April 21, 2009
|CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK|
|The West Coast Conference closed out week four of conference play with Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary's, and San Francisco winning their respective series. With just three weeks left in conference play, the race for the top two spots is heating up. San Diego and LMU are currently tied for first place, while Gonzaga sits just one game back of both. Pepperdine and San Francisco are also in the mix as both are tied, just two games back of first. The Toreros are the sole ranked team in the conference, coming in at No. 28 in the NCBWA weekly poll.|
This week, the WCC will face two ranked opponents as San Diego and Pepperdine both get a crack at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton. Last week, San Diego and Santa Clara both beat ranked teams as the Toreros beat No. 3 UC Irvine and the Broncos defeated No. 15 Cal Poly, putting the WCC at 18-15 against teams in the top 25. Be sure to log on to wccsports.com later this week to listen to podcasts with Cole Cook (PEP) and Tyson Van Winkle (GON), this week's pitcher and player of the week.
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|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC Player of the Month: FR 3B Troy Channing, SMC
Troy Channing had a huge month of March, twice earning the WCC Player of the Week award. In the month, he hit .417, going 35-for-84, while scoring 22 runs, tallying six doubles and 10 home runs, and batting in 37 RBI. His slugging percentage was .845, while his on base was .474. He also had a hit in 17 straight games during the month, while leading all freshman in the country in hits, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and total bases.
WCC Pitcher of the Month: FR RHP Cole Cook, PEP
WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week: Tyson Van Winkle, GON
WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Cole Cook, PEP
Also Nominated: Nate Simon, PEP; Kris Kauppila, POR; Anthony Aliotti, SMC; Scott Schneider, SMC; Derek Poppert, USF; Doug Murray, USF; Nate Garcia, SCU
WCC Teams Garner Preseason Rankings
WCC's Preseason All-Americans
Four WCC Hurlers Named To Stopper Of The Year Watch List
WCC Standouts Named To Wallace Award Watch List
San Diego led the way with junior All-American closer AJ Griffin along with sophomore right-hander Kyle Blair and sophomore lefty Sammy Solis. Also on the list from the WCC were senior Ryan Wheeler of Loyola Marymount, sophomore Riley Henricks of Portland, sophomore Thain Simon of Santa Clara, junior Kyle Jensen of Saint Mary's, and sophomore Matt Lujan of San Francisco.
Player, School 2008 Key StatsKyle Blair, USD 3.86 ERA, 99 SOA.J. Griffin, USD 2.15 ERA, 14 SVRiley Henricks, POR .301, 69 hits, 8 HRKyle Jensen, SMC .421, 82 hits, 13 HRMatt Lujan, USF 3.19 ERA, 7 winsThain Simon, SCU 2.59 ERA, 9 winsSammy Solis, USD 3.83 ERA, 42 SORyan Wheeler, LMU .345, 70 hits, 20 2B
LMU Names Jason Gill Head Coach
San Diego and Pepperdine Picked To Finish First In 2009 WCC Preseason Poll
WCC Baseball Preseason Poll
|WCC TEAM NOTES|