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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes

Feb. 24, 2010

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The 2010 baseball season got underway last week as the WCC went 13-11 against its non-conference opponents including a win over a ranked opponent as Pepperdine shutout then No. 3 Cal State Fullerton. In all five wins were collected over teams that played in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. This week Gonzaga and Saint Mary's will participate in tournaments as the Zags play at the College Showdown Baseball Tournament and the Gaels play at the Bakersfield Tournament.

For his efforts against the Titans, Pepperdine's Matt Bywater was recognized by the NBCWA as the National Pitcher of the Week after allowing just four hits and striking out 10 batters in his first career complete game shutout.


All Times PST

Oregon at LMU Los Angeles, CA 1:00 PM
Nevada at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA 2:00 PM
Cal Poly at Pepperdine Malibu, CA 1:30 PM
Cal State Northridge at San Diego San Diego, CA 2:00 PM
USC at LMU Los Angeles, CA
6:00 PM
San Francisco at at Sacramento State Sacramento, CA 1:00 PM CANCELLED
San Diego at San Diego State San Diego, CA 6:00 PM
UC Riverside at LMU Los Angeles, CA 2:00 PM
Pepperdine at Cal State Northridge Northridge, CA 2:00 PM
Seattle at Portland Portland, OR 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
Bakersfield Tournament
2:00 PM
San Diego State at San Diego San Diego, CA 2:00 PM
Cal Poly at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Houston Houston, TX 4:30 PM
Gonzaga vs. Sacramento State Peoria, AZ
College Showdown Baseball Tournament
7:00 PM
Seattle at Portland (DH) Portland, OR 11:00 AM, TBA
Saint Mary's vs. Cal Bakersfield, CA
Bakersfield Tournament
11:00 AM
LMU at UC Riverside (DH) Riverside, CA 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM
Cal State Northridge at Pepperdine Pepperdine, CA 1:00 PM
San Diego at San Diego State San Diego, CA 1:00 PM
Cal Poly at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Houston Houston, TX 4:30 PM
Gonzaga vs. Kansas Peoria, AZ
College Showdown Baseball Tournament
7:00 PM
Gonzaga vs. Kansas Peoria, AZ
College Showdown Baseball Tournament
10:00 AM
Santa Clara at Houston Houston, TX 11:00 AM
Saint Mary's vs. Central Michigan Bakersfield, CA
Bakersfield Tournament
12:00 PM
UC Riverside at LMU Los Angeles, CA 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at Cal State Northridge Northridge, CA 1:00 PM
Seattle at Portland Portland, OR 1:00 PM
San Diego State at San Diego San Diego, CA 1:00 PM
Cal Poly at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 1:00 PM
Gonzaga vs. Sacramento State Peoria, AZ
College Showdown Baseball Tournament
2:00 PM


WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Matt Bywater, PEP:
Bywater pitched a four-hit complete game shutout in the Waves 6-0 upset at No. 4 Cal State Fullerton Saturday night ... This was the first complete game shutout of Bywater's collegiate career, although he had pitched as many as eight innings on three previous occasions ... He struck out 10 batters - two shy of his career high of 12 set last March against Washington State ... His performance also marked the fourth time in which he struck out 10 or more batters ... Extended his winning streak to five games and has not lost a decision since March 25, 2009 - a 7-2 loss vs. UCLA ... Has delivered seven quality starts since the beginning of last year.

WCC Rawlings Player of the Week: James Meador, USD
Meador helped lead USD to a 3-1 record this past weekend as he went 8-for-14 with two doubles, one home run and a team-leading six RBI. In Saturday's game two of the double-header, Meador went 4-for-5 with one double, one home run, two single and fell just a triple short of hitting for the cycle. Meador is also boasting a .600 on base percentage, and slugging at a .929 clip.

WCC Teams Garner Preseason Rankings
San Diego and Pepperdine were each listed among the nation's elite in numerous rankings heading into the 2010 campaign. The Toreros have been ranked in several publications, with the highest ranking coming in the Baseball America preseason poll, that had San Diego at No. 19. Collegiate Baseball ranked the Waves at No. 34 heading into the season, while Gonzaga received votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.

San Diego
Baseball America - No. 19
Collegiate Baseball - No. 24
NCBWA - No. 24

Collegiate Baseball - No. 34USA TODAY/ESPN - Receiving Votes
NCBWA - Receiving Votes

USA TODAY/ESPN - Receiving Votes

WCC's Preseason All-Americans
Several WCC standouts were tabbed for 2010 preseason All-American honors. After winning the Triple Crown last year, Saint Mary's Troy Channing was tabbed a Louisville Slugger preseason second team All-American and was ranked No. 6 on the Rivals.com power rankings for third basemen. Santa Clara's Geoff Klein and Tommy Medica were both named honorable mention preseason All-America catchers by Ping! Baseball.

Two Players Named To Stopper Of The Year Watch List
Gonzaga junior right hander Cody Martin and Portland junior right hander Zach Varce were both named to this year's 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
This past summer, many WCC baseball players took part in summer leagues all across the country with many receiving All-Star recognition and individual rewards. Below is a list of all the WCC players receiving recognition.

Alaska Baseball League
Jonathan Johnson, LMU - Gold Glove
Drew Heid, GON - MVP
Ryan Carpenter, GON - All-Star

Cal Ripken League
Jonathan Abrahamson, USF - All-Star, Co-Pitcher of the Year
Ryan Mulligan, SMC - All-Star

Cape Cod
Kyle Blair, USD - All-Star

Hawaii Collegiate
Mark Anderson, SMC - All-Star
Tyler Brubaker, PEP - All-Star
Ricky Villarreal, PEP - All-Star
Joe Vierra, LMU - All-Star
Case Miyahara, LMU - All-Star

New York Collegiate
Miles Silverstein, PEP - All-Star
Brad Jesernig, PEP - All-Star

Northwoods League
Zach Varce, POR - All-Star
Riley Henricks, POR - All-Star
Troy Channing, SMC - Rising Star (Rivals.com)
Aaron Gates, PEP - All-Star
Chris Engell, USD - Silver Slugger Award

Prospect League
Nate Johnson, PEP - All-Star

USF's Nino Giarratano named to USA Baseball Coaching Staff
This will mark the second stint with Team USA for Giarratano, following his work as an assistant coach on Rob Walton's Collegiate National Team staff in 2008. That year, the team won the Gold Medal with a 12 inning victory over Japan and finished the season undefeated at 24-0. He joins Bill Kinneberg (Utah), Dave Serrano (Cal State Fullerton), and Ed Blankmeyer (St. John's). Giarratano is entering his 12th season with the Dons after guiding them to a share of third place last year.

San Diego Picked To Finish First In 2010 WCC Preseason Poll
San Diego was picked as the favorite to win this year's WCC regular season title in the 2010 preseason baseball poll, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. The Toreros received six first place votes for a total of 48 points and are ranked 24th in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll. Pepperdine was picked second with 38 points and is also receiving national recognition, ranked 34th in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll. San Francisco totaled 33 points for third, while 2009 WCC Champion Gonzaga got one first place vote for 29 points to finish fourth, just edging out 2009 WCC runner-up Loyola Marymount, who received 28 points for fifth. Rounding out this year's preseason poll are Santa Clara, who received the last first place vote with 20 points, Saint Mary's with 17 points, and Portland with 11 points. The Toreros also placed the most number of players on the preseason all-conference team with five players being selected, including 2009 WCC Player of the Year, James Meador.

WCC Baseball Preseason Poll
1. San Diego - 48 (6)
Pepperdine - 38
3. San Francisco - 33
4. Gonzaga - 29 (1)
5. LMU - 28
6. Santa Clara - 20(1)
7. Saint Mary's - 17
8. Portland -11
(first place votes)

The 2009 WCC Baseball Season at a Glance
The West Coast Conference ended the season ranked in the top half of the NCAA RPI rankings, coming in at No. 11, finishing ahead of the Western Athletic (WAC) and Big Ten conferences ... Gonzaga University received the WCC's only bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning the WCC Baseball Championship Series against Loyola Marymount. The regular season and championship series title were the first in program history as the Zags finished ranked 22nd in the country according to Baseball America ... Half of the WCC schools finished with even or winning records against nationally ranked non-conference opponents, led by LMU, who finished with a 6-2 record ... Saint Mary's Troy Channing finished a historical year by becoming just the third player in conference history to win the Triple Crown. Channing led all freshmen in the country in home runs and RBI per game on his way to earning numerous accolades including being named to NCBWA and Baseball America All-America teams, the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team and being named a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy as well as the WCC Freshman of the Year ... The WCC had 24 players chosen in the MLB First Year Player Draft, the second most in league history, led by LMU's Angelo Songco, who was picked in the 4th round (127th overall) ... Songco was also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award ... The WCC had numerous players on preseason watch lists, including four pitchers on the Stopper of the Year list and eight players on the Wallace Award Watch list ... Four players were also placed on the 2009 CoSida Academic All District VII Team, the most of any conference in the district ... San Diego's James Meador won the Player of the Year award



Overall Record: 2-1
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga opened the season with a 10-6 win over Missouri and a 9-3 win against New Mexico State, before losing to Washington, 10-9.

  • Drew Heid (SR, OF), was clutch over the week going 7-for-14, scoring five runs, and hitting a triple.

  • JR RHP Cody Martin got the win in the season opener against Missouri, going 6.0 innings, and allowed three runs while striking out nine batters.

  • Sean Wilson (JR, IF) and Andy Hunter (SO, 1B) combined for 13 RBI as Wilson drove in seven and Hunter sent in six over the three games.

  • Gonzaga heads to the College Showdown Baseball Tournament in Peoria, AZ to take on Sacramento State (2/26, 28) and Kansas (2/27, 28).
  • Overall Record: 0-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • LMU went winless in a three-game set against No. 7 UC Irvine, losing 5-1, 9-6, and 19-9.

  • Matt Koch (SO, C) was impressive at the plate, going 8-for-12 (.667), which included five doubles and a homerun. He also scored three runs and drove in four in the series.

  • Jonathan Johnson (JR, 2B) went 7-for-15 for the series and collected three RBI, a home run, and scored four runs.

  • Alex Guthrie (SO, IF) had just three hits in the series, but two of which left the yard, giving him four RBI for the week.

  • The Lions began the week with a losses to Oregon, 12-3, and at USC, 6-5, and will host UC Riverside (2/26, 28), before playing a double-header at UC Riverside (2/27).
  • Overall Record: 2-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves lost to Long Beach State 2-1, before defeating No. 3 Cal State Fullerton 6-0, and Oregon 11-7.

  • Matt Bywater (JR, LHP) was impressive in his start against Fullerton, earning NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week as well WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week honors. He pitched his first career complete game shutout and struck out 10 while allowing just four hits.

  • Joe Sever (FR, 2B) tied a Pepperdine individual game record by going 5-for-5 in the game against Oregon and went on to score four runs.

  • Robert Dickman (SR, LHP) collected the win over Oregon, going seven innings, while allowing just three runs.

  • Pepperdine opened the week with a 12-4 loss to Cal Poly, and plays two games on the road (2/26, 28) and one at home (2/27) against Cal State Northridge this week.
  • Overall Record: 3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots went undefeated last week with a 5-3 and a 8-5 win over Concordia, and a 11-7 victory over George Fox.

  • Four Pilots hit over .500 for the week, led by Tyler Thompson (JR, UTL), who went 6-for-8 (.750), including a triple. Kris Kauppila (SO, SS) went 6-for-10 with a double and five runs scored, while Riley Henricks (JR, INF) was 7-of-13 with four RBI and a triple.

  • Zach Varce (SO, RHP) pitched six innings in the season opening win against Concordia, allowing just two runs, while striking out nine batters. Chris Dennis (JR, RHP) collected a pair of saves, combining for five innings, allowing just one run while striking out six.

  • The Pilots host Seattle University in a four-game series (2/26-28), including a double-header on 2/27.
  • Overall Record: 1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Gaels split their two games against San Jose State, losing the first one 7-6, before winning the second 12-4. The Sunday game was postponed to March 16.

  • Markus Melgosa (SO, UTL) was nearly perfect over the week, going 5-for-6, with a triple and two RBI along with Brenden Kalfus (FR, OF), who went 3-for-4 with three RBI.

  • In the win over the Spartans, the Gaels got three-hit days from Troy Channing (SO, 1B), Michael Cipolla (SR, IF), and Donald Collins (SO, OF) on the way to a total of 20 team hits.

  • Kyle Barraclough (SO, RHP) threw six scoreless innings in the win with five strikeouts.

  • The Gaels began the week with a 3-1 loss to Nevada, and will travel to the Bakersfield Tournament to face Cal State Bakersfield (2/26), Cal (2/27), and Central Michigan (2/28).
  • Overall Record: 3-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego won the first three games against Indiana (16-10, 9-2, 9-4), before losing the fourth 7-5.

  • James Meador (SR, OF) led the team offensively en route to earning WCC Rawlings Player of the Week honors. He went 8-for-14 with two doubles, one home run, and six RBI. He was one triple short of hitting for the cycle in game two of the double header against Indiana.

  • The Toreros got excellent outings from several pitchers. AJ Griffin (JR, RHP) got a win, going six innings with eight strikeouts. Kyle Blair (SO, RHP) struck out eight in four innings with just one earned run, and Matt Thompson (JR, RHP) registered a save by striking out six in just 2.2 innings of work.

  • The Toreros opened he week with a 7-1 loss to Cal State Northridge and play two games on the road (2/25, 27) and two at home (2/26, 28) against San Diego State.
  • Overall Record: 1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco went 1-2 against Pacific, losing the first game 3-1, winning the second 6-5, before losing the third 10-3.

  • Connor Bernatz (JR, OF) led the team over the week, going 4-for-9, while Chris Dittman (SR, ULT) collected a pair of doubles.

  • In the season opening loss, Doug Murray (SR, RHP) tossed in eight innings of work, allowing just three runs, while striking out seven.

  • In the win, Bob Mott (SO, LHP) allowed just one run, while striking out four in 2.1 innings of work.

  • The Dons' game against Sacramento State (2/23) was rained out and they will host Cal Poly in a three-game set (2/26-28).
  • Overall Record: 1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Broncos lost the first two games against Nevada 4-2 and 15-9, and won the last 15-4.

  • Tommy Medica (JR, 3B) drove in seven RBI for the series on .385 hitting (5-for-13), including his first career grand slam in the win.

  • John Hughes (FR, RHP) collected a win in his first start as a Bronco. He went six innings, allowing four runs and striking out seven.

  • Lucas Herbst (SO, OF) led the team over the week going 8-for-10 and scoring six runs. A total of four Broncos went yard over the week in Medica, Curtis Wagner (JR, 1B), Patrick Terry (SR, C), and Pat Stover (FR, OF).

  • The Broncos play a three-game set at Houston (2/26-28) this week.