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Bulldogs and Gaels Set for NCAA Regionals

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WCC NCAA REGIONAL QUICK HITS

  • The WCC will send multiple teams to NCAA Regionals for the third time in five seasons. Gonzaga makes its second appearance as a WCC member (ninth overall) while WCC Tournament champion Saint Mary’s makes its first-ever postseason.
  • Pepperdine’s A.J. Puckett, a 2016 Golden Spikes semifinalist, ranks fourth among national leaders in ERA at 1.27.
  • Three WCC pitchers rank in the top-20 nationally in strikeouts: Gonzaga’s Brandon Bailey (8th/210), Santa Clara’s Mitchell White (9th/118) and Saint Mary’s Corbin Burnes (17th/112).
  • Two Gonzaga student-athletes rank in the top-10 nationally in doubles: Taylor Jones (6th/24) and Jeffrey Bohling (10th/23).
  • Saint Mary’s Anthony Villa ranks 25th among active NCAA Division I players in career hits with 244, and is ninth in doubles with 58.
  • Saint Mary’s Anthony Gonsolin ranks second among active NCAA Division I players in career triples with 19.
  • BYU ranked among the top-20 nationally in multiple offensive categories, including batting average (2nd/.325), hits (15th/634), on-base percentage (13th/.404), slugging percentage (14th/.480), runs (17th/435), sacrifice flies (2nd/37) and runs per game (7th/8.1).
  • Two WCC student-athletes ranked in the top-25 among active career leaders in strikeouts: Gonzaga’s Brandon Bailey (10th/273) and Saint Mary’s Corbin Burnes (19th/241).
  • Five WCC student-athletes earned a spot on the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team: Gonzaga’s Brandon Bailey (Sport Management) and Taylor Jones (Communication Studies), Pepperdine’s Aaron Barnett (Economics) and Matt Crowder (Economics), and San Francisco’s Blake Valley (Finance). 

The WCC ON NATIONAL AWARD WATCH LISTS

  • WCC Pitcher of the Year A.J. Puckett of Pepperdine is a semifinalist for the 2016 Golden Spikes Award, presented to the top player in amateur baseball. Current Major Leaguer Kris Bryant (San Diego) won the award in 2013 - the first for a WCC student-athlete.
  • WCC Pitcher of the Year, Pepperdine’s A.J. Puckett and BYU’s Mike Rucker are among 18 semifinalists for National Pitcher of the Year honors.
  • Loyola Marymount sophomore Sean Watkins and Saint Mary’s senior Anthony Gonsolin made the initial watch list for the John Olerud Award presented to the nation's top two-way player. Current Major Leaguer Marco Gonzales (Gonzaga) won the award in 2013.

2016 WCC TOURNAMENT NOTABLES

  • Upstart No. 1 Saint Mary’s (3-0) went unbeaten in its first-ever West Coast Conference Tournament appearance. The Gaels dispatched No. 3 Gonzaga (2-2) 13-4 in the title game to advance to the first NCAA Regional berth in program history.
  • No. 3 Gonzaga made its first appearance in the title game of the WCC Tournament in the club’s third trip to Stockton.
  • The Gaels vs. Bulldogs meeting snapped a string of consecutive title game appearances by long time SoCal rivals Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. The Waves won back-to-back championships (2014-15).
  • The Gaels and Bulldogs squared off in the finals of a WCC Tournament event for the second time in 2015-16. The two institutions competed for the 2016 WCC men’s basketball championship in Las Vegas with the Bulldogs prevailing. Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s shared the regular season championship.
  • BYU, Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s shared the regular season WCC championship with each team posting identical 18-9 league records.
  • No fewer than 14 student-athletes homered in the six games. Tyler Frost of Gonzaga and Nate Nolan of Saint Mary’s each hit two.
  • Three starting pitchers matched or eclipsed the previous championship single-game strikeout record (10). Brandon Bailey of Gonzaga set the all-time mark with 17 against BYU, while Ryan Wilson of Pepperdine (11) and Cameron Neff of Saint Mary’s (10) each registered double-digit Ks.

2016 WCC Tournament Record Updates

Under current WCC Championship format…

  • The 34 runs for Saint Mary’s is a WCC Championship record, regardless of format (previous San Diego in 2007). The Gaels averaged a league championship record 11.3 runs per game in three games, while the Toreros averaged 10.0 in the three-game championship series.
  • Saint Mary’s also set the WCC Championship record for walks (all formats) with 17, eclipsing the 15 collected by Pepperdine in 2002.
  • The 36 strikeouts (9K per game) for Gonzaga pitching is a new tournament championship record, while Saint Mary’s owns the tournament record for strikeouts per game at 10.7 (32 total).

 2016 NCAA REGIONAL SCHEDULE

Friday, June 3
Raleigh Regional (NC State)
No. 3 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 2 Coastal Carolina - ESPN3 - 11:00 a.m.
Fort Worth Regional (TCU)
No. 3 Gonzaga vs. No. 2 Arizona State - ESPN3 - 12:00 p.m. 

Saturday, June 4
TBA                                              

Sunday, June 5
TBA 

Monday, June 6 (if necessary)
8:00 p.m.

All times Pacific