May 29, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball team put the finishing touches on a successful 2002 season with its annual season-ending awards banquet Wednesday night at Dave & Busters in Milpitas, Calif.
Senior Joey Gomes was named the team's Most Valuable Player after posting a .408 batting average with 31 doubles, 10 home runs and 51 RBI. The 31 doubles not only set a new school and West Coast Conference record, but also finished him second in the Nation for doubles per game this season.
Juniors Jack Headley and Jim Wallace were honored as the team's Co-Defensive MVP's Wednesday night. Headley, the centerfielder from Gilroy, Calif., committed only eight errors on the season, only three of which came after his move from second base to center field. Wallace, the catcher from Reno, Nev., was a defensive stalwart behind the plate for the Broncos, committing only three errors all season while throwing out 11 baserunners and posting 263 putouts.
Junior Matt Travis was honored as the team's Most Valuable Pitcher after posting a 5-4 record with a 4.35 ERA. He started 11 of the 15 appearances he made during the 2002 season, striking out 50 in 78 2/3 innings of work and limiting opponents to a team-best .266 average.
Junior A.J. LaBarbera was named the team's Newcomer of the Year after transferring in from Long Beach State and making an immediate impact for the Broncos. The second baseman from Whittier, Calif., finished second on the team in batting average with his .342 mark and finished the season with 81 hits which also ranked second on the team.
David Mandley was named the team's Most Improved Player following a season in which he played 38 games and posted a .261 average with 14 RBI. More importantly, the junior from Seattle, Wash., delivered more in crunch times in 2002, batting nearly .300 with runners on base and an even .500 with the bases loaded.
Seniors A.J. Ampi and Pat Peavey were also honored Wednesday night when they were awarded the Coaches' Award for the 2002 season. Ampi, a lefty from Tehama, Calif., made 25 appearances for Santa Clara, striking out 27 in only 40 innings of work. Peavey, the shortstop from Brisbane, Calif., finished his senior campaign with a .300 average, 14 doubles, three home runs and 45 driven in.
The Broncos finished their season with a 25-30 overall record and a 15-14 mark in the WCC Coast Division. The league mark placed them second in the Division, but gave the Broncos their second-straight winning season in WCC play.