This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

April 21, 2009

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THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

(Apr. 21) -- ARIZONA STATE remains in the Top-5 of the Baseball America poll for the fifth straigth week. Currently holding the No. 3 ranking, the Sun Devils take a break from Pac-10 play to host No. 20 Hawai'i on Apr. 21 before heading to the Bay Area for a three-game Conference series at CALIFORNIA. The Bears snapped an eight-game skid last week with a 21-4 victory at UC Davis and have won three of their last five games. After going 1-2 against USC last week, OREGON STATE fell three spots in the Baseball America poll. The 19th-ranked Beavers travel to Los Anegeles this week for a Pac-10 series at UCLA.The game between the Beavers and Bruins on Apr. 24 will be televised on Fox Sports Net at 6 p.m. PT

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tue., April 21
No. 20 Hawai'i at No. 3 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
OREGON at No. 1 UC Irvine, 2 p.m.
UCLA at UC Riverside, 6 p.m.
USC at Loyola Marymount, 3 p.m.
Portland at WASHINGTON, 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Utah, 6 p.m.

Wed., April 22
CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Utah, 6 p.m.

Fri., April 24
*ARIZONA at STANFORD, 5 p.m.
*No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.
*No. 17 OREGON STATE at UCLA, 6 p.m. (1)
*WASHINGTON at OREGON, 3 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at USC, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., April 25
*ARIZONA at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
*No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
*No. 17 OREGON STATE at UCLA, 2 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at OREGON, 1 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at USC, 2 p.m.

Sun., April 26
*ARIZONA at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
*No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
*No. 17 OREGON STATE at UCLA, 1 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at OREGON, 1 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at USC, Noon

Mon., April 27
STANFORD at San Francisco, 5 p.m.

* Pacific-10 Conference Game
(1) Televised by FSN
All times are local to site.

PAC-10 TEAM NOTES

• ARIZONA (17-19, 3-12): Arizona picked up a much needed win at Gonzaga on Apr. 20. The Wildcats had lost three straight before defeating the Bulldogs, 8-7. Despite a 17-19 record, Arizona leads the Pac-10 with a .314 team batting average. They have recorded the most doubles (93) and triples (20) in the Conferece and are 10th in the country, turning 1.26 double plays per game. JR Dillon Baird leads the Pac-10 with a .411 batting average and is second in on-base percentage (.500) and fourth in both slugging percentage (.679) and RBI (33).

• ARIZONA STATE (28-8, 13-2): The Sun Devils look to make it a sweep of the Bay Area schools this week as they travel to Cal. ASU won its 20th home game this season in its final win over Stanford last week. FR pitcher Mitchell Lambson registered the final outs in all three games as the Sun Devils swept the Cardinal. The lefty threw a combined 5.1 innings, allowing only one run on three hits while striking out seven batters. Stanford hitters hit only .167 off the freshman as he earned his third save of the season on Apr. 19. As a team, ASU is second in the nation in ERA (2.48) and third in hits allowed per nine innings (7.4).

• CALIFORNIA (18-19, 5-10): Cal posted 49 runs last week while allowing oppenents to only score 11. The Bears are second in the Pac-10 with a .306 team batting average and lead the Conference in slugging percentage (.504), home runs (51), total bases (664) and are tied for first with 403 hits on the season. Individually, SO Mark Canha leads the league in hits (57), is second in home runs (12) and slugging percentage (.729), third in batting average (.396) and fourth in on-base percentage (.473).

• OREGON (13-24, 3-9): The Ducks snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 5-3 win at California on Apr. 18. JR right-handed pitcher Erik Stavert threw eight innings of two-run baseball. He struck out eight in his longest outing of the year. In fact, he was just three outs away from a complete-game shutout before giving up a two-run home run. He leads Oregon with a 3.03 ERA and a 4-2 record.

• OREGON STATE (23-9, 8-4): OSU looks to get back on track after dropping its first Pac-10 series of the season to visiting USC, 1-2. The Beavers rank fifth nationally with 7.79 hits allowed per nine innings. SO pitcher Kevin Rhoderick figured in two of OSU's three wins last week. He used just 10 pitches to record two outs, picking up his first career victory Sunday against the Trojans. He earned a save earlier in the week against BYU, his team-leading fifth save of the season and 17th of his career.

• STANFORD (16-16, 7-8): The Cardinal rebounded from a three-game skid with an 11-1 win over Santa Clara on Apr. 20. The victory was head coach Mark Marquess' 1,342nd of his career, moving him into an eighth-place tie for the most in NCAA Division I history. Marquess is in his 33rd season at the helm of his alma mater. He will look to pass USC's Rod Dedeaux for sole possession of eighth place against rival California in non-conference action on Apr. 22.

• UCLA (17-19, 9-6): UCLA is 7-3 in its last 10 games after a 4-0 week, including a win at 15th-ranked San Diego State and a sweep of Washington in Pac-10 play. The Bruins have made their way into the top-5 in the Conference in several offensive categories: batting average (.279-5th), slugging percentage (.426-5th), on-base percentage (.385-4th), runs scored (220-5th), hits (343-4th), RBI (200-5th) and home runs (33-5th). SR second baseman Eddie Murray hit .389 (7-for-18) with two doubles, six RBI and a team-leading seven runs scored in the four games.

• USC (19-17, 9-6): The Trojans are 7-3 in their last 10 games and in a tie for third place in the Pac-10 standings. Last week, USC won two of its three games at Oregon State, handing the Beavers their first home losses of the season. JR right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger leads the Conference in opposing batting average (.171) and batters struck out looking (26), while ranking second in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (5.17).

• WASHINGTON (14-22, 4-8): The Huskies look to rebound after losing three straight at UCLA last week. UW will play at Oregon for a three-game Conference series this weekend. The Huskies are 3-1 against the Ducks this season. JR outfielder Kyle Conley continues to lead the Pac-10 with 13 home runs on the season, ranking 25th nationally. He is also third in slugging percentage (.722) and 10th in batting average (.346).

• WASHINGTON STATE (18-16, 8-4): Washington State has won four of its last five games to move itno a tie for second in the Pac-10 standings. The Cougars swept Arizona thanks in large part to RS-JR pitcher Jeremy Johnson. The right-handed pitcher notched two saves and a win last week. He is now 4-1 on the season and ranks ninth in the Pac-10 with a 2.95 ERA. The sweep was WSU's first Conference series sweep since April 25-27 against Portland State in the Pac-10 North.

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