This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

April 22, 2008

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STANFORD TAKES OVER CONFERENCE TOP SPOT

After weeks of holding the Conference top spot, ARIZONA STATE fell to second in the Pac-10 after dropping two games to the two-time defending national champs OREGON STATE. However, look for this weekend to shake up the standings yet again as the Cardinal host the Trojans at home. ARIZONA, who returned to the rankings after a two week hiatus, will try to maintain its 10-game winning streak alive as it takes on New Mexico and Oregon State this week. WASHINGTON STATE enjoys a break from Pac-10 play when it hosts San Jose State and tries to break its four-game losing streak. The Pac-10 boasts four teams among the nation's leaders, here's where they rank this week (Baseball America): Stanford (5), Arizona State (6), California (7) and Arizona (23).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue.,  April 22No. 23 ARIZONA vs. New Mexico, 6 p.m.No. 6 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 15 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.No. 7 CALIFORNIA vs. Cal Poly, 2:30 p.m.UCLA vs. UNLV, 6 p.m.USC vs. San Diego State, 7 p.m.WASHINGTON at Portland, 3 p.m. - Called off due to rainWASHINGTON STATE vs. Gonzaga, 5:30 p.m.

Wed., April 23No. 23 ARIZONA vs. New Mexico, 12 p.m.No. 6 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 15 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.OREGON STATE vs. Portland, 5 p.m.No. 5 STANFORD vs. St. Mary's, 6 p.m.

Fri., April 25No. 23 ARIZONA at OREGON STATE*, 5 p.m.No. 7 CALIFORNIA at No. 6 ARIZONA STATE*, 7 p.m.UCLA at WASHINGTON*, 6:30 p.m.USC at No. 5 STANFORD*, 6 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE vs. San Jose State, 5:30 p.m.

Sat., April 26No. 23 ARIZONA at OREGON STATE*, 1 p.m. FSN & XM Ch. 193No. 7 CALIFORNIA at No. 6 ARIZONA STATE*, 6 p.m.UCLA at WASHINGTON*, 2 p.m.USC at No. 5 STANFORD*, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE vs. San Jose State, 2 p.m.

Sun., April 27No. 23 ARIZONA at OREGON STATE*, 1 p.m.No. 7 CALIFORNIA at No. 6 ARIZONA STATE*, 1 p.m.UCLA at WASHINGTON*, 1 p.m.USC at No. 5 STANFORD*, 1 p.m.WASHINGTON STATE vs. San Jose State, 12 p.m.

Mon., April 28STANFORD at Santa Clara, 6 p.m. CBS College Sports

* - Pacific-10 Conference game

All times are local to site and subject to change.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA (25-11, 6-6): ARIZONA extended its winning streak by going 5-0 last week at New Mexico and against Washington State. The Wildcats will try to extend their 10-game winning streak as they take on New Mexico at home on April 22. Junior Brad Glenn batted .400 (8 for 20) with a double, a homer, four RBI and a team-high six runs scored to help lead Arizona last week. Glenn scored three runs, including the game-winner in the 12th inning, against WSU on Friday, hit a two-run walk-off homer in the ninth inning against the Cougars on Saturday and plated an insurance run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly in the series-sweeping finale on Sunday. Junior Eric Berger dominated Washington State over eight strong innings to help lead the Wildcats to a series-sweeping 4-2 win on Sunday. Berger struck out eight and did not issue a walk in his longest outing since returning from Tommy John surgery. Berger allowed just two runs on seven hits and retired the last 11 straight batters he faced in order over his final 3 2/3 innings of work. The effort earned him his fourth win of the season.

ARIZONA STATE (31-6, 7-5): Afer a 1-2 weekend against Oregon State, Arizona State hits the road for a two-game midweek series with Cal State Fullerton before returning to Tempe to host the California Golden Bears in a weekend Pac-10 series. The Sun Devils scuffled most of the weekend, dropping two of three to the two-time defending national champion Beavers. ASU was no hit for seven inning on Friday, but was able to rally in the eighth, only to see Oregon State score five times in the ninth to win it 6-4. With no Ike Davis on Saturday, the Sun Devils mustered only six hits in a 12-3 loss. ASU got back on track Sunday, pounding out 12 hits and 15 runs in a 15-12 win. Brett Wallace and Davis each homered, while Raoul Torrez had three RBI to go along with Ryan Sontag's two.

CALIFORNIA (26-10-2, 7-5): CALIFORNIA sophomore right fielder/right-handed reliever Blake Smith picked up another Sunday win in the Pac-10, throwing the final 2.0 innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Smith had earned the win at USC on April 13, throwing the last 2.0 innings, one hit, no runs, one walk, two strikeouts. He was also 2-for-2 with a two-run homer and a career-high four RBI at the plate Friday versus Washington. Junior right-hander Tyson Ross improved his record to 6-1 with his victory Friday versus Washington (7.0 innings, nine hits, four runs, three walks, five strikeouts) and now has 246 career strikeouts, fourth on the Cal all-time list, while junior right-hander Matt Gorgen has seven saves this season and 18 career saves, tied for third (with Bobby Kahlon, 1993-94) on the Bears' all-time save list. Sophomore catcher Dylan Tonneson was outstanding last week for Cal as well. Tonneson was a team-best 9-for-14 (.643) with a double, two home runs and four RBI. He also had a 1.143 slugging percentage and a .688 on-base percentage. Tonneson has raised his season batting average to .371 with nine doubles, five home runs and 23 RBI. Senior second baseman Josh Satin is still having an impressive season, leading Cal with a .408 average with nine doubles, 12 home runs and 38 RBI.

OREGON STATE (18-13, 6-6): The two-time defending national champs, OREGON STATE, took the series, 2-1, from No. 2 Arizona State last week. Tanner Robles, a freshman left-hander, started against Arizona State in the second game of the series, on Saturday, and helped OSU to a 12-3 win. It was Robles' second victory of the season. He allowed the Sun Devils just three hits and a run in six full innings of work. He also struck out five. The only run Robles allowed came in the first on an Arizona State sacrifice fly. The three hits, meanwhile, were just singles, with one coming in the first, fifth and sixth innings. Robles faced the minimum three batters in three of the six innings, and saw just five in the sixth before giving way to the OSU bullpen in the seventh. Two of his five strikeouts to end the inning, meanwhile, came with a combined three runners in scoring position. On the year, Robles is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA. He has worked 24 innings in six appearances - and four starts - and has scattered just 12 hits to go along with 19 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting just .152 against him this season. Lonnie Lechelt, a senior, was instrumental in Oregon State's 2-1 series victory over Arizona State as he batted .500 (5-for-10) and drove in seven runs on the strength of a double, triple and a home run. His impressive play garnered him this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week honor.

STANFORD (21-12-2, 8-4): STANFORD's Brent Milleville hit .409 (9-22) with three doubles, one homer and six RBI as Stanford won four-of-five games, including a two-of-three series win at UCLA to move into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10. Milleville added a .682 slugging percentage and was perfect defensively in 54 fielding chances. Milleville had a huge game against San Francisco on April 16, going 4-for-6 with a homer and three RBI, while hitting an RBI single off the left field wall in the bottom of the 11th to drive in the game-winning run. He also had a key two-RBI double in the first inning of a 4-1 win at UCLA in the series opener on April 18. Erik Davis, this week's Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, continued his amazing run through the first half of Pac-10 play by pitching an incredible fourth straight complete game in a 6-1 victory over UCLA on April 19. The outing was arguably Davis' best of the four as he struck out a career-high and team season-high 13 batters.

UCLA (19-16, 4-5): UCLA resumed a previously-suspended game (darkness) from Feb. 26 against Cal State Northridge, entering the bottom of the 8th, and held on for the 22-2 victory (April 15). Second baseman Alden Carrithers has hit safely in 29 of UCLA's 35 games. First baseman Casey Haerther has batted .459 in the Bruins' last 14 games (28-for-61), collecting 5 HR, 17 RBI, 13 R. Left-handed pitcher Gavin Brooks has earned the victory in each of his last three starts (all Sundays); Brooks has logged a 3-0 record, 2.42 ERA in 22.1 innings, 18 K and 9 BB in that span (.173 OAV). Left-handed pitcher Tim Murphy, the Bruins' staff ace, leads all UCLA pitchers with 70 K in 62.2 IP.

USC (19-19, 6-6): The USC baseball team is coming off a 0-3 nonconference weekend against UC Santa Barbara and heads into more nonconference action as the Trojans host San Diego State in a nonconference game on April 22 before resuming Pac-10 Conference play at No. 5 Stanford, April 25-27. According to Boyd's World.com, USC has the fifth-toughest schedule in the nation. Junior pitcher Tommy Milone has not allowed a home run in 57 1/3 innings. Shortstop Grant Green has a 13-game hitting streak, batting .554 (31-for-56) with five homers and 14 RBI.

WASHINGTON (24-14, 4-5): With Tuesday's game called off due to a rain-soaked field, the next action for WASHINGTON comes this weekend when UCLA comes to Husky Ballpark for a three-game series this weekend. The Huskies are coming off a 1-2 series loss to No. 8 California. In the first game of the series, the Washington baseball team saw its season-long losing streak extended to four games as the Huskies loss to the Bears,10-5. Sophomore Doug Cherry broke a 2-2 tie with a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning as the Washington baseball team broke a four-game losing streak with a 7-4 win to even out the series last Saturday. In the rubber game on the series the the Huskies could not hold on to the lead as the Golden Bears exploded in the seventh inning for the 5-4 win.

WASHINGTON STATE (19-18, 3-9): Arizona came from behind for the third-straight game and completed a three-game sweep of WASHINGTON STATE with a 4-2 win on Sunday. The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Greg Lagreid singled, moved to third on a double by Alex Burg, and scored on a ground out by Scott Suttmeier. After the Wildcats tied the game with a run in the fourth, Washington State answered in the fifth on a triple by Travis Coulter and a double by Paul Gran to take a 2-1 lead. The Cougars, which have lost their last four games in the opponent's last at bat, returns to Pullman to open a seven-game homestand beginning with San Jose State on Friday.

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