April 3, 2007
WCC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH SELECTED
Baseball Player - Adrian Ortiz, Pepperdine University
Ortiz led Pepperdine to an 11-5 mark and helped lift the Waves to a No. 8 national ranking during the month of March. The leadoff hitter set the table for one of the most potent offenses in the WCC, batting a conference-high .447 (34-for-76) and pacing the circuit with 34 hits. Ortiz ranked fourth in the league with 16 runs scored, and ranked in the conference's top-10 in on-base percentage (.456-8th) and total bases (41-3rd). The junior also posted a .539 slugging percentage with six steals, and drove in 11 runs in 16 games. He ended March by hitting safely in five straight games, and capped the month by hitting a game-winning two-run home run in the seventh inning of Pepperdine's 3-1 win over Saint Mary's on March 31.
Baseball Pitcher - Josh Romanski, University of San Diego
Romanski was nearly flawless on the mound during the month of March, posting a 3-0 record in four mound appearances as San Diego went 11-5. The sophomore tallied 22 strikeouts in 30.2 innings pitched, posted the third lowest ERA in the conference (1.17), and limited opposing lineups to a .137 batting average, the second lowest clip in the WCC. The southpaw was brilliant in a 2-0 shutout over UC Irvine on March 6, tossing eight innings and surrendering just two hits with seven strikeouts in the victory. Romanski followed that performance with another gem as he surrendered just three hits in eight innings, while striking out six in USD's 5-1 win over then-No. 12 ranked Cal State Fullerton on March 14. Following a five-hit, seven-inning effort against UNLV on March 24, Romanski dealt 7.2 innings and surrendered just four hits in a no-decision at Gonzaga on March 31.
Men's Tennis Singles - Thomas Liversage, University of San Diego
Liversage, San Diego's No. 1 singles player, entered the month of March unranked. The sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa reeled off eight straight wins to finish the month with a perfect 8-0 record and jumped to No. 47 in the national rankings. Three of Liversage's eight wins came against opponents ranked in the top 55. He tallied five wins in straight sets, helping USD to a 6-2 record during the month.
Women's Tennis Singles - Pavla Mesterova, Loyola Marymount University
Mesterova, playing solely at the No. 1 singles spot for the Lions, went 10-1 in March, winning her last six matches to close the month. She only lost three sets the entire month and got back into the national rankings, peaking at No. 56. Three of her wins came against conference opponents and five more against teams that were ranked in the top-75 nationally. Her only loss came to the 13th ranked player in the country from second-ranked Cal.
Men's Tennis Doubles - Bassam Beidas & James Lemke, Pepperdine University
The duo of Bassam Beidas and James Lemke posted a perfect 7-0 record during the month of March. Beidas and Lemke helped the Waves post four wins over teams ranked in the top 60 en route to a 7-0 record in the month. The freshman tandem's month was highlighted by a win over the No. 68 ranked doubles team of Luis Diaz Barriga and Bernhard Deussner of No. 12 Texas.
Women's Tennis Doubles - Femke Strijbis & Nienke Strijbis, Saint Mary's College
Twin sisters Femke Strijbis and Nienke Strijbis finished the month with a 6-1 doubles record, playing solely at the No. 2 doubles spot for the Gaels. In the six matches that Femke and Nienke won, they did not give up more than three games. Their one loss came to No.40 ranked Penn in a close 8-6 match. They posted a 5-0 record against WCC opponents during the month.
Men's Golf - Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount University
Locke won his fifth career tournament during the month of March as he shot a seven-under 209 at the Cuesta Title/Cal Poly Intercollegiate. He led the field of 98 players with a pair of eagles and in the month he finished with five eagles in three tournaments, knocking in a pair at the USF Triumph and one at the USC Collegiate Invitational. He finished 2nd out 84 golfers at the USC Invitational, defeating 16 players ranked in the top-50 nationally in the process. He also finished 13th of 80 at the USF Triumph. He posted a 70.6 stroke average for the month, the lowest average in the WCC.
Women's Golf - Misun Cho, Pepperdine University
Freshman Misun Cho tied for seventh at the UCF Challenge in Orlando, Florida and tied for 25th at the PING/ASU Invitational. She posted a 73.83 stroke average in six rounds. Cho shot rounds of 72-73-76 to total a 5-over par score of 221 to place seventh in a 13-team field that included 11 in the Golfweek Top 30. Cho's tie for 25th at the PING/ASU Invitational came in a 17-team field that included 10 Top 30 teams, including seven in the Top 10.