This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

April 28, 2009

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THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

ARIZONA STATE is the lone Pac-10 team ranked in the latest Baseball America poll, holding down the No. 3 spot. The Sun Devils, who played three games at CALIFORNIA last week, remain on the road this week, facing rival ARIZONA for a non-conference game before traveling to Corvallis, Ore., to continue Pac-10 play at OREGON STATE. Arizona is coming off its first Pac-10 series win, taking 2-of-3 at STANFORD last weekend. It was the Wildcats’ seventh straight regular-season series win against the Cardinal. The ‘Cats will look to improve their record this week as they host Cal for a three-game Conference series.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

Tue., April 28

Pacific at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.

OREGON at OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.

Long Beach State at UCLA, 6 p.m.

USC at No. 1 UC Irvine, 6 p.m.

Lewis-Clark State at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON STATE at Gonzaga, 6:30 p.m.

Wed., April 29

No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA, 3 p.m.

Sacramento State at STANFORD, 5 p.m.

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

Fri.,May 1

*No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.

*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

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

*UCLA at OREGON, 3 p.m.

*USC at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., May 2

*No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.

*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, 6 p.m.

*STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.

*UCLA at OREGON, 1 p.m.

*USC at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.

Sun., May 3

*ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE, Noon

*CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, Noon

*STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon

*UCLA at OREGON, 1 p.m.

*USC at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.

Mon., May 4

OREGON STATE at Portland, 3 p.m.

* Pacific-10 Conference Game

All times are local to site.

PAC-10 TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (19-20, 5-13): The Wildcats earned their first Pac-10 series win last week, taking two-of-three games at Stanford, their seventh consecutive series win against the Cardinal. Arizona leads the Pac-10 with a .315 team batting average, ranks second with 301 runs scored, 438 hits and 271 RBI and is third as a team in both slugging percentage (.486) and on-base percentage (.392). FR third baseman Jeff Bandy is 13-for-28 over the last eight games and leads UA with 15 doubles on the year. For the week, Bandy slugged .857 and reached base at a .650 clip.

ARIZONA STATE (31-9, 15-3): The Sun Devils have won 30 games in a season for the 46th straight year. ASU is 6-0 in three-game Pac-10 series this year. JR right-handed pitcher Mike Leake leads the nation with 10 wins so far this season. He recorded his seventh career complete game, third this season, against Cal on Apr. 24. The junior earned double digit victories for the third straight season, joining Eddie Bane as the only Sun Devils to ever win 10-plus games in three consecutive years. Leake leads the Pac-10 and is ranked fourth nationally with a 1.54 ERA.

CALIFORNIA (19-22, 6-12): Cal played No. 3 Arizona State tough last week, taking game two of the three-game series, 10-6. JR Jeff Kobernus was 8-for-16 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI last week. He is currently batting .353 and is on a career-high 12-game hitting streak. He also leads the Bears with 13 stolen bases. SO Mark Canha leads his team with a .390 average and a team-high 12 home runs and 39 RBI. He has hit safely in 38 of 41 games this season. FR pitcher Erik Johnson registered a career-high seven strikeouts in Cal’s 1-3 loss to the Sun Devils on Apr. 24.

OREGON (13-28, 3-12): Oregon was swept at PK Park for the first time this season to Northwest rival Washington. The Ducks were led on the mound by JR Erik Stavert who threw his first complete game of the season, pitching eight scoreless innings before surrendering two unearned runs in the top of the ninth in a 2-0 loss to the Huskies on Apr. 25. In addition, the right-hander posted a career-best tying 10 strikeouts for the Ducks.

OREGON STATE (24-11, 9-6): The Beavers have dropped back-to-back Pac-10 series for the first time this season. However, as a team, OSU is ranked 10th in the nation with a 3.73 ERA and currently holds the fourth spot in the Conference standings. At UCLA last week, JR Ryan Ortiz recorded his 16th multiple-hit game to lead the OSU. He also has 15 doubles this season, one shy of his career best, 16, set last season. The Beavers are 11-2 at home this season, but will be tested this week hosting third-ranked Arizona State.

STANFORD (19-18, 8-10): With the Cardinal’s 11-7 win over Cal in non-conference action last week, head coach Mark Marquess broke his tie with USC’s Rod Dedeaux for eighth place on the NCAA’s all-time wins list (he currently has 1,345 career wins). FR pitcher Brett Mooneyham improved his record to 4-2 on the season with Stanford’s 3-1 win over Arizona on Apr. 25. The lefty ranks eighth nationally allowing just 5.79 hits per nine innings.

UCLA (19-21, 11-7): UCLA moves into sole possession of third place after winning 2-of-3 against then No. 17 Oregon State last week. The Bruins have won nine of their last 13 games, including five of their last six Pac-10 contests. UCLA was led by SR Cody Decker, who hit three home runs and totaled five RBI in four games last week. His 15 homers ranks 19th nationally and is second in the Pac-10.

USC (21-19, 10-8): USC, which lost 2-of-3 against Washington State last week, will be tested early this week playing at No. 1 UC Irvine (Apr. 28) and at No. 6 Cal State Fullerton (Apr. 29). The Trojans fell to the Anteaters, 5-6, in 12 innings on Mar. 10 and dropped their first meeting with the Titans, 2-9, on Apr. 14. JR pitcher Brad Boxberger pitched his first-career complete game against WSU, a 5-1 Trojan victory on Apr. 24.

WASHINGTON (18-22, 7-8): The Huskies were a perfect 4-0 last week, defeating Portland on Apr. 21 before sweeping Oregon in Eugene. UW outscored its oppnents 25-10 last week and is 7-3 in its last 10 games. SR pitcher Jason Erickson threw the first complete game of the year by a Husky. He struck out seven batters in the 2-0 Washington win. JR outfielder Kyle Conley continues to have offensive success as he tallied three home runs and seven RBI for the Dawgs last week. He currently leads the Pac-10 and is 13th in the country with 16 round-trippers on the year.

WASHINGTON STATE (21-18, 10-5): The Cougars are one of four Pac-10 teams to post 20 wins this season. WSU won two games at USC last week, catapulting them into second place in the Conference. SR pitcher Matt Way leads the Cougars with a 2.14 ERA, ranking 16th nationally. Opposing batters are hitting just .216 off the lefty as he has struck out 81 batters, good for third in the Pac-10.

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