SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After finishing the season with 26 wins, the most since a 33-win season in 2008, Santa Clara baseball had three players honored by the West Coast Conference, as announced by the league on Wednesday. INF/OF Greg Harisis and OF Pat Stover were named First-Team All-WCC while OF Lucas Herbst was honorable mention.
"It is a great honor to be recognized by the WCC," said Harisis. "I wasn't thinking about individual awards this year, I just wanted to help the team in any way I could. To get an award for that is very special. I wouldn't have expected this at the beginning of the year but the new coaching staff has taught me a lot and I have so much more knowledge about the game now. I owe a lot of credit to my coaches for helping me get to where I am. Next year I want to continue to work on my defense and become an even better player. My number one goal for next year, however, is to help the team win a lot of games by doing whatever it takes."
Harisis led the Broncos with a .398 (49-123) batting average in 40 games, including 31 starts. His 49 hits, 30 runs scored and eight doubles were all good for second on the Bronco roster even though he didn't start playing regularly until the team's 23rd game vs. Portland on Mar. 30. Harisis had one home run and 13 RBI while drawing 13 walks to put his on-base percentage at .464. His .488 slugging percentage was just two points behind the team leader. He also added six steals and seven sacrifice bunts.
Stover tied for the team lead with five home runs while starting all but one game. He batted .297 while leading the team in several offensive categories, including at-bats (202), hits (60), runs scored (33), RBI (37), total bases (85), doubles (10) and stolen bases (14). On Mar. 3 at San Jose State Stover went 3-4 with a season-high five RBI while adding a run scored, a walk and a stolen base.
Herbst was second on the team with a .351 (53-151) batting average in 40 games. A hamstring injury slowed Herbst in April but he still scored 29 runs while hitting seven doubles, four triples and two homeruns to go along with 26 RBI. His .409 on-base percentage was helped by eight walks and nine hit-by-pitch. Playing mostly right field, Herbst swiped six bases.
2012 All-West Coast Conference Team
|Martin Agosta||Saint Mary's||Jr.||RHP|
|Nik Balog||San Francisco||Sr.||1B|
|Abe Bobb||San Francisco||So.||RHP|
|Kris Bryant||San Diego||So.||3B|
|Andrew Daniel||San Diego||Fr.||SS|
|Greg Harisis||Santa Clara||So.||INF/OF|
|Brenden Kalfus||Saint Mary's||Jr.||OF|
|Corey LeVier||San Diego||Sr.||OF/DH|
|Justin Maffei||San Francisco||Jr.||OF|
|James Pazos||San Diego||Jr.||LHP|
|Paul Sewald||San Diego||Sr.||RHP|
|Pat Stover||Santa Clara||Jr.||OF|
|Kyle Zimmer||San Francisco||Jr.||RHP|
Honorable Mention: Austin Bailey, San Diego; Adam Clear, San Francisco; Tony Cooper, Pepperdine; Zac Fujimoto, Loyola Marymount; Floyd Given, Pepperdine; Alex Guthrie, Loyola Marymount; Bryan Haar, San Diego; Steven Halcomb, Gonzaga; Austin Hall, BYU; Dillon Haupt, San Diego; Lucas Herbst, Santa Clara; Owen Jones, Portland; Louie Lechich, San Diego; Trevor Megill, Loyola Marymount; Corey Miller, Pepperdine; Mason Morioka, San Francisco; Tyler Olson, Gonzaga; Travis Radke, Portland; AJ Robinson, San Diego; Michael Wagner, San Diego; Alex Wolfe, BYU
2012 West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team
|Austin Bailey||San Diego||2B|
|Andrew Daniel||San Diego||SS|
|Collin Ferguson||Saint Mary's||1B|
|Brendan Hendriks||San Francisco||DH|
|Connor Joe||San Diego||1B|
*due to ties in voting, there are 11 members on this year's All-Freshman Team
Player of the Year: Joe Sever, Pepperdine
Pitcher of the Year: Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga
Defensive Player of the Year: Zach Vincej, Pepperdine
Freshman of the Year: Travis Radke, Portland
Coach of the Year: Steve Rodriguez, Pepperdine