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Baseball Has Six Players Garner Conference Accolades

May 24, 2006

San Bruno, CA- The Saint Mary's baseball team had six players earn West Coast Conference honors as announced by the conference office today. Seniors Sam Carter (Clayton, CA), Dan Lewis (Sacramento, CA) and freshman Joel Staples (Ridgefield, WA) were named to the second team while the senior trio of Corey Madden (Anchorage, AK), Delaney Gallagher (Palisades, CA) and Preston Young (Danville, CA) nabbed honorable mention accolades.

The Gaels capped of their most successful season since 1991 by having six all-conference selections. The six selections are the most since 1994 and the most during head coach Jedd Soto's tenure.

"I am really proud of these guys for their accomplishments and efforts," Soto said. "Our success this season was due in large part to the work ethic and leadership these athletes demonstrated on a daily basis."

Freshman Joel Staples was among the top newcomers in the WCC.

On top of being named to the second team, Staples garnered all-freshmen honors. The newcomer batted .286 during WCC play with three home runs and 13 RBIs. Overall Staples hit .279 with four home runs and 23 RBIs. He also led the entire conference with five triples. Staples ranked first among conference freshmen in runs scored and in home runs. He also was first in slugging percentage with a .453 mark. The newcomer ranked third in runs (31), total bases (78) and RBIs (23). Staples garnered the Most Improved Player award at the Saint Mary's awards banquet.

Carter capped off his stellar career at Saint Mary's in impressive fashion. Carter earned second-team status after posting a .356 batting average and 11 home runs with 51 RBIs overall. During WCC play, the senior hit .346 with four home runs and 14 RBIs. Carter, who was named WCC Player of the Month (March) and WCC Player of the Week in April, ranked second overall in the conference in total bases (116) and slugging percentage (.607). He ranked tied for third in home runs (11) and runs scored (49). In the SMC career annals, Carter is second all-time in RBIs (132), fourth in home runs (24), sixth in doubles (36), eighth in hits (195) and batting average (.331) and ninth in runs (113). At the awards banquet, Carter earned the Mark Teahen MVP and the Offensive Player of the Year awards.

Senior Dan Lewis led the Gaels with a 2.91 ERA and four saves.

Lewis nabbed second-team honors with impressive numbers out of the bullpen. On the season he led the Gaels with a 2.91 ERA and four saves. During conference play, Lewis boasted a 2.87 ERA and three saves while fanning 25 in 31 innings pitched. Lewis led all conference pitchers during WCC play with a .196 opposing batting average. He ranked tied for second in saves and second in appearances with 15. Overall Lewis was tied for first in opposing batting average with a .226 mark and third overall with a 2.91 ERA. Lewis was named WCC Pitcher of the Month for his play in April. The senior showcased a five-game scoreless streak and had six relief appearances where he did not allow a hit. Lewis also nabbed the Pitcher of the Year award at the SMC banquet.

Senior Corey Madden was 6-2 with a 3.30 ERA and 76 Ks.

Madden was remarkable all season, solidifying the Saturday starting spot. The Anchorage native sported a 3.30 ERA and a 6-2 record with 76 Ks in 84.2 innings overall. In WCC play Madden posted a 3.65 ERA and a 3-1 record with a complete game. Madden was fourth in the WCC in Ks and fifth in innings pitched during WCC play. His .250 opposing batting average was sixth overall and he ranked eighth in Ks (31) during conference. The senior struck out 10 or more three times which included an 11 punch out performance in 5.2 innings against Southern Utah.

Senior Delaney Gallagher batted .326 with three home runs and 36 RBIs.

Gallagher capped off his SMC career as one of the top offensive threats to set foot on the Moraga campus. The honorable mention selection shattered the SMC all-time doubles mark with 57. He ranks second in hits (234) and runs (132) and is third in walks (70) and total bases (325). Gallagher also rests at fourth in RBIs (116), at-bats (716) and games played (193). Gallagher batted .326 overall with three home runs and 36 RBIs. During conference action he hit .304 with three home runs and a team-leading 15 RBIs. Gallagher chipped in 18 multi-hit games for the Gaels this season and was named the WCC Player of the Week in February.

Young will go down as one of the top power hitters at SMC as he capped off his season with a career-best single season mark of 12 long balls. His 12 home runs was second in conference overall and his five during WCC play was also second. Young slugged .572 which ranked third overall in the conference and his total bases (111) ranked sixth. In the record books, the Danville native sits at second overall with 27 home runs and is seventh all-time in doubles (35). His 102 RBIs and 175 games played ranks him ninth all-time at Saint Mary's. Young tallied two multi-home runs games in 2006 and recorded 15 multi-hit games.

Senior Preston Young belted 12 home runs and hit .309 with 39 RBIs.

Player Of The Year: Scott Cousins, San FranciscoCo-Pitchers Of The Year: Barry Enright, Pepperdine& Patrick McGuigan, San FranciscoFreshman Of The Year: Josh Romanski, San DiegoCoach Of The Year: Nino Giarratano, San Francisco

2006 All-WCC First TeamKris Watts - Santa Clara - C - SRNick Kliebert - Pepperdine - 1B - SRKeoni Ruth - San Diego - 2B - JRDavid Uribes - Pepperdine - 2B - SRChase d'Arnaud - Pepperdine - 3B - FRSteve Singleton - San Diego - SS - JRStefan Gartrell - San Francisco - OF - SRErik Johnson# - LMU - OF - SRDaniel Nava - Santa Clara - OF - JRScott Cousins - San Francisco - UT - JRBarry Enright - Pepperdine - P - SOPatrick McGuigan - San Francisco - P - SRAaron Poreda - San Francisco - P - SOBrett Hunter - Pepperdine - RP - FR

2006 All-WCC Second TeamJordan Abruzzo - San Diego - C - JRMatthew Peters - Portland - 1B - SRDarin Holcomb - Gonzaga - 3B - SOAndrew Smith - San Francisco - SS - SR Sam Carter - Saint Mary's - OF - SRMatt Long - Santa Clara - OF - FRAdrian Ortiz - Pepperdine - OF - SOTravis Vetters - Portland - OF - SRJosh Romanski - San Diego - UT - FRRyan Wiegand - Gonzaga - DH - FR Joel Staples - Saint Mary's - DH - FRJames Johnson - Pepperdine - P - SRBrad Meyers - LMU - P - SOMatt Wickswat - Santa Clara - P - FR Dan Lewis - Saint Mary's - RP - SR

2006 WCC All-Freshman TeamChase d'Arnaud - Pepperdine - 3BBrady Fuerst - Santa Clara - SSBrett Hunter - Pepperdine - RPMatt Long - Santa Clara - OFBrian Matusz - San Diego - PLee Roberts - LMU - RPJosh Romanski - San Diego- P/OF Joel Staples - Saint Mary's - DHMatt Wickswat - Santa Clara - PRyan Wiegand - Gonzaga - DH

Honorable MentionGON- Scott Campbell, Bobby Carlson, Patrick Donovan, Brandon HarmonLMU- Sean Dovel, Eric Farris, Casey Gordon, Daniel MaciasPEP- Luke Salas, Chad Tracy, Danny WorthSMC- Delaney Gallagher, Corey Madden, Preston Young USD- Matt Couch, Brian Matusz, Justin SnyderUSF- Blake Nelson, Joey Railey, Luke Sommer, Cole StipovichSCU- Kevin Drever