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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 3/26

March 26, 2007

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WCC/Rawlings Co-Players of the Week
Darin Holcomb, Gonzaga & Luke Sommer, San Francisco

Gonzaga's Darin Holcomb pounded opposing pitching, batting .429 (9-for-21) with four home runs as the Zags posted wins over Washington and Utah Valley State last week. The junior scored nine runs with 10 RBI, and became the first Zag since 2002 to hit home runs in back-to-back at bats on Sunday. San Francisco's Luke Sommer powered the Dons to a 4-0 mark on the week, batting .417 (5-for-12) and slugging a pair of home runs in a sweep of Southern Utah. The junior also scored five runs and collected five RBI on the week as the Dons improved to 13-12.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Jeremy Stumetz, Gonzaga

Gonzaga's Jeremy Stumetz sparkled in his first career start, recording his first collegiate complete-game shutout last Wednesday as the Zags topped Washington, 12-0. The freshman helped snap a nine-game Husky winning streak, scattering four hits and striking out six Washington batters en route to his first win of the season. Stumetz finished the game without allowing an extra base hit and walked just one batter. The Richland, WA native also tossed two scoreless innings for the Zags on Sunday.

Upcoming Games

Mar. 26
San Francisco at Sacramento State - 2:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at Pepperdine - 3:00 PM

Mar. 27
Cal State East Bay at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at Nevada - 2:00 PM
San Diego State at San Diego - 3:00 PM

Mar. 30
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine* - 3:00 PM
San Diego at Gonzaga* - 3:00 PM
San Francisco at LMU* - 3:00 PM
Santa Clara at Portland* - 3:00 PM

Mar. 31
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine* - 1:00 PM
San Diego at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Portland* - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at LMU* - 2:00 PM

Apr. 1
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine* - 1:00 PM
San Diego at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at LMU* - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Portland* - 1:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

40th Season of WCC Play Begins This Weekend
WCC baseball squads will open the 40th season of league play this weekend, as all eight teams will be in action. Five different conference programs have captured league titles during the first 39 years of conference play, with San Francisco claiming a share of the regular season crown for the first time last season. The Dons open WCC play on the road at LMU, while Pepperdine begins the quest for its fourth straight league title at home against Saint Mary's. Santa Clara will travel to Portland for three games this week, and San Diego and Gonzaga round out the first weekend of conference play with a three-game set at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field in Spokane.

WCC In The Polls
Pepperdine and San Diego are ranked in the national polls once again this week, marking the ninth straight week that both teams have been ranked. The Waves check in at No. 12 while USD is ranked No. 20 in the Baseball America top-25. The Waves achieved a season-best No. 8 ranking in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll on March 12. San Francisco is the only other WCC team to have been ranked this season, as the Dons were listed at No. 32 in the Baseball America preseason poll.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-13/ 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga went 2-3 during a busy week at home, falling to Washington State and defeating Washington before dropping two-of-three to Utah Valley State over the weekend.

- Brandon Harmon tossed a complete-game shutout in Sunday's 5-0 win over Utah Valley State, scattering five hits and striking out eight batters in the victory. It marked the second time that the junior has gone the distance this season.

- Darin Holcomb exploded for three home runs in Sunday's doubleheader, including a pair of dingers in GU's 5-0 win. The junior, who also clubbed a homer in Wednesday's win over the Huskies, brought his career home run total to 14.

- The Zags continue their season-high 12-game home stand against Lewis-Clark State (3/27) before opening conference play against San Diego this weekend.

Loyola Marymount Lions (11-18-1/ 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions dropped a 9-3 decision to Cal State Northridge on Tuesday before losing two-of-three to visiting UC Davis at Page Stadium over the weekend.

- Eric Farris drove in the winning run with an RBI single in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Aggies. The junior, who has driven in a team-high 20 runs so far this season, also stole his 45th career base last week to leave him just three swipes shy of cracking the LMU career top-10 list.

- LMU hit three home runs over the last two innings of Sunday's 16-5 loss, as Angelo Songco, Brett Mendoza, and Elvis Herrera each clubbed dingers. It marked the first career home run for Herrera, who collected three hits in the loss.

- The Lions, who are in the midst of a season-high six-game home stand, will host San Francisco this weekend to begin WCC play.

Pepperdine Waves (19-8/ 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine knocked off No. 19 USC on Tuesday before splitting the first two games of a weekend series with UC Santa Barbara. The series with the Gauchos will wrap up at Eddy D. Field Stadium on Monday afternoon.

- The 5-3 win over the Trojans marked a series sweep for the Waves over USC for the second straight season.

- Danny Worth hit safely in all three Pepperdine games last week, extending his current hitting streak to 12 games. The junior hit a pair of doubles in Friday's 16-1 win over the Gauchos to bring his career doubles total to 51, putting him into a tie with former teammate David Uribes for seventh place on the Pepperdine career chart.

- The Waves close out their series with UCSB on Monday before hosting Saint Mary's in conference action this weekend.

Portland Pilots (11-12/ 0-0 WCC)
- Portland fell to Washington on Tuesday, 14-5, before dropping two-of-three to Dallas Baptist over the weekend.

- Given Kutz earned the victory during the front end of Friday's doubleheader, tossing eight innings and striking out eight batters in the Pilots' 4-3 win. The junior is 4-2 in seven starts after sitting out all of last season due to injury.

- Josh Roberts tossed a scoreless ninth inning to record his fourth save of the season in Friday's win, tying his career high saves total. It marked the 76th career appearance for the senior, who needs just six more appearances to become UP's all-time leader.

- Portland welcomes Linfield (3/28) to Joe Etzel Field this week before opening WCC play with a three-game set against Santa Clara this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (16-9-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's 14-game unbeaten streak came to an end in Reno, as the Gaels fell to Nevada on Tuesday, 7-3.

- Randy Wells slugged his first collegiate home run in the loss to the Wolf Pack, clubbing a two-run shot to cap a three-for-five performance.

- Joel Staples continued to lead the Gaels at the plate, hitting his team-leading sixth home run of the season on Tuesday. The sophomore enters the week batting .333 (35-for-105) with a team-high 30 RBI.

- Eric Cattoni scored his WCC-leading 39th run of the season against Nevada, and needs just six more runs scored to crack the SMC single-season top-10 chart.

- The Gaels host Cal State East Bay (3/27) before heading to Pepperdine for three games.

San Diego Toreros (21-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego improved to 21-10 on the season after taking two-of-three from UNLV on the road over the weekend.

- Jordan Abruzzo clubbed his fifth home run of the season in Friday's 6-4 win over the Rebels. The dinger marked the 32nd of the senior's career, putting him into a tie with WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Team honoree Kevin Herde for fifth place on the USD career list. The senior also ranks fourth in Torero history with 183 career RBI.

- Brian Matusz rang up nine strikeouts in Friday's win, bringing his season total to 92. The sophomore needs just two more strikeouts to eclipse his total from last season, and 21 more to move into a tie with former teammate Josh Butler for eighth place on the USD career chart.

- The Toreros return home to host San Diego State (3/27) before traveling to Gonzaga to open WCC play this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (13-12 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco got back on the winning track last week, topping Sacramento State on the road before sweeping Southern Utah in the first series played at Benedetti Diamond this season.

- Luke Sommer hit home runs in back-to-back games in the series against Southern Utah, marking the second straight weekend that the junior has clubbed a pair of homers. Sommer currently leads the team with five round-trippers.

- Aaron Poreda dominated the Southern Utah lineup in Friday's win, striking out a season-high eight batters in just six innings of work to improve to 4-2 on the season. It marked the 14th career victory for the southpaw, who is tied for seventh on the USF career victories chart.

- The Dons head out on the road once again this week, traveling to Sacramento State (3/26) and Nevada (3/27) before heading to LMU for a three-game WCC series this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (13-14 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara had the week off after suffering a three-game sweep at UC Riverside to fall to 13-14 on the season.

- Gabe Alcantar continued to lead the Santa Clara offense, collecting six hits during the series with the Highlanders 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.

- Jeff Lombard has been solid out of the bullpen for the Broncos, registering a 2.21 ERA in 14 relief appearances. The junior transfer has nailed down four saves, and has posted a 2-1 mark with 25 strikeouts in 20.1 innings of work so far this season.

- The Broncos, who are in the midst of a 12-game road stretch, will open up league play at Portland with a three-game set this weekend.