April 26, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - With the conference season in full swing, the West Coast Conference has announced its Rawlings Pitchers and Players of the week. San Francisco's Matt Lujan and Portland's Chris Dennis shared the pitching award, while San Diego's James Meador and Portland's C.J. Cullen shared the player honors.
Rawlings Co-Pitchers of the Week
Matt Lujan, USF
Junior LHP Matt Lujan for WCC Pitcher of the Week. In one start this weekend, Lujan earned the 9-2 win and take the season series from the Lions. In 7.0 innings, Lujan (1-0, 0.00 for the week), allowed just one unearned run off two hits and struck out two in 7.0 innings.
Chris Dennis, POR
Chris Dennis saved all four of Portland's games as the Pilots went 4-0 during the week, including a weekend conference series sweep at Pepperdine, where UP was previously 1-31.
With 12 career saves, all this season, Dennis is now the all-time career saves leader at UP, topping John Nichols' previous program record of 11; Dennis needed just 20 appearances to set the new mark. His 12 saves are also a new single-season record at UP, as Nichols held the previous record of nine.
During the week, Dennis allowed just one earned run in 4.1 innings. He also struck out five and surrendered four hits, while posting a 2.08 ERA. During the 3-2 win at Washington on Tuesday, Dennis recorded all three outs in the ninth on the strikeouts.
Rawlings Co-Players of the Week
James Meador, USD
Senior outfielder James Meador helped lead USD to a three-game sweep over Gonzaga, as he went 10-for-17 (.769) with a double, two home runs and 10 RBI. Meador fell just one triple short of hitting for the cycle in Sunday's 17-7 win, as he went 3-for-4 with a double a home run and five RBI.
Also after Sunday's 3-for-4 performance, Meador moved into a tie for 10th all-time on the career hits list at USD, and he did it in stylish fashion with a three-run homer over the left field fence on his last at bat of the game. In Saturday's win, Meador went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. In Friday's win, Meador went 3-for-4 with one RBI.
Meador's bat helped lead USD to a 44-run weekend and a perfect 9-0 start in WCC play, the best start in league play in program history for the Toreros.
C.J. Cullen, POR
C.J. Cullen hit .625 (10-for-16) with a home run, a triple, six RBI's and four runs scored during the week as the Pilots went 4-0 with a win at Washington and a three-game WCC series sweep at Pepperdine. The Pilots ended an eight-game losing streak to UW and they were previously 1-31 against Pepperdine in Malibu.
During the 3-2 win at Washington, he went 3-for-4 and fell a double shy of hitting for the cycle. His home run was a solo blast in the first and he scored two of Portland's three runs.
Cullen had two more hits and two RBI's during series-opening 8-6 win at Pepperdine. During the 8-4 win on Saturday, he went 4-for-5 for his third four-hit game of the season, knocked in two runs, scored once, and then added on another hit and another RBI during 5-1 win on Sunday.
The Pilots have won seven straight games, are 11-1 in the WCC, have posted their most wins (27-9) since 1991, have won four straight conference series and swept their third conference foe.