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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 4/23

April 23, 2007

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WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week
Ryan Wiegand, Gonzaga

Ryan Wiegand helped Gonzaga keep pace in the WCC race as the Zags swept Saint Mary's at home over the weekend to improve to 9-3 in conference play. The sophomore batted .467 (7-for-15) with a pair of home runs, two doubles, five runs scored, and five RBI as GU posted a 3-1 overall mark last week. Wiegand enjoyed an outstanding day at the plate on Sunday, collecting three hits including a home run, while driving in three runs as the Zags topped SMC, 10-4.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Brett Hunter, Pepperdine

Brett Hunter pitched the Waves to a series victory over Santa Clara with an outstanding effort in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Broncos. The sophomore tossed seven shutout innings, holding the SCU lineup to just two hits and striking out seven batters as the Waves held on to a share of first place in the WCC standings with the win. Hunter retired 20-of-23 batters during one stretch in the outing, and improved to 6-3 on the season with the win.

Upcoming Games

Apr. 24
UC Davis at San Francisco - 2:00 PM
UC Irvine at LMU - 3:00 PM
Oregon State at Portland - 3:00 PM
Gonzagaat Washington State - 5:30 PM
Fresno State at Santa Clara - 6:00 PM

Apr. 25
Saint Mary's at Sacramento State - 2:30 PM

Apr. 27
Gonzaga at San Francisco* - 3:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Diego* - 3:00 PM
Portland at Saint Mary's* - 3:00 PM
LMU at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM

Apr. 28
Gonzaga at San Francisco* - 1:00 PM
LMU at Santa Clara* - 1:00 PM
Portland at Saint Mary's* - 1:00 PM

Apr. 29
Gonzaga at San Francisco* - 1:00 PM
LMU at Santa Clara* - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at San Diego* - 1:00 PM
Portland at Saint Mary's* - 1:00 PM

Apr. 30
Pepperdine at San Diego* - 3:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

Big Weekend In WCC Play Ahead
With the conference season heading into its home stretch, a pivotal weekend of WCC play awaits league squads. Highlighting the weekend slate is match up of the top ranked teams in the WCC, as No. 12 Pepperdine visits No. 16 San Diego in a showdown between two teams tied atop the conference standings. The Toreros moved into a tie with the Waves for first place by sweeping LMU last weekend, while Pepperdine took two-of-three from Santa Clara at home to retain a share of the league lead. It will mark the only meeting between the two programs this season. Gonzaga sits just one game back in the WCC standings, and heads out on the road to battle a San Francisco squad that is looking to jump back into the thick of the conference race. Saint Mary's will look for its first league win at home against Portland, who took two-of-three from USF last weekend. Santa Clara and LMU currently reside in the middle of the WCC standings, and will meet for a three-game set at Schott Stadium this weekend.

WCC On CSTV This Weekend
West Coast Conference baseball will be on television for the second time this season on Monday, as No. 12 ranked Pepperdine travels to face No. 16 ranked San Diego at 3:00 PM on Monday in a game broadcast live on College Sports Television (CSTV). The game will be the series finale of a three-game set between the two rivals, who enter the week in a tie for first place atop the conference standings. This season marks the fourth straight year that CSTV has broadcast a regular season WCC contest, and marks the first time that multiple league games have been broadcast to a national television audience in the same season, as Pepperdine hosted LMU in a conference clash on CSTV on April 7. CSTV can be found on DirecTV channel 610 and Dish Network channel 152.

Jordan Abruzzo Breaks USD Hits And RBI Records
San Diego's Jordan Abruzzo broke the San Diego career hits record in Saturday's 12-1 win over LMU, collecting his 278th career base hit in a Torero uniform. The senior snapped the seven-year old mark of 277 set by WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Team honoree Kevin Reese, and enters the week ranked eighth on the WCC career chart with 284 career hits. Abruzzo also set the program standard with his 197th career RBI over the weekend, and became just the fourth player in WCC history to crack the 200-RBI mark. The El Cajon, CA native also enters the week ranked fourth on the USD career list with 35 home runs.

Pepperdine's Dominguez Named To Stopper Of The Year List
Pepperdine's Jason Dominguez was one of 40 players named to the mid-season watch list for the third annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced last week. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in Division I college baseball. After beginning the opening weekend in the starting rotation, Dominguez has recorded a 1-3 record, 4.10 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances covering 26.1 innings so far this season.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (26-18 / 9-3 WCC)
- The Zags continued to roll in conference play, sweeping a three-game series from Saint Mary's at home to improve to 9-3 in WCC action and move within a game of first place in the league standings.

- Brandon Harmon tossed another complete game for the Zags, working nine innings to record the win in Friday's 6-3 victory over the Gaels. The junior has recorded five complete games so far this season, and needs just three more to crack the Gonzaga single-season list.

- Ryan Wiegand slugged a pair of home runs in the series with Saint Mary's, moving the sophomore into a tie for the team lead with five round-trippers this season.

- Evan Wells collected four hits, including a two-run home run, in Saturday's win over SMC.

- GU heads to Washington State (4/14) before traveling to USF for three games this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (18-25-1 / 5-7 WCC)
- The Lions edged then-No. 25 ranked Long Beach State in 11 innings on Tuesday, 6-5, before being swept by then-No. 18 San Diego at Page Stadium over the weekend.

- Eric Farris stole his team-leading 24th base of the season in Saturday's loss to the Toreros. It marked the 51st swipe of the junior's career, moving him into sole possession of eighth place on the LMU career chart.

- Sean Dovel provided the heroics in Tuesday's win over Long Beach State, clubbing a two-run double to lift the Lions to their third win over a ranked opponent this season. Dovel enters the week with a team-high 28 RBI.

- LMU will play its fifth straight game against a ranked opponent when they host No. 16 UC Irvine (2/24) before heading to Santa Clara for a three-game WCC series this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (30-13 / 10-2 WCC)
- The Waves rebounded from a 6-2 loss to then-No. 24 ranked UCLA to take two-of-three from visiting Santa Clara over the weekend, and retain a share of first place in the WCC standings.

- Danny Worth clubbed his conference-leading 18th double of the season on Saturday. It marked the 58th career two-bagger for Worth, who moved into sole possession of second place on the Pepperdine career list, and a share of 10th place in WCC annals.

- Jason Dominguez threw two innings of scoreless relief to record his 11th save of the season in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Broncos. Dominguez' save total is already tied for the third highest in Pepperdine history, and ranks seventh on the WCC single-season list.

- Pepperdine returns to action on the road this weekend, traveling to face No. 16 ranked San Diego in a battle of the WCC's two first place teams.

Portland Pilots (17-21 / 4-8 WCC)
- Portland got back on the winning track, edging Washington 5-4 in six innings on Wednesday before taking two-of-three from San Francisco in WCC action over the weekend.

- David Gruener tossed his third complete game of the season in Friday's 5-3 win over the Dons, striking out five batters en route to notching his second win of the year.

- Given Kutz and Chris Siegfried combined to toss a one-hitter as the Pilots earned a 3-1 victory in the second game of the series with San Francisco. Kutz struck out six batters in five innings of work, while Siegfried held the Dons hitless through the final four innings of the win.

- Portland wraps up its five-game home stand against No. 8 ranked Oregon State (4/24) before resuming WCC action on the road at Saint Mary's this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (16-23-1 / 0-12 WCC)
- Saint Mary's suffered a three-game sweep on the road at Gonzaga over the weekend, dropping the Gaels to 16-23-1 overall and 0-12 in league play.

- Eric Cattoni stole a pair of bases on the weekend to bring his league-high steals total to 26 so far this season. Cattoni who also ranks first in the conference with 46 runs scored this season, moved into a tie for seventh place on the Saint Mary's single-season steals chart.

- Kenny Fuglerud led the Gaels at the plate over the weekend, going 6-for-9 with two runs scored and an RBI in the series at Gonzaga. The transfer from College of Southern Idaho collected three hits with a run and an RBI in Sunday's loss.

- The Gaels look to get back on track on the road at Sacramento State (4/25) before hosting Portland for three games this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (32-14 / 10-2 WCC)
- San Diego moved into a first place tie with Pepperdine following a three-game sweep of LMU on the road over the weekend. The Toreros enter the week with 32 wins, just one shy of their win total from last season.

- Brian Matusz struck out eight batters in 6.2 innings of work during Saturday's 12-1 win at LMU, giving the sophomore a conference-high 127 strikeouts on the season. With one more strikeout, Matusz will move into a tie with former Pepperdine standout and current Major Leaguer Randy Wolf for 10th place on the WCC single-season strikeout list.

- Jordan Abruzzo became just the fourth player in WCC history to reach the 200-RBI mark in Saturday's win over LMU.

- The Toreros return home for a showdown with Pepperdine this weekend, with Monday's series finale slated to be televised on College Sports Television (CSTV).

San Francisco Dons (21-21 / 4-8 WCC)
- San Francisco pounded Nevada on Tuesday, 17-2, before traveling to Portland and dropping two-of-three to the Pilots in a WCC series at Joe Etzel Field.

- Luke Sommer clubbed his first career grand slam in the win over the Wolf Pack on Tuesday, and moved into the team lead with six home runs on the season. Sommer also ranks second on the squad with 26 RBI on the year.

- Aaron Poreda struck out five batters in Friday's contest, giving the left-hander 51 strikeouts on the season. Poreda has fanned 152 batters in his three seasons on The Hilltop, and needs just five more strikeouts to crack the USF career top-10 list.

- San Francisco opens up a five-game home stand against UC Davis (4/24) before hosting Gonzaga in WCC play this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (20-21 / 6-6 WCC)
- Santa Clara went 2-2 on the week, knocking off local rival Stanford on Tuesday before dropping two-of-three on the road at then-No. 11 ranked Pepperdine over the weekend.

- Matt Wickswat earned his sixth victory of the season with a strong seven-inning, five-strikeout performance in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Waves. It marked the Broncos' first win over a ranked opponent this season.

- Ryan Conan entered the season with just two career home runs, but clubbed his team-leading seventh round-tripper of the year in Friday's loss at Pepperdine. The junior also leads the team with 41 RBI on the season.

- The Broncos return home this week to host Fresno State (4/24) and will face LMU in a three-game weekend set.