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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 4/3

April 3, 2006

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Apr. 4
Saint Mary's at Nevada - 2:00 PM
Gonzaga at Washington State - 6:00 PM
California at Santa Clara - 6:00 PM
Portland at Washington - 6:30 PM

Apr. 5
Cal State Northridge at San Diego - 3:00 PM

Apr. 7
San Diego at Portland* - 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at LMU* - 3:00 PM
San Francisco at Pepperdine* - 3:00 PM
Santa Clara at Gonzaga* - 3:00 PM

Apr. 8
Saint Mary's at LMU* - 1:00 PM
San Diego at Portland* - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Pepperdine* - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM

Apr. 9
Saint Mary's at LMU* - 1:00 PM
San Diego at Portland* - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Pepperdine* - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM

*Denotes Conference Game

WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week
Sean Dovel, LMU

Sean Dovel was named the WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week after pacing the LMU lineup as the Lions took two-of-three from Pepperdine to open up conference play. Dovel batted .583 (7-for-12) against the Waves, finishing the weekend with five doubles, five runs scored, and four RBI. The sophomore keyed Saturday's win, doubling to lead off the ninth inning and coming across the plate to score the winning run as the Lions took an 11-10 decision.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Brad Meyers, LMU

Brad Meyers was tabbed for WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time this season after pitching the Lions to a series-opening victory over Pepperdine on Friday. The sophomore tossed 8.2 innings, surrendering a run and allowing just five hits as LMU defeated the Waves, 8-1. Meyers faced just 32 batters and retired the side in the first, third, seventh, and eighth innings, while striking out four batters and improving to 5-2 on the season.

Around The WCC

San Diego At Pepperdine Game To Be Televised By CSTV
For the third straight season, College Sports Television will broadcast a WCC regular season contest when San Diego travels to Pepperdine to open up a three-game conference series on Friday, April 21. The matchup, slated for a 3:00 PM (PT) start, marks the second time that the two programs have squared off on CSTV as the two squads met in the inaugural broadcast in 2004. Last season, fans saw LMU defeat San Diego at Cunningham Stadium, 9-1, on May 14. WCC baseball fans can contact their local cable provider to check availability of College Sports Television.

Gonzaga's Mark Machtolf Named USA Baseball Assistant Coach
USA Baseball announced that Mark Machtolf of Gonzaga University, Jim Schlossnagle of Texas Christian University, and Tom Slater of Auburn University will serve as Assistant Coaches on the 2006 USA Baseball National Team that will represent the United States this summer internationally. They will each assist 2006 Team USA Head Coach Tim Corbin of Vanderbilt University. Machtolf, who is in his third season as skipper for the Bulldogs, was an 11-year assistant at the school, and was handed the coaching reigns in the summer of 2003. A 1987 graduate of Stanford University, Machtolf was a member of the Cardinal's 1987 College World Series championship team and was an All-CWS selection.

San Diego's Rich Hill Moves Up WCC Wins List
San Diego Head Coach Rich Hill moved into third place on the all-time conference victories chart after the Toreros took two-of-three from Saint Mary's to open up conference play over the weekend. The two wins gives Hill a career total of 190, which moves him ahead of former Santa Clara skipper Sal Taormina into the No. 3 spot. Hill, who amassed 70 conference victories as the head coach at San Francisco from 1994-1998, has registered 120 wins in seven-plus seasons at San Diego. Hill has 382 overall wins as a head coach in the WCC, and can become just the fifth coach in conference history to reach the 400-win mark with 18 more wins. Former USD Head Coach John Cunningham is the league's all-time leader with 524 wins and 243 victories against WCC opponents.

WCC Ranked Among Top-10 Conferences In Boyd's World Pseudo RPI
The West Coast Conference has the seventh best conference RPI in the nation according to the most recent pseudo-RPI rating released by BoydsWorld.com on Monday. The WCC checks in with a 0.527 rating and is the third-highest ranked conference in the west, as the Pac-10 is projected as having the fourth best RPI, while the Big West is listed as No. 5. The Southeastern Conference has the top pseudo-RPI with a 0.599 rating, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12 at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Conference-USA is one spot above the WCC at No. 6 with a 0.543 rating, and the Sun Belt is directly behind the WCC at No. 8. The Western Athletic Conference and the Atlantic Sun Conference round out the top-10 pseudo-RPI listing.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (20-10 / 3-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga stretched its winning streak to a season-high seven games after topping Whitworth on Tuesday and sweeping Portland to open conference play over the weekend.

- Jackson Brennan sparked the offense in Friday's 8-7 win, going 3-for-6 with a pair of home runs and three runs scored. Brennan, who entered the season with just three career dingers, has already clubbed nine round trippers from the leadoff spot this season.

- Cory Powell came on to earn saves in Saturday's 4-3 win and Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Pilots. Powell moved into the team lead with three saves on the season.

- Head Coach Mark Machtolf moved into 28th place on the chart with his 34th WCC win.

- The Zags play at Washington State (4/4) before hosting Santa Clara this weekend.

LMU Lions (13-21 / 2-1 WCC)
- LMU dropped a mid-week contest to Cal State Fullerton but rebounded to take two-of-three from visiting Pepperdine to begin conference play over the weekend.

- Brad Meyers surrendered just one run in 8.2 innings of work to lead the Lions to an 8-1 win over the Waves on Friday. Meyers improved to 5-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.86.

- Erik Johnson extended his hitting streak to 17 games after going 8-for-17 last week. Johnson hit two home runs, while driving in six and scoring five times.

- Kyle Mura earned his first career decision on the mound for the Lions, registering the win after tossing the ninth inning on Saturday. Mura is LMU's regular third baseman.

- The Lions continue WCC play against Saint Mary's at home this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (20-13 / 1-2 WCC)
- Pepperdine edged USC on Wednesday, 2-1, before dropping two-of-three at LMU to open up the conference season.

- Barry Enright earned the victory in Wednesday's win over the Trojans, surrendering just one run to improve to 6-1 on the season.

- Adrian Ortiz returned to the Pepperdine lineup last week after missing several games with a wrist injury. Ortiz was impressive in his return, collecting seven hits on the week, including a 3-for-5, 2 RBI performance in Sunday's 8-7 win over the Lions.

- Chad Tracy drove in his 136th career run in Sunday's win, leaving him just seven RBI shy of cracking the Pepperdine top-10 career list.

- The Waves return home to host San Francisco for a three-game set this weekend.

Portland Pilots (10-17 / 0-3 WCC)
- Portland extended its winning streak to seven games with an 8-5 win over Washington on Tuesday before going on a four-game slide, including a three-game sweep by Gonzaga to begin conference play.

- Justin Ehlers went 0-for-5 on Sunday, snapping the junior's 13-game hitting streak.

- Austin Dirkx nailed down his sixth save of the season, tossing a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's win over Washington. Dirkx, who moved into a tie for fourth on the UP single-season saves list, has pitched in eight of Portland's 10 wins so far this season.

- Blaine Hardy threw eight innings in Tuesday's win to improve to 2-0 on the season.

- Portland travels to Washington (4/4) before hosting San Diego this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (14-14 / 1-2 WCC)
- Saint Mary's opened up WCC play at San Diego over the weekend, dropping two-of-three to begin the league slate.

- Dan Lewis came out of the bullpen to earn the victory in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Toreros, tossing 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to improve to 4-1. Lewis, who leads the Gaels with a 3.00 ERA, has seen action in eight games with four starts so far this season.

- Orben Frederick provided the offense in Saturday's win, going 3-for-5 and driving in three runs. The senior is one of three SMC starters currently batting over .300 (.359).

- Sam Carter drove in two runs in Friday's loss to USD, bringing his team-high RBI total to 35. Carter currently ranks second in the WCC in RBI.

- SMC heads to Nevada (4/4) before continuing WCC play at LMU this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (20-11 / 2-1 WCC)
- San Diego remained hot, taking two-of-three from visiting Saint Mary's over the weekend and out-scoring the Gaels by a 27-11 margin.

- Steve Singleton collected two hits in each of the games against Saint Mary's to bring his league-high hit total to 55. Singleton, who leads USD with a .410 batting average, is one of just three conference players currently hitting over .400.

- Josh Butler improved to 7-2 after fanning 10 Saint Mary's batters in seven innings of work during Friday's 13-4 win. Butler leads the WCC with 59 strikeouts so far this season.

- Matt Couch was credited with the win after throwing seven innings in Sunday's 9-4 win, improving his spotless record to 5-0.

- USD hosts Cal State Northridge (4/4) before traveling to Portland this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (19-13 / 2-1 WCC)
- San Francisco began the week with an 8-2 win over then-No. 15 ranked Oregon State before taking two-of-three from Santa Clara on the road over the weekend. The Dons have won eight of their last nine contests.

- Scott Cousins tossed a complete game in just his fourth start of the season on Saturday, striking out seven Bronco batters to lead USF to a 6-2 win.

- Patrick McGuigan improved to 7-1 on the season after throwing seven innings in Sunday's 6-2 win over SCU. The victory marked the 17th of McGuigan's career on The Hilltop, moving him into a tie with Jerry Eilers (1962-64) for second place on the USF career wins chart.

- Joey Railey has drawn a WCC-best 25 walks so far this season.

- USF travels to Pepperdine for a three-game series this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (17-13 / 1-2 WCC)
- Santa Clara defeated Cal State Monterey Bay on Wednesday, 15-2, before dropping two-of-three to San Francisco at home over the weekend.

- Mark Willinsky picked up the win in Saturday's nightcap, tossing an inning of scoreless relief to improve to 2-1 on the season.

- Matt Long collected five hits in three games against San Francisco, moving him into the team lead with 39 hits and a .361 batting average.

- Kris Watts and Brady Fuerst combined to drive in 10 runs as the Broncos knocked off Cal State Monterey Bay on Wednesday. Each player drove in five runs apiece, and Watts clubbed his fifth home run of the season in the win.

- SCU hosts California (4/4) before heading to Gonzaga for three games this weekend.