Feb. 18, 2010
|2010 SEASON OPENS THIS WEEKEND|
|The 2010 baseball season opens this week, and the new year promises to be another strong campaign for the West Coast Conference. A pair of WCC teams are ranked heading into the season, with San Diego being ranked as high as No. 19 in the Baseball America preseason poll and Pepperdine ranked No. 34 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll. Gonzaga has also received some preseason recognition as it is receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches poll.|
Heading into the season, San Diego was picked as the preseason favorite by the head coaches in the league, followed by Pepperdine. In all, 10 players from last year's All-WCC first team will be returning, including the 2009 WCC Player of the Year, James Meador (USD) and Troy Channing (SMC), who won the Triple Crown.
All eight league teams will begin the season this Friday with eight games coming against teams that participated at last year's NCAA Tournament as Gonzaga will play a couple games against Missouri at the Cactus Classic, San Diego takes on Indiana and Oklahoma, LMU faces UC Irvine, and Pepperdine plays Cal State Fullerton.
Several players come into the season already having earned preseason recognition. Cody Martin (GON) and Zach Varce (POR) have been named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List, Channing has been named a Louisville Slugger preseason second team All-American, and Kyle Blair (USD) was named a third team All-American by Baseball America.
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|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC Teams Garner Preseason Rankings
WCC's Preseason All-Americans
Two Players Named To Stopper Of The Year Watch List
This marks Martin's second time being nominated to the list as he also made the midseason watch list as well. Last year, Martin posted a 3.07 ERA while going 5-4 with six saves and 68 strikeouts in 58.2 innings. In his freshman season, he set the school record for saves in a season with nine.
Last season, Varce led the league with a 2.69 ERA and tied for the league lead with nine saves, which also tied the school record. Posting a 3-5 record, he held opposing batters to an average of .249 and had 62 strikeouts in 60.1 innings.
The Boys of Summer
Alaska Baseball League
Cal Ripken League
New York Collegiate
USF's Nino Giarratano named to USA Baseball Coaching Staff
San Diego Picked To Finish First In 2010 WCC Preseason Poll
WCC Baseball Preseason Poll
The 2009 WCC Baseball Season at a Glance
|WCC TEAM NOTES|