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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 3/27

March 27, 2006

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WCC Player of the Week
Chad Tracy, Pepperdine

Chad Tracy led Pepperdine to an outstanding week, lifting the Waves to a 7-4 win over then-No. 4 ranked Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday before sweeping visiting Northwestern over the weekend. Tracy provided the heroics against the Titans, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI, while recording his fourth career two-home run game. He also batted .500 (6-for-12) with two triples and two RBI against the Wildcats. For the weekend, Tracy hit .563 (9-for-16) with five runs and six RBI.

WCC Pitcher of the Week
Aaron Poreda, San Francisco

Aaron Poreda continued to impress for the Dons, tossing his first career complete game as San Francisco defeated Oral Roberts on the road on Saturday, 2-1. The sophomore allowed just one run on five hits, and struck out a career-best nine Golden Eagle batters in recording his second victory of the season. Poreda leads San Francisco with a miniscule 1.48 ERA, and has allowed just eight earned runs so far this season. He has also struck out 34 batters in 48.2 innings of work.

Upcoming Games

Mar. 27
Santa Clara at Hawaii-Hilo - 3:00 PM

Mar. 28
Cal State Fullerton at LMU - 2:00 PM
Washington at Portland - 2:00 PM
Whitworth at Gonzaga - 3:00 PM
Pepperdine at USC - 6:00 PM
Saint Mary's at San Jose State - 6:00 PM

Mar. 29
Oregon State at San Francisco - 2:00 PM
George Fox at Portland - 3:00 PM

Mar. 31
Portland at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at LMU* - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at San Diego* - 2:00 PM
San Francisco at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM

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

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

*Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

WCC Conference Play Begins This Weekend
West Coast Conference league play begins this weekend as all eight conference squads will kick off the 39th season of WCC action. Regional rivalries will be highlighted on the first weekend, with Gonzaga hosting Portland, San Francisco traveling to Santa Clara, and Pepperdine visiting LMU. San Diego will host Saint Mary's to round out the conference opening series. This season marks a return to a single division format for the WCC after seven years of playing in a two-division alignment. Conference squads will play only 21 league contests, as opposed to the 30 contests in the two-division format. The WCC Championship Series will pit the top two conference teams against one another with the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament going to the winner of the three-game set.

Conference Teams Enjoy Big Weekend
WCC teams enjoyed an outstanding final week of non-conference play, as the eight WCC baseball squads combined to post a 22-6 record against non-conference opposition. Highlighting the week were five series sweeps and a 7-4 win for Pepperdine over then-No. 4 ranked Cal State Fullerton. Gonzaga and Portland opened their home slates with sweeps over Dartmouth and UC Davis, respectively, while the Waves took three games from Northwestern. San Diego swept visiting UNLV, and USF won three games at Oral Roberts. The WCC has posted a 116-98 record against non-conference foes, and a 17-15 mark against ranked opposition so far this season.

Pepperdine's Uribes On The Charts
Pepperdine's David Uribes has moved onto the WCC top-10 career charts in both career hits and runs scored this season. The senior has crossed the plate 207 times in his career to tie for fifth on the WCC list, and has collected 280 hits to rank seventh in league history. Uribes can become the WCC's all-time hits leader with 35 more base hits, which would edge former Wave Paul Faries' (1984-87) career record of 314 hits.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga opened its home schedule with a two game sweep of Dartmouth in a rain shortened series over the weekend. The Zags plated 27 runs in the two-game set.

- Jackson Brennan clubbed a pair of home runs in Sunday's 13-2 win over Dartmouth, including a solo shot to lead off the game. Brennan, who entered the season with just three career home runs, has already hit seven dingers this season.

- Ryan Wiegand has emerged as one of Gonzaga's top run producers as a freshman. The DH went 5-for-9 on the weekend with seven RBI, including a five-RBI performance in Friday's win. Wiegand ranks second on the squad with 27 RBI this season.

- The Zags continue a season-high seven-game homestand against Whitworth (3/28) before opening conference play against Portland this weekend.

LMU Lions (11-19 / 0-0 WCC)
- LMU had a busy week, splitting two mid-week games at home before being swept by UC Riverside on the road over the weekend.

- Erik Johnson extended his team-high hitting streak to 13 games, collecting hits in each of the Lions' five contests last week. The transfer from UC Irvine batted .526 (10-for-19) with seven RBI on the week.

- Freshman Brett Mendoza slugged his first collegiate home run to lead the Lions to an 11-5 win over Northwestern on Thursday.

- Eric Farris stole home in Saturday's loss at UC Riverside, beating the pitch to the plate to score for the Lions. Farris currently leads the team with 12 stolen bases this season.

- LMU hosts Cal State Fullerton (3/28) before opening up WCC play against Pepperdine.

Pepperdine Waves (18-11 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine followed up a 7-4 win over then-No. 4 ranked Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday with a sweep of visiting Northwestern over the weekend.

- Chad Tracy clubbed a pair of round trippers in Pepperdine's win over Cal State Fullerton, and extended his hitting streak to 12 games with hits in each win over Northwestern.

- Barry Enright was credited with the win against Cal State Fullerton, improving to 5-1 on the season. Three of Enright's five victories this season have come against ranked opponents.

- David Uribes crossed the plate six times last week to bring his career runs scored total to 207. The senior moved into a tie with former USF standout Tony Hurtado for fifth place on the WCC career runs list.

- The Waves travel to face USC (3/28) before heading to LMU to begin conference play.

Portland Pilots (9-13 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland opened its home slate with a win over Concordia before sweeping UC Davis. The Pilots extended their winning streak to six games, the longest string for a UP squad since the 1991 team won eight straight.

- Cory Wiltshire went 4-for-4 with three RBI as Portland handed UC Davis a 19-0 defeat in the series opener. The run total was the most for a Pilot team since 2002, and it was the most lopsided UP win since a 20-0 defeat of Pacific in 1943.

- Sean Nicol has emerged as one of the top hitting freshmen in the WCC. Nicol continued his torrid hitting pace against UC Davis, going 7-for-13 with six runs scored and five RBI in the three-game set. He is currently batting a team-high .397.

- UP hosts Washington (3/28) and George Fox (3/29) before heading to Gonzaga this week.

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

Saint Mary's Gaels (13-12 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's dropped two-of-three to Utah at home over the weekend, marking the first time this season that the Gaels have dropped a home series.

- Corey Madden struck out 10 batters in just six innings of work to record the win in Saturday's 5-4 win over Utah. It marked the second straight start in which Madden has fanned 10 batters.

- Sam Carter clubbed his sixth home run of the season in Saturday's win, giving him 20 career dingers and moving him into sole possession of fourth place on Saint Mary's career chart.

- Eric Cattoni swiped a pair of bases in the series with Utah to bring his team-leading stolen base total to 11.

- SMC travels to San Jose State (3/28) before beginning conference play at San Diego.

San Diego Toreros (18-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego posted a series sweep of visiting UNLV over the weekend to improve to 18-10 heading into conference play.

- Matt Couch remained undefeated so far this season, tossing eight innings in Friday's win over UNLV to improve to 4-0.

- Josh Romanski locked down a pair of saves over the weekend, closing out Friday's 7-6 win and tossing three scoreless innings to earn the save in Sunday's 3-0 triumph over the Rebels.

- Steve Singleton continued to pace the Torero offense, going 5-for-12 with two runs and two RBI in the series sweep of UNLV. Singleton leads USD with a .408 batting average.

- San Diego hosts Saint Mary's this weekend to open up the WCC campaign.

San Francisco Dons (16-12 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco enjoyed an outstanding week, improving to 7-1 at Benedetti Diamond with a pair of wins over Utah Valley State before sweeping Oral Roberts on the road over the weekend.

- Patrick McGuigan recorded two wins on the week, tossing seven innings in each game to earn victories over both Utah Valley State and Oral Roberts. McGuigan improved to 6-1 on the season and moved into sole possession of third place on USF's career wins chart with 16.

- Scott Cousins earned his first win of the season in Saturday's 5-3 win over Oral Roberts.

- Lucas DeLong slugged his team-leading fifth home run of the season in Sunday's win over Oral Roberts.

- USF hosts No. 12 Oregon State (3/29) before opening WCC play at Santa Clara.

Santa Clara Broncos (15-11 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara traveled to Hawaii-Hilo, taking the first two games of the series and out-scoring the Vulcans by a 24-8 margin.

- Eric Newton punished Hawaii-Hilo pitching through the first two games of the series, going 4-for-8 with five runs scored and eight RBI. Newton slugged a pair of home runs in Saturday's 10-4 win, bringing his team-leading home run total to five.

- Kris Watts hit home runs in each of the SCU wins, giving the senior four dingers on the season.

- Sean O'Neill picked up his second win of the season after tossing seven innings in Sunday's 14-4 win. O'Neill has made a team-leading eight starts so far this season.

- SCU wraps up its series at Hawaii-Hilo (3/27) before hosting USF this weekend.