This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

May 29, 2007

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Four teams from the Pac-10 earned spots in the 64-team bracket for the 2007 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. ARIZONA STATE claimed the No. 5 seed overall after posting a regular season record of 43-13, 19-5 and winning the Pac-10 title for just the seventh time in school history. The Sun Devils will face fourth-seeded Monmouth in the first round of the NCAA Tempe Regional ... Arizona's 'Road to Omaha' will begin with a trip east to the Wichita Regional. The No. 2-seeded Wildcats, who finished in second place in the Pac-10 with a 15-9 league mark, will face No. 3 seed Oral Roberts in the opening round ... OREGON STATE was selected for an at-large berth in the NCAA Baseball Regionals, it was announced Monday morning. The Beavers will play Rutgers on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Charlottesville Regional ... UCLA, who earned a No. 2 seed at the NCAA Tournament's Long Beach Regional, will make their third NCAA Regional appearance in the last four years when they face No. 3 seed Pepperdine. The Bruins won both games against Pepperdine during the regular season ... The Pac-10 boasts two teams among the nation's leaders, here's where they rank this week (Baseball America): Arizona State (6) and Arizona (17).


Double elimination.
June 1, 2007 - Games 1 & 2
June 2, 2007 - Games 3 & 4
June 3, 2007 - Games 5 & 6
June 4, 2007 - Game 7 (if necessary)

Fri., June 1

Charlottesville Regional
Oregon State vs. Rutgers, 5 p.m.

Long Beach Regional
UCLA vs. Pepperdine, 3 p.m.

Tempe Regional
No. 5 ARIZONA STATE vs. Monmouth, 7 p.m.

Wichita Regional
ARIZONA vs. Oral Roberts, 11 a.m.

Sat., June 2

Charlottesville Regional
Oregon State vs.Virgina OR Lafayette, TBD

Long Beach Regional
UCLA vs. Long Beach State OR Illinois-Chicago, TBD

Tempe Regional
No. 5 ARIZONA STATE vs. Nebraska OR UC Riverside, TBD

Wichita Regional
ARIZONA vs. Wichita State OR New Orleans, TBD

Sun., June 3
Games TBD

Mon., June 4
Games TBD if necessary.


Tues., May 22
STANFORD 4, UC Davis 3

Wed., May 23
USC 8, UC Santa Barbara 1

Thurs., May 24
No. 13 ARIZONA at No. 7 ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m.

Fri., May 25
No. 13 ARIZONA 14, No. 7 ARIZONA STATE 5 *
STANFORD 10, USC 7 * (11 Innings)

Sat., May 26
WASHINGTON STATE 8, UC Davis 6 (12 Innings)

Sun., May 27

* Pacific-10 Conference game.


WASHINGTON junior third baseman Matt Hague has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and UCLA freshman left-handed pitcher Gavin Brooks has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 23-29, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Hague, of Kent, Wash., went 5-for-12 (.417) with a double, two home runs and six RBI In the Huskies' two wins and one loss vs. Cal over the weekend. His three-run homer in the first inning of Saturday's game (he was batting third in the inning) gave the Huskies a lead they never surrendered. Sunday, he wrapped up a 4-for-5 game (2 singles, 1 double, 1 HR) with a solo homer in the eighth that tied the game at 4-4. The Huskies scored a second run in the inning to win, 5-4. He also walked three times for a .533 on-base average and slugged an even 1.000.

Brooks, of Vista, Calif., pitched his first collegiate complete game Sunday, May 28, limiting Oregon State to two runs (one earned) and three hits in the Bruins' 5-2 victory. As UCLA looked for their elusive 30th win of the season, Brooks dominated the defending national champions, striking out seven and issuing just one walk to earn his fifth victory. Midway through the contest, Brooks retired 13 consecutive batters and did not give up a hit until there were two outs in the top of the fifth inning.

The Player of the Week honor is the second of Hague's career, while it is the 54th such honor for Washington. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Brooks and marks marks the 40th selection all-time for UCLA. The four Pitcher of the Week selections for the Bruins this season marks the most for UCLA since the 2000 season when they garnered five weekly honors.


• ARIZONA (40-15, 15-9): The Wildcats wrapped up the 2007 regular season with a 40-15 overall record and a 15-9 Pac-10 mark, good enough for second place in the conference standings ... The 2007 Wildcats became the first UA team since the 1989 club to win 40 games in a season (45-18-1 in '89) ... From March 11 to April 14, Arizona won 16-straight games to put them on the national radar ... The Wildcats have a relatively young roster, boasting 26 freshmen and sophomores ... UA regularly starts one senior, two juniors, four sophomores and two true freshmen in the field ... The Wildcats pitching staff has rebounded from having the worst ERA in the Pacific-10 Conference last season (5.41) to the second-best ERA this season (3.87) ... Staff ace Preston Guilmet is 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched ... True frosh closer Jason Stoffel (5-0, 3 saves, 2.11 ERA) has allowed just one earned run in his last 15 appearances.

• ARIZONA STATE (43-13, 19-5): Last week, Arizona State claimed their seventh Pac-10 Conference championship in front of a season high crowd of 4,088 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark thanks to an 8-5 win over in-state rival Arizona ... Mike Leake threw six gutsy innings on short rest and Matt Hall blasted a key two-run homer to give the Sun Devils their second Pac-10 title since 2000 and first outright crown since 1993 ... The 19 conference wins ties a conference record for most wins since the two Pac-10 divisions merged in 1999. The Sun Devils join Stanford (1999) and Oregon State (2005) as Pac-10 teams with 19 conference wins in a season ... The Sun Devils will play host to the 2007 Tempe Regional, beginning this Friday, June 1 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark in Tempe, Arizona. ASU will take on Monmouth on Friday night at 7 p.m. in Game Two of the regional ... This marks the 17th time that Arizona State has been selected to host, and the fifth time in the past seven years ... This is the second time in the last three seasons that Packard Stadium will host an NCAA regional. The Sun Devils last hosted in 2005, when they advanced all the way to the College World Series ... ASU is the No. 5 national seed and will host UC-Riverside (37-19), Nebraska (30-25) and Monmouth (36-22-1) ... The Sun Devils will be making the 31st NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and eighth straight postseason appearance.

• CALIFORNIA (29-26, 12-12): The Bears finished alone in fourth place in the league standings, having captured Friday's contest, 8-3, before losing 12-2 and 5-4 ... It was Cal's 12th one-run loss of the year ... This season, Cal captured three of its last five Pac-10 series ... The Bears won two-of-three games over No. 7-ranked and Pac-10 leading Arizona State in a conference series, and earlier in the year won two-of-three games over No. 10-ranked UC Irvine. Cal also won two of three games over Oral Roberts, a team that finished 19-1 in the Mid-Continent Conference ... Cal was the only Pac-10 team to win two-of-three games over the Sun Devils this season.

• OREGON STATE (38-17, 10-14): The Beavers will play Rutgers on Friday at 5 p.m. PDT in the first round of the NCAA Charlottesville Regional ... The Beavers are making their third straight postseason appearance, and they find themselves back in the NCAA Regionals after losing two starting pitchers, the closer and five standout position players from the team that won the 2006 College World Series ... Oregon State head coach Pat Casey recorded his 600th career win as a head coach when the Beavers beat UCLA 13-5 on May 26. In 13 seasons at OSU and 7 seasons at George Fox, Casey has a record of 600-383-5. It was the second milestone of the season for Casey; he recorded his 400th win at OSU earlier this season, when the Beavers beat Missouri 9-2 on Feb. 18 ... There was a bookend-style symmetery at play when both head coaches were ejected during Oregon State's 10-7 win over UCLA on May 25. OSU head coach Pat Casey was tossed in the top of the first inning, and UCLA head coach John Savage was tossed in the bottom of the ninth.

• STANFORD (28-28, 9-15): Stanford closed out 2007 with its sixth straight win in a 10-7 victory over USC on Sunday at Dedeaux Field. The team's ninth victory in its final 10 games of the campaign allowed the Cardinal to extend its string of non-losing seasons to 14 in a row ... Stanford also pulled itself out of the Pac-10 cellar with the victory, while the Trojans fell into the league's basement .... The Cardinal's offense once again keyed the victory as the team scored double digit runs for the third straight contest to finish with 40 runs scored and 58 hits in a three-game sweep of the Trojans ... Stanford won three straight series for the first time in 2007 and the first time since the Cardinal won three series in a row versus Arizona State and California, and at Washington from April 28 - May 14, 2006.

• UCLA (30-26, 14-10): Tim Stewart finished the weekend 4-for-7 with seven RBI in two games ... Stewart recorded his first stolen base as a Bruin in the bottom of the eighth inning ... UCLA finished 19-11 at Jackie Robinson Stadium after posting a 19-12 mark at home in 2006 ... The Bruins will make their third NCAA Regional appearance in the last four years when they face No. 3 seed Pepperdine (35-20) at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 1 at Long Beach State's Blair Field ... UCLA won both games against Pepperdine during the regular season. The Bruins defeated Pepperdine, 6-2, at home on April 17 and won, 4-1, in Malibu, Calif., on May 8 ... The Bruins will make their 14th appearance in an NCAA Regional, marking the program's first back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths since the 1999 and 2000 seasons ... Last season, UCLA finished 1-2 as the No. 2 seed at the NCAA Tournament's Malibu Regional at Pepperdine.

• USC (27-29, 8-16): During the first game of the series against Stanford, junior Matt Cusick extended his season-high hitting streak to 13 games. By the end of the series, Cusick extended his streak to 15 games ... Junior Roberto Lopez tied a career-high with three RBI in the game (May 10, 2005) ... Freshman shortstop Grant Green went 1-for-5 in the game and has now hit safely in 25 of his last 27 games ... Green in the field has made only two errors in his last 22 games ... Freshman Robert Stock equaled his longest stint of the season after throwing 5 1/3 innings against Washington State on April 29 ... The Trojans finished the season with a 27-29 mark, 8-16 in conference play ... This season, USC posted wins against No. 17 San Diego, No. 21 Tulane, No. 17 Arizona State and No. 9 Oregon State and spent three weeks in Baseball America's top-25, ranking as high as No. 17 on the charts (March 19).

• WASHINGTON (29-27, 11-13): In their final game of the season, junior Matt Hague went 4-for-5 with a game-tying home run as the Huskies rallied for a 5-4 win over California Sunday at Husky Ballpark ... Down 4-3, the Huskies rallied in the eighth when Hague went the opposite way for a solo home run to right, his 13th of the season and his fourth hit of the day. Ty Rasmussen and Curt Rindal followed with singles before freshman pinch hitter Joey Lind poked a single through the left side to plate pinch runner Matt Stevens with the go-ahead run ... Hague finished a triple short of hitting for the cycle, but had a possible tripled robbed on a great diving catch by Bears center fielder Brett Jackson on the warning track in the sixth ... Husky reliever Nick Hagadone (6-1) earned the win for the Huskies, pitching the final four an two-thirds. He allowed two hits, no walks and struck out three ... For the season, Washington finished alone in fifth at 29-27 overall and 11-13 in the Pac-10.

• WASHINGTON STATE (28-26, 10-14): While the season ended on a down note for WSU after dropping the series 1-2 to UC Davis, there were many highlights. Senior Jeff Miller ended his career in eighth place on the all-times games played list with 208 while fellow senior Wayne Daman Jr. ended his four years in Pullman ninth on the career strikeouts list with 197 ... Junior Jim Murphy moved to the top of the career putouts list with 1,398 while sophomore Ross Humes also sits atop the single-season saves list with 12 ... Junior Steve Kost moved into a tie for sixth on the games pitched list with 65 ... As a team the Cougars recorded back-to-back winnings seasons for the first time since the 1993-94 seasons while the 64 combined wins in consecutive seasons is the most since WSU won 69, also in 1993-94 ... The Cougars pitching staff set a single-season record with 18 saves, one better than last season's total ... In conference play the Cougars finished with a 10-14 record, ending in a two-way tie with defending national champion Oregon State for sixth place.


• OREGON STATE's second baseman Joey Wong batted .462 (6-for-13) with 2 RBIS and 4 runs as the Beavers took 2 of 3 games at UCLA. Wong also walked twice for an on-base percentage of .533 for the week.


• ARIZONA STATE's Josh Satow went seven innings, allowing only two runs and fanning seven while helping ASU clinch the series against Arizona. Satow finished the regular season 11-3.

• In WASHINGTON's 8-3 win over Cal on Saturday, Elliott Cribby had the longest outing of his career, throwing eight innings. He allowed eight hits and two runs, walking only one and striking out five for the win. All five strikeouts were on called third strikes.

• Freshman Connor Lambert had arguably his best performance of the season in WASHINGTON STATE's 8-6, 12-inning win at UC Davis last Saturday. Lambert enetered the game in the secodn with two outs and one on with UC Davis leading 6-1. Lambert then retired the next 21 batters in a row, allowing the Cougars to tie the game in the fifth and eventually win it in 12 innings. The freshman right hander got out of the second with a strikeout then did not allow a baserunner until two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. For the afternoon e worked 7.1 innings, allowing one hit, a single, with six strikeouts and no walks as he faced 24 batters. The Aggies hit just .043 against him.

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