The West Coast Conference was dominated in 2010 by the San Diego Toreros who has a 19-2 conference record as they got the conference’s automatic bid into the postseason. They ended up getting sent to the Arizona State Regional where they went a disappointing 1-2 with both losses to Hawaii and the victory coming over Milwaukee. Portland came in second place in the conference with a 14-7 record while Pepperdine came in third at 12-9. San Francisco came in fourth at 10-11. There was a three way tie at fifth place at 8-13 with Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga. Rounding out the conference was Loyola Marymount who went 5-16.
The Ivy League championship series starts on Saturday at noon down at Columbia between the host Lions and the Dartmouth Big Green. TCBB contributor Katherine Cornetta did an excellent preview of the series which you can check out by clicking here.
The biggest series on the West Coast taking place this weekend is between San Diego and the University of Portland. San Diego took Game 1 of the series 2-0 behind an outstanding performance from Kyle Blair. He pitched a complete game shutout while allowing only one hit and three walks while striking out 15 batters. He brought a no-hitter into the ninth inning when he gave up a two-out single to Kris Kauppila before finishing out the one hitter. Kyle Kraus was solid on the mound for the Pilots also as he went 8.1 innings while giving up seven hits and two runs while striking out 10 batters but ended up getting the loss. The teams will be back in action on Saturday when San Diego sends Sammy Solis (7-1, 2.69 ERA) to the hill to face off against Portland’s Zach Varce (5-1, 3.08 ERA).
Larry Casian is an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the University of Portland Pilots. The Pilots are 31-9, 11-1 in the West Coast Conference. They are ranked #22, and have won 11 straight. They will host the University of San Diego Toreros this weekend in a battle for first place in the WCC.
Bob Broughton, CBB: You had a fairly interesting professional career, including some time in the Major Leagues. What can you tell us about it?
Larry Casian: I got drafted in the sixth round out of Cal State Fullerton. Pitched for the Minnesota Twins for parts of four years. Chicago Cubs for parts of three years, and then a couple of other teams.
The Wildcats were riding high 2 weeks ago with consecutive series victories, that is before they ran into UCLA’s Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, and weren’t able to recover this past weekend as they were almost swept by USC when visiting Dedeaux Field this past weekend and squeaking out a late victory with a 6-run 8th inning. They travel to Tempe, where they were victorious in their last meeting 2 weeks ago, 4-2. Arizona State is 7-1 since, including their most impressive road sweep of UCLA this weekend. Zack MacPhee was sick with the flu in the last matchup, and Drew Maggi laid an egg at the plate. If these two can get on base effectively in Tuesday’s matchup, I see Arizona State taking this game handily.
Seattle U. 8, Brigham Young 7
U. of Portland 16, Seattle U. 9
The Seatlle University Redhawks, playing their first baseball season since 1986, had five wins prior to this week, and their 28 losses included a shutout by Division III Pacific Lutheran. Win #6 came on April 29, the night prior to this visit. The Redhawks defeated Brigham Young 3-2 (16 innings; story: Seattle U Baseball Wins Marathon Over BYU in 16 Innings, 3-2).
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Irvine, Calif. (NCBWA) — Forty players have been named to the initial watch list for the sixth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association Thursday.
Last year’s Stopper of the Year winner, Addison Reed of San Diego State, headlines the list of preseason nominees for the 2010 award. Reed recorded a nation-leading 20 saves in 20 opportunities last season, finished the year with a microscopic 0.65 earned run average and 38 strikeouts over his 27.2 innings of work. He allowed only seven walks, with two of those being intentional passes and his save total was a new San Diego State and Mountain West Conference season record.
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San Diego was picked as the favorite to win this year’s WCC regular season title in the 2010 preseason baseball poll, as voted on by the head coaches in the conference. The Toreros received six first place votes for a total of 48 points and are ranked 24th in Collegiate Baseball’s preseason poll. Pepperdine was picked second with 38 points and is also receiving national recognition, ranked 34th in the Collegiate Baseball’s preseason poll. San Francisco totaled 33 points for third, while 2009 WCC Champion Gonzaga got one first place vote for 29 points to finish fourth, just edging out 2009 runner-up Loyola Marymount, which received 28 points for fifth. Rounding out this year’s preseason poll are Santa Clara, which received the last first place vote with 20 points, Saint Mary’s with 17 points, and Portland with 11 points.
Kendall Rogers of Rivals continues his series of articles previewing teams heading into fall ball with the West Coast Conference. The Gonzaga Bulldogs won the conference’s regular season and the subsequent post-season championship series to make the NCAA Tourney before bowing out after three games in the Fullerton regional.
The Corvallis Knights will defend their West Coast League championship against the Wenatchee AppleSox. The best-of-three championship series starts in Wenatchee, WA on Saturday, August 15. The second and third (if necessary) games will be played in Corvallis, OR on Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18. Continue reading
The Portland Pilots enter the 2010 campaign off the heels of a very disappointing 2009 season that saw the team finish with a 25-26 overall record and 7-14 record in West Coast Conference play. Head coach Chris Sperry will be seeking his first winning season in his career at Portland.
The Pilots begin the season with a four game home series against Seattle February 26-28 followed by a mid-week home game against Division III power George Fox on March 2. Portland then hits the road for a three game set at Arkansas State on March 6-8, a mid-week game at Memphis on March 8, and a tournament at Oregon State March 12-14.