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PAC-12 Baseball Roundup

Take a look at all the baseball action around the conference this week

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Arizona (10-1)- 2-1 (W 3-0, W 10-9, L 1-0) vs. Arkansas, Ok State & Nebraska

In the first game of the Frisco Classic, Arizona relied on ace JC Cloney. The starting pitcher threw 7.2 innings, and only surrendered 3 hits to get the win in a 3-0 low scoring affair. In the second game, Arizona took a 6-0 lead after five complete innings. OSU stormed back, plating 3 in the sixth, 4 in the seventh, and 2 in the eighth to take a 9-6 lead. The Wildcats responded, scoring 3 in the bottom of the eighth, and 1 in the ninth so win the game in walk off fashion. Third baseman Nick Quintana went 3-4, and drove in 3 runs for Arizona. In the final game of the weekend, Arizona was stymied by the Nebraska pitching staff, which threw a shutout while giving up just 8 hits. Rio Gomez was the tough luck loser for the Wildcats, throwing 7 innings, striking out 5, and only allowing 1 unearned run. Arizona travels to Lubbock on Tuesday for a top 15 match-up with Texas Tech. They then return home to host Hartford in a three game series starting on Friday.

Arizona State (6-5)- 2-2 (W 12-5, W 2-1, L 3-2, L 8-5) vs. NMSU and LMU

On Tuesday, New Mexico State led ASU 1-0 until the fourth inning. From there, the Sun Devils would score their last five trips to the plate, blowing the game open and cruising to a 12-5 victory. Second baseman Andrew Snow powered ASU, going 4-4. He drove in 3 runs as well. On Friday, Arizona starting pitcher Eli Lingos was brilliant, surrendering just 1 unearned run in 7.2 innings. In the second game of the series, Loyola Marymount trailed 2-1 headed into the ninth, but pushed 2 runs across to steal a 3-2 victory. LMU Shortstop Nick Sogard went 3-4 in the victory. On Sunday, LMU used a 6 run fourth inning to take the lead 6-2, then held on. Andrew Shaps and Lyle Lin both had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs for the Sun Devils. ASU hosts Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday and Wednesday, then Long Beach State travels to Tempe for a three game series beginning on Friday.

Cal- (4-7)- 2-2 (L 5-2, W 8-7, L 8-3, W 9-5) vs. Gonzaga

On Friday night, Cal dropped a close one to Gonzaga 5-2. The Golden Bears trailed from the get go, and couldn’t get the offense going, only mustering 5 hits against the Bulldogs pitching staff. Zags starter Eli Morgan was brilliant, going 7 innings and striking out 12 Cal batters. In the first game of the Saturday double-header, the Golden Bears trailed 6-0 after three innings, but roared back to tie it. In the bottom of the thirteenth inning, a Denis Karas double scored Andrew Vaughn and gave Cal the win in walk off fashion. In the second game on Saturday, the Bears led 2-0 after five innings, But the Zags offense exploded for 2 in the sixth, 2 in the seventh, and 4 in the eighth to blow the game open. Bulldogs third baseman Jeff Bohling went 2-5 and drove in two runs. On Sunday, Cal used a 5 run sixth inning to take the lead, and held on for a 9-5 victory. Center fielder Jonah Davis went 4-4 and drove in 3 runs to power the Golden Bears offense. Cal travels to Pepperdine to start a three game series on Friday in Malibu, California.

Oregon- (6-4)- (W 1-0, L 5-4, W 6-5) vs. Mississippi State

In the first game on Friday, the Ducks used a terrific performance by starting pitcher Davis Peterson to win a pitchers duel 1-0. Peterson was brilliant, going 8 innings, giving up just 3 hits, and striking out 17 Bulldog batters. First baseman Kyle Kasser went 3-4 and drove in the lone run for the Ducks. In the second game, Mississippi State tied the game 3-3 in the sixth inning, and plated two more in the eighth to complete the comeback and win a back and forth affair 5-4. Bulldogs catcher Josh Lovelady went 2-4 and drove in two runs in the victory. In the deciding game three, Oregon jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, but MSU plated 3 in the sixth and 2 in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead. Oregon would answer in the eighth, tying the game on a sacrifice fly by Tim Susnara. In the bottom of the eleventh, Ducks third baseman Kyle Kasser singled up the middle, scoring pinch runner Carson Breshears and winning the game 6-5. Oregon hosts UC Davis on Monday, then Santa Clara in a four game series beginning on Thursday in Eugene.

Oregon State- (10-1)- 3-0 (W 4-0, W 14-2, W 4-1) vs. UC Davis

In the first game of the double header on Saturday, Oregon State starter Luke Heimlich threw 8 innings, gave up only 3 hits, and struck out 10 UC Davis batters to get the win. Shortstop Nick Madrigal went 2-3 and drove in a run to power the offense. In the second game, the Beavers scored 8 runs in the bottom of the first inning, and cruised to a 14-2 victory. The bottom of the OSU lineup supplied the power, as the 7-8-9 hitters went a combined 5-11 with 6 RBI’s. In the third game of the series, UC Davis took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Oregon State rallied with 4 runs in the sixth to take the lead for good. Second baseman Cadyn Grenier went 2-4 and drove in 3 runs to lead the Beavers offensively. Oregon State hosts Portland on Tuesday, then Ball State heads to Corvallis for a four game series starting on Thursday night.

Stanford- (9-3)- 4-1 (W 8-2, L 4-0, W 3-2, W 5-2, W 2-1) vs. UC Davis & Texas

On Tuesday, Stanford jumped out to a 5-0 lead on UC Davis after 2 innings, and cruised to an 8-2 victory. Catcher Alex Dunlap went 2-3 and drove in two runs to power the Cardinal offense. On Thursday, Texas starting pitcher Nolan Kingham threw 7 innings, struck out 8, and held Stanford to just three hits. Cardinal starter Kris Bubic was the hard luck loser, going 6 innings, striking out 9, and only giving up 1 unearned run. In the second game, Texas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Stanford pushed one run across in the sixth and the seventh inning to tie the game, and a Brodey Quinn RBI single in the bottom of the ninth won the Cardinal the game in a walk off. In the third game, Texas led 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, until Stanford scored one in the eighth and one in the ninth to tie the game at 2. In the bottom of the tenth inning, Brodey Quinn was again the hero, blasting a 3 run homer to left field to give the Cardinal a 5-2 victory. In the final game of the four game series, Stanford took a 2-0 lead after 5 innings and held on. Starting pitcher Chris Castellanos went 7 innings, gave up 4 hits and struck out 8 to get the win. Stanford heads to Houston to take on Rice in a four game series beginning on Thursday.

UCLA- (5-5)- 1-3 (L 6-5, W 1-0, L 3-1, L 4-3) Vs. CSUN, Michigan, San Diego, & USC

On Tuesday, Cal State Northridge used a four run sixth inning to take the lead, and hung on for a 6-5 victory. First baseman Sean Bouchard went 3-3 and drove in two runs in the losing effort. In the first game of the Dodgertown Classic, the game was tied 0-0 until the bottom of the ninth inning, where an error on Michigan proved the difference in the game. Bruins starting pitcher Griffin Canning threw 8 innings, gave up 3 hits and struck out 12 Wolverine batters. In the second game, UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, but San Diego scored one in the ninth to tie it, than 2 in the twelfth to shock the Bruins 3-1. UCLA managed just three hits in the contest. On Sunday, UCLA had a 3-0 lead through 5 innings. In the sixth, USC scored three runs to tie it, then one in the top of the tenth to beat the Bruins 4-3. UCLA hosts Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, before traveling to Austin to face the University of Texas in a three game series beginning on Friday.

USC- (7-4)- 2-2 (W 2-0, L 8-3, L 4-1, W 4-3) vs. Duke, San Diego, Michigan, & UCLA

On Tuesday, USC traveled to North Carolina for a midweek tilt with Duke. Trojans starting pitcher Mason Perryman threw six shutout innings, and gave up just four hits in route to the victory. In the first game of the Dodgertown Classic on Friday, San Diego used a 5 run fifth inning to pull away from USC. Toreros short stop Jeff Houghtby went 2-3 and drove in 3 runs to help San Diego get the victory. In Saturday’s contest, the Trojans couldn’t get anything going against Wolverines starter Ryan Nutof, who went 6.1 innings and surrendered just three hits. USC third baseman Adalberto Carrillo drove in the lone run for the Trojans. On Sunday, UCLA led USC 3-0 until the Trojans offense plated 3 runs in the sixth to tie the game. In the top of the tenth inning, first baseman Lars Nootbaar, who had a huge game going 2-4 and driving in 3, doubled home the winning run. USC heads to San Diego State on Tuesday, then hosts Holy Cross in Los Angeles for a three game series beginning on Friday night at Dedeaux Field.

Utah- (7-3)- (W 17-3, L 8-3, W 7-1) at University of Texas- San Antonio (UTSA)

On Friday, Utah’s bats exploded for 6 runs in the second inning and 6 runs in the third inning to blow the game open, as the Utes cruised to a 17-3 victory. Four different Utah players drove in three runs, but third baseman Dallas Carroll led the way, going 3-4, driving in 3 runs, including a two run homer to left field. In the second game, UTSA evened the series thanks to a 7 run second inning that was too much for the Utes to overcome. Roadrunners left fielder Skyler Valentine went 2-3 and drove in two runs to lead the way for UTSA. Starting pitcher Nolan Trabanino moved to 3-0 on the season as he went 7 innings, struck out 5, and walked no Utah batters. In the third game, Utah took a 4-0 lead after the second inning, and cruised to a 7-1 victory. Starting pitcher Riley Ottesen threw 7.1 innings, gave up just one run, and struck out 6 UTSA hitters. Third baseman Dallas Carroll had another monster game for the Utes, going 4-4 with 3 RBI’s to lead the offense. Utah hosts New Mexico State for a three game series starting on Friday in Salt Lake City.

Washington- (7-4)- 3-1 (L 7-1, W 8-5, W 3-2, W 4-0) vs. Sacramento State

On Friday night, Washington couldn’t get the bats going, only mustering 1 hit in the entire game of a 7-1 loss. Sacramento State’s pitching staff used three pitchers who combined to strike out 14 Huskies in the victory. In the second game, Washington led 5-2 going into the top of the ninth inning. Hornets pinch hitter made the most of his opportunity in the ninth, launching a 3 run homer to center field to tie the game at 5. In the bottom of the tenth, the Huskies would answer. Pinch hitter Gage Matuszak hit a three run walk off homer, giving Washington the 8-5 vitory. In the second game of the Saturday double header, the Huskies led 3-0 headed into the ninth, and held on for the 3-2 victory. Washington catcher Joey Morgan had a 2 RBI double that proved to be the difference in the game. In the final game on Sunday, the Huskies pitching staff combined for a 3 hitter in the 4-0 victory. Catcher Willie MacIver went 3-4, and center fielder Jack Meggs drove in 2 runs to power the offense. Washington hosts Indiana State for a four game series beginning on Friday night in Seattle.

Washington State- (6-4)- 3-1 (L 7-3, W 4-2, W 10-5, W 7-3) vs. LMU & SFA

On Monday, the Cougs finished their series with Loyola Marymount. LMU scored three in the first, two in the second, and three in the third to blow the game open, and cruise to a 7-3 victory. Shortstop Spencer Erdman went 2-5 with a double and a triple and drove in 3 runs for the Lions. On Friday night, WSU used a 2 run seventh inning to beat Stephen F. Austin. Center fielder Deker Chapman went 1-2, but drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and the go ahead 2 run double in the bottom of the seventh inning. On Saturday, the Lumberjacks led 5-0 in the third inning, but WSU would score their last 6 plate appearances to pull away. Right fielder J.J. Hancock went 2-5 and hit a homer to power the Cougars offensively. In Sunday’s contest, Washington State used 4 pitchers to combine for a no-hitter in the 7-3 victory. The Cougars 4 errors led to all three runs for SFA to be unearned. Washington State hosts Utah Valley for a four game series beginning on Thursday in Pullman.