This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

May 10, 2005

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All eyes will be on the desert this week, as Pac-10 leader No. 8 ARIZONA pays a visit to No. 18 ARIZONA STATE, currently the Conference's third place team. The two faced off twice in non-conference play, with the Wildcats taking both games on their home field. Particularly interested in the series' results will be second place OREGON STATE, which is currently the Conference's highest-ranked team, checking in at No. 3 in Baseball America's Top-25. The Beavers will travel to Seattle for a series with Northwest rival WASHINGTON. In other league action, No. 21 STANFORD hosts UCLA, while WASHINGTON STATE visits No. 24 USC. CALIFORNIA, which has faced a Pac-10 opponent every week since league play started on March 24, will host San Jose State on May 10 before taking a two week break.

Tue., May 10

WASHINGTON at Portland, 2 p.m.
#21 STANFORD at Santa Clara, 6 p.m.
UCLA at UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
#24 USC at San Diego State, 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at San Jose State, 7 p.m.

Wed., May 11

Lewis-Clark State at WASHINGTON STATE, 7 p.m.

Fri., May 13

UCLA at #21 STANFORD, 6 p.m.*
WASHINGTON STATE at #24 USC, 7 p.m.*

Sat., May 14

UCLA at #21 STANFORD, 1 p.m.*
WASHINGTON STATE at #24 USC, 2 p.m.*
#8 ARIZONA at #18 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.*

Sun., May 15

#8 ARIZONA at #18 ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.*
UCLA at #21 STANFORD, 1 p.m.*

Mon., May 16

#8 ARIZONA at #18 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.*

Game times local to site

* Pacific-10 Conference Game

- Rankings from Baseball America


ARIZONA junior outfielder Trevor Crowe has been named Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and STANFORD junior righthanded pitcher Jeff Gilmore has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 3-9, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Crowe, from Portland, Ore., led the Arizona offense to a weekend sweep over Utah Valley State. The left-fielder batted a team-best .538 (7-for-13) with a double, three triples, four RBI, three stolen bases and a series-high seven runs scored. Crowe finished the three-game set with a 1.077 slugging percentage and a .571 on base percentage. In the series opener on May 6, Crowe finished with a pair of triples- including one to lead off the game - as part of a 3-for-5, two-RBI and three-run day at the plate. On May 7 he hit his Pac-10-leading 11th three-bagger of the year, putting him one shy of the Pac-10 single-season record for triples, while going 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored.

Gilmore, from Huntington Beach, Calif., was 2-0 and did not allow an earned run in 10.0 innings last week. He pitched the first 3.0 innings in an 8-0 shutout at UC Davis on May 2 and then pitched 7.0 innings without giving up an earned run in a 7-5 victory at California on May 6, retiring the first 13 batters he faced before the Golden Bears finally got their first hit and baserunner with one out in the bottom of the fifth. For the season, Gilmore is 8-1 with a 3.24 ERA (7th, Pac-10), striking out 63 in 86.0 innings of work (4th) and allowing opponents a batting average of just .233 (9th).

The Player of the Week honor is the third of Crowe's career, the second this season, while it is the 45th such honor for Arizona. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Gilmore and the 69th selection all-time for Stanford.

: 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; Apr. 26 - Andy Jenkins, OSU; May 3 - Curt Rindal, WASH; May 10 - Trevor Crowe, ARIZ.

: 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; Apr. 26 - Eric Dworkis, CAL; May 3 - Ian Kennedy, USC; May 10 - Jeff Gilmore, STAN.


Tue., May 3

#4 OREGON STATE 6, Portland 2
San Francisco 9, CALIFORNIA 0
#24 STANFORD 13, Nevada 0
UCLA 8, San Diego 5

Wed., May 4

Utah Valley State 9, #18 ARIZONA STATE 6

Fri., May 6

#9 ARIZONA 16, Utah Valley State 0

Sat., May 7

#9 ARIZONA 12, Utah Valley State 1
CALIFORNIA 2, #24 STANFORD 1 (11 inn.)
#25 USC 9, Cal State Northridge 2
WASHINGTON STATE 6, Sacramento State 0

Sun., May 8

#9 ARIZONA 7, Utah Valley State 2
WASHINGTON STATE 11, Sacramento State 4

Mon., May 9

Sacramento State 6, WASHINGTON STATE 5


ARIZONA junior right-hander John Meloan helped toss Arizona's sixth shutout win of the season in UA's series opener against Utah Valley State. Meloan struck out 11 hitters over eight scoreless innings and gave up just five hits with one walks for his team-leading eighth win of the year. For the weekend, the Arizona pitching staff finished with 27 strikeouts and just three walks... Junior Trevor Crowe batted a team-best .538 (7-for-13) against Utah Valley State with a double, three triples, four RBI, three stolen bases and a series-high seven runs scored. Crowe finished the three-game set with a 1.077 slugging percentage and a .571 on base percentage. In the series opener on May 6, Crowe finished with a pair of triples- including one to lead off the game - as part of a 3-for-5, two-RBI and three-run day at the plate. On May 7 he hit his Pac-10-leading 11th three-bagger of the year, putting him one shy of the Pac-10 single-season record for triples, while going 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. With 22 career triples, Crowe has tied Arizona State's Willie Bloomquist's Pac-10 record.

ARIZONA STATE will face intrastate rival Arizona this weekend after 10 days off... While Arizona leads the overall rivalry 222-188, ASU leads the series 165-105 since the school officially adopted the program as a varsity sport in 1959. ASU won four of the five meetings in 2004 and has won seven of the last 10 overall, but has dropped three in a row, including two in non-conference play this season. Since head coach Pat Murphy took over the program in 1995, ASU is 34-18 and has never lost a season series to the Wildcats... Junior Travis Buck has an 11-game hitting streak going, and has recorded multi-hit performances in 10 of those 11 games. Buck ranks third in the Pac-10 in batting average (.389) and hits (81). He also ranks third in batting average in Pac-10 games only, hitting .448. Teammate Jeff Larish leads the Pac-10 in home runs with 16. His five homers in Conference games also paces the Conference.

CALIFORNIA's series victory over Stanford was the Bears' first Pac-10 series win over the Cardinal since 2001, the last time Cal made a NCAA Regional. Senior relievers Matt Swanson and Travis Talbott were outstanding in the series. Swanson pitched a season-high 5.0 innings against the Cardinal with five hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts to pick up his second win in relief over Stanford this season. Talbott picked up the win in Cal's 11-inning victory May 7, throwing the 11th with one hit, no runs and two strikeouts, and closed the game on May 9, pitching the final 2.1 innings with no hits, no runs and a strikeout. Swanson is now 6-2 with a 1.34 ERA and two saves, while Talbott is 5-1 with seven saves and a 1.41 ERA... Eric Dworkis was outstanding in Cal's 2-1, 11-inning victory over Stanford May 7, throwing a career-high 10.0 innings with six hits, one run, no walks and five strikeouts, pitching only three batters over the minimum for the 10 innings. He leads the Pac-10 in innings pitched with 98.0 and is tied for 10th with 66 strikeouts.

When OREGON STATE beat UCLA 3-1 on May 6, it was head coach Pat Casey's 500th career victory in 18 seasons at OSU and George Fox. Earlier this season, Casey had earned his 300th win in 11 seasons at Oregon State... Sophomore LHP Kevin Gunderson recorded the save as the Beavers beat UCLA 3-1 on May 6, earning him OSU's saves records for both a season (10) and a career (13). Gunderson had shared the records with Jared Sanders, who had nine saves in 2002 and 12 in his career from 2002-04... Oregon State's 10-4 win over UCLA on May 7 gave the Beavers a 35-8 record; it marked the first time in OSU's 96-season baseball history that the Beavers had reached 27 games over .500. The previous high had been 26 games, when OSU finished the 1997 season at 38-12-1 after winning its last eight games... Junior OF Jacoby Ellsbury picked up one school record and tied another as the Beavers beat UCLA 16-3 on May 8. Ellsbury set the school record for runs scored in a career by crossing the plate three times to give him 152 runs in his career; the old record had been 150 runs by Ken Bowen from 1984-87. Ellsbury also had three doubles in the game, tying a record that had been set by several Oregon State players.

STANFORD sophomore INF Adam Sorgi stayed red hot by going 10-for-21 (.476) with nine RBI in five games to extend his hit streak to a career-best 11 games. He also added a double, triple, homer, two walks, three sacrifice flies and a .462 on-base percentage. In the first two games of the week at UC Davis and Nevada, Sorgi set new career-highs for RBI by driving in three runs against the Aggies and then four the following day versus the WolfPack. He hit a two-run homer that keyed a 7-5 win over California on Friday and had multiple-hit games in each of the three contests versus the Golden Bears. For the season, Sorgi is now second on the club with a .337 batting average, while adding 12 doubles, two triples, four homers, 32 RBI and a pair of stolen bases... Stanford has won two-of-three games in each of the last six series it has played versus UCLA since the Pac-10 North and South Divisions merged and the teams began playing each other just three times a year in 1999.

UCLA Hector Ambriz went 6-for-13 (.462) over four games last week with two runs scored, two doubles and two RBI. In UCLA's 8-5 win over the University of San Diego on May 3, Ambriz was 2-for-3 with two RBI and then added two more 2-for-3 performances on May 6 and May 8 against No. 4 Oregon State. On May 6, Ambriz pitched seven shutout innings against Oregon State... Entering its April 26 game against UC Irvine, UCLA had not won a single game in which they had been trailing. Since then, the Bruins have pulled off three come-from-behind wins, starting with the contest against the Anteaters. UCLA fell behind the Anteaters 1-0 in the first but scored three unanswered runs in the game's final eight innings for its first comeback win of the season. Five days later against California, the Bruins scored three times in the eighth to take a 4-2 contest from the Golden Bears for their second comeback win in four games. Then, on May 3 against the University of San Diego, the Bruins overcame multiple deficits, including the Torero's two-run first inning, to complete the 8-5 comeback victory.

USC sophomore RHP Ian Kennedy once again had a strong outing, throwing six shutout innings on May 7 against CS Northridge. He allowed four hits, no walks and had six strikeouts. Kennedy has now thrown 18 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. In his last six starts, he is 6-0 with a 1.01 ERA, allowing 31 hits in 44 2/3 innings with five runs, eight walks and 65 strikeouts. For the season, he is 9-1 with a 2.34 ERA. Kennedy now averages 12.15 strikeouts per nine innings for his career (higher than Mark Prior's school mark at 11.52)... Freshman infielder Matt Cusick is now batting .284 on the season and .435 in his last 12 games... RHP Brett Bannister finished Saturday's game with two-thirds of an inning in relief for his first apperance since March 25 against Arizona State after an inflammation of his right elbow... The Bruins' staff ERA (3.84) is the best in the past four seasons and if the season ended now, it would be just the second time that it has been below 4.00 in the last 11 seasons.

WASHINGTON faces Portland and Oregon State this week after nine days off. The UW is 76-39-1 all-time against Portland, a former member of the Pac-10's Northern Division (1982-95). The Huskies have won 13 straight against the Pilots, including three wins this year (8-1 and 18-7 in home games and 15-7 at Portland on April 19). Husky coach Ken Knutson is 40-11 all-time against Portland. Oregon State leads the overall series against Washington, 212-174-1. Last year, the Beavers won four of six meetings against UW, winning 13-8 in a game at Riverside in the early season, a pair of non-conference games (7-4 and 6-4) in Seattle before the Huskies won two of three in the Pac-10 series in Corvallis. The Huskies lost the opener of that series, 7-3, before winning 26-14 and 8-5 to take the series. In that 26-14 win, the Huskies entered the ninth inning trailing 14-13 before erupting for 13 runs for the win. Knutson is 40-32 against Oregon State.

WASHINGTON STATE senior Brady Everett hit .455 against Sacramento State, driving home seven runs for the Cougars with five hits, including three home runs. The slugger recorded his seventh and eighth multiple-run homers May 8, hitting a pair of two-run long balls in his 3-for-4 performance. He leads the Cougars and is ranked second among Pac-10 batters with 13 home runs and 56 RBI. Overall, the catcher is hitting .329 with 57 hits, including eight doubles. He leads the team with 44 runs scored, 16 multiple-RBI games and a .601 slugging percentage, which places him eighth among conference hitters... Senior Jason Freeman leads WSU and is ranked on the Pac-10 stolen base list (16, 5th) and sacrifice bunts list (12, 3rd). He is second on the team in batting average in Pac-10 games, hitting .308, and is first with 16 hits... Freshman Scott Suttmeier led the Cougs at the plate against Sacramento State hitting .625. He went 5-for-8, with a double and scored three runs, while driving home two. Currently he is hitting .318 overall with14 hits, 12 runs, six RBI and two doubles and leads the team with a seven-game hitting streak.

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