This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

May 21, 2002

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USC needs two wins at UCLA this weekend to claim a share of the Pac-10 Title. The team can win the title outright with a series sweep ... STANFORD, WASHINGTON and ARIZONA STATE also remain fixtures in the tight title race, as just two games separate the fourth-place Sun Devils from the Conference-leading Trojans ... Should a tie for first-place ensue, the procedure for determining the Conference's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Baseball Championship is by taking the regular-season Conference record of each of the tied teams against the other team(s) with which it is tied. If a tie still exists, the tied teams' record in regular-season Conference play against the next highest placed team(s) in the Conference standings shall determine the qualifier.

The 64-team bracket for the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship will be announced live on ESPN2 Monday, May 27th at 11:30 CT. This year, as a result of the September 11 tragedies and concern for the welfare of the student-athletes, regional sites will not be announced until after the bracket has been determined. The primary focus for the adjustment was to reduce air-travel concerns for student-athletes by keeping them close to their home campus.


Tue., May 21
UCLA at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

Fri., May 24
*USC at UCLA, 6 p.m.

Sat., May 25
*USC at UCLA, 1 p.m.

Sun., May 26
*USC at UCLA, 1 p.m.


Mon., May 13
Lewis-Clark State 6, WSU 4

Tue., May 14
Nevada 13, STAN 12
UCLA 4, UC Riverside 3
Gonzaga 12, WASH 10
WASH 10, Gonzaga 3
ASU 14, Portland 2
San Jose State 9, CAL 2

Wed., May 15
Cal State Fullerton 2, USC 1 (11 inn.)
ASU 16, Portland 7

Fri., May 17
ASU 3, USC 1

Sat., May 18
WASH 13, OSU 3
USC 9, ASU 5

Sun., May 12
ASU 17, USC 8

Baseball AmericaTop-25 (May 20)

1. Rice 44-11
2. South Carolina 44-12
3. Florida State 51-12
4. Texas 43-13
5. Wake Forest 42-9
6. Clemson 44-12
7. Houston 41-14
8. STANFORD 37-16
9. Louisiana State 38-17
10. Georgia Tech 44-12
11. Florida 40-15
12. Alabama 44-12
13. Nebraska 39-17
14. Wichita State 42-13
15. North Carolina 39-17
16. Cal State Northridge 40-15
17. Cal State Fullerton 34-17
18. Notre Dame 41-14
19. Richmond 48-8
20. South Alabama 38-16
21. USC 31-22
22. San Jose State 42-15
23. Texas Tech 40-16
25. Louisville 39-14


The 56th Annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship field will consist of 64 teams, 29 of which are automatic qualifiers as conference champions, including the Pac-10, winners of more titles (24) than any other conference in history. The following format will determine the National Champion:

Regionals		Super Regionals16 Sites		8 Sites4 Teams Per Site	2 Teams Per SiteMay 31-June 2		June 7-9Double Elimination	Best of Three Games

College World Series1 Site/8 TeamsJune 14-22Two four-team bracketsSingle Championship Game

For more information, visit CWS games will be televised by ESPN and ESPN 2.


Mon., May 27ESPN Selection Show: 16 regional sites, 64-team bracket and regional pairings announced at 11:30 a.m.

Mon., June 3Host teams announced for Super Regionals

Mon., June 10Game times announced for College World Series


ARIZONA (30-22, 8-13)
Last Week: Washington State L 5-6, W 8-7, L 7-9 This Week: *at WashingtonAfter losing two games over the weekend to Washington State, Arizona finished play at Sancet Field with a home record of 25-11 (.694) ... The Wildcats and Cougars were nearly equal in scoring in the three games, as WSU held just a two run edge (22-20). Both of Arizona's losses were due to surrendering three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Oddly, the 'Cats lone win was also a game in which the winning team rallied for three runs in the final inning to steal the win ... Arizona's pitching is ranked fourth in the Conference with a staff ERA of 5.19. SO RHP Sean Rierson is ranked 10th in the Pac-10 with a 4.60 ERA. He also ranks tied for second in games started (16), fourth in innings pitched (109.2) and sixth in strikeouts (78) ... Arizona closes out its season at Washington this weekend. The 'Cats hold a modest 6-4 (.600) all-time lead over the Huskies. Last season UofA swept UW in Tucson, also in the final Pac-10 series of the season.

ARIZONA STATE (32-19, 12-9)
Last Week: Portland W 14-2, 16-7, USC W 3-1, L 5-9, W 17-8 This Week: *Oregon StateArizona State won a crucial series against Conference-leader USC last weekend. The Sun Devils are two games behind the Trojans and one game behind the two teams tied for second, Washington and Stanford ... ASU also won two midweek games against Portland. In going 4-1 last week, the Sun Devils outscored their opponent 55-27 and hit .370 as a team ... ASU recorded its highest offensive production in Pac-10 play, with its 17-8 win over the Trojans. The Sun Devils posted 17 runs on 19 hits, and did so without its top three hitters in the line-up ... SO 1B Jeremy West earned his second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor after batting .562 in four of ASU's five games last week. He also added two doubles, a triple and a grand slam home run. In ASU's 16-7 win over Portland he went 4-for-6 with eight RBI. The eight RBI were the second most in Sun Devil single-game history ... Over the weekend, head coach Pat Murphy picked up his 300th and 301st wins as the Sun Devils' skipper ... ASU will complete its regular season at home against Oregon State this weekend. The Sun Devils opened its 2002 slate against the Beavers and defeated them 13-5.

CALIFORNIA (29-27, 11-13)
Last Week: at San Jose State L 2-9 This Week: Season CompletedCalifornia lost its final game of the season, 9-2 at San Jose State last week. The Golden Bears close out the 2002 season at 29-27 (.518), with an 11-13 Conference record ... Last year Cal finished the season 34-25 overall, 14-10 in Pac-10 play ... SO 1B Conor Jackson is one of four Pac-10 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy and has been invited to the USA Baseball Team trials. Jackson finished the season leading the Bears in nearly every offensive statistical category. He also had Cal's longest hitting streak at 15 games from Feb. 1-24. It was the second-longest hitting streak in the Conference this season ... JR C John Baker is one of 10 seminfialists for the Johnny Bench Award. Baker has a .993 fielding percentage and just two errors in 45 games this season ... Final Leaders (Offense): batting average, fielding percentage - Baker (.383, .993); runs - David Nicholson (46); hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage - Jackson (84, 16, 16, 61, .691); triples - Jackson, Jeff Dragicevich, David Weiner (2); stolen bases - Nicholson (10). Final Leaders (Pitching): wins , innings pitched, strikeouts - Trevor Hutchinson (7, 117.0, 94); saves - Matt Brown (6); opposing batting average - Matt Payne (.220).

OREGON STATE (31-20, 10-11)
Last Week: Washington l 5-6, 3-13, W 5-3 This Week: *at Arizona StateOregon State ended a five-game losing streak with a 5-3 Sunday victory over Washington ... The Beavers are in fourth place in the standings at 10-11 in Conference play ... Outfielders Seth Pietsch and Aaron Mathews both recently put together double-digit hitting streaks. Pietsch had his 10-game hitting streak halted in the second game against the Huskies, while Mathews continues to ride a 10-game hitting streak ... Several Beavers will play their final collegiate games this weekend. Tom Creighton, Craig Hays, Jason McBride, Ben McGrew, Pat Stevens and Don Stykel are seniors ... Oregon State has completed its home schedule and will head to the desert to take on Arizona State this weekend. OSU was 18-9 at home this season. The Beavers will look to make up some ground in the standings, as the Sun Devils stand two games ahead of them.

STANFORD (37-16, 13-8)
Last Week: at Nevada L 12-13, at UCLA W 11-0, L 4-9, W 17-4 This Week: *Washington StateStanford is in a good position to go after the Pac-10 Title, after defeating UCLA twice last weekend. The Cardinal is one game back of Conference leader USC ... Stanford outscored UCLA 32-13 and posted double-digits in runs and hits in the wins over the Bruins. The Cardinal has had 17 games with double-digit figures in runs and 35 games where they knocked out 10 or more hits ... JR RHP Jeremy Guthrie earned the third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor of his career after recording his third shutout of the season and striking out a career-high 13 batters in Stanford's 11-0 win at UCLA. Guthrie has been named one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award. He leads the Pac-10 in ERA (2.68), opposing batting average (.233) and strikeouts (109) ... SO CF Sam Fuld has 18 multi-hit games in the Cardinal's past 21 contests. During that time he is batting .390 to lead all Stanford starters. His batting average is good for second-place in the Conference and he also ranks among league leaders in hits (1st, 91), total bases (3rd, 131) and runs (4th, 55) ... As a team, the Cardinal paces the Pac-10 in batting (.323), pitching (4.23) and fielding (.971).

UCLA (26-31, 9-12)
Last Week: UC Riverside W 4-3, Stanford L 0-11, W 9-4, L 4-17 This Week: at Cal State Fullerton, *USCUCLA plays one last midweek game before closing out its season against rival USC this weekend. The Bruins play Cal State Fullerton Tuesday and will replay the ninth inning of the April 23rd baseball game, which was won by the Titans earlier this season. The inning was originally played under protest due to Cal State Fullerton batting out of order in the top of the ninth ... SO RHP Chris Cordiero did well on the mound, notched a save in the win against Riverside and getting the win against Stanford. He allowed just one run on two hits in five innings pitched ... FR Wes Whisler tied the UCLA freshman home run record after he knocked out two homers against Stanford in UCLA's 9-4 win. Eleven of Whisler's 15 home runs have come in Conference play. He ranks third in the Pac-10 in round-trippers ... SR RF Adam Berry knocked out his 17th homer of the season last Sunday; he now leads the Conference in home runs.

USC (31-22, 14-7)
Last Week: at Arizona State L 1-3, W 9-5, L 8-17 This Week: *at UCLAAfter losing its Pac-10 series at Arizona State last weekend, USC is just one game ahead of the rest of the pack. The Trojans play rival UCLA this weekend. USC needs to win two of three games to clinch a share of the Conference title and can win it outright with a series sweep ... Earlier this season USC swept UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Trojans hold a 210-96 all-time record against the Bruins ... FR DH Joey Metropoulos is a strong candidate for Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. The designated hitter is batting .372, good for second-best on the squad and leads the team with a .679 slugging percentage. He is tied for ninth in the Pac-10 in batting average, and also ranks among league leaders in slugging percentage (4th, .663), on-base percentage (3rd, .473), RBI (5th, 54) and walks (T5th, 33) ... Johnny Bench Award semifinalist, JR C Alberto Concepcion, continues to pace the Conference with a .385 batting average. Concepcion leads the Trojans in hits (76), doubles (18), total bases (132) and on-base percentage (.485) ... FR LHP Matt Chico received a no-decision in USC's 9-5 win over ASU, but he still leads the team with six victories. Chico has 68 strikeouts in 66.1 innings pitched.

WASHINGTON (28-24-1, 13-8)
Last Week: Gonzaga L 10-12, W 10-3, at Oregon State W 6-5, 13-3, L 3-5 This Week: *ArizonaWashington finds itself one game back of the Pac-10 leader, USC. The Huskies will finish their regular season at Arizona this weekend ... With its 13-8 record in Pac-10 play, UW has assured itself of its first over-.500 Conference record since the Northern and Southern Divisions merged for the 1999 season ... SR RHP Shawn Kohn picked up his 10th win last weekend. He is one of only 11 Huskies all-time to record 10 or more wins in a season. It was his seventh complete game, which is the most by a UW pitcher since 1987 ... Three Huskies have posted double-digits in home runs this season, JR OF Jay Gathwaite (14), JR OF Tyler Davidson (12) and SR 3B Michael Done (10), marking the fourth time in the last five years the Huskies have had three or more players hit 10 or more homers. Garthwaite has 31 career home runs, which ranks No. 2 on Washington's career homers list. Done and Davidson each have 24 four-baggers, good for eighth in UW career history.

WASHINGTON STATE (21-30, 6-15)
Last Week: at Lewis-Clark State L 4-6, at Arizona W 6-5, L 7-8, W 9-7 This Week: *at StanfordWashington State picked up its second Pac-10 series win last weekend at Arizona. The Cougars won both games by coming from behind and scoring three runs in the ninth inning ... JR RHP Eddie Bonine and SO OF Collin Henderson both played well against the Wildcats. Bonine picked up the Cougars' first victory against the 'Cats, allowing five runs on 11 hits with nine strikeouts and two walks. Henderson was 5-for-11 (.455) on the weekend, with two doubles. He collected four hits and drove home four runs in Sunday's 9-7 win. Henderson was recently selected to the Verizon All-Academic District VIII team ... WSU plays at Stanford this weekend. Last year the Cougars were swept by the Cardinal at home.

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