This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

Feb. 16,

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    This Week's Schedule

    Fri., Feb. 19
    Utah Valley at ARIZONA, 6 p.m.
    Northern Illinois at ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.
    Southern Utah at CALIFORNIA, 1:30 p.m.
    OREGON at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
    OREGON STATE at Hawaii, 7:35 p.m.
    Rice at STANFORD, 5:30 p.m.
    Southern at UCLA, 6 p.m.
    MLB Urban Invitational - Los Angeles, Calif.
    USC at Cal Poly, 6 p.m.
    WASHINGTON vs. New Mexico State, 6:00 p.m.
    Collegiate Catcus Classic -Tucson, Ariz.

    Sat., Feb. 20
    Utah Valley at ARIZONA, 6 p.m.
    Northern Illinois at ARIZONA STATE (DH), 1 p.m.
    Southern Utah at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
    OREGON at Long Beach State, 5:30 p.m.
    OREGON STATE at Hawaii, 2:05 p.m.
    Rice @ STANFORD, 1 p.m.
    Bethune Cookman vs. UCLA, TBA
    MLB Urban Invitational - Compton, Calif.
    USC at Cal Poly, 6 p.m.
    WASHINGTON vs. Missouri, 3 p.m.
    Collegiate Catcus Classic -Tucson, Ariz.
    WASHINGTON vs. Gonzaga, 7 p.m.
    Collegiate Catcus Classic -Tucson, Ariz.
    Seattle University at WASHINGTON STATE, 12 p.m.

    Sun., Feb. 21
    Utah Valley at ARIZONA, 12 p.m.
    Northern Illinois at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.
    Southern Utah at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
    OREGON at Pepperdine, 1 p.m.
    OREGON STATE at Hawaii, 2:05 p.m.
    Rice @ STANFORD, 1 p.m.
    Cal State Northridge at UCLA, 2 p.m.
    MLB Urban Invitational, - Los Angeles, Calif.
    USC at Cal Poly, 1 p.m.
    WASHINGTON vs. New Mexico State, 3 p.m.
    Collegiate Catcus Classic -Tucson, Ariz.
    Seattle University at WASHINGTON STATE, 12 p.m.

    Mon., Feb. 22
    OREGON at Loyola Marymount, 2 p.m.
    OREGON STATE at Hawaii, 6:05 p.m.

    Game local to site and subject to change.

    Pac-10 Notes

     

    ARIZONA (0-0, 0-0): The Wildcats closed the 2009 season winning 10 of their final 12 Conference games. Last season, they led the Pac-10 in batting average (.314), doubles (133) and triples (33). The first win in 2010 marks the 2,500 all-time for Arizona, marking just the seventh school in NCAA history to accomplish this feat. 

    ARIZONA STATE (0-0, 0-0): Winners of three-consecutive Pac-10 Championships, the Sun Devils return SR LHP Josh Spence (10-1, 2.37 ERA, 125 strikeouts in 102.2 innings) and SO LHP Mitchell Lambson (9-5, 3.01 ERA, 99 strikeouts in 83-plus innings) return to a pitching staff that led the nation with a 2.90 ERA a season ago. Former Sun Devil INF Tim Esmay begins his first season as head coach after spending the previous three seasons as head assistant coach under Pat Murphy. According to Baseball America, ASU has the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in the nation.

    CALIFORNIA (0-0, 0-0): In 2009, the Golden Bears ranked second in the Pac-10 in home runs (65), fourth in runs scored (354) and fifth in RBI (317). JR 1B Mark Canha led Cal with a .366 batting average (5th, Pac-10), .634 slugging percentage (6th, Pac-10) and a .444 on-base percentage (8th, Pac-10) a season ago.

    OREGON (0-0, 0-0): In their first season of baseball since 1981, the Ducks posted a 14-42 last season. SO INF/RHP KC Serna led all Oregon players with three home runs and 19 RBI on the season. JR RHP Drew Gagnier was named to the National Baseball Writers Association Preseason Stopper of the Year.

    OREGON STATE (0-0, 0-0): SO RHP Sam Ga

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    STANFORD (0-0, 0-0): Last season, head coach Mark Marquess became the Pac-10’s all-time career leader in wins (1,356) passing, USC legend Rod Dedeaux. The Cardinal are coming off a 30-25 record, marking the 16th-consecutive season and the 32nd time in 33 years that Stanford finished .500 or better for the season under Marquess. Marquess welcomes the No. 2-rated recruiting class in the nation according to Baseball America.   

    UCLA (0-0, 0-0): SO RHP Trevor Bauer, last year’s Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and the Louisville Slugger National Freshman of Pitcher of the Year, and SO RHP Gerrit Cole give the Bruins a solid one-two punch for a team who’s strength will be on the mound. SRs INF/OF Blair Dunlap (.301 batting average with 17 doubles) and INF Justin Uribe (.318 average and 11 doubles) give UCLA a pair of experienced position players.

    USC (0-0, 0-0): The Trojans have seven starting position players and nine pitchers returning from last year’s squad the concluded the 2009 season winning four of their last five games, forcing a four-way tie for fifth-place in the Pac-10 standings. Head coach Chad Kreuter also welcomes a healthy dose of newcomers with seven tranfers and eight freshmen joining the squad. USC looks to make its first NCAA Regional appearance since 2005.

    WASHINGTON (0-0, 0-0): New head coach Lindsay Meggs makes his Husky debut this weekend. Leading the way for the Huskies is JR C/INF Pierce Rankin, the top-returning hitter from 2009 for the Huskies. A 2009 Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection, Rankin batted .299 with six home runs in 41 games, starting games at 2B, C, 3B, DH and LF. 

    WASHINGTON STATE (0-0, 0-0): Coming off their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1990, the Cougars posted their fourth-straight winning season. Their second place finish in the Pac-10 standings marked the first top-five Conference finish since the league merged the northern and southern divisions in 1999. 

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