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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes

March 3, 2009

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ALL EIGHT TEAMS CONTINUE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
The West Coast Conference enjoyed another successful week compiling a 21-12 record over its competition, including going 2-1 against nationally ranked opponents. Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, and San Diego all had impressive weeks, coming away with tournament titles, winning the Phoenix Tournament, USD Tournament, and Sam Houston Baseball Classic respectively. This week, Gonzaga and San Francisco will be the only teams playing in tournaments as both will participate in the Palm Springs Tournament, taking on No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Oregon State, and Texas Tech.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, MARCH 2
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland at Southern Utah Cedar City, UT (DH) 11:00 AM, TBA
TUESDAY, MARCH 3
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland at Southern Utah Cedar City, UT 11:00 AM
San Francisco at Cal Berkeley, CA 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Sacramento State Sacramento, CA 2:00 PM
Western Carolina at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
Gonzaga at Washington State Pullman, WA 5:30 PM
LMU at UC Irvine Irvine, CA 6:00 PM
Pepperdine at UCLA Los Angeles, CA
2:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Saint Mary's at Stanford Palo Alto, CA 6:00 PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 5
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Francisco vs. Oregon State Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Tournament
2:00 PM
San Diego State at San Diego San Diego, CA 2:00 PM
Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma State Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Tournament
6:00 PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 6
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga vs. UC Riverside Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Tournament
10:00 AM
Evansville at Pepperdine Malibu, CA 2:00 PM
LMU at UCSB Santa Barbara, CA 2:00 PM
Sacramento State at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Oregon Eugene, OR 2:00 PM
UC Davis at Portland Portland, OR 2:00 PM
San Diego at San Diego State San Diego, CA 6:00 PM
San Francisco vs. Texas Tech Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Tournament
6:00 PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 7
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Evansville at Pepperdine Malibu, CA (DH) 10:00 AM, TBA
Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Tournament
10:00 AM
LMU at UCSB Santa Barbara, CA (DH) 11:00 AM, TBA
Santa Clara at Oregon Eugene, OR (DH) 11:00 AM, TBA
Sacramento State at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA 1:00 PM
San Diego State at San Diego San Diego, CA 1:00 PM
UC Davis at Portland Portland, OR 2:00 PM
San Francisco vs. Oklahoma State Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Tournament
6:00 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 8
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
UC Davis at Portland Portland, OR 11:30 AM
Evansville at Pepperdine Malibu, CA 1:00 PM
LMU at UCSB Santa Barbara, CA 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Sacramento State Sacramento, CA 1:00 PM
San Diego at San Diego State San Diego, CA 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Oregon San Diego, CA 1:00 PM
San Francisco vs. Gonzaga Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Tournament
2:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Troy Channing, SMC
Channing helped the Gaels go 4-1 in the week against ranked opponents, hitting .550 starting all five games, going 11-for-20 scoring three runs, one double, two homeruns, and six RBI. He posted a .900 slugging percentage, and a .591 on-base percentage against No. 14 ranked Stanford, No. 30 Missouri State, Sam Houston State (receiving votes) and Nebraska (receiving votes). Channing was also named to the All-Tournament Team.

Also Nominated: Scott Alexander, PEP/Matt Lujan, USF

WCC Pitchers of the Week: Cody Martin, GON/Nate Garcia, SCU
Alexander was credited with his first career complete game shutout in a scheduled seven inning game Saturday at UC Davis He only allowed three hits and struck out four batters on 99 pitches. The three hits he allowed matched his lowest game total since a 10-2 victory over Oral Roberts in March of 2008.

Lujan finished the week 1-0 (one start) and 0.00 ERA. Lujan did not allow a run in 7.0 innings of work, just giving up three hits and striking out four. For the season, Lujan is 1-1 (two starts) with a 2.25 ERA in 12.0 innings pitched and has six strikeouts.

Also Nominated: JR C Tyson Van Winkle (GON); FR LHP Ryan Carpenter (GON); JR OF Angelo Songco (LMU); SR RHP Lee Roberts (LMU); FR OF Brian Humphries (PEP); JR 2B Chris Engell (USD); SR RHP Scott DeNault (USD); SR OF Zach Kim (USF)

WCC Teams Garner Preseason Rankings
San Diego and Pepperdine were each listed among the nation's elite in numerous rankings heading into the 2009 campaign. The Waves were ranked No. 8 and the Toreros checked in at No. 15 in the Rivals.com rankings. The Toreros came in at No. 11, while the Waves finished 17th by Baseball America. The USA Today/ESPN poll had the Toreros at No. 15, while the Waves came in at No. 21. The Toreros finished 18th in the NCBWA poll, while the Waves were ranked No. 21.

San Diego
Baseball America - No. 11
USA TODAY/ESPN - No. 15
Rivals.com - No. 15
Collegiate Baseball - No. 17
Pingbaseball.com - No. 17
NCBWA - No. 18

Pepperdine
Rivals.com - No. 8
Pingbaseball.com - No. 12
Baseball America - No. 17
USA TODAY/ESPN - No. 21
NCBWA - No. 21
Collegiate Baseball - No. 23

WCC's Preseason All-Americans
Seven WCC standouts were tabbed for 2009 preseason All-American honors, with two earning first team recognition. San Diego's AJ Griffin earned first team honors by the NCBWA and third team honors by Collegiate Baseball, while teammate Victor Sanchez earned third team honors by Baseball America. Joining Griffin with first team honors is Pepperdine's Bryce Mendonca, who was recognized by Collegiate Baseball. Also recognized by Collegiate Baseball were Santa Clara's Thain Simon with second team honors and Tommy Medica with third team honors. Joining Medica on the third team were Pepperdine's Nick Gaudi and Saint Mary's Kyle Jensen.

Four WCC Hurlers Named To Stopper Of The Year Watch List
Four WCC pitchers were among the 40 players named to the initial watch list for the fourth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced Tuesday. Gonzaga RHP Cody Martin, Pepperdine RHP Nick Gaudi, San Diego RHP AJ Griffin, and Santa Clara right hander Thain Simon were each named to the preseason watch list for the award, which is presented to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. The West Coast Conference enjoyed the second highest amount of players from any conference to be named to the list, following the ACC with nine. The Big 12 also placed four, while the SEC and Pac-10 had three each.

WCC Standouts Named To Wallace Award Watch List
Eight WCC players headline the 2009 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List. The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. The 2009 award banquet will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 2, in the United Spirit Arena on the campus of Texas Tech University.

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
Jason Gill begins his first year at the helm of the LMU baseball program after serving as an assistant coach for the Lions in 1999 and 2000. Gill, who has spent the last four years working under head coach George Horton at Oregon and Cal State Fullerton, returns to the bluff to become the seventh head coach of the Lions' program. Overall, Coach Gill has been to Omaha four times as a player and a coach, to the postseason a total of nine times, coached four Conference Players of the Year, and has seen 14 of his student-athletes make the Major Leagues.

San Diego and Pepperdine Picked To Finish First In 2009 WCC Preseason Poll
San Diego and Pepperdine were chosen to finish as West Coast Conference champions in the 2009 preseason baseball poll, as selected by conference coaches. The Toreros, who have been ranked as high as No. 11 in the national preseason polls, received the same amount of points as Pepperdine, but garnered one more first place vote. San Diego is coming off the most successful season in program history, as the Toreros compiled a 44-17 overall record en route to the WCC crown in 2008. Pepperdine earned three first place votes and was picked second with 45 overall points, while Santa Clara checked in at No. 3 in the poll with 32 points. Gonzaga nabbed the last first place vote, receiving 30 points to come in at No. 4. San Francisco, off a fourth place finish from last year, was picked to finish No. 5, with 26 points. LMU, under first year Head Coach Jason Gill, is expected to finish sixth, with 20 points. Saint Mary's and Portland round out this year's preseason poll, earning 14 and nine points respectively.

WCC Baseball Preseason Poll
1. San Diego - 45 (4)
Pepperdine - 45 (3)
3. Santa Clara - 35
4. Gonzaga - 30 (1)
5. San Francisco - 26
6. LMU - 20
7. Saint Mary's - 14
8. Portland - 9
(first place votes)


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 6-1
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga's game versus Washington State was cancelled before it played in and won the Phoenix Classic where it went 3-0, defeating Notre Dame, Creighton, and Dayton.

  • JR C Tyson Van Winkle had another huge week for the Zags, going 4-for-5 with two RBI's and a double against Creighton, before going 3-for-5 with three RBI's and another double against Dayton. So far this season, Winkle is leading the conference in hits (16), RBI's (14), and doubles (6).

  • Freshman LHP Ryan Carpenter was solid in his start against Dayton, pitching seven innings, allowing just three hits, one earned run, and striking out three. He was backed by four players who had at least two RBI's against the Flyers.

  • Gonzaga goes to Washington State (3/3), before playing at the Palm Springs Tournament, to face Oklahoma State (3/5), UC Riverside (3/6), Texas Tech (3/7), and San Francisco (3/8).
  • Overall Record: 7-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Loyola Marymount went 4-1 over the week, defeating Cal State Northridge and falling to Long Beach State, before sweeping a three-game series with Holy Cross.

  • JR OF Angelo Songco had an outstanding week for the Lions, going 7-for-16 (.438) over the five games, totaling nine runs scored, a triple, home run, six RBI's, and 12 total bases. He also scored the game-winning run in the first game of the series against Holy Cross.

  • In game one of the Holy Cross series, SR RHP Lee Roberts dealt 6.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out six batters, including the side in the sixth.

  • FR INF Shon Roe hit his first game-winner in the first game against Holy Cross, singling in Songco in the ninth for the walk-off win.

  • The Lions are at UC Irvine (3/3), before playing a four-game set at UCSB (3/6-8).
  • Overall Record: 5-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves went 3-1 over the week, winning at USC, before going 2-3 at UC Davis.

  • SO LHP Matt Bywater was untouchable against the Trojans, pitching a no-hitter through six innings of work, while striking out 10 batters for the win. Interestingly, it was his most strikeouts since the last time he faced USC, when he struck out six.

  • SO LHP Scott Alexander was unstoppable in the second win over UC Davis, pitching the entire scheduled seven inning game, earning his first career complete game shutout. He allowed three hits and struck out four batters, en route to earning Co-WCC Pitcher of the Week honors. The three hits allowed were his fewest since a win over Oral Roberts in March of 2008.

  • Pepperdine travels to play UCLA (3/3), before hosting Evansville (3/5-7) for a four-game series.
  • Overall Record: 3-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots' game against George Fox was postponed, before they went 1-2 at BYU.

  • In the win over BYU, SR OF Bryant Kraus was 3-for-4, knocking in four runs with a home run and two doubles. He is leading the team with a .476 batting average, ranking fourth in the league, while ranking fifth with 10 RBI's.

  • SO LHP Scott Burris got his second win of the year with the victory over BYU. He pitched six innings, allowing three runs and striking out six. He has a team-leading 2-0 record, while pacing the Pilots with 13.0 innings pitched.

  • The Pilots play a three-game series at Southern Utah (3/2-3), before coming back home to host a three-game set against UC Davis (3/6-8).
  • Overall Record: 6-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Gaels went 4-1 last week, defeating No. 14 Stanford, before going 3-1 to win the Sam Houston Baseball Classic, defeating Sam Houston State twice and Nebraska and falling to No. 30 Missouri State.

  • FR 1B Troy Channing had a monster week for the Gaels, going 11-for-20 (.550), scoring three runs, two home runs, a double, and six RBI's en route to WCC Player of the Week honors. He also earned all-tournament honors after going 3-for-4 against Missouri State, 3-for-5 against Nebraska, and a perfect 3-for-3 in the second game against Sam Houston State.

  • FR RHP Kyle Barraclough earned his first collegiate win against the Cardinal, going five innings, allowing no runs, while allowing only three hits and striking out four.

  • The Gaels will head to Stanford again (3/4), before hosting Sacramento State (3/6-7), and will then play at Sacramento State (3/8).
  • Overall Record: 6-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego went 4-2 last week, splitting a two-game set with No. 16 Oklahoma, before hosting the USD Tournament where it lost to Pacific before defeating Kansas State and Nevada twice.

  • SR RHP Scott DeNault was busy in the double-header against Kansas State and Nevada, earning both wins. In his combined five innings, he gave up seven hits, but did not allow a single run to pick up both wins.

  • The Toreros had a couple of close games over the week. Against Kansas State SO 3B Victor Sanchez hit a walk-off single in the ninth for the 2-1 win. In the first game against Nevada, San Diego came from behind in the ninth with a walk-off single from SO SS Zach Walters.

  • The Toreros will host Western Carolina before playing two home and homes with San Diego State (3/5-8).
  • Overall Record: 3-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco went 2-3 over the week beating UC Davis, before winning the first and losing the next three at UC Riverside.

  • In the win over UC Riverside SO LHP Matt Lujan was outstanding, tossing in seven innings of work, allowing zero runs on just three hits, while striking out four en route to Co-WCC Pitcher of the Week honors.

  • SR Zach Kim had a good week for the Dons, going 10-for-21 (.476), with two doubles, two RBI's, and three runs scored. He was also a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases. He leads the conference in that category and is a perfect 8-for-8 on the year. His best outing came against UC Davis, where he went 3-for-4.

  • San Francisco will play at Cal (3/3), before participating in the Palm Springs Tournament, taking on Oregon State (3/5), Texas Tech (3/6), Oklahoma State (3/7), and Gonzaga (3/8).
  • Overall Record: 2-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Broncos went 0-3 last week, losing to Cal and two to San Jose State, before the third game was postponed.

  • In the first game against San Jose State, JR SS Jon Karcich led the way, going 3-for-4, including a double. JR C Geoff Klein went 2-for-4 batting in two runs.

  • In the second game against the Spartans, Karcich and FR RF Lucas Herbst both went 3-for-4 with one RBI, while Klein had four RBI's, including a three-run home run.

  • Karcich is currently leading the league in hitting (.526) and on base percentage (.654), while ranking second in doubles (5).

  • The Broncos' game against Sacramento State (3/3) has been postponed and they will head on the road to play a four-game set at Oregon (3/6-8).