April 4, 2007
WCC Baseball All-Access
The WCC Baseball All-Access video streaming package begins this week with a pair of games, as Pepperdine hosts LMU on Thursday before Santa Clara travels to San Francisco for a series finale on Saturday. To watch the games for free, fans can sign up for the WCC's All-Access package on WCCsports.com.
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine
The first WCC Free All-Access baseball game of the season matches Southern California rivals Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. The two teams have split 14 games over the past three seasons, while Pepperdine boasts a 69-37 advantage all-time.
No. 9 Pepperdine enters the series as the only WCC team to start off the conference season with a three-game sweep. The Waves went 4-0 last week, topping Saint Mary's and UC Santa Barbara. Pepperdine's roster includes the reigning WCC Player of the Week in junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz, who batted .611 with five runs and five RBI. The Peppedine rotation features junior Barry Enright, who has gone 7-1 with a 1.61 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 67 innings this season. Pepperdine boasts a 23-8 overall record which features several wins over ranked opponents including Oklahoma State, Wichita State and North Carolina State.
Loyola Marymount is coming off of a 2-1 series win over San Francisco last week. The Lions posted 13 runs over the final two games to earn their fourth series win of the season. Right-hander Brian Wilson has emerged as a reliable starter for the Lions, as the sophomore is 2-3 in nine starts with a 6.39 ERA in 43.2 innings. A trio of players have led the Lion offense this season. Junior infielders Eric Farris and Michael Glomb and freshman outfielder Angelo Songco have combined to score 66 of the team's 155 total runs and are the only three regular starters batting above .300 for the Lions. LMU struggled early this season, but has won three of its last five games heading into this weekend's series.
Santa Clara at San Francisco
The WCC All-Access baseball action continues on Saturday for the final game of the series between long-time Bay Area rivals Santa Clara and San Francisco. The Broncos take on the defending co-champion Dons looking to earn their first series win since 2004. USF took two of three from Santa Clara last year and have won seven of the last nine games between the two teams.
Santa Clara enters the second weekend of WCC play with a 15-16 record after a 4-0 loss to San Jose State on Tuesday. The Broncos won their first conference series with two victories at Portland last weekend. Junior infielder Gabe Alcantar and senior catcher Carl Bacon have paced the Santa Clara offense so far this season, batting .386 and .362, respectively. Alcantar is third in the WCC with 12 doubles, while junior infielder Ryan Conan is tied for third with 28 RBI this season. The trio has combined to tally nearly half of the Broncos 137 RBI in 2007. Sophomore southpaw Donald Brandt has posted a 3-0 record in five games this season, including the win in last Sunday's rubber match with Portland.
Although they dropped their first WCC series of the season 2-1 to LMU last week, the Dons bounced back with an 8-1 win over Washington State on Monday. USF enters the series with SCU with a 15-15 record overall after going 10-12 in their first 22 games, all played away from Benedetti Diamond. San Francisco's Tommy Peale has been a reliable starter on the mound, with the junior right-hander going 1-1 this season with a 1.74 ERA in four starts. The Dons boast six regular starters batting over .300 this season, including junior infielder Joey Railey whose 21 runs lead the team. Fellow junior infielder Mitchell Bialosky has contributed as well, leading the Dons with 25 RBI, while batting .347 this year. USF also looks to junior outfielder Luke Sommer for power numbers; his five homers this season are tied for fourth in the WCC.