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Baseball Lands Five Legends On WCC 40th Anniversary Team

Jan. 3, 2007

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SAN BRUNO, CA - In honor of the West Coast Conference celebrating its 40th season of sponsoring the sport of baseball, the conference office is proud to announce the selection of the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team. Saint Mary's placed five players on the squad, the third most in the conference. The WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team was selected by a 30-member voting panel comprised of WCC administrators, league institutions, national collegiate baseball writers, and local media members.

"The West Coast Conference is proud to announce the selection of the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team," said Commissioner Michael Gilleran. "The west is traditionally one of the strongest regions in the nation for baseball, and our conference has competed successfully at a national level since 1968, which is a testament to the league's baseball coaches and the administrations that support our eight programs. I would like to recognize and commend the 40 individuals that were selected, and would like to thank Rawlings for their role in honoring these outstanding student athletes."

"Rawlings is proud of its long standing relationship with the West Coast Conference and is honored to be a part of this project," said Rawlings Western Regional Sales Manager Dave Bracci. "Rawlings hopes to continue its support of collegiate baseball nationwide."

Von Hayes slugged his way to the school-record in triples.

The WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team features an impressive collection of past collegiate standouts from the conference's eight member institutions. Included on the list of honorees are 24 players that received WCC Player or Pitcher of the Year recognition during their collegiate careers, 27 All-Americans, 11 Freshman All-Americans, and two Academic All-Americans. Highlighting the compilation are 23 players that have played baseball at the Major League level, including Pepperdine alum and 1986 National League Cy Young Award winner Mike Scott, as well as former Gonzaga standout and 2004 National League Rookie of the Year Jason Bay. WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team athletes have combined to make seven Major League Baseball All-Star Game appearances, and seven players that participated in MLB games during the 2006 season are included on the list.

Pepperdine leads all WCC programs with 13 former standouts earning selection to the WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team. Seven former LMU players also earned a spot, while Bay Area rivals Saint Mary's and San Francisco each placed five players on the team. Santa Clara is not far behind with four honorees, followed by Gonzaga with three, San Diego with two, and Portland with one former player recognized.

Baseball was originally established as a WCC sport in 1968, and five conference institutions (LMU, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, and Santa Clara) were charter members of the league along with three associates. The conference temporarily split from 1977-84, as WCC teams competed in the Northern California Baseball Association (NCBA) and the Southern California Baseball Association (SCBA) before resuming WCC play in 1985 along with San Diego and Nevada. The Wolf Pack left the conference in 1991, creating a six-team loop until 1996 when long time conference members Gonzaga and Portland joined the circuit for baseball, bringing the league to its full compliment of teams. West Coast Conference teams have combined to earn 57 selections to the NCAA Tournament, with teams making four appearances at the College World Series. Pepperdine earned the league's first-ever national championship in baseball, claiming the College World Series crown in 1992.

James Mouton holds nearly every offensive record at SMC.

WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team The Saint Mary's five participants are as follows:

Tom Candiotti - RHP - Saint Mary's - 1975-79Major League veteran is one of the top hurlers to come out of the WCC ... Received 1977 NCBA Pitcher of the Year honors ... 1979 honorable mention All-American ... Is tied for 10th in the WCC single-season annals with 13 wins (1977), and tied for seventh on the conference single-season chart with a 1.53 ERA (1977) ... Program leader in six pitching categories, setting Saint Mary's career marks in innings pitched (413.1), wins (37), ERA (2.51), shutouts (8), complete games (30), and winning percentage (.740) ... SMC single season leader in four pitching categories, setting records in ERA (1.53), wins (13), shutouts (4), and winning percentage (.834) ... His 37 career wins rank third on the WCC chart ... Also ranks sixth on WCC career chart in innings pitched and ninth in ERA ... Pitched for five teams in a Major League career that spanned 16 years.

Von Hayes - INF - Saint Mary's - 1977-79Helped Saint Mary's to one of the most successful stretches in program history before moving on to an 11-year Major League career ... Set the WCC single-season mark with 11 triples in 1978 ... Hit 17 triples during his career in Moraga to set the SMC career mark, and ranks seventh on the conference career list ... Remains the SMC program leader in slugging percentage, slugging at a .609 clip in his three collegiate seasons ... A second team All-NCBA selection in 1979 ... Led the Gaels to a 41-13 record in 1977, the best single-season mark in SMC history since the start of WCC play ... Selected in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Cleveland Indians in 1979 ... Selected to play in the 1989 All-Star game as an outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies ... Enjoyed a 26-home run/28 stolen base season for the Phillies in 1989.

Jeff Peterson is the strikeout king at Saint Mary's.

James Mouton - OF - Saint Mary's - 1988-91Among the top athletes to have come out of the WCC ... The Saint Mary's career leader in nine different offensive categories ... A four-time All-WCC selection ... Received 1988 WCC Freshman of the Year honors ... Set program career standards in at bats (750), runs (195), home runs (34), stolen bases (120), games played (211), hits (274), RBI (147), walks (134), and total bases (428) ... His career steals total ranks second in the WCC record book, while his runs scored total ranks eighth ... Is also tied for ninth in WCC annals with 274 career hits ... Set SMC single-season marks with 60 runs scored (1991), 15 home runs (1991), 39 stolen bases (1990), and a . 420 batting average (1988) ... His single-season stolen base total is the eighth highest in WCC history, while his .420 batting average ranks seventh on the WCC single-season list ... Drafted in the seventh round of 1991 draft by the Houston Astros and played for four different teams in an eight-year Major League career.

Jeff Peterson - LHP - Saint Mary's - 1981-84One of the top strikeout artists in WCC history ... Named the 1982 NCBA Pitcher of the Year after striking out 139 batters, which ranks first on the Saint Mary's single-season list and sixth in the WCC record book ... A first-team Sporting News All-American in 1982 ... Holds the all-time SMC record for career strikeouts with 350, the fourth highest total in WCC history ... Three-time All-NCBA selection ... Fourth all-time at SMC with 3.06 ERA ... Second all-time at SMC with 24 wins ... Fifth all-time at SMC with 330 innings pitched ... Posted seven shutouts, the second most in SMC program history ... Led the Gaels to three winning seasons in four years in Moraga.

Mark Teahen is the Saint Mary's batting champ.

Mark Teahen - INF - Saint Mary's - 2000-02Hard hitting infielder is currently playing for the for the Kansas City Royals ... Made an impact in the Saint Mary's record book, etching his name into the top-five in seven different offensive categories ... Ranks second on the SMC career list in hits (218), third in runs (123), third in doubles (41), fourth in walks (107), fourth in total bases (307), and fifth in RBI (110) ... Set a program record with a .368 career batting average, which is tied for eighth on the WCC career list ... An honorable mention Freshman All-American in 2000 ... Two-time All-WCC selection ... Drafted in the first round of the 2002 baseball draft by the Oakland A's, before making his debut with the Royals during the 2005 season.