This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

April 14, 2009

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THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

OREGON STATE moves up two spots in the Baseball America poll this week to land at No. 14. The Beavers remain undefeated at home this season as they host USC for Conference play, April 17-19. Winners of six straight games, the Trojans are on a roll, but will be tested this week as they face sixth-ranked Cal State Fullerton, Pepperdine and the 14th-ranked Beavers. ARIZONA STATE fell out of the No. 1 spot in the rankings after dropping two games at then No. 12 Arkansas, bounced back to win two-of three against WASHINGTON STATE. The No. 4 Sun Devils play host to STANFORD this week in Pac-10 action.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., April 14

New Mexico at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

Portland at OREGON, 3 p.m.

BYU at No. 14 OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.

UCLA at No. 15 San Diego State, 6 p.m.

No. 6 Cal State Fullerton at USC, 6:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON STATE at No. 22 Gonzaga, 6:30 p.m.

Wed., April 15

New Mexico at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

CALIFORNIA at UC Davis, 2:30 p.m.

STANFORD at Santa Clara, 6 p.m.

USC at Pepperdine, 3 p.m.

Fri., April 17

*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 5:30 p.m.

*OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.

*STANFORD at No. 4 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.

*USC at No. 14 OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.

*WASHINGTON at UCLA, 6 p.m.

Sat., April 18

*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.

*OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.

*STANFORD at No. 4 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.

*USC at No. 14 OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.

*WASHINGTON at UCLA, 2 p.m.

Sun., April 19

*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m.

*OREGON at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.

*STANFORD at No. 4 ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.

*USC at No. 14 OREGON STATE, Noon

*WASHINGTON at UCLA, 1 p.m.

Mon., April 20

ARIZONA at No. 22 Gonzaga, Noon

OREGON at No. 3 UC Irvine, 6 p.m.

Santa Clara at STANFORD, 5 p.m.

* Pacific-10 Conference Game

(EX) - Exhibition

All times are local to site.

PAC-10 TEAM NOTES

• ARIZONA (14-16, 3-9): Wildcat JR catcher Dwight Childs is turning in a breakout season. He is hitting a career-best .373 after reording a .193 average a year ago. He has three home runs this season and 20 RBI, five more than he had all of last year. JR first baseman Dillon Baird leads the Pac-10 and ranks 12th nationally with a .447 batting average. Over the last 16 games he is hitting .517 (30-for-58) with 19 runs scored and 20 RBI. Of his 30 hits, 14 have gone for extra bases as he has posted a .914 slugging percentage during that stretch.

• ARIZONA STATE (25-8, 10-2): The Sun Devils remain atop the Pac-10 standings going into their three-game series with Stanford this week. JR left-handed pitcher Josh Spence leads the nation with a 1.01 ERA and is third in strikeouts, registering 82 on the year. Against Washington State, Spence struck out 10 batters, the fifth time in his eight starts that he has fanned at least 10 hitters. As a team, ASU ranks third nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (7.31)and sixth in strikeouts per nine innings (9.8).

• CALIFORNIA (15-18, 3-9): Despite an eight game losing skid, the Bears lead the Conference in hits (344) and total bases (551), and are third with a .296 team batting average and a .474 team slugging percentage. SO Mark Canha is tied for first in the Pac-10 with 50 hits on the season. He also ranks fouth in batting average (.385) and slugging percentage (.685).

• OREGON (12-20, 2-7): Oregon host Portland this week, its third and final meeting with the Pilots this season. The Ducks will look to snap a five-game losing streak, their longest of the season. UO is 7-1 when holding opponents to two runs or less. As a team, the Ducks are 22nd in the nation with a 3.90 ERA. FR pitcher Tyler Anderson leads Oregon with 45 srikeouts and is tied for the team lead with a 3.16 ERA.

• OREGON STATE (21-7, 7-2): The Beavers remain one and a half games behind Arizona State for the Pac-10 lead. Last week, OSU won two-of-three games at Arizona, its first series win in Tucson since 1963. SO infielder Jared Norris hit two home runs against the Wildcats and now has 20 RBI on the season, one of five Beavers to hit the 20-RBI plateau. OSU holds a team ERA of 3.67, second in the Conference and 10th nationally, and is sixth in the nation with 7.85 hits allowed per nine innngs.

• STANFORD (14-13, 7-5): Stanford has won eight of its last 10 games and is above .500 for the just the second time this season. SR first baseman Brent Milleville was instrumental in the Cardinal's 2-1 series win over UCLA. He hit .455 with three home runs and a double, while slugging an impressive 1.364 percent. The senior has hit a Conference-high five home runs in Pac-10 play and ranks third in slugging percentage (.794) in Conference-only games. As a team, the Cardinal has been solid defensively, ranking eighth in the nation in fielding percentage (.977).

• UCLA (13-19, 6-6): The Bruins picked up a big win over No. 5 UC Irvine, 8-3, before dropping its three-game series at Stanford, 1-2, last week. SR first baseman Cody Decker has hit five home runs in the Bruins' last six games, increasing his season total to 12. He hit .375 (6-for-16) with three homers and seven RBI in four games last week, including the eventual game-winning two-run bomb on Apr. 7 against the Anteaters. The senior is now tied for 10th place in UCLA's record book with 38 career home runs.

• USC (17-14, 7-5): USC is currently the hottest team in the league, winning six straight games and is tied for third in the Pac-10 standings. In Conference-only games, USC is third in hts (118) and batting average (.291), fourth in on-base percentage (.370) and fifth in runs scored (71), RBI (62) and slugging percentage (.415). JR short stop Grant Green registered his 19th career triple last week and is now tied for seventh on the Pac-10's all-time top 10 list.

• WASHINGTON (14-19, 4-5): The Huskies are 4-1 in their last five games and are currently a half-game behind UCLA in the Pac-10. SO pitcher Geoff Brown pitched in all five UW games last week, earning three wins. The lefty pitched a total of seven innings with 11 hits, but only allowed two earned runs, while striking out seven batters. JR outfielder Kyle Conley leads the Pac-10 with 13 home runs and 40 runs scored this season.

• WASHINGTON STATE (15-15, 5-4): Washington State avoided the sweep against then No. 1 Arizona State in the series finale in Tempe last week. The Cougars were led by designated hitter Michael Weber who recorded two hits, including a home run and four RBI in the 10-4 WSU victory. On the season, Weber is hitting .286 with three home runs and nine RBI. In Pac-10 play, the Cougars are fourth with a .276 batting average and a.429 slugging percentage.

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