This Week in Pac-10 Baseball

May 11, 2010

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    Tues., May 11
    No. 19 San Diego at No. 22 OREGON, 2 p.m.
    No. 11 UCLA at UC Irvine, 6 p.m.
    BYU at No. 3 ARIZONA STATE, 6:30 p.m.

    Wed., May 12
    No. 25 STANFORD at San Jose State, 6 p.m.
    Long Beach State at USC, 7:15 p.m.

    Fri., May 14
    WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE*, 5:30 p.m.
    WASHINGTON STATE at No. 25 STANFORD*, 6 p.m.
    USC at No. 11 UCLA*, 6 p.m.
    East Tennessee State at No. 22 OREGON, 7 p.m.

    Sat., May 15
    WASHINGTON STATE at No. 25 STANFORD*, 2 p.m.
    USC at No. 11 UCLA*, 2 p.m.
    East Tennessee State at No. 22 OREGON, 5 p.m.
    No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA*, 6 p.m.

    Sun., May 16
    East Tennessee State at No. 22 OREGON, 1 p.m.
    WASHINGTON STATE at No. 25 STANFORD*, 1 p.m.
    USC at No. 11 UCLA*, 1 p.m.
    No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA*, 6 p.m.

    Mon., May 17
    No. 3 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA*, 6 p.m.

    Game local to site and subject to change.
    * Pacific-10 Conference Game 
    Baseball America rankings.


    ARIZONA (30-16, 9-9): With the Wildcats next victory, head coach Andy Lopez will become the 46th all-time coach and sixth coach this season to win 1,000 games in a career. SO RHP Kurt Heyer’s season totals already rank highly on the UA freshman single-season records: second in strikeouts (89), tied for fourth in wins (6) and eighth in innings pitched (77.0). Heyer ranks third in the Pac-10 in ERA (2.22) and strikeouts (89).

    ARIZONA STATE (39-5, 14-4): RF RHP Brady Rodgers earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors as well as the Louisville Slugger’s National Pitcher of the Week after his performance against in-state rival Arizona, where he retired 21-straight batters en route to allowing two hits and striking out seven in eight innings of work. With a 14-0 win over BYU on Monday evening in Tempe, the Sun Devils reached the 40-win mark for the fourth-straight season and 31st all-time in school history. 

    CALIFORNIA (27-17, 11-9): The Golden Bears will take the week off to prepare for finals. They will be back on the diamond Tuesday, May 18 when hosting the Dons of San Francisco. JR OF/1B Mark Canha leads the Pac-10 in RBI (60) and ranks 10th in batting average (.365). As a team, the Golden Bears rank second in the league in slugging percentage (.484) and doubles (104), and third in batting average (.334), on-base percentage (.405), runs scored (348), hits (526), RBI (310) and triples (19).   

    OREGON (30-18, 10-11): SO LHP Tyler Anderson ranks near the top in multiple categories in the Pac-10, including fifth in ERA (2.52) and opponent batting average (.204), and sixth in strikeouts (79). In Conference games only, Anderson ranks second in ERA (1.89), third in strikeouts (43), sixth in opponent batting average (.222) and innings pitched (41.1).

    OREGON STATE (24-17, 7-11): Last week, the Beavers swept Oregon in the Civil War. When OSU out hits its opponents, the Beavers are 17-0 this season. JR INF Stefen Romero continues to swing a hot bat, hitting three home runs in his last four games. Romero is second in the Conference with 12 home runs fourth in slugging percentage, .637.   

    STANFORD (25-18, 10-8): With a solo home run in the fifth inning in Sunday’s 10-5 loss at Long Beach State, FR 3B/SS Kenny Diekroeger extended his hitting streak to 17 games. In Friday’s 3-2 victory over Long Beach State, SO LHP Brett Mooneyham struck out nine batters, pushing his total in his last three starts to 32. For the year, Mooneyham has 76 k’s. 

    UCLA (34-10, 10-8): SO RHP Gerrit Cole became the first UCLA pitcher to record at least 100 strikeouts in consecutive seasons since left-hander Jim Parque accomplished this feat in 1996 and 1997.  FR OF Beau Amaral became the first Bruin freshman since Wes Whisler to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Amaral did so by helping UCLA record its first three-game road sweep since 2007. For the week, the freshman outfielder was 7-for-14 (.500).     

    USC (23-24, 5-13): Winners of six of their last seven, the Trojans look to continue their winning ways as they travel across town for a three-game series against the Bruins. SO INF Ricky Oropesa continues to lead the Conference with 13 long balls. Nine of Oropesa’s home runs have come in the seventh inning or later. Oropesa also leads the Pac-10 in total bases (124), and ranks third in doubles (18) and RBI (49). 

    WASHINGTON (25-22, 8-10): SO RHP Andrew Kittredge continues to pace the Husky pitchers. The Spokane, Wash., native ranks fourth in the league in strikeouts (84) and sixth in innings pitched (78.2). JR C/INF/OF Pierce Rankin leads the club in slugging percentage (.532), runs scored (30), RBI (35), doubles (15) and home runs (9). His marks in doubles and home runs rank fifth and third in the Pac-10, respectively.    

    WASHINGTON STATE (24-17, 8-9): With Monday’s 9-4 victory over California, the Cougars completed the first three-game sweep of the Golden Bears in school history. In Saturday’s 11-9 win over the Bears, the nine runs scored by WSU in the sixth inning were the most in an inning by the Cougars in Conference play since a nine-run fifth inning against Arizona on April 6, 2001.


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