This Week In Pac-10 Baseball
May 19, 2003
PAC-10 NOTES: With a 9-8 win in extra innings, STANFORD (18-6, 38-15) clinched its third Pac-10 title in five years, and its first outright crown since 1999 ... The Cardinal takes on Cal Poly in a three-game series this weekend to close out the regular season ... CALIFORNIA (10-14, 28-27) finished its regular season with an 8-5 win over San Francisco on Tues., May 13 ... ARIZONA STATE (13-7, 47-11) and WASHINGTON (11-9, 36-16) play the rubber match of a three-game series in Seattle on Mon., May 19 at 6:30 p.m. ... The Huskies will take on USC (11-10, 28-24) beginning Fri., May 23, while the Sun Devils will host their second-place counterpart, ARIZONA (13-7, 35-17) in a trio of games at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. ... UCLA (9-12, 26-30) will go head-to-head with WASHINGTON STATE (6-15, 18-35) this weekend in Pullman, while OREGON STATE (6-17, 22-28) wraps up its series with the Wildcats on Mon., May 19 and will head home to face Portland, finishing up games that were suspended earlier this season.
This Week's Games
Mon., May 19*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.*OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, noon
Tue., May 20USC at Fresno State, 6 p.m.
Wed., May 21Portland at OREGON STATE, 2 p.m.
Fri., May 23*ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.Cal Poly SLO at STANFORD, 6 p.m.*UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m.*USC at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.
Sat., May 24*ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.Cal Poly SLO at STANFORD, 1 p.m.*UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m.*USC at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
Sun., May 25*ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.Cal Poly SLO at STANFORD, 1 p.m.*UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE, noon*USC at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
All game times local to site.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Mon., May 12*ARIZONA ST. 14, OREGON ST. 4
Tue., May 13*OREGON ST. 6, ARIZONA ST. 1CALIFORNIA 8, San Francisco 5STANFORD 10, Saint Mary's 1UCLA 4, Pepperdine 3USC 5, Loyola Marymount 3Lewis-Clark St. 9, WASHINGTON ST. 8 (11 inn.)
Wed., May 14*ARIZONA ST. 12, OREGON ST. 7
Fri., May 16*STANFORD 9, UCLA 1*WASHINGTON STATE 13, USC 12
Sat., May 17*WASHINGTON 5, ARIZONA ST. 1*ARIZONA 20, OREGON STATE 6*UCLA 9, STANFORD 5 (12 inn.)*USC 6, WASHINGTON STATE 1
Sun., May 18*ARIZONA ST. 11, WASHINGTON 3*ARIZONA 9, OREGON STATE 4*STANFORD 9, UCLA 8 (10 inn.)*USC 9, WASHINGTON STATE 1
ARIZONA (13-7, 35-17)Last Week: vs. Oregon State W, 20-6; W, 9-4This Week: *Oregon State, *Arizona State
Arizona is in the midst of a three-game series against Oregon State at its own Frank Sancet Field in Tucson, Ariz. ... The Wildcats took the first two games by a combined 19 runs and play the final game of the series Mon., May 19 at 1 p.m. ... UA takes on its traditional rival, Arizona State, beginning Fri., May 23 in Tempe, Ariz. ... In last year's meeting, ASU took two of three from the Wildcats ... Junior Moises Duran and sophomore Jeff Van Houten both rank nationally in the RBI per game category, as Duran is 12th (1.32) and Van Houten (1.31) is right behind him at 13th ... Van Houten also ranks in batting average (39th, .403) and triples per game (t5th, 0.16) ... As a team, Arizona ranks in two categories, including batting average (16th, .328) and scoring (5th, 9.4).
ARIZONA STATE (13-7, 47-11)Last Week: vs. Oregon State W, 14-4; L, 6-1; W, 12-7; vs. Washington L, 5-1; W, 11-3This Week: *Washington, *Arizona
Arizona State picked up Sunday's win over Washington by a score of 11-3 ... The Devils play the final game of the series tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Husky Ballpark ... With a 13-7 Conference record, ASU sits in second place along with Arizona with four games remaining on its schedule ... Arizona State will take on the Wildcats at Packard Stadium beginning Fri., May 23 at 7 p.m. ... Sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his 10-for-23 performance last week, including eight runs scored, two doubles, one home run and four RBI ... Senior righty Robbie McClellan also had success out of the bullpen last week, picking up two wins in 8.2 innings, while giving up five hits and one run ... McClellan has a 3.52 ERA and a 7-0 record on the season.
CALIFORNIA (10-14, 28-27)Last Week: vs. San Francisco W, 8-5This Week: Idle
California finished off the regular season with an 8-5 win over San Francisco on Tues., May 13 at Evans Diamond ... The Golden Bears went 28-27 overall in 2003, with a 10-14 record in the Pac-10 ... Against the Dons, Cal had a 14-hit attack led by Brian Horwitz and Chris Grossman who had three hits apiece ... Grossman went 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI, while senior Nick Medrano, playing in the final game of his career, went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI ... Junior Matt Brown picked up the win in 6.0 innings, giving up six hits, one earned run, one walk and five strikeouts ... Junior Conor Jackson had another solid season, moving up the school career charts as he is sixth in slugging percentage (.573), seventh in home runs (30) and 10th in walks (115).
OREGON STATE (6-17, 22-28)Last Week: vs. Arizona State, L, 14-4, W, 6-1; L, 12-7; vs. Arizona L, 20-6; L, 9-4This Week: *Arizona, Portland
Oregon State plays its final game of a three-game series against Arizona Mon., May 19 ... The Beavers dropped the first two games against the Wildcats by scores of 20-6 and 9-4 ... OSU will conclude the 2003 regular season against Portland Wed., May 21 where they will finish games against the Pilots that were postponed earlier this year ... In five games last week against Arizona State and Arizona, Jacoby Ellsbury was fantastic, batting .476 (10-for-21) with one home run, one triple, three doubles, three RBI, along with going 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts ... Starter Jake Postlewait improved to 4-1 with two appearances last week, striking out five batters.
STANFORD (18-6, 38-15)Last Week: vs. Saint Mary's W, 9-1; vs. UCLA W, 9-1; L, 9-5 (12 inn.); W, 9-8 (10 inn.)This Week: Cal Poly
With a 9-8 win in 11 innings over UCLA on Sunday, Stanford clinched its third Conference title in five years, and its first outright crown since 1999 ... The Cardinal finished the 2003 Pac-10 season with an 18-6 record, having lost only one series all year ... Junior right-hander John Hudgins notched his 108th strikeout on the season, good enough to rank No. 1 in the Pac-10 ... Hudgins also threw his fifth complete game on the year, a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts to lead Stanford to a 9-1 victory over UCLA in Friday's opener ... Junior infielder Brian Hall had three consecutive three-hit games and finished last week by hitting .562 (9-for-16) with two doubles, a triple, four RBI and three runs scored ... Junior Carlos Quentin is continuing his impressive season ... Quentin ranks nationally in batting average (42nd, .401) and doubles per game (17th, 0.45).
UCLA (9-12, 26-30)Last Week: vs. Pepperdine W, 4-3; vs. UCLA L, 9-1; W, 9-5 (12 inn.); L, 9-8 (10 inn.)This Week: *Washington State
UCLA had a tight series at Stanford last weekend as two of the three games went into extra innings ... The Bruins picked up Saturday's win in 12 innings by a score of 9-5, while Sunday's rubber match went to the Cardinal as they notched a 9-8 win in 10 innings ... UCLA plays in its final regular season series of 2003, traveling to Pullman, Wash., for a trio of games against the Cougars ... When the two teams met up last season, WSU claimed two of three games ... Sophomore utility player Wes Whisler went 6-for-13 (.462) over the weekend against Stanford, knocking in a team-high five runs, along with five runs scored and 13 total bases ... Whisler also smashed two home runs and recorded a 1.000 slugging percentage ... Freshman Brett McMillan continues to pace the team with a .339 batting average.
USC (11-10, 28-24)Last Week: vs. Loyola Marymount W, 5-3; vs. Washington State L, 13-12; W, 6-1; W, 9-1This Week: Fresno State, *Washington
USC picked up three wins last week over Loyola Marymount and Conference foe, Washington State ... After dropping the first of a three-game series against the Cougs, the Trojans rallied back to notch 6-1 and 9-1 wins on Saturday and Sunday, respectively ... The Men of Troy are in Seattle to play Washington beginning Fri., May 23 at Husky Ballpark ... Junior righty Brian Bannister picked up his first ever Pitcher of the Week honors after he threw a four-hit, complete game on Sun., May 18 ... Junior infielder Michael Moon also had a good series going 8-for-13 (.615) with three doubles, a triple, a home run and three RBI against Washington State ... Moon hit for the cycle in Saturday's game, the first Trojan to do so since Dave Engle in 1978.
WASHINGTON (11-9, 36-16)Last Week: vs. Arizona State W, 5-1; L, 11-3This Week: *Arizona State, *USC
Washington is also in the midst of a three-game series against second-place Arizona State ... The teams have split the first two games, with the rubber match being played Mon., May 19 at 6:30 p.m. ... Junior outfielder Mike Wagner belted two home runs on Sat., May 17 to give the Huskies the 5-1 win ... Following tonight's game, UW will host a three-game series with Conference opponent, USC beginning Fri., May 23 at 6:30 p.m. ... Defensively, Washington has been unstoppable this season, ranked No. 3 in the nation for fielding percentage with a .981 mark ... Sophomore catcher Aaron Hathaway has been solid behind the plate, picking off a Conference-leading eight runners, five more than the next best player ... Hathaway also has a .333 batting average through 47 games played.
WASHINGTON STATE (6-15, 18-35)Last Week: vs. Lewis-Clark State L, 9-8 (11 inn.); vs. USC W, 13-12; L, 6-1; L, 9-1This Week: *UCLA
Washington State secured one win last week against USC in Los Angeles ... The Cougars took a 13-12 win over the Trojans at Dedeaux Field on the Southern California campus ... WSU also had a non-conference game against Lewis-Clark State which they dropped, 9-8 in 11 innings ... Washington State has one weekend remaining on its regular season schedule, as the UCLA Bruins come to town, Fri., May 23 ... Junior right-hander Brett Beetham picked up his second save of the year on Fri., May 17, after relieving junior Garrett Alwert, who picked up the win ... Junior transfer Aaron MacKenzie has 71 strikeouts, good enough to lead the team and rank among the Pac-10's Top-10 ... With three games left to play, WSU has already tied last year's Conference win total (6).