We continue to bring you a list of Season Previews. Here are the ones that came out on February 14th.
The West Coast Conference announced the 2008 Preseason Conference Poll as selected by the coaches. San Diego is selected to finish in first place as they received seven out of a possible eight first place votes with Santa Clara getting the other one. Pepperdine comes in second place followed by Santa Clara in third place. The conference should be decided by these three schools as they all return veteran squads. The rest of the poll is filled with LMU, Gonzaga, San Francisco, Portland, and St. Mary’s. The full press release is available by clicking here.
Conference USA has released their players of the week for the period ending on March 11th. T.J. Hose of East Carolina and Todd McInnis are co-pitchers of the week. Hose set the stage for East Carolina to get a three game sweep over Cal-State Fullerton with a victory on Friday night. He went seven innings while only allowing three hits and only one run. Todd McInnis pitched into the eighth inning with a no-hitter against Alabama on March 6th. Kiki Vazquez of UCF was named the hitter of the week. He led the Golden Knights to a 5-0 record for the week. He hit .500 (7 for 14) with nine RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.000 for the week.
Conference USA has also released a recap of all the games this weekend from the conference which can be read here. I have also linked to some of the recaps from local papers on their respective teams below.
The USC Trojans used a nine hit attack to take a 5-2 victory over Loyola Marymount on Tuesday. The Trojans were led by Tommy Milone who gave six strong innings of work while only giving up two runs (both earned). Paul Koss pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his third save this season. Nick Buss had a 3-5 performance and JJ Owen went 2-3 to lead the Trojans offense. Eric Farris of LMU continued his strong hitting with a 2-4 night. USC will be back in action on Friday hosting San Diego. LMU will be making the trip to UC Irvine also on Friday.
The Loyola Marymount Lions will host the Trojans of USC on Tuesday at 2 pm in a battle of the LA area. Eric Farris of LMU was recently named West Coast Conference player of the week after going 8 for 14 in the three game sweep of Sacramento State. Farris was a standout player this past summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League.