May 10, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - With the conference season in full swing, the West Coast Conference has announced its Rawlings Pitchers and Players of the week. San Diego's Kyle Blair took home the pitcher award, while Pepperdine's Brian Humphries and San Diego Nick McCoy shared the player honors.
RAWLINGS PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Kyle Blair, USD
Junior right-hander Kyle Blair took a no-hitter against Portland in 8.2 innings this past Friday in a win before surrendering a double to break up the no-no bid. Blair (7-3) had the best performance of his career as he kept the Pilot batters off kilter the entire game. Blair only allowed three bases to runners, via a walk through, the first eight innings, and at one point he struck out the side in back-to-back innings, fourth and fifth, en route to his season-high 15 strikeouts. He was just one strikeout away from tying himself and Brian Matusz for the USD single-game record of 16. Blair was also named Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week for his efforts.
Also Nominated: Cole Cook (Pepperdine), Doug Murray (San Francisco)
RAWLINGS CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Brian Humphries, PEP
Sophomore outfielder Brian Humphries batted .393 (11-for-28) last week with a team-best eight runs, five doubles, five RBI and a home run Tuesday vs. UCLA, which was the first Pepperdine leadoff home run in more than six years. At Saint Mary's on Sunday, Humphries broke a 3-3 tie in the 11th with a game-winning, two-run double down the left-field line and tied a career high with four hits. Humphries is currently riding a season-best six-game hitting streak. He also stole two bases this past week and made 11 put outs in the outfield with one assist, which helped catch a Gaels' runner at home in the second inning of Friday's 7-1 victory.
Nick McCoy, USD
Redshirt senior Nick McCoy played a huge role in helping lead USD not only to a 4-0 week, but to a perfect 15-0 start in WCC play, tying the record for best start in WCC history with 1988 LMU. McCoy did all the catching duties in all four games and went 6-for-14 with one home run and six RBI. In arguably the biggest series of the season, McCoy helped lead USD to a 16-3 combined victory in the sweep over the Pilots. In Sunday's win, McCoy went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.
Also Nominated: Robert Abel (San Francisco)