This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

May 5, 2009

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THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

OREGON STATE is back in the Baseball America top-25 after handing ARIZONA STATE its first Pac-10 series loss of the season. The Beavers upset the Sun Devils with two come-from-behind victories. With the losses ASU dropped two spots to No. 5 in the latest poll. OSU will hit the road this week starting at Portland and then making its way north for a three-game Conference series at WASHINGTON. Friday’s game between the Beavers and Huskies will be played at Safeco Field in Seattle. Washington played an earlier Pac-10 game at the neutral site, falling to Arizona State, 1-3. Elsewhere, several teams will take a break from Pac-10 play as they take part in non-conference match-ups.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

Tue., May 5

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

San Diego at No. 5 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.

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

No. 25 OREGON STATE at Portland, 3 p.m.

San Jose State at STANFORD, 5 p.m.

Cal State Bakersfield at UCLA, 6 p.m.

No. 12 Cal Poly at USC, 6:30 p.m.

Wed., May 6

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

San Diego at No. 5 ARIZONA STATE, 4 p.m.

STANFORD at Santa Clara, 6 p.m.

Fri., May 8

Winthrop at No. 5 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.

*CALIFORNIA at UCLA, 6 p.m.

*No. 25 OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m. (1)

New Mexico at STANFORD, 5:30 p.m.

Sat., May 9

Loyola Marymount at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

Winthrop at No. 5 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.

*CALIFORNIA at UCLA, 2 p.m.

*OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.

*No. 25 OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.

New Mexico at STANFORD, 1 p.m.

USC at Cal State Northridge, 1 p.m.

Sun., May 10

Loyola Marymount at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.

Winthrop at No. 5 ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.

*CALIFORNIA at UCLA, 1 p.m.

*OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.

*No. 25 OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.

New Mexico at STANFORD, 1 p.m.

USC at Cal State Northridge, 1 p.m.

Mon., May 11

Loyola Marymount at ARIZONA, 6 p.m.

*OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon

* Pacific-10 Conference Game; (1) Safeco Field, Seattle, Wash.

All times are local to site.

PAC-10 TEAM NOTES

• ARIZONA (22-21, 8-13): Arizona has won four of its last five games, including four staight Conference games. The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in five offensive categories: batting average (.321), sugging percentage (.494), hits (494), doubles (109) and triples (26). FR Jeff Bandy is third nationally with 0.51 doubles per game and SO Bobby Coyle is 10th with six triples on the season. On the mound, SR Preston Guilmet turned in his longest outing of the season, throwing eight innings and striking out a season-high 10 batters in the Wildcats’ 13-4 win over California on May 1.

• ARIZONA STATE (33-11, 16-5): The Sun Devils dropped their first Conference series of the year, winning just one of three games at Oregon State last week. ASU began the week with a 20-3 win at Arizona in a non-conference match-up and defeated the Beavers 4-2 in the first game of the series. JR pitcher Mike Leake threw his second straight complete game in the Sun Devils’ win on May 1. He leads the nation with 11 victories and 5.26 hits allowed per nine innings, while ranking seventh with 96 strikeouts this season.

• CALIFORNIA (19-26, 6-15): The Bears have stuggled lately, winning just two of their last 10 games. Despite the losses, Cal leads the Conference with 60 home runs and ranks second in batting average (.302), slugging percentage (.493) and hits (483). Up next, the Bears host UC Davis, a team they slaughtered 21-4 on Apr. 15, before traveling to Los Angeles for a three-game Pac-10 series at UCLA.

• OREGON (14-31, 4-14): Oregon earned its fourth Conference victory with a 3-2 win over UCLA on May 1. JR right-handed pitcher Erik Stavert was spectacular on the mound, pitching eight innings and allowing just six hits and one run. He struck out eight Bruins on his way to his fifth win of the season. In his last three starts, Stavert has gone at least eight innings and registered at least eight strikeouts in each outing.

• OREGON STATE (27-12, 11-7): Oregon State became the first Conferece team to win a series against Arizona State, taking two-of-three from the Sun Devils. JR Adalberto Santos led the Beavers, hitting .462 with two runs and four RBI. His last RBI served as the game-winner on May 3. He recorded mutiple hits in three of OSU’s four games last week. The Beavers will have to leave the comfort of Goss Stadium, where they are 14-3 this season, to embark on a four-game road trip to the Northwest.

• STANFORD (22-19, 10-11): Winners of seven of its last 10 games, Stanford took two-of-three games at Washington State last week to secure its fourth Pac-10 series win of the season. SR Brent Milleville led the Cardinal last week, hitting a grand slam on Apr. 29 against Sacramento State to tie the game, which Stanford won 6-4. He also posted three hits and five RBI in the Cardinal’s series with WSU.

• UCLA (22-22, 13-8): The Bruins earned their 13th Pac-10 win last week, matching their Conference win total from 2008 and moving them into sole possession of second place in the league. UCLA’s next four games marks the first and only week of the season in which the Bruins will play each of their games at home (midweek contest and weekend series). SR Cody Decker has led the Bruin offense and is second in the Conference with 15 home runs, tied for sixth with 38 RBI and ranks seventh with a .635 slugging percentage.

• USC (22-23, 10-11): USC has slid into a two-way tie for sixth place in the Pac-10 after being swept by a Conference opponent for the first time this season. The Trojans will look to bounce back after losing three straight at Washington as they host Cal Poly and play two games at Cal State Northridge this week. JR shortstop Grant Green leads USC with a .363 batting average and is second in the Pac-10 with five triples and tied for third with 61 hits on the year.

• WASHINGTON (21-23, 10-8): With the Huskies’ sweep of USC last week, Washington moves into fifth place in the Pac-10 standings. Winners of seven of their last 10 games, the Huskies are the eighth Pac-10 team to reach 20 wins this season. JR outfielder Kyle Conley continues to lead the Conference with 17 home runs on the year, ranking 18th nationally. He leads the Huskies with a .348 batting average and is second in the Pac-10 with a .732 slugging percentage.

• WASHINGTON STATE (22-20, 11-7): Washington State dropped its three-game series with Stanford, 1-2, last week. In the lone win for the Cougars, SR pitcher Matt Way went eight innings, allowing five hits and striking out five batters. With the victory, the Sitka, Ala., native earned his sixth win of the season and is currently ranked 13th nationally with a 2.04 ERA on the season.

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