This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

March 3, 2009

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THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

ARIZONA STATE remains atop the Conference with an 8-1 record and will play its first three-game series of the season as it hosts Holy Cross March 5-7. CALIFORNIA has ripped off five straight wins to boast an overall record of 6-2. The Bears play host to San Francisco March 4, before traveling to 21st-ranked Arkansas for a three-game series. OREGON STATE makes its first appearance in the Baseball America Top-25 poll, coming in at 24th. The Beavers went 3-1 at the DeMarini Classic in Tempe, Ariz., last weekend. OSU has yet to play a home game this season, as they head to Palm Springs, Calif., to take part in the Palm Springs Tournament (Mar. 5-8). Two Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's Baseball America poll: No.8 Arizona State and No. 24 Oregon State.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., March 3
Holy Cross at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
OREGON at WASHINGTON, 5 p.m.
No. 12 Pepperdine at UCLA, 6 p.m.
Gonzaga at WASHINGTON STATE, 5:30 p.m.

Wed., March 4
Holy Cross at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
San Francisco at CALIFORNIA, 1:30 p.m.
OREGON at WASHINGTON, 3 p.m.
Keio University, Japan at UCLA (EX), 5 p.m.

Thu., March 5
Holy Cross at No. 8 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
No. 24 OREGON STATE vs. San Francisco (5), 2 p.m.
Saint Mary's at STANFORD, 5 p.m.

Fri., March 6
Massachusetts at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
Holy Cross at No. 8 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at No. 21 Arkansas, 6 p.m.
Santa Clara at OREGON, 2 p.m.
No. 24 OREGON STATE vs. No. 23 Oklahoma State (5), 2 p.m.
No. 2 Texas at STANFORD, 5 p.m.
UCLA at No. 16 Oklahoma, 3 p.m.
USC at Tulane, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Nevada, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 9 Rice, 4:30 p.m.

Sat., March 7
Massachusetts at ARIZONA, 6 p.m.
Holy Cross at No. 8 ARIZONA STATE, Noon
CALIFORNIA at No. 21 Arkansas, 1:30 p.m.
Santa Clara at OREGON (DH), 11 a.m.
No. 24 OREGON STATE vs. UC Riverside (5), 2 p.m.
No. 2 Texas at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
UCLA at No. 16 Oklahoma, Noon
USC at Tulane, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Nevada, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Oral Roberts (9), 4:30 p.m.

Sun., March 8
Massachusetts at ARIZONA, Noon
CALIFORNIA at No. 21 Arkansas, 1 p.m.
Santa Clara at OREGON, 1 p.m.
No. 24 OREGON STATE vs. Texas Tech (5), 10 a.m.
No. 2 Texas at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
UCLA at No. 16 Oklahoma, 1 p.m.
USC at Tulane, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Nevada, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Notre Dame (9), Noon

Mon., March 9
CALIFORNIA at No. 16 Oklahoma, Noon
Brtish Columbia at WASHINGTON STATE (EX), 3:30 p.m.

Tournaments and neutral sites:
(5) - Palm Springs Tournament, Palm Springs, Calif.
(9) - Houston, Texas

PAC-10 TEAM NOTES

• ARIZONA (4-4, 0-0): The Wildcats picked up two road wins last week at UNLV. Led by SO Bryce Ortega, who totaled seven hits, scored eight times and added three RBI, Arizona scored 30 runs in the two games against the Rebels. Ortega is second in the Conference in runs scored with 13 and is tied for first in stolen bases (5-5). The Wildcats closed out the weekend at home hosting 12th-ranked Georgia, where they suffered their first home series sweep since the 2006 season.

• ARIZONA STATE (8-1, 0-0): ASU was 4-1 last week, including two wins over No. 15 Missouri. JR Josh Spence set the tone for the Sun Devil pitchers, who lead the Pac-10 with a 0.90 team ERA, striking out 13 Missouri Tigers on Feb. 24 in ASU's 3-1 win. Not to be outdone, JR Mike Leake tied his career high with 10 strikeouts against the Tigers on Feb. 26. JR Jason Kipnis has been ASU's most consistent offensive threat, leading the Pac-10 in runs scored (14), total bases (34) and slugging percentage (1.030), while ranking second in batting average (.485), hits (16) and home runs (4).

• CALIFORNIA (6-2, 0-0): The Golden Bears have won five straight games, including a series sweep at Long Beach State, its first road sweep since 2005. Cal tops the Pac-10 with a .324 team batting average, led by JR Brett Jackson (.429). Jackson is 15-for-35 with six doubles and five RBI. In the Bears' six victories this seaosn, six different pitchers have earned wins. FR Erik Johnson has recorded three saves for Cal, with seven strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched.

• OREGON (3-3, 0-0): Oregon picked up two more wins last week, knocking off defending national champion Fresno State Feb. 27 (1-0) and Feb. 28 (7-1) during PK Park's opening weekend. FR left-hander Tyler Anderson pitched eight innings of scoreless ball on Friday, striking out five batters. He currently leads the Ducks with a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 innings pitched. JR Eddy Rodriguez notched a hit in all three games for Oregon last week, scoring the game-winning run in Friday's 1-0 shutout.

• OREGON STATE (4-2, 0-0): The Beavers held their own at the DeMarini Classic in Tempe, Ariz., recording a 3-1 record, falling only to host Arizona State. hitting .317 as a team, ranking second in the Pac-10. SO Stefen Romero led OSU on the weekend with seven hits, four doubles and 9 RBI. He held an on base percentage of .450 and a slugging percentage of .824. As a team, Oregon State leads the Conference in on base percentage (.447).

• STANFORD (2-5, 0-0): Stanford began the week falling to Saint Mary's, 5-3, before dropping three straight at No. 7 Cal State Fullerton. SR Joey August leads the team with seven hits and ranks second with four RBI. The Cardinal will look to improve its record this weekend with a four-game homestand beginning Thursday, Mar. 5 against Saint Mary's before welcoming the second-ranked Texas Longhorns for the weeekend series.

• UCLA (2-6, 0-0): After opening the season with a 2-1 series win, the Bruins have dropped five straight games. JR Casey Haerther, who batted .632 last week, has been a bright spot for UCLA. He was 12-for-19 at the plate with one home run, three RBI, two runs and two stolen bases last week. The Chatsworth, Calif., native extended his career-long hitting streak to 19 games and has recorded multiple-hit efforts in six of the Bruins' first eight games.

• USC (3-4, 0-0): USC's lone victory last week came in game two of its three-game series with Western Carolina. SO Joe De Pinto drove in three runs for the Trojans who took the lead in the bottom of the third and never looked back, winning 6-4. JR Robert Stock leads the team this year hitting .360 with nine hits, six RBI and a home run. USC will make its first three-game road trip of the season as it travels to Louisiana to take on Tulane.

• WASHINGTON (2-5, 0-0): In an impromptu game in Minneapolis, Washington downed Wisconsin Whitewater, 16-2. Six Huskies registered at least two hits in the contest, while four different players recorded more than one RBI. UW ranks secod in the Conference in home runs (8) and fifth in slugging percentage (.438) this week. The Huskies play host to Oregon in non-conference play before travelng to Nevada to face the Wolfpack for the weekend series.

• WASHINGTON STATE (2-5, 0-0): The Cougars earned their first win of the season Feb. 27 over 16th-ranked Oklahoma, 9-2. RS-JR Jeremy Johnson led WSU on the mound, picking up his first win since 2006 (Johnson sat out last season due to injury). He struck out four batters in 2.0 innings without allowing a run. Johnson then helped the Cougars split the four-game series with the Sooners, recording the save in WSU's 10-6 win on Mar. 1.

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