This Year In Pac-10 Baseball

June 30, 2009

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SEASON IN REVIEW

Despite posting one run in the top of the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie, the ARIZONA STATE baseball team’s 2009 season came to an end with a 4-3, walk-off home run loss to Texas at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The Sun Devils ended the year with an overall record of 51-14, marking the first 50-win season since 2003 and the 17th in school history. They also made the program’s 21st trip to the College World Series.

The Pacific-10 Conference has produced a CWS participant each year since 1997, and the Sun Devils’ trip marked the 59th year (of a possible 63) that the Pac-10 has sent at least one team to Omaha. Six of the Conference’s nine teams have combined for 26 national championships, 16 more than the next conference (Big 12, 10).

Joining Arizona State in postseason play were OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON STATE. Both teams were eliminated in NCAA Regional play.

The Sun Devils, who earned the outright league title for the third consecutive year, made their 10th consecutive postseason appearance, and 33rd all-time. The Beavers earned a regional berth for the fourth time in the last five years and 10th overall, while the Cougars made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1990.

Arizona State’s Jason Kipnis was awarded Player of the Year honors, while the Sun Devils’ Mike Leake became the first pitcher in Conference history to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year accolades in back-to-back seasons. ASU head coach Pat Murphy was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer earned Freshman of the Year honors, while STANFORD’s Jake Schlander was named Defensive Player of the Year.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES RESULTS 

Sunday, June 14
No. 2 ARIZONA STATE 5, No. 4 North Carolina 2 (10)

Tuesday, June 16
No. 4 Texas 10, No. 2 ARIZONA STATE 6

Thursday, June 18
No. 2 ARIZONA STATE 12, No. 4 North Carolina 5

Friday, June 19
No. 4 Texas 4, No. 2 ARIZONA STATE 3

NOTE: All rankings according to Baseball America.

PAC-10 NOTES

• ARIZONA (30-25, 13-14): The Wildcats won eight of their last 10 games to close out the 2009 season with a 30-25 record... Despite winning 10 of its last 12 Pac-10 contests, Arizona missed out on the postseason for just the second time in the past seven seasons... As a team, Arizona led the Conference with a .314 batting average, 133 doubles and 33 triples... The 33 triples ranked third nationally, while the 133 doubles was 35th in the country... The Wildcats were also solid defensively as their 1.07 double plays per game was 28th nationally... JR Dillon Baird was the 2009 Pac-10 Batting Champion as his .433 average was sixth in the nation and the eighth-best single season mark in Conference history... Baird also led the League with a .716 slugging percentage and a .504 on-base percentage... JR right-handed pitcher Jason Stoffel led the Pac-10 and ranked 22nd nationally with 11 saves on the season.

• ARIZONA STATE (51-14, 21-6): ASU’s .785 won-loss percentage (51-14) was the best in the country this season as the Sun Devils won their third straight Pac-10 championship (9th overall), becoming the first team since the Conference’s North and South divisions merged in 1999 to win three straight titles... ASU won 40 games in a season for the third consecutive year (30th overall) and has now reached the 50-win plateau 17 times in school history... Head coach Pat Murphy registered his 1,000th career-victory in ASU’s 12-5 win over North Carolina on June 18... The Sun Devils made their 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the College World Series for the 21st time in program history... ASU finished tied for third at the CWS and is 61-36 all-time in Omaha... Their 61 wins and 97 games played are third overall among all teams at the CWS... JR outfielder Kole Calhoun was spectacular for ASU in Omaha as he went 9-for-16 (.563) with three home runs and 11 RBI... He leads all CWS players in homers (tied), RBI, hits and total bases (20)... JR outfielder Jason Kipnis, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, led the ASU offense in 2009 hitting .384, (2nd, Pac-10)... He led the Conference with 76 runs scored, 91 hits, 168 total bases and 27 stolen bases, while tying for the top spot with 21 doubles and 51 walks... He was second in the Pac-10 in slugging percentage (.709), on-base percentage (.497) and RBI (71) and fourth with 16 home runs... On the mound, JR right-handed pitcher Mike Leake, the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and ABCA Player of the Year, led the nation with 16 wins this the season... The Golden Spikes Award finalist was second in the nation with a 1.71 ERA, 162 strikeouts and 6.02 hits allowed per nine innings and threw seven complete games, two being shutouts... JR left-handed pitcher Josh Spence ended the season with a 10-1 record and 125 strikeouts, giving the Sun Devils two pitchers with more than 100 Ks for the first time since 1992... FR left-handed pitcher Mitchell Lambson set a new ASU freshman record with 99 strikeouts in his debut season... The Sun Devil pitching staff led the nation with a 2.90 ERA... JR catcher Carlos Ramirez hit 19 home runs this season, the most by an ASU catcher since 2000... He also led the Pac-10 with 75 RBI in his first season at ASU.

• CALIFORNIA (24-29, 9-18): Cal ended the season winning three of its last five games and a ninth-place finish in the Conference... As a team, the Golden Bears were third in the Pac-10 with a .298 batting average, a .484 slugging percentage and 555 hits on the year... Cal ranked second in the Conference in home runs (65), fourth in runs scored (354) and fifth in RBI (317)... SO Mark Canha and juniors Brett Jackson, Jeff Kobernus and Blake Smith all earned All-Pac-10 honors... Canha led the Bears with a .366 batting average (5th, Pac-10), .634 slugging percentage (6th, Pac-10) and a .444 on-base percentage (8th, Pac-10)... Jackson led Cal with six triples, ranking 24th nationally, while Kobernus was third in the Conference with 20 stolen bases on the year.

• OREGON (14-42, 4-23): Oregon posted a 14-42 record in its first season back to baseball since 1981... SR Curtis Raulinaitis led the Ducks with a .291 batting average, 59 hits, including 10 doubles, and a .369 slugging percentage... SO KC Serna led all Oregon players with three home runs and 19 RBI on the season... JR right-handed pitcher Eirk Stavert, an all-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, was the Ducks’ ace in 2009 as he recorded over one-third of the team’s victories with five wins and a 3.04 ERA... Stavert also led the team with 94.2 innings pitched and 82 strikeouts, which ranked 10th in the Conference.

• OREGON STATE (37-19, 15-12): Oregon State made its fourth trip to an NCAA Regional in five years, and its 10th NCAA appearance dating back to 1952... OSU is 34-20 in the NCAA Tournament, including a mark of 17-13 (.567) in regional games... The Beavers were 20-5 in regular season non-conference games in 2009, winning its last 12... 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... OSU was led by JR catcher Ryan Ortiz, ranking in the top-10 in the Pac-10 in several offensive categories: batting average (.352, 6th), on-base percentage (.454, 4th), runs scored (55, 5th), hits (76, 5th) and doubles (17, t6th)... FR right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio won 10 games for the Beavers this season, setting what is believed to be a school record for the most wins by a freshman... He went 10-1, winning his last seven decisions... His 2.73 ERA was the best amongst the team’s starters during the regular season and he finished the campaign tied for second in the Pac-10 in wins.

• STANFORD (30-25, 13-14): The Cardinal ended the season with a 30-25 record and in a four-way tie for fifth in the Pac-10... Stanford finished at .500 or better for the 16th consecutive season and for the 32nd time in 33 years under head coach Mark Marquess... The Cardinal also registered its 30th 30-win season under Marquess... SO right-handed pitcher Drew Storen, a two-time all-Pac-10 selection, became the first Stanford pitcher since 1984 to lead the team in both wins (7) and saves (7)... He also led the team with a 3.80 ERA... SO Colin Walsh was first on the team with a .320 batting average and 51 walks, which was tied for first in the Conference.

• UCLA (27-29, 15-12): UCLA concluded the 2009 season with a 15-12 mark in Pac-10 play, tying for third place in the Conference... Overall, the Bruins finished under .500 for the first time since 2005... FR right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer was tabbed Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, becoming the second Bruin in three years to earn the honor (Gabe Cohen, 2007)... He posted a 9-3 record with a 2.99 ERA as he registered 92 strikeouts and two saves in a team-high 105.1 innings pitched... Fellow freshman Gerrit Cole led the team with 104 strikeouts, ranking fourth in the Pac-10, and earned all-Pac-10 honors... The pitching duo became the first pair of UCLA freshman named to the same All-Pac-10 team since 1995... SR Cody Decker led the Pac-10 with 21 home runs, ranking 20th in the nation... His 21 homers and 55 runs scored are the most by a Bruin since 2000... Decker also became UCLA’s first two-time all-Pac-10 honoree since 2003.

• USC (28-28, 13-14): The Trojans concluded the 2009 season winning four of their last five games and ending in a four-way tie for fifth-place in the Pac-10... USC finished 28-28 overall for the second straight season under third-year head coach Chad Kreuter... JR short stop Grant Green earned his second consecutive all-conference honor as he finished the season third in the Pac-10 with a .374 batting average... He also finished in the top-10 in the Conference in several other offensive categories: hits (79, t3rd), doubles (19, 4th), triples (5, t4th), slugging percentage (.569, 9th), total bases (120, 9th) and stolen bases (16, t5th)... JR pitcher Brad Boxberger joined Green on the all-Pac-10 team as he posted a 6-3 record as USC’s No. 1 starter... He recorded a 3.16 ERA in 94 innings pitched, while allowing 69 hits, 33 earned runs and striking out 99 batters.

• WASHINGTON (25-30, 13-14): Washington ended the season with a 25-30 overall record and a 13-14 mark in the Pac-10... The Huskies were led by JR outfielder Kyle Conley, an all-conference selection for the second straight season... He led the team with 19 home runs and 55 RBI while batting .303... His 19 homers were tied for third-most in UW single-season history (he also hit 19 in 2007) and he tied the UW career home runs record with 42... His 19 home runs and 55 RBI also tied for third in the Pac-10... SR pitcher Jason Erickson led the Huskies with five wins, striking out 55 batters in a team-high 74.2 innings pitched.

• WASHINGTON STATE (32-25, 19-8): WSU earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1990... The Cougars ended the 2009 regular season second in the Pac-10 standings, marking the first top-5 Conference 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 posted 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 Cougars on offense was SR outfielder Jared Prince, who finished seventh in the Pac-10 with a .343 batting average... He led the team with a .558 slugging percentage and is second on his team with 38 RBI... SR pitcher Matt Way led WSU pitchers with a 8-4 record, a 2.43 ERA and 124 strikeouts... 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 finished the season with a 6-2 record.

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