June 3, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- With the regular season complete for baseball, the West Coast Conference would like to honor its Players of the Month for the month of May..
BASEBALL (PLAYER) - Matt Koch, Loyola Marymount, C, RS JR
Junior Matt Koch hit .357 with eight runs scored, four doubles, a triple, a home run and a team-best 13 RBI. He slugged .518 and reached base at a .387 clip. Koch hit safely in all but three games in the month, helping LMU to a 9-6 record and a 6-4 mark in the WCC to claim a share of third place. The right-handed hitter connected for five multi-hit games and four multi-RBI performances. Koch started the month by batting 2-for-6 with two RBI and a double against San Francisco on May 1. He then batted 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a stolen base and two RBI against Cal State Bakersfield on May 8 and had a pinch-hit RBI-double to help LMU to an extra-inning victory over Saint Mary's on May 14. Koch then fell a home run short of the cycle on May 22 against Portland, batting 4-for-5 with a run scored. He finished the month strong, batting 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI to push LMU to a 5-4 walk-off victory in the final game of the 2011 season against San Diego - helping LMU to a sweep of the Toreros and a share of third place in the WCC.
Also Nominated: Aritz Garcia, USF; Patrick Terry, SCU
BASEBALL (PITCHER) - Cody Martin, Gonzaga, RHP, SR
In nine appearances, Martin owned a 0.63 earned-run average in 14 1/3 innings of work. Although he didn't receive a record throughout the month, he did earn five saves. He struck out 14 and allowed six hits. One notable highlight was at Santa Clara May 1. He pitched a month-high three innings and allowed no runs on one hit. He also made his first appearance at the plate, recording a double and scoring his first run. At one point during the month, he retired 26 of the 29 straight batters, 15 straight during the stretch.
Also Nominated: Aaron Griffin, LMU; Kyle Kraus, POR; Cameron Love, USF