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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 4/10

April 10, 2006

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WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week
Kevin Hansen, San Diego

Kevin Hansen had a solid performance at the plate over the weekend as San Diego took two-of-three on the road at Portland and moved back into the national rankings. Hansen batted .500 (7-for-14) in three games against the Pilots, slugging a pair of doubles and driving in two runs. The sophomore collected three hits in Friday's 2-0 win over Portland, going 3-for-4 before putting together a 3-for-6 performance on Sunday. Hansen currently ranks third on the team with a .308 batting average.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Patrick McGuigan, San Francisco

Patrick McGuigan was named the WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after leading the Dons to a 2-0 win over then-No. 22 ranked Pepperdine on Sunday. The senior tossed his third complete game of the season, allowing just six hits and striking out three batters as the Dons posted their first series win at Pepperdine since 1999. It was the 18th victory of McGuigan's career, moving him into sole possession of second place on USF's career victories chart.

Upcoming Games

Apr. 10
Stanford at Santa Clara - Postponed

Apr. 11
UC Davis at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
Oregon State at Portland - 3:00 PM
Cal State Northridge at San Diego - 3:00 PM
San Francisco at Stanford - 6:00 PM

Apr. 13
LMU at San Diego* - 3:00 PM
Portland at San Francisco* - 3:00 PM
Pepperdine at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM

Apr. 14
Portland at San Francisco* - 1:00 PM
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's* - 3:00 PM
LMU at San Diego* - 3:30 PM
Pepperdine at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM

Apr. 15
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's* - 10:30 AM
LMU at San Diego* - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at Santa Clara* - 1:00 PM
Portland at San Francisco* - 1:00 PM
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's* - 2:00 PM

*Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

SMC's Carter and USF's McGuigan Take Home WCC Monthly Honors
Saint Mary's outfielder Sam Carter was named the WCC/Rawlings Player of the Month, and San Francisco's Patrick McGuigan earned WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Month honors for the month of March. Carter, who is the first Saint Mary's player to earn the conference's monthly honor since the 2002 season, led the Gaels in nearly every offensive category. The senior batted a league-high .489 (23-for-47), while clubbing four home runs and driving in a team-best 21 runs. McGuigan posted a perfect 4-0 record in three starts and six overall appearances in March. The senior notched a miniscule 1.59 ERA, while holding opposing lineups to a paltry .139 batting average to lead the conference. McGuigan tossed 28.1 innings on the month, striking out 32 batters and surrendering just five earned runs.

Milestone Victories On Deck For WCC Coaches
Several WCC skippers are nearing plateaus for coaching victories, as San Diego's Rich Hill, LMU's Frank Cruz, and San Francisco's Nino Giarratano look to nail down milestone triumphs within the next few weeks. With one more victory in conference play, Giarratano will become the second USF coach reach the 100-win mark in WCC games, while Cruz needs just four more conference victories to become the ninth WCC coach to reach the 150-win mark. Hill can become the third skipper in league history to reach the 200-win milestone with eight more conference victories. Hill currently has 394 overall wins during his tenures at both USF and San Diego, and can become just the fifth coach in circuit history to reach the 400-win plateau with six more wins.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (22-12 / 4-2 WCC)
- Gonzaga topped Washington State on the road before dropping two-of-three to visiting Santa Clara over the weekend. Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Broncos snapped a season-high nine-game winning streak for the Zags.

- The Zags recorded back-to-back triple plays in Tuesday's win at Washington State, notching the rare feat in both the second and third innings of a 6-2 Gonzaga win.

- Jackson Brennan clubbed a solo home run to lead off the game in GU's loss to Santa Clara on Saturday. Brennan leads the WCC with 10 dingers and looks to become the first Zag to pace the circuit in home runs since Nate Gold set a league record with 33 homers in 2002.

- Scott Campbell slugged his fourth home run of the season in Friday's win over SCU.

- The Zags travel to Saint Mary's for a three-game WCC series this weekend.

LMU Lions (14-23 / 3-3 WCC)
- LMU dropped two-of-three to Saint Mary's at Page Stadium over the weekend, rebounding from two straight losses to win Sunday's finale, 7-1.

- Erik Johnson hit an RBI single in Sunday's win to extend his hitting streak to 20 games, matching a 20-game streak by recent LMU alum Joe Frazee. The LMU record for consecutive games with a hit is 27, set by former Lion Don Sparks in 1988.

- Daniel Macias tossed a career-high 7.2 innings in Sunday's win, surrendering just one earned run and improving to 3-6 on the season.

- Chris Pettit swiped a pair of bases over the weekend, bringing his career stolen base total to 52 and putting him in sole possession of seventh place on the LMU career chart.

- The Lions travel to San Diego for their first conference road series of the WCC season.

Pepperdine Waves (21-15 / 2-4 WCC)
- Pepperdine slipped to 2-4 in conference play after San Francisco took two-of-three from the Waves at Eddy D. Field Stadium over the weekend.

- Brett Hunter picked up the victory with two scoreless innings of relief in Saturday's 5-3 win to improve to 4-2 on the season. The freshman has recorded a team-high five saves so far this season, and currently ranks second on the squad with a 2.50 ERA.

- David Uribes had a pair of 3-for-4 performances over the weekend, bringing his career hits total to 294 and taking sole possession of third place on Pepperdine's career chart. Uribes needs two more hits to pass current assistant coach Rick Hirtensteiner and move into second place on the list.

- Pepperdine travels to the Bay Area this weekend for a three-game series with Santa Clara beginning on Thursday.

Portland Pilots (11-20 / 1-5 WCC)
- Portland bounced back from a pair of losses to San Diego to take the series finale with a 4-3, 15-inning victory. The win snapped a five-game skid and marked the Pilots' first WCC victory of the season.

- Travis Vetters knocked in the winning run in Sunday's win, slugging a double in the 15th inning to score Matthew Peters. The double capped a 4-for-6 performance for Vetters, who moved into ninth place on the UP career list with his 204th base hit.

- Austin Dirkx and Brian Yoakum have been extremely effective out of the bullpen for Portland. Yoakum has posted a 1.38 ERA in 11 appearances and earned his first career victory on Sunday, while Dirkx tossed 7.2 scoreless innings in the win and lowered his ERA to 1.70.

- Portland hosts No. 11 Oregon State (4/11) before traveling to San Francisco for three conference games this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (16-15 / 3-3 WCC)
- Saint Mary's traveled to LMU over the weekend, taking two-of-three from the Lions to improve to 3-3 in conference play.

- Preston Young clubbed his team-leading eighth home run of the season in Friday's 5-3 win over LMU. The dinger was the 23rd of Young's career in Moraga, and the senior can move into a tie for second place on the SMC career chart with just two more home runs.

- Corey Madden tossed his first career complete game in Saturday's 5-2 win, surrendering just two runs on seven hits, while striking out three batters to improve to 4-1 on the season.

- Delaney Gallagher collected two hits on the weekend, including his first home run of the season on Saturday, to move into third place on the SMC career hits chart with 213.

- Saint Mary's hosts UC Davis (4/11) and welcomes Gonzaga to Moraga this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (22-12 / 4-2 WCC)
- San Diego traveled to Portland over the weekend and took two-of-three from the Pilots. The Toreros, who have won seven of their last nine games, re-entered the national polls at No. 23 in the Baseball America rankings.

- Brian Matusz guided the Toreros to a 2-0 victory in the series opener, tossing eight scoreless innings and striking out seven Pilot batters to improve to 3-2 on the season.

- Matt Couch nailed down the save in both San Diego wins over the weekend, tossing a scoreless ninth inning in each contest to bring his season saves total to three.

- Jordan Abruzzo drove in four runs over the weekend to bring his team-high RBI total to 32. The junior also clubbed his team-leading 12th double of the season in Saturday's win.

- USD hosts Cal State Northridge (4/11) before hosting LMU this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (21-14 / 4-2 WCC)
- San Francisco continued its recent hot streak, improving to 4-2 in conference play after taking two-of-three from Pepperdine in Malibu for the first time since 1999.

- Scott Cousins enjoyed an outstanding weekend, tossing eight innings to earn the win on Friday and collecting four hits in three games, including his second home run of the season.

- Stefan Gartrell drove in his 100th career run in Sunday's 2-0 victory, and needs just three more RBI to crack the San Francisco career top-10 RBI chart.

- Patrick McGuigan moved into second place on the USF career wins chart with his 18th victory on Sunday.

- USF heads to Stanford (4/11) before hosting Portland for three games this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (20-14 / 3-3 WCC)
- Santa Clara notched a 12-7 victory over California on Wednesday before traveling to Spokane and taking two-of-three from Gonzaga over the weekend.

- Eric Newton slugged a pair of home runs in Santa Clara's come-from-behind 7-6 win over Gonzaga on Saturday. Newton, who leads the Broncos with nine home runs, has hit 21 career dingers at SCU and needs just one more to crack the program's top-10 career list.

- Mark Willinsky tossed a scoreless ninth inning to notch his sixth save of the season in Saturday's win. The save total is tied for eighth on the SCU single-season chart.

- Matt Wickswat fanned six batters in six innings as SCU edged Gonzaga, 8-7, on Monday.

- SCU returns home to host Pepperdine for three games this weekend.