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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes

April 13, 2010

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CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
The first full week of conference play was completed last week with Portland and San Diego winning their series as the Pilots took two from Saint Mary's and the Toreros swept LMU. Gonzaga and Pepperdine split with San Francisco and Santa Clara respectively as both series finales could not be completed due to weather. The Gaels got a notable win, defeating then #22 Stanford on the road.

This week's slate of games is highlighted by the annual Dante Benedetti Classic, which will be played at AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, between San Francisco and Saint Mary's this Friday.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, APRIL 12
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
#21 Arizona at Gonzaga Spokane, WA 12:00 PM ARZ def. GON 5-4
TUESDAY, APRIL 13
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Pepperdine at UCSB Goleta, CA 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Nevada Reno, NV 2:00 PM
San Francisco at UC Davis Davis, CA 2:30 PM
UC Irvine at San Diego San Diego, CA 3:00 PM
Stanford at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA 6:00 PM
LMU at Long Beach State Long Beach, CA 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14
Washington at Portland Portland, OR 3:00 PM
Gonzaga at #28 Washington State Pullman, WA 5:30 PM
FRIDAY, APRIL 16
LMU at Portland Portland, OR 3:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Diego San Diego, CA 3:00 PM
Pepperdine at Gonzaga Spokane, WA 6:30 PM
San Francisco vs. Saint Mary's
Dante Benedetti Classic
San Francisco, CA
AT&T Park
6:30 PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 17
LMU at Portland Portland, OR 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Diego San Diego, CA 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at Gonzaga Spokane, WA 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA 2:30 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 18
LMU at Portland Portland, OR 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Diego San Diego, CA 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at Gonzaga Spokane, WA 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA 1:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC

WCC March Pitcher of the Month: Matt Hauser, USD:
RHP Matt Hauser was named the WCC Pitcher of the Month for March after making nine appearances and picking up five saves with a 1.17 ERA. His month included a win and a save against #14 Rice and a pair of saves against #10 Coastal Carolina. He has pitched 22.1 innings this season in 12 appearances and has allowed just four earned runs.

Also Nominated: John Lally, LMU; Robert Dickmann, PEP

WCC March Players of the Month: Mark Castellitto, GON & Tommy Medica, SCU
OF Mark Castellitto was named a Co-Player of the Month for March after hitting .406 with seven doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 21 runs scored, and 24 RBI. His month included a three home run performance in a win over Utah Valley.

OF Tommy Medica has continued his outstanding run this season as he was named WCC Co-Player of the Month for March after hitting .403, with five home runs, six doubles, 23 runs scored and 19 RBI. He also has the longest hitting streak in the conference at an outstanding 19 games. Over that span, he has notched 13 multi-hit games.

also Nominated: Ryan Hawthorne, LMU; Victor Sanchez, USD

WCC Rawlings Pitchers of the Week: Matt Bywater, PEP & Alex Rivers, SCU
Bywater was impressive in the series opener against the Broncos en route to earning WCC Rawllings Co-Pitcher of the Week honors. He tossed in his second consecutinve complete game shutout and his third of the season, allowing just four hits and striking out 10. What was more impressive was that it came against the league's top hitting team (.327).

Rivers earned WCC Rawlings Co-Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing in a complete game shutout in the win over the Waves. He allowed just three hits and struck out nine for his second complete game shutout of the season.

Also Nominated: Cody Martin, GON; Kyle Barraclough, SMC; Kyle Blair, USD; Matt Hiserman, USF

WCC Rawlings Player of the Week: Chris Engell, USD
Engell led the offense over the week en route to earning WCC Rawlings Player of the Week honors. He went 10-for-20 with a double, a triple, and seven RBI. He gave the Toreros the series sweep over LMU with a walk-off RBI single in the finale.

Also Nominated: Drew Heid, GON; Garrett Queen, POR; Stephen Yarrow, USF

WCC Teams Garner Preseason Rankings
San Diego and Pepperdine were each listed among the nation's elite in numerous rankings heading into the 2010 campaign. The Toreros have been ranked in several publications, with the highest ranking coming in the Baseball America preseason poll, that had San Diego at No. 19. Collegiate Baseball ranked the Waves at No. 34 heading into the season, while Gonzaga received votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.

San Diego
Baseball America - No. 19
USA TODAY/ESPN - No. 23
Collegiate Baseball - No. 24
NCBWA - No. 24

Pepperdine
Collegiate Baseball - No. 34USA TODAY/ESPN - Receiving Votes
NCBWA - Receiving Votes

Gonzaga
USA TODAY/ESPN - Receiving Votes

WCC's Preseason All-Americans
Several WCC standouts were tabbed for 2010 preseason All-American honors. After winning the Triple Crown last year, Saint Mary's Troy Channing was tabbed a Louisville Slugger preseason second team All-American and was ranked No. 6 on the Rivals.com power rankings for third basemen. Santa Clara's Geoff Klein and Tommy Medica were both named honorable mention preseason All-America catchers by Ping! Baseball.

Two Players Named To Stopper Of The Year Watch List
Gonzaga junior right hander Cody Martin and Portland junior right hander Zach Varce were both named to this year's Stopper of the Year Watch List.

This marks Martin's second time being nominated to the list as he also made the midseason watch list as well. Last year, Martin posted a 3.07 ERA while going 5-4 with six saves and 68 strikeouts in 58.2 innings. In his freshman season, he set the school record for saves in a season with nine.

Last season, Varce led the league with a 2.69 ERA and tied for the league lead with nine saves, which also tied the school record. Posting a 3-5 record, he held opposing batters to an average of .249 and had 62 strikeouts in 60.1 innings.

The Boys of Summer
This past summer, many WCC baseball players took part in summer leagues all across the country with many receiving All-Star recognition and individual rewards. Below is a list of all the WCC players receiving recognition.

Alaska Baseball League
Jonathan Johnson, LMU - Gold Glove
Drew Heid, GON - MVP
Ryan Carpenter, GON - All-Star

Cal Ripken League
Jonathan Abrahamson, USF - All-Star, Co-Pitcher of the Year
Ryan Mulligan, SMC - All-Star

Cape Cod
Kyle Blair, USD - All-Star

Hawaii Collegiate
Mark Anderson, SMC - All-Star
Tyler Brubaker, PEP - All-Star
Ricky Villarreal, PEP - All-Star
Joe Vierra, LMU - All-Star
Case Miyahara, LMU - All-Star

New York Collegiate
Miles Silverstein, PEP - All-Star
Brad Jesernig, PEP - All-Star

Northwoods League
Zach Varce, POR - All-Star
Riley Henricks, POR - All-Star
Troy Channing, SMC - Rising Star (Rivals.com)
Aaron Gates, PEP - All-Star
Chris Engell, USD - Silver Slugger Award

Prospect League
Nate Johnson, PEP - All-Star

USF's Nino Giarratano named to USA Baseball Coaching Staff
This will mark the second stint with Team USA for Giarratano, following his work as an assistant coach on Rob Walton's Collegiate National Team staff in 2008. That year, the team won the Gold Medal with a 12 inning victory over Japan and finished the season undefeated at 24-0. He joins Bill Kinneberg (Utah), Dave Serrano (Cal State Fullerton), and Ed Blankmeyer (St. John's). Giarratano is entering his 12th season with the Dons after guiding them to a share of third place last year.

San Diego Picked To Finish First In 2010 WCC Preseason Poll
San Diego was picked as the favorite to win this year's WCC regular season title in the 2010 preseason baseball poll, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. The Toreros received six first place votes for a total of 48 points and are ranked 24th in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll. Pepperdine was picked second with 38 points and is also receiving national recognition, ranked 34th in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll. San Francisco totaled 33 points for third, while 2009 WCC Champion Gonzaga got one first place vote for 29 points to finish fourth, just edging out 2009 WCC runner-up Loyola Marymount, who received 28 points for fifth. Rounding out this year's preseason poll are Santa Clara, who received the last first place vote with 20 points, Saint Mary's with 17 points, and Portland with 11 points. The Toreros also placed the most number of players on the preseason all-conference team with five players being selected, including 2009 WCC Player of the Year, James Meador.

WCC Baseball Preseason Poll
1. San Diego - 48 (6)
Pepperdine - 38
3. San Francisco - 33
4. Gonzaga - 29 (1)
5. LMU - 28
6. Santa Clara - 20(1)
7. Saint Mary's - 17
8. Portland -11
(first place votes)

The 2009 WCC Baseball Season at a Glance
The West Coast Conference ended the season ranked in the top half of the NCAA RPI rankings, coming in at No. 11, finishing ahead of the Western Athletic (WAC) and Big Ten conferences ... Gonzaga University received the WCC's only bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning the WCC Baseball Championship Series against Loyola Marymount. The regular season and championship series title were the first in program history as the Zags finished ranked 22nd in the country according to Baseball America ... Half of the WCC schools finished with even or winning records against nationally ranked non-conference opponents, led by LMU, who finished with a 6-2 record ... Saint Mary's Troy Channing finished a historical year by becoming just the third player in conference history to win the Triple Crown. Channing led all freshmen in the country in home runs and RBI per game on his way to earning numerous accolades including being named to NCBWA and Baseball America All-America teams, the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team and being named a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy as well as the WCC Freshman of the Year ... The WCC had 24 players chosen in the MLB First Year Player Draft, the second most in league history, led by LMU's Angelo Songco, who was picked in the 4th round (127th overall) ... Songco was also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award ... The WCC had numerous players on preseason watch lists, including four pitchers on the Stopper of the Year list and eight players on the Wallace Award Watch list ... Four players were also placed on the 2009 CoSida Academic All District VII Team, the most of any conference in the district ... San Diego's James Meador won the Player of the Year award


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 12-19
WCC Record: 1-1
  • Gonzaga suffered a pair of losses to Washington (3-1, 5-1) before taking the first from San Francisco, 3-2, and losing the second, 20-9. The third game was left in a 2-2 tie in the 13th and will be resumed later in the season.

  • RHP Cody Martin struck out six batters in 7.1 innings of work to pick up the win in the series opener against the Dons to improve to 3-3 on the season. He currently ranks second in the league in strikeouts with 62 in 50.0 innings pitched.

  • OF Drew Heid led the offense for the week, going 10-for-22 (.455) and went for multi-hits in four of the five games played, including a 4-for-4 performance against Washington. He currently leads the league in hits (55) and batting average (.410) and is riding a seven-game hitting streak.

  • Gonzaga opened the week with 5-4 loss to #21 Arizona and plays at #28 Washington State (4/14), before resuming conference play at home against Pepperdine (4/16-18). Gonzaga will host Washington (4/6-7) and begin WCC play at San Francisco (4/9-11).
  • Overall Record: 15-15
    WCC Record: 0-3
  • LMU defeated UCSB, 12-4, before getting swept at San Diego (15-2, 6-1, 3-2) to open conference play.

  • In the win over the Gauchos, the Lions got home runs from C Matt Koch and 3B Brad Bauer, while LMU used nine different pitchers to complete the game. Koch has now gone yard 10 times this season, tied for second in the league, while his 11 doubles are tied for third. RHP Alex Sachs was credited with the win, his first of the season.

  • OF Ryan Hawthorne reached base safely in all four games last week with two multi-hit games. He has now extended his hitting streak to a league-best 19 games with nine multi-hit performances in that span.

  • The Lions play at Long Beach State (4/13), before resuming conference play at Portland (4/16-18).

  • Overall Record: 11-16
    WCC Record: 1-1
  • The Waves swept the doulbe-header against Cal State Northridge (3-2, 12-7), before taking the first against Santa Clara, 8-0, and losing the second, 3-0. The series finale was postponed due to weather.

  • LHP Matt Bywater was impressive in the series opener against the Broncos en route to earning WCC Rawllings Co-Pitcher of the Week honors. He tossed in his second consecutinve complete game shutout and his third of the season, allowing just four hits and striking out 10. What was more impressive was that it came against the league's top hitting team (.327).

  • All three of Bywater's victories this year have come by way of complete game shutouts as he boasts a league-best 1.70 ERA through seven starts. The Waves' weekend rotation of Bywater, RHP Cole Cook, and LHP Robert Dickmann have combined for a league-best seven complete games.

  • Pepperdine is at UCSB (4/13), before resuming WCC play at Gonzaga (4/16-18).
  • Overall Record: 20-8
    WCC Record: 5-1
  • The Pilots fell to #10 Oregon State, 9-2, before taking the first two from Saint Mary's (5-4, 12-1) and losing the third, 5-4.

  • Portland is now 11-2 at home, their best home start dating back to 1955 when the school started tracking such records and matched the 1980 UP squad as the second fastest team to reach 20 wins in program history.

  • RHP Kyle Kraus earned the win in the second victory over the Gaels and now leads the league in wins with a perfect 6-0 record. As a team, POR leads the league in ERA at 3.23.

  • OF Garrett Queen got all three of his season home runs against the Gaels, going yard in each game of the series to bring his batting average to .383, ranked fifth in the league.

  • Portland hosts Washington (4/14) and resumes conference play against LMU (4/16-18).
  • Overall Record:10-17-1
    WCC Record: 1-2
  • Saint Mary's defeated #22 Stanford, 7-3, before losing the first two against Portland (5-4, 12-1) and taking the third, 5-4.

  • In the win over the Cardinal, 3B Patrick Wisdom led the way, going yard twice to finish 2-for-4 with six RBI. On the season, he has eight home runs, ranked fifth in the league.

  • RHP Kyle Barraclough notched two wins over the week with victories over Stanford in relief and Portland as a starter. He threw a combined 11.1 innings, striking out 10 over the two games.

  • 1B Troy Channing added to his home run total in the series finale to bring his season count to 10, which is tied for second in the league.

  • The Gaels are at Nevada (4/13), before resuming conference play, hosting San Francisco (4/16-18). The series opener will be played at AT&T Park in San Francisco at the annual Dante Benedetti Classic.
  • Overall Record: 17-14
    WCC Record: 3-0
  • San Diego suffered a pair of losses against #1 Arizona State (15-0, 11-6), before sweeping LMU (15-2, 6-1, 3-2).

  • SS Chris Engell led the offense over the week en route to earning WCC Rawlings Player of the Week honors. He went 10-for-20 with a double, a triple, and seven RBI. He gave the Toreros the series sweep over LMU with a walk-off RBI single in the finale.

  • In the series opener against LMU, C Zack Kometani went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI and is on a six-game hitting streak. RHP Kyle Blair got the win, striking out eight in 7.0 innings.

  • USD features three of the league's top 10 leaders in strikeouts as RHP AJ Griffin ranks third (58), Blair ranks fifth (55), and LHP Sammy Solis ranks eight (46).

  • USD hosts #25 UC Irvine (4/13), before resuming WCC play against Santa Clara (4/16-18).
  • Overall Record: 16-15
    WCC Record: 1-1
  • San Francisco fell to San Jose State, 5-1, and beat Sacramento State, 5-4, before losing the first against Gonzaga, 5-4, and winning the second, 20-9. The series finale was suspended in the 13th, tied at 2-2.

  • RHP Matt Hiserman had a successful return from a serious head injury, tossing in four scoreless innings in the series finale, striking out five.

  • 3B Stephen Yarrow led the offense over the week, going 6-for-19 (.316) with three home runs, six runs scored, and seven RBI. Two of his bombs came in the victory over the Zags.

  • C Ryan Lipkin had a hit in every game last week, including going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI in the win over Gonzaga. He is riding a team-high eight game hitting streak.

  • The Dons are at UC Davis (4/13), before resuming WCC play at Saint Mary's (4/16-18), with the series opener played at AT&T Park in San Francisco at the annual Dante Benedetti Classic.
  • Overall Record: 14-15
    WCC Record: 1-4
  • Santa Clara defeated Albany NY, 11-10, last week, before getting swept by Portland (4-2, 11-6, 3-0).

  • Santa Clara defeated Pacific, 9-3, before losing the first game against Pepperdine, 8-0, and winning the second, 3-0. The series finale was postponed due to weather.

  • RHP Alex Rivers earned WCC Rawlings Co-Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing in a complete game shutout in the win over the Waves. He allowed just three hits and struck out nine for his second complete game shutout of the season.

  • In the series opening loss, RHP Nate Garcia had a superb outing, going eight innings and striking out 13 batters, while allowing just two runs. He currently leads the league in strikeouts with 64.

  • OF Tommy Medica had his 21-game hitting streak end in the second game against the Waves.

  • The Broncos host Stanford (4/13) and resume WCC play at San Diego (4/16-18).