March 21, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- With the 2011 baseball season in full swing and the regular seasons for the winter sports complete, the West Coast Conference is pleased to announce its WCC Rawlings Player and Pitcher of the Week.
Rawlings Player of the Week
Billy Moon, Gonzaga, OF, SO
Sophomore outfielder Billy Moon went 8-for-17 (.471) with three doubles and seven RBI in four games last weekend in the Irish Baseball Classic. The Bulldogs played two each against Notre Dame and Iowa. On Friday against Iowa, Moon hit two RBI doubles in his first two plate appearances. His second RBI double in the third inning was the eventual game-winning hit as he helped the Bulldogs beat theHawkeyes 9-1. In Saturday's doubleheader against the Fighting Irish and the Hawkeyes, respectively, Moon went 4-for-7 with three RBI. In the Bulldogs 4-1 win over the Fighting Irish, he hit an RBI single in the fourth inning to tie the game. In game two, Moon hit two singles in the first two innings. His single in the second inning drove in two runs to help Gonzaga beat the Hawkeyes 7-2.
Trailing the Fighting Irish 3-2 in the ninth inning and down to their last out, Moon's RBI single helped the Bulldogs tie the game 3-3. The game was called off after the 12th inning due to travel curfew. Moon is leading the Bulldogs in batting average (.377), RBI (13) and is tied with Cameron Edman for the most doubles (6) this season.
Also Nominated: Matt Koch, LMU; Brian Humphries, PEP; Justin Fazio, SMC
Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Alex Gillingham, Loyola Marymount, RHP, JR
Junior Alex Gillingham recorded a complete-game shutout over No. 14 UC Irvine (Collegiate Baseball) on Saturday. Gillingham, who improved to 3-2 on the year, tossed 130 pitches (86 strikes) en route to the first complete-game shutout for the Lions since Martin Viramontes shut out Saint Mary's on May 2, 2010. Gillingham finished the game with a career-best 11 strikeouts and walked just one while allowing three hits. He retired 17 straight from two out in the first through one out in the seventh. For Gillingham, the complete game was the second of the year and of his career, as he tossed eight in a loss to UC Riverside on February 19. The right-hander had tossed eight innings in each of his previous four starts this year.
Also Nominated: Marco Gonzales, GON; Matt Maurer, PEP; Martin Agosta, SMC