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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 3/8

March 8, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
Darin Holcomb, Gonzaga

Darin Holcomb helped the Bulldogs post a 3-1 record for the week and clinch a share of the Banana Belt Classic title by batting .313 and lifting GU to wins over Lewis-Clark State, Chicago State, and Washington State. The sophomore drove in 11 runs on the weekend, enjoying a record setting day on Saturday as the Bulldogs blasted Chicago State, 22-4. Holcomb set a program record with 10 RBI, slugging three home runs with two grand slams against CSU pitching.

WCC Pitcher of the Week
Joel Fountain, Saint Mary's

Joel Fountain ended the Gaels' three-game slide by throwing a complete game one-hitter against Georgetown in a 2-0 SMC victory on Saturday. The senior struck out a career-high 10 batters, while only walking two. Against a Hoya squad that had won five straight entering the series, Fountain held the Georgetown lineup to a 0.34 batting average. The shutout marked a career-first for the right-hander, and set the tone for an SMC staff that would allow only three runs on the weekend.

Upcoming Games

Mar. 8
Santa Clara at Sacramento State - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at Fresno State - 6:35 PM
San Francisco State at Saint Mary's - Postponed
San Diego at Washington - Cancelled

Mar. 10
LMU at New Mexico State - 1:00 PM
Oklahoma State at Pepperdine - 2:00 PM
Northern Illinois at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
San Diego State at San Diego - 2:00 PM
Georgetown at San Francisco - 2:30 PM
Chicago State at Gonzaga - 3:00 PM
Santa Clara at Washington - 3:00 PM
Portland at Nevada - 6:00 PM

Mar. 11
LMU at New Mexico State - 12:00 PM
Chicago State at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
Oklahoma State at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
Portland at Nevada - 1:00 PM
Northern Illinois at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
Georgetown at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Washington - 1:00 PM
San Diego at San Diego State - 6:00 PM

Mar. 12
LMU at New Mexico State - 12:00 PM
Georgetown at San Francisco - 12:00 PM
Oklahoma State at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
Portland at Nevada - 1:00 PM
Northern Illinois at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
San Diego State at San Diego - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Washington - 1:00 PM

WCC Against Ranked Opponents
The eight WCC squads have combined to play 30 contests against ranked opponents so far this season, posting a 16-14 overall record. Pepperdine and San Diego have fared the best against ranked foes, with each team posting a 5-3 mark.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga improved to 9-7 on the season and clinched a share of the Banana Belt Classic title with wins over Lewis-Clark State, Chicago State, and Washington State over the weekend.

- Friday's marathon 15-inning 8-7 win over host Lewis-Clark State will be recorded as an exhibition game and will not count towards Gonzaga's overall record.

- Darin Holcomb set a school record with 10 RBI in Saturday's 22-4 win over Chicago State. He clubbed three home runs and two grand slams in the win over CSU.

- Patrick Donovan tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout in Sunday's 7-0 win over Washington State. Donovan improved to 2-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.24.

- GU will host Chicago State in its first home games of the 2006 season this weekend.

LMU Lions (6-12 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions took two-of-three from UC Santa Barbara over the weekend before falling to No. 22 ranked Long Beach State on Tuesday, 9-8.

- Brian Wilson continued to establish himself as one of the top two-way players in the league, leading LMU to a 2-0 win on Saturday by driving in the winning run and tossing 2.1 shutout innings to record the victory on the mound. Wilson is batting .343, and has posted a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched so far this season.

- Eric Farris and A.J. LaMonda each drove in a pair of runs in Sunday's 9-4 win over the Gauchos. Farris, who leads the team with 20 hits so far this season, also paces the team with 12 RBI.

- The Lions travel to Las Cruces, NM for a three-game series with New Mexico State this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (10-9 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine dropped two-of-three on the road to San Diego State, but rebounded to hand UCLA a 6-1 defeat on Tuesday.

- David Uribes went 3-for-5 in Sunday's win at San Diego State and added a hit in the win over the Bruins to bring his season total to a team-high 25. Uribes has collected 268 base hits during his career in Malibu, and he needs just three more to move into a tie with Pepperdine Head Coach Steve Rodriguez for 10th on the WCC career hits list with 271.

- James Johnson tossed eight innings of shutout ball and struck out a career-high seven batters to notch his first victory of the season against the Bruins on Tuesday.

- Justin Tellam hit his first home run in a Pepperdine uniform in Sunday's win at SDSU.

- The Waves welcome Oklahoma State to Malibu for three games this weekend.

Portland Pilots (2-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland suffered a sweep at Fresno State over the weekend, and was edged by No. 11 ranked Oregon State on the road on Tuesday, 3-1.

- Austin Dirkx allowed just one run over four innings in his first start as a Pilot against the Beavers on Tuesday. Dirkx has been Portland's most reliable arm so far this season, posting a 0.64 ERA in seven appearances.

- A pair of freshmen have led the Pilots at the plate, with infielder Sean Nicol leading the team with a .333 batting average and DH Chase Powell hitting at a .297 clip to rank second. Nicol is also tied for the team lead with a pair of stolen bases.

- Portland continues its 20-game road stint to begin the 2006 campaign with a three-game series at Nevada this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (9-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's enjoyed an outstanding week, rebounding from a 4-1 loss at Pacific to sweep Georgetown at Luis Guisto Field over the weekend.

- Joel Fountain hurled a complete game one-hitter to register the win in Saturday's 2-0 triumph over the Hoyas, striking out a career-high 10 batters.

- Saint Mary's pitching dominated the competition last week, as the SMC staff recorded a 1.29 ERA and held opponents to a .172 batting average. Corey Madden also registered a 10-strikeout performance, fanning 10 Pacific batters in a losing effort on Tuesday.

- Sam Carter feasted on Georgetown pitching over the weekend, going 6-for-10 with five runs scored and four RBI.

- SMC hosts Northern Illinois for a three-game series this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (9-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego dropped two-of-three at Cal Poly over the weekend, but handed Washington an 8-4 defeat on the road on Tuesday.

- Keoni Ruth stole three bases on the week, bringing his team-leading steals total to 10. Ruth has yet to be thrown out stealing a base.

- Josh Butler made his first relief appearance of the season in Tuesday's win over the Huskies, striking out a pair of batters in two innings of work to record his first save of the season. Butler has fashioned a 1.07 ERA in 33.2 innings pitched so far this season.

- At the end of this week, the Toreros will have played 14 of the season's first 18 games on the road.

- USD returns home to face San Diego State for three games this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (5-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco dropped its only game of the week to Fresno State on Wednesday, falling 4-3 on the road.

- Scott Cousins made his first start on the mound this season in Wednesday's loss. Cousins went four innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, while striking out a pair of Bulldog batters. Cousins, who ranked second in the WCC with a 2.74 ERA last year, is batting .351 at the plate with seven RBI this season.

- Tavo Hall went 2-for-4 in the loss to Fresno State to bring his batting average up to .309. Hall is one of six Dons currently batting over .300.

- USF meets Fresno State (3/8) once again before returning home to Benedetti Diamond for the first time since February 14 to host Georgetown for a three-game series. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the Dons and the Hoyas.

Santa Clara Broncos (9-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara took two-of-three from crosstown rival San Jose State, winning twice at Schott Stadium and falling in Saturday's contest at Blethen Field.

- Mark Willinsky came on to toss a scoreless ninth inning and record his fourth save of the season in Friday's 4-2 win over the Spartans.

- Matt Wickswat remained undefeated on the season, tossing 7.1 innings and striking out five batters in Sunday's 6-0 shutout of the Spartans. Wickswat improved to 3-0 on the year.

- Matt Long went 3-for-4 in Sunday's victory to move into a tie for the team lead with 18 hits. Long ranks fourth on the squad with a .327 batting average.

- SCU hosts Sacramento State (3/8) before heading to Washington for a three-game set.