April 13, 2009
|CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK|
|The West Coast Conference closed out week three of conference play with Pepperdine and Santa Clara recording the only sweeps of the weekend. Gonzaga earned a big series win over then No. 21 San Diego and has now earned a spot in the top 25, coming in at No. 22 in the Baseball America poll. San Diego maintained a top 25 ranking coming in at No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. LMU took two of three from San Francisco and is now tied for first place with the Toreros at 7-2 in conference play.|
This week, the WCC will face three ranked opponents as LMU and San Diego both face No. 3 UC Irvine and Santa Clara takes on No. 15 Cal Poly. Last week, LMU got a huge win at then No. 6 Cal State Fullerton and improved its record to 6-1 against ranked opponents, while the WCC is 16-14 against teams in the top 25. Be sure to log on to wccsports.com later this week to listen to podcasts with Steven Ames (GON) and Nate Simon (PEP), this week's pitcher and player of the week.
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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: Nate Simon, PEP
WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Steven Ames, GON
Also Nominated: Jonathan Johnson, LMU; Ramiro Carreon, LMU; Matt Bywater, PEP; Stephen Yarrow, USF; Jon Karcich, SCU; Alex Rivers, SCU
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|