This Week in Pac-10 Baseball
June 10, 2008
STANFORD survived two rugged rounds of NCAA playoffs and will represent the Pac-10 in the eight-team College World Series. The Cardinal will travel to Omaha where they will compete in their 16th CWS and make their first appearance in five seasons. The last time the Cardinal advanced to the Series came in 2003 where Stanford finished second in the national event. The double-elimination tournament features the winners of the eighth Super Regionals, and includes three teams that did not even receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament last year (Stanford, Georgia and LSU). Every Men's College World Series game will be televised live by ESPN or ESPN2, and all are available in high-definition. The Pac-10 boasts three teams among the nation's leaders, here's where they rank this week (Baseball America): Stanford (6), Arizona State (9), and Arizona (14).
COLLEGE WORLD SERIESDouble Elimination
Saturday, June 14Game 1 - No. 6 STANFORD vs. No. 2 Florida St., 1 p.m. ESPN HDGame 2 - No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 1 Miami, 6 p.m. ESPN HD
Sunday, June 15Game 3 - No. 8 Fresno St. vs. No. 5 Rice, 1 p.m. ESPN HDGame 4 -No. 4 LSU vs. No. 3 North Carolina, 6 p.m. ESPN2 HD
Monday, June 16Game 5 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1 p.m. ESPN2 HDGame 6 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m. ESPN2 HD
Tuesday, June 17Game 7 - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m. ESPN2 HDGame 8 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m. ESPN2 HD
Wednesday, June 18Game 9 - Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6, 6 p.m. ESPN2 HD
Thursday, June 19Game 10 - Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, 6 p.m. ESPN HD
Friday, June 20Game 11 - Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 6, 1 p.m. ESPN2 HDGame 12 - Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8, 6 p.m. ESPN HD
Saturday, June 21Game 13 - Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 11, 1 p.m. or *6 p.m. ESPN2 HDGame 14 - Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 12, 6 p.m. ESPN HD* If only game played on Thursday, game will be played at 6 p.m. and shown on ESPN HD.
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIESBest of three
Monday, June 23Game 1 - Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner, 6 p.m. ESPN2 HD
Tuesday, June 24Game 2 - Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner, 6 p.m. ESPN HD
Wednesday, June 25 - (if necessary)Game 3 - Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner, 6 p.m. ESPN HD
Note: All rankings according to Baseball America.All times are local to site and subject to change.
ARIZONA (42-19, 12-12): The ARIZONA Wildcats saw their season come to an end against No. 1 Miami in a decisive third game in the Coral Gables super regional on Sunday. The Wildcats' loss eliminated them from the postseason, just one win shy of a 16thall-time berth in the College World Series. On Friday, junior Jon Gaston capped off the day with a three-run homer, his 12th of the season and only second multi-homer, in the top of the 11th inning to help lead Arizona to a 6-3 win over top-seeded Miami in the opening game of the best-of-three NCAA super regional. Deadlocked at 3-3 after 10 complete, senior Colt Sedbrook, UA's all-time HBP leader, was drilled with a 1-2 pitcher by UM closer Carlos Guiterrez to start the Arizona rally in the 11th. Arizona's 77 team home runs this year placed the 2008 squad in sole possession of fourth all-time for a single-season in school history. On Saturday C.J. Ziegler's hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his team-leading 20th of the year. The blast moved him into a tie for third all-time on the single season list at UA with Shelley Duncan and Jason Thompson and made him just the fourth player in school history to clout 20 or more home runs in a year at Arizona.
ARIZONA STATE (49-13, 16-8): ARIZONA STATE dropped a 12-9 decision against Fresno State in the final game of a best-of-three game Super Regional series. The Sun Devils opened the series with a 12-4 win where Ryan Sontag hit two home runs, the first multi-homer game of his career, had four RBI and scored three runs to lead the ASU offense. ASU then broke open the game with a five-run fifth. Ike Davis drove in a run, the 200th RBI of his Sun Devil career, with a single to right to start the scoring in the inning. In game two, the Bulldogs tied the series which forced game three. With Fresno State up 4-2 in the bottom of the third, Brett Wallace answered with a solo home run, his 22nd of the season and 45th in his career, tying him with Barry Bonds for fourth in school history. In the bottom of the ninth, Arizona State scored four runs on an RBI single by Sontag, a two-run single by Jason Kipnis and an RBI single by Davis, and they had the bases loaded with two outs and Matt Newman representing the winning run at the plate, but Newman lined out to left to end the game.
STANFORD (39-22-2, 14-10): For the 16th time in program history and the first time since 2003, the STANFORD baseball team is headed to Omaha for the College World Series, and was the first team to punch its 2008 ticket with an 8-5 Super Regional-clinching victory over Cal State Fullerton Saturday at Goodwin Field. The victory sews up Stanford's sixth Super Regional title, and the first it has won on the road in program history. The Cardinal will now head to Omaha for the 2008 College World Series, its first trip in five seasons, beginning play next Saturday, June 14, against Florida State.