This Week In Pac-10 Baseball
April 20, 2004
PAC-10 PILE UP!
Pac-10 action continues this week, highlighted with ARIZONA traveling to Seattle to face WASHINGTON in a battle for second place in the Conference... The rest of the Pac-10 is right on their heels with USC hosting a streaking OREGON STATE team, a battling back ARIZONA STATE squad traveling to WASHINGTON STATE and CALIFORNIA hosting UCLA... No. 2 STANFORD will take a Conference breather with non-conference action scheduled against St. Mary's and Sacramento State this weekend.... Although the Cardinal and Sun Devils are the only teams ranked this week (Stanford-consensus No.2, ASU No. 18 by Sports Weekly/ESPN), various publications ranking strength of schedule (Boyd's World) have the Pac-10 with as many as seven Conference teams in the Top-25, including Stanford at No. 1.
Tue., April 20
CALIFORNIA at Pacific, 6 p.m.
Portland at OREGON STATE, PPD (rain)
St. Mary's at STANFORD, 6 p.m.
UCLA at Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
USC at Loyola Marymount, 2:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Gonzaga, CANCELLED (rain)
Fri., April 23
*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.
*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTO N STATE, 3 p.m.
*UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.
*OREGON STATE at USC, 7 p.m.
Sacramento State at STANFORD, 6 p.m.
Sat., April 24
*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE, 1 p.m.
*UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
*OREGON STATE at USC, 2 p.m.
STANFORD at Sacramento State, 6 p.m.
Sun., April 25
*ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, 1 p.m.
*ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE, Noon
*UCLA at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
*OREGON STATE at USC, 1 p.m.
Tue., April 13
ARIZONA 11, UNLV 2
CALIFORNIA 10, San Jose State 2
OREGON STATE 6, WASHINGTON 4 (11 inn)
STANFORD 12, Santa Clara 3
UCLA 11, No. 5 Long Beach State 1
USC 8, Pepperdine 4
Gonzaga 8, WASHINGTON STATE 5
Wed., April 14
ARIZONA 10, UNLV 9
Fri., April 16
ARIZONA 12, UT Pan-Am 5
*ARIZONA STATE 12, UCLA 4
* STANFORD 7, CALIFORNIA 4
OREGON STATE 7, Sacramento State 2
*USC 4, WASHINGTON STATE, 2
Georgia Tech 8, WASHINGTON 4
Sat., April 17
ARIZONA 9, UT Pan-Am 4
*ARIZONA STATE 4, UCLA 3
* STANFORD 9, CALIFORNIA 2
OREGON STATE 9, Sacramento State 1
*USC 10, WASHINGTON STATE 7
WASHNGTON 7, Georgia Tech 3
Sun., April 18
ARIZONA 5, UT Pan-Am 2
*UCLA 11, ARIZONA STATE 10
*STANFORD 8, CALIFORNIA 3
OREGON STATE 12, Sacramento State 6
*WASHINGTON STATE 5, USC 1
WASHINGTON 16, Georgia Tech 2
PAC-10 TEAM NOTES
2004 PAC-10 TEAM NOTES
Arizona - The Wildcats have won their last five games after a three-game sweep of Texas Pan-Am and a two game sweep at UNLV... Arizona played six games in seven days going 5-1 in that time... JR RHP Derek Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the 5-2 win over UTPA on Apr. 18, his seventh of the season...In the 12-5 win over UTPA on Apr. 16, SO RHP John Meloan recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in 8.0 innings of work... In the UTPA series, FR INF Jason Donald went 7-for-10 (.700) with two doubles... 'Zona goes on a nine-game road swing starting this Friday at Washington.
Arizona State - In the midst of an eight-game road trip, the Sun Devils went 2-1 against UCLA in their first Conference away series... JR SS Dustin Pedroia has hits in 32 of 36 games and is sixth on the ASU all-time list with 267 hits... Pedroia's .388 batting average is also sixth on the ASU career list... On Apr. 17, the relief duo of SO LHP Erik Averill and FR RHP Zechry Zinicola retired the last 15 UCLA batters of the game, as Arizona State won, 4-3... A day earlier, starter SR RHP Jeff Mousser threw 7.0 innings while giving up only one run on five hits, striking out two for his second win of the year and snapping his three-game losing streak.
California - With the series loss to the Cardinal this weekend, the Bears have now lost 16 straight to Stanford, dating back to March 9, 2002... JR INF James Holder crushed two homers last week, giving him four home runs in his last six games and a total of six this season... With only three Pac-10 series left on the year, Cal will have the benefit of playing the next two at home with UCLA visiting this weekend and Arizona coming on Apr. 30.
Oregon State - After four hours and 40 minutes, SR RF Mike Hass hit a top of the 12th, two out, game-winning bases loaded single to win the non-counting Conference game against the Huskies by a score of 6-4... Coming into the game Hass had been in a 7-for-37 (.159) slump... The win gave the Beavers a 3-0 edge on the Huskies this season with their Conference games slated for April 30- May 2... JR OF Aaron Matthews ' single in the 12-6 win over Sacramento State on Apr. 18 kept his career-high 15 game hitting streak alive...SR LHP Jake Postlewait recorded his eighth win of the season in the 7-2 win over Sacramento State on Apr. 16, the most wins for a Beaver pitcher since Scott Nicholson won 11 in 2001.
Stanford - For the second week in a row the Cardinal are ranked No. 2 in the nation by every national poll... In the midst of a six-game homestand, Stanford has won 23 of their last 24 and are 14-1 at Sunken Diamond this season...Stanford's record is the third-best in school history after 34 games... SR OF Brian Hall extended his hitting streak to a Pac-10 season best 19 games... SR OF Sam Fuld broke the school's all-time record for runs scored on Apr. 17,plating the 245th run of his career, breaking the old record set by Mark Davis (1983-86)...SO RHP Jeff Gilmore threw his first complete game in the 9-2 win over the Bears on Apr. 17, striking out four while allowing only two runs on five hits.
UCLA - In the 11-1 win over No. 5 Long Beach State, the Bruins became the first team to score double-digit runs on the 49ers this season... LBSU's pitching staff led the nation with a 2.15 ERA coming into this game...UCLA's JR RHP David Johnson , FR RHP Kevin Brophy and JR RHP Kyle Wilson combined to strikeout 10 49ers and allowed only four hits on the day... In the 11-10 win over ASU on Apr. 18, JR SS Ryan McCarthy went 5-for-5 with two moon shots and four RBI... His eighth inning homer provided the winning margin and gave him a team-leading eight home runs.
USC - In the 10-7 victory over the Cougars on Apr. 17, FR OF Daniel Perales knocked in four runs in a 2-for-2 performance... FR RHP Ian Kennedy threw eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work on the 4-2 win over Washington State on Apr. 16, moving to 5-2 on the season... In the 8-4 win over Pepperdine on Apr. 13, USC's 7-8-9 hitters went a combined 6-for-10 with five runs between them... In Conference games, the USC pitching staff leads the league in ERA (4.90) and is second in strikeouts (79).
Washington - FR RHP Tim Lincecum 's 96 strikeouts this season is tops in the Pac-10 and ranks him at third in UW single season history... The UW record is 131 by Jeff Heaverlo in 1999... In only the third time ever that Washington has played east of the Mississippi, the Huskies took the series 2-1 over Georgia Tech giving them a 5-4 overall record against the Yellow Jackets... On Apr. 18, Washington exploded for a 16-2 win over GT, the largest margin of defeat this season for the Wreck... In the game, the Huskies scored eight runs in the second inning including two home runs from FR DH Matt Lane (3) and SR C Ben Johnson (5).
Washington State - The Cougars have lost four of their last six games and look to avenge last year's sweep at Tempe with ASU coming to Pullman Friday for a three-game series... According to Washington State's records, WSU is just 5-26 against the Sun Devils... SR LHP Garrett Alwert was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after he pitched 8.0 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and allowed only four hits in the Cougars 5-1 win over USC on Apr. 18... JR RHP Bryce Chamberlin underwent surgery on his jaw Fri., Apr. 16 after he was apparently assaulted in an off-campus incident, with his status for the rest of the season unknown.