This Week in Pac-10 Baseball
June 3, 2008
Three teams from the Pac-10 continue their trip to Omaha as ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE and STANFORD have advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals. 2008 marks only the fourth time (1999, 2001, and 2005) that all eight national seeds survived the regionals and advance to the super regionals since the bracket expanded in 1999. The Wildcats will travel to Coral Gables and take on No. 1 Miami, while the Pac-10 champion Sun Devils maintain their home field advantage and play host to No. 17 Fresno State after having hosted the Tempe Regional as well. STANFORD will remain in-state and travel to southern California as the Cardinal will take on No. 6 Cal State Fullerton. A minimum of 45 hours of super-regional television will be provided by the family of ESPN channels, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Consult local listings for specific games shown in each area of the country. As many as 15 national broadcast windows could appear on the three ESPN networks from June 6-9. The Pac-10 boasts three teams among the nation's leaders, here's where they rank this week (Baseball America): Arizona State (4) , Stanford (11) and Arizona (14).
Best of three
Friday, June 6
No. 14 ARIZONA at No. 1 Miami, 7 p.m. ESPN
No. 11 STANFORD at No. 6 Cal St. Fullerton, 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
Saturday, June 7
No. 14 ARIZONA at No. 1 Miami, 7:30 p.m. ESPN
No. 4 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 17 Fresno St., 6 p.m. ESPNU
No. 11 STANFORD at No. 6 Cal St. Fullerton, 4:30 p.m. ESPN
Sunday, June 8
No. 14 ARIZONA at No. 1 Miami, 7 p.m. ESPN2
No. 4 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 17 Fresno St., 7 p.m. ESPN2
No. 11 STANFORD at No. 6 Cal St. Fullerton, 4 p.m. ESPN2
Monday, June 9
No. 4 ARIZONA STATE vs. No. 17 Fresno St., 4 p.m. ESPN2
Note: All rankingss according to Baseball America.
All times are local to site and subject to change.
ARIZONA (41-17, 12-12): Powered by an outstanding effort by starter Eric Berger and Jason Stoffel's third save of the postseason,ARIZONAswept its way through the Ann Arbor Regional bydefeating Kentucky, 5-3, in the championship game on Sunday. The victory, Arizona's 16thregional championship in school history, advanced the Wildcats to their second-ever super regional appearance. The 2008 All-Region Team for the Ann Arbor Regional included first baseman C.J. Ziegler, catcher Dwight Childs, pitchers Stoffel and Berger, with Stoffel garnering the MVP honor as well. Next, Arizona will take on the tournament's top-seed, Miami, in a best-of-three game series.
ARIZONA STATE (48-11, 16-8): After an exciting weekend hosting the 2008 NCAA Baseball Regionals, the ARIZONA STATE Baseball team is one step closer to Omaha by advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals. The Sun Devils are preparing to host the Fresno State Bulldogs in a best-of-three series this weekend, June 7 - 9, at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark as they look to advance to their third College World Series in just four years. Ike Davis was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tempe Regional, as he was 8-for-13 with five RBI and seven runs scored in the three games. Six other Sun Devils joined him on the Regional All-Tournament Team: Petey Paramore, Greg Bordes, Brett Wallace, Ryan Sontag, Josh Satow and Mike Leake. Wallace has also been named a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation's premier amateur baseball player. Wallace becomes the eighth Sun Devil to be named a Golden Spikes Award finalist and the first since Dustin Pedroia in 2004.
CALIFORNIA (33-21-2, 12-12): The No. 20-ranked CALIFORNIA baseball team saw its season to come to an end as the Golden Bears fell 9-2 to host and No. 1-seed Long Beach State Saturday at the NCAA Baseball Regional in Long Beach. The Golden Bears, who produced one of their best seasons in recent history, finished 33-21-2 overall. The 2008 Bears featured two of the Pac-10 best hitters, Josh Satin (.379, 18 home runs, 52 RBI) and David Cooper (.359, 19 home runs, 55 RBI), and one of the league's top starters, junior right-hander Tyson Ross (7-4). Cal returns a strong sophomore class, featuring Blake Smith (.296, 12 HR, 43 RBI), center fielder Brett Jackson (.307, 4 HR, 40 RBI), catcher Dylan Tonneson (.306, 6 HR, 33 RBI) and third baseman Jeff Kobernus (.303, 3 HR, 27 RBI). Freshman right-hander Kevin Miller (6-1, 2.90 ERA, 68 strikeouts in 71.1 innings) returns as well. Cal is now 22-13 all-time in NCAA Regional play.
STANFORD (37-22-2, 14-10): STANFORD will participate in Super Regional action as the Cardinal will travel to Fullerton to take on the Cal State Fullerton Titans in a Fri.-Sun series. This is the seventh time Stanford has advanced to the Super Regional round, and only the second time the Cardinal will have to compete on the road. The last time the Cardinal was in a Super Regional was 2006 when they traveled to Oregon State. Stanford hosted the first five Super Regionals they participated in 1999-2003. Stanford rose to No. 10 in the latest polls from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper this past Monday, June 2, marking its highest spots in the various national rankings. Should the Cardinal capture their sixth Super Regional title this weekend, they will advance to the College World Series for the 16th time to face the winner of the Florida State-Wichita State Super Regional, hosted by Florida State.
UCLA (33-27, 13-11): The UCLA baseball team ended its season having become the first team in program history to advance to the postseason for three consecutive seasons. UCLA finished its 2008 campaign with a 33-27 overall record, totaling 33 wins or more for the third straight season - the last time the Bruins accomplished that feat was from 1985-1987. Four Bruins earned All-Fullerton Regional honors - Brandon Crawford, Jermaine Curtis, Alden Carrithers and Casey Haerther. Haerther moved into a three-way tie for third place on UCLA's single-season doubles list, delivering his team-leading 23rd double of the season in the top of the fourth inning (Bill Scott, 2000; Tim DeCinces, 1995; Eric Karros, 1987).