This Week in Pac-10 Baseball (3/6/01)

March 6, 2001

The Pac-10 Conference season begins this Friday when ARIZONA heads to No. 23 UCLA for a three-game series ... Other teams find themselves in 'non-conference' series as OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON STATE face off and No. 4 USC heads to the Bay Area to play No. 10 STANFORD ... Mid-week games include Oral Roberts at No. 8 ARIZONA STATE, Nevada at CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON visiting the Beavers, the Bruins at Loyola Marymount and UC Riverside at USC ... The Trojans also play an exhibition game against Japan's Hosei University.

This Week's Schedule

Tue., Mar. 6Oral Roberts at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.Nevada at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.UCLA at Loyola Marymount, 2 p.m.UC Riverside at USC, 5 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 7Oral Roberts at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 5 p.m.WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.Hosei University-Japan at USC, 5 p.m.

Fri., Mar. 9ARIZONA at UCLA, 6 p.m.South Florida at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.UC Santa Barbara at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.OREGON STATE vs. WASHINGTON STATE (1), 3 p.m.

USC at STANFORD, 6 p.m.Southern Utah at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 10ARIZONA at UCLA, 1 p.m.South Florida at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.UC Santa Barbara at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.OREGON STATE vs. WASHINGTON STATE (1), 2 p.m.USC at STANFORD, 1 p.m.Southern Utah at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 11ARIZONA at UCLA, 1 p.m.South Florida at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.UC Santa Barbara at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE (1), 12 p.m.USC at STANFORD, 1 p.m.Southern Utah at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.(1) Played at Yakima, Wash.* All times are local to site

Last Weeks' Results

Tue., Feb. 27CALIFORNIA 5, San Jose St. 3OREGON STATE 9, Portland 0STANFORD 8, Nevada 6WSU 6, Gonzaga 1

Fri., Mar. 2So. Mississippi 14, ARIZONA 4LSU 12, ARIZONA STATE 11STANFORD 3, CALIFORNIA 1San Francisco 3, OREGON STATE 2WASHINGTON 8, UC Riverside 5Gonzaga 12, WSU 9

Sat., Mar. 3Mississippi 5, ARIZONA 4 (17 inn.)LSU 15, ARIZONA STATE 7CALIFORNIA 3, STANFORD 2OREGON STATE 6, San Francisco 5 (10 inn.)North Carolina 8, UCLA 7 (11 inn.)UCLA 12, North Carolina 2USC 6, Houston 3USC 7, Houston 3WASHINGTON 12, UC Riverside 5WASHINGTON 12, UC Riverside 2Gonzaga 10, WSU 4WSU 4, Gonzaga 3

Sun., Mar. 4ARIZONA 3, St. Francis 1ARIZONA STATE 5, LSU 5 (8 inn.)San Francisco 4, OREGON STATE 3USC 4, Houston 3UC Riverside 11, WASHINGTON 6Gonzaga 7, WSU 6 (10 inn.)

Baseball AmericaTop-25 (Mar. 5)

1. Georgia Tech 12-2 2. Louisiana State 12-2-1 3. Miami 15-3 4. USC 12-4 5. Rice 15-3 6. South Carolina 13-1 7. Auburn 14-1 8. ARIZONA STATE 13-4-19. Nebraska 9-3 10. STANFORD 14-5 11. Pepperdine 12-312. Notre Dame 6-213. Central Florida 12-414. Clemson 7-415. Oklahoma State 11-316. Tulane 13-317. East Carolina 13-118. Baylor 14-519. Florida State 9-520. Georgia 6-221. South Alabama 13-322. Wake Forest 10-223. UCLA 11-524. Stetson 11-225. Cal State Fullerton 8-8

Collegiate BaseballTop-30 (Mar. 5)

1. Georgia Tech 12-2 2. Louisiana State 12-2-1 3. Rice 15-34. USC 12-45. South Carolina 13-16. ARIZONA STATE 13-4-17. Miami 15-38. Auburn 14-19. STANFORD 14-5 10. Pepperdine 12-311. Nebraska 9-312. Notre Dame 6-213. Clemson 7-414. Oklahoma State 11-315. Central Florida 12-416. Stetson 11-217. South Alabama 13-318. Florida State 9-519. East Carolina 13-120. Southern Mississippi 10-421. Baylor 14-522. UCLA 11-523. Tennessee 12-224. Tulane 13-325. Georgia 6-226. North Carolina 11-327. Alabama 11-428. Wake Forest 10-229. Mississippi 12-330. Rutgers 7-2

Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top-25Coaches Poll (Mar. 5)

1. Georgia Tech 12-22. Louisiana State 12-2-13. Rice 15-3 4. USC 9-4 5. South Carolina 13-1 6. Miami 15-3 7. Auburn 14-18. ARIZONA STATE 13-4-19. STANFORD 14-510. Pepperdine 12-311. Notre Dame 6-212. Nebraska 9-313. Oklahoma State 11-314. Baylor 14-515. Clemson 7-416. Central Florida 12-417. East Carolina 13-118. Tulane 13-319. South Alabama 13-320. UCLA 11-521. Florida State 9-522. Alabama 11-423. Tennessee 12-224. Stetson 11-225. Wake Forest 10-2

Coaches Select USC to Win Pac-10

The Pac-10 coaches have selected USC as the preseason favorite to win the Conference. The Trojans garnered six first-place votes. USC made its 20th appearance in the College World Series last season, going 1-2.

Arizona State and Stanford also received one first-place vote each. Stanford was chosen last season to win the Conference, with UCLA second. Arizona State, Stanford and UCLA each earned a piece of the Conference title in 2000, marking the first time three teams ever shared the Pac-10 Championship.

Points are awarded in descending order with 8 points for first place, 7 points for second place, and so on. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

School (1st Place votes) Points

1. USC (6) 52 2. ASU (1) 49 3. Stanford (1) 37 4. Arizona 31 5. California 30 6. UCLA 29 7. Oregon State 27 8. Washington 15 9. Washington State 8

Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC senior shortstop Seth Davidson has been named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and STANFORD sophomore right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has been named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for February 27-March 5, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Davidson, from San Diego, Calif., batted .500 (7-for-14) with a triple, one RBI and two stolen bases. One of the stolen bases was on a double steal with runners on first and third as he stole home. Davidson is now only one theft away from tying the school career record (57).

Guthrie, from Ashland, Ore., won his fourth consecutive start in a non-Conference game against California. In eight innings pitched he struck out a career-high 10 batters and held the Golden Bears without an earned run, while allowing only four hits.

The Player of the Week honor is the first for Davidson in his career, and the 46th selection all-time for USC. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Guthrie in his career, and the 55th selection all-time for STANFORD.

ALSO NOMINATED FOR PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jeremy West, ASU, Curtis Davis, OSU, Carlos Quentin, STAN, Matt Pearl, UCLA, Jay Garthwaite, WASH.

ALSO NOMINATED FOR PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Mike Esposito, ASU, Thad Johnson, OSU, Jon Brandt, UCLA, Brian Bannister/Mark Prior, USC.

2001 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 26 - Brian Baron, UCLA, Mar. 5 - Seth Davidson, USC.

2001 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 26 - Jeff Bruksch, STAN, Mar. 5 - Jeremy Guthrie, STAN.

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2001 Team Notes

ARIZONA (14-10): The Wildcats had a tough time in the South, dropping two games and picking up one win in the University of Mississippi Spring Tournament. Arizona fell to No. 29 Southern Mississippi and Mississippi, but defeated St. Francis ... Junior lefty Brian Pemble got the lone win after allowing no runs on one hit with one strikeout in 2.0 innings pitched ... The 'Cats game against Mississippi was the longest in school history, a 5:04 affair that spanned 17 innings and took two days to complete. It was suspended due to rain and poor playing conditions ... Senior 1B Ernie Durazo extended his hitting streak to 25 straight games in the first game of the tourney, tying him with Marty Hurd for the second-longest streak in Wildcat history. He hit safely in the remaining two games and now trails Jack Daugherty's hitting streak of 28 straight games (1981-82) ... Sophomore 2B Matt Abram and senior 3B Erik Torres led the Wildcats with five hits apiece in the tournament ... Arizona kicks off its first Conference games this weekend visiting UCLA. Last season the Wildcats were swept by the Bruins in Los Angeles.

ARIZONA STATE (13-4-1): The Sun Devils were outscored 32-23 on the weekend and lost two games before tying the final game of their series with No. 2 Louisiana State. The tie game was caused by the Tigers' prearranged travel plans and is believed to be the only tie game in ASU history ... ASU fell a bit in the polls and now stands at No. 8 by Baseball America and Baseball Weekly, and is at No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball ... Freshman DH Rod Allen has a 10-game hitting streak. He is batting .378 on the season ... Senior C Casey Myers notched five more RBI against LSU, bringing his season total to 33. He is just 45 RBI away from breaking the ASU and Pac-10 record for most in a career (283) ... ASU now owns the national lead for consecutive games without being shutout (335). The Sun Devils are only 15 games away from breaking the national record of 349 set by Coastal Carolina ... ASU plays a two-game mid-week series with Oral Roberts before taking on South Florida this weekend.

CALIFORNIA (10-5): The Bears beat San Jose State and took one of two games from No. 9 Stanford. Weather prevented the rivals from completing the third game of the series. The two teams will try again to finish the series Wednesday ... Cal broke Stanford's five-game win streak and handed the Cardinal its first home loss of the season ... Freshman LF Brian Horwitz went 4-for-13 on the week with two runs and three RBI. He batted in the game-winning run in the Bears' 3-2 win over the Cardinal ... Junior LHP Jason Dennis earned the win against San Jose State. In three innings, Dennis struck out only two batters, but allowed no runs or walks and only two hits ... Senior 1B Clint Hoover leads the team in hits (20), home runs (3) and total bases (31). Cal hosts UC Santa Barbara for a three-game series this weekend.

OREGON STATE (8-7): The Beavers took on the West Coast Conference last week defeating Portland and going 1-2 against San Francisco ... The losses to San Francisco were both by one run. Oregon State is 6-2 in games decided by one or two runs ... The Beavers had six hits and nine hits in the losses, but knocked out 10 apiece in their wins ... Senior pitchers RHP Thad Johnson and LHP Scott Nicholson did not earn a win last week, but both threw complete games. As a team, Oregon State had a 2.68 ERA in last week's games ... The Beavers look forward to the return of their leadoff batter, senior CF Eric Stark. Stark was batting .455 before injuring his left shoulder Feb. 15 ... Oregon State gets a taste of Conference action this week as it takes on both Washington and Washington State in non-conference games.

STANFORD (14-5): The Cardinal started last week off right picking up wins over Nevada and Cal, before falling to the Bears in a 3-2 contest. The loss was their first of the year at Sunken Diamond and halted their five-game win streak ... The Cardinal stranded 16 players on base in that game ... Stanford got another stellar pitching performance from sophomore RHP Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie pitched 8.0 solid innings striking out a career-high 10 batters and didn't allow an earned run on four hits. He was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for his effort ... Freshman OF Carlos Quentin also had good games against the Bears. He hit .667 (4-for-6) with a double, home run and two RBI ... The Cardinal squad is led by junior 2B Chris O'Riordan. O'Riordan is hitting .364 with 28 hits and 22 RBI ... Stanford boasts a team ERA of 2.98. Opposing hitters have been limited to .224 average against them ... It will be a non-conference showdown this weekend when USC visits Stanford. Last year they won both the non-conference and conference series with the Trojans, 2-1.

UCLA (11-5): The Bruins are coming off of a split with No. 29 North Carolina ... In the first game of a double-header, UCLA was tied with UNC for 11 innings, before Tar Heel Russ Adams hit a walk-off home run for his third game-winning hit of the season. In that game, seniors CF Matt Pearl, DH Brian Baron and 1B Eric Reece had three-hit games, with Reece and Pearl also knocking out home runs ... The Bruins fared well in the second game, pounding out 15 hits. Freshman SS Preston Griffin blasted a grand slam in the third inning ... UCLA also received fine pitching performances from junior RHP Josh Karp and senior RHP Jon Brandt. Karp's outing registered a no-decision for him, but he struck out nine Tar Heels in four innings. Brandt allowed four hits and two earned runs in 8.0 innings pitched. He also struck out nine and walked only one batter. The win marked the first time the Tar Heels have lost a non-conference game in three-plus years ... The Bruins will play a mid-week game with Loyola Marymount, before beginning Conference action against Arizona this weekend.

USC (12-4): The Trojans are riding a four-game win streak after completing their first sweep of the year at Houston. USC outscored Houston 17-9 in the three-game series ... Senior Seth Davidson was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts against Houston. The shortstop hit .500 (7-for-14) with a triple, one RBI and two stolen bases. He is just one theft short of tying Mark Smith for the No. 2 spot on USC's career steals list ... Senior Rik Currier is also climbing up a career chart. The right-hander needs only four more 'K's to tie Brent Strom for second place on the USC list ... Junior RHP Mark Prior was also a key player in the Houston series. Prior earned his fourth win, allowing three runs on nine hits, while striking out 10 batters in eight innings pitched. Prior has 53 strikeouts in 34.1 innings pitched this year ... Currier and Prior together have posted an 8-0 record with a 1.83 ERA ... USC climbed up the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls a notch this week. Now all three polls list the Trojans as the No. 4 team in the country ... The Trojans head up the coast to take on Stanford in a non-conference series this weekend.

WASHINGTON (5-2): The Huskies went 3-1 last weekend against UC Riverside. The Huskies won the first three games, including two 12-run wins in a double-header, before dropping the final game ...Washington outscored Riverside 38-23, and outhit them 60-35 ... Over the weekend, the team batted .387 and was solid on the field, committing only one error ... The Huskies were led offensively last week by sophomore LF Jay Garthwaite. Garthwaite hit .438 (7-for-16) with seven runs, a double, two home runs and 10 RBI. He leads the Washington squad batting .414 with 12 hits and 12 RBI ... The Huskies pitching has also done well this so far this season. The team has allowed only one home run in seven games this year and have posted four saves in their five victories ... Senior LHP Mike Bomar has not yet allowed a run. In eight innings he has given up three hits, walked one and struck out seven batters.

WASHINGTON STATE (5-11): The Cougars went 2-3 against Gonzaga last week ... Washington State started off by winning the mid-week game. Junior RHP Justin Cayetano pitched a complete game, giving up only one earned run, striking out five and allowing no walks ... The Cougars lost the second and third games, before defeating the 'Zags in the second game of a double-header. The team won the game 4-3, despite being outhit 8-4. Junior lefty Tony Banaszak got his first win of the season, giving up three earned runs, seven hits and fanning three batters in seven innings ... Last week's hot hitters were junior CF Evan Hecker and senior RF Mike Knight. Hecker batted .350 (7-for-20), with a double, four runs and three RBI. Knight hit at a .455 clip, with a triple, home run, three runs scored and three RBI.

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