Pac-10 Recap Friday 4/25

Preston Guilmet@ ASU 11 – Cal 7

Arizona 7 – @ OSU 0

@ Stanford 4 – USC 0

@ Washington 5 – UCLA 2

@ WSU 8 – San Jose State 3

ASU takes over sole possession of second place in the Pac-10.  Mike Leake throws a complete game and picks up the win, walks 4, strikes out 6 and allows 11 hits.  Tyson Ross takes the loss allowing 9 runs, 8 earned, walks 5, strikes out 5 in 5.1 innings.

Arizona wins its’ 13 straight game.  Preston Guilmet goes the distance in blanking OSU, walks 1, strikes out 10 and allows only 5 hits.  C.J. Ziegler, Brad Glenn and Jon Gaston homer.  Mike Stutes takes the loss while going the distance, walking 8, striking out 10, giving up 6 hits and 6 earned runs.

Stanford remains in first place in the Pac-10 with the win.  Austin Young goes 7.1 innings for the win, walks 2, strikes out 1 and allows just 3 hits.  Brent Milleville had 3 hits including 2 doubles.  Tommy Milone takes the loss while going the distance, walking 2, striking out 7, giving up 9 hits and 4 earned runs.

Matt Way throws a complete game and picks up the win for WSU, walks 1, strikes out 8, allows 6 hits and 3 earned runs.

Media Releases

(Tempe, AZ) – Behind a complete game from starting pitcher Mike Leake, #4 Arizona State defeated #6 California 11-7 Friday night in front of a crowd of 2,784 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Sun Devils improved to 33-7, 8-5 in the Pac-10, with the win.

Leake earned his 20th career victory and improved to 7-1 on the season, allowing five earned runs and striking out six in his second complete game of the year.

The Sun Devils started off fast again, scoring three in the bottom of the first after Cal scored a run in the top of the first. Ryan Sontag scored on a wild pitch by Tyson Ross and Matt Newman had a two-out single up the middle to drive in two.

The Bears took the lead back with four runs in the top of the second, and ASU scored a run with a sacrifice fly by Jason Kipnis in the bottom of the inning.

Cal scored two more runs in the fifth to extend its lead to 7-4, before Brett Wallace hit his 12th home run of the season, a solo shot to center, in the bottom half of the fifth.

The Sun Devils then took control of the game with a four-run sixth. Raoul Torrez scored on a balk, Wallace had an RBI single to right and Kiel Roling came up with a bases loaded single to bring in Jason Kipnis and Wallace.

ASU added a run each in the seventh and eighth innings on Ryan Sontag’s sacrifice fly to left and an Andy Workman RBI fielder’s choice.

Wallace, Roling and Sontag all had two hits each to lead the Sun Devil offense in the victory.

ASU hosts Cal again tomorrow night, with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.

NOTES: Mike Leake becomes just the ninth Sun Devil to earn 20 career victories in his second season at ASU…ASU men’s basketball head coach Herb Sendek threw out the first pitch and sang “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch of Friday night’s game.

(Corvallis, OR) – Arizona’s G-Unit – Preston Guilmet, Brad Glenn and Jon Gaston – teamed up to help lead the 23rd-ranked Wildcats to a 7-0 shutout win over defending national champions Oregon State at Goss Field on Friday.

Guilmet dominated on the mound, tossing in a complete-game five-hitter, Glenn opened the contest with a two-run homer in the first and Gaston added a solo shot in the second to steal the game’s momentum early on.

Arizona’s 13th-straight victory was also its sixth shutout win of the year to tie the 2005 team for the most whitewashings in single season since 1976. The Cats improved to 28-11 overall and to 7-6 in the conference race. The Beavers, who have lost five straight games to the Wildcats dating back to 2006, dropped to 18-14 overall and to 6-7 in the Pac-10.

Guilmet (5-2), the reigning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, found little trouble from all but one of the Beaver hitters. No. 9 batter Chris Hopkins tormented the Arizona ace, finishing the contest 3 for 3, but the effort was in vain as the Wildcat ace mixed in 10 strikeouts against just one walk and was backed up by an error-free effort by the defense. It was the right-hander’s sixth career complete game and his third career CG shutout.

Glenn, who has been on a tear in his last 10 games played, hit a towering two-out homer over the left field fence off of OSU starter Mike Stutes in the first. The drive plated Bobby Coyle, who had walked two hitters earlier, to stake the Cats to a 2-0 lead.

Gaston, who snapped an 0 of 9 streak at the plate with a solo homer in his final at bat against New Mexico on Wednesday, picked up where he left off with a solo homer to right with one out in the second. The blast, his eighth of the season, pushed the UA advantage to 3-0.

After the initial fireworks, Guilmet and Stutes battled it out over the next five innings, trading zeroes in each frame.

Bryce Ortega gave Guilmet a little more breathing room in the top of the eighth with a bases-loaded two-run single to left to put the Cats up by five runs, and T.J. Steele added a sac fly in the inning to make it 6-0.

C.J. Ziegler hit a solo homer to left, his team-leading 12th of the season, to open the ninth and put a cap on the scoring. The homer was his first since April 8 at San Diego State and extended his hitting streak to a team-high 10 straight games.

Stutes (2-5) was saddled with his fifth loss of the season, finishing with 10 strikeouts, but also walking a season-high eight.

The Wildcats and Beavers will meet up for game two of the three-game Pac-10 series on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net and broadcast on the radio on 1290 AM in Tucson.

Notes

Preston Guilmet became just the eight Arizona pitcher in school history to reach the 300 strikeout mark. The UA ace is now seventh all-time at Arizona with 301 career Ks … UA improved to 9-1 this season when going error-free and to 19-2 when committing one or less defensive miscues … The Wildcats are 23-4 this season when hitting at least one home run in a game and are 11-2 when socking two or more … The Wildcats have hit 52 home runs this season, equaling their 59-game total from last season in just their 39th contest this year.

(Stanford, CA) - The hot bat of Brent Milleville continued to punish opposing pitching and Stanford starter Austin Yount silenced the bats of Troy as the No. 5 Cardinal (24-12-2, 9-4 Pac-10) blanked USC (19-21, 6-7 Pac-10), 4-0, in Friday night’s series opener at Klein Field. Milleville went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI, bringing his average over this week’s three games to .539 (7-for-13), while Yount collected his second victory of the year.

Both teams will return to action Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Klein Field. Saturday will also see the dedication of Klein Field At Sunken Diamond, as Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby and Deputy Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Ray Purpur, along with the Klein Family, will be on hand for the dedication ceremony which is set to begin at 12:45 p.m. The field will be named for former Stanford baseball standout Bud Klein ’50.

Friday night, the Stanford bats struck early, producing the game’s only four runs within the first three frames. The Cardinal got its first run with two away in its first time at bat, as following flyouts from Cord Phelps and Brendan Domaracki, Jason Castro singled to center then scored all the way from first as Milleville pulled a double down the left-field line.

Yount worked his way out of a small jam in the second, as USC’s Derek Perren led off with a double, and advanced to third on a wild pitch three batters later. With Anthony Vasquez then drawing a walk to put men at the corners, Yount buckled down and got Robert Stock to end the inning by flying out to left.

Stanford got the rest of its runs in the third inning, as Justin Schlander got on to start the inning after being hit by a pitch. Phelps’ single to center put two on, but Domaracki pushed his bunt a little too hard, allowing Trojan starter Tommy Milone to force Schlander at third. Jason Castro’s flyout to left left the Cardinal only one out to spare in a situation begging to be capitalized upon.

And the Cardinal would capitalize, thanks to the bat of Milleville. The junior laced an opposite-field double down the right-field line, plating Phelps and Domaracki. Milleville would in turn be driven in on Randy Molina’s RBI single to left-center. Molina went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the contest.

Yount settled into a nice groove from that point, retiring 12 of the next 13 batters he faced, only issuing a walk to Roberto Lopez in the sixth. Lopez was subsequently forced out as Milleville set in motion a 3-6-3 double play off the bat of Grant Green.

With one out in the eighth, Yount retired after Stock reached base on an error. In his longest outing of the season, Yount went seven and one-third scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and striking out a batter to even his record at 2-2.

Drew Storen came on in relief, and after being welcomed to the contest by Joe De Pinto’s single to right, settled in and retired the final five USC batters in order to sew up the win.

Milone, whose record drops to 5-3 with the loss, pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on nine hits and striking out seven.

(Seattle, WA) – Junior starter Jorden Merry held UCLA to two runs on four hits over eight innings, tying his career-high with nine strikeouts, as the Washington baseball team opened a three-game series with a 5-2 win over the Bruins Friday night at Husky Ballpark.

Merry, a right-hander from Pasco, improved his spotless record to 6-0 on the season. Washington got a two-run homer from Troy Scott and a solo shot from Kyle Conley to account for their first three runs.

Washington moved back to .500 in Pac-10 play, improving to 5-5 in the conference and 25-14 overall. UCLA dropped to 4-6 in the Pac-10 and 20-17 overall.

Bruins starter Tim Murphy (3-5) suffered the loss despite a solid outing. In his seven innings, he gave up three runs on five hits.

UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Alden Carrithers led off the game with a double to the gap in left-center. He took third on a Jermaine Curtis bunt and then scored on a wild pitch.

Washington answered in the second. With Sean Meehan aboard on a two-out walk, fellow freshman Scott drove his fifth home run of the season out to right, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead.

The Huskies and Bruins then traded runs in the third. Carrithers led off with a walk and, after a Jermaine Curtis double, scored on a groundout. But, in the bottom of the third, UW went back on top, 3-2, on Conley’s 10th home run of the season, a solo shot to right.

The Dawgs added two runs in the eighth when Conley led off with a walk and eventually scored on a wild pitch and Aaron Russell walked and came in on an RBI double from pinch hitter Jake Rife.

Husky lefty Nick Haughian, scheduled to start Sunday, came out of the bullpen to pitch the ninth and earned the save in his first relief outing of the season, striking out the side in order.

The Huskies and Bruins continue the three-game series Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. game and Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. start. Both games will air live on KKNW AM-1150.

(Pullman, WA) - Matt Way tossed a six-hitter as Washington State defeated San Jose State 8-3 in the opener of a three-game nonconference baseball series at Bailey-Brayton Field, Friday.

Way (2-3) made his first start since April 24, 2007 and threw 130 pitches, 89 for strikes. He struck out eight and provided the Cougars (21-18) their first complete game of the season.

“I am proud of the way Matt responded to the challenge of being a Friday night starter,” Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. “We wanted to put Ross Humes back in the closer role where he is at his best and to do that, we need a guy like Matt to continue to pitch the way he did tonight.”

Washington State scored in each of the first four innings off Spartans’ starter Max Peterson (3-5) to build a 6-2 advantage.

Jared Prince hit a two-run home run in the first inning, his fourth of the season, to stake the Cougars to a 2-0 lead. After Tommy Gale singled in a run in the top of the second for San Jose State (23-17), Travis Coulter collected a RBI-single bottom of the frame to put WSU on top 3-1.

Matt Fanelli drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the third to make it 4-1 and Gale answered in the top of the fourth with his second RBI-single in the game for the Spartans. Paul Gran blasted his eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth to increase the WSU lead to 6-2.

After San Jose State tallied a run on the top of the eighth on a wild pitch, Shea Vucinch and Gran each delivered run-scoring singles in the bottom of the eighth to account for the final scoring.

The teams continue their three-game series at 2 p.m., Saturday.