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WCC weekly baseball notes, May 3, 2011

May 3, 2011

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AROUND THE WCC

USF Continues to Roll
The University of San Francisco is the WCC's hottest team. The Dons have won nine straight conference games, and ten of their last 11 overall. USF will visit San Diego this weekend and face a Toreros team is also playing well, winning five in a row.

WCCsports.com Grants Fans Exclusive Dugout Access
West Coast Conference baseball fans can get exclusive access to the dugouts of three WCC teams in a special video feature, "Mic'd Up." Available for on-demand viewing beginning Wednesday, May 4, this video will show fans what goes on in the dugout before and during a game. To watch "Mic'd Up" on-demand, visit WCC All-Access anytime beginning May 4. WCC All-Access can be reached from the home page on WCCsports.com.

San Francisco's Aritz Garcia Named Rawlings WCC Player of the Week
USF shortstop Aritz Garcia becomes the third straight Don recognized as the Rawlings WCC Player of the Week. Garcia hit .533 in four games for the Dons with a .667 slugging percentage. The junior totaled eight hits, two doubles, two RBIs, two walks, two sacrifice bunts and a steal to lead the Dons to a 4-0 record last week. He was error-free in 41 innings of baseball, with 12 assists and three put outs. Garcia recorded multiple hits in three of the four games, including a three-hit game against Loyola Marymount on Saturday, April 30.
Also Nominated: Tyler Chism, GON; Joe Vierra, LMU; Corey LeVier, USD; Kyle DeMerritt, SCU

Gonzaga's Ryan Carpenter Named Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Week
One week after pitching his first complete-game, Gonzaga junior Ryan Carpenter went the distance again and flirted with a no-hitter in Gonzaga's 8-0 win over Santa Clara Friday. Carpenter (6-1) was perfect for six innings but lost it in the seventh after allowing a leadoff walk followed by a single. He finished the evening striking out nine and scattering five hits.
Also Nominated: Calvin Drummond, USD; Jordan Remer, USF

Gonzaga's Martin Named To Stopper Of The Year Watch List
Gonzaga closer Cody Martin was named to the midseason watch list for the seventh annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. Martin ranks among the national leaders and is tops in the West Coast Conference in earned run average so far this season.

Two WCC Players Candidates for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Portland reliever Chris Dennis and San Francisco outfielder Connor Bernatz are two of thirty NCAA baseball student-athletes selected as candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Coaches Tab San Diego To Repeat in Preseason Poll
The University of San Diego is a unanimous selection to repeat as the West Coast Conference champions, garnering all seven possible first place votes and 49 points in a preseason poll of the eight WCC head coaches. Last season was memorable for USD. Led by 2010 WCC Player of the Year James Meador and Pitcher of the Year Kyle Blair, the Toreros posted a 19-2 WCC record en route to an NCAA berth and a 37-win season. Despite having ten players drafted, Coach Rich Hill and his staff have reloaded once again. The coaches selected Pepperdine to finish second in the WCC with 39 points. The complete poll follows.

2011 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
Team (First Place Votes), Points
San Diego (7),49
Pepperdine, 39
San Francisco, 33
Portland (1), 32
Loyola Marymount, 23
Gonzaga, 20
Santa Clara, 16
Saint Mary's, 12

2011 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM
Player, School, Yr.,Pos.
Troy Channing, Saint Mary's,Jr., IF
Ryan Hawthorne, LMU,Jr.,OF
Riley Henricks,Portland,Sr., IF
Brian Humphries, Pepperdine,Jr.,OF
Jonathan Johnston,LMU,Sr.,INF
Matt Lowenstein,LMU,So.,OF/INF
Kevin Muno,San Diego,Sr.,OF
Joe Sever, Pepperdine,So.,IF
Curtis Wagner,Santa Clara,Sr., 1B/DH
Stephen Yarrow,San Francisco,Sr., IF

Pitcher,School,Yr.
Mark Anderson, Saint Mary's,Jr.
Ryan Carpenter, Gonzaga,Jr.
Chris Dennis, Portland,Sr.
Kyle Kraus, Portland,Jr.
Martin Viramontes,LMU,Jr.

A New Look
The West Coast Conference has teamed with CBSSports.com College Network, its web site host and multimedia partner, to re-launch WCCsports.com. Among the new features on the site are front-and-center video content, larger images and graphics, campus updates, fan polls, and integration with other West Coast Conference social media platforms - such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Visitors to WCCsports.com can also find additional features such as a WCC insider blog, and interactive results.

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WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 25-13-1
WCC Record: 9-3
  • Gonzaga swept a three-game series at Santa Clara over the weekend, remaining one game behind WCC front-runner San Francisco.
  • Junior LHP Ryan Carpenter was named the Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Week on Monday. He scattered five hits and struck out nine, going the distance in an 8-0 victory at Santa Clara on Friday night. It was the second such honor for Carpenter this season.
  • Senior OF Tyler Chism is hitting .438 during WCC play, with eight runs batted in and 12 runs scored.
  • Ranked No. 23 nationally by Baseball America this week, the Bulldogs will travel to Provo, Utah to meet future WCC member BYU on Monday in the first of a two-game series with the Cougars.

Overall Record: 21-20
WCC Record: 5-7
  • Loyola Marymount dropped all three games at first place San Francisco over the weekend, including back-to-back extra innings heartbreakers. The Lions have now lost five straight.
  • Senior outfielder Joe Vierra was 6-for-14 (.429) in the USF series over the weekend. He drove in four runs and scored a pair for the Lions.
  • Junior RHP Alex Gillingham is 2-1 with a 2.56 earned run average in four WCC starts. Gillingham has pitched two conference complete games, walking five and striking out 18.
  • The Lions will begin a three-game series with Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday afternoon. After playing in Bakersfield Saturday, the two teams will meet for single games at Page Stadium on Sunday and Monday.

Overall Record: 18-20
WCC Record: 4-5
  • Pepperdine did not hit the diamond last week, as the Waves were taking part in final exams.
  • With at least three more home victories, the Waves will secure their 38th consecutive winning season at home.
  • Despite hitting just .190 for the weekend, Pepperdine managed to take two of three games from rival LMU last time out.
  • Pepperdine returns to action for the first time since April 23 with a busy five-game docket this week. The Waves will host No. 20 UCLA on Tuesday afternoon and travel to 17th-ranked UC Irvine on Wednesday. Pepperdine resumes WCC play on Friday, when the Waves welcome Santa Clara to Field Stadium for a three-game series.

Overall Record: 15-23
WCC Record: 4-5
  • Portland lost to Oregon State at home on Tuesday, and recovered to win the following night at Oregon. The Pilots did not compete over the weekend.
  • Junior RHP Kyle Kraus threw eight innings in UP's 4-2 win at Oregon on Wednesday. He scattered six hits and surrendered two runs in the victory.
  • Senior closer Chris Dennis worked a perfect ninth in the triumph over the Ducks, striking out a pair. Dennis notched his first save in over a month.
  • The Pilots return to the diamond on Friday, when they visit Saint Mary's for a three-game series. The two teams will play Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., and then will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday, with game one beginning at 11 a.m.

Overall Record:18-21
WCC Record: 5-7
  • Saint Mary's topped No. 21 Stanford on Tuesday, but dropped all three games to San Diego in Moraga over the weekend.
  • Freshman second baseman Richard Boas scored on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the ninth as the Gaels topped No. 21 Stanford, 3-2, on Tuesday.
  • Sophomore RHP Martin Agosta ranks third in the WCC among starters with a 1.76 earned run average during conference play. In four WCC starts, Agosta has walked six and struck out 25, while limiting the opposition to a .241 batting average.
  • The Gaels visit Cal Poly on Tuesday evening, and then resume WCC play this weekend with a three-game home series against the Portland Pilots. The two teams will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday morning.

Overall Record: 15-26
WCC Record: 6-6
  • San Diego bested tenth-ranked Cal State Fullerton at Cunningham Stadium on Tuesday, and then swept a three-game set from Saint Mary's in Moraga.
  • Junior 1B/OF Corey LeVier hit .533 (8-for-15) last week as the Toreros went 4-0. He homered and drove in four in USD's win over Fullerton.
  • Sophomore RHP Calvin Drummond tossed seven shutout innings in San Diego's 10-0 blanking of Saint Mary's on Friday. He scattered a pair of hits and a walk, striking out three on the afternoon.
  • The Toreros welcome the WCC's hottest team to Cunningham Stadium this weekend, when the San Francisco Dons visit for a three-game West Coast Conference series. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Overall Record: 24-20
WCC Record: 10-2
  • San Francisco kept rolling last week, doubling up San Francisco State, and then sweeping a three-game series from Loyola Marymount -- including a pair of extra inning wins. The Dons have won seven straight.
  • Junior shortstop Aritz Garcia was named the Rawlings WCC Player of the Week on Monday, after posting a .533 batting average (8-for-15) in four wins last week. Garcia, the third straight Don to win the award, ripped two doubles, drove in a pair, had a sacrifice, and stole a base for USF.
  • Junior LHP Jordan Remer pitched 4.2 hitless innings out of the bullpen last week, posting a win and seven strikeouts.
  • The Dons, winners of ten of their last 11, travel to San Diego for a three-game West Coast Conference series beginning Friday.

Overall Record: 15-25
WCC Record: 2-10
  • Santa Clara bested Pacific on Tuesday, but dropped all three games of a WCC series to Gonzaga over the weekend.
  • Freshman third baseman Kyle DeMerritt was 5-for-13 last week (.385), driving in four, walking three times, and scoring a run. DeMerritt ranks ninth in the West Coast Conference with a .327 batting average this season.
  • Santa Clara batters have been hit by a pitch 65 times so far this season -- nine more than any other WCC school.
  • The Broncos host No. 25 Cal on Tuesday night at Schott Stadium, and then travel to Malibu to face Pepperdine in a three-game series beginning Friday afternoon at Field Stadium.