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Toreros picked 2nd in 2018 WCC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll
Feb. 7, 2018

SAN DIEGO - The University of San Diego baseball team was picked to finish second in the 2018 West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The Toreros earned four of nine possible first-place votes and 71 overall points in the poll.  San Diego was edged out by BYU (74 points, 5 first place votes) who is the reigning WCC Tournament Champion.

Saint Mary's earned the final first place vote and finished with 66 points for third place.  Rounding out the poll was Gonzaga (57), Loyola Marymount (53), San Francisco (36), Pepperdine (35), Santa Clara (27), Pacific (19) and Portland (12). 

The Toreros placed three players on the preseason All-WCC Team; junior LHP Nick Sprengel (Placentia, Calif.), 
 a preseason All-America selection and 2017 All-WCC First Team pick.  He is joined by sophomore LHP Chris Murphy (Granada Hills, Calif.) and junior UTL Jay Schuyler (Laguna Niguel, Calif.).  Sprengel finished 9-1 with a 3.29 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 82.0 innings of work.  Murphy finished with a team-best 89 strikeouts in 69.0 innings of work over 17 appearances.  Schuyler led the Toreros in batting (.352) and hits (75) and chipped in with 18 doubles, 6 homers and 32 RBIs.   


 

 

All told, eight of the 10 WCC schools are represented on the preseason All-West Coast Conference team, led by San Diego, which had a position player join two pitchers on the preseason list and defending champion BYU, which placed three position players. Pacific, Santa Clara and Saint Mary's each placed a pair on the team. 

The 2018 season begins on Friday, February 16, with all 10 West Coast Conference teams in action. For a complete interactive schedule, please visit WCCsports.com, and follow @WCCsports on Twitter for updates throughout the season.  San Diego opens against Cincinnati in a 6:00 p.m. contest at Fowler Park.

The 2018 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship will be held at Banner Island Ballpark May 24-26 in Stockton, Calif.   

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2018 WCC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

 

Pts.

1. BYU

(5) 

74

2. San Diego

(4) 

71

3. Saint Mary's 

(1)

66

4. Gonzaga

 

57

5. Loyola Marymount

53

6. San Francisco

36

7. Pepperdine

 

35

8. Santa Clara

 

27

9. Pacific

 

19

10. Portland

 

12

 

2018 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team - Position Players

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Brennon Anderson

BYU

Sr.

IF

Jake Brodt

Santa Clara

Jr.

IF

John Cresto

Santa Clara

So.

IF

James Free II

Pacific

So.

C

Edward Haus

Saint Mary's

Jr.

IF/OF

Keaton Kringlen

BYU

Jr.

OF

Kevin Milam

Saint Mary's

So.

IF/RHP

Daniel Schneemann

BYU

Jr.

IF

Jay Schuyler

San Diego

Jr.

UTL

Jamey Smart

Loyola Marymount

Sr.

OF

 

2018 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team - Pitchers

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Kevin Baker

Portland

Jr.

RHP

Chris Murphy

San Diego

So.

LHP

Thomas Ponticelli

San Francisco

Jr.

RHP

Ricky Reynoso

Pacific

Jr.

LHP

Nick Sprengel

San Diego

Jr.

LHP

 

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