May 4, 2007
WCC Baseball and Tennis
Baseball Player - Justin Snyder, University of San Diego
Justin Snyder had a monster month for San Diego, as the Toreros ascended to a No. 9 national ranking behind the junior's team-high .459 batting average. The second baseman pounded out 28 hits in 15 games to lead USD, clubbing seven doubles and a home run to go along with 14 RBI on the month. In a three-game sweep of Saint Mary's in early April, the El Cajon, CA native batted a phenomenal .692 (9-for-13) with four doubles as the Toreros began a 12-game winning streak in WCC contests. Snyder went a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles in the second game of the series with the Gaels, leading USD to a 2-0 victory on April 6. The infielder remained hot at the plate in a sweep of Portland the following weekend, batting .583 (7-for-12) with a pair of doubles and four RBI in the three-game set.
Baseball Pitcher - Josh Romanski, University of San Diego
Josh Romanski earned his second straight WCC Pitcher of the Month honor after posting outstanding numbers during April and leading the Toreros to first place in the conference standings. The sophomore posted a perfect 4-0 mark, tossing three complete games and two shutouts, while posting a sparkling 0.26 ERA. The Corona, CA native struck out 26 batters in 35 innings of work, and surrendered just 15 hits and one earned run in his four starts. The southpaw struck out a career-high nine batters in a complete-game effort at Saint Mary's on April 6, allowing just two hits and retiring 14 straight hitters at one point during the victory. After tossing another complete-game in a win at LMU on April 21, Romanski registered a nine-inning effort with seven strikeouts as the Toreros knocked off then-No. 12 ranked Pepperdine on April 29, 5-0. Romanski was tabbed for both WCC Player and Pitcher of the week honors during the month.
Women's Tennis Singles - Pavla Mesterova, Loyola Marymount
Junior Pavla Mesterova posted a 5-1 record in the month of April, helping LMU to tie for third place at the WCC Championships. Playing at No. 1 singles, Mesterova topped Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine and WCC opponents Portland and Santa Clara. The Prague native's only loss in the month came against then-No. 3 ranked Melanie Gloria of Fresno State. To cap the month of April, Mesterova became the first LMU player to ever earn the WCC women's tennis Player of the Year award.
Men's Tennis Singles - Bassam Beidas, Pepperdine
Freshman Bassam Beidas posted an 8-0 record while playing at No. 2 singles in the month of April, helping Pepperdine to 8-1 record and its 38th WCC Championship. The Cairo, Egypt native went 2-0 against ranked opponents, defeating No. 14 Michal Kokta of Baylor and No. 75 Richard Wire of Stanford during April. Beidas also recorded a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over San Diego's Chris Coetzee to clinch the WCC title for the Waves. The win earned Pepperdine the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Beidas capped the successful month ranked No. 54 by the ITA and earned the WCC Freshman of the Year award.
Women's Tennis Doubles - Erika Barnes and Casey Knutson, Santa Clara
Seniors Casey Knutson and Erika Barnes closed out their Bronco careers with a 6-1 record in the month of April, and helped SCU tie for fifth place at the WCC Championships. Playing at No. 1 doubles, the pair recorded wins over No. 41 Washington State, No. 12 Fresno State and WCC opponents San Francisco and Portland. Fresno State's Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova entered the match ranked No. 39 by the ITA, but Knutson and Barnes pulled out a 9-7 victory. The six wins in April gave Barnes and Knutson 16 wins this season, tying for the school record.
Men's Tennis Doubles - Bassam Beidas and James Lemke, Pepperdine
The freshmen tandem of Bassam Beidas and James Lemke went undefeated in the month of April, compiling an 8-0 record to finish the regular season. The duo won by four points or more in four of their eight wins, which included victories over No. 4 Baylor and two wins over San Diego. The duo closed out the month by helping the Waves to their 38th WCC tennis title, earning All-WCC second team honors along the way.