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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes

Feb. 23, 2007

WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week
Danny Worth, Pepperdine

Junior shortstop Danny Worth enjoyed an outstanding week against a pair of ranked opponents in No. 21 USC and No. 11 Wichita State. In four games, Worth batted .563 (9-for-16) with six runs scored, five RBI, two stolen bases, slugged .813 and had a .632 on-base percentage. During the Waves' three-game series against Wichita State, Worth batted .500 (6-for-12) with four runs scored, two doubles and three RBI. The junior infielder hit safely in all four games, posting three multiple-hit and two multiple-RBI games.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Barry Enright, Pepperdine

Junior right-hander Barry Enright continued his early-season dominance of opposing batters against Wichita State. Enright improved his season record to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.83 after out-dueling fellow preseason All-American Aaron Shafer last Friday. The Waves' junior worked 7.1 scoreless innings, scattered seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four. It marked the third straight start that Enright has pitched at least seven innings, and improved his career record to 26-3.

Upcoming Games

Feb. 23
Gonzaga vs. Texas-San Antonio - 9:00 AM^
San Jose State at LMU - 2:00 PM
Fresno State at Pepperdine - 2:00 PM
Wake Forest at San Diego - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at Sacramento State - 2:00 PM#
Cal Poly at Santa Clara - 6:00 PM

Feb. 24
Saint Mary's vs. Oregon State - 10:00 AM#
San Jose State at LMU - 1:00 PM
Fresno State at Pepperdine -1:00 PM
Pacific (Ore.) at Portland - 1:00 PM
Wake Forest at San Diego - 1:00 PM
Cal Poly at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Sacramento State - 2:00 PM#
San Francisco at UC Davis - 2:00 PM#
Gonzaga at Dallas Baptist - 5:00 PM^

Feb. 25
Gonzaga vs. Missouri State - 10:00 AM
San Francisco vs. Saint Mary's - 10:00 AM#
Wake Forest at San Diego - 11:00 AM
San Jose State at LMU - 1:00 PM
Fresno State at Pepperdine -1:00 PM
Cal Poly at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM

^ Dallas Baptist Tournament (Frisco, TX); #River City Classic (Sacramento/Davis, CA)

Around The WCC

WCC Schedules Among Nation's Toughest
West Coast Conference teams will face some of the toughest schedules in the nation according to the strength of schedule (SOS) listing provided by Boydsworld.com. Six WCC teams rank among the top-28 toughest schedules in Division I, and all eight conference squads rank among the top-64. Portland leads the way, playing the 15th strongest schedule in the nation, and is followed closely by San Diego at No. 16 and Pepperdine at No. 19. LMU checks in at No. 21 in the listing, followed by Santa Clara at No. 24 and San Francisco at No. 28. Gonzaga and Saint Mary's round out the WCC teams in the SOS rankings at No. 52 and No. 64, respectively. In terms of non-conference strength of schedule, half of the conference teams rank among the top-15. San Diego will play the seventh toughest non-confernce slate, while Pepperdine's out of conference schedule is ranked No. 10 and Portland's checks in at No. 12. LMU's non-conference slate is listed at No. 15 in the SOS listing. Strength of Schedule is formulated by averaging the Iterative Strength Rating (ISR) of a given team's opponents for the season.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga notched a win over then-No. 9 ranked Oregon State at the Spring Training Classic before falling to then-No. 11 Arizona State and Missouri to wrap up last weekend's tournament. The Zags opened the Dallas Baptist Tournament with a 12-1 win over Texas-Arlington on Thursday.

- Evan Wells went 3-for-4 and scored the go-ahead run in the 6-5 win over the Beavers.

- Aaron McGuinness and Shawn Wayt were each named to the All-Tournament Team at the Spring Training Classic.

- Mark Castellitto set a GU record with three doubles in Thursday's win over UT-Arlington.

- Gonzaga will continue play at the Dallas Baptist Tournament, facing Texas-San Antonio (2/23) and the host Patriots (2/24) before meeting Missouri State (2/25) in non-conference action.

LMU Lions (3-8-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions suffered a three-game sweep at Fresno State over the weekend, and dropped a 5-3 decision to UNLV at home on Tuesday to fall to 3-8-1 on the season.

- Eric Farris continued to swing one of the hottest bats in the nation, as the junior batted a phenomenal .647 (11-for-17) with a .941 slugging percentage in four games last week. Farris collected another hit against UNLV, and brings a .529 (27-for-51) batting average into the weekend.

- Brian Wilson collected three hits for the second straight game against UNLV and added a run scored in the loss.

- LMU looks to snap a five game skid at home this weekend, as the Lions welcome San Jose State to Page Stadium for a three-game set.

Pepperdine Waves (7-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves remained hot, topping then-No. 21 USC last Tuesday before taking two-of-three from then-No. 11 ranked Wichita State at Eddy D. Field Stadium last weekend.

- Barry Enright improved to 3-0 in last Friday's victory over Wichita State, tossing 7.1 innings of scoreless ball to earn the win. The junior moved his career record to 26-3, and jumped into a tie for seventh place on the Pepperdine career wins list.

- Jason Dominguez, who began the season in the Waves' starting rotation, is three-for-three in save opportunities since becoming the team's closer.

- Seven Waves are batting over .300 led by Eric Thames, who is batting .565 (13-for-23).

- Pepperdine hosts Fresno State for a three-game series this weekend.

Portland Pilots (3-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots split a pair of games in a rain-shortened series with BYU last weekend before defeating Concordia twice in mid-week contests at Joe Etzel Field.

- Adam Kerr wen 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Pilots to Tuesday's 5-2 win over Concordia.

- Danny Meier struck out eight batters in 7.1 innings to earn his first win on Tuesday.

- Josh Roberts improved to 2-0 on the season after being credited with the victory in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Cavaliers. Roberts moved into second place on the Portland list with his 71st career appearance in the win.

- Portland hosts Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday in its lone game this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (7-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's put together four straight wins, sweeping Utah Valley State at The Guisto over the weekend before handing Nevada a 13-4 defeat on the road on Tuesday.

- Joel Staples enjoyed a breakout game against Nevada, falling just a home run short of the cycle and going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. The sophomore enters the weekend batting .429 (9-for-21).

- Sean Gleason nearly went the distance in last Friday's win over Utah Valley State, as the junior transfer struck out 13 batters and scattered seven hits through eight innings of work to earn his first win in a Saint Mary's uniform.

- Saint Mary's heads to the River City Classic this weekend where they will meet No. 9 Oregon State and host Sacramento State (2/24), before meeting WCC rival San Francisco (2/25).

San Diego Toreros (9-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego improved to 9-4 on the year, taking three-of-four from Virginia Commonwealth at Cunningham Stadium last week.

- Justin Snyder continued to swing a hot bat for the Toreros, going 9-for-19 on the weekend including a 5-for-5 performance in Saturday's 20-13 win. It marked the second five-hit game of the season for the junior, who is leading the team with a .441 (26-for-59) batting average.

- Matt Couch improved to 2-0 on the season, and struck out a career-high nine VCU batters in Saturday's win.

- Sean Nicol, a transfer from Portland, went 7-for-17 (.412) in the series with VCU, upping his season batting average to .306 (15-for-49).

- USD faces another challenge this weekend, welcoming in Wake Forest for three games.

San Francisco Dons (5-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Dons dropped two-of-three on the road to UC Riverside over the weekend before falling on the road at Stanford on Tuesday, 4-1.

- Joey Railey has been on a tear for the Dons, going 7-for-16 with two doubles and three RBI last week, before going 2-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's loss to Stanford. Through 10 games, the junior is batting .333 (13-for-39), and has collected four multi-hit games.

- Matt Baugh earned his first victory in a Dons uniform, as the transfer from Arizona struck out six batters in 7.1 innings of work in Sunday's 5-3 win at UC Riverside.

- San Francisco heads to the River City Classic this weekend where they will meet Sacramento State (2/23), UC Davis (2/24), and WCC rival Saint Mary's (2/25) in a rare non-conference matchup.

Santa Clara Broncos (7-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara dropped two-of-three to UC Davis over the weekend, but rebounded to hand Utah a 6-3 defeat on Monday.

- Gabe Alcantar slugged his first home run of the season and drove in three runs in Santa Clara's 11-3 win over the Aggies last Friday, helping snap a four-game Bronco skid.

- Freshman Geoff Klein picked up his first two collegiate hits, and drove in a run in Monday's win over the Utes.

- Jeff Lombard continued to be nearly perfect out of the Bronco bullpen, as the junior transfer tossed a scoreless inning to pick up his third save of the season on Monday. Lombard has yet to surrender a run in seven relief appearances this season.

- Santa Clara hosts Cal Poly for a three-game set this weekend.