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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 2/13

Feb. 13, 2007

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WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week
Justin Snyder, San Diego

Justin Snyder enjoyed an impressive weekend against USC for the Toreros. Snyder went 9-for-14 (.643) in the three-game series, and added an RBI and two runs scored. In Saturday's 12-6 win, Snyder went 5-for-6, falling just one hit short of the San Diego single-game record. In Sunday's 10-inning, 4-3 loss to the Trojans, the junior infielder was solid once again with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate with one run scored. Snyder enters the week batting a team-high .425 (17-for-40) on the season.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Clayton Mortensen, Gonzaga

Clayton Mortensen lifted Gonzaga to its first win of the season on Sunday, as the senior earned the decision in a 3-2 win over UC Riverside. Mortensen tossed a complete game, allowing just one earned run on six hits and three walks, while striking out a career-high 11 Highlander batters. Mortensen held UC Riverside hitless through five innings, and scoreless through seven frames during the outing, and became the first Bulldog since 2003 to fan 10 or more batters in a single game.

Upcoming Games

Feb. 13
USC at Pepperdine - 1:30 PM
San Francisco at California - 1:30 PM
Saint Mary's at UC Davis - 2:00 PM
LMU at San Diego State - 6:00 PM

Feb. 15
BYU at Portland - 2:00 PM
Virginia Commonwealth at San Diego - 2:00 PM

Feb. 16
BYU at Portland - 11:00 AM
Gonzaga vs. Oregon State^ - 2:00 PM
Wichita State at Pepperdine - 2:00 PM
BYU at Portland - 2:00 PM
Utah Valley State at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
Virginia Commonwealth at San Diego - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at UC Riverside - 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at UC Davis - 2:00 PM
LMU at Fresno State - 6:05 PM

Feb. 17
Gonzaga vs. Missouri^ - 10:00 AM
Wichita State at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
BYU at Portland - 1:00 PM
Utah Valley State at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
Virginia Commonwealth at San Diego - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at UC Riverside - 1:00 PM
UC Davis at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
LMU at Fresno State - 1:05 PM

Feb. 18
Wichita State at Pepperdine - 11:00 AM
Gonzaga vs. Arizona State^ - 1:00 PM
Utah Valley State at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
Virginia Commonwealth at San Diego - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at UC Riverside - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at UC Davis - 1:00 PM
LMU at Fresno State - 1:05 PM

Feb. 19
Utah at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
Concordia at Portland - 2:00 PM

^ Spring Training Classic (Surprise, AZ)

Around The WCC

Tough Slate Ahead
Another challenging week of non-conference play awaits WCC squads, as all eight teams will be in action and three squads will face off against opponents currently ranked in the national polls. Gonzaga heads to the Spring Training Classic in Surprise, AZ where they will meet No. 9 Oregon State and No. 11 Arizona State in addition to 2006 Super Regional participant Missouri. Pepperdine opens a difficult portion of its non-conference slate this week, as the Waves will host No. 21 USC on Tuesday and No. 11 ranked Wichita State for a three-game set this weekend. San Francisco rounds out the league teams playing ranked opposition, as the Dons travel to No. 29 UC Riverside for three games this week.

All Tied Up
Both Pepperdine and LMU battled Big West Conference opponents to ties last week, as the Waves tied Long Beach State, 7-7, and the Lions tied UC Irvine, 15-15. Tuesday's clash between Pepperdine and the Dirtbags was called in the middle of the ninth inning due to darkness, while LMU's contest with the Anteaters on Sunday was also halted due to darkness with the Lions batting in the ninth inning. While LMU's draw with UC Irvine will remain a tie on the books for both teams, Pepperdine will finish its game with Long Beach State when the two squads meet on April 10th.

San Diego's Brian Matusz Garners National Honor
Torero left-hander Brian Matusz was tabbed for national Pitcher of the Week honors by Collegiate Baseball following his dominating performance against USC last Friday. The sophomore struck out 13 batters in just six innings of work, but did not figure into the decision in a 6-2 loss to the Trojans. It was Matusz' second 13-strikeout performance so far this year, which is the second highest single-game total in USD program history.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga dropped the first two games of its series at UC Riverside before salvaging game three with a 3-2 win on Sunday.

- Clayton Mortensen tossed a complete game and struck out a career-high 11 batters to earn the decision in Sunday's win. It marked the first time since the 2003 season that a Gonzaga pitcher has struck out more than 10 batters in a single game.

- Ryan Wiegand collected six hits on the weekend, going 6-for-13 with six RBI, and brings a five-game hitting streak into the week.

- Aaron McGuinness continued his hot start, and enters the week batting .500 (10-for-20).

- GU will face three teams that saw postseason action in 2006 at the Spring Training Classic in Arizona, facing No. 10 Oregon State (2/16), Missouri (2/17), and No. 11 Arizona State (2/18).

LMU Lions (3-3-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions endured a tough week, falling to USC on Tuesday and dropping the first two games of their series with UC Irvine, before battling the Anteaters to a 15-15 tie on Sunday.

- Sean Dovel has emerged as the Lions' most reliable run producer, as the junior went 4-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored, and two RBI in Sunday's tie. Dovel is currently batting .444 (12-for-29) with two dingers and seven RBI on the season.

- Brad Meyers ended up on the short end of a 2-0 verdict in Friday's contest, being tagged with the loss despite surrendering just one earned run in seven innings of work and matching a career-high with seven strikeouts.

- LMU enters another busy week, traveling to San Diego State (2/13) before heading to Fresno State for a three-game set.

Pepperdine Waves (4-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine improved to 4-2 on the season following a dominating three-game sweep of UC Davis in Malibu over the weekend.

- The Waves played Long Beach State to a 7-7 tie last Tuesday in a game that was suspended due to darkness. The contest will be finished when the two teams meet on April 10.

- Barry Enright moved into a tie for ninth on the Pepperdine career wins chart, notching his 25th career victory in Friday's 6-2 win over the Aggies. The junior also jumped into a tie for 10th place on the Pepperdine list with his 40th career appearance.

- Freshman Mark Tracy, brother of former WCC Player of the Year Chad Tracy, clubbed his first career home run in Sunday's 11-3 win.

- The Waves host USC (2/13) and welcome No. 11 Wichita State to Malibu this weekend.

Portland Pilots (0-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- After rain outs on Friday and Saturday, the Pilots dropped both ends of a double-header at California over the weekend.

- Corey Wiltshire sparked the Pilot offense in a 4-3 loss in the nightcap, going 3-for-4 with a double. The junior added an RBI and a run scored in the defeat.

- Given Kutz made his return to the mound on Sunday after redshirting last season due to injury, and struck out five batters in six innings of work. It marked the 40th career mound appearance and the 25th career start for the junior, who needs just six more starts to crack the UP career top-10 list.

- The Pilots will return to Portland for their home opener this weekend, as UP welcomes BYU to Joe Etzel Field for a weekend series before hosting Concordia (2/19).

Saint Mary's Gaels (3-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's was swept by LSU in Baton Rouge over the weekend, dropping a pair of one-run games on the road trip.

- The freshman trio of Anthony Alliotti, Kyle Jensen, and Randy Wells have paced the Saint Mary's offense in the early going, as the three players have combined to drive in 27 of SMC's 47 RBI so far this season. All three players enter the week batting .375 or better, and the newcomers have collected nearly half of SMC's base hits this season (43-of-92).

- Five different pitchers have made starts in Saint Mary's first 10 games so far this season. Four of those starters are newcomers, including three freshmen (Alliotti, Scott Schneider, and Brandon Berl) and one transfer (Sean Gleason).

- The Gaels head to UC Davis (2/13) before hosting Utah Valley State for a three-game set this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (6-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego split its first two games with USC before being edged in Sunday's rubber match in extra innings, 4-3.

- Brian Matusz continued to blow through opposing lineups, striking out 13 batters in just six innings of work in Friday's loss to the Trojans. The sophomore is averaging nearly two strikeouts per inning pitched, having struck out 34 batters in just 17.2 innings of work.

- The Toreros pounded out a season-high 20 hits in Saturday's 12-6 win over the Trojans. Every USD starter collected a hit in the win, led by Justin Snyder's 5-for-6 performance.

- AJ Griffin earned his second victory of the season after tossing five innings in relief during Saturday's win. The freshman has made a team-high six appearances so far this year.

- USD welcomes VCU to Cunningham Stadium for four games this week.

San Francisco Dons (3-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco fell to San Jose State on Tuesday but rebounded to knock off Sacramento State on Sunday, 8-4, after two days of rain outs in Sacramento.

- Brian Chavez provided the offensive production in Sunday's win, as the junior went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI in the victory. Chavez currently ranks second on the team with a .385 (5-for-13) batting average.

- Luke Sommer clubbed his first home run of the season to cap off a 2-for-4 performance in Tuesday's loss to the Spartans.

- Jason Dufloth improved to 2-0 after being credited with the win on Sunday.

- The Dons head to Cal (2/13) before traveling to UC Riverside for a weekend series.

Santa Clara Broncos (5-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara notched a 7-6 win over UC Davis on Tuesday, but was swept on the road at San Diego State over the weekend to fall to 5-5 on the season.

- Jon Karcich enjoyed an outstanding day in SCU's win on Tuesday, as the freshman clubbed the first home run of his career and added two runs and three RBI in the win over the Aggies.

- Jeff Lombard continued to be near perfect out of the bullpen, finishing off a scoreless ninth inning to earn the win on Tuesday and adding 1.2 innings of scoreless relief in Sunday's loss to the Aztecs. The junior transfer from Columbia Basin College is 2-0 with a pair of saves and has yet to surrender a run in five appearances so far this season.

- The Broncos will meet UC Davis three times this weekend, with Saturday's contest taking place at Schott Stadium.