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2011 WCC Baseball Final Release

July 27, 2011

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AROUND THE WCC

Three Dons Named to NCAA Regional Squad
A trio of San Francisco Dons were named to the All-Los Angeles Regional Team following the NCAA regional hosted by UCLA. Center fielder Pete Lavin, first baseman Nik Balog, and pitcher Kyle Zimmer were all recognized. Thanks in large part to that USF trio, the Dons stunned No. 12 UCLA for a 3-0 win at Jackie Robinson Stadium in the opening game of the postseason.

18 WCC Players Taken in 2011 MLB Draft
18 West Coast Conference players were taken in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft in June. Among the list of WCC draftees is Mickey McConnell, who was the West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. McConnell did not play baseball at Saint Mary's, but was a standout shortstop in high school.

2011 WEST COAST CONFERENCE DRAFTED PLAYERS

Player School Pos. Round MLB Team
Kyle Barraclough Saint Mary's RHP 40 Minnesota
Ryan Carpenter Gonzaga LHP 7 Tampa Bay
Tyler Chism Gonzaga RF 43 Kansas City
Chris Dennis Portland RHP 34 Colorado
Calvin Drummond San Diego RHP 34 Washington
Cameron Edman Gonzaga C 29 Baltimore
Alex Gillingham LMU RHP 11 Colorado
J.R. Graham Santa Clara RHP 4 Atlanta
Ryan Hawthorne LMU LHP 32 Seattle
Brian Humphries Pepperdine CF 14 Colorado
Chris Jensen San Diego RHP 6 Colorado
Matt Koch LMU C 12 Minnesota
Zack Kometani San Diego C 21 San Diego
Pete Lavin San Francisco CF 20 Philadelphia
Cody Martin Gonzaga RHP 7 Atlanta
Mickey McConnell Saint Mary's SS 31 Los Angeles
Jordan Remer San Francisco LHP 25 Texas
Jason Wheeler LMU LHP 8 Minnesota

WCC Names Spring All-Academic Team
At the conclusion on the spring term, the West Coast Conference announced its Spring All-Academic Teams -- including baseball. Here are the honorees:

Mark Anderson (SMC, 3.27, Business Admin.); Connor Bernatz (USF, 3.40, Business Admin.); Tyler Brubaker (PEP, 3.32, Pre-Business Admin.); Keeler Brynteson (POR; 3.50, Management Comm.); Chris Dennis (POR, 3.75, Finance); Cameron Edman (GON, 3.92, Org. Leadership); Dorsey Ek (SMC, 35.4, Health Science); Zac Fujimoto (LMU, 3.44 Business Admin.); Aaron Griffin (LMU, 3.36, Electrical Engineering); Alex Guthrie (LMU, 3.27, Business Admin.); Steven Halcomb (GON, 3.51, Civil Engineering); Matt Hiserman (USF, 3.35, Sports Management); Andy Hunter (GON, 3.42, Mechanical Engineering); Brenden Kalfus (SMC, 3.40, Kinesiology); Eric Lane (GON, 3.39, Physical Ed.); Cameron Love (USF, 3.71, Business Admin.); Matt Lujan (USF, 3.50, Marketing); Jason Mahood (USF, 3.79, Media Studies); Billy Moon (GON, 3.34, Accounting); Scott Schauer (USD, 3.22, Math); Kramer Scott (POR, 3.44, Org. Communication); Craig Smith (POR, 3.71, Mchanical Engineering); Curtis Wagner (SCU, 3.84, Economics); Jason Wheeler (LMU, 3.589, Business Admin.); Kyle Zimmer (USF, 3.69, Business Admin)

Honorable Mention: Jared Denham, USF; Justin Fazio, SMC; Ben Grubb, POR; Haden Hinkle,USF; Kyle Kraus, POR; Brent Miller, POR; Cole Norton, SMC; Evan Simonitsch, LMU; Brock Simon, SCU; Tony Strazzara, USD; Joe Supple, SCU; Paul Twining, SCU; Elliott Waterman, USF

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.

Portland's Dennis a Finalist for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Portland senior closer Chris Dennis was a finalist for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Dennis is the all-time career leader in saves at UP. 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 was 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 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?
For the latest scores and news, follow the West Coast Conference on Twitter @WCCSports.

Did you know that WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich is on Twitter, too? See what The Commish has on his mind. Follow him @WCC_Commish.

 
WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 32-19-1
WCC Record: 15-6
  • Gonzaga lost two of its last three to WCC champion San Francisco on the season's final weekend.
  • Freshman LHP/1B Marco Gonzales was named the WCC Co-Player and Co-Freshman of the Year. 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: 32-25
WCC Record: 16-5
  • San Francisco won the 2011 West Coast Conference title by winning two of three games at Gonzaga to close out the season. The Dons made their first NCAA appearance since 2006, knocking off No. 12 UCLA in the first game.
  • 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.
  • Kyle Zimmer threw a complete game shutout as the Dons stunned No. 12 UCLA in front of its home crowd, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Zimmer scattered four hits, striking out 11.

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.