This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

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April 24, 2007

UCLA TAKES OVER CONFERENCE TOP SPOT

After weeks of holding the Conference top spot, ARIZONA fell to third in the Pac-10 after dropping two games to WASHINGTON STATE while up on to the Palouse, moving UCLA into the No. 1 spot on the charts. However, look for this weekend to shake up the standings yet again as the Bruins host the Wildcats down in the desert ... ARIZONA STATE is one of the hottest teams in the nation with an 11-game winning streak. The Sun Devils hope they can continue their streak and sneak into first when they travel to the Bay Area to face CALIFORNIA ... WASHINGTON enjoys a break from Pac-10 play when it travels to Utah Valley State ... OREGON STATE looks to continue its winning streak when it travels to STANFORD ... USC will look to stop the Cougars winning streak when it hosts Washington State ... The Pac-10 boasts four teams among the nation's leaders, here's where they rank this week (Baseball America): Oregon State (8), Arizona State (11), Arizona (14) and UCLA (25).

Pac-10 Player of the Week: Travis Coulter, Washington StatePac-10 Pitcher of the Week: Ross Humes, Washington State

THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

Tues., April 24
No. 8 OREGON STATE at Portland State, 3 p.m.
San Jose State at STANFORD, 6 p.m.
No. 25 UCLA at UC Riverside, 6 p.m.
No. 15 Cal State Fullerton at USC., 6 p.m.
British Columbia at WASHINGTON, (EX), 6 p.m.
Gonzaga at WASHINGTON STATE , 5:30 p.m.

Wed., April 25
Hawai'i, at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
Fresno State at STANFORD, 3 p.m.

Thurs., April 26
WASHINGTON at Utah Valley State, 7 p.m.

Fri., April 27
No. 14 ARIZONA at No. 25 UCLA*, 6 p.m.
No. 11 ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA*, 2:30 p.m.
No. 8 OREGON STATE at STANFORD*, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at USC *, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Utah Valley State, 7 p.m.

Sat., April 28
No. 14 ARIZONA at No. 25 UCLA*, 2 p.m.
No. 11 ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
No. 8 OREGON STATE at STANFORD*, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at USC*, 1:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Utah Valley State, 1 p.m.

Sun., April 29
No. 14 ARIZONA at No. 25 UCLA*,1 p.m.
No. 11 ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
No. 8 OREGON STATE at STANFORD*, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at USC*, 12 p.m.

* Pacific-10 Conference game.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., April 17
CALIFORNIA 10, Cal State Sacramento 4
Santa Clara 6, STANFORD 3
UCLA 6, No. 13 Pepperdine 2
No. 18 UC Irvine 4, USC 3
WASHINGTON STATE 7, Gonzaga 4

Wed., April 18
Portland 5, WASHINGTON 4

Fri., April 20
No. 12 ARIZONA 3,WASHINGTON STATE 1*
No. 11 ARIZONA STATE 8, Louisiana-Lafayette 2
CALIFORNIA 3, STANFORD 0 *
No. 8 OREGON STATE 3, UNLV 1
USC 8, WASHINGTON 5 *

Sat., April 21
WASHINGTON STATE 4, No. 12 ARIZONA 3 *
No. 11 ARIZONA STATE 11, Louisiana-Lafayette 8
STANFORD 4, CALIFORNIA 3 *
No. 8 OREGON STATE 10, UNLV 2
UCLA 8, Cal State Northridge 3
UCLA 6, Cal State Northridge 5
USC 5, WASHINGTON 2 *

Sun., April 22
WASHINGTON STATE 5, No. 12 ARIZONA 3 *
No. 11 ARIZONA STATE 9, Louisiana-Lafayette 6
CALIFORNIA 13, STANFORD 5 *
No. 8 OREGON STATE 7, UNLV 0
UCLA 12, Cal State Northridge 8
WASHINGTON 6, USC 0 *

* Pacific-10 Conference game.

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA (31-9, 9-3): Right-hander Preston Guilmet continued his superb season with eight strong innings against Washington State in Pullman last weekend. The sophomore ace limited the Cougars to just one run on seven hits in Arizona's 3-1 victory. He finished the contest with 12 strikeouts to mark the fifth time in his last six starts that he has 10 or more K's in game ... Over his last six starts Guilmet is 5-0 with a 0.87 ERA in 52 innings pitched. He has struck out 66 batters and walked only 15.

• ARIZONA STATE (32-10, 10-2): Brett Wallace has 62 RBIs so far on the year, only 4 less than last year's team leader Ike Davis had in 2006. Davis led the Pac-10 with his 65 RBI during the regular season ... Last week, Wallace went 7-14 (.500) with 11 RBI during the Sun Devil's three-game sweep of Louisiana-Lafayette. Wallace had two triples and double on the weekend, and helped lead the Devils to their third straight weekend sweep. He also scored two runs, drew a walk and played perfect defense at First Base. Mike Leake and Josh Satow each have nine wins on the hill. In 2006, reliever Brett Bordes led the team with 7 ... Against Louisiana-Lafayette, Satow struck out 11 batters and allowed only three hits in his seven innings of work to pick up his ninth win of the season, helping the Devils to a sweep of the Ragin' Cajuns.

• CALIFORNIA (21-20, 5-7): Sophomore Matt Gorgen earned his seventh save Apr. 20 versus Stanford. On the year, Gorgen has a 1.59 ERA in 24 appearances and 60 strikeouts and only 12 walks in 45.1 innings. Opponents are batting .221 against him ... Sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler went 7-for-11 (.636) with a double and three RBI last week, raising his average from .258 to .294 ... Cal brought 13 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the first inning Apr. 22 versus Stanford in the Bears' 13-5 win. With Cal's 4-3 loss to Stanford Apr. 21, the Bears have now lost 11 one-run games in 2007 and 23 one-run games carrying over from last season ... The Bears now have a respectable .302 team batting average and a 3.91 team ERA.

• OREGON STATE (31-8, 4-5): When Mitch Canham homered in each of OSU's wins in a series sweep over Nevada-Las Vegas from April 20-22, he was the first Beaver to homer in 3 straight games since 2003; that season, Jacoby Ellsbury homered in the final game of a series on April 27 against Southern California and in the first two games of a series on May 2-3 at UCLA. Ellsbury was a first-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2005 ... Canham's 3-homer weekend gave him 23 home runs in his OSU career and moved him onto the school's all-time top 10 list in that category in eighth place. Canham's 13 total bases on the weekend gave him 277 for his career and moved him onto OSU's all-time top 10 in that category, as well, in 10th place. His 11 RBIs on the weekend gave him 138 for his career, moving him up OSU's top 10 list in that category to fifth place ... Canham hit grand slams in each game of a doubleheader against UNLV on April 22; whether another Beaver has ever hit a grand slam in each game of a doubleheader is not available in OSU's records. It's also not known whether Canham's 3 grand slams this season are the most in a season by an Oregon State player. Canham's pinch-hit grand slam in the second game of the doubleheader was OSU's first pinch-hit homer since March 28, 2005, when Scott Nelson turned the trick against Brigham Young; that hit was also a grand slam.

• STANFORD (16-20, 2-10): Stanford's game versus San Jose State at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday begins a busy six-game homestand over the next eight days. The Cardinal will also welcome Fresno State, Oregon State and Santa Clara. The homestand will conclude a stretch of 10 of 13 games at home ... Stanford has been moderately successful in mid-week games this season with a 3-2 record in five tries ... Stanford has concluded the first half of its Pac-10 schedule with a 2-10 conference mark and currently sits in last place in the league standings. Ironically, Stanford was also in last place in the conference standings (3-9 record) at the midway point of the 2006 league schedule but bounced back with an 8-4 record in the second half of the league play to finish 11-13 and tie for fifth in the Pac-10 standings. The second half of last season earned Stanford a spot in the 2006 NCAA Division I Baseball Championships to extend the program's postseason streak to 13 straight years. Stanford then won the NCAA Austin Regional and knocked out defending national champion Texas in the process before being eliminated by eventual College World Series champion Oregon State at the NCAA Corvallis Super Regional.

• UCLA (18-16, 8-1): UCLA finished last week with a perfect 4-0 record, posting a Tuesday night win over No. 11 Pepperdine before sweeping a three-game set against Cal State Northridge in two days ... The Bruins have won 14 of their last 16 games and are currently riding their second seven-game win streak of the season ... UCLA last won 14 of more games in a 16-game span back in 1997, the last year in which the Bruins earned a trip to Omaha ... UCLA's 8-1 Pac-10 start is its best conference start in the modern era (through the first nine games) ... The Bruins have won six-consecutive road games for the first time since 1997 and seek their seventh-consecutive road victory at UC Riverside on Tuesday, April 24 ... The Bruins current 14-2 stretch began when UCLA scored a school-record 14 runs in the eighth inning to overcome an 8-0 deficit against Pacific (March 25) ... Cody Decker has hit .400 (22-for-55) in UCLA's last 13 games, belting eight home runs and totaling 28 RBI and 11 runs scored in that span ... Jermaine Curtis has been the spark that UCLA needed, as the Bruins have totaled a 12-2 record since his return (March 30, at Stanford) ... Curtis has recorded a .302 average with 12 RBI through 13 games ... Over the weekend, Curtis registered a .545 batting average (6-for-11) with a team-leading five runs scored and two RBI ... The Fontana, Calif., resident hit 3-for-4 in each of UCLA's final two games against Cal State Northridge last weekend ... This weekend, UCLA hosts Arizona in a pivotal Pac-10 showdown at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

• USC (21-20, 4-8): Freshman right-hander Brad Boxberger has been impressive in his first collegiate season, putting up Freshman All-America numbers. This season, Boxberger is 3-3 with a 2.54 ERA (63 2/3 IP, 42 H, 18 ER, 28 BB, 49 SO, .185 opponents' batting average). He has a 1.43 ERA on the road this season with all six of his quality starts coming away from Dedeaux Field ... On April 20 at Washington, he went seven innings and allowed only one run on three hits with nine strikeouts for the win at Washington ... With eight triples on the season, Grant Green has recorded the highest number of triples since Mark Smith had seven triples in 1991. Green has tied the school record of eight, held by Ed Simpson (1953), Gerald Mason (1954) and Steve Kemp (1975) ... Junior outfielder Roberto Lopez is batting .328 (19-for-58) this season with six RBI and three stolen bases. He has made 18 starts in 23 games this season for the Trojans. As a 2005 freshman, Lopez made 32 starts in 53 games and batted .264 with one home run and 21 RBI.

• WASHINGTON (20-18, 6-6): Nick Hagadone, who was listed on the midseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award last week, threw 4.1 innings of no-hit relief for a win Sunday over USC. He combined with starter Jason Erickson (4.2 IP) for a three-hit shutout ... In four games last week, junior center fielder and leadoff man Michael Burgher went 7-for-15 with a double, a homer, two walks and two stolen bases ... Junior 3B/OF Matt Hague has a 10-game hitting streak, the longest of the year by a Husky hitter. Over the 10 games, he has gone 17-for-40 (.425) with five doubles, four home runs, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored.

• WASHINGTON STATE (19-18, 3-9): WSU's series victory over No. 12 Arizona marked the first series win over a ranked team since WSU took two of three to open the 2006 conference schedule at No. 17 Stanford ... A little over half way through the 2007 season and left-hander reliever Ross Humes has already broken into the single-season top 10 in saves. Against Illinois-Chicago the sophomore worked two scoreless innings to registered his fifth save of 2007, tying him for ninth on the Cougars single-season list. Last Tuesday at Gonzaga Humes picked up No. 6, working 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to move into a tie for 5th on the single-season list. Humes has been stellar in save situations this season, converting all six opportunities while allowing just four hits in 11 2/3 innings of work. In that span he has fanned 15 and walked only two, with five of the six hits being singles. Humes next save will move him into a tie for second while the single-season record is 10, set by Reed Rainey in 1984 ... Sophomore designated hitter Travis Coulter tied a single-game record by connecting for three doubles in Sunday's 5-3 victory over No. 12 Arizona. Coulter led off the first and third innings with doubles, both times coming around to score. In the fifth his double off the wall in right brought home the Cougars third run. In his next at-bat, Coulter drew a four-pitch walk in the seventh to finish the day 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Coulter tied the mark previously held by 15 other players, the most recent being Jay Miller, Apr. 21, 2006 at Northern Colorado.

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