This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

April 7, 2009

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THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

ARIZONA STATE moves into the top spot in the Baseball America, NCBWA and USA Today Sprts Weekly/ESPN polls this week after splitting a two-game series with then No. 1 Cal State Fullerton and finishing the week with a sweep at WASHINGTON. The Sun Devils are on the road for a midweek series at No. 12 Arkansas before returning home to host WASHINGTON STATE for Pac-10 play. OREGON STATE moved up three spots in the latest Baseball America poll coming in at No. 16. The Beavers swept CALIFORNIA last week to earn their first sweep over a Pac-10 team since 2006.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., April 7
WASHINGTON 14, Gonzaga 7
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE at No. 12 Arkansas, 6:35 p.m.
No. 5 UC Irvine at UCLA, 6 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at USC, 6:30 p.m.
BYU at WASHINGTON STATE, 5:30 p.m.

Wed., April 8
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE at No. 12 Arkansas, 6:35 p.m.

Thu., April 9
*CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.
*OREGON at USC, 6:30 p.m.
*No. 16 OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
*UCLA at STANFORD, 5:30 p.m.

Fri., April 10
*CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.
*OREGON at USC, 6:30 p.m.
*No. 16 OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, 6 p.m.
*UCLA at STANFORD, 5:30 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at No. 1 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., April 11
*CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
*OREGON at USC, 1 p.m.
*No. 16 OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, Noon
*UCLA at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at No. 1 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.

Sun., April 12
*WASHINGTON STATE at No. 1 ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.

Mon., April 13
CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 5 p.m.
BYU at No. 16 OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.

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

PAC-10 TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (13-14, 2-7): Arizona leads the Pac-10 in batting average (.314), slugging percentage (.508), doubles (76) and triples (19). The doubles and triples are fourth and 10th nationally. The Wildcats are also third in the country in double plays per game (1.33). JR Dillon Baird is second in the Conference with a .425 batting average, .767 slugging percentage and a .532 on-base percentage.

ARIZONA STATE (23-5, 8-1): The Sun Devils have earned their first No. 1 ranking of the 2009 season. ASU leads the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (6.8), ranks second in ERA (2.30) and is fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (9.9). Individually, ASU's pitchers are led by juniors Josh Spence and Mike Leake, whose ERAs are ranked fifth and sixth nationally at 1.17 and 1.29, respectively.

CALIFORNIA (15-14, 3-6): Cal's game at Sacramento State on Apr. 7 has been rained out. The game has not yet been re-scheduled. The Bears will travel to Seattle this weekend to face Washington in Pac-10 action. Cal leads the Pac-10 with 314 hits and 34 home runs on the season. JR outfielder Brett Jackson is tied for first in the Conference with 13 doubles on the season, ranking 25th nationally.

OREGON (12-17, 2-4): The Ducks are ninth in the country with a team ERA of 3.53. FR lefty Tyler Anderson was impressive for Oregon in its 2-1 win over Stanford on Apr. 3. Earning his second win of the season, and the first since the team's season opener on Feb. 20, Anderson struck out nine batters and allowed just six hits and three walks in 7.2 innings of work. In his two Pac-10 starts, he is 1-1 and has improved his ERA to 2.57.

OREGON STATE (18-6, 5-1): Oregon State remains undefeated at home and has won nine of its last 10 games. The Beavers hold a team ERA of 3.57 to come in at 10th in the nation. SO right-handed pitcher Greg Peavey held Cal to just two runs on four hits in seven innings on the mound. It marked his fourth striaght game allowing two earned runs or less and seventh game in-a-row going at least five innings.

STANFORD (11-12, 5-4): The Cardinal have won seven of its last 10 games and are currently three games out of first place in the Conference standings. Stanford leads the Pac-10 with a .976 fielding percentage that is 12th in the nation. Last week, SO pitcher Drew Storen went 1-0 and picked up two saves. He limited opponents to just three hits in 19 at-bats (.158) and registered nine strikeouts and no walks.

UCLA (11-17, 5-4): UCLA will face its 10th ranked opponent of the season as it hosts No. 5 UC Irvine on Apr. 7. The Bruins are currently three games back in the Conference race as they head into their weekend series at Stanford, also three games back in the standings. As a team, UCLA is second in the Pac-10 with 264 stirkeouts, which also ranks ninth nationally.

USC (13-14, 4-5): The Trojans earned a 2-1 series victory at Arizona last week. JR Robert Stock registered USC's first complete game of the season, allowing three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in a 7-3 win on Apr. 5. He is also one of five Pac-10 players to hit three triples on the season.

WASHINGTON (11-19, 1-5): Washington ranks third in the Pac-10 in home runs (32) and 74th nationally, averaging 1.11 home runs per game. The Huskies are led by JR outfielder Kyle Conley who leads the Conference with 11 home runs, is second in runs scored (33) and third in RBI (30).

WASHINGTON STATE (13-13, 4-2): The Cougars opened the Conference season 4-1, their best start in Pac-10 play since 1998 in the Pac-10 North. They have also won their first two Conference series for the first time since 1995. SR left-handed pitcher Matt Way pitched the third complete game of his career on Apr. 3 against UCLA, and tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts. He holds a season ERA of 1.65 to rank 17th nationally.

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