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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 3/12

March 12, 2007

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WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week
Eric Farris, LMU

Eric Farris has sparked LMU's recent resurgence, as the junior led the Lions to a 3-1 record last week including a pair of road wins over then-No. 28 ranked Tulane. Farris batted .474 (9-for-19) with six runs scored, three RBI, and two doubles over four games for the Lions. The infielder also stole five bases on the week, and went 7-for-10 (.700) in the leadoff spot during LMU's two wins over the Green Wave. It marks the second Player of the Week selection for Farris so far this season.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Josh Romanski, San Diego

San Diego's Josh Romanski tossed a gem in leading the Toreros to a 2-0 victory over No. 29 ranked UC Irvine last Tuesday. The sophomore dealt eight scoreless innings against the Anteaters, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out seven batters in the win. Romanski permitted just one runner to reach second base, and never allowed more than one runner in any of his eight innings. The left-hander turned in his most dominating performance of the season, at one point retiring 11 straight batters.

Upcoming Games

Mar. 12
Gonzaga at Utah - 1:00 PM

Mar. 13
Gonzaga at Utah - 12:00 PM
Portland at UC Irvine - 5:30 PM
Pepperdine at Cal State Fullerton - 6:00 PM
San Francisco at San Jose State - 6:00 PM

Mar. 14
Portland at USC - 5:00 PM
San Diego at Cal State Fullerton - 6:00 PM

Mar. 15
Rider at Gonzaga - 2:00 PM

Mar. 16
Rider at Gonzaga - 2:00 PM
LMU at UC Santa Barbara - 2:00 PM
Southern Utah at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
Houston at San Diego - 2:00 PM
Minnesota at Pepperdine - 3:00 PM
Utah at Portland - 3:00 PM
San Francisco at Oregon State - 4:00 PM
Santa Clara at UC Riverside - 6:00 PM

Mar. 17
Southern Utah at Saint Mary's - 11:00 AM
LMU at UC Santa Barbara - 1:00 PM
Minnesota at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
Utah at Portland - 1:00 PM
Houston at San Diego - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Oregon State - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at UC Riverside - 1:00 PM
Rider at Gonzaga - 2:00 PM
Southern Utah at Saint Mary's - TBA

Mar. 18
Minnesota at Pepperdine - 11:00 AM
LMU at UC Santa Barbara - 1:00 PM
Utah at Portland - 1:00 PM
Southern Utah at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
Houston at San Diego - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Oregon State - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at UC Riverside - 1:00 PM

Around The WCC

Gonzaga Opens New Yard This Week
The Gonzaga Bulldogs will open their new home as the Zags host Rider for a three-game set at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field this weekend. Thursday's series opener will mark the first on-campus game for Gonzaga in nearly three-and-a-half years, and the new home of Bulldog baseball is a state-of-the-art facility that also incorporates an old-time baseball feel. The new stadium includes 1,300 theater-style seats with classic brick detailing. Amenities include a state-of-the-art infield and underground passages from home and visitor dugouts to full-service clubhouses.

WCC Continues Strong Start To 2007
WCC squads have continued their outstanding start to the 2007 season, compiling an 93-68-2 (.571) record against teams from other conferences so far this year. League teams have posted a 54-47-1 (.534) mark against teams from western region loops, including the Big West, Mountain West, Pac-10, and Western Athletic conferences.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (10-10/ 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga dropped the final two games of a three-game set at BYU, snapping a seven-game Zag winning streak.

- Josh Monroe improved to 2-0 after striking out four batters in seven innings of work in Thursday's 11-5 win over the Cougars. The victory marked the 14th of the senior's career at Gonzaga.

- Dustin Colclough enjoyed an outstanding weekend at the plate, going 6-for-12 (.500) with four runs scored and an RBI against BYU. The senior went 4-for-5 to lead the charge in Thursday's win.

- Gonzaga finishes up its road trip at Utah (3/12 & 3/13) before returning home for the opening of Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. The Zags will welcome Rider to Spokane for a three-game series to begin play in their new on-campus ballpark.

Loyola Marymount Lions (10-12-1/ 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions travelled to Tulane over the weekend and took two-of-three from the No. 28 ranked Green Wave, improving to 6-1 over their last seven games.

- Sean Dovel slugged his fourth home run of the season in Saturday's 7-3 win, doubling his own career home run total with the two-run shot.

- Eric Farris stole five bases in the three-game series at Tulane, giving the junior 17 swipes on the season and 44 for his career. Farris needs just four more steals to crack the LMU career top-10 list.

- Brian Wilson earned his second win with a 6.2 inning effort in Sunday's 3-2 victory.

- LMU travels to UC Santa Barbara for a three-game series this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (15-5/ 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine split the first two games of its series at then-No. 16 ranked Oklahoma State before Sunday's contest was cancelled due to rain. The Waves improved to 5-2 against ranked opponents this season with Saturday's 7-3 win.

- Chase d'Arnaud enters the week on a career-high 10-game hitting streak after collecting a pair of hits in each of Pepperdine's games over the weekend.

- Luke Salas doubled home a pair of runs in Friday's 7-6 loss, marking the senior's 100th and 101st career RBI.

- Jason Dominguez has converted seven-of-eight save opportunities since becoming Pepperdine's closer, including a save in Saturday's win at Oklahoma State.

- The Waves face No. 12 Cal State Fullerton (3/13) before hosting Minnesota this weekend.

Portland Pilots (9-5/ 0-0 WCC)
- Portland notched a 6-0 shutout of Pacific (Ore.) on Wednesday before starting its Southern California road trip by taking two-of-three from UC Riverside over the weekend.

- Danny Meier slugged his first home run of the season, and nailed down the save with an inning of relief in Friday's 8-7 win over the Highlanders.

- Given Kutz earned his second win of the season after striking out four batters in seven innings of work in Saturday's 5-2 win. It marked the 29th career start for the junior, who needs just two more to enter the UP top-10 chart for career games started.

- Portland wraps up its road trip with games at No. 29 UC Irvine (3/13) and No. 19 USC (3/14) before returning to Joe Etzel Field to host Utah for a three-game series.

Saint Mary's Gaels (12-8-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's had the week off after going 3-0-1 against Columbia to extend its unbeaten streak to 10 games.

- The Gaels' current 10-game unbeaten streak is the longest for an SMC squad since the 1977 team put together 10 straight late-season wins.

- A 3-3 tie with Columbia on March 3 marked SMC's first tie since 2003, and just the second since 1983.

- Anthony Aliotti sparkled on the mound during the series finale with Columbia, striking out 12 batters in seven innings of work. Aliotti has emerged as one of the top two-way players in the WCC, batting .366 (26-for-71) at the plate and posting a 3-1 mark in six mound appearances.

- The Gaels return to action with four games against Southern Utah this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (15-9 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego earned a pair of wins in the Tony Gwynn Classic over the weekend, topping Michigan and San Diego State and dropping a 6-4 decision to Oklahoma at Petco Park on Saturday.

- Sunday's win over San Diego State marked the sixth straight victory for the Toreros over their cross-town rivals.

- Shane Buschini clubbed his sixth home run of the season to match his career-high and give the senior 18 career dingers.

- AJ Griffin, Kevin Hansen, Josh Romanski, and Buschini were each named to the Tony Gwynn Classic All-Tournament Team.

- USD faces No. 12 Cal State Fullerton (3/14) and hosts Houston for three games this week.

San Francisco Dons (9-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco went 1-2 at the Baylor Classic over the weekend, defeating Winthrop, 7-2, while falling to the host Bears and Mississippi State.

- Aaron Poreda struck out six in seven innings of work to earn the win in Saturday's 7-2 triumph over the Eagles. It marked the third victory of the season for the junior and the 13th of his career, moving him into a tie for ninth place on the USF career wins list.

- Zach Kim slugged his first home run of the season, clubbing an eighth-inning solo shot in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Mississippi State.

- Mitchell Bialosky drove in two in Saturday's win, bringing his team-high RBI total to 11.

- The Dons travel to San Jose State (3/13) before meeting No. 5 ranked Oregon State for three games in Corvallis this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (13-11 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara continued its recent run of success, taking two-of-three from Fresno State on the road over the weekend.

- Matt Wickswat spun his first complete game in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Bulldogs. The sophomore southpaw struck out five in nine innings of work to improve to 4-2 on the season.

- Matt Long torched Fresno State pitching over the weekend, batting at a .600 (6-for-10) clip over the three games with three runs scored and four RBI. The sophomore also clubbed his first collegiate home run in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Bulldogs.

- Ryan Conan drove in four runs on the weekend to bring his season RBI total to a conference-high 25.

- Santa Clara travels to UC Riverside for a three-game series this weekend.