This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

April 19, 2005

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For the first time in 2005, five Pac-10 teams are listed in Baseball America's Top-25 this week, as No. 21 ARIZONA STATE joins No. 6 ARIZONA, No. 9 OREGON STATE, No. 24 STANFORD and No. 25 USC in the rankings. The Sun Devils, coming off of a home sweep of the Cardinal, will host UCLA this week. Despite losing two of three at Arizona last weekend, Oregon State ascended into the poll's Top-10 for the first time in school history, continuing the gradual climb that began when OSU broke into the rankings at No. 24 on Feb. 28. The Beavers will host Washington State this weekend. USC, appearing in the Top-25 for the second straight week, will again play No. 2 Cal State Fullerton, whom the Trojans bested 4-3 last week, before traveleing to Berkeley for a series with CALIFORNIA. Stanford will try to rebound from its first Pac-10 sweeping since 1997 by hosting WASHINGTON. Conference leader and odd-team-out Arizona will travel to Albuquerque and Sacramento for non-conference contests against New Mexico, UC Irvine and Sacramento State.


Tue., April 19

WASHINGTON at Portland, 2 p.m.
#6 ARIZONA at New Mexico, 5 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at #25 USC, 5 p.m.
Gonzaga at WASHINGTON STATE, 6 p.m.
San Jose State at #24 STANFORD, 6 p.m.
UCLA at San Diego State, 6 p.m.

Wed., April 20

Hawaii at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.
#25 USC at #2 Cal State Fullerton, 5 p.m.

Fri., April 22

#6 ARIZONA at UC Irvine , 2 p.m. (1)
#25 USC at CALIFORNIA, 2 p.m.*
UCLA at #21 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.*

Sat., April 23

#6 ARIZONA at Sacramento State, 11 a.m.
#25 USC at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*
#6 ARIZONA vs. UC Irvine, 3 p.m. (1)
UCLA at #21 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.*

Sun., April 24

UCLA at #21 ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.*
#25 USC at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.*

(1) - Sacramento, Calif.

Game times local to site

* Pacific-10 Conference Game

- Rankings from Baseball America


ARIZONA STATE junior outfielder Travis Buck and WASHINGTON sophomore right-handed pitcher Tim Lincecum have been named Pac-10 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 12-18.

Buck, from Richland, Wash., helped the Sun Devils to a series sweep over nationally ranked Stanford, hitting .462 (6-for-13) with four runs scored, one double, one home run and six RBI. He also stole a base and recorded a 1.269 OPS (slugging + on-base percentage). Buck recorded multi-hit games in each victory over the Cardinal, providing the heroics with a two-run, game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in ASU's 6-5 come-from-behind win on April 16. He also had a three-run double in the Sun Devils' 10-9 win on April 17. After batting only .246 through the first 15 games of the season, Buck has heated up, going 49-for-116 (.422) over the last 25 games. Overall, Buck is second on the Sun Devils squad hitting .362 (64-for-177) with 15 doubles, three home runs and 32 RBI. He leads the team with 21 multi-hit games and is hitting .375 (15-for-40) in nine Pac-10 games.

Lincecum, from Renton, Wash., threw a one-hit complete game in the Huskies' 5-1 win over California on April 15. It was the first nine-inning complete game of his career. Lincecum took a no-hitter into the seventh before allowing a one-out RBI double. For the game, he threw nine innings, allowing one hit, one run (earned) and three walks while striking out 11. The 2004 Pac-10 Freshman and Pitcher of the Year, Lincecum currently leads the Huskies in ERA (2.94, 6th Pac-10), opposing batting average (.179, 1st), innings pitched (67.1, 5th), and strikeouts (80, 3rd), and is tied for the team lead in wins (6, t4th).

The Player of the Week honor is the fifth of Buck's career, the second this season, while it is the 76th such honor for Arizona State. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the fourth for Lincecum, his second of the year, and the 33rd selection all-time for Washington.

: Feb. 15 - Chris Errecart, CAL; Feb. 22 - Trevor Crowe, ARIZ; Mar. 1 - Travis Buck, ASU; Mar. 8 - Taylor Johnson, WASH; Mar. 15 - Brent Lillibridge, WASH; Mar. 22 - Jay Miller, WSU; Mar. 29 - Jordan Brown, ARIZ; Apr. 5 - Jed Lowrie, STAN; Apr. 12 - Jacoby Ellsbury, OSU; Apr. 19 - Travis Buck, ASU.

: Feb. 15 - Brant Rustich , UCLA; Feb. 22 - Anton Maxwell, OSU; Mar. 1 - Tim Lincecum, WASH; Mar. 8 - Mark Romanczuk, STAN; Mar. 15 - Mark Melancon, ARIZ; Mar. 22 - John Meloan, ARIZ; Mar. 29 - Pat Bresnehan, ASU; Apr. 5 - Kevin Guyette, ARIZ; Apr. 12 - Ian Kennedy, USC; Apr. 19 - Tim Lincecum, WASH.


Tue., April 12

Loyola Marymount 4, UCLA 2
Sacramento State 9, CALIFORNIA 4
#14 STANFORD 7, San Francisco 1
#25 USC 4, #2 Cal State Fullerton 3

Wed., April 13

UC Santa Barbara 9, #25 USC 8

Fri., April 15

UC Santa Barbara 9, UCLA 4

Sat., April 16

UCLA 9, UC Santa Barbara 8

Sun., April 17

UC Santa Barbara 4, UCLA 3


ARIZONA junior Trevor Crowe led Arizona to a series victory over visiting Oregon State in a battle of Pac-10 leaders last weekend. He finished the series 4 for 11 (.364) with three runs scored, five RBI, a triple, a home run, two walks, a hit by pitch and two stolen bases. In the Wildcats' 7-5 win on April 15, Crowe finished the game 3 for 4, with four RBI and a run scored. He broke a scoreless tie in the second inning with a two-out, three-run triple and then had a straight steal of home for a 4-0 Arizona lead. On April 16 he led off the game with a home run to mark the 21st time in 36 games he got on base to lead off a contest. In April 17's come-from-behind 7-6 victory, he was hit by a pitch to start UA's rally in the decisive ninth inning and came around to score the tying run... Junior John Meloan struck 11 hitters and limited Oregon State two earned runs in six innings in Arizona's 7-5 series-opening win over Oregon State. The right-hander dealt OSU's Dallas Buck his first loss of the season, while extending his winning streak to 17 straight games dating back to last season.

ARIZONA STATE went 3-0 over the weekend with a Pac-10 sweep of No. 14 Stanford. The Cardinal had not been swept in 64 straight Pac-10 series dating back to 1997 when ASU swept a series at Sunken Diamond... Erik Averill turned in another solid performance on the mound in Friday's 9-2 win over No. 14 Stanford. The southpaw gave up two runs and five hits in 8.0 innings to pick up his seventh win of the season. He struck out five and walked one while winning his fifth straight decision. Averill also pitched a third of an inning in Sunday's series sweeping 10-9 victory, retiring preseason All-American Jed Lowrie with an infield pop up. For the season, Averill is 7-2 with a 2.95 ERA and has recorded 61 strikeouts in 73.1 IP. Opponents are hitting just .254 off him... After starting the season 6-9, ASU has won 19 of its last 25 games. The Sun Devils are 9-11 against ranked opponents... Head coach Pat Murphy needs just one more win to reach 800 for his career.

CALIFORNIA senior RHP Matt Swanson is having an outstanding season as he is 5-0 with two saves and a 1.10 ERA. Swanson is second in the Pac-10 with 20 appearances and has only given up four earned runs in 32.7 innings. He picked up the win in Cal's 4-3 11-inning victory at Washington Apr. 17, throwing the final 2.3 innings with one hit, no runs, two walks and four strikeouts... Freshman 1B Mike Van Winden had his third game-winning hit of the season in Cal's 4-3 extra-inning victory at Washington. With two outs in the top of the 11th, Van Winden had a single to left that scored James Holder, narrowly beating the throw to the plate. It was Van Winden's third game-winning RBI of the season as he had a game-winning double at Long Beach State Feb. 20, and the game-winning double versus Washington State Mar. 26. Van Winden also had the game-tying RBI in Cal's come-from-behind 4-3 victory versus Arizona State, April 10. He is hitting .297 with 23 RBI and a team-leading 28 walks (fourth in Pac-10).

OREGON STATE moved into the top 10 in a national baseball poll for the first time in over 40 years. The last time the Beavers were in the top 10 came at the end of the 1963 season, when OSU was ranked No. 10 by Collegiate Baseball; that was the only set of college baseball rankings at the time. A check of Collegiate Baseball's records shows that Oregon State's highest-ever national ranking was at No. 5 in the poll published March 29, 1963; the Beavers also ranked No. 6 in the polls published May 11 and May 25, 1962, and April 12, 1963... Oregon State's 17 runs in its 17-1 win over Arizona on April 16 was the Beavers' third-highest total in a Conference game since the Pacific-10 merged its Northern and Southern Divisions prior to the 1999 season. The top 2 marks both came in a series at Washington State in 2002, when the Beavers won 18-1 in the opener and 22-21 in the finale.

STANFORD sophomore OF Jim Rapoport hit .600 (9-15) with a pair of homers, five RBI, a stolen base, a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .625 on-base mark against ASU. Rapoport hit safely in all four games to extend his career-high hit streak to 13 games (the team's longest of the season). Rapoport capped his week by going 4-for-5 with a homer and a stolen base for the second four-hit game of his career and a career-high four RBI in a 10-9 loss at Arizona State on April 17. In addition, he made several outstanding catches and fielded all 12 of his defensive chances successfully. For the season, Rapoport leads the Cardinal with a .392 batting average (4th, Pac-10), 47 hits and eight stolen bases. In Pac-10 games only, Rapoport leads the Conference with a .529 batting average and an .824 slugging percentage.

UCLA junior Chris Jensen returned from a hamstring injury which had sidelined him since opening day and went 7-for-14 (.500) in UCLA's four games last week, including a 4-for-5 day in UCLA's 9-8 win on Saturday. The junior scored three runs, hit a double, a home run and knocked in four RBI and slugged .786 over the week... The Bruins continue their road-heavy April with a midweek non-conference game at San Diego State on Tuesday and a three-game Pac-10 series at No. 21 Arizona State this weekend. The game against the Aztecs was not originally on UCLA's schedule but was added in March to make up for one of the two rain-cancelled games against Utah earlier in the year. UCLA and San Diego State will be meeting for the 47th time since 1975 when the schools do battle at Tony Gwynn Stadium. In 2004, the Aztecs defeated the Bruins 5-1 in non-conference action. UCLA holds an all-time 27-19 advantage over San Diego State but last year's meeting was the first since 2001.

USC junior C Jeff Clement leads the Trojans batting .355 with eight home runs (t4th Pac-10) and 29 RBI on the season. He also paces USC in slugging percentage (.673, 5th) and on-base percentage (.514, 3rd)... Jack Spradlin is now 3-1 with a 3.36 ERA and has allowed exactly one run in each of his past five starts, including a seven inning effort against Cal State Fullerton on April 12. In 24.2 innings against Pac-10 opponents, Spradlin has posted a Conference-best 1.09 ERA, nearly a run lower than the number two qualifier, Trojan teammate Ian Kennedy (2.08). Kennedy is now third in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (13.4 - 77 K's in 51 2/3 IP)... ... In Conference games only, the Trojans lead the Pac-10 with a 3.33 team ERA. USC pitchers have recorded 82 strikeouts in 81 innings of Conference play, and allowed just four home runs in 310 opponent at-bats... The Trojans will be busy this week, with five games on the docket, including four on the road.

WASHINGTON junior shortstop Brent Lillibridge provides plenty of pop for a middle infielder. He leads the Huskies in hits (47), runs (36, t7th Pac-10), RBI (36, t8th), doubles (12, t6th), triples (4, t2nd), home runs (7, t7th), total bases (88, 9th) and slugging percentage (.620, 9th). He is second on the squad with a .331 batting average... The Husky defense has tightened up with the onset of Conference play. Washington leads the Pac-10 in fielding percentage in Conference games at .987, up slightly from the UW's already-excellent fielding percentage in all games (.979, 2nd Pac-10). On the year, the Huskies have fielded 43 double plays, also tops in the Pac-10... Opponents are batting .237 against the Washington pitching staff, second best in the Conference, while Husky pitchers boast a 3.97 team ERA, third best league-wide.

WASHINGTON STATE freshman pitcher, Jayson Miller recorded the win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs April 12 in WSU's only game of the week. He allowed just three hits and one run, which was earned, while striking out three batters over 6.0 innings of work. Miller is 2-0 against the Zags, posting a 1.00 ERA over 9.0 innings on the mound in the series, which the Cougars lead 3-1... Jay Miller recorded his team-leading 50th hit in the win over Gonzaga. The hit was a two-run home run, his third long ball of the season. Miller is currently second among Cougar regulars in overall and Pac-10 batting average, hitting .347 and .323, respectively... Leading Cougar regulars at the plate is Baseball America Midseason Freshman All-America selection Jim Murphy. He is hitting .381 overall (7th Pac-10) and .342 in Pac-10 play. He also leads the Cougars in slugging (.629, 8th) and on-base percentage (.470, 6th).

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