Feb. 19, 2009
|THE 2009 SEASON GETS UNDERWAY THIS WEEKEND|
|The 2009 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. 11 in the preseason polls. Pepperdine has been ranked as high as No. 8, while eight conference players were named to the Wallace Award watch list for the upcoming season. In all, 18 first team All-WCC selections from 2008 return to conference diamonds this spring.|
With the NCAA baseball uniform start date implemented last year, all eight league teams will begin the new season with games this weekend. Gonzaga travels to Phoenix, AZ for the Grand Canyon Tournament, while LMU begins the new year hosting Utah. Pepperdine hosts Cal State Northridge, and Portland hosts Utah Valley for three games. Saint Mary's takes on Oregon at home, while San Diego will participate in the MLB Urban Youth Tournament. San Francisco opens the new campaign with a four game series at UT-San Antonio, and Santa Clara will play in the NC State Tournament.
The West Coast Conference is coming off of another stellar campaign, as multiple teams (Pepperdine and San Diego) earned postseason bids for the third straight season in 2008, marking just the eighth time in league history that multiple teams have earned selection. San Diego lost to eventual College World Series Champion Fresno State in the championship game of its regional, while Pepperdine lost in its regional final to host Stanford.
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|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC Players of the Week
Each week, the West Coast Conference will select a Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week based on the previous week's performances. WCC baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week selections will begin on Monday, February 23.
WCC Teams Garner Preseason Rankings
WCC's Preseason All-Americans
Four WCC Hurlers Named To Stopper Of The Year Watch List
WCC Standouts Named To Wallace Award Watch List
San Diego led the way with junior All-American closer AJ Griffin along with sophomore right-hander Kyle Blair and sophomore lefty Sammy Solis. Also on the list from the WCC were senior Ryan Wheeler of Loyola Marymount, sophomore Riley Henricks of Portland, sophomore Thain Simon of Santa Clara, junior Kyle Jensen of Saint Mary's, and sophomore Matt Lujan of San Francisco.
Player, School 2008 Key StatsKyle Blair, USD 3.86 ERA, 99 SOA.J. Griffin, USD 2.15 ERA, 14 SVRiley Henricks, POR .301, 69 hits, 8 HRKyle Jensen, SMC .421, 82 hits, 13 HRMatt Lujan, USF 3.19 ERA, 7 winsThain Simon, SCU 2.59 ERA, 9 winsSammy Solis, USD 3.83 ERA, 42 SORyan Wheeler, LMU .345, 70 hits, 20 2B
LMU Names Jason Gill Head Coach
San Diego and Pepperdine Picked To Finish First In 2009 WCC Preseason Poll
WCC Baseball Preseason Poll
|WCC TEAM NOTES|