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Gonzaga in first place, Pepperdine not far behind

April 10, 2013

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- Four West Coast Conference series take place this weekend. Portland travels to Provo to take on BYU, San Diego hosts Pepperdine, Saint Mary's heads north to Gonzaga, while Santa Clara will host San Francisco. The odd team out this week, Loyola Marymount will travel to UCLA for a three game series. Gonzaga leads the conference rankings with an 8-4 conference record. Pepperdine is in second place with a 6-3 mark and LMU is in third place at 7-5 in WCC play.


Pepperdine junior Corey Miller is the Rawlings West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week. Miller had a strong performance lifting Pepperdine to a 1-0 victory against the Washington Huskies on Saturday. Pitching 10 scoreless innings, he allowed three hits with a career-high 10 strikeouts. Miller did not walk a single batter and threw 118 pitches, 78 for strikes. The junior right-hander retired the first 12 batters he faced and lowered his ERA to 2.40.

BYU freshman Jacob Hannemann is the Rawlings West Coast Conference Player of the Week. Hannemann helped the Cougars win their conference series over Santa Clara. He finished the week 8-for-18 for a .444 average with two homeruns, two doubles, one triple, six RBI, and four runs scored. Hannemann's slugging percentage was 1.000 and an on-base percentage of .500 for the week.

Team national rankings: Double plays, BYU 4th with 42; Double plays per game, BYU 2nd with 1.35; Doubles per game, Pepperdine 11th with 2.30; Home Runs, San Diego 16th with 26.

Individual national rankings: Base on Balls, Kris Bryant of San Diego 3rd with 36; Ben Griset of Saint Mary's, Tyler Olson of Gonzaga, Desmond Poulson of BYU, tied for 11th with three complete games.