This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

March 17, 2009

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THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

Five Pac-10 teams won a series last weekend, including ARIZONA's 3-0 sweep over Michigan in Tucson. ARIZONA STATE played its first games away from Packard Stadium, posting a 3-2 record by defeating Kansas State and Kansas twice in the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz. The Sun Devils will host rival Arizona to open Pac-10 play on Friday, Mar. 20. STANFORD and UCLA will also travel to its rivals, CALIFORNIA and USC, for Conference play begining Saturday, Mar. 21. One Pac-10 team is ranked in this week's Baseball America poll: No. 6 Arizona State.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., March 17
CALIFORNIA at Pacific, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 17 Pepperdine, 3 p.m.

Wed., March 18
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 17 Pepperdine, 3 p.m.

Thu., March 19
Utah Valley at OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.

Fri., March 20
ARIZONA at No. 6 ARIZONA STATE*, 6:30 p.m.
OREGON vs. Portland (3), 7 p.m.
Utah Valley at OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Hawai'i (3), Noon
South Dakota State at WASHINGTON STATE, 5:30 p.m.

Sat., March 21
ARIZONA at No. 6 ARIZONA STATE*, 6:30 p.m.
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
OREGON vs. WASHINGTON (3), 11 a.m.
OREGON vs. Hawai'i (3), 2:30 p.m.
Saint Mary's at OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.
UCLA at USC*, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Portland (3), 6 p.m.
South Dakota State WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.

Sun., March 22
ARIZONA at No. 6 ARIZONA STATE*, 1 p.m.
OREGON vs. TBA (3), TBA
Saint Mary's at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
UCLA at USC*, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. TBA (3), TBA
South Dakota State at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon

Mon., March 23
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA*, 2:30 p.m.
Hawai'i at OREGON STATE, 4 p.m.
UCLA at USC*, 6 p.m.

Tournaments and neutral sites:
(3) - Rose City Baseball Invitational, Portland, Ore.

*Pacific-10 Conference Game
All times are local to site.

PAC-10 TEAM NOTES

• ARIZONA (11-7, 0-0): Arizona picked up its first series sweep of the season over Michigan, improving its record to 11-7 on the year. Playing in just two games last week, JR first baseman Dillon Baird collected six hits, including two doubles, a triple and a home run. He posted a 1.444 slugging percentage, while adding six runs, five RBI and a stolen base for the Wildcats. Arizona is one of three teams in the Conference to hit over .300 as a team (.320).

• ARIZONA STATE (14-3, 0-0): The Sun Devils notched three-of-five wins last week in the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise Stadium. True freshman Riccio Torrez went 11-for-16 (.688), registering two doubles, a triple and the first home run of his career. He also scored five runs and knocked in eight more. He just missed the cycle on Mar. 15, falling a triple shy in the 12-10 ASU win over Kansas.

• CALIFORNIA (9-7, 0-0): Cal was 1-2 against No. 24 Cal Poly last week. JR center fielder Brett Jackson has hit safely in all 16 of the Bears' games this season. He currently leads Cal with a .403 average (27-for-67, seven doubles, a triple, three home runs, 13 RBI). As a team, the Bears lead the Pac-10 with a .324 batting average, rank second in hits (188) and slugging percentage (.516) and come in third with 95 RBI.

• OREGON (8-8, 0-0): The Ducks split their four-game series at Nevada last week. JR lefty Bennett Whitmore made his fourth start of the season on Mar. 14 and struck out eight batters to pick up his first win at the Division I level. The Fresno, Calif., native is tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with 26 strikeouts this season.

• OREGON STATE (8-5, 0-0): The Beavers dropped their three-game series with Missouri State, 1-2, in Portland last week. SO infielder John Tommasini recorded six hits and three RBI to lead OSU. He is currently ninth in the Conference in on-base percentage at .451 for the season. The Beavers host Utah Valley and Saint Mary's this week for their first home games of 2009.

• STANFORD (3-8, 0-0): Stanford was idle last week, previously taking the field on Mar. 8. The Cardinal will travel across the Bay to open Pac-10 play against rival California. The three-game series will take place Saturday, Mar. 21 - Monday, Mar. 23.

• UCLA (5-12, 0-0): UCLA has won three of its last five games, including a 5-3 victory over No. 25 UC Santa Barbara on Mar. 10. The Bruins also captured the three-game series victory at East Carolina (2-1). FR right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer earned his first collegiate win, pitching 3.2 scoreless innings of relief in a game which had been suspended due to rain and was resumed the next day. He allowed two hits and struck out five opponents in game two of the three-game series. Fellow FR pitcher Gerrit Cole struck out a career-high 12 batters, having started the game the previous day.

• USC (7-8, 0-0): The Trojans are on a three-game winning streak, winning their four-game series with Winthrop, 3-1. FR Ricky Oropesa went 7-for-12 last week, hitting .583 with a home run and six RBI for USC. Redshirt freshman Andrew Triggs made his first collegiate start on the mound and picked up his first-career win Mar. 16. He holds a 2.16 ERA on the year, while USC ranks second as a team in the Pac-10 with a 3.44 ERA.

• WASHINGTON (6-9, 0-0): Washington fell in three straight games last week to visiting San Francisco, including a one-run loss (5-6) in 13 innings on Mar. 14. FR shortstop Andy Bethel drove in five runs in two games for UW. SO Pierce Rankin is currently second in the Pac-10 with a .404 batting average and third with a .702 slugging percentage on the season.

• WASHINGTON STATE (5-9, 0-0): The Cougars won 2-of-3 games at Long Beach State last weekend. SR catcher Greg Lagreid led WSU, batting .615 (8-for-13) with two doubles and five RBI. In the Cougars' 9-0 shutout of LBSU on Mar. 13, SR left-handed pitcher Matt Way registered a season-high eight strikeouts in eight innings to pick up his first win of the season for WSU. The Cougars remain in Southern California for two games at No. 17 Pepperdine (Mar. 17-18) before returning home to face South Dakota State for a three-game series (Mar. 20-22).

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