June 11, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University freshman catcher Tommy Medica was honored yet again Monday for his standout 2007 season, being named to the inaugural All-Ping! Freshman Team by Ping! Baseball. Medica was the only catcher named to the first team by Ping! Baseball.
"Tommy is very well-deserving of the honors he has received this season, and shows how much of an impact he has already made here at Santa Clara and on the national level," said Santa Clara head coach Mark O'Brien. "To put up the numbers he did as a freshman and not let injury set him back is a testament to Tommy's work ethic and dedication to the game."
Medica, who last week was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team and also to the All-WCC First Team and All-Freshman Team, captured the West Coast Conference batting crown in 2007 with a .373 average. Medica pounded out 60 hits on the year, including nine doubles, four triples, and a home run. He also drove in 23 runs while scoring 32, despite missing 11 games from February to March due to a hand injury.
After returning to the lineup full-time on March 10, Medica batted a blistering .391 notched all 14 of his extra-base hits, and drove in 21 runs.
He also put together a 13-game hitting streak from March 30-April 21, with his batting average reaching a peak of .414 at one point of that streak. Medica recorded 17 multi-hit games on the year, most notably a 5-for-5 performance at San Francisco on April 7 that helped garner him WCC Player of the Week and Collegiate Baseball National Honor Roll honors for the week of April 2-8.