May 23, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - When they arrived at Pepperdine in the fall of 2004, they were touted as part of the seventh-best recruiting class in the country by Baseball America. Juniors Donald Brown, Barry Enright, Adam Olbrychowski, Adrian Ortiz and Danny Worth have lived up to that billing during their three seasons in Malibu and were recognized for their performances by being named to the 2007 West Coast Conference (WCC)/Rawlings All-Conference Team that was announced on Wednesday.
San Diego outfielder Shane Buschini and head coach Rich Hill were named the WCC's Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, after leading the Toreros to the regular-season conference title. Gonzaga's Clayton Mortensen was tabbed Pitcher of the Year while Loyola Marymount's Angelo Songco was voted Freshman of the Year.
This year marked the first time that the WCC coaches have selected one 25-man team, opposed to a first and second team determined by position.
Enright, a pre-season All-American and candidate for several post-season national awards, was a unanimous selection for the second year in a row, while Ortiz and Worth are second-time All-WCC selections.
Enright, who is a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award and USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, concluded the regular season with a 12-4 record and 1.37 ERA. He entered the week tied for third in the nation in wins and eighth in ERA, while also topping the WCC in games started (17) and innings pitched (125.0).
The junior right hander ranks second in Pepperdine history and is tied for fourth in WCC annals with a 35-7 career record, including an impressive 18-2 mark and 2.91 ERA against conference opponents.
Ortiz ranks third in the WCC with a career-high .355 average, while topping the conference with 83 hits and ranking fourth with a career-high 50 runs scored.
Worth is also producing a career-year, batting a career-high .346 with personal-bests in hits (80) and equaling a career-high with three home runs. He also has 19 doubles on the season, bringing his career total to 59, which ranks second on Pepperdine's all-time career list.
Brown, who received honorable mention All-WCC recognition as a freshman in 2005, is batting a career-high .342 and has established career-highs with 64 hits, 34 runs and three home runs. He also led the Waves with a .377 average in WCC play.
Olbrychowski, who has been used as a weekday starter and out of the bullpen this season, has a 5-2 record and 3.03 ERA, including a 0-0 record and 1.50 ERA in seven appearances covering 24.0 innings.
Tartamella, who appeared in 40 games, starting 32, batted .244 with three home runs and 18 RBI. He batted .320 in 18 WCC games.
Dominguez, who assumed the closer's role the second week of the season went 2-3 with a 3.62 ERA while totaling 12 saves during the regular season. The 12 saves rank third on Pepperdine's single-season list and his 14 career saves are fifth on the program's all-time list.
Pepperdine, ranked No. 24, is anticipating an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament that begins June 1 at selected sites. The announcement of the entire 64-team field will be aired live by ESPN on Monday beginning at 9:30 a.m. (PDT).
2007 All-West Coast Conference Team
Player of the Year: Shane Buschini, San Diego
Pitcher of the Year: Clayton Mortensen, Gonzaga
Freshman of the Year: Angelo Songco, LMU
Coach of the Year: Rich Hill, San Diego
All-WCC Team School Pos Yr Hometown
Jordan Abruzzo# San Diego C SR El Cajon, Calif.
James Allan Portland DH SR Gresham, Ore.
Mitchell Bialosky# San Francisco 1B SR Yorba Linda, Calif.
Donald Brown Pepperdine OF JR Camarillo, Calif.
Shane Buschini#* San Diego OF SR San Ramon, Calif.
Matt Couch San Diego RHP JR Sacramento, Calif.
Barry Enright# * Pepperdine RHP JR Stockton, Calif.
Logan Gelbrich San Diego DH JR Los Angeles, Calif.
AJ Griffin San Diego RHP FR El Cajon, Calif.
Darin Holcomb Gonzaga 3B JR Spokane, Wash.
Jonnie Knoble# San Francisco OF SR Sandy, Utah
Brian Matusz# San Diego LHP SO Cave Creek, Ariz.
Tommy Medica# Santa Clara C FR San Jose, Calif.
Brad Meyers LMU RHP JR Yorba Linda, Calif.
Clayton Mortensen# Gonzaga RHP SR Rexburg, Idaho
Jon Norfolk San Francisco C SR Riverside, Calif.
Adam Olbrychowski Pepperdine RHP JR Los Angeles, Calif.
Adrian Ortiz Pepperdine OF JR Bayamon, P.R.
Aaron Poreda * San Francisco LHP JR Moraga, Calif.
Justin Snyder# San Diego 2B JR El Cajon, Calif.
Josh Romanski# San Diego UT SO Corona, Calif.
Angelo Songco# LMU OF FR Granada Hills, Calif.
Shawn Wayt# Gonzaga OF JR Beaverton, Ore.
Ryan Wiegand# Gonzaga DH SO San Diego, Calif.
Danny Worth Pepperdine SS JR Valencia, Calif.
*Previous Times an All-WCC First Team Pick #Unanimous Selection
Nate Garcia Santa Clara RHP Santa Clara, Calif.
AJ Griffin San Diego RHP El Cajon, Calif.
Steve Kalush Santa Clara RHP San Mateo, Calif.
Tommy Medica Santa Clara C San Jose, Calif.
Derek Poppert San Francisco 3B Walnut Creek, Calif.
Travis Tartamella Pepperdine C Alta Loma, Calif.
Alex Rivers Santa Clara RHP Lodi, Calif.
Angelo Songco LMU OF Granada Hills, Calif.
Jeremy Stumetz Gonzaga RHP Richland, Wash.
Randy Wells Saint Mary's INF Pittsburg, Calif.
GON- Brandon Harmon, Aaron McGuinness, Mike Terry; LMU- Eric Farris, DeAndre Miller; PEP- Jason Dominguez; POR- David Gruener, Given Kutz; SMC-JP Musgrove; USD- Kevin Hansen, Daniel Magness; USF- Brian Chavez, Jason Dufloth, Derek Poppert; SCU- Gabe Alcantar, Ryan Conan, Matt Wickswat