May 23, 2007
(San Bruno, CA) - Seven Diamond Dons have earned All-WCC selections as announced today by the West Coast Conference. Seniors Jonnie Knoble and Jon Norfolk were named to the All-WCC First Team along with juniors Mitchell Bialosky and Aaron Poreda. Senior Jason Dufloth and junior Brian Chavez earned Honorable Mention honors and freshman Derek Poppert earned both Honorable Mention and Freshman Team selections.
Knoble, a unanimous first team selection, finished his finest season on the Hilltop in 2007. The outfielder scored career highs in batting average (.311), at bats (190), hits (59), and stolen bases (23). His 23 stolen bases led the team and were good enough for third in the conference. He finished his four year career first on the Dons all time stolen base percentage chart at .847, third in career stolen bases with 61, eighth with 131 career runs scored, ninth with 625 career at bats, and twelfth with 134 career base hits.
Norfolk also completed a career year at USF. In his first year as a switch hitter, he has established career highs in virtually every offensive category, including hits (51), runs (18), RBI (27), and extra base hits (12). He finished the season batting .323 with nine doubles, three homeruns and two stolen bases. In conference games, he batted .357, good for ninth place. In his final collegiate at bat, he hit a two-run walk off homerun to beat Saint Mary's (5/13).
Bialosky earned his first unanimous All-WCC First Team Selection after a stellar 2007 campaign. His 40 RBI led the team and were sixth in the conference. He finished second on the team in three categories, including batting average (.345), doubles (11), and homeruns (5). He had a 13 game hitting streak (3/30-4/20) where he hit .370 with 17 hits (three doubles and three homeruns) and 16 RBI. He also appeared in eight games as a pitcher with seven starts and earned the 13-4 victory over Cal (5/1), not allowing a run in 2.2 innings and struck out two.
Poreda, a dominating left-hander earned his second consecutive First Team selection after leading the Dons with a 7-6 record and 66 strikeouts in 99.2 innings pitched. He was fourth in conference with a 2.89 ERA and fifth with a 2.48 WCC only ERA. Poreda currently ranks sixth all time with a 2.61 career ERA, is third in career victories with 17, eighth in innings pitched with 245.0, eighth in strikeouts with 167, and seventh in games started with 33.
Poppert was named to both the All-Freshman Team and Honorable Mention list after a spectacular freshman season on the Hilltop. Filling in for an injured teammate, Poppert batted .297 with 35 hits, including seven doubles and a homerun, 20 RBI, and four stolen bases.
Dufloth, the team's pitcher of the year, made a team leading 15 starts, going 5-4 with a 3.25 ERA, allowing 33 runs (32 earned) off 92 hits, 11 walks, and added 43 strikeouts in 88.2 innings. The right-hander led the team and was fourth in conference with a conference-only ERA of 2.36. In WCC games, he had 20 strikeouts and only four walks in 42.0 innings. Dufloth tossed a complete game gem against ancient Bay Area and WCC rival Santa Clara at AT&T Park in the second annual Dante Benedetti Classic on April 6th.
A talented infielder, Chavez made an impact in his first season as a Don, and was named to the Honorable Mention list. He led the team and was fifth in the WCC with 16 doubles and he finished the season batting .324 with 61 hits (16 doubles, triple, homerun) and 28 RBI. He also played great defense at third base and short stop.