Jan. 3, 2007
SAN BRUNO, CA - USF Baseball placed five on the West Coast Conference/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team as announced by the league office today. The 40-man team was selected by a 30-member voting panel comprised of WCC administrators, league institutions, national collegiate baseball writers and local media members. Those eligible for nomination were student-athletes that participated in the sport of baseball at one of the WCC's eight current member institutions from 1968 to 2006. Also eligible for nomination were student-athletes who participated for any of the five WCC institutions that took part in Northern California Baseball Association (NCBA) and Southern California Baseball Association (SCBA) play from 1977 to 1984.
Infielder Taggert Bozied (1998-01), infielder Jermaine Clark (1995-97), OF/LHP Scott Cousins (2004-06), LHP Dana Hendershott (1969-71) and INF Arnie Sambel (1987-90) represent the Diamond Dons on elite list of student-athletes. USF's five selections account for a combined seven First Team All-America selections, two WCC Player of the Year and nine All-WCC First Team selections.
"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."
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.
USF WCC/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Team Player Capsules
Taggert Bozied - INF - San Francisco - 1998-01
Three-time All-American became WCC's all-time home run leader (60) and San Francisco's first-ever WCC Player of the Year ... Named one of the Top-50 Athletes in WCC History during the 50th Anniversary of the WCC in 2001 ... Unanimous choice as the 1999 WCC Player of the Year ... Only player to capture the West Coast Conference "Triple Crown" in the modern era (30/92/.412) ... Three-time All-West Coast Conference first team selection (1999-01) ... WCC career home run leader (60), tied for first in WCC career runs (240), second in career RBI (222); seventh in career hits (287) ... WCC single-season leader in runs (98-1999), second in home runs (30-1999) and RBI (82-1999) ... First USF baseball player to have his number (19) retired ... USF career leader in hits (287), runs (213), home runs (60), RBI (222), extra-base hits (122) and total bases (536) ... Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in December, 2006.
Jermaine Clark - INF - San Francisco - 1995-97
One of the top base stealers and defensive specialists in USF program history ... Earned third team All-American honors in 1996 ... Freshman All-American selection in 1995 ... Three-time All-West Coast Conference first team honoree ... Inducted into the USF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 ... Three-time USF Team MVP ... Set the WCC single-season record for most steals during league games (21) as a freshman in 1995 ... Ranks 10th among career West Coast Conference stolen base leaders (86) in just three seasons ... USF career leader in batting average (.361), stolen bases (86) and most double plays turned (101); rates fourth in runs (151), tied for sixth in hits (216), sixth in walks (91), stolen base percentage (.759), 10th in RBI (105) ... Made Major League debut with the Detroit Tigers in 2001, and has played for five teams at the Major League level ... Committed just one error at 2B in 1996, while turning 34 double plays (137 assists, 102 putouts).
Scott Cousins - LHP/OF - San Francisco - 2004-06
2006 WCC Player of the Year propelled the Dons to the program's first-ever West Coast Conference championship and its inaugural NCAA Regional berth ... A 2006 College Baseball Foundation first team All-American ... Became the second WCC Player of the Year in USF program history ... Two-time All-WCC first team selection (2005 and 2006) ... One of the top two-way players in the nation as a junior, excelling at the plate and on the mound ... Ranks sixth in the USF career record books in ERA (3.21), and is tied for 10th in career wins (12) ... Led the West Coast Conference in league ERA (2.25) innings (56.0) and strikeouts (42) as a junior in 2006 ... Ranked among WCC offensive leaders in multiple categories in 2006, finishing second in runs (53) and stolen bases (21), fifth in hits (81), seventh in RBI (46), ninth in average (.343) ... Cracked the USF single-season top-10 list in multiple categories, including hits (81-T-5th), runs (53-5th) and stolen bases (21-T-8th) ... Selected in the third round by the Florida Marlins in the 2006 Major League Draft.
Dana Hendershott - LHP - San Francisco - 1969-71
The most dominant left-hander in USF history ... Led the Dons to the highest win tally (32) and the highest league finish (second) in program history in 1971, records that held for over 20 seasons ... A first team All-American and first team All-West Coast Conference selection in 1971 ... Inducted into the University of San Francisco Hall of Fame in 1987 ... Posted the lowest single-season ERA of any pitcher in WCC history in league contests in 1971, recording a 0.60 ERA ... Notched an unblemished 7-0 league record, allowing just eight runs off 36 hits with 58 strikeouts and 14 walks ... Hurled seven complete games in eight league starts ... USF career pitching leader in virtually every career statistic despite playing just three years of varsity baseball, including ERA (2.20), innings pitched (332.1), strikeouts (299) ... Currently second in career victories (22), a record which stood until 2006 ... Currently ranks second in single-season victories (11) and ERA (1.67) ... Also ranks third (109-1971) and fifth (99-1970) in single-season strikeouts ... Second in single-season complete games (10-1971) ... Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1971 Major League Baseball Draft.
Arnie Sambel - INF - San Francisco - 1987-90
Inducted into the USF Hall of Fame in 2005 ... An All-West Coast Conference first team selection in 1990 ... Named All-WCC second team in 1987 ... Named USF Team MVP in 1990 ... Led the West Coast Conference with 17 home runs in 1990 ... Ranks among San Francisco's top-five in nearly every career offensive category, including at-bats (691-4th), hits (236-4th), home runs (36-2nd), doubles (54-3rd), RBI (152-2nd), extra-base hits (94-2nd) and total bases (406-2nd) ... Ranks among USF's career top-10 in batting (.342-7th), runs (134-7th) and putouts (479-7th) ... Hit .340 with 17 homers, 17 doubles and drove in 55 runs during his senior campaign in 1990, at the time the most prolific offensive single-season in program history ... Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 28th round of the 1990 MLB draft.