SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has named its Rawlings Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for April 11, 2016.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – MANNY JEFFERSON, JR., IF – PEPPERDINE
Junior infielder Manny Jefferson led the Waves with six hits last week, four of which left the yard to give him a WCC best nine home runs on the year. Jefferson started the week off with some near game-saving heroics, forcing extra innings at USC with a two-out home run in the top of the ninth inning. He went 3-for-5 against the Trojans, driving in two runs and scoring one.
After driving in a run in the Waves opener at Santa Clara, Jefferson had a monster game to close the series, hitting two homers and driving in five runs. Jefferson went 2-for-4 in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader, hitting a two-run homer in the second inning after the Waves fell behind 6-0 early. He then drove in the game winning runs with a three-run shot in the seventh inning to put Pepperdine ahead 9-7.
Overall the Waves’ shortstop drove in eight runs on the week with a slugging percentage of 1.059.
Also Nominated: Jeff Bohling, Gonzaga; Gio Brusa, Pacific; Zach Kirtley, Saint Mary’s; Brennon Lund, BYU; Austin Miller, Loyola Marymount; Allen Smoot, San Francisco
WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PITCHER OF THE WEEK – ELI MORGAN, SO., RHP – GONZAGA
Sophomore righthander Eli Morgan pitched his first career complete game shutout April 9 against Portland, scattering four hits while striking out a career-high 11. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and struck out the side in the sixth inning while adding two in both the second and fourth. Morgan led the Zags to a 3-0 win over Portland, the closest game of a three-game Gonzaga sweep of the Pilots in Spokane. The game was Morgan’s fifth quality start in a row, and he picked up his fifth win of the year with the stellar outing.
Also Nominated: A.J. Puckett, Pepperdine; Jake Jenkins, Pacific; Blake Redman, Loyola Marymount
2016 WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
April 11: Manny Jefferson, Pepperdine
April 4: Colton Shaver, BYU
March 28: Ryan Kirby, San Diego
March 21: Anthony Gonsolin, Saint Mary's
March 14: Taylor Jones, Gonzaga
March 7: Caleb Whalen, Portland
February 29: Riley Adams, San Diego
February 22: Brennon Lund, BYU
2016 WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PITCHER OF THE WEEK
April 11: Eli Morgan, Gonzaga
April 4: Johnny York, Saint Mary's
March 28: Gary Cornish, San Diego
March 21: Corbin Burnes, Saint Mary's
March 14: Mike Rucker, BYU
March 7: Brandon Bailey, Gonzaga
February 29: Michael Rucker, BYU
February 22: Steven Wilson, Santa Clara