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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 4/17

April 17, 2006

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WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week
Josh Romanski, San Diego

Josh Romanski was a key cog as the Toreros took two-of-three from LMU over the weekend, and remained atop the WCC standings. The freshman batted .545 (6-for-11) in four games during the week, while clubbing a double and driving in one run. Romanski also saw time on the mound last week, tossing 2.2 innings and allowing just five hits. After going 5-for-8 in the first two games of the series, Romanski was credited with a win after throwing 1.2 innings of relief in Saturday's series finale.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Barry Enright, Pepperdine

Barry Enright continued his mastery of opposing lineups, winning his seventh consecutive decision as Pepperdine defeated Santa Clara on Friday, 3-0. The sophomore tossed seven shutout innings, scattering six hits and striking out four Bronco batters to improve to 7-1 on the season. Enright was perfect through four innings, retiring 12 straight hitters to begin the contest, and the right-hander faced just two batters over the minimum through seven innings of work.

Upcoming Schedule

Apr. 17
Washington at Portland - 3:00 PM
San Francisco at Stanford - 5:00 PM

Apr. 18
Bethany College at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at Pepperdine - 3:00 PM
UC Riverside at San Diego - 3:00 PM
Gonzaga at Washington State - 6:00 PM
LMU at Cal State Fullerton - 6:00 PM
San Francisco at San Jose State - 6:00 PM
San Francisco State at Santa Clara - 6:00 PM

Apr. 21
Saint Mary's at Portland* - 3:00 PM
San Diego at Pepperdine*^ - 3:00 PM
San Francisco at Gonzaga* - 3:00 PM
Santa Clara at LMU* - 3:00 PM

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

Apr. 23
Saint Mary's at Portland* - 1:00 PM
San Diego at Pepperdine* - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at LMU* - 1:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game
^ Game televised live on CSTV

Around The WCC

San Diego At Pepperdine Game To Be Televised By CSTV
For the third straight season, College Sports Television will broadcast a WCC regular season contest when San Diego travels to Pepperdine to open up a three-game conference series on Friday, April 21. The match up, slated for a 3:00 PM (PT) start, marks the second time that the two programs have squared off on CSTV as the two squads met in the inaugural broadcast in 2004. Last season, fans saw LMU defeat San Diego on CSTV, 9-1. WCC baseball fans can contact their local cable provider to check availability of College Sports Television.

Pepperdine's David Uribes Cracks The 300-Hit Barrier
Pepperdine's David Uribes collected six hits in the Waves' three-game sweep of Santa Clara over the weekend, bringing his career hits total to an even 300. The senior joined exclusive company in the "300-hit club," as only two Pepperdine players and just four players in WCC conference history have reached the 300-hit plateau. Uribes can move into sole possession of third place on the conference chart with just two more hits, and can break the all-time WCC record with 15 more base hits. Former Pepperdine standout Paul Faries is currently the all-time hits leader with 314. Uribes also ranks fifth on the WCC career runs scored list with 215.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-14 / 5-4 WCC)
- Gonzaga rebounded from a pair of losses at Saint Mary's to win the series finale on Monday, 3-2.

- Darin Holcomb extended his hitting streak to 15 games with hits in all three games against Saint Mary's.

- Bobby Carlson clubbed his 41st career double in the first game of Saturday's double header to move into a tie for ninth on the Gonzaga career list with former Zag Adam Stokey (1998-00).

- Brandon Harmon nailed down his first save of the season in Monday's win over Saint Mary's. Harmon is tied for fifth on the Gonzaga career saves chart with six.

- The Zags will travel to Washington State (4/18) before returning home to take on San Francisco in a three-game set.

LMU Lions (15-25 / 4-5 WCC)
- The Lions dropped two-of-three to San Diego on the road over the weekend, falling to 4-5 in conference play.

- Erik Johnson extended his hitting streak to 23 games with base hits in each of the Lions' three games over the weekend. The senior needs to hit safely in just four more games to match the LMU program record of 27, set by former Lion Don Sparks in 1988.

- Chris Pettit clubbed his 63rd career double in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Toreros, moving him into sole possession of third place on the LMU career doubles chart.

- Casey Gordon batted .636 (7-for-11) against USD pitching over the weekend. The transfer from College of Charleston currently ranks second on the team with a .351 batting average.

- LMU faces No. 1 Cal State Fullerton (4/18) before hosting Santa Clara this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (24-15 / 5-4 WCC)
- Pepperdine enjoyed an outstanding weekend, sweeping Santa Clara on the road to improve to 5-4 in WCC play.

- David Uribes collected his 300th career hit in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Broncos. Uribes is just the second player in Pepperdine history to reach the 300-hit mark, and only the fourth player in WCC history to reach the plateau.

- Paul Coleman struck out eight batters in seven innings of work in Friday's 9-4 win over SCU. Coleman moved into a tie with former Wave Kea Kometani for eighth place on Pepperdine's career strikeouts list with 237.

- Chase d'Arnaud is in the midst of a career-high eight-game hitting streak.

- The Waves host UCSB (4/18) before starting a WCC series at home against San Diego.

Portland Pilots (12-23 / 2-7 WCC)
- Portland fell to then-No. 11 ranked Oregon State, 14-9, before dropping two-of-three at San Francisco over the weekend.

- Austin Dirkx came on to nail down his seventh save of the season in Friday's win over the Dons, tossing three scoreless innings and surrendering just two hits. Dirkx, who has pitched in 10 of Portland's 12 wins this season, moved into a tie for third place on the Pilots' single-season saves chart.

- Matthew Peters batted .538 (7-for-13) against USF pitching, including a 4-for-5 performance in Saturday's loss. The senior also drove in six runs in four games last week to bring his season RBI total to 24, which ranks second on the UP squad.

- Portland returns home to face Washington (4/17) before opening up a three game series with Saint Mary's this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (18-16 / 5-4 WCC)
- Saint Mary's took two-of-three from Gonzaga over the weekend, improving to 13-5 at Louis Guisto Field so far this season.

- Joel Staples enjoyed an outstanding day at the plate during Saturday's double header. The freshman went 5-for-8 with a home run, scored twice and drove in six runs as the Gaels swept Gonzaga.

- Eric Cattoni led off Saturday's double header with his first home run in a Saint Mary's uniform.

- Sam Carter drove in both of Saint Mary's runs in Monday's 3-2 loss to Gonzaga. Carter currently ranks second in the WCC with 38 RBI.

- Saint Mary's hosts Bethany College (4/18) before heading to Portland this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (24-14 / 6-3 WCC)
- San Diego rebounded from a midweek loss to Cal State Northridge to take two-of-three from visiting LMU in WCC play over the weekend.

- Steve Singleton hit a walk-off single to cap a four-run bottom of the ninth inning and lift the Toreros to a 6-5 win over LMU in Saturday's series finale. The junior is currently leading San Diego in batting (.364), hits (59), and total bases (81).

- Josh Romanski was outstanding in double duty over the weekend, batting .545 (6-for-11) against LMU and tossing 2.2 innings out of the bullpen. The freshman was credited with his first career win in Saturday's 6-5 win over LMU.

- Keoni Ruth has 37 career steals, and can crack the USD career list with 10 more swipes.

- USD hosts UC Riverside (4/18) before traveling to Pepperdine for three games this week.

San Francisco Dons (23-15 / 6-3 WCC)
- San Francisco improved to 6-3 in conference play after taking two-of-three from Portland at home over the weekend. The Dons have posted a 9-2 record at Benedetti Diamond so far this season.

- Lucas DeLong emerged as one of USF's top power hitters over the last 10 games, batting .324 with four doubles, a triple, a home run, and a team-best 11 RBI. DeLong leads the team with six home runs, and ranks third on the club with 19 RBI.

- Joey Railey has provided a spark at the top of the USF lineup, leading the team in batting (.379), hits (53), walks (29), and on-base percentage (.488).

- Chris Bacigalupi hit his first home run as a Don in Friday's 10-5 win over Portland.

- USF plays at Stanford (4/17) and San Jose State (4/18) before traveling to Gonzaga.

Santa Clara Broncos (20-17 / 3-6 WCC)
- Santa Clara suffered a three-game sweep by Pepperdine at Schott Stadium over the weekend.

- Daniel DeMarco tossed three scoreless innings of relief in Friday's 3-0 loss to the Waves. DeMarco has made a conference-high 20 relief appearances, posting a 5-2 record and ranking second on the team with a 3.32 ERA.

- Eric Newton clubbed his 10th home run of the season in Friday's 9-4 loss, moving into a tie with Gonzaga's Jackson Brennan for first place on the conference's home run chart.

- Matt Wickswat has tossed 56 innings in 10 starts for the Broncos, and ranks fourth in the WCC with a 2.57 ERA.

- SCU hosts San Francisco State (4/18) before heading to LMU for a weekend series.