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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 3/20

March 20, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
Scott Cousins, San Francisco

Scott Cousins helped San Francisco post a 3-1 mark on the week, and led the Dons to a pair of wins over New Mexico on the road over the weekend. Cousins batted .500 (8-for-16) in four games, driving in seven runs and scoring five times. The junior began the series at UNM with a 3-for-5 performance, clubbing a triple and driving in three runs. Cousins went 2-for-4 in each of the next two contests in the series, scoring four times and hitting his first home run of the season on Sunday.

WCC Pitcher of the Week
Josh Butler, San Diego

Josh Butler continued to baffle opposing lineups last weekend, as the junior tossed a complete game shutout in San Diego's 2-0 win over Houston on the road on Saturday. Butler surrendered just five hits in the outing, striking out a season-high nine Cougar batters, and picking up his fifth win of the 2006 campaign. The right-hander has fanned 44 batters so far this season, and currently fashions a 0.72 ERA. Butler has allowed just four extra base hits in eight appearances.

Upcoming Games

Mar. 21
USC at LMU - 2:00 PM
Pacific at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
Utah Valley State at San Francisco - 2:00 PM
Concordia at Portland - 3:00 PM
Pepperdine at Cal State Fullerton - 6:00 PM

Mar. 22
Utah Valley State at San Francisco - 2:00 PM

Mar. 23
Northwestern at LMU - 2:00 PM

Mar. 24
Dartmouth at Gonzaga - 2:00 PM
Northwestern at Pepperdine - 2:00 PM
UC Davis at Portland - 2:00 PM
Utah at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
UNLV at San Diego - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at Oral Roberts - 7:00 PM

Mar. 25
Dartmouth at Gonzaga - 12:00 PM
Northwestern at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
UC Davis at Portland - 1:00 PM
Utah at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
UNLV at San Diego - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Oral Roberts - 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Hawaii-Hilo - 3:00 PM
LMU at UC Riverside - 6:00 PM
Santa Clara at Hawaii-Hilo - TBA

Mar. 26
Dartmouth at Gonzaga - 11:00 AM
LMU at UC Riverside - 1:00 PM
Northwestern at Pepperdine - 1:00 PM
UC Davis at Portland - 1:00 PM
Utah at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
UNLV at San Diego - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Oral Roberts - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Hawaii-Hilo - 3:00 PM
LMU at UC Riverside - 4:00 PM

Around The WCC

Three Conference Pitchers Earn National Recognition
Three WCC pitchers were named to the College Baseball Foundation honor roll on March 14. Pepperdine's Paul Coleman was honored after recording his 200th career strikeout against Oklahoma State, while San Diego's Brian Matusz was named to the honor roll after striking out 10 San Diego State batters on March 10. San Francisco's Patrick McGuigan was also named to the honor roll after tossing a complete game shutout on March 11.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga posted a 3-3 mark at the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno last week, recording wins over Bucknell, Lafayette, and Binghamton.

- Darin Holcomb drove in five runs in Wednesday's 12-2 win over Bucknell and added an RBI in Saturday's 12-1 win over Binghamton. Holcomb leads the team lead with 31 RBI on the season, nine more than any other Gonzaga player.

- Bobby Carlson moved into a tie for 10th place on the Gonzaga career doubles chart with his 37th career two-bagger in the Zags' win over Bucknell.

- Cory Powell notched his first save of the season in Thursday's win over Lafayette.

- After playing 24 games on the road to begin the 2006 campaign, Gonzaga will host its first series of the year against Dartmouth this weekend.

LMU Lions (10-15 / 0-0 WCC)
- LMU dropped two-of-three to Cal State Northridge over the weekend, marking its first series loss since mid-February.

- Brad Meyers retired the first 10 batters that he faced in Friday's 10-0 win over Cal State Northridge, and went on to toss seven scoreless innings to improve to 3-2 on the season. Meyers faced 22 Matador batters, just one over the minimum, and surrendered just one hit.

- Chris Pettit has stolen six bases in as many attempts this season to move into a tie with Reggie Lambert (1984-85) for eighth place on the LMU career steals list with 48.

- Brian Wilson collected four hits on the weekend, bringing his batting average up to a team-best .371.

- LMU hosts USC (3/21) and Northwestern (3/23) before heading to UC Riverside.

Pepperdine Waves (14-11 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine rebounded from an extra inning loss to Dartmouth on Friday to capture the final two games of the series at Eddy D. Field Stadium over the weekend.

- Chad Tracy pounded out hits in each of Pepperdine's games over the weekend, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Danny Worth has also hit safely in each of the last eight games for the Waves.

- Paul Coleman struck out 10 batters in 10 innings of work in Friday's loss, bringing his career strikeout total to 213. He needs three more strikeouts to crack the Waves' top-10 career list.

- David Uribes moved ahead of current Head Coach Steve Rodriguez into 10th place on the WCC career hits list, collecting four base hits on the weekend to bring his career total to 273.

- The Waves travel to No. 4 Cal State Fullerton (3/21) before hosting Northwestern.

Portland Pilots (5-15 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland bounced back from a pair of losses to San Jose State to top Utah twice on the road over the weekend.

- Sean Sargent notched his second win of the season, striking out nine Utah batters in six innings of work in Saturday's 8-1 victory.

- Danny Meier provided the offense in Saturday's win, clubbing his team-leading third home run of the season and collecting four RBI.

- Travis Vetters legged out his eighth career triple in Friday's win over the Utes, putting him into a tie for fourth place on the Portland career triples list.

- UP opens its home slate against Concordia (3/21) before hosting UC Davis this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (12-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's put up big offensive numbers, scoring 31 runs in three games, but dropped two-of-three to Southern Utah in Henderson, NV over the weekend.

- Preston Young clubbed three home runs in the weekend series, giving him 22 career dingers and putting him in sole possession of third place on the Saint Mary's career chart.

- Joel Fountain tied a career-high set earlier this season with 10 strikeouts in Friday's win at Southern Utah. The senior has won his last four starts for the Gaels.

- Corey Madden fanned a career-high 11 batters in just 5.2 innings of work in Saturday's 10-9 loss.

- SMC hosts Pacific (3/21) before welcoming Utah to Moraga for three games this week.

San Diego Toreros (15-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego posted a 3-2 record on a Texas road trip last week, taking two-of-three from Houston after falling to then-No. 2 ranked Rice and defeating Texas Southern, 8-1.

- Steve Singleton continued to lead the Toreros at the plate, going 9-for-22 with a home run and four RBI last week. The junior leads the team with a .407 batting average and 44 hits.

- Scott Denault picked up his first win of the season in Friday's 9-4 victory over Houston, recording one inning of scoreless relief.

- Jordan Abruzzo moved into a tie for the team lead with his third home run of the season in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Houston.

- San Diego returns home this weekend to host UNLV for a three-game series.

San Francisco Dons (11-12 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco went 3-1 last week, following up a mid-week win at Sacramento State by taking two-of-three from New Mexico on the road.

- Joey Railey banged out seven hits last week to bring his team-high hits total to 36. Railey also ranks second on the team with 19 runs scored.

- Aaron Poreda was outstanding in Saturday's win over New Mexico, surrendering just one earned run and striking out six batters in eight innings of work. Poreda has posted a 1.82 ERA in seven starts and 39.2 innings pitched this season.

- Pat McGuigan recorded his team-leading fourth win of the season in Saturday's victory.

- USF hosts Utah Valley State for two mid-week games before traveling to Oral Roberts for a three-game set this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (13-11 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara rebounded from a mid-week loss to UC Davis to post its first series sweep of the season, taking three games from visiting Northwestern over the weekend.

- Matt Wickswat recorded his fourth win of the season in Sunday's double header opener, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings and striking out a pair of Wildcat hitters. The transfer from Gonzaga has posted a team-best 3.00 ERA so far this season.

- Dustin Realini provided the heroics in Saturday's 5-4 win, going 3-for-5 and driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

- Eric Newton hit his team-leading third home run of the season on Sunday.

- SCU travels to Hawaii-Hilo for four games this weekend.