{{ article.title }}

WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 1/30

Jan. 30, 2007

Complete Release in PDF Format
Download Free Acrobat Reader

Upcoming Games

Jan. 30
Patten College at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM

Feb. 2
San Diego at Texas - 12:30 PM
Sacramento State at LMU - 2:00 PM
Pepperdine at UNLV - 2:00 PM
San Jose State at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
Gonzaga at Arizona - 3:00 PM
Utah at Santa Clara - 6:00 PM
San Francisco at Fresno State - 6:35 PM

Feb. 3
San Diego at Texas - 12:00 PM
Gonzaga at Arizona - 1:00 PM
Sacramento State at LMU - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at UNLV - 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at San Jose State - 1:00 PM
Utah at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Fresno State - 1:05 PM

Feb. 4
Gonzaga at Arizona - 11:00 AM
San Diego at Texas - 11:00 AM
Sacramento State at LMU - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at UNLV - 1:00 PM
San Jose State at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
Utah at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Fresno State - 1:05 PM

Around The WCC

Busy Weekend Of WCC Baseball Awaits
Seven WCC baseball squads will be in action this week with San Diego facing perhaps the tallest task, traveling to No. 4 ranked Texas for a three-game series. The Toreros swept the then-No. 1 ranked Longhorns in San Diego to open the 2006 season. Gonzaga will also face a ranked opponent on the road in No. 27 Arizona, while LMU hosts Sacramento State this weekend. Pepperdine heads to UNLV for a three-game set, and Saint Mary's meets local rival San Jose State. San Francisco heads to Fresno State and Santa Clara hosts Utah this week.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (0-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Zags finished the 2006 season with a 29-24 overall mark, and a 9-12 record in WCC play.

- Gonzaga will open a new stadium on campus this season, as the Bulldogs will begin play at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field against Rider on March 15.

- Second team All-WCC selections Darin Holcomb and Ryan Wiegand return to Spokane after combining to drive in 102 runs last season.

- The Zags set a program record and tied the WCC mark with a .976 team fielding percentage last season. Gonzaga players committed just 17 errors in conference play, setting another league record.

- Gonzaga opens the season with three games at No. 27 ranked Arizona this weekend.

LMU Lions (0-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- LMU closed out the 2006 season with an 11-10 mark in WCC play and a 24-32 overall record.

- The Lions welcome back their entire weekend rotation from last season, headlined by junior Brad Meyers. Meyers went 8-4 as a sophomore, and ranked sixth in the WCC with a 3.23 ERA.

- Andy Beal and Daniel Macias round out the returning starting pitchers on the Lions' staff. The duo combined to post 10 victories for LMU last season.

- Sean Dovel ranked second in the conference with 22 doubles last season, the eighth-highest single-season doubles total in LMU history.

- The Lions host Sacramento State for a three-game set this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (0-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine earned its third straight WCC Championship Series title last season, and hosted an NCAA Regional in Malibu for the first time in program history.

- The Waves' returning group features three preseason All-Americans in Barry Enright, Brett Hunter, and Danny Worth. Enright was named WCC Co-Pitcher of the Year last season, and enters the new year with a 13-0 all-time mark against conference opponents.

- Jason Dominguez looks to step into a full-time role in the starting rotation this season after posting a 6-1 record with a 3.52 ERA in 24 appearances and four starts last year.

- Adrian Ortiz is the top returning hitter in the WCC after batting .340 a year ago.

- The Waves travel to UNLV for three games this weekend to kick off the new campaign.

Portland Pilots (0-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland finished the 2006 season with a 15-37 overall record and a 3-18 mark against conference opponents.

- Given Kutz returns to the Pilot rotation after missing last season due to injury. In 2005, the junior led Portland in ERA (5.23), wins (6), complete games (4), strikeouts (50), and set a UP program record with 113.1 innings pitched.

- The Pilots led the WCC with 49 home runs as a team in 2006, and Danny Meier returns after hitting nine home runs last season to tie for the team lead.

- UP will play 29 home games in 2007 after playing just 18 at Joe Etzel Field last season.

- The Pilots begin their 2007 slate with a road trip to California on February 9.

Saint Mary's Gaels (1-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels earned a 5-4 win in the season opener against Nevada on Friday, but dropped the final two games of the series at Louis Guisto Field.

- Ian Gordon provided the heroics on Friday, going 2-for-3 and driving in the winning run.

- Three newcomers pitched the Gaels to victory in Friday's opener. Transfer Sean Gleason earned the starting nod before giving way to freshman Scott Schneider, who was credited with the win after tossing three scoreless innings. Freshman Taylor Stanton struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning, setting down the Wolf Pack in order to record his first career save.

- Freshman Anthony Alliotti enjoyed an outstanding debut in a Saint Mary's uniform, going 5-for-9 (.566) with a pair of runs scored in the season-opening series.

- Saint Mary's hosts Patten College (1/30) before meeting San Jose State this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (3-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego began the 2007 season with a bang, sweeping Cal Poly at Cunningham Stadium over the weekend.

- Brian Matusz sparkled in his mound debut on Friday, striking out a career-high 13 batters through six innings of work to earn the victory. Matusz' strikeout total fell just one short of the Torero single-game mark set by former USD standout Mike Saipe (1992-94).

- Logan Gelbrich went 3-for-6 (.500) on the opening weekend with two runs scored and three RBI, including the game-winning RBI with a walk-off single in Saturday's 10-inning win over the Mustangs.

- USD's win on Friday marked the 600th career victory for Head Coach Rich Hill.

- The Toreros head to No. 4 ranked Texas for a three-game set this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (0-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco received its first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2006, posting a historic 5-1 win over No. 6 national seed Nebraska, giving USF a program record 39 wins for 2006 season.

- The Dons led the WCC in steals for the third straight season last year, swiping a league-high 83 bags. Joey Railey is USF's top returning base thief after stealing 14 bases in 18 attempts.

- Aaron Poreda claimed the WCC ERA title with an impressive 2.49 ERA during the 2006 season, becoming the second straight USF hurler to pace the circuit in that category.

- Highly touted transfer Tommy Peale looks to step into USF's weekend rotation after posting a 16-0 mark with a 1.48 ERA at Long Beach City College last year.

- The Dons will travel to Fresno State for a three-game series this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (1-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara dropped the first two games of its series at Hawai'i, but salvaged the finale with a 3-2 win on Sunday.

- Sophomore Evan LeBlanc was outstanding in his first series as a Bronco, as the outfielder went 7-for-10 with three runs scored over the weekend.

- Carl Bacon went 3-for-4 and drove in both the tying and go-ahead runs in Sunday's win over the Warriors.

- Jeff Lombard earned the victory in relief on Sunday, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings and allowing just one base hit.

- The Broncos return the Bay Area for a home-opening series against Utah at Schott Stadium this weekend.