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WCC Baseball Weekly Notes - 5/8

May 8, 2006

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WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week
Stefan Gartrell, San Francisco

Stefan Gartrell led San Francisco to a 4-0 week, including a sweep of Saint Mary's that put the Dons at the top of the WCC standings. The outfielder batted .500 (8-for-16) on the week, while clubbing a pair of home runs and collecting seven RBI. The San Francisco native added a double and four runs scored, while drawing three walks. His home runs came at crucial points, with his first dinger tying Friday's series opener at SMC, and his second long ball giving USF the lead in Sunday's win.

WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Josh Romanski, San Diego

Josh Romanski played a major role out of the bullpen as San Diego posted a perfect 4-0 mark last week, including a sweep of Santa Clara in WCC play. Romanski posted a 3-0 record with a 2.25 ERA, allowing just two runs on eight hits, while striking out 10 batters in eight innings of work. The freshman tossed 3.2 innings to record the win against San Diego State last Tuesday, before winning back-to-back decisions against Santa Clara over the weekend.

Upcoming Games

May 8
Portland at Washington - 6:30 PM

May 9
Patten College at Saint Mary's - 1:30 PM
San Francisco at California - 2:30 PM
UC Riverside at Pepperdine - 3:00 PM
Portland at Washington - 3:00 PM
San Diego at Cal State Northridge - 3:00 PM
Patten College at Saint Mary's - 4:00 PM
Stanford at Santa Clara - 6:00 PM
LMU at Long Beach State - 6:30 PM

May 12
Gonzaga at San Diego* - 3:00 PM
LMU at San Francisco* - 3:00 PM
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's* - 3:00 PM
Portland at Santa Clara* - 7:00 PM

May 13
Gonzaga at San Diego* - 1:00 PM
LMU at San Francisco* - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's* - 1:00 PM
Portland at Santa Clara* - 1:00 PM

May 14
Gonzaga at San Diego* - 1:00 PM
LMU at San Francisco* - 1:00 PM
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's* - 1:00 PM
Portland at Santa Clara* - 1:00 PM

* Denotes Conference Game

Around The WCC

WCC Race Comes Down To Final Weekend
The race to earn a spot in the WCC Championship Series will come down to the last weekend, as Pepperdine and San Francisco sit tied atop the conference standings. San Diego is just one game back of the leaders, while LMU is 2.5 games back, but still has six league contests to play. Saint Mary's is in fifth place with a 9-9 conference mark, while Gonzaga, Santa Clara and Portland have all been eliminated from contention.

Pepperdine's David Uribes Breaks WCC Hits Record
David Uribes broke the WCC's career hits record with a leadoff double in Pepperdine's 13-4 win over Gonzaga on Saturday. The double marked hit No. 315 for Uribes, who passed former Wave standout Paul Faries for first place on the Pepperdine and WCC lists. Uribes, who currently has 318 career base hits, also ranks fourth on the WCC career runs scored chart with 225.

Milestone Victory On Deck For San Diego's Rich Hill
San Diego's Rich Hill can become the third skipper in league history to reach the 200-win milestone with just one more conference victory. Hill currently has 402 overall wins during his tenures at both USF and San Diego, and became just the fifth coach in circuit history to reach the 400-win plateau with USD's win over San Diego State last week.

WCC Ranks Among Nation's Leaders In RPI
The WCC ranks seventh among Division I conferences according to the "Pseudo-RPI" ratings release by BoydsWorld.com. The WCC ranks just ahead of the Southern and Sun Belt Conferences with a .531 rating.

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.

WCC Team Notes

Gonzaga Bulldogs (27-21 / 8-10 WCC)
- Gonzaga took the first game of its series with Pepperdine before dropping the final two contests of the weekend.

- Patrick Donovan surrendered just one earned run in seven innings of work to earn the victory in Friday's 6-1 win over the Waves. It marked the 19th career victory for Donovan, who needs just one more win to move into the top-10 on Gonzaga's career victories chart.

- Darin Holcomb drove in a run in Sunday's 10-4 loss, bringing his RBI total to a team-high 53. Holcomb can move onto the Gonzaga single-season RBI list with just two more RBI.

- Scott Campbell went 4-for-4 in Friday's win, and brought his team-leading base hit total to 74 over the weekend.

- The Zags wrap up the conference season with three games at San Diego this weekend.

LMU Lions (21-27 / 8-7 WCC)
- The Lions had the week off for final exams after jumping back into the conference race with a three-game sweep of Gonzaga (April 28-30). LMU sits just 2.5 games out of first place with six WCC games remaining on the Lions' schedule.

- The Lions currently rank third in the WCC with 59 steals as a team, led by Eric Farris' 16 swipes so far this season. Chris Pettit and DeAndre Miller are tied for second on the team with 13 steals apiece.

- Pettit and Sean Dovel are tied for the WCC lead with 19 doubles apiece 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.

- LMU faces Long Beach State (5/9) before heading to USF for three games.

Pepperdine Waves (33-17 / 12-6 WCC)
- Pepperdine moved into a tie for first place in the WCC standings after taking two-of-three from Gonzaga on the road over the weekend.

- David Uribes doubled to lead off the game in Saturday's 13-4 win, collecting his 315th career hit to become the WCC's all-time hits leader. Uribes topped the previous mark of 314, set by former Pepperdine standout Paul Faries (1984-1987).

- James Johnson struck out a career-high nine batters in 8.2 innings pitched to earn the victory in Sunday's 10-4 win.

- Chad Tracy collected five hits in the three-game series at Gonzaga, bringing his career hits total to 237 and putting him into a tie for eighth place on the Pepperdine career hits chart.

- The Waves host UC Riverside (5/9) before traveling to Saint Mary's for a three-game set.

Portland Pilots (13-30 / 2-13 WCC)
- Portland had the week off in preparation for a busy stretch of games to wrap up the 2006 campaign.

- Travis Vetters currently sits in fifth place on Portland's career hits list with 219. He needs just two more hits to move into sole possession of fourth place on the list, and 11 more to move into third place.

- Austin Dirkx has nailed down seven saves so far this season, good for third place on the UP single-season saves list. He can become the Pilots' all-time single-season leader with just three more saves.

- The Pilots begin a busy couple of weeks to close out the season, beginning with a pair of games at Washington (5/8 & 5/9). UP then heads to Santa Clara for a three-game series.

Saint Mary's Gaels (24-22 / 9-9 WCC)
- Saint Mary's slipped into fifth place in the conference standings after suffering a three-game sweep against San Francisco over the weekend.

- Sam Carter has put together an outstanding senior campaign and has jumped into the Saint Mary's career charts in several offensive categories, including hits (193-8th), doubles (36-5th), home runs (24-3rd), and RBI (131-2nd).

- Preston Young clubbed three home runs over the weekend to bring his team-high total to 12 so far this season. Young ranks second on the SMC career home run chart with 27.

- Orben Frederick collected five hits over the weekend to bring his season hit total to a team-high 68.

- SMC hosts Patten College (5/9) for a double header before hosting Pepperdine this week.

San Diego Toreros (30-20 / 11-7 WCC)
- San Diego moved to within a game of the conference lead after sweeping Santa Clara at home over the weekend.

- Ryan Lilly provided the heroics for the Toreros against the Broncos, hitting walk-off singles in back-to-back games to lift USD to victories on Friday and Saturday. Lilly collected four hits and two RBI on the weekend, while scoring a pair of runs.

- Josh Romanski was impressive in relief last week, earning three victories in four San Diego contests. Romanski was credited with a win against San Diego State, and posted victories in Saturday and Sunday's wins over SCU to improve to 4-4 on the season.

- Steve Singleton collected six hits against SCU, including a 3-for-4 effort on Saturday.

- USD heads to Cal State Northridge (5/9) before hosting Gonzaga for a three-game set.

San Francisco Dons (32-19 / 12-6 WCC)
- San Francisco moved into a tie atop the WCC standings after sweeping Saint Mary's on the road over the weekend.

- Stefan Gartrell continued to establish himself as one of the top run producers in USF history, moving into sole possession of third place on the program's career RBI chart at 125 over the weekend. His 56 RBI this season ranks sixth on the USF single-season list.

- Patrick McGuigan, who has spent most of his time as a starter this season, came on in relief to save all three wins over Saint Mary's last weekend. Already USF's all-time saves leader, McGuigan increased his career total to 17.

- Brian Anderson improved to 5-0 with a win in Sunday's 7-6 victory over SMC.

- USF heads to California (5/9) before hosting LMU in a crucial WCC series.

Santa Clara Broncos (26-22 / 7-11 WCC)
- Santa Clara suffered a three-game sweep by San Diego over the weekend.

- Kris Watts drove in five runs during the weekend series at San Diego, bringing his team-high RBI total to 46 on the season. Watts clubbed his eighth home run of the season to cap off a 2-for-5, 4 RBI performance in Friday's 7-6 loss.

- Donald Brandt, who has posted a 2.57 ERA and a 3-1 record in seven mound appearances, slugged his third home run of the season in Saturday's 8-7, 10-inning loss to the Toreros. Brandt is batting .319 (15-for-47) as a DH this season.

- Daniel Nava went 10-for-13 in the series with USD, and is batting a WCC-best .392.

- SCU hosts Stanford (5/9), and closes out WCC play at home against Portland this week.