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WCC weekly baseball notes, April 14, 2011

April 14, 2011

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AROUND THE WCC

LMU, Gonzaga Meet in Battle of WCC Unbeatens
Although it's just the second week of the WCC schedule, the focus will be squarely on Loyola Marymount's Page Stadium this weekend, as the Lions host No. 24 Gonzaga in a three-game West Coast Conference series. Both LMU and the Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start in conference play.

Gonzaga's Cameron Edman, LMU's Shon Roe Named Rawlings WCC Co-Players of the Week
Gonzaga's Cameron Edman went 7-for-15 (.467) in four games played last week. He recorded two doubles, a home run, four RBI and a .800 slugging percentage. In Gonzaga's 10-2 series-opening win over San Diego Friday, Edman hit a pair of singles and drove in two RBI, both off sacrifices. On Saturday he hit a solo home run in the eighth to give the Bulldogs an insurance run in Gonzaga's 3-1 win. LMU junior Shon Roe batted .429 (6-for-14) over four games last week, collecting at least one hit in all four games. Roe collected six runs scored, a triple, three walks and five RBI. He reached at a .556 clip and slugged .571 while stealing three bases. Roe had three hits, including a triple, with three RBI on Saturday against Santa Clara before posting two more in Sunday's 11-2 victory. Overall in the series against Santa Clara, Roe batted .417 (5-for-12) with four runs scored, five RBI, a triple, a walk and three stolen bases. He reached a .500 clip and slugged .583.
Also Nominated: Turner Gill, POR; Patrick Terry, SCU

LMU's Jason Wheeler Named Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Week
Junior left-hander Jason Wheeler threw a complete-game shutout on Friday as LMU defeated Santa Clara, 3-0. Wheeler threw 127 pitches on Friday, including 83 for strikes en route to the victory. The native of Torrance, Calif. posted a line of nine scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out six. The lefty retired the final 10 batters he faced in the game. The shutout was the fourth of the year for LMU, including the second complete-game shutout.
Also Nominated: Tyler Olson, GON; Chris Johnson, POR; Kyle Zimmer, USF; Brock Simon, SCU

Portland's Dennis Named To Stopper Of The Year Watch List
Portland senior closer Chris Dennis was named to the initial watch list for the seventh annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. Dennis, who is the all-time career leader in saves at UP, has also been named to the NCBWA Pre-Season All-American First Team and to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Second Team.

Two WCC Players Candidates for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Portland reliever Chris Dennis and San Francisco outfielder Connor Bernatz are two of thirty NCAA baseball student-athletes selected as candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Coaches Tab San Diego To Repeat in Preseason Poll
The University of San Diego is a unanimous selection to repeat as the West Coast Conference champions, garnering all seven possible first place votes and 49 points in a preseason poll of the eight WCC head coaches. Last season was memorable for USD. Led by 2010 WCC Player of the Year James Meador and Pitcher of the Year Kyle Blair, the Toreros posted a 19-2 WCC record en route to an NCAA berth and a 37-win season. Despite having ten players drafted, Coach Rich Hill and his staff have reloaded once again. The coaches selected Pepperdine to finish second in the WCC with 39 points. The complete poll follows.

2011 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
Team (First Place Votes), Points
San Diego (7),49
Pepperdine, 39
San Francisco, 33
Portland (1), 32
Loyola Marymount, 23
Gonzaga, 20
Santa Clara, 16
Saint Mary's, 12

2011 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM
Player, School, Yr.,Pos.
Troy Channing, Saint Mary's,Jr., IF
Ryan Hawthorne, LMU,Jr.,OF
Riley Henricks,Portland,Sr., IF
Brian Humphries, Pepperdine,Jr.,OF
Jonathan Johnston,LMU,Sr.,INF
Matt Lowenstein,LMU,So.,OF/INF
Kevin Muno,San Diego,Sr.,OF
Joe Sever, Pepperdine,So.,IF
Curtis Wagner,Santa Clara,Sr., 1B/DH
Stephen Yarrow,San Francisco,Sr., IF

Pitcher,School,Yr.
Mark Anderson, Saint Mary's,Jr.
Ryan Carpenter, Gonzaga,Jr.
Chris Dennis, Portland,Sr.
Kyle Kraus, Portland,Jr.
Martin Viramontes,LMU,Jr.

A New Look
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WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 19-10-1
WCC Record: 3-0
  • Gonzaga lost 11-6 to Washington State on April 5, before sweeping a three-game series from San Diego over the weekend in Spokane.
  • Redshirt senior catcher Cameron Edman was named the Rawlings WCC Co-Player of the Week on Monday. Edman hit .467 (7-for-15) with two doubles, a homer, and four runs driven in as the Bulldogs were 3-1.
  • The Zags lead the West Coast Conference with 61 doubles so far on the season. Edman and sophomore outfielder Billy Moon lead the way with ten two-baggers apiece.
  • Gonzaga travels to Los Angeles to take on Loyola Marymount in a battle of the unbeatens this weekend. First pitch for Friday's game is set for 3 p.m. from Page Stadium. Saturday and Sunday action begins at 1 p.m. each day.

Overall Record: 19-12
WCC Record: 3-0
  • Loyola Marymount fell 10-3 at Southern Cal on April 5, before rebounding to sweep a three-game WCC series at Santa Clara.
  • Junior LHP Jason Wheeler was named the Rawlings West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday. In the conference opener at Santa Clara, Wheeler pitched a complete game shutout, striking out six, in the 3-0 win.
  • Junior outfielder Shon Roe was named the Rawlings West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week on Monday. Roe hit .429 (6-for-14) over four games last week, scoring six runs while driving in five.
  • The Lions host their first WCC series this weekend, when 3-0 Gonzaga visits Page Stadium for a three-game series this weekend. The battle of WCC unbeatens begins at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Overall Record: 15-16
WCC Record: 1-2
  • Pepperdine came up short at Cal State Fullerton on April 5, and the Waves dropped two-of-three at Portland in the WCC opener last weekend.
  • Senior catcher Trent Diedrich enters the series at San Diego riding an 11-game hitting streak. During that stretch, Diedrich has notched a pair of three-hit games, while belting two homers and driving in eight.
  • Junior LHP Aaron Gates struck out four over six innings of work in a 6-2 Pepperdine victory at Portland. Gates is sixth in the WCC, with an opponents batting average of just .228.
  • The Waves and Southern Cal were knotted at 5-5 after 11 innings on Tuesday, when the game was suspended due to darkness. No targeted completion date has been announced. Pepperdine resumes WCC play on Friday, when the Waves travel to San Diego for a three-game set

Overall Record: 12-17
WCC Record: 2-1
  • Portland fell to No. 19 Oregon State on April 5, but the Pilots recovered to take two-of-three from visiting Pepperdine in the WCC opening series over the weekend.
  • Down 5-0 after three innings, the Pilots rallied to top Pepperdine, 7-6, in ten innings in the WCC opener. Senior Riley Henricks singled, then scored the game-winner following a sacrifice bunt and a pair of wild pitches.
  • Freshman outfielder Turner Gill was 6-for-12 in the Pepperdine series, scoring three runs and driving in four.
  • The Pilots fell to Oregon, 6-4, at home on Wednesday. UP will welcome the San Francisco Dons to Etzel Field for a three-game set this weekend.

Overall Record: 14-14
WCC Record: 2-1
  •  The Gaels traveled to Bay Area rival San Francisco in the WCC opener over the weekend, taking two-of-three from the Dons.
  • Sophomore third baseman Patrick Wisdom belted a seventh inning three-run homer in the Gaels' come-from-behind win at San Francisco on Sunday. He is hitting a team-leading .343 on the season.
  • Junior RHP Mark Anderson continues to lead the West Coast Conference with a 6-1 record over eight starts. As a team, the Gaels' 2.90 earned run average is second in the WCC.
  • Saint Mary's fell at UC Davis on Tuesday, and will look to rebound this weekend with a three-game series at home against Santa Clara. The Gaels have played just three home games this season.

Overall Record: 8-22
WCC Record: 0-3
  • San Diego fell to UC Irvine on April 5, and then was swept in a three-game series at No. 24 Gonzaga.
  • Junior catcher/outfielder Zack Kometani is second in the West Coast Conference with 24 runs batted in, and is tied for fifth in the WCC with 34 hits.
  • Freshman third baseman Kris Bryant leads the West Coast Conference with seven home runs. He ranks second in the WCC in slugging percentage (.567), and third in the conference with a .434 on-base percentage.
  • The Toreros return home for the first time in WCC play, as they welcome Pepperdine to Cunningham Stadium for a three-game series. Friday's first pitch is set for just after 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday games begin at 1 p.m. each afternoon.

Overall Record: 14-19
WCC Record: 1-2
  • San Francisco blanked Cal Poly, 4-0, on April 5, before dropping two-of-three games in its WCC opener against Saint Mary's.
  • Sophomore RHP Kyle Zimmer struck out 14 Gaels batters over 7.2 innings of work on Saturday, the second-most strikeouts in a game in San Francisco history. Zimmer was recognized as the InsidePitching.com West Region Pitcher of the Week for his efforts.
  • San Francisco leads all Division I teams with the leather, sporting a .988 team fielding percentage through April 11. Through their first 32 games, the Dons have committed just 15 errors.
  • The Dons hit the road for the first time in conference play, as the travel to Portland for a three-game series at Etzel Field. USF has taken eight of the last 10 meetings between the two schools.

Overall Record: 12-17
WCC Record: 0-3
  • Santa Clara dropped its first three WCC contests, falling to Loyola Marymount over the weekend. With Tuesday's loss to Cal Poly, the Broncos have dropped six straight.
  • Freshman third baseman Kyle DeMerritt leads the Broncos and is sixth in the WCC with a .340 batting average. DeMerritt is second in the conference with 23 runs scored.
  • Sophomore RHP Brock Simon pitched 3.2 soreless innings over two appearances out of the bullpen in the series with Loyola Marymount.
  • Santa Clara takes to the road this weekend, for a three-game West Coast Conference series at Saint Mary's. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. from Moraga.