April 24, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Junior left fielder Luke Salas, who produced a game-winning three-run double in the bottom of the 10th inning against front-running and No. 25 San Diego on Sunday, was named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Co-Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Salas shared the honor with Sam Carter of Saint Mary's.
Salas batted .438 (7-for-16) with three runs scored, a double and six RBI in four games and came up with Pepperdine's biggest hit of the season to date on Sunday. With the Waves trailing San Diego 4-2 with two outs and in jeopardy of falling two games out of first and into fifth place in the standings, Salas lined a bases-loaded double down the right field line on a 1-2 pitch that cleared the bases and gave Pepperdine a dramatic 5-4 victory and a series win over the Toreros.
During the three-game series, Salas batted .455 (5-for-11) with two runs scored and four RBI.
The junior from Westlake Village, California, became the third Pepperdine player this season to be named WCC Player of the Week, joining Donald Brown (Feb. 27) and Chad Tracy (March 27). It also marked the second time in his career he has been honored with the weekly award.
Pepperdine (27-16, 7-5), ranked No. 28 by Collegiate Baseball this week, hosts Portland in a three-game weekend series at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning Friday at 3 p.m.