This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

May 1, 2007

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COMPETITION HEATS UP IN CONFERENCE RACE

With just a few weeks left in Conference play, the standings are starting to take shape as UCLA holds tight to the Conference top spot while ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE take a break from Conference play this week ... The Wildcats host Liberty while the Sun Devils take a week off to prepare for UCLA next week ... The Bruins face CALIFORNIA this week, as the Bears are coming off a series win over Arizona State ... OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON may be tied in Conference play, but that will all change come this week as the Beavers travel to Seattle to battle it out for the No. 4 spot on the Conference charts ... USC will rest up before returning to action on May 12 when it travels to Arizona ... Saturday's matchup between WASHINGTON STATE and STANFORD will be aired by FSN Northwest marking the first broadcast of a Cougar game since May 28, 2005, when the Washington State-Arizona State game was shown in Arizona ... 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 (15) and UCLA (22).

Pac-10 Player of the Week: Adam Sorgi, Stanford

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

THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

Tues., May 1
CALIFORNIA at San Francisco, 3 p.m.
Santa Clara at STANFORD, 6 p.m.
No. 22 UCLA at No. 12 UC Irvine, 6 p.m.

Fri., May 4
Liberty at No. 15 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at No. 22 UCLA*, 6 p.m.
No .8 OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON*, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., May 5
Liberty at No. 15 ARIZONA, 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at No. 22 UCLA*, 2 p.m.
No. 8 OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON*, 2 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE*, 5:30 p.m., FSN NW

Sun., May 6
Liberty at No. 15 ARIZONA, 12 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at No. 22 UCLA*, 1 p.m.
No. 8 OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON *, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE*, 2 p.m.

Mon., May 7
STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE*, 12 p.m.

* Pacific-10 Conference game.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., April 24
No. 8 OREGON STATE 10, Portland State 1
San Jose State 11, STANFORD 8
UC Riverside 3, No. 25 UCLA 1
No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 3, USC 1
WASHINGTON STATE 12, Gonzaga 9

Wed., April 25
ARIZONA STATE 9, Hawai'i, 2
STANFORD 7, Fresno State 2

Thurs., April 26
Utah Valley State 8, WASHINGTON 5

Fri., April 27
No. 25 UCLA 9, No. 14 ARIZONA 3 *
CALIFORNIA 4, No. 11 ARIZONA STATE 2 *
No. 8 OREGON STATE 13, STANFORD 7 *
WASHINGTON STATE 5, USC 4 *
Utah Valley State 17, WASHINGTON 9

Sat., April 28
No. 25 UCLA 11, No. 14 ARIZONA 4 *
No. 11 ARIZONA STATE 15, CALIFORNIA 2 *
STANFORD 9, No. 8 OREGON STATE 7 * (11 Innings)
USC 9, WASHINGTON STATE 5 *
WASHINGTON 20, Utah Valley State 7

Sun., April 29
No. 14 ARIZONA 5, No. 25 UCLA 3 *
CALIFORNIA 13, No. 11 ARIZONA STATE 9 *
No. 8 OREGON STATE 8, STANFORD 6 *
USC 10, WASHINGTON STATE 8 *

* Pacific-10 Conference game.

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA (32-11, 10-5): Junior C.J. Ziegler hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth to help Arizona salvage its weekend series with No. 25 UCLA. Ziegler's redeeming shot halted UA's four-game losing streak and handed head coach Andy Lopez his 200th all-time win at Arizona ... Sophomore Preston Guilmet has been named one of 50 semi-finalists nationwide for the Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced. The award is presented to the nation's top amateur baseball player and was won by UA's Terry Francona in 1980 ... Guilmet (8-1), who suffered his first loss of the season last Friday at UCLA, has put together an impressive 2007 season. The right-hander, who is on the watch list for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award as well, enters the week of play first in the Pac-10 Conference in ERA (1.80) and strikeouts (104) ... Arizona, which has been on the road for three straight weeks, will not have to leave its home state in the final month of the regular season. The Cats will host Liberty for three games next weekend to close out the non-conference schedule before taking on Washington and USC at home and Arizona State on the road.

• ARIZONA STATE (34-12, 11-4): Last week, sophomore Ike Davis went 10-17 (..588) over the Devils four games. He knocked in five runs, including a mammoth solo homer at Evans Diamond in Cal. He also scored four runs and pitched an inning of scoreless relief against Hawai'I on Wednesday night ... Also making an impact for the Sun Devils was freshman Mike Leake. Leake won his Pac-10 leading 10th game of the year, allowing only five hits and two runs over eight innings in ASU's 15-2 victory over Cal on Saturday. The freshman righty became the Sun Devil's first 10-game winner since 2005, and is tied for third most wins by a freshman pitcher in school history ... The Sun Devils now take a week off for final exams. They will return to the diamond for a three-game series against Pac-10 leader UCLA beginning on May 11 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.

• CALIFORNIA (23-21, 7-8): Sophomore Tyson Ross defeated No. 6-ranked Arizona State, 4-2, Friday, Apr. 27, throwing 8.0 innings with seven hits, two runs, two walks and nine strikeouts against a team that came into the series with over a .350 team batting average. He has now thrown at least 6.0 innings in each of his 13 starts and has thrown 7.0 innings or more 11 times ... Along with Ross' exploits, sophomore right-handed closer Matt Gorgen was also impressive, picking up his eighth save on Friday, and then a win Sunday against the Sun Devils. Gorgen ended up recording five strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work against ASU. On the year he has a 2-4 mark, but has a 1.82 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 49.1 innings in 26 appearances. Opponents are batting .229 against him. Gorgen's eight saves in 2007 is tied for sixth on the Cal all-time single-season save list ... Sophomore Michael Brady had a career day in Cal's 13-9 upset of No. 6 Arizona State Apr. 29 and finished the series 3-for-7 with two home runs and five RBI. On Sunday, Brady was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in the sixth inning and a two-run homer in the eighth inning. It was the first home runs of his college career ... Cal hit five home runs versus Arizona State on Sunday, Apr. 29 (David Cooper, senior Brett Munster, two by Brady, freshman outfielder Jeff Kobernus). It was the first of the year for Munster, and the first in the college careers of Brady and Kobernus.

• OREGON STATE (34-9, 6-6): In 2006, Oregon State second baseman Chris Kunda earned the Pac-10's inaugural Defensive Player of the Year award in his senior season. In 2007, the second base job was handed to freshman Joey Wong. Wong has carried on Kunda's tradition of spectacular plays, and he handled his first 154 chances without an error until misfiring on a throw while trying to turn a double play against Stanford on April 29 ... The Beavers have played errorless defense in 23 of their 43 games this season, and OSU has committed 1 or fewer errors in 34 of 43 games ... OSU has held opponents to 3 or fewer runs in 24 of 43 games this season, and the Beavers have recorded 5 shutouts ... The Beavers are 10-3 in games decided by 2 or fewer runs this spring ... OSU's series win over Stanford from April 27-29 was the third straight season that the Beavers have taken their Pac-10 series with the Cardinal, and OSU also took a 2007 NCAA Super Regional from Stanford ... When OSU got homers from Jason Ogata, Darwin Barney and Mike Lissman in its 8-6 win at Stanford on April 29, it was the first time this season that the Beavers had homered 3 times in a game ... When OSU lost to Stanford 9-7 in 11 innings on April 28, it was the first time this season - and just the second time in the past 2 seasons - that the Beavers had lost a game they led after 8 innings ... OSU has won 9 of its 10 weekend series this season, including the last 4 in a row.

• STANFORD (18-23, 3-12): Stanford has now lost six consecutive regular season three-game series to equal its longest series losing streak since the 1993 club dropped its last five regular season three-game sets and the 1994 team was beaten in its first series of the season ... The Cardinal have also dropped six straight Pac-10 series dating back to the final conference series of the 2006 campaign to mark the most consecutive league series Stanford has dropped since losing eight consecutive conference sets from April 13, 1978 - March 31, 1979 ... Stanford has now lost four straight series to Oregon State, as well as three consecutive regular season three-game sets to the Beavers and two straight home series to Oregon State ... Oregon State has won seven of the last eight meetings between the clubs as well as nine of the 11, but Stanford still leads the all-time series over Oregon State, 36-24 ... The Cardinal extended its season-best string of double-digit hit games to seven with 12 hits ... Stanford lost a Sunday game for the third time in its last four Sunday contests after having opened the season 6-1 on Sundays with a six-game Sunday win streak from February 11 - March 25.

• UCLA (24-18, 10-2): UCLA has won 16 of its last 20 games, the program's best 20-game stretch since 1997 ... The Bruins have won nine of their last 11 games, including three-game sweeps of USC and CSUN ... At 10-2 in the Pac-10, UCLA has registered its best conference start since the 1924 season ... The Bruins have won six of their last seven road games, including sweeps of USC and Stanford ... UCLA has won six-consecutive conference road games for the first time since 1969 ... For the first time in program history, UCLA has swept back-to-back three-game Pac-10 road series ... UCLA's 16-4 stretch began when the Bruins scored a school-record 14 runs in the eighth inning to overcome an 8-0 deficit against Pacific (March 25) ... Third baseman Jermaine Curtis helped lead the Bruins to their fourth-consecutive Pac-10 series, hitting .500 (6-for-12) against Arizona. In three games against the visiting Wildcats, Curtis pounded out six hits, including his first career home run ... UCLA sophomore shortstop Brandon Crawford has been named to the 2007 Dick Howser Trophy Watch List by the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Crawford has posted a .345 batting average with five home runs and 41 RBI in all 42 games this season.

• USC (23-22, 6-9): Freshman Robert Stock allowed one run on four hits in two appearances (7 2/3 innings, four hits, four walks, nine strikeouts). He threw a season-long 5 1/3 innings in relief during Sunday's 10-8 win against Washington State (no decision), allowing just one run (solo home run) with six strikeouts. This season opponents are batting just .200 against him ... USC is currently in seventh place in the Pac-10, but only 1 1/2 games back of Washington and Oregon State, who are tied for fourth place at 6-6, and one game behind California (7-8). Washington State is now 21-20 overall and 4-11 in conference.

• WASHINGTON (21-20, 6-6): In two games last week at UVSC, catcher Brett Wilcox, who joined the UW at the start of the spring quarter (March 26), went 6-for-7 (.857) with two doubles ... For the season, he's now batting .600 in seven games (four starts), having gone 9-for-15 at the plate ... Shortstop Danny Cox collected seven RBI Saturday at Utah Valley State, hitting two home runs ... In the one game alone, he doubled his season total for RBI ... Matt Stevens, who entered the week with a .075 batting average, went 6-for-9 in two starts at UVSC, raising his season average 109 points, to .184.

• WASHINGTON STATE (21-20, 4-11): Senior second baseman Jeff Miller hit .667 (9-12) with three doubles, a home run, four runs scored and four RBIs in the weekend series at USC. Miller went 1-3 Friday, 3-4 Saturday and 4-5 Sunday and had a slugging percentage of .667 ... Senior pitcher Wayne Daman Jr. moved in the career Top 10 list in strikeouts during his outing Friday at USC. Daman, who picked up his third win of the season, now has 187 career strikeouts, 10th all-time at WSU. He needs five more to move in ninth place ... Sophomore reliever Ross Humes picked up his ninth save of the season Friday, in nine opportunities, in a 5-4 win at USC ... Senior Zach Borba also remained perfect in the stolen base category, swiping his 10th in 10 attempts this season during Sunday's 10-8 loss at USC ... The Cougars will be in finals this week before hosting Stanford for a three-game series beginning Saturday ... The series opening game against the Cardinal will be broadcast live from Bailey-Brayton Field on FSN Northwest at 5:30 p.m. ... Saturday's contest marks the first broadcast of a Cougar game since May 28, 2005, when the Washington State-Arizona State game was shown in Arizona. The last time a game from Bailey-Brayton Field was broadcast live was May 12, 2002, when FSN Northwest aired the Washington State-Lewis-Clark State contest.

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