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WCC weekly baseball notes, June 2, 2011

June 2, 2011

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San Francisco to Represent WCC at NCAA Tournament
2011 West Coast Conference champion San Francisco heads south to compete in the Los Angeles Regional this weekend. The Dons will face UCLA in Friday's opening round, with UC Irvine and Fresno State also competing at Jackie Robinson Stadium in the double-elimination tournament. USF will compete with three ranked teams in the regional, as the Dons make their first NCAA appearance since 2006.

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.

WCC Baseball Coaches Reflect on CWS Experiences
Several West Coast Conference skippers enjoyed success in Omaha at the College World Series as a coach or player. WCCsports.com's latest baseball video feature captures their stories. To watch this feature on-demand, visit WCC All-Access anytime. WCC All-Access can be reached from the home page on WCCsports.com.

San Francisco's Jason Mahood Named Rawlings WCC Player of the Week
USF sophomore Jason Mahood hit .600 against WCC foe Gonzaga, going 6-for-10 at the plate to lead the Dons' to the 2011 West Coast Conference Championship. The sophomore totaled four RBIs, four runs, a home run, a walk and a sacrifice hit. Mahood totaled a third of the team's RBIs in the series. He was flawless at second base, totaling nine put outs with six assists and no errors. Mahood had an impressive .900 slugging percentage along with a .636 on base percentage. In the days leading up to the Gonzaga series, Mahood notched a hit against Cal State Bakersfield.
Also Nominated: Drew Ozanne, Santa Clara

San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer Named Rawlings WCC Pitcher of the Week
USF's Kyle Zimmer powered the Dons to a West Coast Conference Championship after claiming a win and a save against Gonzaga. Zimmer gave up just two runs on six hits with two strikeouts in a seven-inning outing in game one of the series. He took the mound again in the ninth inning of the deciding game of the series to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard to preserve the win. Zimmer allowed just two walks and one extra base hit in his eight innings on the mound. The right-handed pitcher also pitched a flawless inning against Cal State Bakersfield, striking out two.
Also Nominated: Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga; Aaron Gates, Pepperdine

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.

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

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

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
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Overall Record: 32-19-1
WCC Record: 15-6
  • Gonzaga lost two of its final three to WCC champion San Francisco last weekend.
  • Freshman LHP/1B Marco Gonzales was named the WCC Co-Player and Co-Freshman of the Year on Wednesday. Gonzales led the conference with 11 wins on the mound, while hitting .315 during West Coast Conference play.
  • Junior LHP Ryan Carpenter earned West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year honors. Carpenter was 5-1 with a 2.19 ERA over seven WCC starts, striking out a league-high 107 over 96 innings of work.
  • The Bulldogs close their 2011 campaign with more victories (32) than any other WCC school.

Overall Record: 30-25
WCC Record: 11-10
  • Loyola Marymount closed its season with a three-game sweep of San Diego at Page Stadium.
  • Junior RHP Alex Gillingham was named to the All-WCC Team. Gillingham posted a 2.49 earned run average, while working a WCC-high 112 innings.
  • Junior catcher Matt Koch was named to the All-WCC Team. Koch hit .321 againstconference opposition.
  • Three Lions, sophomore RHP Aaron Griffin, sophomore DH/OF Matt Lowenstein, and senior outfielder Joe Vierra were named All-WCC Honorable Mention.

Overall Record: 22-34
WCC Record: 7-14
  • Pepperdine lost two of its final three games to Saint Mary's at Field Stadium.
  • Junior LHP Aaron Gates was one of three Waves to be selected to the All-WCC Team in 2011. Gates limited opponents to just a .194 batting average against.
  • Sophomore 2B Joe Sever and junior outfielder Brian Humphries were both named to the All-WCC Team. The duo combined for seven home runs during WCC play.
  • Pepperdine right-handed pitchers Scott Frazier and Corey Miller were both selected to the 2011 WCC All-Freshman Team by the league's eight head coaches.

Overall Record: 24-30
WCC Record: 11-10
  • The Pilots concluded their 2011 season with a three-game sweep of visiting Santa Clara at Etzel Field in Portland.
  • Freshman outfielder Turner Gill was selected to both the All-WCC Team as well as the WCC All-Freshman Team after hitting .372 with an on-base percentage of .449 during conference play.
  • Junior RHP Kyle Kraus was an All-WCC Team selection. Kraus tossed a pair of complete games in conference play, while posting a 3.16 earned run average.
  • Senior closer Chris Dennis was an All-WCC Honorable Mention in 2011. Despite limited save opportunities in 2011, Dennis leaves as UP's all-time saves leader. He is also a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

Overall Record:27-28
WCC Record: 9-12
  • Saint Mary's took two of three games at Pepperdine to wrap up the 2011 season.
  • Sophomore RHP Martin Agosta and junior RHP Kyle Barraclough were both named to the All-West Coast Conference Team in 2011. Agosta posted a 2.31 earned run average during conference play over seven starts, while Barraclough was credited with a victory in four of his seven conference starts.
  • Sophomore 3B Patrick Wisdom was an All-Conference selection. He hit .317 with nine extra-base hits during conference play.
  • Middle infielder Richard Boas was an All-Freshman Team selection. Junior catcher Toby DeMello and sophomre RF Brenden Kalfus were both All-WCC Honorable Mention.

Overall Record: 22-31
WCC Record: 11-10
  • San Diego was swept in its season-concluding three-game set at Loyola Marymount.
  • Freshman third baseman Kris Bryant was named WCC Co-Player of the Year and Co-Freshman of the Year. Bryant started all 21 games during conference play for the Toreros, while leading the WCC with a .410 batting average, .525 on-base percentage, 26 runs scored, and eleven doubles. For the season, Bryant led the WCC with a .365 batting average.
  • Three Torero players were recognized as All-WCC selections by the league's eight head coaches: junior RHP Bryan Haar, junior catcher Zack Kometani, and junior 1B/OF Corey LeVier.
  • A pair of San Diego pitchers, left-hander Paul Paez and righty Michael Wagner, wereselected to the WCC All-Freshman Team.

Overall Record: 31-23
WCC Record: 16-5
  • San Francisco won the 2011 West Coast Conference title by winning two of three games at Gonzaga last weekend. The Dons will be making their first NCAA appearance since 2006.
  • San Francisco head coach Nino Giarratano was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the third time, and senior third baseman Stephen Yarrow was recognized as the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
  • The Dons had a conference-high six players selected to the 2011 All-WCC Team: junior 1B Nik Balog, senior OF Connor Bernatz, senior catcher Travis Higgs, senior outfielder Pete Lavin, senior third baseman Stephen Yarrow, and sophomore RHP Kyle Zimmer.
  • San Francisco will meet UCLA in the double-elimination Los Angeles Regional. The Dons and Bruins will meet for the fourth time this season on Friday at 6 p.m. UC Irvine and Fresno State will also compete in L.A.

Overall Record: 17-34
WCC Record: 4-17
  • Santa Clara was swept in its final three games of the season at Portland.
  • Senior RHP Cory Hall was selected to the 2011 All-WCC Team. Hall posted a 2.98 earned run average over seven West Coast Conference starts this season.
  • Senior catcher Patrick Terry was an All-WCC Honorable Mention in 2011. Terry batted .363 with 18 hits and nine runs driven in during the month of May.
  • Third baseman Kyle DeMerritt was selected to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team in 2011. DeMerritt made 48 starts as a freshman, posting a .280 batting average with 27 runs driven in.