This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

May 11, 2004

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COMING DOWN THE STRETCH
With many teams taking finals last week, not one team moved up or down in the Pac-10 standings... However, as we head into the final few weeks of the regular season, it will be a battle for a shot at postseason play, highlighted this week by OREGON STATE heading to Tempe to face No. 19 ARIZONA STATE... No. 2 STANFORD will take to the road for its last time this season to face an ARIZONA team looking to make a statement with six of its last nine at home... As always, No. 15 WASHINGTON has started to heat up late in the season and will try to win its last away series at USC... In its last home stand of the year, third place UCLA hosts a WASHINGTON STATE team with nothing to lose... CALIFORNIA will play a few in SoCal this week, with a game a piece against San Diego and San Diego State in non-conference action.

THIS WEEK
Tue., May 11

CALIFORNIA at San Diego State, 6 p.m.
Santa Clara at No. 2 STANFORD, 6 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton at UCLA, 5 p.m.
Portland at No. 15 WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.

Wed., May 12
CALIFORNIA at San Diego, 3 p.m.
Portland at No. 15 WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.

Fri., May 14
*OREGON STATE at No. 19 ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA, 6 p.m.
*No. 15 WASHINGTON at USC, 7 p.m.

Sat., May 15
*No. 2 STANFORD at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
*OREGON STATE at No. 19 ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA, 1 p.m.
*No. 15 WASHINGTON at USC, 2 p.m.

Sun., May 16
*No. 2 STANFORD at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
*OREGON STATE at No. 19 ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA, Noon
*No. 15 WASHINGTON at USC, 1 p.m.

Mon., May 17
*No. 2 STANFORD at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.

NCBWA National Co-Pitcher of the Week: Tim Lincecum, WASH
'Louisville Slugger's' National Player of the Week: Tim Lincecum, WASH
Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Jordan Brown, ARIZ
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week: Tim Lincecum, WASH

LAST WEEK
Tue., May 4

No. 20 ARIZONA STATE 6, New Mexico St. 2
Portland 6, OREGON STATE 2
No. 1 STANFORD 7, San Jose State 2
No. 17 Witchita State 6, UCLA 4

Wed., May 5
No. 17 Wichita State 10, UCLA 3

Fri., May 7
UCLA 7, ARIZONA 3
*No. 21 WASHINGTON 3, No. 1 STANFORD 2 (10 Inn)

Sat., May 8
ARIZONA 20, UCLA 9
*No. 1 STANFORD 7, No. 21 WASHINGTON 2
WASHINGTON STATE 17, Sacramento State 3

Sun., May 9
ARIZONA 11, UCLA 2
*No. 21 WASHINGTON 9, No. 1 STANFORD 2
Sacramento State 3, WASHINGTON STATE 1

Mon., May 10
WASHINGTON STATE 6, Sacramento State 5

2004 PAC-10 TEAM NOTES
Arizona- The Wildcats closed their season-high nine-game road trip finishing 4-5, taking the last non-counting three-game Conference series over UCLA, 2-1... With the win in Los Angeles, Arizona moved its season record to 3-3 against the Bruins... SO 1B Jordan Brown was spectacular last week at the plate going 5-for-11 (.455), with three home runs, a team-high 10 RBI and five runs, all after going 0-for-2 in the series opening loss to the Bruins, 7-3... SO RHP John Meloan tossed a two-hit complete game in the 11-2 win over UCLA on May 9, moving his record to 5-0 this season... The two hits he gave up were both home runs, but he struck out six and faced only four batters over the minimum... The 20 runs scored in the 20-9 win over UCLA on May 8 were a season high... The 'Cats next two series are versus No. 2 Stanford and No. 19 Arizona State to complete Arizona's home schedule.

Arizona State- The No. 19 Sun Devils won their second game against New Mexico State 6-2, on May 4, moving their overall record against the Aggies to 28-2... In the game, ASU turned a season-high four double plays... They have now won four in a row... JR LF Jeff Larish's season-high hit streak now stands at 11 games... He is hitting .388 (19-for-49) through those games... This week Arizona State will take the week off for finals, returning back to the diamond on May 14 for a three game series versus Oregon State... After the Beavers, the Sun Devils will play their last eight games on the road.

California- The Golden Bears will play a game a piece at San Diego and San Diego State on May 11 and 12... After that, Cal will take the next two weeks off for finals playing its final three-game series at Washington State.... JR IF David Nicholson leads the team with a .372 batting average, 47 runs, 14 doubles and 70 hits...JR RHP Jesse Ingram is tops on the pitching staff with a 2.79 ERA and nine saves this season.

Oregon State- JR OF Aaron Matthews had his career-high 21-game hitting streak snapped in the 6-2 loss to Portland on May 4... The loss also haulted the 10-game winning streak that the Beavers had against the Pilots... Oregon State is on its first three-game skid of the season... OSU will return to the diamond after finals week to play Arizona State on May 14 in Tempe.

Stanford- The series loss to Washington this weekend was the first three-game tilt that the Cardinal have lost all season... On May 8, SO RHP Jeff Gilmore picked up his eighth win of the season pitching 7.0 innings while fanning eight... SO INF Jed Lowrie hit three doubles in the 7-2 win over Washington, the first player to do so in the Pac-10 this season... On May 4 Lowrie also hit his league leading 15th home run in a 7-2 win over San Jose State...In addition to homers, Lowrie now leads the league in slugging perecentage (.783), RBI (56) and total bases (137)... Besides winning 'Louisville Slugger's National Player of the Week' last week, SR INF/OF Brian Hall also went on to win the NCBWA National Player of the Week and the West Regional Player of the Week by Collegebaseballinsider.com.

UCLA- The Bruins started 1-2 on their eight-game homestand last week with Cal Sate Fullerton and Washington State traveling to Westwood this weekend... SR INF Preston Griffin currently has an 11-game hitting streak... During the last eight games of the streak, Griffin has upped his batting average over 40 points and is hitting .500 (15-for-30) with 11 runs scored and seven RBI... SO INF Brett McMillan's nine sacrafice flies this season are a UCLA record... SR RHP Casey Janssen picked up his team leading eighth win this weekend, the most wins for a Bruin pitcher since Josh Karp's 10 in 2000.

USC- Head coach Mike Gillespie needs only six more wins to reach career-win number 700 and just two Pac-10 wins to get to the 300 mark... The Trojans had the past week off for finals and host No. 15 Washington this week, their second to last home series... Against the Huskies, Troy is 24-8 (.750) all-time... For Coach Gillespie's streak of 17 years without a losing season at USC to continue, the Trojans will need to go at least 7-3 in their last 10 games of the season.

Washington- The Huskies jumped to No. 15 this week in the Baseball America Poll after beating Stanford in two of three games this weekend, the Cardinal's first regular season three-game series loss since April 2003... The Dawgs are now 10-2 in their last 12 games... FR RHP Tim Lincecum has a Pac-10 leading 127 strikeouts, second-most in Washington single-season history behind Jeff Heaverlo's 131 set in 1999... Lincecum picked up two wins against Stanford this weekend, pitching two innings on Friday and a career-high eight innings with 13 strikeouts in the 9-2 win on Sunday, May 9... On May 7, JR SS Nick Batkoski knocked in the winning run in UW's emotional 3-2 extra innings win over Stanford... He was also error free in 18 fielding chances this weekend.

Washington State- The Cougars rebounded from their four-game losing streak, taking two of three games from Sacramento State last week... On Saturday, May 8, WSU cranked out 17 runs on 18 hits for the 17-3 win... The offensive explosion was not necessary however, as SR RHP Aaron Trolia worked eight innings allowing only two hits while striking out 11... With 10 games to go, the Cougars will play their next four on the road with their last six versus Oregon State and California at home.

FRESHMEN FIRST TO 100- Two pitchers have reached the 100 strikeout milestone this season, both are freshman. FR RHP Tim Lincecum leads the league with 127 strikeouts while USC FR RHP Ian Kennedy has notched 100 K's. If Lincecum finishes the season with the lead, he will be the first freshman ever to lead the Pac-10 season in strikeouts. However, in 1977 when the Conference was known as the Pac-8, USC freshman Bill Bordley lead the league with 108 strikeouts. Also, in 1995, Stanford freshman Kyle Peterson tied for the strikeout lead in the Pac-10 South with 112, but was still behind Pac-10 North leader, Gonzaga's Darin Blood who had 145 strikeouts.

USA BASEBALL NAMES SEVEN PAC-10 PLAYERS- USA Baseball has selected seven Pac-10 players to particiapte in the 2004 USA Baseball National Team Trials, out of 19 initial invitations. Those players are SO OF Travis Buck, ASU; SO C, Jeff Clement, USC, FR IF Jason Donald, ARIZ; SO OF Jacoby Ellsbury, OSU; FR RHP Ian Kennedy, USC; SO IF Jed Lowrie, STAN and SO IF John Mayberry Jr., STAN. 17 more invitations have yet to be determined with the official team roster to be announced on June 27. In addition, USA Baseball has selected USC assistant coach Dave Lawn to serve as an assistant coach on the 2004 USA Baseball national team. In addition, Arizona State SID Jeff Evans will serve as the USA Baseball Press Officer. It will be the first time Lawn and Evans have been involved with USA Baseball in this capacity.

PAC-10 ON THE TUBE: College Sports Television will be airing Arizona State at Arizona live on May 21, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

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