May 29, 2008
Tucson, AZ - Four WCC players received All-American honors, as announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Thursday. Pepperdine's Eric Thames joined the San Diego trio of Brian Matusz, Josh Romanski, and AJ Griffin among the honorees.
Matusz was the only conference player selected for the first team after posting an 11-2 overall record and striking out a conference-high 131 batters during the regular season. The Cave Creek, AZ native enjoyed a dominant junior campaign, posting a minuscule 1.88 ERA and garnering first team All-American accolades for the second straight season.
Thames was tabbed for second team honors after posting phenomenal offensive numbers en route to the WCC Player of the Year award. The San Jose, CA native enjoyed one of the best offensive campaigns in WCC history, leading the conference in batting (.529), home runs (8), runs scored (25), on base percentage (.612), and slugging percentage (.956) during league play.
Romanski took home third team All-American accolades for his performance as one of the nation's top two-way players. The left-hander posted an overall record of 9-0 with a 3.76 ERA on the mound, and hit .316 with 65 hits, 14 doubles, six home runs and 46 RBI at the plate. Romanski also tossed his first collegiate no-hitter against Harvard on March 24.
Griffin earned his first All-American accolade, as he was named to the third team after posting an overall record of 1-1 with a 1.96 ERA out of the Torero bullpen. The right-hander tied the school record for single-season saves with 13 during the regular season, and became USD's all-time leader in career saves with 24.
Pepperdine and San Diego will both open NCAA Regional play on Friday. The Waves will meet Arkansas at Stanford, while the Toreros will take on California in Long Beach.