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2016 WCC Baseball Preseason Poll and All-WCC Team

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – After winning the 2015 regular season title, the University of San Diego was picked to win it all once again this year in the 2016 preseason poll of the WCC's 10 head coaches. The Toreros earned six of 10 possible first-place votes and 76 overall points in the poll. 

Pepperdine University, the two-time defending WCC Tournament Champions, earned 72 points and picked up three first place votes. The Waves represented the conference in the NCAA postseason for the second straight year.

Loyola Marymount University collected 56 points to go along with the remaining first place vote and was picked to finish third along with upstart Saint Mary’s College. The Lions marched to the title game of the 2016 WCC Tournament Championship. 

Brigham Young University was tabbed fifth with 51 points, followed by Gonzaga University in sixth place with 43 votes. Santa Clara University (38), University of San Francisco (28), University of the Pacific (17) and University of Portland (13) rounded out the poll. 

All told, eight of the 10 WCC schools are represented on the preseason All-West Coast Conference team, led by Pepperdine which placed two position players and a pitcher on the squad. Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary’s, San Diego and Santa Clara each placed two on the preseason list. 

This year’s preseason team features one position player and one pitcher who were named to the 2015 advance list. Six student-athletes captured All-WCC honors last season with three each appearing on the 2015 first and second teams, including one major award winner: San Diego’s Bryson Brigman (Freshman of the Year), 

The 2016 season begins on Friday, February 19, with all 10 West Coast Conference teams in action. For a complete interactive schedule, please visit WCCsports.com, and follow @WCCsports on Twitter for updates throughout the season. 

The 2016 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship will be held at Banner Island Ballpark May 26-28 in Stockton, Calif. DETAILS 

2016 WCC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

 

Pts.

1. San Diego

(6)

76

2. Pepperdine

(3)

72

3. Loyola Marymount

(1)

56

3. Saint Mary’s

 

56

5. BYU

 

51

6. Gonzaga

 

43

7. Santa Clara

 

38

8. San Francisco

 

28

9. Pacific

 

17

10. Portland

 

13

 

2016 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team – Position Players

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Aaron Barnett

Pepperdine

Jr.

C

Stevie Berman

Santa Clara

Jr.

C

Bryson Brigman

San Diego

So.

IF

Gio Brusa

Pacific

Sr.

OF

Brandon Caruso

Pepperdine

Jr.

OF

Taylor Jones

Gonzaga

Sr.

IF

Austin Miller

Loyola Marymount

Jr.

OF

Colton Shaver

BYU

So.

C

Anthony Villa

Saint Mary’s

Sr.

IF

Colton Waltner

San Diego

Jr.

C

 

2016 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team – Pitchers

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Brandon Bailey

Gonzaga

Jr.

RHP

Corbin Burnes

Saint Mary’s

Jr.

RHP

Sean Watkins

Loyola Marymount

So.

RHP

Ryan Wilson

Pepperdine

So.

LHP

Mitchell White

Santa Clara

So.

RHP