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WCC weekly baseball notes, May 19, 2011

May 19, 2011

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AROUND THE WCC

WCC Play Enters the Home Stretch
Just two weekends remain in the 2011 West Coast Conference baseball season, and the top spot is still up for grabs. Seven of the eight WCC teams will be in action on Friday, including three head-to-head WCC series.

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." Now available for on-demand viewing, this video shows fans what goes on in the dugout before and during a game. To watch "Mic'd Up" on-demand, visit WCC All-Access anytime. WCC All-Access can be reached from the home page on WCCsports.com.

Gonzaga's Cameron Edman Named Rawlings WCC Player of the Week
Gonzaga catcher Cameron Edman went 10-for-18 (.556) with five doubles, three home runs and 10 driven in. He and teammate Tyler Chism are on a team-high 13-game hitting streak entering Monday. Last Monday's 12-5 win at Brigham Young was a career day for Edman, who hit three home runs, a single and a double with acareer-high six RBIs. On Saturday at Portland, Edman's day started with a two-run double and two at bats later, he hit an RBI double to help the Bulldogs beat the Pilots 7-5.
Also Nominated: Matt Lowenstein, LMU; Joe Sever, PEP; Bryan Haar, USD; Pete Lavin, USF

Loyola Marymount's Aaron Griffin Named Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Week
LMU sophomore Aaron Griffin posted a 0.00 ERA and a 1-0 record, including a complete game shutout at Saint Mary's, over 15.1 innings of work for the week. He allowed just nine hits and one unearned run over two starts, allowing three walks and striking out 14. Griffin was named a Louisville Slugger Pitcher of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Monday as well.
Also Nominated: Marco Gonzales, GON; Alex Najera, PEP; Matt Hiserman, 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.

What'd He Say?
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Did you know that WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich is on Twitter, too? See what The Commish has on his mind. Follow him @WCC_Commish.

 
WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 29-16-1
WCC Record: 12-3
  • Gonzaga swept a three-game series at Portland over the weekend, and dropped a pair of mid-week games at Oregon.
  • Senior catcher Cameron Edman was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Monday. Edman was 10-for-18 (.556) last week with three home runs and ten RBIs. Edman is in the top 20 nationally in doubles (21) and slugging percentage (.699).
  • Freshman LHP Marco Gonzales leads the West Coast Conference with nine victories this season. Gonzales' 2.52 earned run average currently ranks third in the WCC.
  • The Bulldogs remain on the road this weekend, traveling to Pepperdine for a three-game series in Malibu starting on Friday.

Overall Record: 26-22
WCC Record: 7-8
  • Loyola Marymount took two of three games at Saint Mary's over the weekend. The Lions lost at ninth-ranked Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday.
  • Sophomore RHP Aaron Griffin was named the Rawlings West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday after tossing 15.1 scoreless innings over two appearances last week. Griffin is the third LMU pitcher to win that award this season.
  • Junior RHP Alex Gillingham is second in the WCC with a 2.42 earned run average. His 96.2 innings pitched are tops in the conference.
  • The Lions host Portland in a three-game WCC series beginning Friday afternoon at Page Stadium in Los Angeles.

Overall Record: 20-28
WCC Record: 5-10
  • Pepperdine has dropped its last four games, falling in a three-game set at San Francisco over the weekend, and then losing to Long Beach State Wednesday night on the road.
  • Pepperdine sophomore Zach Vincej has been hit by a pitch on 14 occasions this season -- more than any other WCC player.
  • Former Pepperdine All-American Eric Thames was called up to the Toronto Blue Jays from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier this week. Thames is the third player recruited by Steve Rodriguez to make it to the bigs.
  • The Waves will be home for their final two WCC series in 2011. Pepperdine will welcome Gonzaga to Field Stadium for a three-game series beginning on Friday.

Overall Record: 18-29
WCC Record: 6-9
  • Portland lost three games to Gonzaga over the weekend at Etzel Field. UP split a doubleheader at Washington State on Tuesday, taking the opener 10-8, but falling 11-5 in the night cap.
  • Senior IF Matt Mardesich is second in the West Coast Conference in home runs, having belted eight long balls this season.
  • Freshman outfielder Turner Gill ripped a pair of doubles and scored twice in the Pilots' 10-8 victory at Washington State in game one of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
  • The Pilots are in Los Angeles to square off against Loyola Marymount in a three-game series beginning Friday afternoon at Page Stadium.

Overall Record:21-26
WCC Record: 7-11
  • Saint Mary's edged Loyola Marymount, 6-4, in Friday's season opener. The Gaels dropped both games of Saturday's doubleheader to the Lions.
  • Sophomore RHP Martin Agosta leads the West Coast Conference in earned run average at 2.27 this season. In conference play, he has been even better, with a 1.61 ERA over 44.2 innings pitched.
  • Junior IF Troy Channing has ripped three home runs during the team's 15 WCC games, ranking him second in the conference. Overall, Channing has belted seven dingers.
  • The Gaels host Seattle University in a four-game set beginning Friday morning at Guisto Field. The teams will play doubleheaders on Friday and Sunday, and the series marks the end of the Redhawks' season.

Overall Record: 19-27
WCC Record: 8-7
  • San Diego did not compete last weekend, and has not played a game since a victory over San Diego Christian on May 11.
  • Three of the top five batters in the West Coast Conference during WCC play are wearing Torero Blue: Corey LeVier (.436), Zack Kometani (.419), and Kris Bryant (.396). As a team, the Toreros are hitting .306 against WCC competition.
  • Redshirt sophomore RHP Calvin Drummond has allowed just four earned runs over 25.1 innings during WCC play. That 1.42 ERA is tops in the WCC.
  • The Toreros return to the diamond on Friday to begin a three-game West Coast Conference series at Santa Clara. First pitch of Friday night's game is set for 6 p.m.

Overall Record: 28-22
WCC Record: 14-4
  • San Francisco remained atop the WCC standings with a three-game sweep over Pepperdine last weekend at Benedetti Diamond. It was the Dons' first sweep of the Waves in 40 years.
  • Senior RHP Matt Hiserman earned his sixth win of the season on Sunday, limiting Pepperdine to a pair of runs and five hits over seven innings. Hiserman struck out seven in the victory.
  • Senior outfielder Pete Lavin hit .385 and slugged .615 in San Francisco's sweep of Pepperdine. Lavin has a .407 average with nine doubles against WCC opposition.
  • After being rained out at Stanford on Tuesday, the Dons are the lone WCC team to have the weekend off. USF will return to action on Tuesday in the home finale against Cal State Bakersfield.

Overall Record: 17-28
WCC Record: 4-11
  • Santa Clara was rained out at Cal Poly on Tuesday night in its only scheduled outing of the week. The Broncos have not played since falling at UC Davis on May 11.
  • Junior RHP J.R. Graham has pitched six straight perfect innings out of the bullpen for Santa Clara.
  • Senior RHP Cory Hall is fourth among West Coast Conference starters with a 2.41 earned run average in WCC play. Over four conference starts, Hall has surrendered just ten earned runs over 37.1 innings of work.
  • The Broncos host San Diego in a three-game West Coast Conference series beginning Friday night. Santa Clara has concluded its non-conference schedule.