Eight Pac-10 Baseball Teams Earn NCAA Postseason Bids
May 31, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA and WASHINGTON STATE earned bids to the field of 64 for the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The Pac-10’s eight bids are tied for most of any Conference represented in the field.
The eight Pac-10 teams are the most ever in the Conference’s history. In addition, it marks the best percentage of 80 percent (eight of 10 conference teams) in NCAA Division I Baseball history. The 26 championships the Pac-10 has accumulated over the years are the most of any Conference, distancing the Big 12 by 16 championships. Oregon State was the last Pac-10 team to bring home the hardware, accomplishing this in 2007 as well as in 2006.
Winners of four-straight Pac-10 titles, the No. 2 ranked Sun Devils were tabbed the top-seed for the championship and will play host to Milwaukee in the first game of the regional. Arizona State finished the regular season with a 47-8. The squad leads the Conference in multiple offensive categories, including batting average (.340), slugging percentage (.533), on-base percentage (.436), runs scored (473), hits (652), RBI (426), doubles (131) and triples (36).
UCLA earned a No. 6 seed with a 43-13 overall record and a second place finish in the Pac-10. The Bruins pitching staff is tops in the Conference with a 3.02 ERA, a program-record 578 strikeouts and a .219 opponent batting average. SO RHP Garret Cole and SO RHP Trevor Bauer are tied for the most strikeouts in the Pac-10 with 124 apiece. The Bruins will host and play Kent State
The Cougars, boasting a 34-20 record, earned the No. 2 seed in the Arkansas regional and head to Fayetteville, Ark., to face Kansas State. SO INF Brett Jacobs leads the team and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with a .358 batting average, while SO LHP Adam Conley ranks second in the league in saves (11) and seventh in ERA (3.13).
After taking two-of-three last weekend from then-No. 21 Oregon, the Golden Bears nabbed the No. 2 seed in the Oklahoma regional where they will play against the Tar Heels from North Carolina. California finished the regular season with a 29-23 record. JR OF/1B Mark Canha leads the Pac-10 with 67 RBI. As a team, the Bears rank second in the Conference in slugging percentage (.473) and third in batting average (.319) and triples (20).
Finishing with a record of 31-23, Stanford was picked the No. 2 seed in the Cal State Fullerton regional. The Cardinal faces the Mountain West’s second-place team, New Mexico. FR 3B Kenny Diekroeger leads the team with a .351 batting average and has driven in 39 runs this season. On the mound, SO RHP Jordan Pries (4-3, 3.86) and SO LHP Brett Mooneyham (3-6, 4.76) lead the way for a team that features a dozen underclassmen.
Arizona, which finished the season with a 33-22 record earned the No. 3 seed in the TCU regional and will open up play against Baylor. During the season, the Wildcats strung together an impressive 15-game winning streak, which was the seventh-longest in the nation this season. SO OF Steve Selsky paces the squad as he ranks near the top of the Conference in multiple categories, including first in hits (85), second in batting average (.383) and triples (6), third in runs scored (56), fourth in slugging percentage (.622) and fifth in on-base percentage (.463) and RBI (51).
Oregon is in the field for the first time since 1964, and only two years after reinstating the baseball program. The Ducks grabbed the No. 3 seed in Connecticut region after finishing the campaign with a 38-22 overall record. The Ducks will play against host Connecticut. SO LHP Tyler Anderson leads the team and ranks near the top in multiple categories, including fourth in ERA (2.76) and strikeouts (101), fifth in opponent batting average (.215) and seventh in innings pitched (94.2).
The Beavers are headed to the Gainesville regional where they will face Florida Atlantic in the opening round. Oregon State ended the season with a 31-22 record, taking two-of-three from Arizona in the final weekend of play. SR OF Adalberto Santos ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in total bases (121) and walks (34), eighth in slugging percentage (.590) and ninth in on-base percentage (.441).
The regionals winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series, June 11-14, at eight campus sites. The remaining eight teams will advance to the NCAA Men’s College World Series, an eight-team, double elimination tournament, with the championship being a best-of-three series. The MCWS will be conducted June 19-29/30 at the Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
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