This Week in Pac-10 Baseball
April 1, 2008
All Pac-10 teams have at least one Conference series notched and the match ups continue to highlight the extraordinary talent each team brings to the Conference. ARIZONA STATE began its Conference schedule as perfect as it began its regular season, with a unblemished 3-0 record. Although CALIFORNIA did not take on a Pac-10 opponent this past weekend, it did showcase the baseball talent on the team as the Golden Bears swept then-ranked No. 5 Long Beach State and this week's Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the Week honors. STANFORD opened its Conference season by taking the series, 2-1, against WASHINGTON STATE. The two-time defending national champions OREGON STATE also opened its Conference schedule against WASHINGTON this past weekend with the Beavers taking two out of three games. This week, five of nine teams are listed in Baseball America's Top 25 poll. Here is where they are ranked: Arizona State (1), California (7), Stanford (13), Arizona (18), and UCLA (23).
Tue., April 1
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE vs. Wofford, 6:30 p.m.
No. 7 CALIFORNIA at San Francisco, 2 p.m.
No. 13 STANFORD vs. Hawaii, 6 p.m.
No. 23 UCLA vs. San Diego State, 6 p.m.
USC vs. UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
WASHINGTON vs. Portland, 5 p.m.
Wed., April 2
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE vs. Wofford, 7:00 p.m.
No. 7 CALIFORNIA vs. Fresno State, 2:30 p.m.
USC at No. 17 San Diego, 2 p.m.
Fri., April 4
No. 18 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON*, 6:30 p.m.
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE at No. 13 STANFORD*, 6 p.m.
OREGON STATE at No. 7 CALIFORNIA*, 2:30 p.m.
USC at No. 23 UCLA*, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. UC Davis, 5:30 p.m.
Sat., April 5
No. 18 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON*, 2 p.m.
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE at No. 13 STANFORD*, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE at No. 7 CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
USC at No. 23 UCLA*, 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. UC Davis, 2 p.m.
Sun., April 6
No. 18 ARIZONA at WASHINGTON*, 1 p.m.
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE at No. 13 STANFORD*, 1 p.m.
OREGON STATE at No. 7 CALIFORNIA*, 1 p.m.
USC at No. 23 UCLA*, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. UC Davis, 12 p.m.
Mon., April 7
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.
* - Pacific-10 Conference game
All times are local to site and subject to change.
ARIZONA (14-9, 2-4): The ARIZONA Wildcats opened Pac-10 play this past weekend by hosting the then-ranked No. 23 UCLA Bruins, who took the series 2-1. Arizona dropped the series opener against the Bruins on Friday losing 4-3, making it the Wildcats' fifth consecutive loss and the second consecutive loss by one run. In the second game, errors cost Arizona the victory as a pair of fielding errors by Colt Sedbrook and Daniel Butler led to four unearned runs in the second inning and ultimately fell, 20-8, to UCLA continuing the six-game losing streak. To close out the series, Arizona starter Eric Berger allowed just two runs on four hits and the UA offense had 12 hits as the Wildcats fended off their longest losing streak in over a decade with an 8-4 victory over UCLA. The victory also helped Arizona avoid its first conference series sweep since 2004.
ARIZONA STATE (25-1, 3-0): ARIZONA STATE opened Pac-10 play by hosting the USC Trojans in Tempe. Friday night ASU scored in each of the first five innings, including eight in the fifth. Petey Paramore went 4-5 with two RBI and Kiel Roling knocked in three of his own in the 16-5 win. Tommy Rafferty earned the win out of the bullpen. On Saturday Arizona State scored seven runs in the second inning on their way to a 13-5 win. Mike Leake struck out six in his seven innings of work to pick up the win. Sunday's match-up was a close call as ASU hung on for a 5-2 win. Tommy Rafferty again got the win out of the bullpen and Reyes Dorado picked up his first career save. The Sun Devils will host their final set of home mid-week games as they welcome the Wofford Terriers to Tempe for two games before departing on their first road trip of the season against the 13th ranked Stanford Cardinal.
CALIFORNIA (18-5-1, 2-1): CALIFORNIA swept the Pac-10 Player and Pitcher of the Week awards with stellar performances from David Cooper and Tyson Ross against Santa Clara and then-ranked No. 5 Long Beach State. Cooper went 6-for-12 against the 49ers with the two doubles and two home runs. Cooper hit two home runs, a double, and had a third ball caught over the fence in the Bears' 10-6 win over LBSU on Saturday. On Sunday, in Cal's 4-3 win over the 49ers, he went 3-for-3 with a double. Ross picked up his fourth win of the season by throwing a career-high 8.0 innings with five hits, no runs, two walks and six strikeouts in Cal's 6-1 win over Long Beach State. On the year, Ross is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA and has 21 strikeouts in 25.0 innings. Opponents are batting .129 against him. Ross now has 226 career strikeouts, good for sixth on the Cal all-time career strikeout list.
OREGON STATE (13-8, 2-1): The series and Conference play opener on Friday for both OREGON STATE and Washington was postponed due to bad weather but that did not hinder the Beavers' performance the rest of the weekend. On Saturday, Chris Hopkins hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to give the Oregon State baseball team a 2-1 extra-innings victory over Washington in the second game of a doubleheader at Goss Stadium. The win followed an 8-1 victory in game one for Oregon State. On Sunday, the Beavers dropped the final game of a three-game series to Washington, 6-4. Six Oregon State pitchers combined to allow just six hits, but the Huskies managed six runs off eight walks.
STANFORD (12-7, 2-1): This week, STANFORD shot up four spots to No. 13 in the latest Baseball America poll released on Monday, March 31. Stanford defeated No. 10 Long Beach State, 9-3, in its most recent game March 31 to extend its win streak to three in a row. Head coach Mark Marquess now has 1298 career wins and is just two victories from cracking into the Top 10 on the all-time win list for NCAA Division I coaches. Marquess' current total (all at Stanford) ranks him 11th on the all-time list and sixth among active coaches.Sean Ratliff, Cord Phelps and Randy Molina all have current season-best hit streaks. Ratliff has a run of 10 consecutive games, while Phelps is at seven and Molina six. Up next the Cardinal will host top-ranked Arizona State in a crucial three-game Pac-10 series at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond this Friday-Sunday, April 5-7.
UCLA (12-10, 2-1): First baseman Casey Haerther recorded a UCLA record seven hits in seven plate appearances Saturday, March 29, leading the Bruins past Arizona, 20-8, at Jerry Kindall Field in Tucson, Ariz. Haerther registered career highs with four doubles, four runs and four RBI and established the single game record for most hits by a Pac-10 player. The Chatsworth, Calif., resident finished the weekend going 9-for-14 (.643) with four doubles, one home run, six RBI and 16 total bases. Haerther's 11 total bases in Saturday's rout marked the highest single-game total by a Bruin since Ryan McCarthy logged 12 total bases on April 18, 2004. In the final two games at Arizona, Haerther raised his batting average 85 points (.203 to .288).
USC (11-14, 2-4): Petey Paramore went 4-for-5 Friday as the No. 1 Arizona State Sun Devils banged out 16 hits for the 16-5 victory over the USC Trojans in the first game of a Pac-10 Conference series at Packard Stadium. Tommy Milone (3-2) took the loss for USC (11-12, 2-2) after allowing eight runs in four innings. Grant Green extended his season-high hitting streak to 12 games with a 3-for-5 night, adding two doubles and two RBI for the Trojans. On Saturday, the Arizona State Sun Devils used a seven-run second inning Saturday for the 13-5 Pac-10 victory over the USC Trojans. Derek Perren went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while Mike Roskopf and Roberto Lopez had two hits each for USC. Tommy Rafferty and Reyes Dorado combined for 5 2/3 scoreless innings in relief Sunday as the Sun Devils completed a Pac-10 Conference series sweep with the 5-2 decision over the USC Trojans.
WASHINGTON (17-7, 1-2): Washington's Pac-10 opening baseball game, scheduled for Friday at Oregon State, was postponed due to poor weather. The Huskies and Beavers played a doubleheader Saturday where in the first game of the doubleheader, Oregon State handed the UW an 8-1 loss to break the Huskies' 11-game winning streak. Chris Hopkins' 10th-inning single drove in John Wallace with the winning run as Oregon State swept a doubleheader from the Washington baseball team with a 2-1 win in the nightcap Saturday. The Huskies, who lost both ends of a doubleheader Saturday, avoided a sweep on the opening weekend of Pac-10 play, beating Oregon State, 6-4, Sunday.
WASHINGTON STATE (16-9, 2-4): Ross Humes took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and No. 28 Washington State belted three home runs to defeat No. 17 Stanford in a Pacific-10 Conference series opener on Friday night, 10-4. On Saturday, Erik Davis tossed a six-hitter to lead the Cardinal past the Huskies, 7-3. Cougar starter Jayson Miller (3-1) went seven and one-third innings and suffered his first loss in his last 13 starts. In the rubber game of the series, Jeffrey Inman (3-0) scattered eight hits and blanked the Cougars over seven and one-third innings while striking out five and walking one helping the Cardinal get away with the 4-1 victory.