Feb. 26, 2008
WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week
Evan LeBlanc, Santa Clara
Evan LeBlanc led Santa Clara to a solid start, as the Broncos swept a doubleheader against Utah Valley and posted a 9-2 win over Kansas State last week. LeBlanc batted .667 (8-for-12), while scoring four runs and collecting seven RBI. The junior went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the season opener, clubbing his first home run of the season before going 3-for-3 in the night cap win over the Wolverines. LeBlanc went 3-for-5 and drove in three more runs in Saturday's win over the Wildcats.
WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Brett Hunter, Pepperdine
Brett Hunter dazzled in his first start of the season, lifting the Waves to a season-opening 3-2 win over Wake Forest in Malibu on Saturday. Hunter tossed six innings, striking out six batters and surrendering just four hits in the Pepperdine victory. The preseason All-American allowed two earned runs through his six innings of work, and walked just one batter on the afternoon to earn his first victory of the season at Eddy D. Field Stadium.
UC Riverside at Pepperdine - 2:00 PM
Concordia at Portland - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at UC Davis - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at Sacramento State - 2:00 PM
LMU at Cal State Fullerton - 6:00 PM
San Diego at Long Beach State - 6:30 PM
Santa Clara at Pacific - 6:00 PM
1 Portland vs. Northern Illinois - 12:00 PM
BYU at Gonzaga - 3:00 PM
2 Cal Poly at San Diego - 10:00 AM
3 Pepperdine vs. Tulane - 10:15 AM
BYU at Gonzaga (DH) - 12 AM/3 PM
UC Santa Barbara at LMU - 2:00 PM
UW-Milwaukee at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
2 Fresno State at San Diego - 2:00 PM
1 Portland vs. Michigan - 3:00 PM
San Francisco at UC Irvine - 6:00 PM
San Jose State at Santa Clara - 6:00 PM
3 Pepperdine vs. TCU - 10:00 AM
BYU at Gonzaga - 11:00 AM
UC Santa Barbara at LMU (DH) - 11 AM/2 PM
UW-Milwaukee at Saint Mary's (DH) - 11 AM/2 PM
2 Missouri at San Diego - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Jose State - 1:00 PM
1 Portland vs. Hawaii - 3:00 PM
San Francisco at UC Irvine - 6:00 PM
1 Portland at Arizona State - 12:00 PM
UW-Milwaukee at Saint Mary's - 12:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at LMU - 1:00 PM
2 California at San Diego - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at UC Irvine - 1:00 PM
San Jose State at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
3 Pepperdine at Minnesota - 1:05 PM
Gonzaga at Lewis-Clark State - 2:00 PM
1 Arizona State Tournament (Tempe, AZ); 2 USD Tournament (San Diego, CA); 3 Minnesota Dairy Queen Classic (Minneapolis, MN)
WCC Team Notes
Gonzaga Bulldogs (0-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga suffered a four-game sweep at then-No. 27 ranked Oklahoma State over the weekend.
- Freshman first baseman Brett Nicholas was impressive in his first series as a Bulldog, batting .333 (3-for-9) and driving in four runs on the weekend. Nicholas put together a 2-for-4, 2 RBI performance in Saturday's loss to the Cowboys, driving in both of Gonzaga's runs on the afternoon.
- Matt Fields enjoyed a solid outing on Sunday, as the junior right-hander tossed seven innings and surrendered just three earned runs in a 3-1 loss. Fields, who made 15 mound appearances last season, was making just his third career start.
- Gonzaga returns home for a four-game set with BYU before making a trip to Lewis-Clark State (3/2) this week.
Loyola Marymount Lions (1-2/ 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions split a rain-shortened series at Sacramento State over the weekend, and were edged on the road by No. 20 ranked UC Irvine on Tuesday, 6-5.
- Senior first baseman A.J. LaMonda is off to a strong start at the plate, as LaMonda is batting .500 (6-for-12) with four runs scored through LMU's first three games of the season. LaMonda went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in Saturday's 7-3 win at Sacramento State.
- LMU got some solid pitching on the season's opening weekend, as right-hander Mike Kenney struck out nine batters in just 5.2 innings of work to earn the victory against the Hornets on Saturday.
- The Lions travel to No. 15 ranked Cal State Fullerton (2/26) before opening their home slate with a four-game series against UC Santa Barbara at Page Stadium this weekend.
Pepperdine Waves (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves took two-of-three from visiting Wake Forest over the weekend, splitting a doubleheader on Saturday before posting a 22-3 victory over the Demon Deacons on Sunday.
- The 22 runs scored by Pepperdine marked the most for a Wave squad since a 24-8 win over Portland during the 2004 season.
- Junior transfer Bryce Mendonca was outstanding in the leadoff spot over the weekend, batting .500 (7-for-14) and scoring four runs, while stealing five bases. Mendonca also drove in a pair of runs in the three-game set.
- Pepperdine enters a challenging week, as the Waves square off against UC Riverside (2/26) at home before traveling to the Minnesota Dairy Queen Classic where they will meet No. 18 ranked Tulane (2/29), TCU (3/1), and the host Golden Gophers (3/2).
Portland Pilots (2-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland opened up the new campaign by taking two-of-three from visiting BYU before falling to George Fox on Sunday, 3-2.
- The Pilots swept a doubleheader from BYU on Saturday, posting a 12-1 win before claiming a dramatic 8-7 victory in the night cap. Freshman Kevin Armijo clubbed a three-run double with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game, and sophomore Clayton Shaw drove in the winning run in the 10th inning to give the Pilots the series win.
- Freshman Riley Hendricks led the Pilots at the plate over the weekend, batting .412 (7-for-12) and producing three multiple hit games.
- The Pilots host Concordia (2/26) before traveling to Tempe where they will face Northern Illinois (2/28), No. 8 ranked Michigan (2/29), Hawaii (3/1), and No. 1 ranked Arizona State (3/2).
Saint Mary's Gaels (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's recorded a 4-2 win over Stanford on Tuesday after splitting a pair of games in a rain-shortened home series with Towson over the weekend.
- Cory Miller enjoyed a solid start to the season, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI in Friday's 14-3 win over Towson, and going 2-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's win at Stanford. The junior leadoff man also made a run-saving grab in center field to thwart a Cardinal threat on Tuesday.
- Brandon Berl tossed six strong innings in Friday's win over Towson, striking out nine Tiger batters to earn the decision.
- The Gaels travel to UC Davis (2/26) before returning home for a four-game set with Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
San Diego Toreros (1-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego dropped three-of-four to cross-town rival San Diego State to open the new season, registering a 17-11 win over the No. 22 ranked Aztecs at Cunningham Stadium on Saturday.
- Josh Romanski put together an outstanding game in Saturday's win over San Diego State, as the junior went 4-for-5 with two home runs and seven RBI, while striking out six batters in five innings on the mound to earn his first win of the season.
- Sophomore Matt Thompson posted his first career save, dealing four innings and striking out a pair of batters in his Torero debut on Saturday.
- A challenging slate awaits the Toreros this week, as USD travels to No. 10 ranked Long Beach State (2/26) before hosting the San Diego Classic with games against Cal Poly (2/29), No. 24 Fresno State (2/29), No. 5 Missouri (3/1), and California (3/2).
San Francisco Dons (2-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco finished its season-opening series at Hawaii on a strong note, taking the last two games of the four-game set to earn a split in Honolulu.
- Matt Baugh notched his first win of the season, tossing 7.1 scoreless innings and striking out six batters in eight total innings as USF posted a 6-5 win on Saturday. Sophomore Joe Oropeza nailed down his first career save in the victory.
- Bobby Ethel led the Dons at the plate, batting .556 (5-for-9) through the four games at Hawaii, and driving in four runs. The outfielder legged out a bases-loaded triple in Friday's 10-4 loss to the Rainbows.
- The Dons travel to Sacramento State (2/26) before heading to No. 20 ranked UC Irvine for a three-game series this weekend.
Santa Clara Broncos (3-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara opened the new campaign on a strong note, sweeping a doubleheader from Utah Valley on Friday and posting a 9-2 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.
- Steve Kalush was masterful in his start against Utah Valley on Friday, striking out 13 batters in just 6.2 innings of work. The sophomore surrendered two runs on three hits as the Broncos knocked off the Wolverines, 7-2.
- Evan LeBlanc was phenomenal at the plate over the weekend, batting .667 (8-for-12) and driving in seven runs for the Broncos. The junior launched a three-run home run in the season-opener on Friday, and collected three more RBI in Saturday's win over the Wildcats.
- The Broncos travel to Pacific (2/27) before meeting cross-town rival San Jose State for three games this weekend.