April 28, 2009
|CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES THIS WEEK|
|The West Coast Conference closed out week five of conference play with Saint Mary's, San Diego, and San Francisco winning their respective series, while Gonzaga recorded the only sweep. With just two weeks left in conference play, the race for the top two spots is tightening up. San Diego and Gonzaga are currently tied for first place, while LMU sits just one game back of both. With the Dons' series victory over Pepperdine, they move into fourth place, just two games back of first.|
This week, the matchup between San Diego and LMU highlights this week's slate of games as either team can distance themselves from the rest of the pack for first place. Gonzaga will also have a chance to separate itself as it host Saint Mary's, who is coming off a series victory against LMU. Pepperdine and Portland have this weekend off due to finals. Be sure to log on to wccsports.com later this week to listen to podcasts with Ryan Wiegand (GON) and Sean Nicol (USD), this week's Co-Players of the Week, and Matt Hiserman (USF), this week's Pitcher 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 Co-Player of the Week: Ryan Wiegand, GON
WCC/Rawlings Co-Player of the Week: Sean Nicol, USD
WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Matt Hiserman, USF
Also Nominated: Steven Ames, GON; Lee Roberts, LMU; Troy Channing, SMC; AJ Griffin, USD; Derek Poppert, USF
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|