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Five Pepperdine Players Named First Team All-West Coast Conference

May 24, 2006

San Bruno, Calif. - Sophomore right hander Barry Enright, who shared Co-Pitcher of the Year honors, and senior second baseman David Uribes, highlight a group of five Pepperdine players named first-team All-West Coast Conference (WCC), the league announced on Wednesday. The Waves also had two players selected second-team, while two others were named to the All-Freshman Team and three received honorable mention.

Joining Enright and Uribes, who was an unanimous selection, on the first team were senior first baseman Nick Kliebert, freshman third baseman Chase d'Arnaud and rookie right handed relief pitcher Brett Hunter.

Sophomore center fielder Adrian Ortiz and senior right hander James Johnson were selected to the second team while d'Arnaud and Hunter were tabbed to the All-Freshman Team.

The five first team selections and 12 overall honorees were the most of any team in the conference.

Enright, who was named the WCC's Freshman of the Year in 2005, became the 13th Pepperdine hurler to be named Pitcher of the Year and the third in the last four years. Greg Ramirez was tabbed the conference's top pitcher in 2003 and Paul Coleman took the honor in 2005.

Enright concluded the 2006 regular season with a 12-1 record and 4.01 ERA. He went 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA in WCC play and his 12 wins tie five other pitchers for most in the nation. After losing his first start of the season, Enright has won 12 in straight, including five against ranked opponents, and improved his career record to 22-2.

Uribes enjoyed an outstanding senior campaign as he posted a career-high .374 average, became the WCC's all-time hits leader with 328 and finished third in the WCC with a .436 average.

The Pepperdine second baseman, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on May 15, finished his career first on the school's all-time career lists in at-bats (986), runs scored (232), seventh in doubles (51) and ninth in stolen bases (72).

Uribes' 85 hits lead the conference and are a single-season career-high. He also leads the WCC in stolen bases (22) and is second in runs scored (53).

Kliebert is having a career-year, batting .360 overall and finished on the Waves with a .435 conference average. He also has established career-highs in games played (50), runs (27), hits (59) and RBI (34).

d'Arnaud has put together a solid rookie campaign, batting .290 with a home run and 18 RBI. During WCC play, he hit .357 with one round tripper and 10 RBI.

Hunter assumed the closer's role at the outset of the season and has gone 5-2 with a 2.44 ERA and 10 saves in a team-high 25 appearances. His 10 saves tie for 27th in the country.

Johnson has been solid for the Waves becoming the team's Sunday starter and going 6-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 17 appearances. He was 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA in WCC play.

After missing 17 games early in the season with a wrist injury, Ortiz has been a catalyst at the top of the Waves order. He is second on the club with a .364 average and is in the midst of a career-high 14-game hitting streak. Ortiz batted .337 with a home run and 20 RBI during WCC play.

Tracy, who was the WCC's Player of the Year in 2005, is batting .323 with five home runs and a team-high 41 RBI. Worth, a second-team All-WCC selection a year ago, has a .299 average with three home runs and 22 RBI. Salas is batting .289 with a home run and 29 RBI after posting a .349 average and 15 RBI in conference play.

San Francisco, which shared the WCC's regular-season title with Pepperdine, garnered the conference's Player of the Year (Scott Cousins), Co-Pitcher of the Year (Patrick McGuigan) and Coach of the Year (Nino Girratano). San Diego's Josh Romanski was tabbed the WCC's "Freshman of the Year.

Pepperdine, ranked No. 20 in the latest Baseball America poll, will travel to the Bay Area this weekend to face No. 25 San Francisco in the best-of-three WCC Championship Series at Benedetti Diamond beginning Friday at 1 p.m. All three games will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.

2006 All-West Coast Conference Team

Player Of The Year: Scott Cousins, San Francisco
Co-Pitchers Of The Year: Barry Enright, Pepperdine & Patrick McGuigan, San Francisco
Freshman Of The Year: Josh Romanski, San Diego
Coach Of The Year: Nino Giarratano, San Francisco

2006 All-WCC First Team
Kris Watts - Santa Clara - C - SR
Nick Kliebert - Pepperdine - 1B - SR
Keoni Ruth# - San Diego - 2B - JR
David Uribes#** - Pepperdine - 2B - SR
Chase d'Arnaud - Pepperdine - 3B - FR

Steve Singleton - San Diego - SS - JR
Stefan Gartrell# - San Francisco - OF - SR
Erik Johnson# - LMU - OF - SR
Daniel Nava - Santa Clara - OF - JR
Scott Cousins#* - San Francisco - UT - JR
Barry Enright - Pepperdine - P - SO
Patrick McGuigan - San Francisco - P - SR
Aaron Poreda - San Francisco - P - SO
Brett Hunter - Pepperdine - RP - FR

2006 All-WCC Second Team
Jordan Abruzzo - San Diego - C - JR
Matthew Peters - Portland - 1B - SR
Darin Holcomb - Gonzaga - 3B - SO
Andrew Smith - San Francisco - SS - SR
Sam Carter* - Saint Mary's - OF - SR
Matt Long - Santa Clara - OF - FR
Adrian Ortiz - Pepperdine - OF - SO
Travis Vetters - Portland - OF - SR
Josh Romanski - San Diego - UT - FR
Ryan Wiegand - Gonzaga - DH - FR
Joel Staples - Saint Mary's - DH - FR
James Johnson - Pepperdine - P - SR
Brad Meyers - LMU - P - SO
Matt Wickswat - Santa Clara - P - FR
Dan Lewis - Saint Mary's - RP - SR

*Previous Times an All-WCC First Team Pick; #Unanimous Selection

2006 WCC All-Freshman Team
Chase d'Arnaud - Pepperdine - 3B

Brady Fuerst - Santa Clara - SS
Brett Hunter - Pepperdine - RP
Matt Long - Santa Clara - OF
Brian Matusz - San Diego - P
Lee Roberts - LMU - RP
Josh Romanski - San Diego- P/OF
Joel Staples - Saint Mary's - DH
Matt Wickswat - Santa Clara - P
Ryan Wiegand - Gonzaga - DH

Honorable Mention
GON- Scott Campbell, Bobby Carlson, Patrick Donovan, Brandon Harmon
LMU- Sean Dovel, Eric Farris, Casey Gordon, Daniel Macias
PEP- Luke Salas, Chad Tracy, Danny Worth
SMC- Delaney Gallagher, Corey Madden, Preston Young
USD- Matt Couch, Brian Matusz, Justin Snyder
USF- Blake Nelson, Joey Railey, Luke Sommer, Cole Stipovich
SCU- Kevin Drever