This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

March 25, 2008

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PAC-10 BASEBALL FINISHES FIRST WEEK OF CONFERENCE PLAY

Four of the nine Pac-10 teams opened Conference play this past week and both CALIFORNIA and USC took its series opener against WASHINGTON STATE and ARIZONA, respectively. ARIZONA STATE saw its 19-game winning streak come to an end as the Sun Devils fell 3-6 versus Northern Colorado. It was the longest winning streak to begin the season since 1961. OREGON STATE took two of the three game series against Pepperdine who was ranked 29th in the NCBWA poll. WASHINGTON is trying to maintain its eight-game winning streak alive as it takes on Hawaii-Hilo at home starting on March 24. The remaining five teams who have yet to begin Pac-10 play will open the conference season this upcoming weekend beginning with the 5 p.m. match up between Washington and Oregon State. This week, five of nine teams are listed in Baseball America's Top 25 poll. Here is where they are ranked: Arizona State (1), Arizona (6), California (11), Stanford (17), UCLA (23).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue.,  March 25No. 6 ARIZONA at Oklahoma State, 6:30 p.m.No. 11 CALIFORNIA at Santa Clara, 6 p.m.OREGON STATE at BYU, 1 p.m.No. 17 STANFORD at Sacramento State, 2 p.m.No. 23 UCLA at San Diego State, 6 p.m.USC vs. Loyola Marymount, 7 p.m.WASHINGTON vs. University of Hawaii-Hilo, 5 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE vs. Gonzaga, 5:30 p.m.

Wed., March 26No. 6 ARIZONA at Oklahoma State, 6:30 p.m.WASHINGTON vs. University of Hawaii-Hilo, 1 p.m.

Fri., March 28No. 23 UCLA at No. 6 ARIZONA*, 7 p.m.USC at No. 1 ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m.No. 11 CALIFORNIA vs. No. 5 Long Beach State, 2:30 p.m.WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE*, 5 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE at No. 17 STANFORD*, 6 p.m.

Sat., March 29No. 23 UCLA at No. 6 ARIZONA*, 6 p.m.USC at No. 1 ARIZONA STATE*, 6 p.m.No. 11 CALIFORNIA vs. No. 5 Long Beach State, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE*, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE at No. 17 STANFORD*, 1 p.m.

Sun., March 30No. 23 UCLA at No. 6 ARIZONA*, 12 p.m.USC at No. 1 ARIZONA STATE*, 1 p.m.No. 11 CALIFORNIA vs. No. 5 Long Beach State, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE*, 2 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE at No. 17 STANFORD*, 1 p.m.

Mon., March 31OREGON STATE vs. Portland, 5 p.m.No. 17 STANFORD vs. Long Beach State, 4 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE at Santa Clara, 1 p.m.

* - Pacific-10 Conference game

All times are local to site and subject to change.

Pac-10 Notes

• ARIZONA (13-5, 0-0): The ARIZONA-USC Thursday game that was to mark the opening of the Conference season had to be postponed due to one of the light standards at Dedeaux Field failing to come on for the 7 p.m. game causing the delay. The game was moved to Friday where the Wildcats and Trojans split the doubleheader. In the first game, Arizona hit five home runs, including a school record-tying three by Dillon Baird as the Wildcats opened their Pac-10 season with a 10-2 win. In the second game, the Arizona baseball team rapped out just four hits, committed a season-high four errors and walked five batters to fall to USC, 5-0. On Saturday, Arizona lost its first weekend series of the season, falling 5-0 in the rubber game at USC on Saturday. The loss was UA's second straight and fourth in it last five games. Next the Wildcats will travel to Stillwater, Okla., for a midweek two-game set against Oklahoma State on Tuesday and Wednesday.

• ARIZONA STATE (22-1, 0-0): ARIZONA STATE experienced its first lost of the season as the Wildcats fell to Northern Colorado, 4-7, ending the longest winning streak to begin a season since 1961 while participating in the Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament. But on Saturday the Sun Devils came back to defeat Florida International in a double header winning both games ,10-5 and 8-4, on Saturday. Josh Satow pitched six strong innings, picking up the win in game two to move to 3-0 on the year. Satow allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six. Ike Davis came on in the ninth with two on and two out and shut the door to pick up his third save of the season. Brett Wallace, Petey Paramore and Kiel Roling all turned in two-hit games to lead the Sun Devil offense. Arizona State defeated No. 5 UC Irvine 11-3 Sunday in the finale of the Bob Schaefer Memorial Invitational. ASU returns to action Friday, opening the Pac-10 season against USC with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.

• CALIFORNIA (14-4-1, 0-0): CALIFORNIA second baseman Josh Satin continues to excel as he set a Cal school record with his 24th consecutive game with a hit Saturday at Washington State. The veteran infielder set the Cal record when he knocked a home run over the left field fence in the second inning against the Cougars, topping Brian Horwitz's hitting streak record of 23-games set in 2001. Satin has gotten a hit in all 19 games he's played in this season, plus five games to end the 2007 season. Versus Washington State, Satin was 5-for-11 (.455) with a home run and four RBI. On the year, he leads Cal with a .433 average (35-for-79) and has three doubles, eight home runs, 24 RBI, a .785 slugging percentage and a .522 on-base percentage. The Golden Bears' pitching game is also impressive as Tyson Ross picked up his third win of the season by throwing a season-high 7.0 innings with only two hits, one run, three walks and five strikeouts in Cal's 9-1 win at Washington State. One the year, Ross is 3-0 with a 2.65 ERA and has 15 strikeouts in 17.0 innings. Opponents are batting .102 against him. Ross has accumulated 220 career strikeouts, tying Rich Nye (1964-66) for seventh on the Cal all-time career strikeout list.

• OREGON STATE (9-7, 0-0): OREGON STATE took the Pepperdine series this past weekend winning 2-1. In the first game, Ryan Ortiz hit a grand slam and two doubles and drove in seven as the Oregon State baseball team defeated No. 16 Pepperdine, 10-3, on Friday. Ortiz was 3-for-4, hitting doubles in the fifth and seventh innings before ending his day with a grand slam to left that put the game out of hand. In game two, Greg Peavey pitched 5 1/3 innings in relief to get his first collegiate win and the Oregon State baseball team won in comeback fashion, 9-7. Despite a late comeback, the Oregon State baseball dropped the series finale to Pepperdine , 8-5, Saturday afternoon. Freshman James Nygren got his first start of his collegiate career and pitched five solid innings. He gave up only one earned run on four hits and struck out four, and did not figure in the decision.

• STANFORD (9-5, 0-0): STANFORD split a pair of games this past weekend against Pacific. Right-hand pitcher Erik Davis struck out a career-high 10 and became the first Stanford pitcher since February 24, 2006, to record double digit strikeouts over a career-high tying 7.0 innings in a 7-3 win over Pacific on Saturday, March 22. Davis retired nine in a row and 12 of 13 at one point and set down the side in order four times.

• UCLA (10-8, 0-0): UCLA hits the road this week, beginning with a Tuesday trip to San Diego State before opening Pac-10 play at No. 6 Arizona this weekend, starting Friday night at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. Last spring, UCLA won the first two of three games against Arizona at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Wildcats began the 2008 season ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll. Alden Carrithers leads UCLA's hitters with a .427 batting average and has hit safely in 15 of the team's 18 games. The Bruins' starting second baseman in all 18 contests has hit at a .500 clip (23-for-46) with 11 runs and nine RBI in UCLA's last 10 games. In three games last weekend, Carrithers finished 4-for-12 (.333) with two stolen bases in two attempts and two RBI. Junior left-hander Tim Murphy leads the Bruins' staff with 41 strikeouts, averaging 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. Murphy logged nine strikeouts in five innings in his last start, as the Bruins fell to Long Beach State, 13-3 (Friday, March 21). That evening, Murphy struck out the first four batters he faced.

• USC (11-9, 2-1): The USC baseball team opened Pac-10 play this weekend as it hosted the previously ranked No. 2 Arizona at Dedeaux Field. In the first game, Dillon Baird's three homers tied a USC opponent record for home runs in a game, last accomplished by Washington's Tyler Davidson on May 11, 2002, as the Wildcats defeated the Trojans, 10-2. Junior pitcher Daniel Cooper made his first appearance for the Trojans this season, striking out Jon Gaston in the eighth. In the second game of the double header, junior left-hander Tommy Milone allowed just two hits in seven innings while striking out eight as the Trojans shut out the Wildcats, 5-0. USC snapped a five-game losing streak with tonight's win. Tonight was the first shutout against Arizona since the Wildcats were beat, 3-0, by Wichita State in the 2007 NCAA Regional, ending UA's season. Arizona Wildcats went scoreless for the second straight game with the 5-0 win at Dedeaux Field as USC defeated them to win the Pac-10 Conference series.

• WASHINGTON (13-6, 0-0): WASHINGTON second baseman Doug Cherry had missed the first month of the season after breaking a bone in his hand. In his first game on Friday vs. Utah Valley, he went 2-for-3 with a triple and a double. In his first at bat of the season, he drove an RBI triple into right field. Right-hand pitcher Jorden Merry, who started, combined with two other pitchers on a four-hit, 5-0 shutout over Utah Valley on Saturday. In his seven innings, he allowed four hits, all singles, and struck out a career-high nine batters.

• WASHINGTON STATE (14-7, 1-2): The WASHINGTON STATE baseball team concludes a four-game homestand when it takes on Gonzaga, Tuesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. The Cougars are ranked 28th in this week's Collegiate Baseball poll. In addition, WSU is receiving votes for the fourth-consecutive week in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and for the second-straight week in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. Freshman shortstop Shea Vucinich leads the Cougars with a .392 batting average. Senior third baseball Paul Gran has collected a team-leading 27 RBI in 19 games played.

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