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Another fantastic season is around the corner and we take an inside look at the West Coast Conference and Western Athletic Conference in our latest conference previews.
San Diego and Pepperdine were expected to compete for the WCC crown last season, but that didn't happen as Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount stole the show. This season, though, the Toreros and Waves once again are expected to compete for the title.
San Francisco is the potential surprise out of the WCC.
In the WAC, Fresno State is expected to capture another automatic berth to the NCAA postseason. New Mexico State and Hawaii also may contend for the title.
Louisiana Tech is the potential surprise out of the WAC.
3. San Francisco
5. Santa Clara
6. Loyola Marymount
7. St. Mary's
1B Ryan Heroy, Pepperdine
2B Riley Henricks, Portland
SS Zach Walters, San Diego
3B Troy Channing, St. Mary's
OF James Meador, San Diego
OF Drew Heid, Gonzaga
OF Brian Humphries, Pepperdine
DH Geoff Klein, Santa Clara
SP AJ Griffin, San Diego
SP Kyle Blair, San Diego
SP Cole Cook, Pepperdine
RP Cody Martin, Gonzaga
AJ Griffin, San Diego
Troy Channing, St. Mary's
Normalcy is expected to return to the WCC this season.
San Diego and Pepperdine were the favorites to compete for the conference crown last season, but neither team was in the title hunt at the end of the campaign.
That bout was between Gonzaga and surprising Loyola Marymount.
The Bulldogs enter this season with some huge holes to fill, but once again should be solid with the return of a few key players. LMU, though, could see a dip after heavy personnel losses in the offseason.
San Diego and Pepperdine are expected to compete for the title this season, but keep a close eye on San Francisco.
The Dons welcome back some key players at the plate, but the weekend rotation is in fantastic shape with Doug Murray, Matt Lujan and Matt Hiserman leading the way.
Santa Clara is another team that has potential to surprise.
USD is our pick to win the conference title.
AT A GLANCE
Regular-season winner last season: Gonzaga
Tournament winner last season: Gonzaga (won title series)
New coaches: None
Coach on the rise: Jason Gill, Loyola Marymount
Rising stock: San Diego
Falling stock: Santa Clara
Regional contenders San Diego, Pepperdine, San Francisco
Injuries to note: None
2. New Mexico State
4. Louisiana Tech
5. San Jose State
7. Sacramento State
1B Shaun Kort, Nevada
2B Danny Muno, Fresno State
SS Greg Garcia, Hawaii
3B Corey Valine, San Jose State
OF Jason Martin, San Jose State
OF Dusty Robinson, Fresno State
OF Devon Dageford, Louisiana Tech
DH Mike Sodders, New Mexico State
SP DJ Simon, New Mexico State
SP Derek Benny, Fresno State
SP Nate Klein, Hawaii
RP Scott Coffman, New Mexico State
Scott Coffman, New Mexico State
Danny Muno, Fresno State
Fresno State has represented the WAC in the NCAA postseason the past four seasons.
That trend is expected to continue this season with the Bulldogs our preseason pick to win the WAC with the return of key hitters Dusty Robinson and Danny Muno.
New Mexico State and Hawaii will be vastly improved.
The Aggies welcome back several key offensive cogs and a pair of talented pitchers. Hawaii, meanwhile, returns seven positions starters and nine pitchers that logged innings last season.
San Jose State is expected to take a dip this season, while Louisiana Tech could make much noise if its pitching staff rises to the occasion.
Fresno State and New Mexico State will be the WAC's regional contenders.
AT A GLANCE
Regular-season winner last season: San Jose State
Tournament winner last season: Fresno State
New coaches: None
Coach on the rise: Rocky Ward, New Mexico State
Rising stock: New Mexico State
Falling stock: Nevada
Regional contenders: Fresno State, New Mexico State
Injuries to note: Craig Hertler (back), San Jose State, Sean Martin (tender arm), San Jose State
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- Loyola Marymount
- San Jose State