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WCC weekly baseball notes, April 5, 2011

April 5, 2011

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AROUND THE WCC

Saint Mary's 1B Troy Channing Named Rawlings WCC Player of the Week
Channing hit an even .500 (7-for-14) last week, as the Gaels went 3-1. In the weekend series sweep over Southern Utah, Channing went 7-for-13 with three runs scored, two home runs, numbers 38 and 39 of his career, with six RBI. In all three games he collected multiple hits. In doing so he extended his reached base streak to 13 consecutive games, which leads the Gaels. In game one of that series he went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two driven in with home run No. 38 for his career. In game two, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He finished his weekend going an impressive 3-for-4 with a run scored and three driven in as well as clubbing his 39th career home run. His 39 jacks is the all-time career record at Saint Mary's, but he is now tied for ninth all-time in the West Coast Conference. For the season Channing is now hitting .295 with four home runs and 12 runs driven in, he now has six multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games.
Also Nominated: Billy Moon, GON; Bryan Haar, USD; Adam Clear, USF; Drew Ozanne, SCU

Saint Mary's Martin Agosta Named Rawlings/WCC Pitcher of the Week
Agosta threw his first career-complete game shutout on Saturday in the win over Southern Utah. In just 97 pitches, Agosta went the distance, a new career-best for innings pitched, while shutting down the Thunderbirds to four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Agosta retired eight consecutive batters from the third to the fifth. After allowing a single in the bottom of the fifth Agosta retired 14-consecutive batters from the fifth to the bottom of the ninth. In his last three starts, Agosta is 3-0 with a .159 ERA, for the year he is 3-3 with a 3.12 ERA.
Also Nominated: Marco Gonzales, GON; Paul Sewald, USD; J.R. Graham, SCU

Portland's Dennis Named To Stopper Of The Year Watch List
Portland senior closer Chris Dennis was named to the initial watch list for the seventh annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. Dennis, who is the all-time career leader in saves at UP, has also been named to the NCBWA Pre-Season All-American First Team and to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Second Team.

Two WCC Players Candidates for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Portland reliever Chris Dennis and San Francisco outfielder Connor Bernatz are two of thirty NCAA baseball student-athletes selected as candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Coaches Tab San Diego To Repeat in Preseason Poll
The University of San Diego is a unanimous selection to repeat as the West Coast Conference champions, garnering all seven possible first place votes and 49 points in a preseason poll of the eight WCC head coaches. Last season was memorable for USD. Led by 2010 WCC Player of the Year James Meador and Pitcher of the Year Kyle Blair, the Toreros posted a 19-2 WCC record en route to an NCAA berth and a 37-win season. Despite having ten players drafted, Coach Rich Hill and his staff have reloaded once again. The coaches selected Pepperdine to finish second in the WCC with 39 points. The complete poll follows.

2011 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
Team (First Place Votes), Points
San Diego (7),49
Pepperdine, 39
San Francisco, 33
Portland (1), 32
Loyola Marymount, 23
Gonzaga, 20
Santa Clara, 16
Saint Mary's, 12

2011 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM
Player, School, Yr.,Pos.
Troy Channing, Saint Mary's,Jr., IF
Ryan Hawthorne, LMU,Jr.,OF
Riley Henricks,Portland,Sr., IF
Brian Humphries, Pepperdine,Jr.,OF
Jonathan Johnston,LMU,Sr.,INF
Matt Lowenstein,LMU,So.,OF/INF
Kevin Muno,San Diego,Sr.,OF
Joe Sever, Pepperdine,So.,IF
Curtis Wagner,Santa Clara,Sr., 1B/DH
Stephen Yarrow,San Francisco,Sr., IF

Pitcher,School,Yr.
Mark Anderson, Saint Mary's,Jr.
Ryan Carpenter, Gonzaga,Jr.
Chris Dennis, Portland,Sr.
Kyle Kraus, Portland,Jr.
Martin Viramontes,LMU,Jr.

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WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 16-8-1
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga lost 17-11 at Washington State on Tuesday, before sweeping a three-game series from New Mexico over the weekend. The Bulldogs are 11-1-1 over their last 13 games.
  • Freshman LHP Marco Gonzales pitched his third straight complete game on Sunday, in a 6-2 win over New Mexico. It was his fourth victory of the season.
  • The Bulldogs lead the West Coast Conference with a 2.83 team earned run average. Three Zags rank in the top five individually in ERA: Cody Martin, 0.92; Tyler Olson, 1.51; and Gonzales, 2.76.
  • Gonzaga looks for revenge against the Cougars on Tuesday, hosting Washington State in a 6 p.m. game (TV: SWX). The Bulldogs begin WCC play this weekend, as they welcome preseason favorite San Diego to Spokane for a three-game series starting Friday night.

Overall Record: 16-10
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Loyola Marymount topped UC Santa Barbara, 6-4, in its only game last week.
  • Sophomore center fielder Zac Fujimoto was 3-for-4 at the plate in the UCSB victory with two singles and a triple.
  • Sophomore outfielder Matt Lowenstein leads LMU and ranks second in the West Coast Conference with a .367 batting average. His 36 hits are second in the WCC as well.
  • The Lions visit USC on Tuesday afternoon, and then open West Coast Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Santa Clara. Friday's first pitch is set for 6 p.m., with 1 p.m. games on both Saturday and Sunday.

Overall Record: 14-13
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine won 7-4 at Cal Poly on Tuesday, and then lost two-of-three to future WCC member BYU in Malibu last weekend.
  • Senior catcher Trent Diedrich was 6-for-11 with a homer and three runs batted in against the Cougars. Diedrich is hitting .333 for Pepperdine in 2011.
  • Pepperdine's bullpen has been a strength so far this season. The Waves relievers have combined to post a 2.93 earned run average, while picking up nine of Pepperdine's 14 victories.
  • The Waves visit Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday afternoon, and then open West Coast Conference play with a three-game series at Portland this weekend. Friday's game gets underway at 3 p.m., with first pitch set for 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Overall Record: 10-14
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland was unable to get in to the win column last week, falling 5-4 in ten innings at Washington on Tuesday, and then dropping three games at Creighton over the weekend.
  • Junior Turner Gill leads the Pilots and ranks sixth in the WCC with a .342 batting average so far this season. His nine doubles are tops on the team.
  • Senior RHP Chris Dennis, named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year preseason watch list, is 6-for-7 in save opportunities so far this season.
  • The Pilots welcome No. 19 Oregon State to Etzel Field on Tuesday, and then open West Coast Conference play with a three-game series at home against Pepperdine.

Overall Record: 12-12
WCC Record: 0-0
  •  After falling at nationally-ranked Stanford on Tuesday, the Gaels rebounded for a three-game series sweep at Southern Utah over the weekend.
  • Junior first baseman Troy Channing was named the Rawlings WCC Player of the Week on April 4. In four games last week, Channing was 7-for-14 with a pair of homers, three runs scored, and six RBI. For the season, Channing's four dingers ranks second in the WCC.
  • Sophomore RHP Martin Agosta pitched a complete game shutout in a victory at Southern Utah on Saturday, scattering four hits and a walk while fanning five. His 3.12 ERA this season is seventh in the WCC.
  • Saint Mary's begins West Coast Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at San Francisco. Game times are 3 p.m. Friday, and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Overall Record: 7-18
WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego got back on track over the weekend, as the Toreros took three of four games from visiting New Orleans.
  • Junior first baseman Bryan Haar helped the Toreros win 3-of-4 last week with an 8-for-17 effort. He smacked four doubles and drove in a pair.
  • Freshman third baseman Kris Bryant leads the West Coast Conference with six home runs. He was 7-for-14 at the plate last week, raising his average for the season to .315.
  • The Toreros host No. 27 UC Irvine on Tuesday afternoon, before heading north to open conference play on Friday night at No. 24 Gonzaga. USD and the Zags will play at 6 p.m. on Friday, and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Overall Record: 12-16
WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 13 California on Tuesday, and then lost two-of-three to ninth-ranked Fresno State on the road over the weekend. USF's 4-3 win at Fresno State on Sunday stopped a four-game slide.
  • Junior shortstop Adam Clear was 6-for-13 in the weekend series at Fresno State, belting a triple, a homer, and scoring twice.
  • Senior OF Pete Lavin leads the West Coast Conference with 20 walks so far this season. He is second in the WCC with 53 total bases.
  • The Dons welcome Cal Poly to Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday afternoon. San Francisco begins West Coast Conference play on Friday, welcoming Bay Area rival Saint Mary's to the Hilltop. The three-game series begins at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Overall Record: 12-13
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara dropped three of its four home games last week. The Broncos lost 9-5 to UC Davis on Tuesday, and fell in two-of-three to Cal State Bakersfield over the weekend.
  • The Santa Clara offense has scored 142 runs so far this season, more than any other West Coast Conference team. The Broncos are averaging 5.7 runs scored per game.
  • Freshman third baseman Kyle DeMerritt leads the Broncos and is tied for ninth in the WCC with a .337 batting average. DeMerritt has started all 25 games for SCU this season.
  • Santa Clara begins West Coast Conference play on Friday night, opening a three-game series against second place Loyola Marymount. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m., with games on Saturday and Sunday at 1p.m.