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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes

April 20, 2010

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CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK
Another week of conference play was completed with Pepperdine, Portland, San Diego, and San Francisco winning their series. The Pilots and Toreros both got their second conference series sweeps of the season against the Lions and the Broncos. The Waves and the Dons took two of three from Gonzaga and Saint Mary's respectively.

This week's set of matchups pits two of the top pitching teams against each other as Pepperdine will host Portland.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

TUESDAY, APRIL 20
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Cal State Baskersfield at LMU Los Angeles, CA 3:00 PM
POSTPONED
Sacramento State at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA 3:00 PM
POSTPONED
San Francisco at New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 4:00 PM
Pepperdine at #16 Cal State Fullerton Fullerton, CA 6:00 PM
Portland at Washington Seattle, WA 6:00 PM
San Diego at UC Riverside Riverside, CA 6:00 PM
#18 Oregon at Gonzaga Spokane, WA 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21
#18 Oregon at Gonzaga Spokane, WA 1:00 PM
San Francisco at New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 4:00 PM
Santa Clara at #22 Stanford Palo Alto, CA 5:30 PM
LMU at UC Riverside Riverside, CA 6:00 PM
FRIDAY, APRIL 23
Gonzaga at San Diego San Diego, CA 3:00 PM
San Francisco at LMU Los Angeles, CA 3:00 PM
Portland at Pepperdine Malibu, CA 3:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA 7:00 PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 24
Gonzaga at San Diego San Diego, CA 1:00 PM
San Francisco at LMU Los Angeles, CA 1:00 PM
Portland at Pepperdine Malibu, CA 2:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA 6:00 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 25
Gonzaga at San Diego San Diego, CA 1:00 PM
San Francisco at LMU Los Angeles, CA 1:00 PM
Portland at Pepperdine Malibu, CA 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara Santa Clara, 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 Pitcher of the Week: Cole Cook, PEP
Bywater was impressive in the series opener against the Broncos en route to earning RHP Cole Cook tossed in his second complete game of the year en route to earning WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week honors in the first win over the Zags. He allowed just two runs, while striking out six. He has now gone at least seven innings in all eight games started this year and is tied for league lead in complete games (3) with teammate LHP Matt Bywater.

Also Nominated: Cody Martin, GON; Kyle Kraus, POR; Kyle Blair, USD; Matt Hiserman, USF

WCC Rawlings Player of the Week: Beau Fraser, POR
C/DH Beau Fraser had an impressive week on his way to earning WCC Rawlings Player of the Week honors. He hit 9-for-16 (.562) with two home runs and 11 RBI.

Also Nominated: Royce Bolinger, GON; Ryan Heroy, PEP; Zach Walters, USD

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: 13-22
WCC Record: 2-3
  • Gonzaga fell to #21 Arizona, 5-4, and to #28 Washington State, 5-4, and took the first from Pepperdine, 16-3, before losing the last two (11-2, 10-5).

  • OF Drew Heid extended his hitting streak to a team-high 12 games with a home run against the Wildcats and a 3-for-5 perfomance in the series opening win against the Waves. He currently leads the league in hits (63), runs scored (36), and batting average (.404). OF Royce Bolinger had a sollid week as well, going 7-for-14 with a home run and six RBI.

  • RHP Cody Martin earned his second consecutive win in his start against Pepperdine. He tossed in six innings, while striking out six and allowing just three earned runs. He currently ranks third in the league with 68 strikeouts.

  • Gonzaga hosts #18 Oregon (4/20-21), before resuming conference play with a three-game set at San Diego (4/23-25).

  • Overall Record: 16-18
    WCC Record: 0-6
  • LMU defeated Long Beach State, 6-5, before getting swept at Portland (17-2, 5-1, 13-12).

  • In the win over Long Beach State, OF Brad Bauer contributed a pinch-hit RBI-single that proved to be the game-winning swing in the eighth inning, while OF Evan Simonitsch punched out his first career home run.

  • In the series finale against the Pilots, OF Ryan Hawthorne paced the Lions offensively, finishing 5-for-6 with five RBI. The five-hit performance was the first for the Lions since Jonathan Johnson did so on April 9, 2009 vs. San Francisco. The Lions evened the score at 12 in the top of the ninth, but eventually gave up a walk-off home run to end the game.

  • The Lions host Cal State Bakersfield (4/20) and are at UC Riverside (4/21), before continuing conference play, where they will host San Francisco (4/23-25).

  • Overall Record: 13-18
    WCC Record: 3-2
  • The Waves fell to UCSB, 15-10, before losing the first against Gonzaga, 16-3, and taking the next two (11-2, 10-5).

  • RHP Cole Cook tossed in his second complete game of the year en route to earning WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week honors in the first win over the Zags. He allowed just two runs, while striking out six. He has now gone at least seven innings in all eight games started this year and is tied for league lead in complete games (3) with teammate LHP Matt Bywater.

  • 1B Ryan Heroy reached base safely in all four games to extend his hitting streak to seven games with four multi-hit performances in that span. He went 8-for-14 (.571) with three doubles, five runs scored, and three RBI. He now has 104 runs scored in his career.

  • Pepperdine plays at Cal State Fullerton (4/20), before resuming league play, hosting Portland (4/23-25).
  • Overall Record: 23-9
    WCC Record: 8-1
  • The Pilots fell to Washington, 6-5, before recording a sweep over LMU (17-2, 5-1, 13-12).

  • With an 8-1 conference record, the Pilots have won their most WCC games since 2002 when Head Coach Chris Sperry led the Pilots to 16 wins against WCC foes. In the series finale, the Pilots received a walk-off home run from OF Kyle Haskin.

  • C/DH Beau Fraser had an impressive week on his way to earning WCC Rawlings Player of the Week honors. He hit 9-for-16 (.562) with two home runs and 11 RBI.

  • RHP Kyle Kraus remained undefeated at 7-0 with a win in the second game against LMU. He went 7.2 innings, while striking out eight and only allowing a single run.

  • Portland is at Washington (4/20), before resuming WCC play at Pepperdine (4/23-25).
  • Overall Record:11-20-1
    WCC Record: 2-4
  • Saint Mary's fell to Nevada, 8-5, before taking one from San Francisco, 5-1, and losing the other two (4-2, 5-0).

  • RHP Kyle Barraclough had an impressive outing in his win over the Dons, going 7.2 innings and striking out eight, while allowing just three hits and one run. He has gone at least seven innings in in both of his conference starts with 14 combined strikeouts.

  • 1B Troy Channing had his five-game hit streak snapped in the series finale against the Dons. He currently ranks second in the league with 22 walks, while tying for second in home runs with 10.

  • RHP Mark Anderson went 8.0 innings in the series opener to USF, allowing just three runs. He has now gone over seven innings in five of his last six starts.

  • The Gaels host Sacramento St. (4/20), and resume conference play at Santa Clara (4/23-25).
  • Overall Record: 20-15
    WCC Record: 6-0
  • San Diego fell to #25 UC Irvine, 4-3 (12), before sweeping Santa Clara (10-2, 9-4, 9-4).

  • RHP Kyle Blair (4-3) had a strong outing in the series opener against the Broncos, going eight innings and striking out seven, while allowing just two runs. In his first two league starts, he has struck out 15 in 15.0 innings pitched.

  • SS Zach Walters had a big week to help the Toreros go 3-1. He hit 6-for-14 (.429) with a double, two homeruns, and six RBI and is currently riding a six-game hitting streak.

  • USD features three of the league's top 10 leaders in strikeouts as Blair ranks fourth (62), RHP AJ Griffin ranks fifth (61), and LHP Sammy Solis ranks ninth (52).

  • USD is at UC Riverside (4/20), before resuming league play, hosting Gonzaga (4/23-25).
  • Overall Record: 19-16
    WCC Record: 3-2
  • San Francisco defeated UC Davis, 18-5, and took two from Saint Mary's (4-2, 5-0), while losing one, 5-1.

  • RHP Matt Hiserman collected a win and a save in two appearances against the Gaels. He combined to toss in 5.2 innings while striking out seven and allowing zero runs.

  • C Ryan Lipkin collected a hit in each game last week to extend his hitting streak to a team-high 12 games. For the week, he went 6-for-12 and scored two runs, while driving in three.

  • OF Pete Lavin also reached base safely in each game last week to extend his own streak to seven games with four multi-hit games in that span.

  • The Dons are at New Mexico (4/20-21), before continuing league play at LMU (4/23-25).
  • Overall Record: 14-19
    WCC Record: 1-7
  • Santa Clara lost to Stanford, 14-0, before getting swept at San Diego (10-2, 9-4, 9-4).

  • 1B Curtis Wagner notched a hit in each game last week, including a double in each of the first two against USD to bring his hitting streak to five games. He currently ranks third in the league in hits with 50, tied for second in runs scored (34), and tied for first in doubles (13).

  • The Broncos have three of the top 10 hitters in the league in terms of hits as OF Tommy Medica ranks second (52), Wagner ranks third, and C Geoff Klein is tied for fourth (46).

  • As a team, the Broncos lead the league in hitting with a team average of .314.

  • The Broncos play at #22 Stanford (4/21), before resuming conference play, hosting Saint Mary's (4/23-25).