This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

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Feb. 26, 2008

PAC-10 BASEBALL OFF TO A SWINGING START
Despite the unbaseball-like weather conditions, Pac-10 baseball is underway with all Conference teams notching at least one win in their season-opening weekend. Due to a new NCAA rule, all Division I conference schools began play on a uniform start date, Feb. 22. Starting off the season, only ARIZONA STATE and USC remain undefeated at 3-0. Two time defending national champs, OREGON STATE, started off the season with a loss against a tough competitor, No. 3 Vanderbilt. The Beavers look to turn things around as they travel to Portland to take part in the Pape Grand Tournament in Portland, Ore. ARIZONA jumped to the top spot in the Baseball America Top-25 poll despite losing their season opener against Georgia. But their comeback wins against the tough Bulldogs was enough to leapfrog over the previous No. 1 spot occupant, UCLA. The Bruins had the worst luck with the weather as their Friday game was postponed until Saturday and their Sunday game was canceled. They will resume play on Tues., Feb. 26 against Cal State Northridge. Four Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's poll and three are making their mark in the Top-10. Here's where they are ranked (Baseball America): Arizona (1), UCLA (3), Arizona State (6), Oregon State (12).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., Feb. 26
STANFORD vs. Nevada, 3 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA vs. Cal State Northridge, 6 p.m.
USC at San Diego State, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at UNLV, 6:30 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 27
No. 3 UCLA vs. UC Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.
USC at UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Lewis-Clark State, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at UNLV, 6:30 p.m.

Thu., Feb. 28
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE vs. Michigan (2), 6:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. Fresno State (3), 1 p.m..

Fri., Feb. 29
No. 1 ARIZONA vs. Sacramento State, 4 p.m.
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE at Hawaii (2), 5 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. Missouri (3), 1 p.m.
No. 12 OREGON STATE vs. Georgia (4), 6 p.m.
STANFORD vs. Cal State Fullerton, 5 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA vs. Southern, 6 p.m.
USC vs. Bethune-Cookman, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Pacific, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Wright State, 3:30 p.m.

Sat., March 1
No. 1 ARIZONA vs. Sacramento State, 1 p.m.
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE at Michigan (2), 4 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. San Diego State (3), 6 p.m.
No. 12 OREGON STATE vs. Georgia (4), 1 p.m.
STANFORD vs. Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA vs. USC, 5 p.m. (5)
WASHINGTON at Pacific, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Wright State, 2 p.m.

Sun., March 2
No. 1 ARIZONA vs. Sacramento State, 12 p.m.
No. 6 ARIZONA STATE vs. Portland (2), 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. University of San Diego (3), 1 p.m.
No. 12 OREGON STATE vs. Georgia (4), 12 p.m.
STANFORD vs. Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA vs. Bethune-Cookman, 1 p.m.
USC vs. Southern, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Pacific, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Wright State, 12 p.m.

Tournaments and neutral sites:
(2) - Surprise Coca-Cola Classic, Surprise, Ariz.
(3) - University of San Diego Tournament, San Diego, Calif.
(4) - Papé Grand Tournament, Portland, Ore.
(5) - MLB Urban Youth Academy, Compton, Calif.
All times are local to site.

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA (2-1, 0-0): Despite ARIZONA dropping its season-opener at the hands of Georgia, 7-9, the loss did not set the precedent for the rest of the three-game series... The Wildcats came back to win the next two games after defensive struggles cost them the first... In game two of the series, C.J Ziegler, Dillon Baird, and T.J. Steele all hit home runs while the pitching trio of David Coulon, Eric Berger and Jason Stoffel limited Georgia to just one run on eight hits giving the Wildcats the 7-1 victory... With the series split, the third and last game proved to be a challenge as Arizona rallied from a 4-0 deficit to take the 9-4 lead in the seventh and eighth then withstood an intense ninth inning to take home the series victory, 9-8... The win helped propel the Arizona baseball team to the top spot in the Baseball America poll for Feb. 25, marking the first time the Wildcats have been the No. 1 team in the publication's poll since 1989.

• ARIZONA STATE (3-0, 0-0): Although facing one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2008, No. 9 ARIZONA STATE made its sweep of the DeMarini Invitational look like a piece of cake... To open up their season and the invitational, the Sun Devils were victorious over Miami (Ohio), 7-0. .. Senior LHP Josh Satow went 5.2 innings, allowing only two hits and striking out three to pick up the win... In their next highly anticipated match up against No. 3 Vanderbilt, the Sun Devils pounded out 16 hits, including two home runs by Brett Wallace, to beat the Commodores 18-6... Wallace recorded his first career grand slam in the fourth and his seven RBI tied his career high... Arizona State shut-out seventh-ranked fellow Conference member Oregon State, 11-0, in its last game of the invitational... The Devils finished the weekend allowing only six runs in three games, while scoring 36. Wallace's 5-15 (.417) with three homers and nine RBI garnered him the Most Outstanding Player honor at the DeMarini Invitational and Pac-10 Player of the Week.

• CALIFORNIA (2-0-1, 0-0): CALIFORNIA opened up its season on a good note as RHP Tyson Ross and RHP Daniel Wolford combined to allow Kansas State only one run as the Golden Bears went on to win their season-opener, 5-1... Ross threw 5.0 innings with only one hit, one run, one walk, and seven strikeouts... Wolford, a transfer from Long Beach State, earned his first save pitching the final 4.0 innings with no hits, three walks and five strikeouts... Junior David Cooper shined, unlike the weather during the Utah Valley doubleheader, notching a combined 3-for-6 with three home runs (including a grand slam) with nine RBI... The Golden Bears took game one, 12-1, and game two was called due to darkness after nine innings leaving California and Utah Valley tied, 8-8... The weather did not permit the match-up against Kansas State on Sunday and therefore was canceled... The Golden Bears will travel to sunny San Diego to compete in the University of San Diego Tournament on Thurs., Feb. 28.

• OREGON STATE (1-2, 0-0): In a tough match-up to open their season at the DeMarini Invitational, the two-time defending national champs, OREGON STATE, were not able to overcome third-ranked Vanderbilt ultimately losing, 8-1... RHP Mike Stutes was the starting pitcher for the Beavers who went four innings while striking out three... Tanner Robles relieved Stutes and played 4.2 innings with five strike outs, but that was not enough as both pitchers allowed four runs each... The Beavers' only run came from Erik Ammon in the bottom of the sixth, but by that time the Commodores had a hearty lead with five runs... In their second game of the invitational, Oregon State excelled offensively as they took on Miami (Ohio) to record their first win of the 2008 season, 8-3... Jason Ogata set a career-high with four hits as he tripled in the first and singled in the third, fifth, and seventh innings... In all, nine different players had at least one hit for the Beavers... In the DeMarini Invitational finale, the Beavers took on Arizona State, but were not able to catch up to their 7-0 lead in the first inning losing to the Sun Devils, 11-0... OSU will travel to Portland to play Georgia in the Pape Grand Slam beginning Fri., Feb. 29.

• STANFORD (2-1, 0-0): STANFORD and Nebraska split the doubleheader to open the 2008 season... In the first game, Cord Phelps led off the bottom of the Stanford first with the first two home run of his career and drove in a career-high four runs to lead the Cardinal offense to defeat Nebraska, 17-0... Jeremy Bleich earned the victory after pitching 6.0 innings with only one hit while preserving the comfortable lead of 17-0... Game two proved to be the polar opposite of the first as Nebraska allowed only a first inning unearned run and three hits with seven strikeouts and only one walk... After the Saturday meeting between Stanford and Nebraska was put on hold due to weather conditions, play resumed on Sunday and the Cardinal scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to achieve a 4-2 victory over the Huskers... The Cardinal were surprised by St. Mary's on Monday in an added game to replace a game missed by both schools due to the weather... The Gaels limited Stanford to six hits as they escaped with the 4-2 victory... Stanford returns to action on Wed. Feb. 27 against Nevada.

• UCLA (1-1, 0-0): Plagued by bad weather conditions, UCLA was only able to complete two of its three scheduled games... In game one of a doubleheader against Oklahoma, LHP Gavin Brooks allowed only one run and one hit in 5.0 IP in his first start of the season... RF Gabe Cohen broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-run walkoff home run to lead UCLA to a 7-5 victory... In game two, the Bruins tied the contest in the bottom of the fifth after Oklahoma had led 2-0... In the 12th inning, Oklahoma broke the tie with a sacrifice fly... Brendan Lafferty had 4.0 scoreless IP and three hits while Tim Murphy allowed one earned run and five hits through 6.0 IP... The 12 innings in game two marked the first time the Bruins had played an extra inning game since April 29, 2006.

• USC (3-0, 0-0): USC opened the season with a 3-0 sweep of Florida International this past weekend... Senior DH Mike Roskopf capped a six-run third inning with a grand slam leading the Trojans to a 16-9 victory in the first of three games against the Golden Panthers... Roskopf finished with a 3-for-5 performance, and five RBI as the Trojans matched their highest total for a season opener since 1998 when USC defeated Long Beach State, 16-4... Sophomore Hector Rabago went for 3-of-4 with two home runs and a triple in game two of the series to defeat Florida International, 9-3... Junior RHP Ryan Cook threw six innings, allowing only three runs on eight hits in his first start of the season... Anthony Vasquez, Kevin Couture, and Robert Stock combined closed out the game with three scoreless innings... In the final game of the series, junior CF Nick Buss hit a three homer as part of a six-run eighth inning to help the Trojans rally from a four-run deficit to complete the game with a 12-7 win... The sweep of FI marked USC's first three-game sweep since last season's sweep of Georgia.

• WASHINGTON (2-2, 0-0): The WASHINGTON Huskies dropped their season opener against UC Riverside, 2-3... The Huskies trailed 2-0 before a two-run homer from Joey Dunn tied it in the fifth, however, a score on a long double in the ninth by UC Riverside proved to be enough to escape with the win... In the first game of a doubleheader, the Huskies lost, 6-3, but came back in game two with six hits each from Bradley Boyer and Aaron Russell to record its first win of the season beating UC Riverside, 19-4... Boyer and Russell accounted for 12 of the Huskies' 23 hits... Boyer was 6-for-7 with two doubles, a run and seven RBI while Russell was 6-for-6 with five runs, a double, and one RBI... On Monday's last match up with Riverside, Jordan Merry threw six shutout innings and Washington got home runs from Ty Rasamussen, Kyle Conley and Boyer as the Huskies beat UC Riverside, 5-2.

• WASHINGTON STATE (2-1, 0-0): WASHINGTON STATE opened their 2008 campaign with an 8-4 loss to Creighton, but responded with an 8-3 win on Saturday and a 5-4 win on Sunday... In the loss, Paul Gran provided the Cougars' offense with a 3-for-3 and three RBI but Creighton having scored four times off WSU's starting pitcher proved to be costly and the Cougars could not attain the lead... In Saturday's game, Shea Vucinich delivered a run-scoring single broke a 3-3 tie and highlighted a five-run eighth inning as the Cougars defeated Creighton... Sunday's game against Creighton proved to be the most difficult as the Cougars were down 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, but Michael Weber collected two hits, including a two-run home run and a key sacrifice bunt in the win... The Cougars travel to UNLV for a two-game series Tues. Feb. 26 and Wed. Feb. 27.

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