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Jacob Steffens of Santa Clara (Pitcher) and Austin Miller of Loyola Marymount (Player) Capture Weekly League Honors

May 5, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference has named its Rawlings Baseball Pitcher and Player of the Week for May 5, 2014.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PITCHER OF THE WEEK
JACOB STEFFENS, SO., RHP, SANTA CLARA
Jacob Steffens picked up his first win of the season in 7.0 shutout innings and struck out a career-high nine batters Sun., May 4 in a 2-1 victory at San Francisco. The sophomore needed just six outs to best his prior career-high of three strikeouts; he struck out the side in the first and recorded an inning-ending strikeout in the second. He retired 10 Dons in a row from the final out of the third through the end of the sixth. The Bronco starter delivered first-pitch strikes to 10 of the first 11 batters he faced and 19 of 28 San Francisco hitters overall. In his final inning of work, Steffens put two runners on with no outs and after a sacrifice bunt, recorded back-to-back swinging strikeouts to end his outing with Santa Clara's 2-0 lead intact.  

Also nominated: A.J. Puckett, Pepperdine; Colin Welmon, Loyola Marymount  

2014 WCC RAWLINGS PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Feb. 17: Andrew Sopko, Gonzaga
Feb. 24: Houston Hibberd, San Francisco
March 3: Troy Conyers, San Diego
March 10: Kolton Mahoney, BYU
March 17: Cameron Neff, Saint Mary's
March 24: Colin Welmon, Loyola Marymount
March 31: Corey Miller, Pepperdine
April 7: Aaron Brown, Pepperdine
April 14: Jeff Barker, BYU
April 21: Jake Jenkins, Pacific
April 28: Brandon Bailey, Gonzaga
May 5: Jacob Steffens, Santa Clara

WEST COAST CONFERENCE RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AUSTIN MILLER, FR., OF, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Freshman Austin Miller batted .643 (9-for-14) with two runs scored, two doubles, a pair of walks, three RBI and three stolen bases to guide Loyola Marymount to a 3-1 week, including a series victory over first-place No. 17 Pepperdine in West Coast Conference play.  The native of Greeley, Colo. began his week with a 4-for-5 day with three RBI and a double against San Diego State on Tuesday.  He opened the WCC series with Pepperdine by going 1-for-2 with a run scored, a walk and two stolen bases on Friday.  Saturday saw him finish 3-for-4 with a run scored, a double and a stolen base, before his 1-for-3 day with a walk on Sunday.  Over the course of the four games, he reached at a .706 clip while slugging .786.  

Also nominated: Brad Anderson, Pepperdine; Louie Lechich, San Diego; Casey Munoz, Santa Clara; Caleb Wood, Gonzaga 

2014 WCC RAWLINGS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Feb. 17: Brett Sullivan, Pacific
Feb. 24: Greg Harisis, Santa Clara
March 3: Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco
March 10: Brad Anderson, Pepperdine
March 17: Tommy Cheek, Loyola Marymount
March 24: Brett Sullivan, Pacific
March 31: Louie Lechich, San Diego
April 7: Jesse Jenner, San Diego
April 14: Andrew Daniel, San Diego
April 21: Payden Cawley Lamb, Gonzaga
April 28: Stevie Berman, Santa Clara
May 5: Austin Miller, Loyola Marymount