This Week in Pac-10 Baseball
May 20, 2008
Although ARIZONA STATE has clinched a share of the Conference title, the outright title is still up for grabs as STANFORD is on the Sun Devils' heels. This week, the Sun Devils face in-state rival ARIZONA needing one win to capture the Pac-10 title outright. The Cardinal will travel to WASHINGTON and attempt to match the Sun Devils for the Conference top spot. CALIFORNIA and UCLA, both currently tied for third, will battle it out in Berkeley to determine a clear victor. USC looks to continue its winning streak as the Trojans travel north to take on WASHINGTON STATE. OREGON STATE finished Conference play last week. The Beavers host Pacific to close out the season. The 16 regional sites and hosts will be announced on ESPN and at www.ncaasports.com at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, May 26. This week, the Pac-10 boasts three teams among the nation's leaders, including (Baseball America): Arizona State (2), California (15) and Stanford (16).
Tue., May 20UCLA at No. 6 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.WASHINGTON vs. Lewis-Clark State, 5 p.m.
Thur., May, 22No. 2 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA*, 7 p.m.
Fri., May 23No. 2 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA*, 6 p.m.OREGON STATE vs. Pacific, 5 p.m.No. 16 STANFORD at WASHINGTON*, 6:30 p.m.UCLA at No. 15 CALIFORNIA*, 2:30 p.m.USC at WASHINGTON STATE*, 5:30 p.m.
Sat., May 24No. 2 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA*, 12 p.m.OREGON STATE vs. Pacific, 1 p.m. FSN NWNo. 16 STANFORD at WASHINGTON*, 2 p.m.UCLA at No. 15 CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.USC at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.
Sun., May 25OREGON STATE vs. Pacific, 1 p.m.No. 16 STANFORD at WASHINGTON*,1 p.m.UCLA at No. 15 CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.USC at WASHINGTON STATE*, 12 p.m.
* - Pacific-10 Conference game
All times are local to site and subject to change.
ARIZONA (36-16, 10-11): The ARIZONA bullpen trio of Ryan Perry, Daniel Schlereth and Jason Stoffel allowed just one hit over 4 2/3 scoreless innings as Arizona held on for a 9-6 win over Stanford in the opening game of the conference series at Kindall Field on Saturday. On Sunday, Stanford's Jason Castro delivered a two-out, two-run double in the top of the 11thinning as Arizona saw its 15-game home winning streak come to an end with an 8-5 loss. The defeat, just the fourth of the season for Arizona at home, also snapped UA's five-game win streak. On Monday, Arizona scored runs in only two of seven innings played on Monday, but a nine-run third and six-run seventh proved to be enough in a 15-11 win over Stanford. Arizona's rally from eight runs down tied for the third-largest come-from-behind victory in school history. Senior C.J. Ziegler's grand slam was the first of his career, his 18thhomer of the season and the 31sthome run of his career. He is now tied for fifth in a single season at Arizona tied for sixth in career homers. Classmate Colt Sedbrook extended his hitting streak to 12 straight games on Monday. The third-year Wildcat is batting .543 (25 for 46) with five doubles, a triple, 15 RBI and 10 runs scored during his streak.
ARIZONA STATE (44-9, 15-6): ARIZONA STATE's Mike Leake went eight strong innings on Friday night against Washington, picking up his ninth win of the year. He allowed only one run on five hits and struck out four, leading the Sun Devils to the win. Teammate and Pac-10 Player of the Week, Kiel Roling, also had a sensational week as he went 9-for-13 leading the Sun Devils to a 4-0 week. He had eight RBI and scored five runs while slugging 1.385.
CALIFORNIA (32-17-2, 11-10): CALIFORNIA resumes play on May 23 hosting UCLA. Before its nine-day hiatus, junior left fielder Charlie Cutler was 9-for-17 (.529) last week versus UC Davis and the three-game series at No. 6 Stanford. He also finished with two doubles and four RBI. On Tuesday versus UC Davis, Cutler was a career-high 5-for-5 with two doubles, four runs scored and an RBI. He then was 4-for-12 with three RBI at Stanford, including a game-winning RBI single in the top of the 10th inning in the Bears 4-3 win. Cutler is now third on the Cal squad with a .336 average. Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Gorgen earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week accolades the previous week for his performance against the Cardinal. For the weekend, he threw 2.1 innings with three hits, no runs, no walks and four strikeouts. Gorgen's ninth save this season is second on Cal's all-time single-season save list, and his 20th career save is second on the Bears' all-time career save list. On the year, he has 39 strikeouts in 35.0 innings with a 2.06 ERA.
OREGON STATE (25-23, 11-13): The trip to Los Angeles was OREGON STATE's final Pac-10 series. The Oregon State baseball team rallied late but dropped the series opener to USC, 5-3, Friday night. Daniel Robertson went 3-for-4 to pace the Beavers, hitting his second home run of the season in the ninth after singling in both the second and fourth innings. Robertson extended his hit streak to four games with his 14th multiple-hit game of the season. John Wallace and Ryan Ortiz both finished with three hits and Jorge Reyes struck out a career-high nine but the Oregon State baseball team dropped the second game of its series against the Trojans, 5-2, Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, the Beavers dropped their final Pacific-10 Conference game of the season, 6-5, to USC.
STANFORD (31-20-2, 12-9): Junior Cord Phelps who 2-5 with two RBI's including his ninth home run of the season. Junior Jason Castro went 2-5 as well in the loss. On Sunday, the Cardinal baseball resumed its three-game set with Arizona and came away with a hard fought 8-5 victory in 11 innings. Freshman Drew Storen (2-3, 2.91 ERA) came away with the victory by pitching a career-high five innings in relief. The Cardinal started senior Erik Davis to the mound and the righty responded with a strong six inning outing and only allowed four earned runs at the very hitter friendly Jerry Kindall Field. Castro came away with the big hit, a two-RBI double that broke the tie in the 11th inning and produced the game-winning runs. On Monday, Stanford baseball could not hold a 8-0 lead and fell 15-11 in eight innings.
UCLA (29-23, 11-10): UCLA's Cody Decker went 4-for-11 in three starts against Washington State, crushing a two-out grand slam to lift UCLA past the visiting Cougars, 10-0, on Friday evening in the Pac-10 series opener. Tim Murphy had a sensational week for UCLA, earning his first save of the season on Tuesday before recording the victory in his Friday night start. Murphy finished the week having logged nine strikeouts, allowing just two hits in 7.2 scoreless innings. UCLA concludes the season this weekend with a three-game series at California; UCLA currently is tied with California (11-10) for third place in the Pac-10 standings.
USC (27-26, 10-11): USC's Nick Buss was 6-for-15 in four games with two doubles, three homers and seven RBI. Buss hit two homers in Saturday's win against Oregon State. Pitcher Anthony Vasquez went 2-0 with his first save as a Trojan in three appearances. Vasquez threw 8 2/3 innings with a 1.04 ERA and gave up just one run on five hits. He recorded five innings of scoreless relief in back-to-back games (Saturday and Sunday).
WASHINGTON (31-20, 10-11): WASHINGTON will remain at home for the final weekend of the regular season this Friday through Sunday when No. 16 Stanford visits Husky Ballpark for a three-game series. With only two and a half games separating second and eighth place in the current Pac-10 standings, there's plenty on the line this week for nearly every team in the league, in terms of getting into the 64-team NCAA tournament. Washington pitcher Jorden Merry suffered his first loss of the season as No. 3 Arizona State jumped out to a big early lead and cruised to a 13-3 victory in the first game of a three-game series Friday night at Packard Stadium. Merry fell to 8-1 on the season with easily his roughest outing of the year. He pitched just two and two-thirds innings, allowing nine runs on 10 hits. Arizona State used four home runs to break open what was a close game and picked up a second straight win over Washington, 11-4. On Sunday, Husky starter Nick Haughian (6-5) became just the fourth UW pitcher to record 100 strikeouts in a season, but suffered the loss. Haughian, who entered the game as the Pac-10 strikeout leader with 99, got five more, but allowed eight runs on nine hits over six innings.
WASHINGTON STATE (28-25, 6-15): On Saturday, WASHINGTON STATE took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Travis Coulter singled and moved to third on a Scott Suttmeier double. Paul Gran broke a 0-for-16 slump with a RBI-single to right field and Jim Murphy hit into a double play as Suttmeier came home with the second run of the inning. But, Tim Murphy's single scored Brandon Crawford in the bottom of the 10th inning to score provide UCLA a 7-6 victory over Washington State. In the series finale, UCLA scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning and went on to post a 2-1 victory over Washington State. In the final game of the series, Gran hit a two-out solo home run, his 11th of the season. After Jim Murphy walked for the fourth time in the game to tie a WSU record, Jared Prince walked to put runners at first and second. Jason Novak came back to retire Alex Burg on a fly ball to left field to end the game and notch his third save of the season.
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