This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

May 12, 2009

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THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

ARIZONA STATE jumped two spots to No. 3 in this week's Baseball America top-25 after posting a perfect 5-0 record last week. The Sun Devils will enjoy home field advantage as they play six of their final seven regular-season games at Packard Stadium. In fact, ASU will not have to leave the state of Arizona as its only away game is against rival ARIZONA in Tucson on May 20. With its series sweep of OREGON, WASHINGTON STATE moved into sole possession of second place in the Conference. The Cougars play at OREGON STATE this week, a series that will have critical implications of the Pac-10 standings.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., May 12
Sacramento State at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.
Gonzaga at OREGON STATE, 6 p.m.
STANFORD at San Jose State, 6 p.m.
Long Beach State at UCLA, 6 p.m.
BYU at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.
Portland at WASHINGTON STATE, 5:30 p.m.

Wed., May 13
Gonzaga at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
Pacific at STANFORD, 5 p.m.
Loyola Marymount at USC, 6:30 p.m.
BYU at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.
Portland at WASHINGTON STATE, 2 p.m.

Fri., May 15
*OREGON at No. 3 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
*STANFORD at USC, 6:30 p.m.
UCLA at No. 5 Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE, 5 p.m.

Sat., May 16
*OREGON at No. 3 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
*STANFORD at USC, 6:30 p.m.
No. 5 Cal State Fullerton at UCLA, 6 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.

Sun., May 17
*OREGON at No. 3 ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.
*STANFORD at USC, 1 p.m.
No. 5 Cal State Fullerton at UCLA, 1 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 6 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.

Mon., May 18
*WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, Noon

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

PAC-10 TEAM NOTES

• ARIZONA (25-23, 8-13): The Wildcats, who swept Loyola Marymount last week, will return to Conferece play as they host Washington this weekend. Arizona leads the Pac-10 with a .320 team batting average, 125 doubles, 31 triples and 547 hits. JR first baseman Dillon Baird is the only Pac-10 player hitting over .400 on the season (.433). He is second in the Conference with 19 doubles and tied for second with 5 triples, both ranking in the top-50 nationally.

• ARIZONA STATE (38-11, 16-5): Arizona State is red hot having won five in a row and eight of its last 10 contests. The Sun Devils are within two wins of reaching the 40-win mark for the third straight season. They lead the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.505), on-base percentage (.417), runs scored (397) and RBI (363), while ranking second in home runs with 60- two behind leader California. ASU's pitching has also been impressive this season as JR pitcher Mike Leake continues to lead the nation with 12 wins, while on May 10, SR Jason Franzblau threw the first complete game shutout by a Sun Devil since 2007.

• CALIFORNIA (22-27, 8-16): The Bears are coming off their first Pac-10 road series win, defeating UCLA on Friday and Sunday. Cal has now won 20 games in a season for 19 consecutive years. In the Bears' four games last week, JR second baseman Jeff Kobernus was 7-for-17 (.412) with two doubles, two triples and two home runs, combining for 19 total bases and five RBI. He just missed the cycle at UCLA on Sunday, leading off the game with a triple, hitting a two-run bomb in the third inning and hitting a double in the top of the ninth.

• OREGON (14-34, 4-17): After dropping five in a row, the schedule doesn't get any easier for the Ducks. Oregon travels to Tempe this week to face No. 3 Arizona State, its first trip to the Valley of the Sun since 1966. JR right-handed pitcher Erik Stavert has looked impressive in Conference games, holding opponents to a .205 batting average and registering a 1.95 ERA which is second among Pac-10 pitchers in Conference only games.

• OREGON STATE (29-14, 12-9): Oregon State was 2-2 on the road last week, wining at Portland, 5-2, and edging Washington, 6-4, at Safeco Field in Seattle. SO Jared Norris is on a five-game hit streak, tying his longest of the season. During that streak, he is hitting .429 with two RBI. SO Stefen Romero is also on a five-game hitting streak, posting two triples and four RBI. The Beavers host Gonzaga for two mid-week games, looking to break a six-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.

• STANFORD (25-21, 10-11): Stanford played five non-conference games last week, defeating San Jose State and taking two-of-three games from New Mexico. SR first baseman Brent Milleville had a stellar week, hitting four home runs, including two grand slams, and collecting 16 RBI. On the mound, SR Max Fearnow pitched the Cardinal to a 9-4 rubber game win over New Mexico on May 10. The righty went a career-high 5.2 innings, while limiting an offense that led the nation with a .363 batting average and 683 hits to just three runs on six hits.

• UCLA (24-24, 14-10): The Bruins host Long Beach State on May 12 before facing No. 5 Cal State Fullerton for a three-game series. The first game with the Titans will be played in Fullerton, while the final two will be played in Los Angeles to close out UCLA's home slate. Last week, SR Cody Decker batted .500 (6-for-12) with eight runs, three RBI and two home runs to move into a tie for the Conference lead with 17 home runs on the season. On May 5, Decker registered a career-high four runs in the Bruins' 15-2 win over Cal State Bakersfield.

• USC (23-25, 10-11): USC shut out No. 12 Cal Poly, 5-0, on May 5. It was just the second shutout of the season and the first for the Trojans since the opening weekend of the season (Feb. 21 at Long Beach State, 4-0). USC has dropped eight of its last 10 games, but will look to get back on track as they host Loyola Marymount and Stanford this week. This will be the second meeting of the season against the Lions, as the Trojans won at LMU, 13-5, on Apr. 21.

• WASHINGTON (23-24, 12-9): The Huskies are 8-2 in their last 10 games and find themselves in a tie for fourth place in the Pac-10. Washington captured the 2-1 series win over No. 25 Oregon State last week. The Huskies saw a break out performace from FR outfielder Caleb Brown, who hit .455 with four runs and five RBI. In UW's 15-6 win on May 8, the rookie opened the scoring with a two-out, two-run single in the first and then blasted a three-run homer in the second. He also scored the winning run in the rubber game, a 4-3 Husky victory on May 10.

• WASHINGTON STATE (25-20, 14-7): Washington State swept Oregon last week, moving into second place in the Conference standings. Due to injuries and line-up changes, redshirt sophomore Jay Ponciano has taken over catcher duties in the last six games for the Cougars. Against the Ducks, he hit .556 (5-for-9) with two runs, including his second home run of the season, and five RBI. WSU hosts Portland before traveling to Corvallis for a Conference series with Oregon State.

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