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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes

April 6, 2010

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FULL WEEK OF CONFERENCE PLAY BEGINS THIS WEEK
The West Coast Conference began league play last week with Portland sweeping Santa Clara, while the rest of the teams will begin their conference schedule this week. As of this week, Portland and San Diego are receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. San Diego continues one of the toughest schedules in the country with a two-game stint against #1 Arizona State before beginning conference play.

This week features an interesting matchup between the league's second best pitching team in Pepperdine and the league's best hitting team in Santa Clara.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, APRIL 5
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Diego at #1 Arizona State Tempe, AZ 6:30 PM ASU def. USD 15-0
TUESDAY, APRIL 6
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Cal State Northridge at Pepperdine (DH) Malibu, CA 11:00 AM
LMU at UCSB Los Angeles, CA 2:00 PM
San Jose State at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 3:00 PM
Portland at #10 Oregon State Corvallis, OR 5:30 PM
San Diego at #1 Arizona State Tempe, AZ 5:00 PM
Pacific at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA 6:00 PM
Washington at Gonzaga Spokane, WA 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7
Washington at Gonzaga Spokane, WA 2:00 PM
Sacramento State at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at #22 Stanford Palo Alto, CA 5:30 PM
FRIDAY, APRIL 9
Gonzaga at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 3:00 PM
LMU at San Diego San Diego, CA 3:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Portland Portland, OR 3:00 PM
Pepperdine at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA 7:00 PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 10
Gonzaga at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 1:00 PM
LMU at San Diego San Diego, CA 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Portland Portland, OR 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA 6:00 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 11
Gonzaga at San Francisco San Francisco, CA 1:00 PM
LMU at San Diego San Diego, CA 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Portland Portland, OR 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA 1:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC March Pitcher of the Month: Matt Hauser, USD:
RHP Matt Hauser was named the WCC Pitcher of the Month for March after making nine appearances and picking up five saves with a 1.17 ERA. His month included a win and a save against #14 Rice and a pair of saves against #10 Coastal Carolina. He has pitched 22.1 innings this season in 12 appearances and has allowed just four earned runs.

Also Nominated: John Lally, LMU; Robert Dickmann, PEP

WCC March Players of the Month: Mark Castellitto, GON & Tommy Medica, SCU
OF Mark Castellitto was named a Co-Player of the Month for March after hitting .406 with seven doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 21 runs scored, and 24 RBI. His month included a three home run performance in a win over Utah Valley.

OF Tommy Medica has continued his outstanding run this season as he was named WCC Co-Player of the Month for March after hitting .403, with five home runs, six doubles, 23 runs scored and 19 RBI. He also has the longest hitting streak in the conference at an outstanding 19 games. Over that span, he has notched 13 multi-hit games.

also Nominated: Ryan Hawthorne, LMU; Victor Sanchez, USD

WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Cody Martin, GON:
In the win against Hawaii, RHP Cody Martin struck out 10 batters in just six innings, allowing just three hits and zero earned runs on his way to being named WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week. He has now gone at least six innings in six of his seven starts this season and leads the WCC with 56 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched.9.

WCC Rawlings Player of the Week: Ryan Hawthorne, LMU
OF Ryan Hawthorne was named WCC Rawlings Player of the Week after hitting .571 over the two games with a run scored, a double, and an RBI. He is now riding a team-high 15-game hitting streak, including going for multiple hits in each of his last three games.

WCC Teams Garner Preseason Rankings
San Diego and Pepperdine were each listed among the nation's elite in numerous rankings heading into the 2010 campaign. The Toreros have been ranked in several publications, with the highest ranking coming in the Baseball America preseason poll, that had San Diego at No. 19. Collegiate Baseball ranked the Waves at No. 34 heading into the season, while Gonzaga received votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.

San Diego
Baseball America - No. 19
USA TODAY/ESPN - No. 23
Collegiate Baseball - No. 24
NCBWA - No. 24

Pepperdine
Collegiate Baseball - No. 34USA TODAY/ESPN - Receiving Votes
NCBWA - Receiving Votes

Gonzaga
USA TODAY/ESPN - Receiving Votes

WCC's Preseason All-Americans
Several WCC standouts were tabbed for 2010 preseason All-American honors. After winning the Triple Crown last year, Saint Mary's Troy Channing was tabbed a Louisville Slugger preseason second team All-American and was ranked No. 6 on the Rivals.com power rankings for third basemen. Santa Clara's Geoff Klein and Tommy Medica were both named honorable mention preseason All-America catchers by Ping! Baseball.

Two Players Named To Stopper Of The Year Watch List
Gonzaga junior right hander Cody Martin and Portland junior right hander Zach Varce were both named to this year's Stopper of the Year Watch List.

This marks Martin's second time being nominated to the list as he also made the midseason watch list as well. Last year, Martin posted a 3.07 ERA while going 5-4 with six saves and 68 strikeouts in 58.2 innings. In his freshman season, he set the school record for saves in a season with nine.

Last season, Varce led the league with a 2.69 ERA and tied for the league lead with nine saves, which also tied the school record. Posting a 3-5 record, he held opposing batters to an average of .249 and had 62 strikeouts in 60.1 innings.

The Boys of Summer
This past summer, many WCC baseball players took part in summer leagues all across the country with many receiving All-Star recognition and individual rewards. Below is a list of all the WCC players receiving recognition.

Alaska Baseball League
Jonathan Johnson, LMU - Gold Glove
Drew Heid, GON - MVP
Ryan Carpenter, GON - All-Star

Cal Ripken League
Jonathan Abrahamson, USF - All-Star, Co-Pitcher of the Year
Ryan Mulligan, SMC - All-Star

Cape Cod
Kyle Blair, USD - All-Star

Hawaii Collegiate
Mark Anderson, SMC - All-Star
Tyler Brubaker, PEP - All-Star
Ricky Villarreal, PEP - All-Star
Joe Vierra, LMU - All-Star
Case Miyahara, LMU - All-Star

New York Collegiate
Miles Silverstein, PEP - All-Star
Brad Jesernig, PEP - All-Star

Northwoods League
Zach Varce, POR - All-Star
Riley Henricks, POR - All-Star
Troy Channing, SMC - Rising Star (Rivals.com)
Aaron Gates, PEP - All-Star
Chris Engell, USD - Silver Slugger Award

Prospect League
Nate Johnson, PEP - All-Star

USF's Nino Giarratano named to USA Baseball Coaching Staff
This will mark the second stint with Team USA for Giarratano, following his work as an assistant coach on Rob Walton's Collegiate National Team staff in 2008. That year, the team won the Gold Medal with a 12 inning victory over Japan and finished the season undefeated at 24-0. He joins Bill Kinneberg (Utah), Dave Serrano (Cal State Fullerton), and Ed Blankmeyer (St. John's). Giarratano is entering his 12th season with the Dons after guiding them to a share of third place last year.

San Diego Picked To Finish First In 2010 WCC Preseason Poll
San Diego was picked as the favorite to win this year's WCC regular season title in the 2010 preseason baseball poll, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. The Toreros received six first place votes for a total of 48 points and are ranked 24th in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll. Pepperdine was picked second with 38 points and is also receiving national recognition, ranked 34th in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll. San Francisco totaled 33 points for third, while 2009 WCC Champion Gonzaga got one first place vote for 29 points to finish fourth, just edging out 2009 WCC runner-up Loyola Marymount, who received 28 points for fifth. Rounding out this year's preseason poll are Santa Clara, who received the last first place vote with 20 points, Saint Mary's with 17 points, and Portland with 11 points. The Toreros also placed the most number of players on the preseason all-conference team with five players being selected, including 2009 WCC Player of the Year, James Meador.

WCC Baseball Preseason Poll
1. San Diego - 48 (6)
Pepperdine - 38
3. San Francisco - 33
4. Gonzaga - 29 (1)
5. LMU - 28
6. Santa Clara - 20(1)
7. Saint Mary's - 17
8. Portland -11
(first place votes)

The 2009 WCC Baseball Season at a Glance
The West Coast Conference ended the season ranked in the top half of the NCAA RPI rankings, coming in at No. 11, finishing ahead of the Western Athletic (WAC) and Big Ten conferences ... Gonzaga University received the WCC's only bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning the WCC Baseball Championship Series against Loyola Marymount. The regular season and championship series title were the first in program history as the Zags finished ranked 22nd in the country according to Baseball America ... Half of the WCC schools finished with even or winning records against nationally ranked non-conference opponents, led by LMU, who finished with a 6-2 record ... Saint Mary's Troy Channing finished a historical year by becoming just the third player in conference history to win the Triple Crown. Channing led all freshmen in the country in home runs and RBI per game on his way to earning numerous accolades including being named to NCBWA and Baseball America All-America teams, the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team and being named a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy as well as the WCC Freshman of the Year ... The WCC had 24 players chosen in the MLB First Year Player Draft, the second most in league history, led by LMU's Angelo Songco, who was picked in the 4th round (127th overall) ... Songco was also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award ... The WCC had numerous players on preseason watch lists, including four pitchers on the Stopper of the Year list and eight players on the Wallace Award Watch list ... Four players were also placed on the 2009 CoSida Academic All District VII Team, the most of any conference in the district ... San Diego's James Meador won the Player of the Year award


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 11-15
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga went 1-2 against Hawaii last week, with a 7-6 win and losses of 3-1 and 6-5.

  • In the win against Hawaii, RHP Cody Martin struck out 10 batters in just six innings, allowing just three hits and zero earned runs on his way to being named WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week. He has now gone at least six innings in six of his seven starts this season and leads the WCC with 56 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched.

  • OF Mark Castellitto was named a Co-Player of the Month for March after hitting .406 with seven doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 21 runs scored, and 24 RBI. His month included a three home run performance in a win over Utah Valley.

  • OF Drew Heid leads the team, hitting .385, and has had 16 multi-hit games in the 26 played.

  • Gonzaga will host Washington (4/6-7) and begin WCC play at San Francisco (4/9-11).
  • Overall Record: 14-12
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • LMU had just two games last week, defeating Cal Poly, 7-5, and falling to USC, 9-7.

  • OF Ryan Hawthorne was named WCC Rawlings Player of the Week after hitting .571 over the two games with a run scored, a double, and an RBI. He is now riding a team-high 15-game hitting streak, including going for multiple hits in each of his last three games.

  • SS Shon Roe also had a good week, reaching base safely in both games to extend his hitting streak to six games, with four multi-hit performances in that span. He is hitting .306 for the season, tied for third on the team.

  • In the win, 3B Brad Bauer and 1B Alex Guthrie led the offense with three RBI a piece, while Bauer added a home run to give him three on the season.

  • The Lions play at UCSB (4/6) before starting conference play at San Diego (4/9-11).

  • Overall Record: 8-15
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves had just one game last week, just getting edged out by #2 UCLA, 2-1.

  • The loss marked the third defeat to a ranked opponent this year by just one run, giving Pepperdine a 4-7 record against nationally ranked opponents.

  • LHP Aaron Gates had a strong outing, going 7.2 innings, while striking out a season-high eight batters. In his last two starts, he has struck out 15 batters in 14.1 innings pitched.

  • LHP Matt Bywater and RHP Cole Cook are having great seasons heading into league play. Bywater leads the league with two shutouts and both are in the top 10 in the WCC in strikeouts and innings pitched and are the only two in the league averaging over seven innings per start.

  • Pepperdine plays a double-header against Cal State Northridge (4/6), before opening conference play at Santa Clara (4/9-11).
  • Overall Record: 18-6
    WCC Record: 3-0
  • The Pilots went undefeated last week to open conference play, sweeping Santa Clara on the road (4-2, 11-6, 3-0), and have won eight straight.

  • The eight straight wins are the most for a Portland squad since the Pilots also reeled off eight in a row in 1991.

  • It's also the first WCC road sweep ever recorded by the Pilots and it's the first sweep of a conference foe since taking three from Pepperdine at home in 2002. UP joined the WCC for baseball in 1996.

  • OF Garrett Queen had two hits in each game to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. In the series opener, RHP Zach Varce tossed in seven innings, striking out seven to improve to 4-1.

  • Portland is at #10 Oregon State (4/6), before hosting Saint Mary's (4/9-11) to resume WCC play.
  • Overall Record: 8-15
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Gaels fell to UC Davis, 4-5, before taking the first against Southern Mississippi, 19-11, and losing the last two, 4-3 and 15-7.

  • In the win, 1B Troy Channing and OF Brenden Kalfus both went yard twice including a grand slam for each, while 3B Patrick Wisdom had a home run of his own. Channing ended up with a season-high six RBI, while Kalfus posted five.

  • Channing had his 10-game hitting streak snapped in the series finale. Over that span, he has collected 15 RBI and now has nine homers for the season, to tie for the league lead.

  • In the win, RHP Mark Anderson (2-2) tossed in six innings, while striking out five and allowing three earned runs. He has gone at least six innings in five of his six starts this season.

  • The Gaels are at Stanford (4/7), before beginning conference play at Portland (4/9-11).
  • Overall Record: 14-13
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego had just one game last week, falling to Hawaii, 8-6. The Toreros opened this week with a 15-0 loss to #1 Arizona State.

  • RHP Matt Hauser was named the WCC Pitcher of the Month for March after making nine appearances and picking up five saves with a 1.17 ERA. His month included a win and a save against #14 Rice and a pair of saves against #10 Coastal Carolina. He has pitched 22.1 innings this season in 12 appearances and has allowed just four earned runs.

  • OF Mike Ferraro extended his team-leading hitting streak to seven games, including going 3-for-5 against Hawaii and is now batting .409 for the season, third best in the league.

  • The Toreros have play the fourth strongest strength of schedule in the country, already having played 11 games against nationally ranked opponents this season.

  • The Toreros are at #1 Arizona State (4/6), before beginning WCC play, hosting LMU (4/9-11).
  • Overall Record: 14-13
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco had just two games last week, defeating #19 Stanford, 5-1, and BYU, 20-4. The 20 runs scored marked a season-high.

  • In the win over Stanford, 3B Stephen Yarrow went 2-for-3, including a home run and three RBI. The home run gives him nine on the season, which is tied for the league lead.

  • 1B Nick Balog registered a home run and two doubles in the victory over BYU as the Dons also set a Benedetti Diamond record with 13 runs scored in the second inning.

  • RHP Doug Murray improved his record to 4-3 in the win over BYU, striking out three in four innings and is now just one of five pitchers in the league with at least four wins.

  • The Dons host San Jose St. (4/6) and Sacramento St. (4/7) before starting WCC play, hosting Gonzaga (4/9-11).
  • Overall Record: 12-14
    WCC Record: 0-3
  • Santa Clara defeated Albany NY, 11-10, last week, before getting swept by Portland (4-2, 11-6, 3-0).

  • OF Tommy Medica has continued his outstanding run this season as he was named WCC Co-Player of the Month for March after hitting .403, with five home runs, six doubles, 23 runs scored and 19 RBI. He also has the longest hitting streak in the conference at an outstanding 19 games. Over that span, he has notched 13 multi-hit games.

  • Medica leads the league in several categories including hitting (.416), hits (47), runs scored (31), and RBI (33). 1B Curtis Wagner is also on several top 10 lists, ranking first in slugging (.726) and on-base pct (.515), second in hitting (.413), runs scored (30), and third in hits (43).

  • As a team, the Broncos are hitting a league-best .337, which ranks 30th in the country

  • The Broncos host Pacific (4/6), before resuming WCC play, hosting Pepperdine (4/9-11).