March 15, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference named Santa Clara senior Geoff Klein its `Player of the Week' for March 8 through 14. The preseason All-America honoree and reigning WCC co-batting champ, Klein had 12 hits and eight RBI last week and was named to the all-tournament team at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament in Silicon Valley.
Klein, who played both catcher and designated hitter, led Santa Clara to a pair of wins, going 12-for-21 (.571 BA) on the week with two homers and two doubles. His slugging percentage was .952 - he had 27 plate appearances and did not strikeout.
His clutch ninth-inning double Saturday, led to the tying run in SCU's comeback victory over Air Force, 8-7, in extra innings. On Sunday, Klein hit a two-run homer (his second in as many days) and added a ninth-inning hit in SCU's 12-11 win over Southern Illinois. He raised his season batting average to .356. Klein has 15 RBI in 14 games.
Sammy Solis, San Diego's sophomore left-hander, was named the league's Pitcher of the Week. Solis turned in his most dominant performance of the season, as he allowed two unearned runs on three hits, while striking out seven in 7.0 innings of work in a win over UAB. This was Solis' longest outing of the young season, and he is now 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE STANDINGS (3/14):
Portland 10-5 (.667)
San Diego 9-8 (.529)
San Francisco 9-8 (.529)
Santa Clara 7-7 (.500)
Gonzaga 7-7 (.500)
Pepperdine 6-9 (.400)
Saint Mary's 4-6 (.400)
Loyola Marymount 4-10 (.286)