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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes

March 16, 2010

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NON-CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
The 2010 baseball season continues non-conference play this week with nine scheduled games against nationally ranked opponents. Last week, Pepperdine added to its total of wins against top 25 teams, taking two of three from then No. 13 East Carolina. This week, San Diego plays all of its games against top 25 teams as it will play at #15 UC Irvine, before hosting #14 Rice. Gonzaga will also play a series against the Anteaters, while Pepperdine will play a three-game set at #23 Stanford.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, MARCH 15
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
BYU at Gonzaga Spokane, WA 6:30 PM
TUESDAY, MARCH 16
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
BYU at Gonzaga Spokane, WA 12:00 PM
San Jose State at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA 2:00 PM
Houston at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2:00 PM
Long Beach State at LMU Los Angeles, CA 3:00 PM
San Diego at #15 UC Irvine Irvine, CA 6:00 PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 18
Portland at Utah Valley Orem, UT 5:00 PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 19
#14 Rice at San Diego San Diego, CA 2:00 PM
Portland at Utah Valley Orem, UT 5:00 PM
Gonzaga at #15 UC Irvine Irvine, CA 6:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Tulane New Orleans, LA 6:00 PM
San Francsico at UC Riverside Riverside, CA 6:00 PM
LMU at Fresno State Fresno, CA 6:05 PM
Pepperdine at #23 Stanford Palo Alto, CA 6:30 PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 20
Portland at Utah Valley Orem, UT 12:00 PM
#14 Rice at San Diego San Diego, CA 1:00 PM
Gonzaga at #15 UC Irvine Irvine, CA 1:00 PM
San Francsico at UC Riverside Riverside, CA 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Tulane New Orleans, LA 2:00 PM
Pepperdine at #23 Stanford Palo Alto, CA 2:00 PM
LMU at Fresno State (DH) Fresno, CA 2:05 PM, 5:35 PM
Santa Clara at San Diego State San Diego, CA 6:00 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 21
Saint Mary's at Tulane New Orleans, LA 11:00 AM
#14 Rice at San Diego San Diego, CA 12:00 PM
Gonzaga at #15 UC Irvine Irvine, CA 1:00 PM
San Francsico at UC Riverside Riverside, CA 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at #23 Stanford Palo Alto, CA 1:00 PM
LMU at Fresno State Fresno, CA 1:05 PM
Santa Clara at San Diego State San Diego, CA 6:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Sammy Solis, USD:
This marks the second time in three weeks, that Solis has taken home this honor. Solis turned in his most dominant performance of the season in Friday's win over UAB, as he allowed two unearned runs on three hits, while striking out seven in 7.0 innings of work. This was Solis' longest outing of the young season, and he is now 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA and is third on the team in strikeouts with 22.

Also nominated: Cole Cook, PEP; Billy Moon, USD

WCC Rawlings Player of the Week: Geoff Klein, SCU
The preseason All-America honoree and reigning WCC co-batting champ, Klein had 12 hits and eight RBI last week and was named to the all-tournament team at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament in Silicon Valley.

Klein, who played both catcher and designated hitter, led Santa Clara to a pair of wins, going 12-for-21 (.571 BA) on the week with two homers and two doubles. His slugging percentage was .952 - he had 27 plate appearances and did not strikeout.

His clutch ninth-inning double Saturday, led to the tying run in SCU's comeback victory over Air Force, 8-7, in extra innings. On Sunday, Klein hit a two-run homer (his second in as many days) and added a ninth-inning hit in SCU's 12-11 win over Southern Illinois. He raised his season batting average to .356. Klein has 15 RBI in 14 games.

Also nominated: Drew Heid, GON; Brad Bauer, LMU; Mike Ferraro, USD; Stephen Yarrow, USF

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: 8-7
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga picked up wins over Texas Tech (13-9) and Bradley (8-6, 6-4) and lost to the Red Raiders (9-7), Pacific (6-1), and Notre Dame (6-3) last week.

  • OF Drew Heid led the way over the week as he posted a .346 batting average with 7 runs, 2 doubles, 3 home runs and team-high 7 RBI, and also was 3-of-3 on stolen bases. He went yard twice in the win over Texas Tech as did DH Andy Hunter. In the Zags' 14 games this season, he has had multiple hits in eight of those games along with Hunter, who is second in the league with five home runs.

  • LHP Billy Moon collected a pair of saves in three appearances, both over Bradley with three strikeouts in three innings in the two saves.

  • Gonzaga hosts BYU for a two-game set (3/15,16), before heading to #15 UC Irvine for a three-game series (3/19-21).
  • Overall Record: 4-10
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • LMU went 1-2 against Cal State Northridge, losing the first two 12-5 and 13-5, before winning the last game 20-10.

  • The 20 runs in the win marks a season-high as the Lions belted five home runs, the most in a single game since the 2003 season.

  • 3B Brad Bauer and OF Jason Barmasse paced the Lions' offense in the win as both drove in five RBI and had a home run each. In the Lions' 14 games this season, Barmasse has had seven multi-hit games and is hitting .354 for the season.

  • LHP John Lally got with the win and is now 2-0 with 18 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched.

  • The Lions host Long Beach State (3/16), before traveling to play Fresno State in a four-game series (3/19-21), including a double-header on 3/20.

  • Overall Record: 6-9
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves lost to USC 5-0, before getting two of three from #13 East Carolina with 5-3 and 10-3 wins and a 3-2 loss.

  • In the series opening win against East Carolina, RHP Cole Cook pitched his first ever complete game, allowing just two earned runs, while striking out eight.

  • In the second win over East Carolina, LHP Robert Dickmann also tossed in a complete game, allowing just three earned runs, while striking out five. LHP Matt Bywater struck out 10 in the series finale and gave up just three runs, but was saddled with the loss.

  • C Nate Johnson went yard twice in game two against East Carolina and is riding a four-game hitting streak in which he has collected six hits and driven in seven runs.

  • Pepperdine is on the road this week with a three-game series at #23 Stanford (3/19-21).
  • Overall Record: 10-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots beat Memphis 7-2 and Utah 4-1, before falling to the Utes 6-1 and #12 Oregon State 6-5 and 9-2 at the Oregon State Tournament.

  • In the win over Memphis, LHP Ed Wakefield got the win, allowing just one earned run in 5.2 innings pitched. In his three starts this year, he has 11 strikeouts in 14 IP.

  • In the win over Utah, RHP Zach Varce got the win, allowing just one earned run and striking out five in eight innings pitched. He is currently 2-1 on the season with a 1.65 ERA, good for second in the league. Varce has also totaled 29 strikeouts in 27.1 innings pitched.

  • 2B Riley Henricks collected two triples over the week and is tied for the league lead with four.

  • Porltand is on the road this week, with a three-game series at Utah Valley (3/18-20).
  • Overall Record: 4-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Gaels won the first game against Sacramento State 8-6, before the second game was suspended in the 12th inning with both teams tied at 4-4.

  • In the win, the Gaels received three hit performances from OF Justin Fazio, 3B Patrick Wisdom, and DH Cole Norton, who also drove in five RBI.

  • OF Brenden Kalfus has the hottest bat for the Gaels right now, as he is riding a six-game hitting streak, collecting 12 hits in nine games played. He has only failed to collect a hit in one game this season.

  • IF Troy Channing has gotten back to the power hitting he showed last year, going yard three times in his last four games, including two against #11 UC Irvine, and driving in seven runs.

  • The Gaels host San Jose State (3/16), before playing a three-game set at Tulane (3/19-21).
  • Overall Record: 9-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego collected wins over Monmouth (3-2, 8-2), San Francisco (15-7), UAB (5-2), and Fresno State (10-7), and fell to #16 UC Irvine (8-4) and Cal State Fullerton (4-2).

  • OF Mike Ferraro had a huge week to help the Toreros go 5-2, going 10-for-18 (.555), with four doubles, a home run, and four RBI. He has moved his batting average to .441, ranked second in the league.

  • LHP Sammy Solis earned his third win in the game against UAB and is now 3-1 on the season and was named WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week. He tossed in seven innings, striking out seven and allowing just two earned runs. He has 22 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched this year.

  • The Toreros play at #15 UC Irvine (3/16), before hosting #14 Rice for a three-game series (3/19-21).
  • Overall Record: 9-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco collected wins over Cal St. Bakersfield (3-0, 2-0), UAB (14-8), and San Diego State (5-3), and lost to San Diego (15-7) and Fresno State (5-2).

  • 3B Stephen Yarrow had a huge week to help the Dons go 4-2, going 9-for-26, with two doubles, three home runs, including a grand slam, six runs scored, and 10 RBI. Yarrow currently leads the league with eight homeruns and has not gone hitless in back-to-back games all year.

  • In the win over SDSU, SS Derek Poppert went 4-for-5 with a double and has 21 hits in 17 games played this season.

  • OF Pete Lavin has the hot bat for the Dons as he is riding a six-game hitting streak.

  • The Dons host Houston (3/16) before playing a three-game set at UC Riverside (3/19-21).
  • Overall Record: 7-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara got wins over Air Force (8-7) and Southern Illinois (12-11), and lost to Fresno State (10-9), the Salukis (6-5), and UC Davis (8-7) last week.

  • C Geoff Klein had a big week en route to being named the WCC Rawlings Player of the Week. He went 12-for-21 (.571) with 12 hits, two doubles, two home runs, and 12 RBI. He is currently riding a six-game hitting streak with multi-hits in each game.

  • Klein was joined by OF Pat Stover on the all-tournament team as he went 10-for-19 (.424) with three doubles and a home run. OF Tommy Medica has the hottest bat in the league, riding a seven-game hitting streak with five multi-hit games in that span. He is currently tied with 1B Curtis Wagner for the league lead in hits as both have 26.

  • The Broncos play just two games this week at San Diego State (3/20, 21) as part of a four-game series against the Aztecs.