Kris Bryant, the 2013 WCC Player of the Year.
May 22, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team had five players earn All-West Coast Conference honors, highlighted by the WCC Co-Player of the Year, Kris Bryant. Also taking home first-team honors was PJ Conlon, Connor Joe, and AJ Robinson, while Austin Green took home honorable mention honors. Conlon was also selected to the All-WCC freshman team.
Bryant, a 6-5 junior from Las Vegas, Nev., takes home his second WCC Co-Player of the Year award, as he had the same distinction as a freshman. This season, Bryant is leading the nation in home runs (30), slugging percentage (.876), runs scored (72) and is tied for the nation's lead in walks with 51. The 30 home runs is a new USD single-season record, breaking a 25-year old record of 18 held by Dave Rolls. He also surpassed the career home run record, as he currently has 53. In WCC action, Bryant hit .326 with 29 hits, four doubles, three triples, 13 RBI and 28 RBI. Overall, he hit .336 with 68 hits, 12 doubles, three triples, 30 home runs and 61 RBI.
Conlon, a 6-0 freshman from Placentia, CA, has had quite an impressive rookie campaign, posting a perfect 9-0 record, while bolstering an ERA of 1.54. Conlon became the first freshman in USD history to post a 9-0 record. Conlon has made 23 appearances with eight starts, and has moved himself into the Friday starter in the Torero rotation. In WCC play, Conlon posted a 6-0 record with a 1.28 ERA in 49.1 innings of work, including one complete game.
Joe, a 6-0 sophomore from Poway, Calif., takes home his first All-WCC first-team accolade after hitting .322 with 65 hits, 11 doubles, seven home runs and 40 RBI. In WCC action, Joe hit .301 with 28 hits, six doubles, three home runs and had 19 RBI. Joe served as USD's everyday first baseman, and started in 53 games this season.
Robinson, a 6-1 senior from Peoria, Ariz., takes home his first All-WCC first-team selection, after leading the team in hitting with a .339 batting average, while recording 56 hits, eight doubles, five triple, one home run and 27 RBI while playing right field. In WCC action, Robinson hit .397 with 27 hits, five doubles, two triples, one home run and 13 RBI.
Green, a 6-2 redshirt senior from San Diego, had a great final season as a Torero. He earned his way into the USD starting line-up as a catcher down the stretch, and he put up some impressive numbers along the way. In WCC action, Green .344 with 22 hits, six doubles, three home runs, and 19 RBI. Overall, Green hit .280 with 40 hits, 11 doubles, five home runs and 31 RBI.
The Toreros will return to action on Thursday, as they open play in the WCC Tournament at 7 p.m. against Brigham Young University in Stockton, California at Banner Island Ballpark.