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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 4/9

April 9, 2007

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WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week
Tommy Medica, Santa Clara

Tommy Medica enjoyed a phenomenal week for Santa Clara, as the freshman batted .706 (12-for-17) through four games including a .769 (10-for-13) clip as the Broncos took two-of-three from San Francisco over the weekend. The catcher added a double, two triples, four runs scored, and two RBI en route to lifting his batting average to .397 on the season. Medica capped off his outstanding week with a 5-for-5 performance at the plate in Sunday's 10-6 win over the Dons.

WCC/Rawlings Co-Pitchers of the Week
Brandon Harmon, Gonzaga & Josh Romanski, San Diego

Gonzaga's Brandon Harmon and San Diego's Josh Romanski enjoyed nearly identical outings in leading their respective teams to victories over the weekend. Harmon, last week's WCC Pitcher of the Week, tossed his third straight complete game on Sunday, striking out five batters and surrendering just two hits in a 6-0 win over Portland. Romanski was equally as impressive, dealing a complete game victory with a career-high nine strikeouts, while surrendering just a pair of base hits in a 2-0 Torero triumph over Saint Mary's on the road.

Upcoming Games

Apr. 10
Sacramento State at San Francisco - 2:30 PM
San Diego State at LMU - 3:00 PM
UC Riverside at San Diego - 3:00 PM
Portland at Oregon State - 5:00 PM
Pepperdine at Long Beach State^ - 5:00 PM
Pepperdine at Long Beach State - 5:30 PM
Gonzaga at Washington State - 5:30 PM
Saint Mary's at San Jose State - 6:00 PM

Apr. 13
LMU at Saint Mary's* - 3:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Francisco* - 3:00 PM
Portland at San Diego* - 3:00 PM
Gonzaga at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM

Apr. 14
Gonzaga at Santa Clara* - 1:00 PM
LMU at Saint Mary's* - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Francisco* - 1:00 PM
Portland at San Diego* - 1:00 PM

Apr. 15
Gonzaga at Santa Clara* - 1:00 PM
LMU at Saint Mary's* - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Francisco* - 1:00 PM
Portland at San Diego* - 1:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game; ^Resumption of Feb. 6 Game

Around The WCC

Complete Game Weekend
West Coast Conference pitchers combined to toss six complete games in 12 league contests over the weekend, bringing the number of nine-inning efforts to 15 in the WCC so far this season. Portland's David Gruener got things started with his second complete game of the season in a 9-1 win over Gonzaga, while San Diego's Brian Matusz struck out 10 batters in a 4-2 win over Saint Mary's on Thursday. Friday's action saw two more complete games, as USD's Josh Romanski two-hit the Gaels and San Francisco's Jason Dufloth dealt nine innings in a win over Santa Clara at AT&T Park. Gonzaga hurlers Clayton Mortensen and Brandon Harmon tossed back-to-back complete games against the Pilots on Sunday, with Mortensen fanning a career-high 16 batters to open the doubleheader and Harmon going the distance for his third straight start in a 6-0 win.

WCC All-Access This Week
The WCC Baseball All-Access video streaming package continues this week with a pair of games, as San Diego hosts Portland on Friday at 3:00 PM (PT) before Gonzaga travels to Santa Clara for a 1:00 PM (PT) start on Sunday. To watch the games for free, fans can sign up for the WCC's All-Access package on WCCsports.com.

WCC Names Players of the Month For March
Pepperdine's Adrian Ortiz was named WCC Player of the Month for March, while San Diego's Josh Romanski earned Pitcher of the Month honors. Ortiz batted a conference-high .447 (34-for-76), while scoring 16 runs and collecting 11 RBI in 16 games for the Waves. Romanski posted a perfect 3-0 mark on mound, while recording a 1.17 ERA and limiting opponents to a .137 batting average in four starts for the Toreros.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (20-16/ 4-2 WCC)
- Gonzaga dropped the opening game of a three-game set at Portland on Thursday but rebounded to sweep Sunday's doubleheader, improving to 4-2 in conference play.

- Clayton Mortensen struck out 16 Portland batters in a 7-4 Zag win during the front end of Sunday's double dip, marking a career-high for the senior and setting a single-game WCC high for the season.

- Brandon Harmon tossed his third straight complete game in Gonzaga's second win over the Pilots on Sunday, dealing nine scoreless innings to notch his fifth victory of the season. The junior has already eclipsed his career victories total.

- The Bulldogs remain on the road this week for a mid-week tilt at Washington State (4/10) before traveling to Santa Clara for three games this weekend.

Loyola Marymount Lions (13-22-1/ 2-4 WCC)
- The Lions suffered a three-game sweep at Pepperdine, dropping the opener 3-1 before being edged by a single run on both Friday and Saturday. Of LMU's 22 losses this season, 10 have come by two runs or less.

- Brian Wilson was solid on the mound in Thursday's opener, keeping the Waves scoreless until the eighth inning and allowing just two earned runs in the outing. The two-way standout also started at first base and drove in a run in Friday's contest.

- Angelo Songco continued to establish himself as one of the top freshman hitters in the WCC, batting .455 (5-for-11) with three runs scored and three RBI during the series with the Waves. Songco also clubbed his third home run of the season on Thursday.

- LMU returns to action at home against San Diego State (4/10) before traveling to Saint Mary's for a three-game set this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (26-8/ 6-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine picked up its second straight series sweep to begin conference play, taking three games from LMU over the weekend. The Waves have won seven straight contests, and nine of their last 10 games heading into the week.

- Seven Pepperdine starters enter the week batting .300 or better, led by Adrian Ortiz' league leading .438 (64-for-146) clip. Ortiz, who is on a nine-game hitting streak, is just 22 hits shy of entering the Pepperdine single-season top-10 list.

- Jason Dominguez moved into a tie for seventh place on Pepperdine's single-season list with his ninth save in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Lions.

- Danny Worth's 18-game hitting streak was snapped when he went 0-for-4 on Saturday.

- The Waves battle Long Beach State (4/10) before heading to USF this weekend.

Portland Pilots (14-16/ 2-4 WCC)
- Portland topped Gonzaga in the series opener, 9-1, before being swept in a doubleheader on Sunday to fall to 2-4 in conference play.

- David Gruener tossed his second complete game of the season, striking out seven batters and surrendering just one run in the win. It marked the first victory in a Pilot uniform for the transfer from Notre Dame.

- C.J. Cullen was one of a trio of Pilots with three hits in the win, as the freshman went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Brandon Howard and Cory Wiltshire also collected three hits apiece, helping to give UP a season-high 18 base hits as a team in the victory.

- Portland will meet a pair of ranked opponents this week, as the Pilots travel to take on No. 8 ranked Oregon State (4/10) before heading to No. 21 San Diego for a three-game set.

Saint Mary's Gaels (16-15-1 / 0-6 WCC)
- Saint Mary's woes in conference play continued, as the Gaels were swept by San Diego at Louis Guisto Field over the weekend. SMC has lost seven straight contests since putting together a 14-game unbeaten streak in February and March.

- Joel Staples drove in two of Saint Mary's three runs on the weekend, collecting RBI on Thursday and Saturday. The sophomore has driven in a team-high 32 runs this season, and needs just 13 more to crack the SMC single-season RBI chart.

- Sean Gleason tossed seven innings in Thursday's loss, surrendering just two runs with three strikeouts. The junior transfer has struck out 54 batters so far this season, and needs to fan just 20 more to move onto the SMC single-season strikeouts list.

- The Gaels will try to snap their seven-game skid at San Jose State (4/10) before hosting LMU for a three-game WCC series this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (26-12 / 4-2 WCC)
- San Diego got back on track in conference play, using solid pitching to sweep a three-game set at Saint Mary's over the weekend.

- Brian Matusz struck out 10 Saint Mary's batters in a complete game effort on Thursday to improve to 6-2. Matusz moved into a tie for sixth place on the USD single-season list with 106 strikeouts so far this year, and needs just seven more strikeouts to move into a tie with former teammate Josh Butler (2004-06) for eighth on the San Diego career chart.

- Justin Snyder enjoyed a phenomenal weekend at the plate for the Toreros, batting .692 (9-for-16) with four doubles and six runs scored in three games at Saint Mary's. The junior leadoff man is batting a team-high .348 (55-for-148) so far this season.

- The Toreros return to action at home against UC Riverside (4/10) before welcoming Portland to Cunningham Stadium for a three-game set this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (17-17 / 2-4 WCC)
- San Francisco claimed an 11-1 victory over Washington State last Monday before dropping two-of-three to Bay Area rival Santa Clara over the weekend.

- Jason Dufloth tossed his first career complete game in Friday's 6-2 win over the Broncos at the Dante Benedetti Classic at AT&T Park. The senior struck out four batters and improved to 5-3 on the season with the win.

- Jonnie Knoble swiped a pair of bases in Friday's win, giving the senior 16 steals on the season. Knoble also moved into a tie with former Don Rich Herbert (1984-86) for fifth place on the USF career steals list with 54.

- San Francisco continues its season-long nine-game home stand against Sacramento State (4/10) before hosting No. 7 Pepperdine for three games this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (17-17 / 4-2 WCC)
- Santa Clara rebounded from a 4-0 loss to crosstown rival San Jose State to take two-of-three from San Francisco in conference action over the weekend.

- Ryan Conan clubbed a pair of home runs on the weekend, giving the junior a team-leading four dingers on the season. Conan's three-run shot proved to be the difference in Thursday's 4-3 win at USF, and his ninth-inning grand slam on Sunday gives him a team-high 36 RBI.

- Jeff Lombard had a hand in both wins over USF, notching a victory and a save out of the bullpen. Lombard closed out Thursday's win to earn his sixth save of the season, and tossed two innings to earn the win in Saturday's 10-6 triumph.

- The Broncos return to Schott Stadium for their first conference series at home, welcoming Gonzaga to SCU for a three-game set this weekend.