This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

May 27, 2008

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FIVE CONFERENCE TEAMS HEADED TO NCAA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

The field of 64 teams competing for the 2008 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship was announced on Monday by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee. The Pac-10 has five teams in the tournament making 2008 the 12th consecutive season the Conference has qualified at least four of its nine teams for the NCAA Tournament. ARIZONA STATE, the Conference champion, garnered the No. 3 overall seed of the tournament and will host a regional as it takes on Stony Brook in the first round along with hosting Oklahoma and Vanderbilt. STANFORD is also hosting a regional and will play UC Davis as well as host Arkansas and Pepperdine. CALIFORNIA will travel to southern California to the Long Beach regional and will take on San Diego with the hope of advancing to face Long Beach State or Fresno State. The UCLA Bruins will stay closer to home participating in the Fullerton regional. The Bruins will take on Virginia with hopes of advancing to face host Cal State Fullerton or Rider. Rounding out the Conference is ARIZONA, who is seeded No. 1 in the Ann Arbor regional, and will face Eastern Michigan with the chance of taking on Kentucky or Michigan in the second round. This week, the Pac-10 boasts four teams among the nation's leaders, including (Baseball America): Arizona State (4), Stanford (15), California (20), and Arizona (23).

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

REGIONALSDouble elimination

May 30, 2008 - Games 1 & 2May 31, 2008 - Games 3 & 4June 1, 2008 - Games 5 & 6June 2, 2008 - Game 7 (if necessary)

Friday, May 30

Ann Arbor RegionalARIZONA vs. Eastern Michigan, 2 OR 7 p.m.

Tempe RegionalARIZONA STATE vs. Stony Brook, 2 OR 7 p.m.

Long Beach RegionalCALIFORNIA vs. San Diego, 2 p.m.

Stanford RegionalSTANFORD vs. UC Davis, 5 p.m.

Fullerton RegionalUCLA vs. Virginia, 7 p.m. ESPNU

Saturday, May 31

Ann Arbor RegionalARIZONA vs. Kentucky OR Michigan, 2 OR 7 p.m.

Tempe RegionalARIZONA STATE vs. Oklahoma OR Vanderbilt, 2 OR 7 p.m.

Long Beach RegionalCALIFORNIA vs. Long Beach State OR Fresno State, 2 OR 6 p.m.

Stanford RegionalSTANFORD vs. Arkansas OR Pepperdine, 1 OR 5 p.m.

Fullerton RegionalUCLA vs. Cal State Fullerton OR Rider, 4 OR 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 1

Games TBD

Monday, June 2

Games TBD if necessary

All times are local to sit and subject to change.

PAC-10 NOTES

ARIZONA (38-17, 12-12): The ARIZONA baseball team has earned a second consecutive NCAA regional appearance as an at-large team. The Wildcats are the site's top seed and will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face No.4 seed Eastern Michigan in the opening round of the postseason. The Wildcats are batting .306 as a team and averaging 7.1 runs, 10.6 hits and 6.5 RBI per game this season. Arizona's 72 home runs this season are the most for any UA club since 2000 (78) and are just two shy of tying for fifth all-time in a single season at Arizona (74 HRs in 1986). Led by true frosh Bryce Ortega's team-best .345 batting average, seven different Arizona regulars are hitting over .300 for the year. Senior C.J. Ziegler has hit a team-high 19 home runs this season, fifth-best for a single season in school history. Juniors Brad Glenn (14), Jon Gaston (11) and T.J. Steele (10) have all hit 10 or more homers this season as well to give UA the first foursome with double-digit jacks in the same season since 1998. Arizona is 78 for 102 in stolen base tries this season.

ARIZONA STATE (45-11, 16-8): ARIZONA STATE clinched its second consecutive Pac-10 title over the weekend with a win over rival Arizona. Jason Kipnis, this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week, helped the Sun Devils by going 8-for-13 with a double, a triple, a homer and six runs. The Conference championship earned the Sun Devils an automatic berth into the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Arizona State, which garnered the No. 3 National Seed, was also selected as a 2008 NCAA Baseball Regional host and will face fourth seeded Stony Brook, while also hosting Vanderbilt and Oklahoma.

CALIFORNIA (33-19-2, 12-12): The CALIFORNIA baseball team has received an at-large berth into the 2008 NCAA Baseball Tournament and will compete in the Long Beach, Calif. Regional. The Golden Bears enter the Long Beach Regional as the No. 3-seeded team and will face No. 2-seeded and No. 7-ranked University of San Diego. The other two teams in the Long Beach Regional include No. 1-seeded and No. 22-ranked Long Beach State and No. 4-seeded Fresno State. The Bears have a 6-0 record this season against the Long Beach Regional field. Cal defeated the University of San Diego, 5-0, on Mar. 2 in San Diego during the University of San Diego Tournament. The Bears are 2-0 against Fresno State, defeating the Bulldogs, 14-4, on Feb. 28 at the University of San Diego Tournament, and, 5-4, Apr. 2 at Evans Diamond. Also at Evans Diamond, Cal swept then No. 5-ranked Long Beach State - 6-1, 10-6, 4-3 - Mar. 28-30. The Bears, under head coach David Esquer and led by senior second baseman Josh Satin, junior first baseman David Cooper and junior right-hander Tyson Ross, among others, are making their first NCAA Regional appearance since 2001.

OREGON STATE (28-24, 11-13): The OREGON STATE Beavers had a big weekend as the club swept its first series of the season against Pacific. Logan Boyd batted .400 over the weekend, driving in seven runs on the strength of a double, home run and three walks. Boyd drove in five in Oregon State's Friday night win, hitting a two-run home run. He followed that up with another plus performance on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Teammate Jorge Reyes worked just one game over the weekend, but made it count, picking up his fourth win of the season in Oregon State's 8-6 victory over Pacific. He worked eight full innings in the win, scattering four hits and three runs - only one of which, however, was earned. He struck out seven and allowed just extra base hit.

STANFORD (33-21-2, 14-10): STANFORD closed out the regular season taking two of three games at Washington. Austin Yount tossed his first career complete game and struck out a career-high 10 batters in Stanford's 9-4 victory over Washington. Yount allowed just four runs on nine hits, and walked only one batter in the outing. After the Huskies scored four times in the third inning, he buckled down and retired 18 of the final 23 batters he faced over the final five frames. The win improved his record on the year to 4-3. Joey August also added to the Cardinal's impressive performance as he batted .571 (8-for-14) with two doubles, six RBI, and his first home run of the year. In this span, August also turned in a pair of three-hit performances, those coming in Stanford's Friday and Saturday victories at Washington. In Friday night's opener, August went 3-for-5, coming just a triple short of hitting for the cycle. He hit his first home run of the season in the sixth inning, a three-run job that turned a 6-4 game into a 9-4 cushion for the Cardinal.

UCLA (31-25, 13-11): UCLA traveled north to take on the California Golden Bears and won two of the three-game series. Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Tim Murphy pitched his second complete game shutout of the season, helping the Bruins blank No. 15 California, 8-0, in Friday's series opener at Evans Diamond. UCLA again blanked the Golden Bears, 7-0, on Saturday to become the first Bruin baseball team to post back-to-back shutouts since 1978. Also, Murphy became the first UCLA pitcher to hurl two or more complete game shutouts in one season since 1983, when Jeff Pries tossed two complete game shutouts as a sophomore. Teammate Brandon Crawford batted .389 in four games last week, leading the Bruins to a series win at No. 15 California. After going 1-for-5 with two RBI in a 12-8 loss at No. 6 Cal State Fullerton, Crawford hit at a .462 clip (6-for-13) in three games at California. In Friday's 8-0 shutout, Crawford was 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Crawford was 3-for-4 with two walks, two runs and three RBI in the Bruins' 7-0 shutout Saturday afternoon. In a 10-inning series finale on Sunday, Crawford was 1-for-4 with one run.

USC (28-28, 11-13): In USC's opening game of the three-game series against Washington, Tommy Milone (6-6) threw a complete game, but allowed eight runs on 12 hits with a walk and six strikeouts in the 5-8 loss. In the second game, The Trojans got 11 hits off the Husky pitcher, but were unable to get any runs except for a solo home run in the fourth by junior center fielder Nick Buss. Despite losing the series, the Trojans ended the regular season on a positive note as Brad Boxberger induced a game-ending double play with the bases loaded in the ninth Sunday as the USC Trojans held on for the 8-7 win over the Washington State Cougars. The Trojans salvaged the series and denied a late rally by the Cougars after USC was up 8-0 in the fifth inning.

WASHINGTON (33-22, 11-13): WASHINGTON pitcher Cam Nobles picked up two wins last week, one in a start vs. two-time defending NAIA champions Lewis-Clark State on Tuesday and one versus No. 16 Stanford Sunday. He started Tuesday, going five innings and allowing only one run on one hit (a solo homer). He walked two and struck out four to send LC State to its sixth loss of the year versus 53 wins. Sunday, he worked the final four innings in relief, allowing only one hit and no runs while walking one and striking out six. For the week, he gave up only two hits in nine innings while striking out 10. Senior Joey Dunn closed out his Husky career by hitting home runs in his last two games. He hit one in Friday's loss to No. 16 Stanford and another in Sunday's win. For the series, Dunn went 5-for-9 with a double and two homers.

WASHINGTON STATE (30-26, 8-16): WASHINGTON STATE hosted USC in the last Conference series for each club. In the first game of the series, Washington State hit three home runs and Matt Way pitched a complete game as the Cougars defeated visiting USC, 8-5. With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Jim Murphy capped a 4-for-4 night with his 16th home run of the season to put Washington State on top 6-5. It was the 33rd round-tripper of the senior's career, tying him with Beau Campbell for fourth on the all-time Cougar list. With this win, the Cougars clinched their third-straight winning season for the first time since 1994. Senior Jayson Miller gave up one run in seven and two-thirds innings to lead Washington State to a 4-2 win over USC on Saturday. Miller (8-1) scattered 11 hits, walked one, and struck out four. He pitched at least six innings as a starter for the 14th-straight time. His eight victories are the most by a WSU (30-25, 8-15 Pac-10) hurler since Bryce Chamberlin (eight) in 2004. Miller finished his four-years at Washington State with 74 appearances, tied for fourth on the Cougars' all-time list and his 295 and two-thirds innings pitched are tied for sixth-most in school history. Despite trying to rally in Sunday's game against the Trojans, Washington State fell a run short, losing 7-8 to USC.

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