Feb. 24, 2009
|ALL EIGHT TEAMS CONTINUE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY|
|The 2009 baseball season got off to a great start last weekend with seven of the eight teams coming away with winning records. Gonzaga (3-1), which swept then No. 10 Missouri, and LMU (3-1) share first place with No. 17 Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary's, No. 11 San Diego, and Santa Clara all tied at 2-1. San Francisco sits at 1-3. This week, three teams will participate in tournaments as Gonzaga participates in the HoHoKam Tournament, San Diego hosts the USD Tournament, and Saint Mary's plays in the Sam Houston Baseball Classic.|
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|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC Player of the Week: Tyson Van Winkle, GON
Van Winkle earns his first career WCC weekly accolade after going 9-for-18 (.500) with four doubles, one home run, nine RBI, five runs scored and a .889 slugging percentage in the Zags' four games over the weekend. He recorded two three-hit games over the weekend, the first came in the 9-3 win over #10 University of Missouri and the second in the 14-2 win over the University of Nevada both on Saturday.
Also Nominated: Ryan Wheeler, LMU; Kevin Muno, USD; Tommy Medica, SCU
WCC Pitchers of the Week: Cody Martin, GON/Nate Garcia, SCU
Garcia led the Broncos to a 3-0 shutout over Xavier in the 2009 season opener. He tossed 7.0 innings and struck out eight batters. The 6-foot-1 righty allowed no runs and just three Musketeer hits. With the win, Santa Clara head coach Mark O'Brien earned his 200th career victory.
Also Nominated: Sammy Solis, USD; Alex Gillingham, LMU
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|