June 3, 2010
|WCC TEAMS COMPLETE 2010 CONFERENCE SEASON|
|West Coast Conference baseball teams completed the final weekend of the regular season. Conference champion University of San Diego earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will take on Hawaii in the first matchup of the NCAA Tempe Regionals. The Toreros ended their season with a 19-2 conference record, the best final record in conference play since the WCC switched to a single division 21-game format in 2006. Portland secured second place after putting together a three-game sweep over Gonzaga, while Pepperdine moved into third after defeating fourth place San Francisco in Malibu. Santa Clara, Saint Mary's, and Gonzaga all tallied an 8-13 conference record, while LMU ended its conference season at 5-16.|
|WCC TEAM NOTES|
WCC Record: 8-13
WCC Record: 5-16
WCC Record: 12-9
WCC Record: 14-7
WCC Record: 8-13
WCC Record: 19-2
WCC Record: 10-11
WCC Record: 8-13
|AROUND THE WCC|
WCC Rawlings Pitcher of the Week
Robert Dickmann, PEP - LHP - SR
Also Nominated: Kyle Kraus (Portland), Kyle Blair (San Diego), Nate Garcia (Santa Clara)
WCC Rawlings Co-Players of the Week
James Meador, USD - OF - SR
Tommy Medica, SCU - INF - JR
Also Nominated: Ryan Hawthorne (Loyola Marymount), Ryan Heroy (Pepperdine), Matt Mardesich (Portland)
2010 Baseball All-Conference Team
Meador, who took home the WCC Player of the Year honor last season, becomes just the second player in conference history to earn the Player of the Year honor multiple times and the first since Santa Clara's Duane Larson also earned back-to-back awards in 1970-71. Meador paced the Toreros' high-powered offense, batting a league-best .488 during conference play, while ranking second in WCC games in hits (40) and RBI (25). The Ramona, CA native enters the NCAA Tournament ranked fifth on USD's all-time doubles list with 56, while his 62 RBI on the season rank him third on the Toreros' single-season RBI chart.
Blair has been magnificent on the mound for the Toreros, posting a league-best 6-1 record in conference play with an impressive 1.98 ERA, which was also tops in the WCC. Blair struck out a conference-best 71 batters in just 54.2 innings, while his strikeout-to-walk ratio (71-11) was also the best in the league. The Monte Sereno, CA native is just the third USD player in conference history to earn the league's top pitching honor, following Brian Matusz, who took home the award in 2008, and Ricky Barrett, who earned the honor in 2002.
Lowenstein becomes the ninth LMU player to be selected WCC Freshman of the Year and the first since Angelo Songco earned the award in 2007. Lowenstein turned in a fantastic first season for the Lions, batting .325 during league play. In conference play, his 13 RBI tied him for third most among freshmen, while he lead all WCC rookies in total bases (39), while tying for second in hits (26) and runs (15).
Gale becomes the first catcher to win the WCC's Defensive Player of the Year honor in the awards three-year existence. The previous two awards went to middle infielders. Gale was absolutely lethal throwing out would-be base stealers, tossing out 19-of-26 (.730) attempted base stealers.
Hill won his fourth WCC Coach of the Year honor and his third in the last four years. Hill, in his 12th season at USD, has led the Toreros to their fourth trip to the NCAA Regionals in the last five seasons.
For the complete 2010 Baseball All-Conference list, click here .
WCC No. 4 In Strength of Schedule
CONFERENCE STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE RANKINGS
WCC April Co-Pitchers of the Month: Chris Dennis, POR & Kyle Blair, USD
Chris Dennis, Portland, RHP
Dennis was named the WCC's Co-Pitcher of the Week (April 25) and College Baseball Insider's Regional Pitcher of the Week following his four saves in four games performance. He picked up his 10th save of the season during 8-6 win at Pepperdine on April 23 to set the new single-season mark, which had stood since 1987. Two games later, he registered his 12th save of the season and of his career during the 5-2 win at Pepperdine on April 24, becoming the all-time saves leader at Portland. Dennis ended the month tied for the second most saves in the country with 12, helped Portland register the fifth 30-win season in program history, and end the month riding an 10-game winning streak.
Kyle Blair, San Diego, RHP
WCC April Co-Players of the Month: C.J. Cullen, POR & James Meador, USD
C.J. Cullen, Portland, 1B
Cullen only committed one error in 155 chances for an impressive fielding percentage of .994 and was named the WCC's Co-Player of the Week (April 26) after the Pilots ended and eight-game losing streak to Washington and swept a three-game series at Pepperdine, where Portland was previously 1-31 all-time. Cullen recorded a .625 (10-for-16) against the Huskies and Waves and had a home run, a triple, six RBI's and four runs, was 4-for-5 with a double and four runs during 13-12 win over LMU at home on April 18, was 3-for-4 at UW, knocked in a run and scored twice, while falling a double shy of hitting for the cycle, and went 4-for-4 with two RBI's and a run during 8-4 win at Pepperdine on April 24.
James Meador, San Diego, OF
WCC Teams Garner Preseason Rankings
WCC's Preseason All-Americans
Two Players Named To Stopper Of The Year Watch List
This marks Martin's second time being nominated to the list as he also made the midseason watch list as well. Last year, Martin posted a 3.07 ERA while going 5-4 with six saves and 68 strikeouts in 58.2 innings. In his freshman season, he set the school record for saves in a season with nine.
Last season, Varce led the league with a 2.69 ERA and tied for the league lead with nine saves, which also tied the school record. Posting a 3-5 record, he held opposing batters to an average of .249 and had 62 strikeouts in 60.1 innings.
The Boys of Summer
Alaska Baseball League
Cal Ripken League
New York Collegiate
USF's Nino Giarratano named to USA Baseball Coaching Staff
San Diego Picked To Finish First In 2010 WCC Preseason Poll
WCC Baseball Preseason Poll