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WCC Announces March Players of the Month

April 5, 2010

Men's Tennis Singles
Sebastian Fanselow, PEP
Freshman Sebastian Fanselow went 6-2 at the #2 position for the Waves in March, which included a 4-2 record against ranked opponents. He defeated the #12-ranked player from Texas, #30-ranked player from Texas A&M, #70-ranked player from Duke and #121-ranked player from Minnesota. His two losses came against players ranked #28 (Baylor) and #36 (Illinois). Fanselow has improved to #58 in the latest ITA singles rankings.

Men's Tennis Doubles
Bassam Beidas & Alex Llompart, PEP
Pepperdine's #1 doubles team went 4-3 in March, including a 3-2 record against ranked opponents. They beat the #4-ranked team from Texas, the #17-ranked team from Baylor and the #68-ranked team from Illinois. Two of their losses were to teams ranked #9 from Texas A&M and #37 from Minnesota. The duo has risen to #22 in the latest ITA doubles rankings.

Women's Tennis Singles
Marite Raygada, USD
Sophomore Marite Raygada won her match this past Saturday, March 27th against University of Nevada Reno's Sophie Stevens, 6-4, 6-3, at the No. 6 position. She is now 8-0 in the month of March, and 13-4 in dual match play overall.

Women's Tennis Doubles
Anamika Bhargava & Marie Zalameda, PEP
Pepperdine's #1 doubles team had a 3-4 record in March against strong competition. They defeated the #32-ranked team from Michigan, as well as opponents from Florida State (the doubles team was not ranked, but the Seminoles were #15 as a team) and Fresno State. Three of their losses came against top-10 ranked doubles teams: Stanford (#2), UCLA (#4) and California (#6).

Baseball Pitcher
Matt Hauser, USD
This month, senior Matt Hauser made nine appearances, picked up five saves and is bolstering a 1.17 ERA and has a 1-0 record for March. For the month he allowed four runs to cross the plate, two earned, and only issued two walks, while striking out 10 in 15.1 innings of work.

Hauser took home one WCC Pitcher of the week award after getting a save and win against No. 14 Rice. Hauser turned in some memorable performances this month as he picked up both a win and a save against No. 14 Rice as he allowed no runs on one hit in 3.1 innings of work. In Friday's win over Rice, Hauser picked up his third save of the season. Then on Saturday, Hauser picked up his first win of the season, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 2.0 innings of work. Then he picked up a pair of saves against No. 10 Coastal Carolina.

In Saturday's win, Hauser was inserted in the seventh inning after CCU cut the Toreros lead in half and were down two runs with one runner on base and two outs. In Sunday's win, Hauser was inserted with one out and the tying run 90 feet away, and a runner at first. He threw one pitch and got the batter to ground into a double play to end the game and give USD the victory.

Baseball Co-Players
Tommy Medica, SCU
Santa Clara's redshirt junior Tommy Medica - a preseason All-American and former USA National Team player - had a terrific month of March, hitting .403 (31-for-77) reaching safely in all 17 games and riding a 16-game hitting streak heading into the Broncos' WCC-opening series with Portland April 1-3. He finished the month with 12 extra-base hits, including five homers and six doubles.

Medica helped SCU to 10 wins in March, hitting third in a lineup that enters conference play with the WCC's best offensive numbers. Medica is the WCC-leader with 30 RBI this season - 19 coming in March. He scored 23 runs during the month, slugged .701 and totaled 54 bases. He concluded the month hitting three homers in two games and driving-in runs in seven straight. Medica doubled in three consecutive games March 23-26, had four hits at Fresno State March 9 and homered twice March 28 vs. Princeton.

Mark Castellitto, GON
In 18 games, senior Mark Castellitto posted a .406 batting average (28-for-69) with seven doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 21 runs scored and 24 RBI. He also slugged .884 and had an on-base percentage of .506, led the team with six multi-RBI games and had seven multi-hit games including two four-hit games and one five-hit game.

Castellitto hit three homers and drove in seven runs in 23-12 win over Utah Valley University and also helped team post wins over Texas Tech, Bradley, BYU and series wins over Centenary and Utah Valley during the month. Castellitto closed out the month earning WCC Player of the Week accolades with a .588 average with four homers and 13 RBI in four games last week. He boosted his batting average over 150 points during the month and hit all eight of his homeruns during the month of March.

Men's Golf
Josh Anderson, PEP
Sophomore Josh Anderson was the co-medalist at the General Hackler Championship in Murrells Inlet, S.C. He shot a 1-under 215 and defeated 12 top-100-ranked players. During the month of March, he also tied for 21st place at the Fresno Lexus Classic and tied for 33rd place at the USC Collegiate Invitational. Over nine rounds, his combined total was just 7-over and he averaged 72.11 strokes per round. In addition, in a one-round match-play dual against St. Edward's, he defeated his opponent 4 and 3.

Women's Golf
Danielle Kang, PEP
Freshman Danielle Kang made the most of Pepperdine's only March tournament, as she won the Bruin Wave Invitational in Santa Clarita, Calif., by three strokes with an 8-under 208. Kang graduated early from high school to enroll in January and this was only her second collegiate event. She began the tournament with a 5-under 67 and followed with a 72 and 69. She defeated 25 ranked players, including four that were in the top 10 nationally.