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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 3/13

March 13, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
Chris Pettit, LMU

Chris Pettit led the Lions to a sweep of New Mexico State on the road over the weekend, going 9-for-17 (.529) as LMU out-scored the Aggies by a 46-14 margin. Pettit put up outstanding numbers, crossing the plate eight times, while driving in 10 runs and slugging a pair of homers. The senior hit five doubles on the weekend, moving him into sixth place on the LMU career doubles chart with 55. He also moved into 10th on the LMU career steals list with 47 after swiping three bags last week.

WCC Pitcher of the Week
Patrick McGuigan, San Francisco

In just his sixth career start, Patrick McGuigan tossed a complete game shutout against Georgetown on Saturday to lead San Francisco to a 5-0 win. McGuigan allowed two hits and struck out a career-high 12 Georgetown batters in pitching his second complete game of the season. The senior allowed just one Hoya to reach second base and did not issue a single walk. Earlier in the week, McGuigan struck out two batters in 1.2 innings of relief against Fresno State.

Upcoming Games

Mar. 13
Gonzaga vs. Miami (OH)^ - 4:00 PM

Mar. 14
UC Irvine at LMU - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at California - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at Sacramento State - 2:00 PM
San Diego at Rice - 5:00 PM
Portland at San Jose State - 6:00 PM
Gonzaga at Fresno State^ - 7:00 PM

Mar. 15
Gonzaga vs. Bucknell^ - 1:00 PM
San Diego at Texas Southern - 5:00 PM
Portland at San Jose State - 6:00 PM
UC Davis at Santa Clara - 6:00 PM

Mar. 16
Gonzaga vs. Lafayette^ - 4:00 PM

Mar. 17
Portland at Utah - 1:00 PM
LMU at Cal State Northridge - 2:00 PM
Dartmouth at Pepperdine - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Southern Utah - 2:00 PM
Gonzaga vs. Washington State^ - 4:00 PM
San Diego at Houston - 5:00 PM
San Francisco at New Mexico - 6:00 PM

Mar. 18
Portland at Utah - 12:00 PM
LMU at Cal State Northridge - 1:00 PM
Dartmouth at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Southern Utah - 1:00 PM
Northwestern at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
Gonzaga vs. Binghamton^ - 4:00 PM
San Diego at Houston - 5:00 PM
San Francisco at New Mexico - 6:00 PM

Mar. 19
San Diego at Houston - 11:00 AM
Portland at Utah - 12:00 PM
Cal State Northridge at LMU - 1:00 PM
Dartmouth at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Southern Utah - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at New Mexico - 1:00 PM
Northwestern at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
Northwestern at Santa Clara - TBA

^Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic (Fresno, CA)

Around The WCC

WCC Alums At The World Baseball Classic
Three WCC alums have represented their respective nations in the first-ever World Baseball Classic. Santa Clara alum Randy Winn has played in a pair of games for the United States through Sunday, including a 2-for-4 performance against South Africa that helped the USA advance out of Pool B in the first round. Former Gonzaga standout Jason Bay led his native Canada to an 8-6 upset of the USA in first round play, and went 5-for-11 with five runs scored in three games. Former USF star Dustin Delucchi patrolled the outfield for Italy in first round play, starting all three contests as the Italians went 1-2 in Pool D.

Gonzaga's Brennan And San Diego's Butler Earn WCC Monthly Honors
Jackson Brennan was named the WCC Player of the Month and San Diego's Josh Butler took home Pitcher of the Month honors for February. Brennan batted .396 on the month, while leading the WCC with five home runs. Butler went 3-1 in February, surrendering just one run and holding opponents to a .148 batting average.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (11-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga stretched its winning streak to four games with a pair of victories over Chicago State in Lewiston, ID over the weekend. The games were played at a neutral site due to wet weather in Spokane.

- Four pitchers combined to toss a four-hit shutout in Friday's 6-0 win over Chicago State, with reliever Clayton Mortensen earning his third win of the season to tie for the team lead.

- Bobby Carlson needs just one more double to crack the Gonzaga career top-10 list. Carlson has four two-baggers this season to bring his career total to 36.

- Jackson Brennan had his 11-game hitting streak cut short in Friday's win, as the reigning WCC Player of the Month went 0-for-2.

- GU will face six different teams at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno this week.

LMU Lions (9-12 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions enjoyed an outstanding weekend, sweeping New Mexico State on the road and out-scoring the Aggies by a 46-14 margin in three games.

- The Lions set a program record with nine doubles in Sunday's 20-6 victory. Chris Pettit clubbed three two-baggers to bring his career total to 55, putting him in sixth place on LMU's career list.

- Daniel Macias was impressive in recording the victory on Sunday, working five innings and striking out a career-high eight batters, while surrendering just one run on two hits against the Aggies.

- DeAndre Miller stole his team-leading 11th base in Friday's 9-5 victory.

- LMU hosts UC Irvine (3/14) before taking on Cal State Northridge for a three-game set.

Pepperdine Waves (12-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine got back on the winning track last weekend, taking two of three from visiting Oklahoma State at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves improved to 8-4 at home so far this season.

- Paul Coleman struck out six batters in 8.1 innings of work to record the win in Friday's 4-1 victory. Coleman has fanned 203 hitters in his career in Malibu, and needs just 13 more strikeouts to crack Pepperdine's career top-10 list.

- Barry Enright threw his first career complete game in Saturday's 6-3 win over Oklahoma State, scattering seven hits as he recorded his team-leading fourth victory.

- Brett Hunter notched his team-leading fourth save of the season on Friday.

- The Waves host Dartmouth for three games this weekend.

Portland Pilots (3-11 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland rebounded from a 9-2 loss on Friday to hand Nevada a 7-4 defeat on Sunday. The final game of the three-game series was cancelled due to snow.

- Sean Sargent picked up his first win of the season against the Wolf Pack, working five innings to improve to 1-4.

- Austin Dirkx closed out the win with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to notch his second save of the season. Dirkx has pitched in all three of Portland's wins this season.

- Danny Meier went 3-for-4 in Sunday's win, scoring twice and driving in another run.

- The Pilots head to San Jose State and Utah for a combined five games this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (11-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's posted a pair of wins over Northern Illinois before Sunday's contest was cancelled due to wet weather. The Gaels enter the week on a five-game winning streak.

- Joel Fountain recorded his third straight victory on the mound in Friday's win, throwing seven innings and striking out six batters.

- Saint Mary's pitching staff has surrendered just seven runs over the Gaels' last five games, and has held opposing lineups to a .250 batting average so far this season.

- Delaney Gallagher needs one more base hit to become just the seventh player in SMC history to reach the 200 career hit mark.

- SMC travels to California (3/14) and Southern Utah for three games this week.

San Diego Toreros (12-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego returned to its winning ways, registering a three-game sweep of cross-town rival San Diego State over the weekend.

- Brian Matusz matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts in Friday's 3-1 win over the Aztecs. The freshman improved to 2-1 on the season and brought his team-leading strikeout total to 45 on the season.

- Steve Singleton enjoyed an outstanding weekend, going 10-for-18 including a 4-for-5 performance in Sunday's 16-1 win over SDSU. Singleton's batting average climbed to a team-best .406 on the season.

- Keoni Ruth hit a grand slam in the bottom of seventh in Sunday's 16-1 win.

- USD travels to take on Rice (3/14), Texas Southern (3/15), and Houston for three games.

San Francisco Dons (8-11 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco rebounded from a mid-week loss to Fresno State to sweep Georgetown at Benedetti Diamond over the weekend.

- Joey Railey continued his torrid hitting pace over the weekend, collecting five hits against Georgetown to bring his team-high hits total to 30. Railey is batting a team-best .448 (30-for-67) so far this season.

- Patrick McGuigan struck out a career-high 10 batters in a complete game shutout on Saturday. It marked the 13th career win for McGuigan, who moved into a tie for eighth on the USF career list for victories.

- The Dons have posted a 5-1 mark at Benedetti Diamond so far this season.

- USF travels to face Sacramento State (3/14) and New Mexico for three games this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (10-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara registered a win over Sacramento State on Tuesday before being swept at Washington over the weekend.

- Donald Brandt returned to the mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, and earned the victory in Tuesday's win over Sacramento State. Brandt tossed four innings of shutout ball, surrendering just two hits in the win over the Hornets.

- Eric Newton provided the offense in Friday's 14-10 loss, slugging his first two home runs of the season. Newton went 4-for-5 in the contest, driving in four runs and scoring twice.

- Matt Long went 6-for-12 in the series at Washington, including a 4-for-4 performance in Saturday's loss. Long moved into the team lead with a .357 (25-for-70) batting average.

- SCU hosts UC Davis (3/14) and Northwestern for a three-game set this weekend.