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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 4/16

April 16, 2007

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WCC/Rawlings Co-Players of the Week
Elvis Herrera, LMU & Jordan Abruzzo, San Diego

LMU's Elvis Herrera and San Diego's Jordan Abruzzo each helped their respective squads to crucial series sweeps in WCC play over the weekend. Herrera was outstanding at the plate, posting a pair of three-hit games and driving in five runs in LMU's win at Saint Mary's on Friday. The senior batted .556 (10-for-18) on the week with eight RBI, two doubles, and four runs scored as the Lions went 4-0. Abruzzo enjoyed a monster week for the Toreros, batting .625 (10-for-16) with a pair of home runs as USD swept Portland at home. The senior added two doubles, six RBI, and five runs scored on the week.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Jeremy Stumetz, Gonzaga

Gonzaga's Jeremy Stumetz played a role in each of Gonzaga's three wins last week, coming out of the bullpen to earn the victory at Washington State before nailing down a pair of saves against Santa Clara over the weekend. The freshman tossed 10 innings of scoreless relief on the week, surrendering just three hits and striking out seven batters. He tossed five innings of two-hit ball to defeat the Cougars on Tuesday, and notched saves in both of GU's victories over the Broncos.

Upcoming Games

Apr. 17
Nevada at San Francisco - 2:00 PM
UC Davis at Saint Mary's - 2:30 PM
Washington at Portland - 3:00 PM
Pepperdine at UCLA - 6:00 PM
San Diego at San Diego State - 6:00 PM
Santa Clara at Stanford - 6:00 PM
Washington State at Gonzaga - 6:30 PM
LMU at Long Beach State - 6:30 PM

Apr. 20
San Diego at LMU* - 3:00 PM
San Francisco at Portland* - 3:00 PM
Santa Clara at Pepperdine* - 3:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga* - 6:00 PM

Apr. 21
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Portland* - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Pepperdine* - 1:00 PM
San Diego at LMU* - 2:00 PM

Apr. 22
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Portland* - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at Pepperdine* - 1:00 PM
San Diego at LMU* - 2:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

San Diego's Abruzzo Closing In On Program Marks
San Diego's Jordan Abruzzo is enjoying another outstanding season for the Toreros, and has etched his name into the USD record book in several offensive categories. The senior became San Diego's all-time leader with 197 career RBI last weekend, and moved into second place on the USD career list with 277 hits during his time on Alcala Park. Abruzzo needs just three more base hits to break the USD record of 279 set by WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Team honoree Kevin Reese (1997-00). Abruzzo also ranks fourth on the San Diego career home runs list with 35. The senior is moving up the WCC charts as well, as Abruzzo ranks ninth in the conference annals in hits and is tied for fourth on the league's all-time RBI chart.

WCC All-Access This Week
The WCC Baseball All-Access video streaming package continues this week with a single game, as Santa Clara visits Pepperdine for conference contest on Sunday, April 22. The series finale is slated for a 1:00 PM (PT) start. To watch the games for free, fans can sign up for the WCC's All-Access package on WCCsports.com.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-17 / 6-3 WCC)
- Gonzaga remained hot in WCC play, taking two-of-three from Santa Clara on the road after posting a mid-week victory at Washington State.

- Clayton Mortensen improved to 4-2 after striking out five batters in Sunday's win to bring his season strikeouts total to 79. Mortensen needs just five more strikeouts to move into a tie for 10th place on the Gonzaga single-season list.

- Dustin Colclough clubbed his team-leading fifth home run of the season in Sunday's win, and drove in three runs to bring his RBI total to 27 on the year. The senior has already surpassed his career-high home run total, and has already matched his RBI total from 2006.

- The Zags return home to face Washington State (4/17) before hosting Saint Mary's for a three-game set this weekend. Tuesday's contest will mark the first night game at Washington Trust Field, and Friday's contest will feature a pre-game dedication ceremony for the new facility.

Loyola Marymount Lions (17-22-1 / 5-4 WCC)
- The Lions got back on the winning track last week, edging San Diego State on Tuesday before sweeping a three-game WCC series at Saint Mary's over the weekend.

- Daniel Macias made his 77th career appearance in a Lion uniform on Sunday, surrendering just one run in seven innings to improve to 4-4 on the season. The senior needs just three more outings to move into a tie for 10th place on the LMU career appearances list.

- Sunday's 8-0 win over the Gaels marked the 300th career victory at LMU for Head Coach Frank Cruz. Cruz is just the eighth coach in WCC history to record 300 wins, and just the second coach in LMU history to reach the milestone, following former Lion coach Marv Wood (371).

- LMU travels to No. 25 Long Beach State (4/17) for a mid-week tilt before returning home for three games with No. 18 San Diego this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (28-11 / 8-1 WCC)
- The Waves fell to Long Beach State on Tuesday but rebounded to take two-of-three from San Francisco on the road over the weekend.

- Barry Enright tossed eight innings of shutout ball to earn his ninth victory of the season in Friday's 10-3 win over the Dons. It marked the 32nd career win for the junior, moving him into sole possession of sixth place on the WCC career victories list. With his next victory, Enright will move into a tie for fifth place on the WCC chart with Pepperdine alum and former Major Leaguer Mike Fetters.

- Luke Salas played in his 217th career game in a Wave uniform on Sunday, putting him into a tie for 10th place with Bob Helsom (1977-80) on Pepperdine's all-time games played list.

- Pepperdine will be in action at No. 24 UCLA (4/17) before returning home to host Santa Clara for a three-game conference series.

Portland Pilots (14-20 / 2-7 WCC)
- Portland struggled against a pair of ranked opponents last week, falling to No. 8 ranked Oregon State on Tuesday, 12-4, before being swept in a three-game set at then-No. 21 San Diego.

- Chase Powell continued to lead the Pilots at the plate, helping produce each of UP's four runs in the series at San Diego. Powell went 3-for-9 on the weekend with two runs scored and a pair of RBI against USD, and currently ranks third in the WCC with a .447 on base percentage.

- Josh Roberts tossed 1.2 innings out of the bullpen last week to move into a tie for 10th place on the UP career innings pitched chart with 218.2.

- Portland begins a five-game home stand against Washington (4/17) before welcoming San Francisco to Joe Etzel Field for three games this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (16-19-1 / 0-9 WCC)
- Saint Mary's losing skid hit 11 games after the Gaels fell to San Jose State, and were swept by LMU at The Guisto over the weekend.

- Eric Cattoni scored his WCC-leading 42nd run of the season in Friday's loss to the Lions, and the senior needs just three more runs scored to move into a tie with current Major Leaguer Mark Teahen for 10th place on the SMC single-season list. Cattoni also leads the WCC with 22 steals so far this season.

- Michael Cipolla gave the Gaels a lift at the plate last week, as the freshman went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Spartans. Cipolla collected a pair of hits in the series with the Lions, and enters the week batting .275 (11-for-40).

- The Gaels will look for their first win in nearly a month when they host UC Davis (4/17) before traveling to Gonzaga for a three-game series.

San Diego Toreros (29-13 / 7-2 WCC)
- San Diego rebounded from a loss to UC Riverside to sweep visiting Portland over the weekend and move within a game of WCC-leading Pepperdine in the conference standings.

- Brian Matusz and Josh Romanski make up one of the most dominating pitching duos in the nation, as the two sophomores have combined to post a 13-3 record for the Toreros so far this season. Romanski has held opponents to a .191 batting average to lead the WCC, while Matusz is limiting opposing lineups to a paltry .196 clip to rank second in the conference.

- Shane Buschini clubbed a pair of home runs in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Pilots, giving the senior a league-high 10 dingers on the season.

- The Toreros hit the road to take on cross-town rival San Diego State (4/17) and will head to LMU for a three-game WCC series this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (19-19 / 3-6 WCC)
- San Francisco dropped its first two contests to then-No. 7 ranked Pepperdine over the weekend, but salvaged the series finale with a 5-4 win on Sunday to hand the Waves their first defeat in conference play.

- Mitchell Bialosky clubbed a pair of home runs in the series with Pepperdine, giving the junior five round-trippers on the season. Bialosky also drove in five runs on the weekend and leads the Dons with 33 RBI so far this year.

- Sunday's win marked the 241st career victory for Head Coach Nino Giarratano at San Francisco, moving him into a tie with former Pepperdine skipper Andy Lopez for 10th place on the WCC's all-time wins chart.

- San Francisco wraps up a seven-game home stand against Nevada (4/17) before traveling to Portland for a three-game set.

Santa Clara Broncos (18-19 / 5-4 WCC)
- Santa Clara dropped two-of-three to Gonzaga over the weekend to fall to 5-4 in conference play.

- Matt Wickswat struck out 10 batters for the third time this season, tossing seven innings in Saturday's 5-3 win over Gonzaga to improve to 5-4 on the season.

- Ryan Conan continued to provide punch at the plate for the Broncos, belting two home runs and collecting four RBI on the weekend. The junior leads the team with six round-trippers and 40 RBI so far this season.

- Nate Garcia struck out 13 batters, including a stretch of nine straight, in Friday's 3-2 loss.

- The Broncos make the short trip to Stanford (4/17) before resuming WCC play with a three-game set at No. 11 Pepperdine this weekend.