This Week in Pac-10 Baseball
April 6, 2010
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Tues., April 6
WASHINGTON STATE at BYU, 12 p.m.
San Diego at No. 1 ARIZONA STATE, 5 p.m.
Portland at No. 17 OREGON STATE, 5:30 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton at No. 3 UCLA, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON at Gonzaga, 6:30 p.m.
Wed., April 7
WASHINGTON at Gonzaga, 2 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at No. 22 STANFORD, 5:30 p.m.
Cal State Bakersfield at USC, 6:30 p.m.
Fri., April 9
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE*, 5:30 p.m.
OREGON at No. 22 STANFORD*, 5:30 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA at No. 17 OREGON STATE*, 5:30 p.m.
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON*, 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at USC*, 6:30 p.m.
Sat., April 10
OREGON at No. 22 STANFORD*, 1 p.m.
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON*, 2 p.m.
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE*, 2 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA at No. 17 OREGON STATE*, 2 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at USC*, 6:30 p.m.
Sun., April 11
No. 1 ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE*, 12 p.m.
OREGON at No. 22 STANFORD*, 12 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA at No. 17 OREGON STATE*, 12 p.m.
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON*, 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at USC*, 1 p.m.
Mon., April 12
ARIZONA at Gonzaga, 12 p.m.
Game local to site and subject to change.
* Pacific-10 Conference Game
Baseball America rankings.
PAC-10 TEAM NOTES
• ARIZONA (20-8, 2-4): The Wildcats look to win their first road win of the season and snap a four-game losing streak against Washington. As a team, Arizona leads the Pac-10 in batting average (.358), runs scored (247), hits (362), RBI (224) and total bases (500). SO C Jett Bandy leads the Conference in batting average (.450) and is tied for first in total bases (77).
• ARIZONA STATE (26-1, 5-1): The 24-game win streak to start the season is a program record. The winning streak also set the mark for the second longest winning streak in school history, trailing the 32-game winning streak set in 1972. SO INF/OF Drew Maggi was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 6-for-13 (.462), including hitting his first-career home run, as the Sun Devils took the series against Oregon, 2-1.
• CALIFORNIA (17-10, 3-3): After sweeping Arizona last weekend, the Golden Bears recorded their first sweep of a Pac-10 foe since 2007 when they swept USC. With a 2-0 shutout against rival Stanford on Monday, the Bears set the school record for most shutouts in a season with eight. SO RHP Erik Johnson sports a 4-1 record with 2.70 ERA and has 32 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. He leads the Conference in innings pitched (55.2).
• OREGON (19-10, 2-4): JR OF Marcus Piazzisi’s game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning handed top-ranked Arizona State its first loss of the season, snapping their 24-game winning streak. SR C Eddie Rodriguez leads the team in batting average (.365), slugging percentage (.469), on-base percentage (.421), RBI ( 24) and total bases (45).
• OREGON STATE (18-6, 2-1): With a 4-3 victory over USC on Saturday, the Beavers improved to 5-1 in one-run games this season. Last season, OSU was 7-9 in such games. Head coach Pat Casey needs six wins for 700 all-time as a collegiate head coach. JR INF Stefen Romero ranks second in the league with six home runs and leads the club in batting average (.329), slugging percentage (.635), on-base percentage (.433), hits (28), total bases (54) and RBI (21).
• STANFORD (13-10, 3-3): For the second time in three weeks SO RHP Jordan Pries pitched a complete game as the Cardinal defeated UCLA, 8-4, snapping the Bruins’ 22-game winning streak. He gave up eight hits, allowed four runs, three earned, and struck out three batters. For his effort, Pries earned his second career Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week selection. Five of the team’s 10 loses are to top-five teams: three to No. 3 Texas and two to No. 2 UCLA.
• UCLA (23-1, 2-1): As a team, the Bruins lead the Pac-10 in team ERA (2.32), strikeouts (293) and opponent batting average (.191). SO RHP Gerrit Cole leads the Conference in opponent batting average (.157) and striekouts (61), while SR RHP Garett Claypool has the best ERA (1.21). The 22-game winning streak, which was snapped in a 8-4 loss to Stanford, marked the best to the season and longest winning streak in school history.
• USC (14-14, 2-4): SO INF Ricky Oropesa leads the Trojans in the triple crown categories with a .333 batting average, nine home runs and 29 RBI. JR RHP Chris Mezger is 3-0 this season a 1.64 ERA in 22.0 innings of work. As a team, USC leads the Conference in home runs (27) and ranks second in team fielding percentage (.972).
• WASHINGTON (14-11, 2-1): Winners of seven of their last eight, the Huskies look to continue their winning ways against Gonzaga and Arizona this week. SO RHP Andrew Kittredge is fourth in the Pac-10 in innings pitched (46.0) and strikeouts (52). JR C/INF/OF Pierce Rankin tied for third in the Conference in home runs (5), tied for fourth in doubles (11) and tied for ninth in RBI (25).
• WASHINGTON STATE (15-10, 1-2): On Saturday the Cougars played their first doubleheader in Pac-10 play since April 24, 2005 when they swept Oregon State. This go around, WSU split with rival Washington. FR INF Brett Jacobs continues to lead the club in batting average (.420). His mark in batting average is seventh in the Pac-10.