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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 3/19

March 19, 2007

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

Josh Romanski helped lead San Diego to a perfect 4-0 week, as the Toreros topped then-No. 12 ranked Cal State Fullerton before sweeping Houston over the weekend. The sophomore was dominating on the mound against the Titans, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning and striking out six batters to pick up his third win of the season. The two-way standout also excelled at the plate, batting .467 (7-for-15) with a triple, three RBI and three runs scored in four games.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Given Kutz, Portland

Given Kutz tossed his second consecutive complete game and recorded his first career shutout as Portland blanked Utah at Joe Etzel Field on Friday, 8-0. The junior struck out a career-high 14 batters in the win, tying for the third-highest single-game total in program history, and did not walk a batter in the win. The outing marked the first complete game shutout for a UP hurler since the 2004 season. Kutz lowered his ERA to 3.76, and has struck out 35 batters with just eight walks so far this season.

Upcoming Games

Mar. 20
Washington at Portland - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Nevada - 2:00 PM
Washington State at Gonzaga - 3:00 PM
LMU at Cal State Northridge - 3:00 PM
Pepperdine at USC - 6:00 PM

Mar. 21
San Francisco at Sacramento State - 2:00 PM
Washington at Gonzaga - 3:00 PM

Mar. 22
Southern Utah at San Francisco - 2:00 PM
Dallas Baptist at Portland - 3:00 PM

Mar. 23
Southern Utah at San Francisco - 2:00 PM
Utah Valley State at Gonzaga - 3:00 PM
UC Davis at LMU - 3:00 PM
Dallas Baptist at Portland - 3:00 PM
San Diego at UNLV - 6:00 PM

Mar. 24
Utah Valley State at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
UC Davis at LMU - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at UC Santa Barbara - 1:00 PM
Dallas Baptist at Portland - 1:00 PM
Southern Utah at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
San Diego at UNLV - 2:00 PM

Mar. 25
Utah Valley State at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
UC Davis at LMU - 1:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
San Diego at UNLV - 1:00 PM

Mar. 26
UC Santa Barbara at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM

Around The WCC

WCC Announces All-Access Baseball Schedule
The WCC, in conjunction with CSTV Online, will webcast select conference baseball games during the upcoming campaign, concluding a package of league webcasts that have included men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, and women's basketball during the 2006-07 season. The WCC All Access video streaming package is available for free and can only be viewed on the WCC's official website, WCCsports.com. All eight WCC baseball teams will be featured, with each squad making at least one appearance throughout the conference season. League action begins with LMU visiting cross-town rival Pepperdine on April 5, and wraps up with Santa Clara hosting San Diego on May 13. Below is a listing of the WCC baseball contests that are slated to be part of the WCC All Access video streaming package for the upcoming season.

WCC All-Access Baseball Schedule

Apr. 5 - LMU at Pepperdine - 3:00 pm (PT)
Apr. 7 - Santa Clara at San Francisco - 1:00 pm (PT)
Apr. 13 - Portland at San Diego - 3:00 pm (PT)
Apr. 15 - Gonzaga at Santa Clara - 1:00 pm (PT)
Apr. 20 - Saint Mary's at Gonzaga - 6:30 pm (PT)
Apr. 22 - Santa Clara at Pepperdine - 1:00 pm (PT)
Apr. 29 - Pepperdine at San Diego - 1:00 pm (PT)
May 4 - LMU at Gonzaga - 6:30 pm (PT)
May 11 - Saint Mary's at San Francisco - 3:00 pm (PT)
May 13 - San Diego at Santa Clara - 1:00 pm (PT)

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-10/ 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga opened Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in style, sweeping three games from Rider over the weekend.

- Since beginning the season with five straight losses, the Bulldogs have posted a 14-5 mark including an 11-3 record in their last 14 games.

- Dustin Colclough continued to swing a hot bat for the Zags, going 8-for-17 (.471) on the week and clubbing his first three home runs of the season. The senior has already eclipsed his home run total from last season (2).

- Jeremy Stumetz earned his first career save with three innings of relief on Friday.

- Gonzaga continues a season-high 12-game home stand this week, hosting Washington State (3/20) and Washington (3/21) before welcoming Utah Valley State for a three-game set.

Loyola Marymount Lions (10-15-1/ 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions could not keep their recent hot streak going, suffering a three-game sweep at UC Santa Barbara over the weekend.

- LMU was edged 6-4 on Friday and 5-4 on Saturday, marking the sixth and seventh losses by two runs or less for the Lions this season.

- DeAndre Miller collected a pair of hits and drove in a run in Saturday's loss to the Gauchos, bringing his season RBI total to a team-high 19. The senior has already eclipsed his previous career-high RBI total of 18.

- Brad Meyers went seven innings for the fourth straight start in Friday's loss to UCSB.

- LMU will be in action at Cal State Northridge (3/20) before returning home to host UC Davis for a three-game series this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (17-7/ 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine rebounded from a 9-4 loss to Cal State Fullerton to take two-of-three from visiting Minnesota over the weekend.

- Barry Enright tossed eight innings to earn his 28th career win in Friday's 8-1 triumph over the Gophers. The junior moved into a tie with former Wave standout Doug Simons (1986-88) for fourth place on the Pepperdine career wins list, and needs just one more victory to move into a tie for ninth on the WCC chart.

- Three Waves extended their respective hitting streaks over the weekend. Chase d'Arnaud is in the midst of a 14-game streak, while Danny Worth has hit safely in nine straight contests, and Adrian Ortiz extended his hitting streak to seven games.

- Pepperdine heads in to a busy week, traveling to No. 19 USC (3/20) before facing UC Santa Barbara three times this weekend.

Portland Pilots (10-9/ 0-0 WCC)
- Portland finished up its Southern California road trip with losses to No. 29 UC Irvine and No. 19 USC before returning home and dropping two-of-three to Utah over the weekend.

- Given Kutz struck out 14 Utah batters in a complete game shutout on Friday, marking the third-highest single-game strikeout total in Portland program history.

- Cory Wilshire continued to swing a hot bat for the Pilots, collecting hits in four of Portland's five games last week including a 3-for-3 performance in Friday's 8-0 win over Utah. The junior is currently leading UP in batting (.362), hits (21), doubles (6), and RBI (13).

- Portland continues its season-high 14-game home stand this week, hosting Washington (3/20) before taking on Dallas Baptist this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (16-8-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games following a four-game sweep of Southern Utah at The Guisto over the weekend.

- Joel Staples feasted on Southern Utah pitching, batting .412 (7-for-17) with three home runs and nine RBI during the four-game set. The sophomore is currently batting .340 (34-for-100) with a team-high five home runs and a conference-leading 29 RBI.

- Eric Cattoni stole his WCC-leading 21st base of the season in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Eagles. The senior has already moved into sixth place on the SMC career steals chart with 38 despite being in just his second season in Moraga.

- Sean Gleason struck out 11 batters to win his fourth straight decision on Friday.

- The Gaels travel to Nevada (3/20) for their only game this week.

San Diego Toreros (19-9 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego notched four straight wins last week, upending then-No. 12 ranked Cal State Fullerton before sweeping visiting Houston over the weekend.

- San Diego has won seven of its last eight games, including the last five straight.

- Brian Matusz was dominating once again last Friday, striking out 11 batters as the Toreros topped Houston, 8-1. Matusz improved to 4-1 on the season, and has struck out 83 batters in just 50.1 innings of work this season.

- Sean Nicol slugged his first home run in a Torero uniform during Sunday's 8-3 win over Houston. The transfer from Portland is currently batting .324 (34-for-105) for USD.

- The Toreros hit the road for a three-game set at UNLV this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (9-12 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco endured a tough week, suffering a 10-6 setback at San Jose State on Tuesday before being swept at then-No. 5 Oregon State over the weekend.

- Tommy Peale was impressive in just his second start as a Don, tossing eight innings and surrendering just one earned run with six strikeouts in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the defending national champions.

- Luke Sommer slugged a pair of solo home runs over the weekend, giving him three on the season to match his career-high.

- The Dons look to get back on the winning track at Sacramento State (3/20) before playing their first on-campus games of the season this weekend. USF will host Southern Utah for three games at Benedetti Diamond after playing its first 22 games of the season away from The Hilltop.

Santa Clara Broncos (13-14 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara suffered a three-game sweep at UC Riverside over the weekend, dropping the Broncos to 13-14 on the season.

- Gabe Alcantar continued to lead the Santa Clara offense, collecting six hits over the weekend to bring his team-leading hits total to 41. The junior, who batted just .253 last season, is currently leading the Broncos with a .406 (41-for-101) batting average and has scored a team-high 21 runs.

- Ryan Conan drove in a pair of runs in Sunday's 10-4 loss to the Highlanders, bringing his season RBI total to a team-high 28. The junior also leads the team with a pair of home runs so far this season.

- The Broncos, who are in the midst of a 12-game road stretch, will have the week off to rest up for conference play which begins on March 30 at Portland.