SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team had eight players take home All-West Coast Conference honors, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon. Highlighting this list was the WCC Player of the Year Kyle Holder, the WCC Pitcher of the Year David Hill, and the WCC Freshman of the Year Bryson Brigman. Head coach Rich Hill was also tabbed the WCC Coach of the Year.
Taking home first-team honors was Brigman, Hill, Holder, and junior left-handed pitcher PJ Conlon, while senior catcher Jesse Jenner was named second-team All-WCC, and Colton Waltner was also a second-team selection. Austin Bailey was named All-WCC honorable mention, and both Riley Adams and Brigman were named to the All-Freshman team.
Kyle Holder is the seventh San Diego student-athlete to capture West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors since 2007 and the second consecutive. Named to the 30-player Golden Spikes Award Watch List, Holder hit .387 with 13 doubles, two triples, one home run and 19 RBI during league play. The junior shortstop turned in a .976 fielding percentage, committing just three errors in 127 chances and contributed to 10 double plays during WCC games.
David Hill made a remarkable impact in his first season in a Torero uniform. Named to the National Pitcher of the Year Watch List, Hill posted a sparkling 7-1 record with a league-best 1.38 ERA. Opposing hitters managed a .163 batting average. In 72.0 innings, Hill allowed 11 earned runs and struck out 83 while walking 17. A three-time West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week, Hill is the fourth Torero honored as Pitcher of the Year and the first since Kyle Blair in 2010.
Brigman enjoyed a strong freshman campaigns for San Diego. During league play, Brigman hit .356 with seven doubles, two triples, a home run and drove in 17 while scoring 26 runs. The infielder ranked second among league leaders in hits (28) and was fourth in runs in WCC contests. Brigman is the eighth Torero named Freshman of the Year and the first since current Major Leaguer Kris Bryant was tabbed in 2011.
Rich Hill earns his fifth Coach of the Year honor after guiding San Diego to its first regular season championship since 2010. The Toreros posted a 19-8 conference slate (32-20 overall) and cracked the national top-25 poll. San Diego went 6-1 against top-25 foes in 2015 and ranked second in team ERA (3.71), team batting (.300) and led the WCC in fielding (.981) during league contests.
Conlon, a 6-0 left-handed pitcher from Placentia, Calif., returned to his freshman All-American form as a junior, and helped lead USD to the WCC championship. Overall, Conlon was 6-4 with a 2.15 ERA, while recording 77 strikeouts, and only issuing 24 walks in 83.2 innings of work. Conlon was named WCC pitcher of the Week once this season, while bolstering a 5-3 league record and a 2.00 ERA in conference action.
Jenner, a 6-0 senior from Jamul, Calif., had his second consecutive All-WCC honor of his career after hitting .327 with 48 hits, 10 doubles, two home runs and 27 RBI. Jenner also put up great numbers in WCC play, as he hit .360 with 31 hits, seven doubles, one home run and 18 RBI.
Waltner, a 6-2 sophomore from Newberry Park, Calif., had a break-out sophomore campaign, as he led the team in RBI with 40, while hitting .326 with 62 hits, 17 doubles, one triple, and three home runs. In WCC action, Waltner hit .349 with 38 hits, 12 doubles, one home run and 22 RBI.
Bailey, a 5-10 senior from Temecula, Calif., had a great senior campaign for USD, as he took home his second All-WCC honor of his career. Bailey, USD's everyday centerfielder, hit .309 with 60 hits, six doubles, three triples, one home run and 26 RBI. In WCC action, Bailey hit .314 with 33 hits, four doubles, one triple and had 18 RBI.
Adams, a 6-4 freshman catcher from Encinitas, Calif., had a outstanding freshman campaign. He split time behind the dish with Jenner, and when he wasn't catching, he was typically in the DH spot. For the season, Adams hit .264 with 39 hits, seven doubles, a team-leading four home runs, and he had 25 RBI. In league action, Adams hit .326 with 28 hits, five doubles, three home runs and 20 RBI.
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