This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

March 10, 2009

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LAST WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

(March 10) -- ARIZONA STATE coasted through its series with Holy Cross last week,outscoring its opponent 38-4. The Sun Devils hold an overall record of 11-1 and will face Kansas State and Kansas this week at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz. OREGON STATE moved up one spot in the Baseball America Top-25 poll, having posted a 3-1 record in the Palm Springs Tournament. After sweeping Holy Cross, ARIZONA won two-of-three against Massachusetts to improve itsoverall recordto 8-5 on the year. Two Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's Baseball America poll: No.7 Arizona State and No. 23 Oregon State.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., March 10
No. 19 Oklahoma State at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
No. 7 ARIZONA STATE vs. Kansas State (2), TBA
No. 25 UC Santa Barbara at UCLA, 6 p.m.
No. 10 UC Irvine at USC, 6:30 p.m.

Wed., March 11
No. 19 Oklahoma State at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
No. 7 ARIZONA STATE vs. Kansas State (2), TBA
San Diego State at UCLA, 6 p.m.

Thu., March 12
OREGON at Nevada, 1 p.m.

Fri., March 13
Michigan at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
No. 7 ARIZONA STATE vs. Kansas (2), TBA
No. 24 Cal Poly at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
OREGON at Nevada, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. Missouri State (6), 6 p.m.
UCLA at East Carolina, 5 p.m.
Winthrop at USC, 6:30 p.m.
San Francisco WASHINGTON, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Long Beach State, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., March 14
Michigan at ARIZONA, 4 p.m.
No. 7 ARIZONA STATE vs. Kansas (2), TBA
No. 24 Cal Poly at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
OREGON at Nevada, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. Missouri State (6), 2 p.m.
UCLA at East Carolina, 2 p.m.
Winthrop at USC, 2 p.m.
San Francisco at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Long Beach State, 2 p.m.

Sun., March 15
Michigan at ARIZONA, 11 a.m.
No. 7 ARIZONA STATE vs. Kansas (2), TBA
No. 24 Cal Poly at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
OREGON at Nevada, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE vs. Missouri State (6), 1 p.m.
UCLA at East Carolina, 1 p.m.
Winthrop at USC, 2 p.m.
San Francisco at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Long Beach State, 1 p.m.

Mon., March 16
Winthrop at USC, 2:30 p.m.

Tournaments and neutral sites:
(2) - Surprise Stadium, Surprise, Ariz.
(6) - Pape Grand Slam, Portland, Ore.

PAC-10 TEAM NOTES

• ARIZONA (8-5, 0-0): The Wildcats were 4-1 last week, sweeping Holy Cross and taking the three-game series with Massachusetts, 2-1. JR outfielder Codi Harshman made his first-career start on Mar. 4, scoring four runs and stealing three bases in UA's 8-1 victory. He finished the week a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases and was second on the team with six runs scored. The Wildcats' all-time saves leader, JR Jason Stoffel, picked up his third save of the year on Mar. 8 and lowered his ERA to a team-best 1.88.

• ARIZONA STATE (11-1, 0-0): The Sun Devils outscored Holy Cross 38-4 in the three-game series in Tempe. In his first two starts of the season, SO outfielder Andy Workman went 5-for-10 with six RBI and posted a .700 slugging percentage. In 7.0 innings of work JR pitcher Mike Leake only allowed one hit and no runs, while striking out 10 in the win. Leake also added three RBI at the plate in the series with the Crusaders.

• CALIFORNIA (8-5, 0-0): The Golden Bears dropped their three-game series at No. 21 Arkansas last week, 1-2. In Cal's lone victory of the series, six players had multiple hits, including Jeff Kobernus, Dylan Tonneson and Brian Guinn who had three hits apiece. Blake Smith led the Bears in RBI with three. As a team, Cal leads the Pac-10 with a .324 batting average.

• OREGON (6-6, 0-0): Oregon won three of its four games with Santa Clara last week. JR pitcher Erik Stavert earned his second consecutive win, pitching seven innings and holding the Broncos to two runs on five hits in the Ducks' 12-3 victory on Mar. 7. SR outfielder Caleb Tommasini led Oregon, batting .429 (9-21) with a .619 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. He registered two triples, the first extra-base hits of his career, scored six runs and added a RBI for the Ducks.

• OREGON STATE (7-3, 0-0): The Beavers have yet to play a home game, but are 7-3 on the season. OSU went 3-1 in the Palm Springs Tournament, taking out San Francisco (11-9), UC Riverside (5-1) and Texas Tech (9-6). The Beavers were led by JR Joey Wong, who was 6-for-13 to hit .462 with seven RBI and four walks. OSU will face Missouri State at yet another neutral site in the Pape Grand Slam in Portland, Ore. this week.

• STANFORD (3-8, 0-0): Despite losing the three-game series to the second-ranked Longhorns, Stanford was victorious in game two (7-1), handing Texas its first and only loss of the season. FR pitcher Jordan Pries picked up the win in his first career start on Mar. 7. He was on the mound for 7.1 innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. The Cardinal will take a week off before opening Pac-10 play at California on Mar. 21.

• UCLA (2-10, 0-0): Of UCLA's 10 losses, six have come by a single run, including three of its four games last week. At No. 16 Oklahoma, the Bruins fell 5-6 in game one, 6-7 in game two and 4-6 in game three. SR infielder Eddie Murray led the way for the Bruins with a .545 batting average (6-11). He recorded three doubles, five RBI and two runs scored. He finished the week with a team-leading .688 on-base percentage, registering at least one hit and one RBI in each of UCLA's four games.

• USC (4-6, 0-0): The Trojans' only win of the week came in game one of its three-game series at Tulane. JR right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger allowed just two runs in 7.2 innings with 10 strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season. Catcher/pitcher Robert Stock went 2-for-3 with one RBI and a walk for USC. The Trojans will host No. 10 UC Irvine before welcoming Winthrop for a four-game series in Los Angeles.

• WASHINGTON (6-6, 0-0): The Huskies earned four wins last week, including two over Pac-10 foe Oregon. Against the Ducks on Mar. 4, SO lefty Ben Guidos pitched six innings, giving up just one hit and one walk with no runs, while striking out four batters. At the plate, JR outfielder Kyle Conley was 9-for-19, with four home runs, nine RBI and six runs scored. In UW's 7-4 win at Nevada, Conley blasted three homers and drove in all seven of the Huskies' runs.

• WASHINGTON STATE (3-8, 0-0): Washington State downed Gonzaga, 8-4, on Mar. 3 to earn its third win of the season. Outfielder Derek Jones was 2-for-4, scoring two runs and driving in two more for the Cougars. David Stilley earned the win on the mound for WSU, pitching 4.0 innings with six strikeouts. Up next for the Cougars is a three-game road series at Long Beach State begining Mar. 13.

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