rotation of Mike Stutes, Joe Paterson and Daniel Turpen has a combined record of 14-1 with a 2.59 earned run average. The trio is averaging just over 6.0 innings and 5.3 hits, 1.4 walks and 5.2 strikeouts per start ... Oregon State's 2007 team has reached 20 wins faster than either the 2006 team, which won the national and Pacific-10 championships, or the 2005 team, which won the Pac-10 title and reached the College World Series ... The current Beavers reached the 20-win plateau in 23 games (20-3), while the 2006 Beavers needed 28 games (20-8) and the 2005 Beavers needed 24 games (20-4) ... The fastest team in Oregon State school history to reach 20 wins was the 1951 club, which needed just 21 (20-1) after winning its first 18 games of the season.

• STANFORD (11-8, 0-0): The Cardinal, who had last week off to rest during their spring break, swing back into action this week when they face Sacramento State at home before making the short drive up to the state Capital to finish the two game series ... In Stanford's last outing, the Cardinal scored a season-high 14 runs against Pac-10 foe USC to record their seventh comeback victory in 11 wins this season ... Stanford went 1-for-2 in the three game series against the Trojans snapping a four-game losing streak to USC and a season-high-tying three-game skid overall ... The win over then No. 20-ranked USC marked the second time in nine games the Cardinal has won against ranked teams this year compared to its 9-1 record versus unranked clubs.

• UCLA (8-13, 0-0): After back-to-back weekends on the road, UCLA returns home this weekend to face Pacific ... Among the Bruins' hottest hitters include juniors Brady Dolan and Mickey Weisser, freshman Casey Haerther and sophomore Cody Decker ... Dolan boasts a .315 average (6-for-19) in UCLA's last seven games after having seen limited action earlly in the season ... Weisser, Haerther and Decker have each posted a .308 batting average over the last seven games ... Haerther, a freshman from Chatsworth, Calif., has recorded eight hits in his last 26 at-bats with two doubles, two runs scored, three RBI and one stolen base ... Decker has hit at a .307 clip (4-for-13) over UCLA's last four games ... The Bruins have hit considerably better at home this season than on the road. UCLA sports a .297 average in 10 home games this season, collecting four home runs, 19 doubles and a .401 on-base percentage. UCLA's pitching staff has also fared well at Jackie Robinson Stadium, posting a 3.80 ERA and .241 opponent batting average with 72 strikeouts in 90.0 innings pitched.

• USC (16-9, 0-0): After nearly a week off, the Trojans host No. 12 Pepperdine (17-7) on Tuesday before the start of the 2007 Pac-10 Conference season with a home series against No. 17 Arizona State from Friday-Sunday ... The 2007 squad has 35 stolen bases on the season and is on pace to set the highest team total in five seasons ... The 2004 team had 44 stolen bases with the 2002 team having the highest number (67) in the past five seasons ... A total of 12 different players have at least one stolen base this season ... In USC's 25 games so far this season, 13 of them have been decided by two runs or less. USC is 8-1 in one-run games and 2-2 in two-run games ... According to the latest Boyd's World.com rankings, USC has the No. 2 toughest schedule in the nation behind Long Beach State.

• WASHINGTON (10-8, 0-0): During its current eight-game winning streak, the Washington baseball team has put together some very good statistics, not surprisingly. As a team, the Huskies have batted .313 over the last eight games while holding opponents to a .209 average. UW pitchers have combined for a 1.46 earned run average, allowing only 52 hits in 74.0 innings ... The Huskies have 19 doubles, two triples and nine homers during the streak while opponents have collected only nine total extra base hits ... Washington has stolen 13 bases in 14 attempts while giving up only seven in 12 tries. And, defensively, the Huskies have made just six errors, good for a .982 fielding mark over the streak ... As is usually the case, the Husky baseball roster is made up primarily of players from the state of Washington. This year, 34 of the 37 players on the current roster are from the state of Washington ... The only non-Washingtonians on the team is are sophomore pitchers Bryce Mooney (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Geoff Nichols (Portland, Ore.) and freshman infielder Travis Nishioka (Honolulu, Hawaii).

• WASHINGTON STATE (12-7, 0-0): Coming in to the 2007 season, WSU head coach Donnie Marbut made finishing series a point of emphasis. Through the first five series of the season, the point has been received ... WSU is 5-0 in series-ending games, winning 6-1 at Northridge, 7-6 at Texas, 7-4 at San Jose State, 11-0 against Rider and 9-3 last Sunday against Illinois-Chicago. In those five games the Cougars are hitting .320 as a team, have a staff ERA of 2.40 and have committed just two errors ... Last season WSU was 5-7 in series-ending games ... In three games over the weekend, junior shortstop Paul Gran laced three triples, including two in WSU's series-opening 5-2 win over Illinois-Chicago. It was part of Gran's 6-for-12 series against the Flames, which also featured two runs scored and four RBIs ... For the season Gran leads the Cougars with four triples and over the last five games he has raised his average from .214 to a season-high .302 ... Sophomore left-hander reliever Ross Humes has already broken into the single-season top 10 in saves. Last Friday the sophomore worked two scoreless innings to registered his fifth save of 2007, tying him for ninth on the Cougars single-season list ... Humes has been stellar in save situations this season, converting all five opportunities while allowing just two hits in 9 1/3 innings of work. In that span he fanned 11 and walked only two, with both hits surrendered being singles.

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