The Arizona baseball team moved into the top 25 last week for the first time this season on the heels of a three-game sweep of defending national champion Oregon State.

So what did the Wildcats do for an encore?

They swept California to run their winning streak to 14 and their record to 28-6. It also is the first time in school history that Arizona has started 6-0 in the Pacific 10 Conference as it heads into a weekend series against Stanford at Palo Alto.

Arizona moved up to No. 8 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and is ranked No. 12 by USA Today and No. 13 by Baseball America.

"I am proud about the way they have handled it," Coach Andy Lopez told the Tucson Citizen. "They have not paid attention to any magical polls or comments. They just have gone out and played good baseball, and they are getting rewarded for it right now."

Freshman pitcher Jason Stoffel (Agoura HS) has been strong the last six games, earning a victory and two saves. Stoffel earned his first save of the season after pitching 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in an 8-2 win over Oregon State in the second game of the series March 31.

Against Cal in the series opener last Thursday, Stoffel came into a scoreless game to pitch the 10th and 11th innings in Arizona's 1-0 victory to improve his record to 3-0. In the finale, two days later, Stoffel closed out a 5-3 win by pitching a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Stoffel has been thrust into the closer's role lately because of an injury to regular closer Daniel Schlereth, son of ESPN football analyst Mark Schlereth.

Other locals are helping the Wildcats on the mound as well. Freshman Paul Bargas (Riverside North HS) has a 3-1 record in eight appearances and 20 1/3 innings. He has 17 strikeouts and only three walks. Freshman Brett Lorin (Dana Point Dana Hills HS) has made six appearances with nine strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings.




Redshirt sophomore left-handed pitcher Drew Saberhagen (Calabasas HS) is having a solid first season at Western Carolina after transferring from Pepperdine.

Saberhagen's father is Bret Saberhagen, the coach at Calabasas and a former major leaguer who twice won the American League Cy Young Award.

Drew Saberhagen is part of the reason that Western Carolina (20-11) is atop the Southern Conference standings with a 6-3 record. Saberhagen is 3-1 with a 3.06 earned-run average in eight starts. He has pitched a team-leading 53 innings.

Saberhagen was drafted in the 38th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the Oakland Athletics but decided to attend Pepperdine. Saberhagen made only five relief appearances his freshman season in Malibu and redshirted the next year.




Five local players are having a substantial impact on the Liberty University baseball team in Lynchburg, Va.

The Flames were 21-13 heading into a Tuesday game against William and Mary and junior center fielder Garrett Young (Huntington Beach Edison HS/Cypress College) has been at the forefront.

Young has started all 26 games in which he has played and is batting a team-leading .392. Young also leads the team with six home runs, 30 runs and 40 hits, and is second in runs batted in with 27.

Sophomore catcher Errol Hollinger (La Verne Damien HS), the team's usual starter, is batting .277 with three home runs and 16 RBIs. Junior first baseman Aaron Grijalva (Redlands East Valley HS) is fifth on the team with 17 RBIs and has a .277 average.

On the mound, sophomore Tyler Light (Redlands Arrowhead Christian HS) is 4-1 with a 4.02 ERA in 10 appearances, including seven starts. Light has thrown 47 innings and struck out 32. Freshman pitcher Grady Inhat (Simi Valley Royal HS) has made six appearances and has seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.




Another school with five locals on its baseball roster is Oral Roberts (16-14) in Tulsa, Okla.