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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 4/2

April 2, 2007

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WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week
Adrian Ortiz, Pepperdine

Adrian Ortiz led Pepperdine to a perfect 4-0 week, as the Waves knocked off UC Santa Barbara before opening WCC play with a sweep of Saint Mary's. Ortiz batted .611 (11-for-18) wth five runs scored, a home run, and five RBI on the week. The junior had multiple hits in all four games, including a career-high tying four base hits against the Gaels on Friday. Ortiz batted .615 (8-for-13) against Saint Mary's pitching, and slugged a game-winning two-run home run in Saturday's 3-1 win.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Brandon Harmon, Gonzaga

Gonzaga's Brandon Harmon had a hand in a pair of wins over then-No. 20 ranked San Diego over the weekend. The junior dealt a scoreless ninth inning to nail down the save in Friday's 6-3 victory over USD before taking the mound on Sunday and tossing his second straight complete-game in a 6-1 triumph. Harmon totaled 10 innings pitched on the weekend, surrendering just one run and striking out six Torero batters in his two outings.

Upcoming Games

Apr. 2
Washington State at San Francisco - 2:00 PM

Apr. 5
Gonzaga at Portland* - 3:00 PM
LMU at Pepperdine* - 3:00 PM
San Diego at Saint Mary's* - 3:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Francisco* - 3:00 PM

Apr. 6
Santa Clara at San Francisco* - 11:30 AM %
San Diego at Saint Mary's* - 2:00 PM
LMU at Pepperdine* - 3:00 PM

Apr. 7
Gonzaga at Portland* - 11:00 AM
LMU at Pepperdine* - 1:00 PM $
San Diego at Saint Mary's* - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Francisco* - 1:00 PM
Gonzaga at Portland*2:30 PM

* Denotes Conference Game; % Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA); $ Game televised live on College Sports Television (CSTV)

Around The WCC

WCC On CSTV This Weekend
West Coast Conference baseball will make its 2007 television debut this weekend, as LMU travels to face Pepperdine at 1:00 PM on Saturday in a game broadcast live on College Sports Television (CSTV). The game will be the final meeting of a three-game series between the two Southern California rivals. This season marks the fourth straight year that CSTV has broadcast a regular season WCC contest, and marks the first time that multiple league games will be broadcast to a national television audience in the same season, as Pepperdine will face San Diego on CSTV on April 30. CSTV can be found on DirecTV channel 610 and Dish Network channel 152.

San Francisco And Santa Clara To Meet In Benedetti Classic
Bay Area rivals San Francisco and Santa Clara will meet in the second annual Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park on Friday. The Benedetti Classic is named in honor of the legendary Don coach, and celebrates the legacy of a giant in San Francisco youth and collegiate baseball. USF earned a 7-6 victory over California in the first annual Benedetti Classic last season. The contest is slated for an 11:30 AM start, and will be followed by a game featuring Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants.

WCC All-Access This Week
The WCC, in conjunction with CSTV Online, will webcast select conference baseball games during the upcoming campaign, concluding a package of league webcasts that have included men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, and women's basketball during the 2006-07 season. The WCC All Access video streaming package is available for free and can only be viewed on the WCC's official website, WCCsports.com. League action begins this week with LMU traveling to Pepperdine on Thursday, and USF hosting Santa Clara on Saturday.

This Week's WCC All-Access Baseball Schedule
Apr. 5 - LMU at Pepperdine - 3:00 pm (PT)
Apr. 7 - Santa Clara at San Francisco - 1:00 pm (PT)

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-15/ 2-1 WCC)
- Gonzaga rebounded from an extra inning loss to Lewis-Clark State to take two-of-three from No. 20 ranked San Diego to open WCC play over the weekend. The two wins give GU three victories over ranked opponents so far this season.

- Brandon Harmon nailed down his ninth career save in Friday's win before tossing a complete-game in Sunday's victory. The junior needs just one more save to move into a tie for third place on the Gonzaga career list.

- The Zags have been sparked at the top of the order by a pair of redshirts enjoying standout seasons. Junior Brian Winston is batting a team-high .385 (35-for-91), while sophomore leadoff hitter Evan Wells ranks second on the team with 28 runs scored. The duo combined for nearly half of GU's run production (two runs, four RBI/13 total runs) in the series with USD.

- The Bulldogs begin a seven-game road stretch at Portland this weekend.

Loyola Marymount Lions (13-19-1/ 2-1 WCC)
- The Lions won their WCC-opening series for the sixth straight season, rebounding from Friday's loss to take two-of-three from San Francisco at Page Stadium over the weekend.

- Eric Farris gave the Lions the lead for good with a two-run triple in Sunday's 9-4 win over the Dons. It marked the team-leading third triple of the season for the junior, who entered the season with just one career three-bagger.

- Angelo Songco feasted on USF pitching, batting .545 (6-for-11) with three doubles, moving him into second place in the WCC with 13 doubles on the season. The freshman enters the week batting .307 (35-for-114) and is tied for the team lead with 25 runs scored.

- LMU heads to local rival Pepperdine for a three-game set this weekend. Saturday's contest will be televised live by College Sports Television (CSTV).

Pepperdine Waves (23-8/ 3-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine continued to roll along, topping UC Santa Barbara on Monday before sweeping Saint Mary's to begin conference play over the weekend. The Waves improved to 16-3 at Eddy D. Field Stadium so far this season.

- Barry Enright became just the ninth pitcher in WCC history to reach the 30-win mark after tossing eight innings in Friday's 7-3 win over the Gaels. The junior moved into a three-way tie for seventh place on the WCC chart, and moved ahead of former Wave Dan Haren into third place on the Pepperdine career victories list.

- Danny Worth hit safely in all four games last week to extend his current hitting streak to 16 games. The junior is batting .386 (27-for-70) with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 15 runs scored during his recent stretch.

- Pepperdine hosts LMU this week, with Saturday's game being televised live on CSTV.

Portland Pilots (13-14/ 1-2 WCC)
- Portland knocked off Linfield 13-6 before dropping two-of-three to Santa Clara at Joe Etzel Field over the weekend.

- Billy Krause provided the heroics in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Broncos, as the junior clubbed a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Cory Wiltshire and give the Pilots the victory.

- Josh Roberts made three appearances out of the Bullpen last week and earned the victory with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief on Saturday to improve to 3-1 on the year, matching his career wins total entering the season. The senior has made 79 mound appearances in a Pilot uniform, and needs just three more outings to become UP's all-time leader.

- Portland hosts Northwest rival Gonzaga for a three-game series this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (16-12-1 / 0-3 WCC)
- Saint Mary's suffered a three-game sweep at Pepperdine to begin WCC play over the weekend. Included in the three setbacks was a 3-1 defeat on Saturday, marking the sixth loss by two runs or less for the Gaels this season.

- Brandon Berl was solid in his start against the Waves on Saturday, surrendering just one run in six innings of work in a no-decision. The freshman has made eight starts so far this season, posting a 2-2 mark with 39 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched.

- J.P. Musgrove clubbed his second home run of the season on Friday, putting the senior in a three-way tie for second place on the team with Eric Cattoni and Michael Gonzales. Gonzales homered during Saturday's loss.

- The Gaels return to action at home this week, welcoming San Diego to The Guisto for a three-game series.

San Diego Toreros (23-12 / 1-2 WCC)
- San Diego knocked off cross-town rival San Diego State for the seventh straight time on Tuesday before hitting the road and dropping two-of-three to Gonzaga over the weekend.

- AJ Griffin earned the victory out of the bullpen in Saturday's 4-1 victory, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to improve to 5-1 on the season. The freshman has been outstanding in his debut season, recording six saves and five victories in 19 relief appearances.

- Jordan Abruzzo moved into a tie for second place in the conference with his sixth home run in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Zags. The senior drove in five runs on the week, moving him into second place on the Torero career list with 187 career RBI.

- The Toreros remain on the road, continuing conference play with a trip to the Bay Area to face Saint Mary's this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (15-15 / 1-2 WCC)
- San Francisco had a busy week on the road, splitting games at Sacramento State and Nevada before dropping two-of-three at LMU to begin conference play.

- Jonnie Knoble began the week with a career day in a 6-1 win at Sacramento State, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. The senior swiped three more bags in Friday's 10-4 win over the Lions, putting him into sixth place on the USF career list with 52 steals.

- Aaron Poreda improved to 5-2 on the season with his 16th career victory in Friday's win at LMU. The junior moved into a share of fourth place on the Dons' all-time wins list.

- USF hosts Washington State (4/2) before meeting Bay Area rival Santa Clara for three games this week. Friday's game at AT&T Park will mark the second annual Benedetti Classic.

Santa Clara Broncos (15-15 / 2-1 WCC)
- Santa Clara got conference play off to a solid start after a 12-day break, taking two-of-three from Portland on the road over the weekend.

- Freshmen led the way for the Broncos in Friday's 5-2 win over the Pilots, as Tommy Medica went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Jon Karcich drove in two runs with a ninth inning base hit. Fellow freshman Alex Rivers earned his first career victory with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief in the win.

- Gabe Alcantar enjoyed a 3-for-5 performance at the plate in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Pilots. The junior, who batted just .253 last season, enters the week hitting a team-high .400 (44-for-110) on the season.

- The Broncos head north to face Bay Area rival San Francisco for three games this week, including the Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park on Friday.