This Week In Pac-10 Baseball
March 24, 2009
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 BASEBALL
(Mar. 24) -- All 10 teams will be in action this weekend for Conference play, highlighted by the return of the Civil War series between OREGON and OREGON STATE. The Beavers have won five straight games and will travel to Eugene for one game before the teams meet for two contests at PG&E Park in Portland. Last week, ARIZONA STATE improved its record to 17-3 with a 3-0 sweep over ARIZONA to open up Pac-10 play for the league. The Sun Devils are currently on a four-game win streak. CALIFORNIA and UCLA also won its Pac-10 series, 2-1, defeating STANFORD and USC, respectively. One Pac-10 team is ranked in this week's Baseball America poll: No. 3 Arizona State.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tue., March 24
Sacramento State at OREGON, 3 p.m.
No. 10 UC Irvine at WASHINGTON, 5 p.m.
Wed., March 25
Santa Clara at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.
Sacramento State at OREGON, 1 p.m.
STANFORD at UC Davis, 2:30 p.m.
UCLA at No. 17 Pepperdine, 3 p.m.
Brown at USC (DH), 3 p.m.
No. 10 UC Irvine at WASHINGTON, 2 p.m.
Fri., March 27
*ARIZONA at UCLA, 6 p.m.
*No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at USC, 6:30 p.m.
*OREGON STATE at OREGON, 3 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 5:30 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 2:30 p.m.
Sat., March 28
*ARIZONA at UCLA, 2 p.m.
*No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at USC, 2 p.m.
*OREGON vs. OREGON STATE (4), 6 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA, Noon
Sun., March 29
*ARIZONA at UCLA, 1 p.m.
*No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at USC, 1 p.m.
*OREGON vs. OREGON STATE (4), 1 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at STANFORD, 1 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA, 1 p.m.
Mon., March 30
STANFORD at Pacific, 5:35 p.m.
(4) - Civil War Series, PG&E Park, Portland, Ore.
* Pacific-10 Conference Game
All times are local to site.
PAC-10 TEAM NOTES
ARIZONA (11-10, 0-3): The Wildcats dropped their three-game series at Arizona State last week. Dillon Baird led the `Cats with five hits and three RBI last weekend. He is currently sixth in the Conference with 19 RBI on the season. Arizona will travel to Los Angeles this week to take on UCLA in Pac-10 play.
ARIZONA STATE (17-3, 3-0): The Sun Devils outscored Arizona 34-13 in their three-games last weekend. While junior pitcher Mike Leake stole the spotlight on the mound, striking out a career high 15 batters, JR third baseman Raoul Torrez led the offense for ASU. He hit .455 with two doubles and a triple and collected seven RBI. In the three games, Torrez held a .818 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage. The Sun Devils will play their first games outside of the state of Arizona this week, traveling to USC for Pac-10 action.
CALIFORNIA (12-8, 2-1): The Bears earned the series with over Stanford last week, highlighted by JR Blake Smith's three-run homer, a clutch two-run single by SO Brian Guinn and atwo-run bomb by SO Mark Canha. Cal has won three of its last five games and will host Santa Clara on Mar. 25 before returning to Conference action against Washington State.
OREGON (9-11, 0-0): Oregon picked up its first win in three attempts over Washington in the first of two meetings at the Rose City Invitational in Portland, Ore. Six different players registered a hit for the Ducks, with Mitch Karraker leading the team with two RBI. Oregon will host rival Oregon State for the first game of the renewed Civil War series, before heading back to Portland for two games with the Beavers in PG&E park.
OREGON STATE (13-5, 0-0): The Beavers are on a roll, having won five straight games to boast a perfect 5-0 record at home this season. JR infielder Adalberto Santos was 8-for-18 (.444) last week with two home runs and 10 RBI to lead the Beavers. He extended his hit streak to 12 games. He has hit safely in 16 of the team's 17 games this year. On the mound, pitcher Tyler Waldron struck out six batters without allowing a run in eight innings in the Mar. 19 shutout over Utah Valley.
STANFORD (4-10, 1-2): After a week off, the Cardinal picked up a win in game two of its three-game series at Cal. Stanford was led by SO outfielder Kellen Kiilsgaard was 3-for-4 (.750) with a whopping 2.500 slugging percentage. He hit two home runs, his first collegiate multi-homer game, and totaled four RBI in the win. He is currently fifth in the Pac-10 with a .721 slugging percentage on the season.
UCLA (7-13, 2-1): UCLA earned its highest-ever margin of victory over USC, 15 runs, with its 17-2 win on Mar. 23. The previous mark was 14 runs, set on May 17, 1955. JR infielder Casey Haerther led the Bruins, going 7-for14 (.500) in the three game series. He hit two home runs, including a grand slam, scored five runs, and drove in eight more for UCLA.
USC (8-10, 1-2): The Trojans fell in their Pac-10 opener, but stole game two of the three-game series with UCLA last weekend. Redshirt freshman pitcher Andrew Triggs earned the win, pitching seven innings and allowing three hits, two walks and no runs while striking out seven Bruins. USC hosts Brown for a double header before welcoming the third-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils for a three-game series begining Mar. 27.
WASHINGTON (8-11, 0-0): The Huskies have won two straight games and will host No. 10 UC Irvine this week before opening their Pac-10 season at Stanford. Last week, UW split its games in the Rose City Invitational in Portland, Ore., defeating Portland, 5-2, and Oregon, 5-1. The Dawgs were led by JR third baseman Aaron Russell, who hit .600 with two doubles and three RBI to go with an .800 slugging percentage last week.
WASHINGTON STATE (8-11, 0-0): Washington State swept South Dakota State in a three-game series last weekend. SR pitcher Matt Way struck out a career high 10 batters and holds a 23.2 inning streak of not allowing an earned run. He leads the Pac-10 with a 1.09 ERA on the season. SR catcher Alex Burg led the offense with four doubles, a triple and a 1.000 slugging percentage, while adding six RBI.