SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference has named its Rawlings Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week for March 23, 2015.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK - ANTHONY VILLA, JR., IF - SAINT MARY'S
Every time his team needed a big swing of the bat, Anthony Villa was there to provide it as Saint Mary's third baseman had an impressive week to help the Gaels win three of four games. Villa went 6 for 15 (.400) with two doubles, two home runs, five runs scored and eight RBI but the numbers don't fully explain how impactful Villa was for the Gaels.
Trailing 2-0 after an inning at San Jose State, Villa turned the game around with one swing, crushing a three-run home run to dead center to put Saint Mary's up 3-2 in the third. He proved even more heroic on Saturday against Portland when, with the Pilots up 8-3 in the seventh, Villa transformed the game with one big swing, crushing a grand slam to left field to bring SMC within one run in a game the Gaels ultimately won 10-9 in 10 innings.
Also Nominated: Brad Anderson, Pepperdine; Tanner Donnels, Loyola Marymount; Hayden Nielsen, BYU; Tyler Sulivan, Pacific
WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PITCHER OF THE WEEK - P.J. CONLON, JR., LHP - SAN DIEGO
Junior lefthander PJ Conlon (3-1) was almost unhittable against Santa Clara and he picked up the win Saturday on the mound for the Toreros, securing the series win. Conlon allowed one run on three hits in 8.0 innings of work. After SCU scored in the second inning, Conlon completely shutdown the Bronco offense, as he retired the next eight batters he faced, before hitting TC Floritine in the bottom of the fifth inning. Conlon then resumed mowing down the SCU line-up as he went on to retire 14 of his final 15 batters. Conlon struck out four and walked only one batter.
Also Nominated: Vince Arobio, Pacific; Evan Brisentine, Santa Clara; Brandon Kinser, BYU; Ryan Wilson, Pepperdine
2015 WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
March 23: Anthony Villa, Saint Mary's
March 16: Dillon Robinson, BYU
March 9: Collin Ferguson, Saint Mary's
March 2: Tyler Frost, Gonzaga
February 23: Jose Vizcaino Jr., Santa Clara
February 16: Jose Vizcaino Jr., Santa Clara
2015 WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PITCHER OF THE WEEK
March 23: PJ Conlon, San Diego
March 16: David Hill, San Diego
March 9: Brandon Bailey, Gonzaga
March 2: David Hill, San Diego
February 23: Tylor Megill, Loyola Marymount
February 16: Steven Wilson, Santa Clara