April 7, 2009
|CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK|
|The West Coast Conference closed out the second week of conference play with No. 21 San Diego recording the only sweep of the weekend. The Toreros are now the only unbeaten team in WCC play at 6-0 and have moved up in the national rankings. LMU nearly matched the Toreros' record, but lost in game three of its series against Portland and are now 5-1 and sit in second place. Gonzaga rounds out the top three in the standings after going 2-1 against then No. 26 Pepperdine and are now 4-2 in conference play.|
With four teams having Friday off due to it being Good Friday, conference play will resume this Thursday. San Diego will put its undefeated conference record to the test this week, heading up to play Gonzaga, who has won 15 out of its last 18 games and are 9-1 at home this year. LMU, who has a streak of its own winning 11 out of its last 13, will look to at least maintain its hold of second place as it hosts San Francisco, who is coming off a series win against Saint Mary's.
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|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC Player of the Month: FR 3B Troy Channing, SMC
Troy Channing had a huge month of March, twice earning the WCC Player of the Week award. In the month, he hit .417, going 35-for-84, while scoring 22 runs, tallying six doubles and 10 home runs, and batting in 37 RBI. His slugging percentage was .845, while his on base was .474. He also had a hit in 17 straight games during the month, while leading all freshman in the country in hits, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and total bases.
WCC Pitcher of the Month: FR RHP Cole Cook, PEP
WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week: Brad Bauer, LMU
WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Matt Fields, GON
Also Nominated: SR 1B Ryan Wiegand, GON; SO RHP Chris Eusebio, LMU; SO OF Zach Walters, USD; SO RHP Kyle Blair, USD; JR SS Derek Poppert, USF; JR RHP Doug Murray, USF
WCC Teams Garner Preseason Rankings
WCC's Preseason All-Americans
Four WCC Hurlers Named To Stopper Of The Year Watch List
WCC Standouts Named To Wallace Award Watch List
San Diego led the way with junior All-American closer AJ Griffin along with sophomore right-hander Kyle Blair and sophomore lefty Sammy Solis. Also on the list from the WCC were senior Ryan Wheeler of Loyola Marymount, sophomore Riley Henricks of Portland, sophomore Thain Simon of Santa Clara, junior Kyle Jensen of Saint Mary's, and sophomore Matt Lujan of San Francisco.
Player, School 2008 Key StatsKyle Blair, USD 3.86 ERA, 99 SOA.J. Griffin, USD 2.15 ERA, 14 SVRiley Henricks, POR .301, 69 hits, 8 HRKyle Jensen, SMC .421, 82 hits, 13 HRMatt Lujan, USF 3.19 ERA, 7 winsThain Simon, SCU 2.59 ERA, 9 winsSammy Solis, USD 3.83 ERA, 42 SORyan Wheeler, LMU .345, 70 hits, 20 2B
LMU Names Jason Gill Head Coach
San Diego and Pepperdine Picked To Finish First In 2009 WCC Preseason Poll
WCC Baseball Preseason Poll
|WCC TEAM NOTES|