May 20, 2009
|WCC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES TAKES PLACE THIS WEEKEND|
|Gonzaga will host the 11th annual WCC Baseball Championship Series for the first time in school history over Memorial Day weekend and will face LMU, who is making its fifth appearance in the annual classic.|
The two teams met for a weekend series in the last week of conference play to decide the winner of the regular season title and the host of the Championship Series as both were tied for first place.
The series ended being tight the whole way as Gonzaga won the first two contests by one run each. LMU clinched a spot in the Championship Series by taking game three of the series.
Scouting The Bulldogs
Ryan Wiegand and Tyson Van Winkle have proven to be a potent combo this year as Van Winkle leads the team in hits and Wiegand in RBI, while both have posted at least 20 doubles on the year.
The Zags have one of the strongest starting rotations in the league as they lead the conference in team ERA. Matt Fields and Steven Ames headline the pitching staff as both have posted 7-1 records this year. Ames has posted two complete games this year, while Fields has completed one shutout.
Scouting The Lions
Lee Roberts headlines the starting pitching rotation and is 7-2 on the year with a 3.68 ERA. He has pitched three complete games this season and ranks second in the league in innings pitched and fourth in strikeouts.
This will be the fourth appearance in the WCC Championship Series for the Lions and the first under Head Coach Jason Gill, who took over the program this year. LMU boasts an impressive 9-2 record against ranked opponents.
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|AROUND THE WCC|
Saint Mary's Troy Channing Named a Semifinalist for Dick Howser Trophy
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the College Baseball Foundation has released the list of 16 semifinalists for the 2009 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball. Among those 16 are Saint Mary's freshman third baseman Troy Channing. The 16 candidates hail from nine difference conferences and 16 difference schools, of the 16 players Channing is one of two freshmen on the list. Criteria for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Hower's life.
WCC April Player of the Month: Tyson Van Winkle, GON
WCC April Pitcher of the Month: Lee Roberts, LMU
WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week: Cody Martin, GON
WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week: Zach Kim, USF
Also Nominated: Lee Roberts, LMU; Jonathan Johnson, LMU; Zach Varce, POR; Matt Lujan, USF
WCC Teams Garner Preseason Rankings
WCC's Preseason All-Americans
Four WCC Hurlers Named to Stopper of the Year Watch List
WCC Standouts Named to Wallace Award Watch List
San Diego led the way with junior All-American closer AJ Griffin along with sophomore right-hander Kyle Blair and sophomore lefty Sammy Solis. Also on the list from the WCC were senior Ryan Wheeler of Loyola Marymount, sophomore Riley Henricks of Portland, sophomore Thain Simon of Santa Clara, junior Kyle Jensen of Saint Mary's, and sophomore Matt Lujan of San Francisco.
Player, School 2008 Key StatsKyle Blair, USD 3.86 ERA, 99 SOA.J. Griffin, USD 2.15 ERA, 14 SVRiley Henricks, POR .301, 69 hits, 8 HRKyle Jensen, SMC .421, 82 hits, 13 HRMatt Lujan, USF 3.19 ERA, 7 winsThain Simon, SCU 2.59 ERA, 9 winsSammy Solis, USD 3.83 ERA, 42 SORyan Wheeler, LMU .345, 70 hits, 20 2B
LMU Names Jason Gill Head Coach
San Diego and Pepperdine Picked to Finish First in 2009 WCC Preseason Poll
WCC Baseball Preseason Poll
|WCC TEAM NOTES|