May 24, 2006
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Six Gonzaga University baseball players earned All-West Coast Conference recognition as the league released its 2006 All-WCC team. Darin Holcomb and Ryan Wiegand were both second team selections while Scott Campbell, Bobby Carlson, Patrick Donovan and Brandon Harmon all earned honorable mention honors. Wiegand was also named to the WCC All-Freshman team.
Holcomb was among the WCC's top run producers leading the Bulldogs with 57 RBI which tied for the seventh best single-season effort at Gonzaga. Holcomb's 57 RBI ranked second in the conference. The Spokane product also hit .338 with 7 home runs and 14 doubles. Earlier this season he drove home 10 runs against Chicago State to establish a new single-game mark at GU. Holcomb, a sophomore, was also a second team All-WCC selection as a freshman.
Wiegand made an immediate impact as the Bulldogs designated hitter. The freshman from San Diego ranked third on the team with a .330 average while connecting for 15 doubles and 45 RBI. Wiegand was second among WCC freshman in batting average was he was also named to the All-WCC Freshman team.
Campbell earned All-WCC honors for the second straight season. Last year the Auckland, New Zealand native, earned first-team All-WCC accolades as a sophomore. Campbell was Gonzaga's top hitter finishing the season with a .389 average, the ninth best single-season average at Gonzaga. Campbell had 82 hits to rank tied for 8th on the GU single season list and finished second in the WCC batting race.
Carlson earned All-WCC honors for the third straight year with one previous first team and second team selection. A senior from Woodinville, Wash., Carlson finished his GU career with 45 doubles to rank seventh on the career charts. Carlson hit .323 for the season with 13 doubles, 8 home runs and 39 RBI. He was the Bulldogs top hitter in WCC action hitting .357 in 20 WCC contests this season.
Donovan capped his four-year GU career with his second straight WCC honorable mention honor. A product of Spokane, Donovan was the Bulldogs top starting pitcher over the course of the season finishing with an 8-4 record and 3.22 ERA. Donovan won his final start of the season against Lewis-Clark State to finish with 20 career wins and tie for 9th on the Bulldogs career list. Donovan worked 106.1 innings in 16 starts finishing his career fourth on the innings pitched list.
Harmon rounds out the Bulldogs honorees as the redshirt sophomore from Spokane was the most used pitcher on the Bulldogs staff. Harmon made 26 appearances for the year, the third highest total by a Bulldogs pitcher in school history. Harmon made two starts compiling a 2-2 record with a 3.25 ERA. He also picked up 3 saves to increase his career saves total to 8, fifth best total in school history.
The WCC's top awards were dominated by the University of San Francisco as the Dons won a regular-season WCC title for the first time in program history, splitting the title with Pepperdine University. Scott Cousins of USF was named Player of the Year while head coach Nino Giarratano was tabbed Coach of the Year. Barry Enright of Pepperdine and Patrick McGuigan of USF were named co-Pitchers of the Year with Josh Romanski of San Diego taking home Freshman of the Year honors.