May 24, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University rightfielder Joey Gomes was named to the First Team All-West Coast Conference squad, while teammates Matt Travis and Jim Wallace were named to the Honorable Mention team Friday as announced by the league office.
Gomes earns the award after putting together one of the best offensive years in school history. After a year in which he batted only .223, the senior from Petaluma, Calif., busted out on to the national scene in 2002 with his .408 batting average, 97 hits, 31 doubles, 10 home runs and 51 RBI. He ended the season with a 14-game hitting streak after starting the year with a 12-game streak. He had at least one hit in 50 of the team's 55 games, and 28 of the teams' 29 conference games. Additionally his 31 total doubles tied him for the WCC Record in doubles while the 19 doubles in WCC only games set a new conference mark that was previously set at 16 by Joe Ciccarella of Loyola Marymount in 1991.
Travis earns honorable mention honors after ending the season with a 5-4 overall record and a 4.35 ERA in 15 appearances, 11 of which were starts. In WCC only games, Travis posted a 3.51 ERA, striking out 36 in 56 1/3 innings of work. On four separate occasions, the junior from Glendora, Calif., went eight plus innings, striking out 20 in those 32 2/3 innings while walking only seven.
Wallace collects his first collegiate postseason honor after ending the season with a team-leading 12 home runs while finishing third on the team in both batting average (.330) and RBI (44). The senior catcher from Reno, Nev., had a breakthrough month in April, garnering WCC Player of the Week honors during the last week of April, and WCC Player of the Month honors just one week later. During that month Wallace batted .444 with eight home runs, 26 RBI and 18 runs scored.
Santa Clara finished its first year under new head coach Mark O'Brien with a 25-30 overall record and a 15-14 mark in the WCC. The Broncos finished second in the WCC Coast Division and posted a record above .500 in the conference for the second-straight year.
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