This Week In Pac-10 Postseason Baseball

May 26, 2003

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Let May Madness Begin: For the 11th time in Conference history, four Pac-10 teams have been invited to the 2003 NCAA Tournament ... STANFORD (18-6, 41-15) earned one of eight national seeds and will host Illinois-Chicago, UC Riverside and Richmond in its own Regional beginning Fri., May 30 at 2 p.m. ... ARIZONA STATE (16-8, 50-12) also won the right to host, as they will take on the Northeast Conference champion, Central Connecticut State, along with New Mexico State and UNLV ... ARIZONA (13-11, 35-21) will travel to Fullerton, Calif., to take on No. 3 seed Notre Dame and potentially No. 1 national seed, Cal State Fullerton and San Diego ... WASHINGTON (15-9, 40-16) heads south to Long Beach, Calif., where it will face Minnesota in the first game of the Regional ... Also in the Huskies' bracket is No. 1 national seed Long Beach State and Pepperdine.

Stanford, Calif.Game #2 (3) UC Riverside (40-15) vs. (2) Richmond (46-13), 2 p.m.Game #1 (No. 1 Nat. Seed) Stanford (41-15) vs. (4) Ill.-Chicago (39-16), 6 p.m.Game #3 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (elimination game), 11 a.m.Game #4 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 3 p.m.Game #5 Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (elimination game), 7 p.m.Game #6 Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (champ. game), 1 p.m.Game #7 (if necessary) If Winner Game 5 defeats Winner Game 4 in Game 6, teams meet again (championship game), 5 p.m.

Tempe, Ariz.Game #2 (2) UNLV (45-15) vs. New Mexico State (42-16), 1 p.m.Game #1 (No. 1 Reg. Seed) ASU (50-12) vs. (4) Central Conn. St. (31-15-2), 7 p.m.Game #3 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (elimination game), 10 a.m.Game #4 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 2 p.m.Game #5 Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (elimination game), 7 p.m.Game #6 Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (champ. game), 12 p.m.Game #7 (if necessary) If Winner Game 5 defeats Winner Game 4 in Game 6, teams meet again (championship game), 5 p.m.

Long Beach, Calif.Game #2 (3) Washington (40-16) vs. (2) Minnesota (39-20), 3 p.m.Game #1 (No. 1 Nat. Seed) Long Beach St. (38-18) vs. (4) Pepperdine (39-16), 7 p.m.Game #3 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (elimination game), 11 a.m.Game #4 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 3 p.m.Game #5 Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (elimination game), 7 p.m.Game #6 Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (champ. game), 1 p.m.Game #7 (if necessary) If Winner Game 5 defeats Winner Game 4 in Game 6, teams meet again (championship game), 5 p.m.

Fullerton, Calif.Game #2 (2) Arizona (35-21) vs. Notre Dame (43-16), 3 p.m.Game #1 (No. 1 Nat. Seed) CS Fullerton (43-13) vs. (4) San Diego (31-28), 7 p.m.Game #3 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (elimination game), 12:30 p.m.Game #4 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4 p.m.Game #5 Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (elimination game), 7:30 p.m.Game #6 Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (champ. game), 2 p.m.Game #7 (if necessary) If Winner Game 5 defeats Winner Game 4 in Game 6, teams meet again (championship game), 7 p.m.

ARIZONA STATE'S ANDRE ETHIER NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEKWASHINGTON'S WILL FENTON NAMED PITCHER OF THE WEEK

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE junior outfielder Andre Ethier has been named Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week and WASHINGTON sophomore relief pitcher Will Fenton has been named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for May 19-25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Ethier, from Phoenix, Ariz., went 8-for-17 (.471) with six runs scored, two doubles, two triples, four home runs and eight RBI in four games last week, including a three-game sweep over in-state rival, Arizona. In the four games he compiled a 1.529 slugging percentage while the Sun Devils went 3-1 to reach the 50-win mark on the season (50-12). Ethier has recorded 27 multi-hit games and is currently in the midst of a career-high 17-game hitting streak.

Fenton, from Kingston, Wash., picked up three saves in four Washington wins last week. He worked a total of five and one third innings, allowing three hits, no runs and no walks, while striking out nine. On Mon., May 19, he threw the final 2.1 innings versus ASU, striking out five and stranding four runners in scoring position. On Sat., May 24, he threw two perfect innings, helping the Huskies to their first-ever sweep of USC. Fenton finished the regular season without allowing a single run in his 30 innings, giving up 14 hits and striking out 48.

The Player of the Week honor is the second for Ethier in his career and the 71st selection all-time for Arizona State. The Pitcher of the Week is the first such honor for Fenton, the 29th Husky to earn the weekly recognition.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were Brandon Averill, UCLA; Ryan Garko, STAN; Aaron Hathaway, WASH. Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were Erik Averill, ASU; Mark Romanczuk, STAN.

TEAM NOTES

ARIZONA (13-11, 35-21)Last Week: vs. Oregon State L, 13-12; vs. Arizona State L, 5-2; L, 16-0; L, 15-2This Week: NCAA Regionals (Notre Dame, Cal State Fullerton, San Diego)

Despite losing three games over the weekend to No. 3 Arizona State, the Wildcats received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999 and only the second time since 1993 ... Head coach Andy Lopez, who earned a national championship ring with the 1992 Pepperdine squad, hopes to do the same with this Arizona team ... One main factor to Arizona's success this season has been its aggressiveness and speed on the base paths ... UA has recorded 142 stolen bases, 74 more than the second place team in the Pac-10 ... Freshman Brad Boyer leads the Conference with 24 stolen bags ... The Wildcats will be making their 30th all-time regional appearance and look to improve upon their 14 showings at the College World Series ... Sophomore outfielder Jeff Van Houten and junior outfielder Brian Anderson will be looked upon for defense in the field and big hits at the plate ... Van Houten is second in the Pac-10 with a .415 batting average, while Anderson is right behind him in eighth place with a .375 average ... The duo also rank among the Pac-10's best in total bases, hits, triples, slugging percentage and RBI ... Arizona, a No. 2 seed, will go head-to-head with Big East Champion, Notre Dame on Fri., May 30 at 3 p.m. on the campus of Cal State Fullerton ... Also in UA's regional is No. 1 national seed Fullerton and four-seed San Diego ... The Wildcats will be led on the mound by Richie Gardner and Sean Rierson who both own 9-2 records on the year ... UA has hit 19 of its 71 home runs in its last 13 games and boasts a team batting average of .329, second among Pac-10 teams.

ARIZONA STATE (16-8, 50-12)Last Week: vs. Washington L, 6-4; vs. Arizona W, 5-2; W, 16-0; W, 15-2This Week: NCAA Regionals (Central Connecticut State, New Mexico State, UNLV)

Arizona State begins its quest into the NCAA postseason, hoping to make it back to the College World Series, something a Sun Devil team hasn't done since 1998 ... ASU earned its 50th win on the season with a 15-2 defeat over in-state rival, Arizona on Sun., May 25 ... It is the first time in head coach Pat Murphy's tenure that a team has reached the 50-win plateau ... The Devils swept the Wildcats for their fifth Pac-10 series in the 2003 season ... With the sweep, ASU earned sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 with a 16-8 league mark ... Arizona State was led by the services of junior outfielder Andre Ethier who went 8-for-17 (.471) with six runs scored, two doubles, two triples, four home runs and eight RBI in four games last week ... The performance was good enough to garner Ethier Pac-10 and Collegiate Baseball Player of the Week honors ... Freshman left-hander Erik Averill also had a solid series improving to 8-1 on the season, picking up the 16-0 win on Sat., May 24 over UA ... Averill scattered seven hits in seven scoreless innings, while striking out six and walking only one ... The eight wins moves him into a tie for seventh place in the school record books for freshman victories ... For the sixth time in the last seven years, the Sun Devils were selected to host a four-team regional in the first round ... ASU earned a No. 1 regional seed and will face No. 4 seed Central Connecticut State (31-15-1) who won the Northeastern Conference Championship on Fri., May 31 at 7 p.m. at Tempe Diablo Stadium ... It will mark the first time the two teams have met up ... Also in ASU's regional is No. 2 seed UNLV and No. 3 seed New Mexico State ... The Devils are 53-13-1 all-time versus the Running Rebels and 25-2 against the Aggies.

STANFORD (18-6, 41-15)Last Week: vs. Cal Poly SLO W, 9-4; W, 12-0; W, 8-4This Week: NCAA Regionals (Illinois-Chicago, UC Riverside, Richmond)

Stanford has advanced to the College World Series the past four consecutive years and the Cardinal is hoping that 2003 is no different ... With a 18-6 record in league play and a three-game sweep of Cal Poly SLO last weekend to bring its overall record to 41-15, Stanford claimed the Pac-10 Championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA postseason ... Head coach Mark Marquess, who has two national championship rings from 1987 and 1988 has been close the past three seasons finishing as a runner-up in 2000 and 2001, while taking third place last season ... Stanford is led by senior catcher Ryan Garko who over the weekend, went 8-for-11 (.727) with one home run, five runs scored, a walk and 12 total bases to lead the team to its seventh series sweep this season ... Freshman lefty Mark Romanczuk picked up his Pac-10 leading 10th win on the year on Sat., May 24, striking out eight batters and giving up just four hits in 6.0 scoreless innings ... Romanczuk finished the regular season with a 10-0 record and a 3.45 ERA, good enough to rank fifth in the Conference ... The Cardinal garnered one of just eight No. 1 national seeds and will host their regional at Sunken Diamond beginning Fri., May 30 at 2 p.m. ... Stanford will take on No. 4 seed Illinois-Chicago, while three-seed UC Riverside and two-seed Richmond go head-to-head in the other portion of the bracket ... Stanford has been on a roll these past couple of weeks, posting 16 wins in 20 games, while going 13-1 in the month of May ... While Garko paces the team with a .406 batting average, junior outfielder Carlos Quentin hasn't been too shabby either, notching a .384 average, good enough to rank sixth among the Pac-10's best.

WASHINGTON (15-9, 40-16)Last Week: vs. Arizona State W, 6-4; vs. USC W, 26-2; W, 5-1; W, 10-8This Week: NCAA Regionals (Minnesota, Long Beach State, Pepperdine)

With three wins over USC last weekend, Washington accomplished two important feats - the first sweep of perennial powerhouse Southern California in school history and an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament ... The Huskies defeated the Men of Troy by a combined 30 runs, overcoming a 6-0 deficit on Sun., May 25 to earn the final win, 10-8 ... UW's run was capped by sophomore catcher Aaron Hathaway's two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning to break an eight-all tie ... It is the second time in as many years that Washington has been invited to the tourney ... In 2002, the Huskies advanced to the regional title game for only the third time in school history, but were downed by Rice, 14-2 ... Perhaps one of the most exciting players on the Washington roster this season is sophomore reliever Will Fenton who garnered the May 26 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors ... Fenton picked up three saves in four UW wins last week, working a total of five and one third innings, allowing three hits, no runs and no walks, while striking out nine batters ... Fenton finished the regular season without allowing a single run in his 30 innings, giving up just 14 hits and striking out 48 ... He also has 10 saves to lead the Pac-10 ... The No. 3 seed Washington will go up against two-seed Minnesota on Fri., May 30 at the Long Beach, Calif., regional ... UW holds a 3-2 advantage over the Gophers, their last meeting in 1998 ... In the other portion of the bracket is No. 1 national seed Long Beach State and four-seed Pepperdine ... The Huskies and the Waves last met Feb. 7 of this season, with PU edging UW, 1-0 ... Long Beach State leads the all-time series with Washington, 5-2.

2003 SEASON WRAP-UPS

CALIFORNIA (10-14, 28-27)Last Week: vs. San Francisco W, 8-5

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 for a seventh place finish ... 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 ant two RBI ... Grossman has been named a Johnny Bench Award finalist ... 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) ... Cal's defense was solid all year long as the team finished fourth in the Conference in fielding percentage (.965).

OREGON STATE (7-17, 25-28)Last Week: vs. Arizona W, 13-12; vs. Portland W, 18-6; W, 4-3

Oregon State concluded its 2003 season with three wins, including a 13-12 victory over Conference foe, Arizona ... The Beavers picked up two more wins over in-state rival Portland, as they finished up games that were suspended earlier this season ... On the final day of his career in a OSU uniform, senior Andy Jarvis broke the school record for hits in a career and tied the record for home runs with 232 and 34, respectively ... Junior Tony Calderon notched 24 doubles on the year, good enough to rank second in the Pac-10 charts, while his teammate Chris Biles finished third with 23 doubles ... Junior left-hander Jake Postlewait finished the season with a 3.43 ERA for fourth place on the Conference charts ... OSU's .305 team batting average was the fifth-best in the Conference, behind only the four postseason teams.

UCLA (11-13, 28-31)Last Week: vs. Washington State W, 21-3; L, 15-2; W, 18-7

The Bruins ended their 2003 season with an 18-7 victory and a series win over Washington State, 2-1 ... UCLA bettered its 2002 finish of 9-15 in league play and a tie for seventh by finishing 11-13 and in a tie for fifth place with Los Angeles counterpart, USC ... Junior third baseman Brandon Averill became the first Bruin since Garrett Atkins to hit for the cycle on Sun., May 25 against WSU ... He went 7-for-15 (.467) during the series and recorded a team-high 1.133 slugging percentage and seven RBI ... Junior Casey Janssen recorded 73 strikeouts on the year, good enough to rank fifth in the league, while fellow pitcher Mike Kunes recorded 24 strikeouts looking to rank seventh among the Pac-10's best ... UCLA had a team ERA of 5.95 to finish the season, good enough to rank seventh in the Pac-10, while its .287 batting average also was seventh in the league.

USC (11-13, 28-28)Last Week: vs. Washington L, 26-2; L, 5-1; L, 10-8

For the first time in 11 years, the USC Trojans did not receive a postseason berth ... Southern California dropped its last four games, including a Conference battle against Washington, with the winner receiving an NCAA bid ... The Trojans finished at an even .500 with a 28-28 record, 11-13 in the Pac-10 to tie for fifth place with UCLA ... Freshman Jeff Clement remains tied atop the league with 21 homers belted, the most by any USC freshman in history ... He also ranks ninth in slugging percentage (.649), tenth in RBI (53) and ninth in walks (32) ... Clement also earned an invite to the 2003 USA Baseball National Team trials this summer ... Shortstop Anthony Lunetta finished his senior season with a .349 batting average and 73 hits, both of which were team highs ... USC had a strong team defense, ranking fifth in the Conference with a .961 fielding percentage.

WASHINGTON STATE (7-17, 19-37)Last Week: vs. UCLA L, 21-3; W, 15-2; L, 18-7

Washington State finished the 2003 season with a 7-17 record in Pac-10 play, 19-37 overall ... The Cougars picked up one game against UCLA over the weekend, a 15-2 decision on Sat., May 24 ... Junior transfer Aaron MacKenzie went the distance for a second time this season and struck out a career-high 10 batters ... The Cougars also had a 14-hit attack led by Grant Richardson and Derek Bruce, who each had three hits ... Freshman Jay Miller led all WSU batters in 2003 with a .341 average, while also pacing the team with 73 hits ... Miller also racked up 21 doubles, good enough to rank sixth in the Pac-10 ... Washington State finishes eighth in the Conference in fielding percentage with a .957 clip ... The Cougars were fourth in the Conference in fielding double plays with 51 and amassed 593 assists for sixth place.

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