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WCC weekly baseball notes, May 25, 2011

May 25, 2011

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AROUND THE WCC

WCC Champion to be Crowned This Weekend
It all comes down to this. With 18 WCC games in the books, San Francisco and Gonzaga have each posted 14-4 records in conference play. It just so happens that the Dons and Bulldogs will meet this weekend for a three-game series at the Patterson Baseball Complex in Spokane. The winner of this series will capture the WCC crown and earn the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

Two WCC Players Honored For Academic, Athletic Success
Two West Coast Conference players were recognized for their work in the classroom and on the field. Portland senior closer Chris Dennis was named a Capital One Academic All-America Second Team selection, and Gonzaga redshirt senior catcher Cameron Edman was a third team honoree.

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.

Santa Clara's Patrick Terry Named Rawlings WCC Player of the Week
Santa Clara senior Patrick Terry finished his home career with an impressive weekend. He batted .667 on the weekend (8-12). Terry ripped eight hits, scored four runs, collected five RBI, a double and a home run. Terry also notched a four-RBI performance on Sunday.
Also Nominated: Matt Koch, LMU; Kevin Armijo, POR; Kris Bryant, USD

Gonzaga's Marco Gonzales Named Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Week
Gonzaga freshman Marco Gonzales won both of his starts last week. He allowed one earned run on nine hits, striking out 15 with no walks over 16 innings of work. Monday against Portland, he pitched his fourth complete game and struck out seven. He also came in to hit for himself late in the game, going 2-for-2 with a double and a run in the Bulldogs 5-2 come-from-behind win. Sunday against Pepperdine, he struck out eight and allowed three hits in seven frames to post a 5-0 combined shutout victory with teammate Cody Martin.
Also Nominated: Aaron Griffin, LMU; Jon Moscot, PEP; Kyle Kraus, POR; Mark Anderson, SMC; James Pazos, USD

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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WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 31-17-1
WCC Record: 14-4
  • Gonzaga won two of three in its series at Pepperdine last weekend, including a 5-0 shutout of the Waves in the series finale on Sunday.
  • Senior catcher Cameron Edman was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team on Tuesday. Edman holds his undergraduate degree in applied communication studies and is among the WCC leaders in doubles, homers, and runs batted in.
  • Freshman LHP Marco Gonzales was named the Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Gonzales leads the WCC and ranks tenth nationally with 10 victories.
  • The Bulldogs host San Francisco in a first-place showdown this weekend for all the marbles. With both teams sitting at 14-4 in conference play, the winner of the series will win the 2011 WCC championship. Friday's game is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m., with the action televised live on SWX in Spokane.

Overall Record: 27-25
WCC Record: 8-10
  • Loyola Marymount dropped a pair of contests in a three-game series against Portland over the weekend, before the Lions rebounded to win the series finale, 3-2, in ten innings.
  • Sophomore RHP Aaron Griffin pitched a complete game in a ten-inning victory over the Pilots. Griffin struck out five without issuing a walk in the win.
  • Junior catcher Matt Koch hit .471 (8-for-17) last week, with a double, triple, homer, and two runs batted in.
  • The Lions close out their 2011 season with a three-game home series against San Diego beginning Friday afternoon.

Overall Record: 21-32
WCC Record: 6-12
  • Pepperdine fell in two of three games to Gonzaga over the weekend. The Waves lost at USC Tuesday after completing a suspended game from last month against the Trojans.
  • Sophomore RHP Jon Moscot pitched a complete game shutout over Gonzaga in a 3-0 Waves victory in Malibu on Saturday. He scattered five hits, while striking out five.
  • Sophomore 2B Joe Sever leads the Waves with five home runs and 28 runs driven in.
  • The Waves conclude their 2011 season with a three-game home series against Saint Mary's beginning Friday afternoon at Field Stadium in Malibu. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. Pepperdine has not lost a series to the Gaels since 1992.

Overall Record: 21-30
WCC Record: 8-10
  • Portland won two of three games on the road at Loyola Marymount last weekend, claiming its first series win at LMU in ten years. The Pilots fell to Oregon on Tuesday afternoon at Etzel Field in Portland.
  • Junior RHP Kyle Kraus threw his first complete game of the season in the Pilots' 8-2 victory at Loyola Marymount on Friday. He scattered eight hits while striking out three in the win.
  • Senior 3B/DH Kevin Armijo hit .435 in five games for the Pilots last week, collecting ten hits in 23 at-bats. Armijo scored five runs and drove in five more for UP.
  • The Pilots wrap up their 2011 campaign with a three-game home series against Santa Clara. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Overall Record:25-27
WCC Record: 7-11
  • Saint Mary's took three-of-four from Seattle University in a non-conference series over the weekend. The Gaels then topped UC Davis, 8-2, in the final game at Guisto Field on Tuesday.
  • Junior RHP Mark Anderson tossed a complete game -- his eighth victory of the season -- in a 3-0 victory over the Redhawks in the series opener on Friday. Anderson's fourth shutout of the year matched a school record.
  • Sophomore 3B Patrick Wisdom was 4-for-5 at the plate in Tuesday's UC Davis win, hitting a home run, a double, and driving in five runs.
  • The Gaels travel to Malibu to take on Pepperdine in a three-game series beginning Friday afternoon at Field Stadium.

Overall Record: 22-28
WCC Record: 11-7
  • In its first action in nearly two weeks, San Diego swept a three-game WCC series at Santa Clara over the weekend. The Toreros lost to No. 9 Cal State Fullerton in the home finale on Tuesday.
  • Freshman third baseman Kris Bryant went 7-for-14 in the three-game sweep at Santa Clara, with a pair of doubles and four runs driven in. Bryant is hitting .418 with nine doubles during West Coast Conference play.
  • Sophomore LHP James Pazos won a pair of games out of the bullpen over the weekend, allowing only one unearned run over four innings of work at Santa Clara.
  • The Toreros conclude the season this weekend with a three-game West Coast Conference series at Loyola Marymount.

Overall Record: 29-22
WCC Record: 14-4
  • San Francisco won its only game last week, a 3-1 victory over Cal State Bakersfield in the home finale at Benedetti Diamond on Tuesday.
  • The Dons continue to lead the nation in fielding percentage at .985. USF has committed only 31 errors over its 51 games.
  • Senior outfielder Pete Lavin leads the West Coast Conference with 35 hits during WCC play (his .407 average ranks fourth). His 49 total bases are also tops in the conference.
  • San Francisco travels to Gonzaga for a three-game WCC series beginning Friday. With both teams tied atop the standings at 14-4, the series' winner will capture the 2011 WCC crown and advance to the postseason.

Overall Record: 17-31
WCC Record: 4-14
  • Santa Clara was swept in its final home series of the season, dropping three games to visiting San Diego.
  • Senior catcher Patrick Terry was named the Rawlings West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Monday. In the San Diego series, Terry was 8-for-12 with four runs scored and five driven in.
  • Junior closer J.R. Graham is fourth nationally, averaging just 0.68 walks per nine innings pitched.
  • The Broncos will wrap up their 2011 season when they travel to Portland for a three-game series beginning Friday afternoon.