Sun Devils, Beavers And Cougars Open NCAA Baseball Regional Play Friday

May 27, 2009

 

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THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL

Three Pac-10 Conference teams have been selected to participate in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Conference champion ARIZONA STATE leads the way earning a No. 5 overall seed. The Sun Devils will host the Tempe Regional and will face Mid-American Conference champion Kent State on May 29 at 7 p.m. Also playing in the Tempe Regional are Summit League champion Oral Roberts and Cal Poly from the Big West Conference. WASHINGTON STATE makes its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1990. The Cougars will compete in the Norman Regional, taking on Arkansas at 1 p.m. Friday. The winner will face the winner of the Oklahoma/Wichita State game that follows. OREGON STATE will travel to Fort Worth, Texas as the No. 3 seed in the Fort Worth Regional, hosted by TCU. The Beavers will play Texas A&M in their first game. TCU will host Wright State to round out the regional field.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

Fort Worth Regional (Fort Worth, Texas)
Friday, May 29

No. 2 Texas A&M vs. No. 3 OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
No. 1 TCU vs. No. 4 Wright St., 7 p.m.

Norman Regional (Norman, Okla.)
Friday, May 29

No. 2 Arkansas vs. No. 3 WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m.
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Wichita St., 7 p.m.

Tempe Regional (Tempe, Ariz.)
Friday, May 29

No. 2 Oral Roberts vs. No. 3 Cal Poly, 2 p.m.
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 4 Kent State, 7 p.m.

All times are local to site.
*Each regional will feature two games Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A game seven will take place on Monday, June 1, if necessary.

NCAA TOURNAEMT INFORMATION

Each of the 16 regionals feature four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 29, to Monday, June 1 (if necessary).

Selection of the eight super regional hosts will be announced on NCAA.com, Monday, June 1 at approximately 11 p.m. (ET). The 63rd Men’s College World Series begins play Saturday, June 13, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

PAC-10 TEAM NOTES

• ARIZONA STATE (44-12, 21-6): The Sun Devils are making their 10th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2009... ASU’s .786 won-loss percentage (44-12) is the best in the country... They have won 40 games in a season for the third consecutive year and have now reached the 40-win plateau 30 times in program history, including six of the last seven seasons... With its 2-1 series win over UCLA last week, ASU has earned its 20th conference championship, ninth since joining the Pac-10 in 1979... ASU also becomes the first team since the North and South divisions merged in 1999 to win three straight titles... It marks the fourth Pac-10 championship for head coach Pat Murphy in his 15 seasons at the helm of the program... Arizona State is led by JR outfielder Jason Kipnis, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, and JR right-handed pitcher Mike Leake, the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. Both juniors have been named semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award... Kipnis leads the Sun Devils hitting .380, ranking second in the Pac-10. He leads the Conference with a .720 slugging percentage, 66 runs scored and 144 total bases. He is also second in the Pac-10 in on-base percentage (.496), RBI (65) and walks (45), and ranks third in hits (76) and tied for fourth with 14 home runs... On the mound, Leake leads the nation with 14 wins this the season, a new career high. In his last two outings, Leake has thrown consecutive complete-game shutouts. In Pac-10 play, the righty posted a 9-0 record with six complete games and two shutouts. He struck out 87 batters while walking just 12 in his nine league appearances... JR catcher Carlos Ramirez has hit 18 home runs this season, the most by an ASU catcher since All-American Casey Myers also hit 18 in 2000. He also leads the Pac-10 with 67 RBI in his first season at ASU.

• OREGON STATE (35-17, 5-12): Oregon State will be making its fourth trip to an NCAA Regional in five years, and the 10th regional dating back to 1952... In the Beavers’ three previous trips to an NCAA Regional, Oregon State eventually advanced to the College World Series and earned titles in 2006 and 2007... OSU is 32-18 in NCAA Tournament games, including a mark of 15-11 (.577) in regional games... The Beavers were 20-5 in non-conference games this season, winning its last 12... OSU is led by JR catcher Ryan Ortiz, ranking in the top-10 in the Pac-10 in several offensive categories: batting average (.343, 9th), on-base percentage (.444, 8th), runs scored (50, 8th), hits (69, 9th) and doubles (17, t5th)... FR right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio won nine games for the Beavers this season, setting what is believed to be a school record for the most wins by a freshman. He went 9-1, winning his last six decisions. His 2.84 ERA was the best amongst the team’s starters during the regular season and he finished the campaign tied for second in wins... Head coach Pat Casey registered is 500th career win on May 19 in a 2-0 shutout of Oregon. He has led the Beavers to at least 30 wins in 10 of his 15 seasons at the helm of the program.

• WASHINGTON STATE (31-23, 19-8): WSU is making its first NCAA Tournament appearnace since 1990. The Cougars ended the 2009 regular season second in the Pac-10 standings, marking the first top-5 league finish since the league merged the northern and southern divisions in 1999... WSU’s best finish since 1999 is seventh in 2007... The Cougars’ 19 Pac-10 wins tied a school record for Conference victories set in 1990 (Pac-10 North Division)... WSU has clinched its fourth-straight winning season, something the Cougars had not accomplished since 1994 when a 35-26 record capped a run of 37-consecutive campaigns with a mark above .500... They are the fifth Pac-10 team in history to lose its first three games and advance to the NCAA postseason... Leading the way for the Cougars is SR outfielder Jared Prince, who is sixth in the Pac-10 with a .350 batting average. He holds a .558 slugging percentage and is second on his team with 36 RBI... JR pitcher Jeremy Johnson won his fifth game in relief at OSU on May 17, tying for fifth all-time on the Cougars’ single-season list. He is now 6-1 on the season... Down 0-4 to the Beavers on May 17, WSU overcame a four-run deficit in a Pac-10 road game for the first time since 2003, winning the game 7-6.

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