This Week In Pac-10 Baseball
Feb. 24, 2009
OPENING WEEKEND IS IN THE BOOKS
The 2009 Baseball season is underway as all 10 Conference teams have seen action. ARIZONA STATE is the only undefeated team at 4-0. A 2008 College World Series participant, STANFORD posted a 2-1 record on the weekend, which includes two come-from-behind victories over visiting Vanderbilt. Due to rain in the Bay Area, the Cardinal was forced to cancel its game with UC Riverside on Feb. 22, but has since added a game Feb. 25 with Saint Mary’s, with whom they will meet again on Tuesday, March 3. ARIZONA STATE jumped five spots in the Baseball America Top-25 poll to come in at eighth. The Sun Devils host the DeMarini Classic in Tempe, Ariz., this weekend. Three Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week’s poll, two in the Top 10. Here’s where they are ranked (Baseball America): Arizona State (8), UCLA (9), Stanford (14).
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Tue., Feb. 24
ARIZONA at UNLV, 7 p.m.
Missouri at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
UCLA at UC Santa Barbara, 2 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 25
ARIZONA at UNLV, 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Santa Clara, 6 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at STANFORD, 5 p.m.
UC Riverside at UCLA, 6 p.m.
Pepperdine at USC, 6:30 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 26
Missouri at ARIZONA STATE(1), 6:30 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. Northern Illinois (1), 1 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 27
Georgia at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Northern Illinois at ARIZONA STATE (1), 6:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Long Beach State, 6:30 p.m.
Fresno State at OREGON, 2 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. Missouri (1), 1 p.m.
STANFORD at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
UCLA vs. Rice (7), 7 p.m.
Western Carolina at USC, 6:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Minnesota (8), 6:35 p.m.
Oklahoma at WASHINGTON STATE, 3:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 28
Georgia at ARIZONA, 6 p.m.
OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE (1), 6:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Long Beach State, 2 p.m.
Fresno State at OREGON, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
UCLA vs. Baylor (7), 3:30 p.m.
Western Carolina at USC, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Hawai’i (8), Noon
Oklahoma at WASHINGTON STATE (DH), Noon
Sun., March 1
Georgia at ARIZONA, Noon
Missouri at ARIZONA STATE (1), 1:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Long Beach State, 1p.m.
Fresno State at OREGON, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. Northern Illinois (1), 10 a.m.
STANFORD at Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m.
UCLA vs. UC Irvine (7), 11 a.m.
Western Carolina at USC, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. UC Santa Barbara (8), 11 a.m.
Oklahoma at WASHINGTON STATENoon
Tournaments and neutral sites:
(1) - DeMarini Classic, Tempe, Ariz.
(7) - Houston College Classic, Houston, Texas
(8) - Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minn.
PAC-10 TEAM NOTES
• ARIZONA (2-1, 0-0): The Wilcats defeated Sacramento State for to capture the season-opening series win for the 15th consecutive year. FR pitcher Donn Roach was dominate in his collegiate debut, carrying a no-hitter through his first five innings Feb. 22. He finished with seven strike outs with out allowing an earned run.
• ARIZONA STATE (-0, 0-0): The Sun Devils showcased their offensive power in a four-game series versus Wisconsin-Milwaukee, scoring 53 total runs over the weekend. JR outfielder Jason Kipnis proved why he was named last year’s Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, going 12-for-17 for a .706 average and a whopping 1.588 slugging percentage. For his efforts, Kipnis was named a Louisville Slugger National Hitter of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and Pac-10 Player of the Week.
• CALIFORNIA (2-2, 0-0): The Golden Bears defeated UC Riverside, 8-7, on opening night behind FR Danny Oh’s pinch-hit two-run homer and the relief pitching from FR Erik Johnson, who picked up his first collegiate save. Despite dropping a doubleheader to the Highlanders the following day, Cal came back to top Vanderbilt, 4-3, on Feb. 23 in the ninth.
• OREGON (1-2, 0-0): Oregon opened its first season back to collegiate baseball with a 5-3 win at Saint Mary’s. JR outfielder Jett Hart turned in a solid weekend for the Ducks, recording a double, triple and home run. The Ducks’ home opener will take place Feb. 27 as they host defending national champion Fresno State.
• OREGON STATE (1-1, 0-0): The Beavers traveled to Tennessee for the season opener where they dropped their first game before storming back to down the Volunteers 14-4 in game two. Catcher Ryan Ortiz totaled three hits and scored two runs, while driving in two more in OSU’s win. Nine different Beavers registered hits in the game.
• STANFORD (2-1, 0-0): The Cardinal used two come-from-behind victories to win its three-game series with Vanderbilt over the weekend. In game one, Staford rallied from a 5-0 deficit to top Vaderbilt in extra innings, 6-5. Outfielder Toby Gerhart delivered a two-out, RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th for the victory. The Cardinal once again used a late-game rally to upend Vanderbilt, 6-5.
• UCLA (2-2, 0-0): UCLA opened the season with a 2-1 series victory over visiting UC Davis. JR Blair Dunlap went 6-for-10 and hit .600 in three games for the Bruins. Dunlap led all UCLA players with six hits and four stolen bases, while driving in three runs. The Bruins travel to Houston to face three ranked opponents this weekend in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
• USC (2-1, 0-0): The Trojans opened 2009 with two straight wins for the third year in a row, including a 4-0 shutout at Long Beach State in game two of the series. JR pitcher Kevin Couture threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, one walk, while stiking out a career-high 10 batters in the process.
• WASHINGTON (1-2, 0-0): The Huskies picked up a win over the defending national champion, Fresno State, in game two of the series. UW was led by SR pitcher Tyler Cheney who held the Bulldogs to one run on two hits over his five innings. Second baseman Doug Cherry led the Husky offense, finishing with four RBI on 3-for-6 hitting.
• WASHINGTON STATE (0-3, 0-0): The Cougars were the only Conference team to face a ranked opponent on the opening weekend of play. SO Shea Vucinich hit .429 in WSU’s series with No. 22 Arkansas. SO Matt Argyropoulos drove in five runs over the weekend, surpassing his 2008 RBI total of four.