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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 4/24

April 24, 2006

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WCC/Rawlings Co-Players of the Week
Luke Salas, Pepperdine & Sam Carter, Saint Mary's

Pepperdine's Luke Salas and Saint Mary's Sam Carter share this week's WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week honor after leading their respective clubs to the top of the WCC standings last weekend. Salas batted .438 (7-for-16) with three runs scored, a double, and six RBI in four games last week, and came up with a clutch three-run two-bagger to give Pepperdine a dramatic 5-4 win over USD in Sunday's series finale. Carter posted huge numbers as Saint Mary's won five games last weekend, as the senior batted .435 (10-for-23), slugged three homers, and drove in nine runs for the Gaels.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Brian Matusz, San Diego

Brian Matusz was named the WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week for the first time after out-dueling 2005 WCC Pitcher of the Year Paul Coleman in San Diego's 6-1 win over Pepperdine in Friday's series opener. The freshman allowed just one run on five hits, striking out six Wave batters in eight innings of work to record the victory. Matusz held the potent Pepperdine lineup to a .192 batting average, allowing just one hit in his final four innings pitched.

Upcoming Games

Apr. 25
California at San Francisco ^ - 1:00 PM
Portland at Oregon State - 4:00 PM
LMU at USC - 6:00 PM
San Diego at UC Irvine - 6:00 PM
Santa Clara at Stanford - 6:00 PM
Washington State at Gonzaga - 6:30 PM

Apr. 26
Concordia at Portland - 3:00 PM

Apr. 28
Gonzaga at LMU* - 3:00 PM
Portland at Pepperdine* - 3:00 PM
San Diego at San Francisco* - 3:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM

Apr. 29
Gonzaga at LMU* - 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara* - 1:00 PM
San Diego at San Francisco* - 1:00 PM
Portland at Pepperdine* - 3:00 PM

Apr. 30
Gonzaga at LMU* - 1:00 PM
Portland at Pepperdine* - 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara* - 1:00 PM
San Diego at San Francisco* - 1:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game
^ Dante Benedetti Classic, AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)

Around The WCC

Race For The WCC Title Heats Up
With just three weekends of conference play remaining in the 2006 campaign, there is still a lot to be sorted out in the league standings. Saint Mary's took over the first place spot following a sweep of Portland, while Gonzaga, Pepperdine, San Diego, and San Francisco are all tied for second place with identical 7-5 records. LMU and Santa Clara sit just three games out of first place with 5-7 marks.

Pepperdine's Barry Enright Named To Clemens Award Watch List
Pepperdine right-hander Barry Enright, who has posted wins over five ranked opponents this season, is one of 48 players named on the 2006 Roger Clemens Award Watch List. The award is given annually to college baseball's top pitcher. Enright, who was a Freshman All-American in 2005, is currently 8-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 14 appearances. Enright also has twice been named the West Coast Conference's Pitcher of the Week and to the College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame Honor Roll this season.

San Francisco To Host Inaugural Benedetti Classic
The San Francisco Diamond Dons will host Bay Area rival California on Tuesday, April 25 at AT&T Park in the inaugural Dante Benedetti Classic, celebrating the legacy of a giant in San Francisco youth and collegiate baseball. Benedetti, who coached USF for 16 years for an annual salary of one dollar, passed away in November at the age of 86 after long illness. The game will be the first collegiate contest ever played in the home park of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants, and will precede a night game against the New York Mets. The USF-Cal game is slated for a 1:00 PM (PT) start.

Pepperdine's David Uribes Continues To Track Down WCC Hits Record
Pepperdine's David Uribes collected five hits as the Waves took two-of three from USD over the weekend, bringing his career hits total to 306 and putting him into a tie with former LMU standout Miah Bradbury for second place on the WCC career hits list. With just nine more hits, Uribes can break the record of 314 set by former Pepperdine standout Paul Faries. Uribes also ranks fourth on the WCC career runs scored list with 217.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (26-15 / 7-5 WCC)
- Gonzaga topped Washington State before taking two-of-three from San Francisco at home over the weekend. The Zags moved into a tie for second place in the WCC, and improved to 9-3 at home.

- Bobby Carlson hit a game-tying two-run home run in Sunday's 9-8 win over USF, moving his career home run total to 23. He needs just four more dingers to crack the GU top-10 chart.

- Ryan Wiegand is batting at a .349 clip (52-for-149), the second highest batting average among freshmen in the WCC.

- Patrick Donovan tossed 7.2 innings to earn his 18th career victory in Friday's win over USF. Donovan needs just two more wins to jump onto the Gonzaga top-10 career wins list.

- The Zags host Washington State (4/25) before traveling to LMU for three games this week.

LMU Lions (17-27 / 5-7 WCC)
- The Lions upset then-No. 1 ranked Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, 8-4, before dropping two-of-three to Santa Clara in WCC play over the weekend.

- Brian Wilson recorded the win against Cal State Fullerton after tossing six shutout innings against the Titans. One of the top two-way players in the WCC, the freshman is 2-0 in 17 appearances on the mound and is batting .323 as LMU's designated hitter.

- Chris Pettit scored his 166th career run in Saturday's loss to move into a tie for 10th place on LMU's career runs scored chart.

- Erik Johnson went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to Santa Clara, snapping his 24-game hitting streak. It's LMU's longest streak since Don Sparks hit safely in 27 straight games in 1988.

- LMU heads to USC (4/25) before hosting Gonzaga for a three-game series.

Pepperdine Waves (27-16 / 7-5 WCC)
- Pepperdine topped UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday before taking two-of-three from San Diego over the weekend. The Waves improved to 8-4 against ranked opponents this season with the two wins over the then-No. 25 ranked Toreros.

- Barry Enright allowed just one run in eight innings to earn the win against San Diego on Saturday. The sophomore improved to 5-0 against ranked opponents with the win, and has posted a 2.80 ERA against ranked opposition.

- Nick Kliebert is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak in which he is batting .436.

- Brett Hunter recorded his seventh save of the season in Saturday's win over USD. The freshman is 5-2 with a 2.51 ERA in 16 relief appearances.

- The Waves host Portland for a three-game series this weekend.

Portland Pilots (12-27 / 2-10 WCC)
- Portland fell to Washington on Tuesday before being swept at home by Saint Mary's over the weekend.

- Travis Vetters drove in a run in Sunday's 6-5 loss at SMC to bring his season RBI total to 28, which ranks second on the team. Vetters has driven in 93 runs during his time on The Bluff, and needs just 10 more RBI to crack the Portland career top-10 list. The senior also ranks fourth on the UP career hits list with 227.

- Matthew Peters extended his hitting streak to 11 games with base hits in each of UP's four contests last week. Peters, who leads the team with a .368 batting average and 49 hits, went 3-for-5 with two RBI in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Gaels.

- Portland faces No. 5 Oregon State (2/25) and hosts Concordia (2/26) before traveling to Pepperdine for three games this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (23-16 / 8-4 WCC)
- Saint Mary's enjoyed an outstanding week, sweeping a double header against Bethany College on Tuesday before sweeping Portland in WCC action over the weekend to move into first place in the conference.

- Corey Madden struck out nine Portland batters in seven innings of work in Saturday's 4-1 win, improving to 6-1 on the season. Madden has struck out a team-high 64 batters this year.

- Dan Lewis nailed down his fourth save of the season with three innings of scoreless relief in Sunday's 6-5 win. Lewis is currently tied for third on SMC's career saves list with eight.

- Sam Carter drove in nine runs last week to move into a tie for second on the Saint Mary's career RBI list with 127.

- Saint Mary's travels to Santa Clara for a three-game set this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (25-17 / 7-5 WCC)
- San Diego recorded a win in the series opener, but dropped the final two games of its series with Pepperdine over the weekend.

- Brian Matusz was outstanding in Friday's win over the Waves, as the freshman tossed eight innings and surrendered just one run. Matusz improved to 4-2 on the season, and currently ranks second in the WCC with 71 strikeouts.

- The Toreros are tied with Gonzaga for the conference lead with a .977 team fielding percentage. Left fielder Kevin Hansen is currently boasting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

- Steve Singleton continued to produce for USD, collecting five hits over the weekend to move into second place in the WCC with 64 base hits on the season.

- USD travels to UC Irvine (4/25) before heading to San Francisco for a three-game series.

San Francisco Dons (25-18 / 7-5 WCC)
- San Francisco had a busy week on the road, topping Stanford and falling to San Jose State before dropping two-of-three at Gonzaga in WCC play.

- Stefan Gartrell enjoyed a monster day at the plate in Saturday's win over Gonzaga, going 2-for-5 with two doubles and five RBI. Gartrell, who ranks third in the conference with 45 RBI, ranks seventh in the USF career RBI listing with 114.

- Scott Cousins has doubled his career total with 17 stolen bases so far this season. He swiped a pair of bags in USF's win over Stanford, and currently ranks second in the WCC in steals.

- The Dons rank second in the WCC with a 3.67 team ERA. Cole Stipovich is fashioning a team-low 1.32 ERA.

- USF plays California (2/25) in the Benedetti Classic before hosting San Diego this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (23-18 / 5-7 WCC)
- Santa Clara topped San Francisco State on Tuesday before taking two-of-three from LMU on the road over the weekend.

- Eric Newton slugged his 11th and 12th home runs of the season last week to move into the conference lead for dingers. Newton aims to become the first Bronco since Scott Dierks in 2003 to pace the circuit in home runs.

- Matt Wickswat worked seven innings to record the win in Sunday's 4-3 triumph over LMU. Wickswat improved to 7-2 on the season, the top mark among WCC freshmen hurlers.

- Mark Willinsky tossed a scoreless ninth inning to collect his conference-leading eighth save of the season in Sunday's win.

- SCU visits Stanford (2/25) before hosting Saint Mary's for three games this weekend.