This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

March 31, 2009

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THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

(Mar. 31) -- With STANFORD's 13-3 victory Mar. 27 over WASHINGTON, head coach Mark Marquess posted his 1,332nd career win - the ninth-most ever by an NCAA Division I head baseball coach. Currently totaling 1,334 career wins, Marquess also moved into the top spot among Pac-10 head coaches, surpassing Rod Dedeaux of USC. All 10 Conference teams have picked up at least one Pac-10 victory this season. OREGON STATE improved its overall record to 15-6 last week and returns to the polls after a two week absence. Two Pac-10 teams are ranked in this week's Baseball America poll: No. 3 Arizona State and No. 19 Oregon State.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., March 31
No. 1 Cal State Fullerton at No. 3 ARIZONA STATE (1), 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA vs. San Francisco (2), 6:30 p.m.
Portland at OREGON, 3 p.m.
USC at No. 23 Cal Poly, 6 p.m.
Gonzaga at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.


Wed., April 1
No. 1 Cal State Fullerton at No. 3 ARIZONA STATE (1), 6 p.m.
Long Beach State at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.
Santa Clara at STANFORD, 5 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at UCLA, 6 p.m.
Gonzaga at WASHINGTON, 3 p.m.


Fri., April 3
*No. 3 ARIZONA STATE vs. WASHINGTON (3), 6:30 p.m.
*CALIFORNIA at No. 19 OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.
*STANFORD at OREGON, 3 p.m.
*UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE, 5:30 p.m.
*USC at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.


Sat., April 4
*No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.
*CALIFORNIA at No. 19 OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
*STANFORD at OREGON, 1 p.m.
*UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.
*USC at ARIZONA, 6 p.m.


Sun., April 5
*No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON, Noon
*CALIFORNIA at No. 19 OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
*STANFORD at OREGON, 1 p.m.
*UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon
*USC at ARIZONA, Noon


Mon., April 6
WASHINGTON at Gonzaga, 6:30 p.m.
BYU at WASHINGTON STATE, 5:30 p.m.


Neutral Site:
(1) - DeMarini West Coast Challenge (Tempe, Ariz.)
(2) - Dante Benedetti Classic, AT&T Park (San Francisco, Calif.)
(3) - Safeco Field (Seattle, Wash.)


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

PAC-10 TEAM NOTES
• ARIZONA (12-12, 1-5): Despite dropping six of its last 10 games, Arizona leads the Pac-10 in eight statistical hitting categories. JR catcher Dwight Childs led the Wildcat offense against UCLA, batting .750 and recording a .846 on-base percentage and a whopping 1.625 slugging percentage. In UA's 19-5 win on Mar. 28, he went 5-for-5, scoring four runs and driving in four more. The win was the Wildcats' highest single game run output in over two years and the most on a Pac-10 opponent on the road since 2004.

• ARIZONA STATE (19-4, 5-1): Arizona State has won eight of its last 10 games, including a six-game winning streak. The Sun Devils will host top-ranked Cal State Fullerton for two games in the DeMarini West Coast Challenge, taking place Mar. 31 and Apr. 1. JR outfielder Jason Kipnis leads the Pac-10 in batting average (.469), slugging percentage (.914), on-base percentage (.569), runs scored (33), total bases (74), sacrifices (4) and RBI (36).

• CALIFORNIA (14-10, 3-3): As a team, Cal leads the Pac-10 in batting average (.314), and is tied for first in hits (270) and home runs (29). The Bears are led by SO outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha, who is batting a team-leading .411 (3rd in Pac-10) with a team-best eight home runs (2nd in Pac-10) and 26 RBI (4th in Pac-10). Cal faces San Francosco and Long Beach State in non-conference action this week, two teams the Bears have already deafeated this season.

• OREGON (11-14, 1-2): Oregon played its first Pac-10 game in 28 years last weekend, hosting in-state rival Oregon State. Despite dropping the series, the Ducks earned a win in game two in dramatic fashion with a 10th-inning 3-2 victory at PGE Park in Portland in front of a Pac-10 record crowd of 15,540. The win was also the 500th Division I win for head coach George Horton.

• OREGON STATE (15-6, 2-1): The Beavers return to the top 25 this week after winning two-of-three against rival Oregon. Over the past four games, OSU went 3-1 and limited its opponents to just nine runs while scoring 25 of its own. SO infielder Stefen Romero leads OSU and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 27 RBI and is eighth with 23 runs scored.

• STANFORD (8-11, 3-3): The Cardinal posted four wins last week, doubling its win total for the season. Head coach Mark Marquess became the Pac-10's all-time winningest coach with Stanford's 11-0 victory over Washington on Mar. 29. He currently has 1,334 career wins, passing USC's Rod Dedeaux, who ended his career with 1,332 wins at USC from 1942-86. The Cardinal has won four out of its last five games.

• UCLA (10-14, 4-2): The Bruins have won eight of their last 12 games since opening the season 2-10. JR infielder Casey Haerther leads UCLA and ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with a .347 batting average and is tied for ninth with 21 RBI. The Bruins will host Loyola Marymount on Apr. 1 before heading to Washington State for another Pac-10 series.

• USC (11-12, 2-4): USC defeated its first ranked opponent of the season, kocking off No. 3 Arizona State, 8-2, on Mar. 29. FR first baseman Ricky Oropesa led the Trojans in the win with three hits, two runs scored and a RBI. In Conference only games, he ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with a .778 slugging percentage.

• WASHINGTON (10-13, 1-2): The Hukies edged No. 10 UC Irvine, 13-12, on Mar. 25. JR infielder Aaron Russell went 3-for-5, scoring two runs and driving in six more. JR outfielder Kyle Conley added four RBI in the win. Conley leads the Conference with nine home runs and ranks fifth with 25 RBI on the season. UW will host No. 3 Arizona State for a Friday night contest at Safeco Field in Seattle on Apr. 3.

• WASHINGTON STATE (10-12, 2-1): The Cougars earned a 2-1 series win at California, their first over the Golden Bears since 2004 and the first in Berkeley since 2001. R-SO pitcher Chad Arnold led the way, pitching seven shutout innings in an 11-0 win on Mar. 28. He limited the Bears, the Pac-10 team leader in batting average, to four hits, while striking out six batters.

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