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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes

March 3, 2010

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NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
The 2010 baseball season continues non-conference play this week. Last week it was Portland and San Francisco coming away with winning weeks as a total of seven games were cancelled due to weather. This week, WCC teams face a total of eight games against nationally ranked opponents including Pepperdine playing two against top ranked LSU. The Waves have already notched their second win against a ranked opponent with a 6-0 victory against #11 UC Irvine to start the week.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

TUESDAY, MARCH 2
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
UCSB at LMU Los Angeles, CA 2:00 PM
#11 UC Irvine at Pepperdine Malibu, CA 2:00 PM
George Fox at Portland Portland, OR
6:00 PM
Sacramento State at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA 2:00 PM POSTPONED
San Diego at #18 Cal State Fullerton Fullerton, CA 6:00 PM
San Francisco at San Jose State San Jose, CA
6:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Saint Mary's at Sacramento State Sacramento, CA 2:00 PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 4
Pepperdine at #1 LSU Baton Rouge, LA 2:00 PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 5
Pepperdine vs. Brown Baton Rouge, LA 12:00 PM
#23 Kentucky at San Diego San Diego, CA 2:00 PM
UT San Antonio at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2:00 PM
Portland at Arkansas State State University, AR 4:00 PM
Gonzaga at Centenary COllege Hackettstown, NJ 4:30 PM
LMU at Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
Dairy Queen Classic
4:35 PM
Saint Mary's at #11 UC Irvine Irvine, CA 6:00 PM
San Jose State at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA 7:00 PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 6
LMU vs. Northwestern Minneapolis, MN
Dairy Queen Classic
10:00 AM
UT San Antonio at San Francisco (DH) San Francisco, CA 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM
UT San Antonio at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2:00 PM
Pepperdine vs. Brown Baton Rouge, LA 12:00 PM
Gonzaga at Centenary College Hackettstown, NJ 12:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Jose State San Jose, CA 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at #11 UC Irvine Irvine, CA 2:00 PM
Portland at Arkansas State State University, AR 2:00 PM
Pepperdine at #1 LSU Baton Rouge, LA 6:00 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 7
LMU vs. Oklahoma State Minneapolis, MN
Dairy Queen Classic
9:00 AM
Gonzaga at Centenary College Hackettstown, NJ 10:00 AM
Portland at Arkansas State State University, AR 11:00 AM
UT San Antonio at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 11:00 AM
San Jose State at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at #11 UC Irvine Irvine, CA 1:00 PM
Monmouth (NJ) at San Diego San Diego, CA 1:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Zach Varce, POR & Sammy Solis, USD:
Varce struck out 14 in eight innings of work during a no-decision against Seattle on Saturday; he allowed just one run on four hits and he didn't walk a batter; UP would win 2-1 in 10 innings. The 14 strikeouts are tied for the third most during a game in program history by a single pitcher

Solis tossed a gem in Friday's win over San Diego State. Solis (2-0) turned in his most impressive performance this season, as he allowed no runs on four hits, while striking out six batters in 6.0 innings of work. Solis struck out four of the first eight batters he faced to really set the tone for the game. Solis has now moved his season ERA to 0.82

Also nominated: Cody Martin, GON; Ramiro Carreon, LMU; John Hughes, SCU

WCC Rawlings Player of the Week: Stephen Yarrow, USF
In three games, Yarrow batted .600 (6-10) with a double and two home runs. He added four RBI, three runs scored, three walks, and a 1.300 slugging percentage in helping the Dons win the series against Cal Poly.

Also Nominated: Andy Hunter, GON; Jason Barmasse, LMU; James Meador, USD; Tommy Medica, SCU

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
USA TODAY/ESPN - No. 23
Collegiate Baseball - No. 24
NCBWA - No. 24

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

Gonzaga
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


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 2-3
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga played at the College Showdown Baseball Tournament in Peoria, AZ and fell to Sacramento State, 8-2, and Kansas, 9-5. The other two games against the Hornets and Jayhawks were cancelled to weather.

  • In the game against Sacramento State, Cody Martin (RHP) tossed in 6.2 innings and struck out a career-high 13 batters allowing just two runs on three hits. He has had 22 strikeouts in two games played this year.

  • Andy Hunter (DH) led the team offensively over the week, going 5-for-7 (.714) with two homeruns, a double, three runs, and five RBI. He has now homered in three straight games driving in 11 runs in that span.

  • Gonzaga heads to the road this week to take on Centenary College for a three-game series (3/5-3/7).
  • Overall Record: 1-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • LMU went 1-3 last week falling to Oregon, 12-3, USC, 6-5, and UC Riverside, 8-6, before coming back to defeat the Highlanders, 10-3.

  • Ramiro Carreon (RHP) collected the first win of the year, pitching six innings, allowing only three hits and one run.

  • Jason Barmasse (OF) was consistent, getting two hits in each of the four games for the week, going 8-for-14 with six runs scored and three doubles.

  • In the win Ryan Hawthorne (OF) led the team's offense, going 3-for-4, with a double and driving in three runs.

  • The Lions began the week with a loss to UCSB, 4-1, and will play at the Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis, MN against Minnesota (3/5), Northwestern (3/6), and Oklahoma State (3/7).
  • Overall Record: 3-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves went 0-3 last week, falling to Cal Poly, 12-4, and Cal State Northridge, 3-2 (12) and 7-6. An additional game against CSUN was cancelled.

  • In the first game against Northridge, Joe Sever (2B) was the only Waves to get multiple hits, going an impressive 4-for-6 with two doubles and the only two runs scored. Aaron Gates (LHP) took the loss, however he struck out five in just 2.2 innings. Just a freshman, Sever is tied for the league lead with 14 hits in his seven games played.

  • In game two against the Matadors, Colin Rooney (3B) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, and one RBI. Matt Bywater (LHP) struck out four in the first five innings and allowed just one run.

  • Pepperdine opened the week with a 6-0 win over #11 UC Irvine and will head to #1 LSU to play two games against the Tigers (3/4, 3/6) and Brown (3/5, 3/6).
  • Overall Record: 6-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots went 2-1 against Seattle, defeating the Redhawks 2-1 and 7-5, before losing 5-4.

  • In game one, Zach Varce (RHP) struck out an impressive 14 batters en route to earning WCC Rawling Co-Pitcher of the Week honors. He and Chris Dennis (RHP) combined for 19 strikeouts, setting a new single-game school record. In three appearances, Dennis has a win and two saves in seven innings of work to compliment his 11 strikeouts and 1.29 ERA.

  • In the second win, C.J. Cullen (1B) belted a walk-off three-run home run coming in as a pinch hitter for his only at bat in the game.

  • Porltand opened the week with a 8-0 win over George Fox and plays a three-game set at Arkansas State (3/4-6)
  • Overall Record: 2-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Gaels went 1-3 last week, falling to Oregon, 3-1, Cal, 5-4(8), Central Michigan 3-1, and beating Cal St. Bakersfield, 8-4(12).

  • In the win, Troy Channing (INF), Justin Fazio (OF), and Mikey Reynolds (SS) all collected three hits, with Channing and Reynolds going yard and hitting a double each. Brandon Berl (RHP) tossed in seven innings and allowed just one run, while striking out seven.

  • In the game against Cal, Saint Mary's came back to within a single run in the seventh before the game got called in the eighth due to time limits. Two of the runs came from Patrick Wisdom (3B), who hit his second homer of the season. Kyle Barraclough (RHP) tossed out 4.2 innings of work, striking out five.

  • The Gaels game at Sacramento State (3/2) was postponed to 3/3 and they will finish the week with a three-game series at #11 UC Irvine.
  • Overall Record: 4-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego went 1-3 last week, falling to Cal State Northridge, 7-1, before losing two of three to San Diego State. An additional game against the Aztecs was cancelled due to rain.

  • In the win over the Aztecs, Sammy Solis (LHP) tossed in six innings of work and didn't allow a single run, while striking out six. For his efforts we was awarded WCC Rawlings Co-Pitcher of the Week honors. He has now moved his ERA down to .82 and is now 2-0 on the season.

  • James Meador (UTL) led the Toreros offensively for the week, going 6-for-15 (.400) with a double, a home run, and five RBI. In eight games played, he has collected 14 hits and 11 RBI, both tied for the league lead.

  • The Toreros opened the week with a 11-4 loss to #14 Cal State Fullerton and will host #23 Kentucky (3/5) and Monmouth (3/7).
  • Overall Record: 3-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco won two against Cal Poly, 5-0 and 11-5, before losing one, 7-3.

  • Stephen Yarrow (3B) was named the WCC Rawlings Player of the Week after going 6-for-10, with a double, two home runs, three runs, and four RBI for the week.

  • In the series opener, Doug Murray (RHP) tossed in eight innings of work for the second straight game, finishing with six strikeouts and allowing zero runs.

  • In the second win, Yarrow, Ryan Lipkin (DH), and Pete Lavin (OF) all collected three hits each, with Yarrow and Lipkin adding doubles.

  • The Dons opened the week with a 5-3 loss at San Jose State and will resume play with a four-game series against UT-San Antonio (3/5-3/7), including a double-header on 3/6.
  • Overall Record: 2-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Broncos lost the first two games against Houston, 17-9 and 3-2, before bouncing back to win the third, 8-7.

  • Tommy Medica (3B) went 5-for-11 in the series with two doubles and four RBI, while scoring three runs. Medica is 4-for-5 this season with the bases loaded and 8-for-15 (.833 ) with runners in scoring position. Lucas Herbst (OF) scored four runs over the series and is second in the league with 10 in six games played.

  • John Hughes (RHP) improved to 2-0 in his first year with the Broncos. In the win, he tossed in seven innings, allowing just two runs with six strikeouts. He is just one of two pitchers in the league with two wins so far this season.

  • The Broncos play two home games against San Jose State (3/5, 3/7) and one on the road (3/6) this week.