This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

Feb. 14, 2006

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The pros may be preparing for the inaugural World Baseball Classic, but Pac-10 baseball is already in the thick of the non-conference schedule. This week's docket features a slew of premium matchups between the Pac-10 and the nation's elite, including No. 6 OREGON STATE's three-game road trip to No. 16 Pepperdine. Meanwhile, No. 24 STANFORD kicks off a three-game series on Friday, hosting No. 7 and defending national-champion Texas. USC, who re-enters this week's Baseball America poll at No. 25, will travel to UC Santa Barbara before hosting the 2006 Public Storage Baseball Classic at Dedeaux Field. This year's Classic features Kansas, Vanderbilt and No. 15 San Diego. In other action, UCLA hosts UC Riverside and Pacific, CALIFORNIA travels to UC Davis and Baylor, ARIZONA hosts New Mexico and ARIZONA STATE hosts Houston. WASHINGTON heads to Cal State Northridge for a three-game series, while WASHINGTON STATE says aloha in four games at Hawaii-Hilo.

Tues., Feb. 14
CALIFORNIA at UC Davis, 2 p.m.
UCLA vs. UC Riverside, 6 p.m.
No. 25 USC at UC Santa Barbara, 2 p.m.

Thur., Feb. 16
WASHINGTON STATE at Hawaii-Hilo (DH), 3 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 17
ARIZONA vs. New Mexico, 4 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. Houston, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Baylor, 6 p.m.
No. 6 OREGON STATE at No. 16 Pepperdine, 2 p.m.
No. 24 STANFORD vs. No. 7 Texas, 5 p.m.
UCLA at Pacific, 2 p.m.
No. 25 USC vs. Kansas (1), 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Cal State Northridge, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Hawaii-Hilo, 12 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 18
ARIZONA vs. New Mexico, 1 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. Houston, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Baylor, 3 p.m.
No. 6 OREGON STATE at No. 16 Pepperdine, 1 p.m.
No. 24 STANFORD vs. No. 7 Texas, 1 p.m.
UCLA at Pacific, 1 p.m.
No. 25 USC vs. Vanderbilt (1), 5 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Cal State Northridge, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at Hawaii-Hilo, 1 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 19
ARIZONA vs. New Mexico, 12 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE vs. Houston, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Baylor, 1 p.m.
No. 6 OREGON STATE at No. 16 Pepperdine, 1 p.m.
No. 24 STANFORD vs. No. 7 Texas, 1 p.m.
UCLA at Pacific, 1 p.m.
No. 25 USC vs. No. 15 San Diego (1), 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Cal State Northridge, 1 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 20
No. 24 STANFORD vs. Nevada, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Cal State Northridge, 2 p.m.

Tournaments & Neutral Sites
(1) - USC/Public Storage Baseball Classic, Los Angeles, Calif.

Game times local to site. Baseball America ranking at game time.


Tues., Feb. 7
San Francisco 4, CALIFORNIA 3 (10 innings)
USC 13, UC Riverside 10

Fri., Feb. 10
UC Riverside 8, ARIZONA 5
Gonzaga 9, No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 1
No. 17 Long Beach State 7, CALIFORNIA 6
No. 6 OREGON STATE 12, Nevada 4
Kansas 8 No. 19 STANFORD 2
Miami 3, UCLA 1
USC 12, Florida International 0
New Mexico State 12, WASHINGTON 11 (11 innings)
WASHINGTON STATE 8, East Tennessee State 2

Sat., Feb. 11
ARIZONA 4, UC Riverside 2
CALIFORNIA 3, No. 17 Long Beach State 2
Kansas 5, No. 19 STANFORD 4
UCLA 7, Miami 4
USC 5, Florida International 4
WASHINGTON 5, New Mexico State 3
Kennesaw State 8, WASHINGTON STATE 5
WASHINGTON STATE 9, Charleston Southern 5

Sun., Feb. 12
ARIZONA 11, UC Riverside 5
Nevada 12, No. 16 ARIZONA STATE 8
CALIFORNIA 4, No. 17 Long Beach State 1
Gonzaga 6, OREGON STATE 5
No. 19 STANFORD 8, Kansas 3
Miami 5, UCLA 2
USC 13, Florida International 4
WASHINGTON 5, New Mexico State 4
WASHINGTON STATE 9, No. 10 Missouri 3


WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC junior outfielder Cyle Hankerd has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and WASHINGTON STATE junior right-handed pitcher Wayne Daman, Jr. has been named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 7-13, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Hankerd, from Covina, Calif., went 10-for-18 (.556) with three doubles, two stolen bases, two home runs and eight RBI (1.056 slugging percentage) in the Trojans' win at UC Riverside and three-game sweep of Florida International. On Tuesday, Hankerd went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in USC's 13-10 win at UC Riverside. On Sunday, he went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI to close out the sweep of the Golden Panthers. Hankerd has opened 2006 with a seven-game hitting streak and currently leads the Trojans with a .500 batting average and 12 RBI.

Daman, Jr., from Beaver, Wash., opened the Cougar's 2006 season by throwing six shutout innings against East Tennessee State. He scattered only two singles and did not allow any runs or walks. The junior RHP registered a career-high nine strikeouts on the way to Washington State's 8-2 victory over the Buccaneers. He retired the first ten batters and 13 of the first 14.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Hankerd's career, while it is the 52nd such honor for USC. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Daman, Jr., and the 26th selection all-time for Washington State.

Also nominated for Player of the Week: T.J. Steele, ARIZ; Chris Errecart, CAL; Cole Gillespie, OSU; Joey August, STAN; Zach Clem, WASH; Jeff Miller, WSU.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Tyson Ross, CAL; Dallas Buck, OSU; Jeremy Bleich, STAN; Shawn Olsen, USC; Bryce Mooney, WASH.

2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Cyle Hankerd, USC.

2006 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Wayne Daman, Jr., WSU.


  • ARIZONA (4-2, 0-0): Freshman T.J. Steele opened the series at UC Riverside with his first career triple and a pair of RBI in Arizona's 8-5 loss. Offensively, Arizona rapped out 10 hits and was led by Jason Donald, Colt Sedbrook and Jon Gaston, who finished with two hits each. On Saturday, the Wildcats bounced back to win 4-2, as Arizona's all-time saves leader Mark Melancon tossed the final 4.6 innings, giving up just two hits, walking one and striking out five in his first win of the year. For the season, the junior RHP has limited Arizona's opponents to a .080 batting average, while punching out seven hitters in 7.6 innings ... Freshman Daniel Schlereth made a claim for the closer role with the Wildcats after working out of a pair of jams in Sunday's 11-5 come-from-behind win. The southpaw entered the contest in the seventh with no runners on the corners and no outs. Schlereth got out of the jam with a liner to short for the first out and then striking out the following two hitters to end the inning and the threat. In the eighth, the Highlanders advanced a pair of runners to second and third with a sac bunt with just one out, but Schlereth struck out UCR's pinch hitter before ending the inning with a grounder to second. In his second save of the year, Schlereth did not give up a run, struck out six and walked none.

  • ARIZONA STATE (5-4, 0-0): The Devils were winless during the weekend, the first time in the history of the Coca-Cola tournament in Surprise, Ariz. that Arizona State has failed to win a game ... Sophomore Josh Satow proved to be the Sun Devils' bright spot in their loss to Gonzaga. The lefty went 4.2 innings vs. the Bulldogs, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits and striking out six ... the Sun Devils allowed three runs in the third and four in the sixth in Saturday's non-conference game vs. No. 2 Oregon State. Eight ASU pitchers took the mound, surrendering a total of 15 walks. That equals a school record first set in 1987 vs. UCLA ... Offensively, Arizona State finally got the breakout inning it was looking for throughout the tournament, batting around and scoring five runs in the fifth inning vs. Nevada to break a drought that had seen the Devils score only one run in their past 20 innings. Junior Colin Curtis had a two-run double to left center and scored on sophomore Willy Fox's triple to dead center. Fox scored on a squeeze bunt by junior CJ Retherford, but ASU's groove was shortlived when the Wolf Pack came roaring back ... Fox, who went 6-for-11 on the weekend, earned All-Tournament team honors. He was joined on the team by freshman Preston Paramore, who hit 4-for-9 and caught almost every inning during the tournament.

  • CALIFORNIA (3-4, 0-0): Junior Chris Errecart hit home runs in three consecutive games last week, including the game-winning homer on Saturday. Down 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, junior Brennan Boesch paired with Errecart for back-to-back homers to lead the Bears to a 3-2 victory over No. 12 Long Beach State. Boesch hit his first home run of the day in the fourth inning of Saturday's game ... Major league All-Star Jeff Kent, who played shortstop for Cal from 1987-89, was honored prior to Saturday's game. Kent threw out the first pitch at 'Jeff Kent Appreciation Day,' as he was recognized for his committment to the university ... Freshman Tyson Ross (1-1) earned his first collegiate victory Sunday, Feb. 12 versus No. 12 Long Beach State, throwing 6.0 innings with six hits, one run, four walks and a career-high nine strikeouts ... After relief appearances by freshmen Matt Gorgen and senior Jeremy Burchett, senior reliever Alex Trafton earned his first save of the year, throwing the ninth with one hit, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts. Trafton had won Saturday's game in relief.

  • OREGON STATE (2-1, 0-0): Junior Dallas Buck struck out nine hitters in five innings as No. 6 Oregon State earned the Opening Day victory over Nevada at the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise Ariz. Buck pitched five innings and allowed only two runs (one earned) on one hit and four walks in his sixth straight win over two seasons. His nine strikeouts were the most Buck has recorded since tossing a career-best 12 against Dallas Baptist on March 25, 2005 ... Junior Cole Gillespie, who took over the leadoff spot while junior outfielder Tyson Graham recovers from a leg injury, was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and four runs for the Beavers. Senior Shea McFeely was 3-for-5 with a triple and three runs in the opener ... Junior Jonah Nickerson, sophomore Joe Paterson and freshman Brian Budrow combined on a five-hitter to blank No. 11 Arizona State on the second day of tournament action. Nickerson retired 14 of the last 17 ASU hitters he faced and in five innings of work, the preseason All-America pick allowed just three hits and two walks, striking out three ... senior Bill Rowe delivered a pair of two-run doubles in the 11-0 win over the Sun Devils, and Gillespie had hits his first four times up, going 4-for-5 with two doubles. He added a pair of stolen bases on his way to four runs scored ... Gillespie, who was picked to the all-tournament team, reached base 11 times in 16 plate appearances on the weekend. He was 6-for-11 with four doubles, nine runs scored and five walks ... The Beavers outhit Gonzaga 12-9, including a two-run homer from senior Geoff Wagner in the top of the ninth, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Bulldogs' two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Beavers 6-5.

  • STANFORD (4-2, 0-0): Greg Reynolds had a solid start in Friday's series-opener vs. Kansas, holding the Jayhawks scoreless until the sixth. Reynolds struck out nine, just one shy of his carer-high for strikeouts ... Chris Minaker led Stanford's offensive unit, providing the Cardinal with a two-run homer in the third inning on Friday, before producing half of Stanford's four hits on Saturday ... In the sixth, the Cardinal scored three times without a hit, taking advantage of three straight one-out walks to John Hester, Austin Yount and Brent Milleville, who also drove in the first two runs of his career in Saturday's game ... Freshman Jeremy Bleich recorded the save in Stanford's 8-3 win over Kansas on Sunday. Bleich, who came into the game with two outs in the sixth and the Cardinal holding a 5-3 lead, retired 10 of the 12 batters he faced, striking out five. His save helped the Cardinal avoid being swept in a regular season three-game home series for the first time since 1997 ... Joey August, who was inserted into the leadoff spot on Sunday, went 3-for-4 with a double and two walks in the victory. August has four hits in his six at bats this season, while also scoring three runs and walking three times.

  • UCLA (2-4, 0-0): Junior RHP Hector Ambriz led the Bruins on the mound and at the plate on Friday, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI and tossing 6.1 innings with two strikeouts, while giving up two runs on four hits in UCLA's 3-1 loss to Miami. On Saturday, junior Will Penniall hit a solo home run to left center field to lead off the sixth inning, followed by junior Tim Stewart's two-out solo bomb to deep center. The `Canes came back 3-2 in the seventh, but UCLA rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure a 7-4 victory ... Despite Sunday's 5-2 loss, junior Tyson Brummett tossed 7.1 innings with four strikeouts on the mound ... Eight of the Bruins' next nine regular season games will be against teams from the Big West Conference, the first taking place on Tuesday, when UCLA hosts UC Riverside ... Freshman shortstop Brandon Crawford and senior second baseman Sean Smith are batting a combined 15-for-40 (.375), with two triples, two doubles, seven runs scored, five RBI, two stolen bases and a .500 on-base percentage. In the dirt, the two combine a .981 fielding percentage, converting 53 of a possible 54 chances up the middle ... as a team, the Bruins lead the Conference with a .988 fielding percentage, converting on 239 of 242 chances in the field ... UCLA has picked off four base-runners so far this season, more than any other Pac-10 club. Junior Dave Huff owns two of those pickoffs.

  • USC (4-3, 0-0): Freshman Tommy Milone might be confused with punter Tom Malone from USC's 2003 and 2004 national championship football squads, but Milone might soon make a name of his own. Milone earned his first win on Tuesday at UC Riverside with 4.6 innings in relief, allowing five runs on nine hits. All five runs came in the fifth inning after holding the Highlanders scoreless in the first four ... Junior Cyle Hankerd went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI at UC Riverside ... Sophomore Lucas Duda, who is batting 12-of-27 (.444) for the season, also had four hits in the Trojans' 13-10 win ... In the series opener vs. Florida International, junior RHP Ian Kennedy threw seven shutout innings and allowed three hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts. It was USC's first shutout since April 29, 2005, when the Trojans defeated Arizona 13-0 in a game where Kennedy struck out 14 batters. Kennedy now ranks seventh on USC's all-time strikeout list with 295 and is 17 behind Randy Powers (1987-90) for sixth place ... Senior outfielder Darin Vieira is batting .350 (7-for-20) with four RBI for USC. On Feb. 11 against Florida International, he went 3-for-4 and hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the ninth for the 5-4 win ... The Trojans used six home runs to defeat Florida International, 13-4, on Feb. 12 at Dedeaux Field. It was the first time USC had that many home runs since June 9, 2001, against Georgia at the College World Series.

  • WASHINGTON (2-1, 0-0): At New Mexico State, senior Zach Clem hit a grand slam on Friday to break a 3-3 tie ... In the eighth, sophomore Ryan Anderson led off with his first career homer, before Clem knocked his second homer with a three-run shot, but the Huskies couldn't hold on, dropping the season opener 11-12 in 11 innings. Clem broke another 3-3 tie on Saturday, driving in the go-ahead and winning run ... Four Husky pitchers combined for four innings of no-hit relief in the rubber game. Junior Kyle Parker earned the win for the Dawgs, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings, while freshman Nick Haughian threw a perfect ninth inning to earn his first collegiate save. Haughian walked one and struck out two in 1.3 innings ... Clem belted his third homer of the weekend on a 1-2 pitch in the seventh inning on Sunday, to break a 4-4 tie and give UW the 5-4 win ... Freshman starter Tyler Cheney left the game with a 4-1 lead, allowing only one run on three hits over five innings. Freshman reliver Bryce Mooney earned the victory, working out of a jam in the sixth. With runners at second and third and one out, the true freshman came into the sixth inning with the game tied at 4-4. Mooney struck out two to end the threat and maintain the tie. He went on to work 1.2 innings, allowing one hit and a walk, while striking out four.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (3-1, 0-0): Junior Jeff Miller led the Cougar offense with three hits and three RBIs in Washington State's season-opening victory over East Tennessee State. Miller drove in eight runs during the tournament ... The Cougars broke the first game open with six runs in the seventh, sparked by Miller's two-run single and Matt Thomas' two-run double. Junior RHP Wayne Daman, Jr. scattered two singles and threw a career-high nine strikes outs en route to the win. The Cougars kept East Tennessee State from advancing a runner past second base until the ninth inning ... Miller led the Cougars in the nightcap with three hits, including a solo homer and two RBI, but it wasn't enough to hold off Kennesaw State ... junior Nick Ison threw five scoreless innings in relief in Saturday's 9-5 win over host Charleston Souther. Ison allowed one hit, striking out five and walking none ... Offensively, Travis Coulter led a 12-hit Cougar attack with three singles and three runs scored to rally WSU from a 4-1 deficit to win ... WSU's 9-3 championship win over No. 10 Missouri marked the first Cougar win over a ranked opponent since an 8-4 win over then-No. 18 Arizona State on April 25, 2004.
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