March 28, 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
Harrison Kain, Pepperdine, SR, OF
Harrison Kain hit .563 (9-for-16) with five runs, five RBI, two stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .632. Kain started his week with a 2-for-4, two RBI game vs. the Mustangs, in which he was credited with driving in the game-tying and winning runs with a high chopper over the head of the third baseman. Pepperdine went on to win the game, 5-3, breaking a two-game series, losing streak to Cal Poly.
In game one vs. Dayton - a 9-1 win - Kain reached base four times on three singles and a hit by pitch, scored three runs and stole bothsecond and third base in the third inning. He also drove in the Waves' ninth and final run on an infield hit. Kain kept his hitting streak going in a game two 3-1 defeat to Dayton, singling and scoring the Waves' lone run. Pepperdine's offense sprang back to life in game three vs. the Flyers - an 8-6 win - with Kain driving in the game-tying run (5-5) as part of the Waves' four-run sixth. He added an insurance run in the eighth.
Also Nominated: hon Roe, LMU; Patrick Wisdom, SMC; Zack Kometani, USD
Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga, FR, LHP
For the second-straight start on the mound, freshman Marco Gonzales pitched a complete-game to help Gonzaga shut out 11th-ranked UC Irvine 3-0 at the Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field Sunday.
Coming off his first career complete-game victory against the University of Notre Dame March 19, Gonzales (3-2) carried that momentumagainst the Anteaters (14-6). He struck out six, walked two and scattered four hits to earn his first shutout and help the Bulldogs (13-7-1) sweep the Anteaters in their long-awaited home debut.Gonzales struggled in the first inning. He allowed a leadoff single and after retiring the next two batters, he loaded the bases on a single and a walk. He got out of the first inning with a fly out to Moon in left field. He would then hold Anteater runners at first base the rest of the game.
Also Nominated: Alex Gillingham, LMU; Eric Karch, PEP; Mark Anderson, SMC; Paul Sewald, USD; Cory Hall, SCU