This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

April 17, 2007

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PAC-10 LEGENDS HONORED BY COLLEGE BASEBALL FOUNDATION

The College Baseball Foundation announced the names of eleven collegiate baseball legends, which join four veteran candidates that will comprise the 2007 Induction Class into the new College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas. Out of the 11 members inducted, five have Pac-10 ties with three former coaches and two former players. The list includes legendary coaches Jim Brock of Arizona State, Chuck 'Bobo' Brayton of Washington State and Jerry Kindall of Arizona, in addition to standout former players Fred Lynn of USC and John Olerud of Washington State ... ARIZONA looks to take sole possession on the Conference top spot when they travel to WASHINGTON STATE ... UCLA takes a break in Pac-10 play as they face Cal State Northridge ... ARIZONA STATE hosts Louisiana-Lafayette, while OREGON STATE welcomes UNLV to Corvallis ....WASHINGTON returns to Conference play when it hosts USC ... STANFORD looks to continue their winning streak as they take on CALIFORNIA in a battle of the bay ... The Pac-10 boasts three teams among the nation's leaders, here's where they rank this week (Baseball America): Oregon State (8), Arizona State (11) and Arizona (12).

Pac-10 Player of the Week: Cody Decker, UCLA

Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week: Preston Guilmet, Arizona

THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

Tues., April 17
CALIFORNIA at Cal State Sacramento, 2 p.m.
Santa Clara at STANFORD, 6 p.m.
No. 13 Pepperdine at UCLA, 6 p.m.
USC at UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Gonzaga, 6 p.m.

Wed., April 18
WASHINGTON at Portland, 3 p.m.

Fri., April 20
No. 12 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE*, 5:30 p.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 11 ARIZONA STATE , 7 p.m.
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA*, 2:30 p.m.
UNLV at No. 8 OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at UCLA, 6 p.m.
USC at WASHINGTON*, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., April 21
No. 12 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE*, 2 p.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 11 ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m.
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
UNLV at No. 8 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at UCLA, 2 p.m.
USC at WASHINGTON*, 2 p.m.

Sun., April 22
No. 12 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE*, 12 p.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 11 ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
UNLV at No. 8 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at UCLA, 1 p.m.
USC at WASHINGTON*, 1 p.m.

* Pacific-10 Conference game.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., April 10
No. 8 OREGON STATE 12, Portland State 4
STANFORD 9, Nevada 4
No. 17 UC Irvine 5, UCLA 4
Cal State Fullerton 7, USC 1
BYU, 8, WASHINGTON 3
Gonzaga 12, WASHINGTON STATE 6

Wed., April 11
BYU 15, WASHINGTON 9

Fri,. April 13
No. 13 ARIZONA 8, STANFORD 1 *
No. 12 ARIZONA STATE 8, WASHINGTON STATE 3 *
No. 8 OREGON STATE 1, CALIFORNIA 1 *
UCLA 5, USC 2 *
WASHINGTON 8, UC Riverside 2

Sat., April 14
No. 13 ARIZONA 15, STANFORD 1 *
No. 12 ARIZONA STATE 4, WASHINGTON STATE 3 *
CALIFORNIA 4, No. 8 OREGON STATE 0 *
UCLA 7, USC 6 *
WASHINGTON 12, UC Riverside 6

Sun., April 15
STANFORD 6, No. 13 ARIZONA 3 *
No. 12 ARIZONA STATE 16, WASHINGTON STATE 6 *
No. 8 OREGON STATE 5, CALIFORNIA 3 *
UCLA 12, USC 9 *
WASHINGTON 6, UC Riverside 5

* Pacific-10 Conference game.

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA (30-7, 8-1): The Wildcats went 2-1 in a three-game Pac-10 series at Stanford last weekend ... The series victory over the Cardinal marked the fifth straight year the Wildcats have won the three-game set against. Stanford... Arizona won the opening two games of the series by a combined score of 23-2 to run their winning streak to 16 straight games ... Arizona scored a season-high 11 runs in the fifth inning in Saturday's 15-1 victory ... The Cardinal, which opened the conference slate 0-8, ended its losing ways with a 6-3 victory over the Wildcats in the series finale on Sunday ... Arizona's loss put a halt to the Wildcats' best winning streak since opening the 1998 season 16-0 ... The Wildcats' 30-6 record prior to Sunday's was the best start to a season since the 1978 team went 30-6 through the first 36 games of the year ... The loss on Sunday snapped a 13-game Pac-10 winning streak for the Wildcats dating back to last season.

• ARIZONA STATE (29-10, 10-2): Eric Sogard went 7-11 (.636) with five RBI and six runs scored, helping lead the Sun Devils to a series sweep over the Washington State Cougars. Sogard homered in the series, drew two walks, was hit by a pitch and stole three bases, all while playing perfect defense at second base ... In the final game of the series Rocky Laguna was 3-4 with three runs scored and two RBI, on of six Devils with multiple hits ... Brett Wallace, Sogard, Kiel Roling, Andrew Romine and Raoul Torrez each had two hits apiece ... Matt Spencer, Sogard and Romine all knocked in three, while Wallace, Laguna and Torrez all had two RBI's a piece ... The Devils now take a weekend off from Pac-10 play, as they play host to Louisiana-Lafayette next weekend at Packard Stadium.

• CALIFORNIA (18-19, 3-6): The Bears' top two pitchers, sophomore right-handers Tyson Ross and Matt Gorgen, have been hard-luck pitchers ... Ross is 3-5, but has a 2.17 ERA in 11 starts with one complete game, and 82 strikeouts in 78.2 innings ... Opponents are batting .219 against him. Against Oregon State on Apr. 13, he lost 1-0, throwing 6.0 innings with six hits, one run, four walks and eight strikeouts ... Ross has thrown 6.0 innings or more in all 11 of his starts this year ... Gorgen, the Bears' top reliever, is 1-3 but has a 1.69 ERA in 22 appearances with six saves. He also has 57 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 42.2 innings, and opponents are batting .212 against him ... Sophomore first baseman David Cooper, a transfer from Cal State Fullerton and a member of the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament team, was only 2-for-11 at Oregon State, but still leads Cal with a .352 average, 27 runs, 50 hits, 11 doubles, eight home runs, 35 RBI, 21 walks, .599 slugging percentage and a .425 on-base percentage ... With Cal's 1-0 loss at Oregon State Apr. 13, the Bears have lost 10, one-run games this season. Carrying over from the 2006 season, Cal has lost 22 one-run games.

• OREGON STATE (28-8, 4-5): Oregon State's 1-0 win over California on April 13 was the Beavers' first 1-0 win since beating Stanford 1-0 on April 14, 2006 at the Beavers' Goss Stadium at Coleman Field ... Oregon State was beaten 4-0 by California on April 14; it was the first time the Beavers had been shut out since losing at Stanford 10-0 on April 19, 2003. It was also the first time OSU had been shut out at home since losing to Stanford 13-0 on April 28, 2002 ... The Beavers had an errorless weekend in the field against California; they have played errorless defense in 18 of their 36 games this season and have committed 1 or fewer errors in 27 games ... OSU has held opponents to 3 or fewer runs in 20 of 36 games this season ... The Beavers are 8-2 in games decided by 2 or fewer runs this spring.

• STANFORD (15-17, 1-8): Stanford snapped a pair of losing streaks that were the longest in the school's recorded history with the victory, ending a nine-game Pac-10 skid that dated back to the final conference game of the 2006 season and a six-game home losing streak ... Stanford snapped a four-game losing streak to Arizona ... The Cardinal avoided being swept by Arizona at Sunken Diamond for the first time in recorded school history ... Stanford also avoided being swept for the third consecutive three-game series for the first time in recorded school history ... The Cardinal's first nine Pac-10 games have come against the top three teams in the conference that have posted a combined 26-4 Pac-10 record through games of April 15 ... Center fielder Sean Ratliff has now played in and started all 32 games this season and is the only Stanford player to do so ... Ratliff hit his fourth homer in the last six games becoming the team leader with six homers of the season ... Freshman Jeffrey Inman took over the team lead after notching his third victory in the Cardinal's 6-3 upset over No. 13 Arizona.

• UCLA (18-16, 8-1): The Bruins erased three four-run leads in Saturday's 7-6 victory at USC and battled back from a four-run deficit Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field. Saturday, UCLA trailed 4-0 after two, 5-1 after five and 6-2 after six innings. The Bruins used two runs in the seventh and a three-run rally in the ninth to outlast USC, 7-6. The following afternoon, the Trojans led 4-0 after three innings before UCLA added at least one run in each of the remaining six frames to defeat USC 12-9 ... Cody Decker has played a key role in UCLA's recent success. Aside from leading the team with nine home runs, Decker has tallied a .421 batting average in Pac-10 play and has tied Brandon Crawford for the team lead in RBI with 35 ... Last weekend, the Santa Monica, Calif., native blasted a home run in each of UCLA's three wins at USC. Sunday afternoon, Decker gave the Bruins a lift when he belted a 3-and-1 pitch to center with the bases loaded, extending UCLA's lead to 11-6 ... Through UCLA's last 12 games, Decker has posted a .404 average and has collected eight home runs and 30 RBIs.

• USC (19-18, 2-7): In last week's crosstown rivalry against the Bruins, freshman shortstop Grant Green extended his season-high hitting streak to 10 games with a 2-for-3 showing ... The Trojans' next game will be Tuesday at No. 18 UC Irvine before a Pac-10 series on the road at Washington ... Former USC outfielder Fred Lynn, which join four veteran candidates that will comprise the 2007 Induction Class into the new College Baseball Hall of Fame. Lynn becomes the second Trojan to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after legendary head coach Rod Dedeaux made the first class last year. He appeared on three consecutive USC national championship squads (1971, 1972 and 1973) and had a career .320 average with 28 home runs and 111 RBI. He also earned 1971 All-College World Series honors for the Trojans.

• WASHINGTON (19-15, 5-4): Husky catcher Joey Dunn injured an ankle in last Saturday's win over UCLA and missed three straight starts before returning to the starting lineup for all three games vs. UC Riverside over the weekend. Prior to the injury, he had started each of the Huskies' first 28 games at catcher ... The Huskies also suffered an injury loss last week as regular starting right fielder Andy Lentz suffered a knee ligament injury in practice and will undergo season-ending surgery ... In five games last week, Husky LF/DH Ty Rasmussen went 8-for-13 with two homers, two doubles, six RBI and seven walks.

• WASHINGTON STATE (16-17, 1-8): Sophomore outfielder Jared Prince, who struggled to find his stroke early in the season, is once again swinging a hot bat. The Poulsbo, Wash. native has raised his average 40 points over the past five games as in that stretch he is hitting .500 (9-18), including going 6-for-12 (.500) at Arizona State last weekend. For the season prince is hitting .280, the highest his average has been since March 1 ... Coming in to the 2007 season, WSU head coach Donnie Marbut made finishing series a point of emphasis. Through the first nine series of the season, the point has been received. WSU is 7-2 in series-ending games, winning 6-1 at Northridge, 7-6 at Texas, 7-4 at San Jose State, 11-0 against Rider, 9-3 against Illinois-Chicago, 2-1 against BYU and 9-6 at California, while dropping series-ending games against Washington, 6-5 and at Arizona State 16-6. Equally impressive is the fact that all of the wins, excluding Texas and California, clinched series wins for WSU. Last season WSU was 5-7 in series-ending games ... Legendary Cougar coach Bobo Brayton and former WSU All-American John Olerud have been inducted into the College Baseball Foundation, it was announced recently ... The 2007 induction class will be officially enshrined during a three-day celebration of college baseball, July 2-4, at the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas ... Brayton retired from WSU at the conclusion of the 1994 season with a career record of 1,161-523-8 in 33 seasons, the time the fourth winningest baseball coach in NCAA D-I history ... In his three years on the Palouse, Olerud combined to hit .434 with 37 doubles, 33 home runs, 131 RBI and a .824 slugging percentage. Even more impressively, as a pitcher he was 26-4 with a 3.17 ERA (85 ER/241.1 IP) and 169 strikeouts in 39 career appearances (34 starts).

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