This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

May 16, 2007

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The coaches may have known something all along as they predicted ARIZONA STATE to take the Pac-10 title and the Sun Devils took the Conference top spot from UCLA as they swept the series against the Bruins last week. ASU sits two games ahead of the Bruins as they travel to Corvallis to take on OREGON STATE ... The Bruins make the long trek up to Pullman to face WASHINGTON STATE, who took the series, 2-1, against the Beavers last week. The series opener between the Cougars and the Bruins will be aired live on FSN Northwest at 3:30 p.m. ... ARIZONA plays host to WASHINGTON, while CALIFORNIA welcomes USC after taking a break from the action ... STANFORD, which is coming off of a three-game winning streak, will take a break from Pac-10 play to host Pacific for a three-game series ... The Pac-10 boasts four teams among the nation's leaders, here's where they rank this week (Baseball America): Arizona State (8), Arizona (14) and Oregon State (22).


Wed., May 16
Utah Valley State at No. 8 ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at USC, 6 p.m.

Fri., May 18
WASHINGTON at No. 14 ARIZONA*, 7 p.m.
No. 8 ARIZONA STATE at No. 22 OREGON STATE*, 5 p.m.
Pacific at STANFORD, 6 p.m.

Sat., May 19
WASHINGTON at No. 14 ARIZONA*, 6 p.m.
No. 8 ARIZONA STATE at No. 22 OREGON STATE*, 1 p.m.
USC at CALIFORNIA *, 2:30 p.m.
Pacific at STANFORD, 2 p.m.

Sun., May 20
WASHINGTON at No. 14 ARIZONA*, 12 p.m.
No. 8 ARIZONA STATE at No. 22 OREGON STATE*, 1 p.m.
USC at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
Pacific at STANFORD, 1 p.m.

Mon., May 21
USC at CALIFORNIA *, 1 p.m.

* Pacific-10 Conference game.


Tues., May 8
CALIFORNIA 7, San Jose State 6
UCLA 4, No. 17 Pepperdine 1
WASHINGTON 6, Portland 3
Lewis-Clark State at WASHINGTON STATE, Cancelled

Wed., May 9
WASHINGTON 14, Portland 5

Fri., May 11
No. 10 ARIZONA STATE 16, No. 21 UCLA 14 *

Sat., May 12
No. 14 ARIZONA 5, USC 2 *
No. 10 ARIZONA STATE 5, No. 21 UCLA 4 *

Sun., May 13
USC 7, No. 14 ARIZONA 5 *
No. 10 ARIZONA STATE 11, No. 21 UCLA 10 *

Mon., May 14
USC 4, No. 14 ARIZONA 2 *

Tues., May 15
STANFORD 14, Santa Clara 4
WASHINGTON 16, Gonzaga 6

* Pacific-10 Conference game.


WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE junior outfielder/left-handed pitcher Matt Spencer has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and WASHINGTON STATE junior left-handed pitcher Jayson Miller has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 8-14, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Matt Spencer, of Morristown, Tenn., did it all for the Sun Devils, helping lead them to a huge weekend sweep of conference rival No. 21 UCLA. Spencer was 9-for-12 (.750) on the weekend, with a double, a triple, two home runs, seven RBI, six runs scored and two hit by pitches. He also made two pitching appearances and played stellar defense all weekend, making several highlight reel catches and throwing a runner out at home. Spencer started the weekend going 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored as the Devils erased a 14-7 deficit to claim a 16-14 victory on Friday night. Spencer came up huge on Saturday, homering twice and recording the game-winning hit, a bases loaded walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth that completed another ASU comeback. Sunday his two hits helped ASU once again rally from behind, as he knocked in the tying run in the seventh inning, completing a seven-run comeback that ended with an 11-10 Sun Devil victory and the three-game sweep.

Miller, of Richland, Wash., picked up his fourth win of the season against No. 15 Oregon State. In his only appearance for the week, Miller went eight innings, allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts, clinching the series for the Cougars. The Beavers hit .154 (4-26) against him and only twice had runners past second base and at one point, he retired 11 of 12 Beavers. For the season Miller is 4-2 with a 3.26 ERA.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Spencer's career, while it is the 83rd such honor for Arizona State. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Miller and marks the 29th selection all-time for Washington State.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: Mike Lissman, OSU; Michael Taylor, STAN; Brandon Crawford, UCLA; Danny Cox, WASH; Paul Gran, WSU.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Preston Guilmet, ARIZ; Tim Murphy, UCLA; Tommy Milone, USC; Nick Hagadone, WASH.


• ARIZONA (36-13, 11-7): Last week, USC defeated the Wildcats 4-2 in the final game of the series to hand UA its first home series loss of the season. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 36-13 for the year and to 11-7 in the conference, while the Trojans improved to 25-23 overall and bolstered their standing in the conference race with an 8-10 league record ... Arizona starter Mike Colla (3-3) was charged with the loss despite allowing just two earned runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings of work ... Senior Brad Mills was named one of 10 finalists for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Mills, a left-handed pitcher from Mesa, Ariz., and the only finalists from the Pac-10 Conference, is currently tied with ace Preston Guilmet for the team lead in wins with a 9-4 record on the mound, and has posted a 3.80 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 80 1/3 innings pitched. The award, which recognizes the outstanding senior student-athlete in six NCAA sports, is in its first year for baseball ... The Wildcats will attempt to get back on track this weekend when they host Washington for a three-game conference series. The contests against the Huskies will mark the final home stand of the regular season for Arizona.

• ARIZONA STATE (37-12, 14-4): After sweeping UCLA, the Sun Devils take on the Utah Valley State Wolverines in their final non-conference game before heading to Corvallis for a series with Oregon State ... So far in 2007, ASU has nine losses that have come at the hands of teams who have been ranked at some point this season, including one to Vanderbilt, who is the top ranked team in the nation ... The Sun Devils also have 19 wins against teams that have been ranked at some point this year, including a 22-8 win over Arizona, who has been ranked as high as 7th ... Also, seven of the losses have been by one run, including an extra inning game with Vanderbilt ... ASU has faced or will face seven teams ranked in the Top 25 in the latest ISR rankings on, where the Sun Devils are currently ranked 3rd ... Arizona State has 13 teams on their 2007 schedule that are currently ranked or have been ranked at some point this season, continuing the Sun Devil tradition of playing one of the most difficult schedules in the nation ... They have faced five opponents that have been ranked in the Top 10 at some point this season.

• CALIFORNIA (25-24, 8-10): After a week off to rest, the Bears return to action as they host USC for a three-game series ... Senior third baseman Brett Munster has been named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine's District 8 All-Academic Baseball First Team. Munster has a 3.48 GPA in business administration and was first-team Pac-10 All-Academic last year as a junior. He is having the best season of his college career, batting .324 (46-for-142) with 10 doubles, a triple, a home run and 21 RBI. Munster is one of only two seniors on Cal's roster, along with infielder Stephen Carlson, and is currently hitting .452 (19-for-42) with runners in scoring position ... Sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross has been named one of 50 semifinalists for the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, presented to the nation's premier amateur baseball player. He has thrown at least 6.0 innings in each of his 13 starts this season and has thrown 7.0 innings or more 11 times. On the year, Ross (5-5) has a 2.00 ERA with 97 strikeouts in 94.1 innings ... Ross is on the watch list for the Wallace Award as the nation's top collegiate baseball player as well, and is projected to be the 2007 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year by Baseball America. For his career, Ross now has 182 strikeouts in 179.0 innings with a 2.56 ERA.

• OREGON STATE (36-13, 8-10): When Oregon State's Mike Lissman homered in back-to-back games against Washington State on May 12-13, he was the third Beaver to hit a home run in consecutive games this season. Jordan Lennerton had homered against Southern California on April 7 and April 10, and Mitch Canham had homered in 3 straight games against Nevada-Las Vegas from April 20-22 ... When Lennerton drove in 3-runs with a bases-loaded double against Washington State on May 12, it was the third time he'd driven in 3 runs with a bases-loaded double in the past month. Lennerton also managed it on April 24 at Portland and April 27 at Stanford ... When Washington State took 2 of 3 games from Oregon State from May 11-13, it was the first time in nearly 3 years that the Beavers had lost a series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. OSU's last series loss had been when the Beavers won 1 of 3 games against UCLA in the final series of the 2004 season; Oregon State had gone 23-0-1 in home series since then.

• STANFORD (22-27, 6-15): Stanford won its third straight game with a 14-4 non-conference victory over Santa Clara on a chilly Tuesday evening at Stephen Schott Stadium. The victory helped the Cardinal avoid being swept by the Broncos in the season series between the clubs after Santa Clara had won the first three meetings of 2007 ... David Stringer (1-2) earned his first victory of the campaign by pitching a career-high 7.0 innings without giving up an earned run in an outstanding relief outing. Stringer scattered seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts ... The Cardinal snapped a three-game losing skid to Santa Clara and avoided being swept in the 2007 season series by the Broncos, who had won the first three meetings between the clubs this season ... Stanford kept alive its hopes of a winning season in 2007 as the Cardinal now needs to win its final seven games for its 14th consecutive winning campaign and six of its last seven to avoid its first losing season since the 1993 club was 27-28 overall ... Stanford recorded double digit hits for the 13th time in the last 15 games and raised its team batting average to a new season-high .295 ... Stanford equaled a season-high with 14 runs scored as all nine Stanford starters and 11 different players scored at least once.

• UCLA (28-22, 12-6): The Bruins held the Conference top spot for the last three weeks before they were swept at No. 10 Arizona State last weekend ... The Sun Devils outscored UCLA, 32-28, in three Pac-10 games ... UCLA pitchers Tyson Brummett and Tim Murphy have posted Pac-10 pitching records of 4-0 and 5-0, respectively. Brummett has been named Pac-10 pitcher of the week three times. The Salem, Utah, resident transferred to UCLA prior to the 2006 season from Central Arizona CC. Brummett has totaled a 3.40 overall ERA and leads the staff with 95 strikeouts in 111.1 innings pitched ... Murphy has bolstered UCLA's pitching staff, posting a 1.59 ERA in his last five appearances (three starts, 17.0 innings). Last Saturday, Murphy struck out a career-high 14 hitters after recording nine strikeouts against California one week earlier. The Vista, Calif., native's 14 strikeouts is the most by any UCLA pitcher this season. As a starting pitcher, Murphy has recorded a 4-1 record and a 4.62 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.

• USC (23-22, 8-10): Sophomore left-hander Tommy Milone turned in his best collegiate start as a Trojan with seven scoreless innings and a career-high nine strikeouts Monday as USC earned the Pac-10 Conference series victory with a 4-2 win against the No. 14 Arizona Wildcats ... The Trojans are now tied for fifth place with Oregon State and California at 8-10 in the conference with USC traveling to Berkeley next weekend for a series with the Golden Bears ... In Monday's series-clinching game, freshman Hector Rabago earned his first collegiate save for the Trojans with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

• WASHINGTON (27-23, 9-9): Thirdbaseman Matt Hague saw his hitting streak snapped at 19 games Saturday at Stanford. The streak was the longest of the year by a Husky ... Only a junior, Hague has collected 205 career hits, good for a tie for ninth place on the Husky career top-10 list ... Senior firstbaseman Curt Rindal has 19 doubles this season and 47 in his career. Both of those numbers rank fifth on the UW all-time lists ... Junior LHP Nick Hagadone's 10 saves are tied for fourth-most in UW single-season history ... In 20 relief outings this year, Hagadone is 5-0 with 10 saves and a 1.16 earned run average ... In 46.2 innings as a reliever, he's struck out 54 and walked only 11 ... Sophomore shortstop Danny Cox has five triples this season, good for tie for third-most in UW single-season history.

• WASHINGTON STATE (25-22, 8-13): The Washington State University baseball team captured two of three games this past weekend at defending national champion Oregon State. After starting the conference season 1-8, the Cougars have now won three of their last four Pac-10 series (7-5 in that span) and are 8-13 in conference action. Included in the stretch are series wins over No. 12 Arizona at home and at No. 15 Oregon State ... FOX Sports Net will broadcast live from Bailey-Brayton Field the May 18 baseball game between the Cougars and the UCLA Bruins on FSN Northwest at 3:30 p.m. ... Friday's contest marks the second broadcast of a Cougar game in as many weeks after the network televised the series opener between Washington State and Stanford, May 5. Prior to that, 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 ... Tuesday's scheduled baseball game between Washington State University and Lewis-Clark State College has been canceled. The game, originally played May 8 at Bailey-Brayton Field, was canceled in the bottom of the fifth inning due to lightning ... Tuesday's game will not be rescheduled.


• ARIZONA's Preston Guilmet won his fourth complete game performance of the year in Arizona's 5-2 win over USC at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Friday. The right hander went nine innings for the fifth time this season to win his team-leading 10th win game of the year. The National Pitcher of the Year Candidate struck out nine batters to improve his Pac-10 leading total to 119 Ks in 111 innings pitched this season, and walked only one to became UA's third 10-game winner in the last four seasons, but the first to do so in the regular season.

• UCLA sophomore left-hander Tim Murphy recorded a career-best 14 strikeouts Saturday night at Arizona State, allowing just three runs and six hits through eight innings. Murphy exited the game with UCLA leading, 4-3, at Packard Stadium. The Vista, Calif., native totaled a 2.79 ERA in 9.2 innings of work last week, collecting 18 strikeouts while limiting the opposition to three earned runs and six hits. Murphy's 14 strikeouts is the most in a game by any Bruin pitcher this season. Through the last two weeks, he has tallied 32 strikeouts.

• WASHINGTON's Nick Hagadone appeared in three of the Huskies five games last week, all in relief, notching two saves in his three outings. Over a total of 5.0 innings, he allowed only two hits (both singles) and no runs, walking just one while striking out nine. Opponents managed only a .118 batting average against him.


• OREGON STATE's Mike Lissman homered for the second straight day but the 11th-ranked Beavers lost to Washington State 5-3. For the series, Lissman batted .417 (5-for-12) with 2 homers, 6 RBIs and 3 runs.

• STANFORD junior, Michael Taylor had a huge week to help Stanford win its first series of the Pac-10 season by going 8-for-14 (.571) with two doubles, a triple, five RBI and four runs scored. He also fielded all five of his defensive chances successfully. Taylor is very hot right now with multiple-hits in 10 of his last 11 games to raise his average 32 points over the period to its current season-high of .320.

• UCLA's Brandon Crawford posted a .550 average in four games last week, hitting 11-for-20 with one home run, eight RBI and two runs. The Pleasanton, Calif., resident had two or more hits in each of the Bruins' four games. Crawford's 3-for-4 performance with two RBI on Tuesday helped lead the Bruins past Pepperdine, 4-1. The sophomore shortstop hit 3-for-6 with one RBI on Friday, 2-for-5 on Saturday, and finished the weekend hitting 3-for-5 with five RBI on Sunday.

• In five games last week (3 wins, 2 losses), WASHINGTON's starting shortstop Danny Cox went 11-for-22 at the plate, good for a .500 average. He had a double, two triples, five runs and five RBI, plus he walked once and was hit by a pitch. Additionally, he played five full games of error-free defense at shortstop.

• In four games last week, WASHINGTON STATE junior Paul Gran his .412 (7-17) with three home runs, four RBIs and six runs scored as the Cougars took 2 of 3 at Oregon State and were 2-2 for the week. He had a slugging percentage of .941 and an on-base average of .474. In Friday's series opener at OSU, a 5-4 victory, Gran went 1-5 with a home run, RBI and two runs scored. In an 11-5 loss Saturday, Gran went 3-4 with a run scored. IN the series-clinching win Sunday, Gran went 2-for-4 with a home run. He capped his week by going 1-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. For the season Gran is hitting .328 with six home runs, 31 runs scored and 31 RBIs.

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