March 22, 2010
With the baseball season in full swing, the West Coast Conference announced the Rawlings Pitcher and Player of the week. LMU's Matt Koch took home the Player of the Week award, while USD's Matt Hauser won the Pitcher of the Week honor.
WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Matt Hauser, USD
Hauser, a 6-2 senior from Newport Beach, Calif., picked up both a win and a save against No. 14 Rice this past week, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 3.1 innings of work. In Friday's win over Rice, Hauser picked up his third save of the season. Rice was threatening in the top of the eighth inning as they loaded the bases with two outs. Hauser got the first batter he faced to ground out, getting USD out of the jam. Hauser then mowed down the Rice batters in order in the ninth inning getting the first two batters to strikeout and the final batter to fly out to centerfield, en route to picking up his third save of the season. Then on Saturday, Hauser picked up his first win of the season, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 2.0 innings of work.
WCC Rawlings Player of the Week: Matt Koch, LMU
Koch batted .389 (7-for-18) with five runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, two walks, a hit-by-pitch and four RBI to lead LMU to the 4-1 week. He recorded 18 total bases, slugged 1.000 and reached base at a .455 clip. In addition, he hit safely in each of the five games last week, including recording a home run in three of the four games against Fresno State over the weekend. He has now hit safely in eight straight games, including belting five home runs over the span.
LMU began the week by defeating Long Beach State, 6-4 on Tuesday. The Lions then took the first three games of a four-game series against Fresno State in Fresno, Calif. LMU defeated the bulldogs, 12-5, in game one before taking both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday in extra-innings. The Lions earned a 4-3 victory in 10 innings in game one before taking game two by a count of 5-2 in eight innings (game was scheduled for seven). Koch belted what proved to be the game-winning home run in game one of the doubleheader on Saturday, sending a pitch over the wall in left centerfield in the top of the 10th inning to break a 3-3 tie.