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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 5/1

May 1, 2006

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WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week
Scott Cousins, San Francisco

Scott Cousins lifted San Francisco to a 3-1 record last week with outstanding performances at the plate and on the mound. Cousins batted .643 (9-for-14) in four games, clubbing two home runs and driving in six. The junior also scored four runs to go along with a stolen base. On the mound, Cousins tossed a complete game shutout against San Diego on Friday, allowing just six hits and striking out seven batters to earn his fourth victory of the season.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Daniel Macias, LMU

Daniel Macias sewed up a three-game sweep of Gonzaga with an outstanding outing on Sunday, tossing the first complete game shutout of his career as the Lions topped the Zags, 5-0. The junior opened the day by retiring the first 10 Gonzaga batters that he faced, and went on to face just 31 batters through nine innings of work. He allowed just two hits on the afternoon, while striking out a pair of batters. It marked the fourth victory of the season for Macias.

Upcoming Games

May 2
California at Saint Mary's - 2:00 PM
UC Davis at San Francisco - 3:00 PM
San Diego at San Diego State - 6:00 PM
Pepperdine at Long Beach State - 6:30 PM

May 5
Pepperdine at Gonzaga* - 3:00 PM
San Francisco at Saint Mary's* - 3:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Diego* - 3:00 PM

May 6
Pepperdine at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Saint Mary's* - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Diego* - 1:00 PM

May 7
Pepperdine at Gonzaga* - 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Saint Mary's* - 1:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Diego* - 1:00 PM

*Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

Pepperdine's David Uribes Set To Become WCC Hit King
Pepperdine's David Uribes collected six hits as the Waves swept Portland over the weekend, giving him 314 career base hits and putting him just two away from the WCC career record. Former Pepperdine standout Paul Faries (1984-87) holds the record with 314 career hits during his time in Malibu. Uribes also ranks fourth on the WCC career runs scored list with 221.

Tie-breaker For WCC Championship Series
Below is the Championship Series tie-breaker as printed in the WCC Handbook.

(a) If two or more teams are tied for first place after the completion of regular season play, the Championship Series participants shall be determined in this manner:
(1) Head-to-head record against the other tied team, or, if more than two teams are tied, the combined record against the tied teams. Only regular season conference games will be considered in the tie-breaker.
(2) If a tie still exists, compare the won-loss record against the other teams in the conference based on descending order of finish.
(3) If a tie still exists, run differential shall be used to break the tie.

Gonzaga's Scott Campbell Placed On Howser Award Watch List
Gonzaga infielder Scott Campbell was named to the watch list of 64 candidates for the Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball. The native of Auckland, New Zealand its tied for first place in the conference with 69 hits, and also ranks second in the league in batting (.375) and on-base percentage (.464). The Howser Trophy will be presented at the College World Series on June 16, 2006.

Three WCC Pitchers Named To Clemens Award Watch List
The Greater Houston Baseball Association announced the 2006 Roger Clemens Award Watch List last Tuesday, comprised of 79 of the top collegiate pitchers in the nation. Three WCC hurlers were included in the initial listing, as San Diego's Josh Butler and Brian Matusz joined Pepperdine's Barry Enright on the watch list. The award is given annually to college baseball's top pitcher.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (26-19 / 7-8 WCC)
- Gonzaga fell to Washington State in a mid-week tilt before being swept on the road at LMU over the weekend.

- Jackson Brennan has hit 16 doubles so far this season, and needs just one more two-bagger to move into a tie for 10th place on the Gonzaga single-season chart.

- Darin Holcomb clubbed his sixth home run of the season in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Lions, and upped his team-high RBI total to 49. Holcomb needs just six more RBI to move onto the Gonzaga single-season top-10 list.

- Bobby Carlson hit his 11th double of the season in Tuesday's loss to WSU, and moved into a tie for seventh place on the GU career two-baggers chart with 43.

- The Zags host Pepperdine for a three-game WCC series this weekend.

LMU Lions (21-27 / 8-7 WCC)
- The Lions jumped back into the conference race, following up a mid-week win over USC with a three-game sweep of visiting Gonzaga over the weekend.

- Roberto Torres, a transfer from San Francisco State, notched his team-leading third save of the season in Friday's win over the Zags.

- Sean Dovel and Chris Pettit are tied for the WCC lead with 19 doubles a piece and can each jump into the LMU single-season top-10 doubles chart with two more two-baggers. Pettit currently ranks third on the LMU career doubles list with 64.

- Eric Farris swiped two bases in Sunday's win to bring his steal total to a team-high 16.

- LMU will be off until May 9 when they travel to Long Beach State for a mid-week contest.

Pepperdine Waves (30-16 / 10-5 WCC)
- Pepperdine surged to the top of the WCC standings after sweeping Portland at home over the weekend. The Waves improved to 30-16 on the season, marking the 29th straight season that the program has reached the 30-win mark.

- Paul Coleman struck out 12 batters in seven innings of work in Friday's win over the Pilots. Coleman, who leads the WCC with 84 strikeouts this season, jumped ahead of former WCC Pitcher of the Year Greg Ramirez into six place on the Waves career strikeouts list with 252.

- David Uribes extended his current hitting streak to 10 games with hits in each win over Portland. Uribes needs just three more hits to become the WCC all-time hits leader with 315.

- Barry Enright won his ninth straight decision on Saturday, improving to 9-1 this season.

- The Waves head to Long Beach State (5/2) before traveling to Gonzaga this weekend.

Portland Pilots (13-30 / 2-13 WCC)
- Portland notched a 20-13 win over then-No. 5 ranked Oregon State in 12 innings on Tuesday, before being swept on the road at Pepperdine.

- Matthew Peters pounded a pair of home runs and drove in six runs in Portland's win over Oregon State. Peters' career-high 12-game hitting streak was cut short with an 0-for-5 performance in Friday's loss at Pepperdine.

- Sean Nicol went 4-for-8 in Tuesday's win over the Beavers, setting a Portland program record for at-bats in a single game.

- Danny Meier clubbed a grand slam in Friday's 8-7 loss to the Waves.

- The Pilots have the week off before traveling to Washington for a two-game set (5/8 & 5/9).

Saint Mary's Gaels (24-18 / 9-6 WCC)
- Saint Mary's slipped a game out of first place in the conference standings after dropping two-of-three at Santa Clara over the weekend.

- Dan Lewis improved to 5-1 on the season after tossing three innings of scoreless relief in Friday's 6-4 win over the Broncos. Lewis, who leads the Gaels with four saves, has posted a team-best 2.35 ERA so far this season.

- Orben Frederick went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's 3-2 loss to SCU. The senior, who entered the season with just 20 career hits, currently leads the team with 61 base hits.

- Delaney Gallagher slugged his third home run of the season and drove in three runs in Saturday's loss. Gallagher moved into fourth place on the SMC career RBI chart with 115.

- Saint Mary's hosts California (5/2) before welcoming USF to Moraga this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (26-20 / 8-7 WCC)
- San Diego struggled at the plate early in the week, suffering three straight shutouts before exploding for 17 hits in a 9-3 win over San Francisco on Sunday.

- Keoni Ruth enjoyed an outstanding day at the plate on Sunday, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI against USF pitching. The junior currently ranks second on the squad in batting (.342), and first on the team in runs scored (41).

- Josh Romanski worked three innings of scoreless relief on Sunday to notch his team-leading fifth save of the season.

- Jordan Abruzzo clubbed his team-high fifth home run of the season on Sunday.

- USD meets crosstown rival San Diego State (5/2) before hosting Santa Clara this week.

San Francisco Dons (28-19 / 9-6 WCC)
- San Francisco topped California in the inaugural Benedetti Classic on Tuesday before taking two-of-three from San Diego over the weekend.

- Stefan Gartrell drove in three runs on the weekend to bring his career RBI total to 118 and move into a tie for fifth place on the USF career chart.

- Joey Railey has been outstanding at the top of the Dons' order. He knocked in the winning run in Tuesday's win over Cal, and currently leads the team in batting (.348), hits (62), and walks (31).

- The San Francisco starting rotation of Scott Cousins, Aaron Poreda, and Patrick McGuigan has combined to post a record of 18-8 with a 2.75 ERA so far this season.

- USF hosts UC Davis (5/2) before traveling to Saint Mary's for a weekend series.

Santa Clara Broncos (26-19 / 7-8 WCC)
- Santa Clara defeated Stanford in 10 innings on Tuesday, 6-1, before taking two-of-three from visiting Saint Mary's over the weekend.

- Eric Newton clubbed his conference-leading 13th home run in Saturday's 10-6 win over the Gaels. The senior also brought his team-leading RBI total to 43 after driving in a pair of runs over the weekend.

- Mark Willinsky nailed down his ninth save of the season in Sunday's 3-2 win, moving him into a tie for fifth place on the Santa Clara single-season saves list.

- Daniel Nava enjoyed an outstanding week, going 7-for-14 (.500) and slugging his third home run of the season. Nava moved into the team lead with a .361 batting average.

- SCU travels to San Diego for a three-game set this weekend.