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Riley Adams named WCC Player of the Year
May 23, 2017

SAN DIEGO - The West Coast Conference released its All-WCC Awards today and the Torero baseball program received great news with the announcement that junior catcher Riley Adams (Encinitas, Calif.) was named the 2017 WCC Player of the Year.  Adams becomes the fourth Torero in the past five seasons to earn this award, and the 10th honoree in program history. The Toreros finished the regular-season with a 35-18-1 record and 18-9 WCC mark and are hoping for an at-large bid into the NCAA Postseason.

On the year Riley batted .312 with 12 doubles, 13 homers, 47 RBIs and 45 runs scored. His numbers in WCC play were just as impressive as he batted a team-best .380 with 9 doubles, 8 homers, 25 RBIs, 21 runs scored, and a .710 slugging percentage.  Additionally, he did an outstanding job behind the plate handling Torero pitchers and being a team leader.

"What a great accomplishment for Riley Adams," said head coach Rich Hill.  "Above and beyond the great numbers, which are pretty staggering when you consider his on-base percentage, slugging percentage and batting average, is his character, his humbleness and his work ethic.  He has a great future and Torero Nation couldn't be more proud.  He has garnered his place among them on the Mt. Rushmore of Torero greats."

Riley joins former Toreros Kyle Holder (2015), Connor Joe (2014) and Kris Bryant (2013) with this prestigious honor in the past five seasons.  Joining Adams on the All-WCC First Team was sophomore LHP Nick Sprengel who finished the year with a 9-1 record and 3.29 ERA.


 

 

Senior Hunter Mercado-Hood and sophomore Jay Schuyler were named All-WCC Second Team.  Mercado-Hood batted .314 on the year and finished with 47 runs, 18 doubles, 9 homers, 38 RBIs and 118 total bases.  Schuyler batted a team-best .352 and ends the regular-season riding a 39-game on-base streak.  Freshman LHP Chris Murphy was named to the All-WCC Freshman Team after going 3-3 in WCC play with 60 strikeouts. 

Murphy was joined on the All-WCC Honorable Mention list by senior closer Troy Conyers (13 saves, 2.70 ERA, 65 strikeouts), senior first baseman Roman Garcia (.292 B.A., 22 doubles, 14 homers, 125 total bases) and sophomore RHP Paul Richan (5-2 record, 3.05 ERA, 73 strikeouts).   

2017 West Coast Conference Player of the Year

Riley Adams, Jr., C, San Diego

2017 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year

Cory Abbott, Jr., RHP, Loyola Marymount

2017 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year

Kevin Milam, Fr., DH/RHP, Saint Mary's

2017 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year

Daniel Schneemann, So., IF, BYU

2017 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year

Mark Machtolf, Gonzaga

 2017 All-WCC Baseball First Team

Name

Yr.

Pos.

School

Cory Abbot

Jr.

RHP

Loyola Marymount

Riley Adams

Jr.

C

San Diego

Aaron Barnett

Sr.

DH

Pepperdine

Jake Brodt

Jr.

IF

Santa Clara

Phil Caulfield

Sr.

IF

Loyola Marymount

Joey Fiske

Jr.

OF

Saint Mary's

Edward Haus

So.

IF

Saint Mary's

Bronson Larsen

Sr.

C

BYU

Eli Morgan

Jr.

RHP

Gonzaga

Colton Shaver

Jr.

IF/DH

BYU

Jamey Smart

Jr.

IF

Loyola Marymount

Allen Smoot

Sr.

IF

San Francisco

Nick Sprengel

So.

LHP

San Diego

 

2017 All-WCC Baseball Second Team

Name

Yr.

Pos.

School

Brennon Anderson

Jr.

IF

BYU

Brenton Arriaga

Sr.

LHP

Loyola Marymount

Kevin Baker

So.

RHP

Portland

Sam Brown

Sr.

OF

Gonzaga

James Free

Fr.

C

Pacific

Jimmy Hill

Sr.

OF

Loyola Marymount

Keaton Kringlen

So.

OF

BYU

Hunter Mercado-Hood

Sr.

OF

San Diego

Kevin Milam

Fr.

DH/RHP

Saint Mary's

Wyatt Mills

Sr.

RHP

Gonzaga

Ricky Reynoso

So.

LHP

Pacific

Jake Roberts

Sr.

C

Gonzaga

Jay Schuyler

So.

OF/C

San Diego

 

2017 WCC Baseball Honorable Mention

Tanner Chauncey, BYU; Troy Conyers, San Diego; John Cresto, Santa Clara; Spencer Erdman, Loyola Marymount; Daniel Fredrickson, Gonzaga; Roman Garcia, San Diego; Brock Hale, BYU; Zach Kirtley, Saint Mary's; Dominic Miroglio, San Francisco; Chris Murphy, San Diego; Thomas Ponticelli, San Francisco; Jordan Qsar, Pepperdine; Paul Richan, San Diego; Daniel Schneemann, BYU; Matt Sinatro, San Francisco; Drew Strotman, Saint Mary's; Johnny York, Saint Mary's

 

2017 All-WCC Baseball Freshman Team

Name

Pos.

School

David Clawson

C

BYU

James Free

C

Pacific

Troy Johnston

DH

Gonzaga

Quincy McAfee

IF

Pepperdine

Kevin Milam

DH/RHP

Saint Mary's

Chris Murphy

LHP

San Diego

Andre Nnebe

OF

Santa Clara

Cooper Uhl

C

Loyola Marymount

Joe Vranesh

OF

Saint Mary's

Ken Waldichuk

LHP

Saint Mary's

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