This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

March 18, 2008

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PAC-10 BASEBALL BEGINS CONFERENCE PLAY

Pac-10 baseball has dominated opponents while notching an impressive 74.7 winning percentage against other conferences so far this year. The real test will be how these teams perform going up against their own. This week, four of the nine Pac-10 teams begin their Conference season as No. 2 ARIZONA takes on USC and No. 12 CALIFORNIA goes up against WASHINGTON STATE to kick off Pac-10 play on Thursday, March 18. Fans have been able to get a glimpse of what to expect this Conference season by the non-conference match-ups that have occurred. At the DeMarini Invitational on Feb. 24, then ninth-ranked ARIZONA STATE shutout the defending national champs OREGON STATE, 11-0. STANFORD and California also met in a non-conference rivalry game with the Golden Bears walking away with the win, 8-3. A factor to take into consideration is that six of the nine teams are currently ranked in Baseball America's Top 25 poll for the week. Here is where they are ranked: Arizona (1), Arizona State (2), UCLA (11), California (12), Stanford (18), and Oregon State (22).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., March 18
No. 2 ARIZONA at No. 1 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
No. 12 CALIFORNIA vs. Sacramento State, 2 p.m.

Thu., March 20
No. 2 ARIZONA at USC*, 7 p.m.
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE vs. Northern Colorado (8), 6:30 p.m.
No. 12 CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE*, 5:30 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. Pepperdine, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Utah Valley State, 5 p.m.

Fri., March 21
No. 2 ARIZONA at USC*, 7 p.m.
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE vs. Northern Colorado (8), 7 p.m.
No. 12 CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE*, 5:30 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. Pepperdine, 5 p.m.
No. 17 STANFORD at Pacific, 7 p.m.
No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 7 Long Beach State, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Utah Valley State, 5 p.m.

Sat., March 22
No. 2 ARIZONA at USC*, 12 p.m.
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE vs. FIU (8), 4 p.m.
No. 12 CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE*, 11 a.m.
OREGON STATE vs. Pepperdine, 1 p.m.
No. 17 STANFORD at Pacific, 6 p.m.
No. 11 UCLA at No. 7 Long Beach State (DH), 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Utah Valley State, 11 a.m.

Sun., March 23
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 9 UC Irvine (8), 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Portland, 2:30 p.m.

Mon., March 24
OREGON STATE at BYU, 1 p.m.
No. 17 STANFORD at Pacific, 6 p.m.
USC at Loyola Marymount, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. University of Hawaii-Hilo, 5 p.m.

Tournaments and neutral sites:
(8) - Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament

* - Pacific-10 Conference game

All times are local to site and subject to change.

Pac-10 Notes

• ARIZONA (12-2, 0-0): Last week, ARIZONA took two of three from Cal State Fullerton, winning the three-game series opener 8-3 and Saturday's game 6-2. Sunday's 10-7 loss snapped UA's 12-game winning streak and was the Wildcats first defeat since opening day. The series victory was UA's fifth in five tries this season. On Friday Arizona broke a 40-year old record for consecutive shutout innings. The Wildcats, who blanked all three opponents at the Whataburger Classic March 7-9 in Corpus Christi, Texas, continued the streak as Preston Guilmet went for 7 2/3 shutout frames against the Titans to extend the scoreless streak to 34 2/3 straight innings, breaking the 1968 club's previous record of 33. The Wildcats batted .314 as a team and hit six doubles, three triples and two home runs in the series. UA saw its streak of 12 straight games with at least one home run come to an end on Saturday.

• ARIZONA STATE (17-0, 0-0): Top-ranked ARIZONA STATE enters Tuesday's game against No. 2 Arizona in a non-conference matchup with a 17-0 record. The Sun Devils are batting .326 and averaging 10.6 runs, 10.8 hits, 2.2 doubles, 1.8 home runs and 9.6 RBI per game. Thus far, ASU has outscored its opposition 181 to 55. As a team they have a 2.29 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 153 innings of work. Against Arkansas last week, Ike Davis homered twice and pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless ball on Tuesday, while Raoul Torrez made up for an error with an RBI single that turned out to be the difference in the 6-5 win. Wednesday saw Josh Satow strike out seven in 7.2 innings in a 7-4 win. Brett Wallace hit a three-run homer to pace the offense, and Tommy Rafferty pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the save. Troy came to town for a three-game set beginning on Friday, jumping out to a 6-0 lead before the ASU offense stormed back. Jason Kipnis homered off the Green Monster to even things at six, then Kiel Roling put ASU up to stay with an RBI single on the way to a 15-9 win. On Saturday, Davis homered twice for the third time in seven days, leading ASU to a 9-1 win. On Sunday, Mike Leake fanned seven in an 8-1 win while Wallace homered in the victory.

• CALIFORNIA (13-2-1, 0-0): 12th-ranked CALIFORNIA closed out last week 4-1, including a double-header against Loyola Marymount. Senior Josh Satin finished last week 9-for-21 (.429) with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI. He has gotten a hit in every game this season and, in addition, to ending last season on a five-game hitting streak, he now is on a 21-game hitting streak. In Cal's 21-9 win in game one on Saturday, Satin was part of the Golden Bears' hitting as Jeff Kobernus, David Cooper and Satin hit back-to-back-to-back homeruns. Freshman Kevin Miller won two games last week starting against San Francisco and pitching a career-high 6.0 innings with three hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Miller currently has 14 strikeouts and only three walks in 19.0 innings.

• OREGON STATE (7-6, 0-0): Drew George from OREGON STATE collected eight hits, four of which were for an extra base, as the Beavers went 2-1 for the week. He started off going 4-for-5 with two home runs against San Diego State. His second hit was a grand slam that helped push Oregon State ahead of the Aztecs. He finished up his week with a 4-for-6 effort against Nevada, one that produced a double and four RBI. He ended the week with 10 RBI, which amounted to a fourth of the team in the three games. On the year, he leads Oregon State with a .429 batting average in 10 starts, had four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI. George's slugging percentage is .714 while his on-base average is .487.

• STANFORD (8-4, 0-0): The STANFORD Cardinal took a week off from play and will resume this Friday against Pacific at 7 p.m. Last week, Stanford made its 2008 debut in Baseball America's Top 25 college baseball rankings at No. 18 on Monday after taking two-of-three games at No. 16 Texas on March 7-9. After dropping the series-opener to the Longhorns in Austin by a score of 5-2, the Cardinal rebounded by winning the final two games of the series, 6-5 and 12-9. The series victory extended Stanford's win streak in regular season three-game series to six dating back to last season. The current series win streak is the longest of its kind for Stanford since the Cardinal won an amazing 15 consecutive regular season three-game sets from May 3, 2003 - May 4, 2004.

• UCLA (10-5, 0-0): Right-handed UCLA pitcher Charles Brewer posted a 2.27 ERA in two relief appearances last week, recording 14 strikeouts in 13 innings. Brewer shut down Cal Poly in Friday's 10-6 victory, entering the ballgame in the bottom of the first inning with nobody out and the Bruins trailing 4-0. Brewer allowed one run and four hits in 9.0 innings of relief while striking out nine hitters to record his second victory of the season. Brewer also earned the save in an 11-3 win over Pepperdine on Tuesday, collecting five strikeouts in four innings of relief. Brewer raised his season totals to 24 strikeouts in 29.2 innings. Alden Carrithers hit .545 in four games last week going 12-for-22 with two doubles, one triple, one home run, and a team-high seven RBI and five runs. Carrithers has posted a seven-game hit streak, hitting a .559 clip (19-for-34) with 10 runs, seven RBI and five stolen bases in that seven base stretch. Last week, Carrithers hit 2-for-5 in an 11-3 victory against Pepperdine, belting his first homer of the year and his second triple of the season. He leads the Bruins with a .444 batting average and has hit safely in 12 of 15 games this season.

USC (9-8, 0-0): The USC baseball team begins Pac-10 Conference play this weekend by hosting No. 2 Arizona at Dedeaux Field, March 20-22. Junior left-hander Tommy Milone is 2-1 this season with a 2.13 ERA (25 1/3 IP, 23 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 25 SO, .235 OBA). He took his first loss of the season on March 14 at No. 9 Long Beach State despite allowing just two runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. Senior outfielder/third baseman Roberto Lopez has played three seasons with the Trojans and is making the most of his final season. He is batting a team-leading .424 (28-for-66) this season with six doubles, one home run, 13 RBI and four stolen bases. He had a career-high 13-game hitting streak earlier this season and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games. Lopez is hitting .469 in his last 12 games.

WASHINGTON (9-6, 0-0): WASHINGTON's Troy Scott started all four games against Holy Cross at first base, going 5-for-8 with six walks for the weekend. In one stretch, reached base nine consecutive plate appearances over three games. Of his five hits last week, three were doubles and one was a home run. He scored six runs in four games, including four in the Huskies' 14-0 win. In the 4-1 win, his three-run homer in the seventh broke a 1-1 tie. Huskies' pitcher Cam Nobles threw the first six innings of Washington's 8-0 win in Sunday's second game against Holy Cross. He allowed only two hits and two walks.

WASHINGTON STATE (13-5, 0-0): The WASHINGTON STATE baseball team is ranked 25th-nationally in the current Collegiate Baseball poll, released Monday. The Cougars won three of four games at then-No. 25 Oklahoma over the weekend, and open Pacific-10 Conference play hosting No. 12 California, Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The national ranking is the highest for Washington State since 1994 when the Cougars were also ranked 25th by Collegiate Baseball. Left-hander Ross Humes, who was named Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week for March 11-17, logged seven shutout innings during the week. On Wednesday, March 12, he made his first start since 2006 and blanked No. 15 Wichita State for five innings, but received no decision in a 6-4 Cougar loss. At No. 25 Oklahoma on Saturday, Humes notched a save in both ends of a doubleheader as the Cougars won 5-3 and 8-5. He is the first WSU pitcher to pick up two saves in a day since Reed Rainey accomplished the feat against Central Washington on March 3, 1985. This season, Humes is 1-0 with four saves and has logged 14-shutout innings. He has struck out 13 and given up two walks and seven hits.

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