This Week In Pac-10 Baseball

Feb. 20, 2007

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The season is officially underway as WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE completed their first series of the 2007 season. The Cougars continue their six-game, season-opening road trip this Friday when it visits No. 14 Texas in Austin ... With seven of the nine Conference teams above .500, it is no surprise that the league's top spot is separated by just a half-game with the defending national champs, OREGON STATE, leading the way with ARIZONA close behind ... Oregon State travels to Davis, Calif., to compete at the River City Classic while Washington travels cross-country to Greenville, N.C., in search of its first win to take part in the East Carolina Invitational ... ARIZONA STATE returns home after finishing 1-2 at the Coca-Cola Classic, as the Sun Devils look to sweep UAB ... Despite starting the 2007 season with 0-3 mark against ranked opponents, UCLA hopes to continue its four-game winning streak as it takes on No. 10 Cal State Fullerton at home ... For the first time this year, STANFORD has dropped out of all four polls, but three other Pac-10 teams rank among the top 15. Here is where they rank in this week's poll (Baseball America): Oregon State (9), Arizona State (14) and UCLA (15).


Tues., Feb. 20
CALIFORNIA at San Jose State, 6 p.m.
STANFORD vs. San Francisco, 5 p.m.
No. 15 UCLA at Long Beach State, 6:30 p.m.
USC vs. UC Irvine, 6 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 21
No. 15 UCLA vs. St. Paul University - Japan (EX), 6 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 23
ARIZONA at UNLV, 6:30 p.m.
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE vs. UAB, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Long Beach State, 6:30 p.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE at Davis (1), 2 p.m.
STANFORD vs. Kansas, 5 p.m.
No. 15 UCLA at No. 10 Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
USC vs. No. 21 Tulane, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Duke (2), 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 13 Texas, 12:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 24
ARIZONA at UNLV, 2 p.m.
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE vs. UAB, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Long Beach State, 2 p.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE vs. St. Mary's College (1), 10 a.m.
STANFORD vs. Kansas, 1 p.m.
No. 15 UCLA vs.No. 10 Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.
USC vs. No. 21 Tulane, 1:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON at East Carolina (2), 3 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 13 Texas, 12:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 25
ARIZONA at UNLV, 1 p.m.
No. 14 ARIZONA STATE vs. UAB, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at UC Santa Barbara, 1 p.m.
No. 9 OREGON STATE at CSU Sacramento (1), 2 p.m.
STANFORD vs. Kansas, 11 a.m.
No. 15 UCLA vs. No. 10 Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m.
USC vs. No. 21 Tulane, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. St. John's (2), 10 a.m.
WASHINGTON STATE at No. 13 Texas, 11 a.m.

Mon., Feb. 26
CALIFORNIA at UC Santa Barbara, 2 p.m.

Tournaments and neutral sites:
(EX) - Exhibition
(1) - River City Classic, Sacramento, Calif.
(2) - East Carolina Invitational, Greenville, N.C.

All times are local to site.


Tues., Feb. 13
CALIFORNIA 6, San Francisco 15
No. 15 UCLA 3, UC Riverside 2
USC 3, No. 23 Pepperdine 8

Thurs., Feb. 15
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 7, Missouri 1

Fri., Feb. 16
ARIZONA 0, No. 12 Cal State Fullerton 9
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 2, Missouri 3
No. 10 OREGON STATE 5, Gonzaga 6
STANFORD 3, No. 14 Texas 5
No. 15 UCLA 6, East Carolina 1
USC 7, San Diego State 3
WASHINGTON 1, Cal Poly 10
WASHINGTON STATE 3, Cal State Northridge 5

Sat., Feb. 17
ARIZONA 2, No. 12 Cal State Fullerton 9
STANFORD 2, No. 14 Texas 5
No. 15 UCLA 9, East Carolina 7
USC 5, San Diego State 4
WASHINGTON 2, Cal Poly 4
WASHINGTON STATE 12, Cal State Northridge 10

Sun., Feb. 18
ARIZONA at Cal State Fullerton, 1 p.m.
No. 13 ARIZONA STATE 9, Gonzaga 2
No. 10 OREGON STATE 9, Missouri 2
STANFORD 10, No. 14 Texas 8
No. 15 UCLA 7, East Carolina 6
USC 11, San Diego State 12
WASHINGTON 11, Cal Poly 12
WASHINGTON STATE 6, Cal State Northridge 1


• ARIZONA (9-2, 0-0): Arizona lost its first two games of the season and its first three-game series of the year ... The two losses to Fullerton snapped a nine-game win streak to open the season and a 14-game streak dating back to last season ... The Wildcats managed just a .202 team batting average (19-for-94) against the Titans during the weekend and left 20 runners on base over the three games ... Arizona managed just four runs in the three games and were shut out on the scoreboard in a contest for the first time since 2005 (82 straight games) ... Of Arizona's 19 hits on the weekend, 10 went for extra bases (8 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR) ... Sophomore T.J. Steele extended his hitting streak to 19 straight games dating back to last season with at least one hit in all three games ... Steele finished the series against CSF 4-for-11 with three doubles ... Sophomore Jon Gasont was the only other individual offensive standout, finishing the weekend with as .444 batting average (4-for-9) with a double, his second home run of the year a RBI and two runs scored.

• ARIZONA STATE (7-3 0-0): After six straight losses, dating back to 2005, at Surprise Stadium, the Sun Devils were finally able to find the win column in the Coca-Cola Classic, beating Gonzaga 9-2 ... Arizona State finished the Classic with a 1-2 record after falling to Missouri and Pac-10 foe, Oregon State ... After struggling during the first part of the season, Ike Davis ended an 0-12 drought with a single up the middle that knocked in teammate Brett Wallace home in the first inning to give the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead ... Later that game, Wallace made it 2-0 in the second inning when his base hit up the middle brought home Joe Persichina, who had doubled earlier in the inning ... By the tournament's end, Wallace, Persichina and Mike Leake all earned All-Tournament honors ... Sun Devil Baseball is reaching out to the state of Arizona youth baseball leagues for the 2007 season. Youth Baseball Leagues will be offered discounted tickets for games as well as pre-game sessions with Sun Devil baseball players to discuss baseball skills and the importance of not using tobacco ... Leagues will also be offered the opportunity to 'Take The Field With The Sun Devils,' where youth teams dressed in their baseball uniforms will be permitted to run on the field with the Sun Devils for the national anthem. Additionally, there will be opportunities to throw out the first pitch and have a player serve as a junior P.A. announcer.

• CALIFORNIA (5-4, 0-0): Despite starting the season with an impressive 4-1 opening week, the Bears went 2-2 last week with a pair of losses to UNLV ... However gloomy the week may have been for California, there was a bright spot in the play of designated hitter Jeff Kobernus. The freshman was 8-for-13 (.615) with two RBI in the three-game series versus UNLV ... Also making an impact was freshman right fielder Blake Smith who went 6-for-10 with a two-run double. He also threw a runner out at the plate on Sunday after catching a potential sacrifice fly. ... Smith is on an eight-game hitting streak ... Making only his third collegiate start, sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson picked up Cal's only win against UNLV. Benningson pitched a career-high 6.0 innings with three hits, one run, three walks and a career-high six strikeouts ... Of the Bears' four losses this season, three have been by one run.

• OREGON STATE (9-1, 0-0): Oregon State head coach Pat Casey recorded his 400th win at OSU when the Beavers beat Missouri 9-2 on February 18. Now in his 13th season at OSU, Casey has a record of 400-254-4 with the Beavers. In his career, which also includes seven seasons at George Fox, Casey has a record of 571-367-5 ... Oregon State's 6-5 loss to Gonzaga and the Beavers' 12-4 win over Arizona State at the Coca-Cola Classic were fairly predictable. It marked the third straight season that OSU has played both those schools in an early-season tournament in the Phoenix area; all 3 years, the Beavers have lost to Gonzaga by 1 or 2 runs and all 3 years the Beavers have beaten ASU by at least 6 runs ... Freshman 2B Joey Wong batted .583 (7-for-12) with 1 double, 1 RBI, 6 runs and 1 stolen base as OSU won 2 of 3 games at the Coca-Cola Classic. He was also hit by pitch 2 times for an on-base percentage of .643 for the week, and he played errorless defense while starting all 3 games at second base for OSU.

• STANFORD (3-5, 0-0): The Cardinal have had a rough start to their season after road trips to Top-25 ranked Cal State Fullerton and Texas, but look to turn things around as they face San Francisco and Kansas at home ... Stanford will play 11 of its next 12 games at Sunken Diamond from February 20 - March 24, where the Cardinal is 2-0 this season ... Somewhere in that home stand, the Stanford Baseball program looks to leave its mark on the record books. The Cardinal have now won 2493 games in their 114th season of competition, needing just seven more to reach an illustrious number of 2500 ... Stanford has an all-time record of 2493-1555-32 (.615) ... Junior Michael Taylor may have struggled to a .242 batting average in the team's first eight games of 2007 but broke out with a 3-for-5 game with a double and an RBI in his most recent game at Texas (February 18) ... For the season, Taylor does have one of the squad's five homers, a club-high two triples, a team-high six RBI and one stolen base ... Taylor has made 124 consecutive starts and started 126 of 127 possible games during his three seasons at Stanford.

• UCLA (6-4, 0-0): The Bruins may have had a rough start to the season after being swept by then No. 5 Miami, but UCLA has since turned things around after a weekend sweep of East Carolina ... The Bruins were led by amazing performances from underclassmen, such as sophomore Cody Decker who delivered a bases-clearing double as UCLA defeated East Carolina, 7-6, Sunday ... Freshman left-hander Gavin Brooks (1-0) allowed two runs off six hits in 5.0 innings to notch his first collegiate victory ... Senior right-hander Tyson Brummett pitched a complete game, recording nine strikeouts in Friday evening's 6-1 win ... However it was sophomore Brandon Crawford that stood out as he blasted a grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning Saturday to give UCLA a 9-7 lead ... Be on the watch for sophomore right-hander Jason Novak as he has pitched effectively from the Bruins' bullpen in 2007. Novak has made four appearances, all in relief, and has recorded a 0.64 ERA in 14.0 innings. In addition, he has limited hitters to a .167 batting average and has tallied 13 strikeouts, the second-highest total on the staff.

• USC (7-5 0-0): The Trojans look to their youthful roster for a fresh start to the 2007 season. Leading the way is freshman Grant Green who became the first true freshman to start as USC's shortstop since Seth Davidson in 1998 ... This season, he is batting .362 (17-for-47) with a home run and six RBI's. He hit his first collegiate home run on Feb. 18 at San Diego State, part of a 3-for-6 day with two RBI ... Also be on the lookout for sophomore right-hander Ryan Cook to be a valuable member of USC's starting rotation. He is 2-0 this season with a 2.05 ERA (22 IP, 16 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 11 SO, .208 opponents' batting average) ... Cook recorded his first complete game as a Trojan on Feb. 16 against San Diego State, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

• WASHINGTON (0-3, 0-0): The Huskies look for their first win of the 2007 season when they face Duke on Friday at the East Carolina Invitational in Greenville, N.C. ... The trip marks the Huskies' furthest-ever venture east, as their previous eastern-most games took place in Viera, Fla., which, despite being on the Atlantic Coast, is farther west than Greenville ... Washington's 37-man roster is relatively young this year. The team includes just one senior, 12 juniors, 13 sophomores and 11 freshmen, meaning 24 of 37 are freshmen or sophomores. Twenty players are returners while 17 are new (10 of those 17 are true freshmen) ... Entering the season, the UW's returning players had competed in a total of 862 Husky baseball games, and had combined for 1,781 career at bats and 368 and two-thirds career innings pitched in a Washington uniform.

• WASHINGTON STATE (2-1, 0-0): The Cougars may have opened their season with a loss at Cal State Northridge in their season opener, but they fought back to win the next two games, taking the series, 2-1 ... Senior Jeff Miller led the WSU offensive attacked by hitting .429 (6-14) against Cal State Northridge as the Cougars took two of three in the series. Miller added four runs scored and an RBI. He went 1-5 in the season-opener with a pair of runs scored then came back with a 3-5 effort in a 12-10 WSU win. In the rubber game, Miller was 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI ... Also adding to the mix was senior pitcher Nick Ison. Ison threw 5.0 innings of no-hit ball in his 2007 debut ... This past weekend Ison faced 19 batters in his outing, allowing just one ball out of the infield, a short flyout to left. He recorded 14 ground ball outs with one strikeout and allowed one unearned run without the benefit of a hit before exiting the game at the start of the sixth inning ... Ison missed much of 2006 following season-ending shoulder surgery in late March after being one of the top Cougars pitchers early that season.

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