This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

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April 3, 2007

CONFERENCE PLAY IN FULL SWING

With every Pac-10 team having played at least one Conference series, the standings have started to take place and the tables have been turned ... OREGON STATE has played well all year, topping the charts since the first pitch was thrown, but since losing its first three Conference games, the Beavers find themselves in an unfamiliar spot at the bottom of the standings ... ARIZONA appears to be the team to beat as it defeated ARIZONA STATE before sweeping Oregon State in its Conference opener ... This week, CALIFORNIA will look to crush Arizona's 11-game winning streak when the Bears host the Wildcats in a three-game series ... WASHINGTON looks to turn things around when it travels down to Southern California to take on UCLA ... USC travels to Corvallis to take on Oregon State in its Conference home opener ... STANFORD hopes a trip to the desert may turn around its current 3-game slide as the Cardinal look for their first Conference win against Arizona State ... WASHINGTON STATE takes the week to rest before it gears up for its second match up of the season against Gonzaga on April 10 ... Here's where the Pac-10 teams rank (Baseball America): Oregon State (9), Arizona State (15), Arizona (17) and USC (25).

THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

Thurs., April 5
ARIZONA vs. CALIFORNIA*, 7 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. STANFORD*, 7 p.m.
UCLA vs. WASHINGTON*, 6 p.m.
USC at OREGON STATE*, 5 p.m.

Fri., April 6
ARIZONA vs. CALIFORNIA*, 6 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. STANFORD*, 7 p.m.
UCLA vs. WASHINGTON*, 6 p.m.
USC at OREGON STATE*, 5 p.m.

Sat., April 7
ARIZONA vs. CALIFORNIA*, 12 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. STANFORD*, 1 p.m.
UCLA vs. WASHINGTON*, 1 p.m.
USC at OREGON STATE*, 1 p.m.

* Pacific-10 Conference game.

BRUMMETT AND GASTON EARN WEEKLY HONORS

Arizona's Jon Gaston led the Wildcats to a perfect 4-0 record against a pair of nationally ranked teams last week. Gaston was named the Challenge at the Chase MVP after leading the Wildcats to a 6-5 win over No. 16 Arizona State. Two days later he was the driving force behind Arizona's three-game sweep of the defending national champion Oregon State Beavers at home to open Pac-10 play. For the week, Gaston went a combined 7-for-10 (.700) with two doubles, a triple, four RBIs, four runs scored, five walks and was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base tries.

UCLA's Tyson Brummett pitched his third complete game of the season, leading UCLA past Stanford, 8-2, in a series-opening victory at Sunken Diamond on Friday. The senior allowed just two runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out nine and walking just two. Brummett improved to 4-4 and started the Bruins' weekend on a winning note, as UCLA went on to capture its first three-game series sweep at Stanford since 1991.

Pac-10 Player of the Week: Jon Gaston, Arizona

Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week: Tyson Brummett, UCLA

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., March 27
STANFORD 8, San Jose State 3 (10 Innings)
No. 25 USC 8, UC Riverside 3
WASHINGTON STATE 4, BYU 3 (12 Innings)

Wed., March 28
ARIZONA 6, No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 5 *
CALIFORNIA 9, UC Santa Barbara 7
WASHINGTON STATE 2, BYU 1

Fri., March 30
ARIZONA 5, No. 4 OREGON STATE 4 *
WASHINGTON 5, No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 4 *
CALIFORNIA 8, WASHINGTON STATE 4 *
UCLA 8, STANFORD 2 *

Sat., March 31
ARIZONA 8, No. 4 OREGON STATE 2 *
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 11, WASHINGTON 5 *
CALIFORNIA 6, WASHINGTON STATE 2 *
UCLA 16, STANFORD 11 *

Sun., April 1
ARIZONA 17, No. 4 OREGON STATE 14 *
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 8, WASHINGTON 5 *
WASHINGTON STATE 9, CALIFORNIA 6 *
UCLA 10, STANFORD 4 *

Mon., April 2
San Francisco 8, WASHINGTON STATE 1

* Pacific-10 Conference game.

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA (25-6, 3-0): Arizona toppled two nationally ranked teams in four games last week., taking down Arizona State, 6-5, in the second-annual Challenge at Chase in Phoenix and then opening Pac-10 play with a three-game series sweep of defending national champion Oregon State in Tucson (Game scores - 5-4, 8-2, 17-14) ... The four victories extended Arizona's season-high win streak to 11 straight games ... The 11 consecutive victories are the most for Arizona since opening the 1999 season a perfect 13-0 ... In the four games, Arizona batted .328 as a team and collected seven doubles and three triples ... On the base paths the Cats went 15 for 18 in stolen base attempts to improve them to 65 for 81 on the year ... The Oregon State pitching staff plunked Arizona batters 10 times in the three-game Pac-10 series, including a school record-tying six times in Sunday's 17-14 slugfest ... Oregon State, which entered the weekend against Arizona with a Pac-10-best 2.43 team ERA, posted a 10.50 ERA in the 24 innings against Wildcats.

• ARIZONA STATE (23-10, 4-2): Thanks to seven strong innings from starter Brian Flores and a four hit day from Brett Wallace, the Sun Devils picked up their second straight Pac-10 road series win, defeating Washington 8-5 ... Flores earned his fifth victory of the year as he went seven plus innings, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out four. With the win, his record now sits at 5-1 ... The two games to one series victory at Husky Ballpark was ASU's first since 2001 ... Junior outfielder Tim Smith batted .615 (8-13) with five runs scored and three RBI, helping lead ASU to a series victory at Washington. Smith, batting leadoff for the first time all year, had a .600 OBP and also stole two bases for the Sun Devils.

• CALIFORNIA (17-14, 2-1): On the season, sophomore closer Matt Gorgen has made a team-high 18 appearances and now has 45 strikeouts and only six walks in 33.0 innings with a ERA of 1.64. Opponents are batting .209 against him ... Sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross picked up the win Mar. 30 against WSU and now has 69 strikeouts in 64.2 innings with a 2.51 ERA ... Junior right-hander Alex Rollin is currently 6-1 with a 3.88 ERA ... Offensively, sophomore first baseman David Cooper leads Cal in nearly every offensive category. Cooper tops the Bears with a .370 average, 44 hits, eight doubles (tied with Josh Satin), eight home runs, 35 RBI, 76 total bases, a .639 slugging percentage, a .436 on-base percentage, 17 walks and 24 runs ... Last week, Cal hit .361 (48-for-133) as a team with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 29 RBI.

• OREGON STATE (23-6, 0-3): Oregon State will play host to Southern California this weekend in a Pac-10 series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field ... Due to this being Easter weekend, the series is played one day ahead of the schedule for a normal Pac-10 series ... The Beavers' 12-game winning from March 5 - March 26 was Oregon State's longest since the Beavers had a 15-game winning streak in 1986 ... Despite falling to Arizona last week, junior outfielder Chris Hopkins had a great week offensively. In the 4 games last week, Hopkins batted .643 (9-for-14) with 1 triple, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 8 runs, 5 walks, 1 hit by pitch, 2 stolen bases; slugging percentage of .857 and on-base percentage of .714 ... Arizona's runs and hits were both season-highs allowed by the Beavers ... Oregon State hadn't been swept in a series since dropping all three games at Arizona State near the end of the 2004 season. In addition, OSU hadn't lost three straight games since a seven-game losing streak near the end of the 2004 season that included that sweep at ASU.

• STANFORD (13-12, 0-3): Last week Stanford fell victim to UCLA's five-game winning streak as they were swept by the Bruins ... The series marked the first time Stanford had been swept in a regular season three-game home series since Arizona State won three in a row against the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond from April 11-13, 1997, spanning a string of 71 consecutive regular season three-game home sets ... Stanford has lost four in a row and five of its last six games as well as two straight series versus UCLA after Stanford had won nine straight series against the Bruins from 1998-2005 ... The Cardinal have dropped a season-high-tying three straight overall and a season-high four in a row at home to mark the club's longest home losing streak since also losing four straight at home from April 13-20, 1995 ... Stanford was swept in its first Pac-10 series of the season for the first time since Arizona took three straight over the Cardinal in Tucson from February 26 - March 1, 1993 ... Junior Michael Taylor did not play in the final game of the series against the Bruins snapping his string of 140 consecutive starts dating back to the 2005 campaign.

• UCLA (13-14, 3-0): The Bruins defeated Stanford in Palo Alto for the first time since 1991, and broke Stanford's 71-consecutive regular-season three-game home series in which the Cardinal had not been swept ... The Bruins opened their Pac-10 slate in impressive fashion, and broke a 10-year streak at Sunken Diamond ... Stanford had not been swept its previous 71 regular-season three-game series until the Bruins took all three games last weekend (March 30 - April 1). The Bruins last swept the Cardinal at Jackie Robinson Stadium in 1997, the last season in which UCLA advanced to the College World Series ... After hitting .417 (5-for-12) with one home run and three RBI against Pacific two weekends ago, Cody Decker tripled his power production at Stanford. Decker hit at a .429 clip (6-for-14) and blasted three three-run home runs, totaling 10 RBI and 17 total bases against the Cardinal ... Decker became the first Bruin this season to hit two home runs in a game Saturday, when he finished with a career-high six RBI and 10 total bases. Decker's three-run shot Sunday gave UCLA a 9-3 cushion in the fourth inning.

• USC (18-12, 1-2): In USC's 30 games so far this season, 16 of them have been decided by two runs or less. USC is 9-2 in one-run games and 2-3 in two-run games ... Senior right-hander Paul Koss had a strong summer after difficulties as a junior in 2006 ... Koss is 2-1 with a 1.65 ERA and 11 saves (16 1/3 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 14 SO, .233 opponents' batting average) ... This season, Koss has recorded back-to-back saves at Stanford (March 9-10) and Georgia (March 2-4), He got the win on Feb. 11 in a 4-3, 10-inning win at No. 17 San Diego ... Koss is second on USC's all-time saves list with 31 career saves ... With six triples on the season, freshman Grant Green has recorded the highest number of triples since Mark Smith had seven triples in 1991. Green is just two triples away from tying the school record of eight, held by Ed Simpson (1953), Gerald Mason (1954) and Steve Kemp (1975).

• WASHINGTON (15-11, 4-2): The Washington baseball team takes its first plane trip since late February this weekend as the Dawgs fly to Los Angeles for a three-game series vs. UCLA ... The Bruins lead the all-time series against Washington, 25-15. However, in recent seasons, that gap has narrowed significantly. In fact, in the old Pac-8 days (1968-71), the Huskies went 0-10 vs. the Bruins ... Since the merger of the Pac-10's two divisions prior to the 1999 season, Washington is 15-9 vs. UCLA, including three-game sweeps in 1999 (in Seattle) and 2005 (in Los Angeles) ... Last year, Washington won two of three, dropping the middle game of the series. The Huskies also swept the season-ending series, 6-0, 6-5 and 16-5, two years ago in L.A. ... As a team, the Huskies have batted .316 over the last 16 games while holding opponents to a .256 average ... Washington pitchers have combined for a 3.24 earned run average, allowing only 139 hits in 147.0 innings ... The Huskies have 36 doubles, seven triples and 13 homers during the streak while opponents have collected only 27 total extra base hits. Washington has stolen 20 bases in 23 attempts while giving up only 15 in 24 tries. And, defensively, the Huskies have made just 16 errors, good for a .975 fielding mark over the streak.

• WASHINGTON STATE (16-13, 1-5): Junior outfielder Scott Suttmeier is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak, the longest of his career and the longest by any Cougar this season. During that stretch Suttmeier is hitting. 333 (13-39) with 4 RBIs, 5 runs scored, and the first home run of his Cougar career ... After playing at San Francisco April. 2, the Cougars are off until hosting Gonzaga April 10, the longest layoff for WSU this season ... By winning Sunday's series finale at California, the Cougars improve to 7-1 in series-ending games this season.

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