May 30, 2007
San Bruno, Calif. - Five WCC baseball players were honored with selection to the Louisville Slugger Collegiate Baseball All-American Team on Wednesday. San Diego left hander Brian Matusz and utility player Josh Romanski both earned second team recognition, while Gonzaga right hander Clayton Mortensen, Pepperdine right hander Barry Enright and San Diego outfielder Shane Buschini were named to the third team.
Matusz, a sophomore left-handed pitcher, became the new single-season leader in strikeouts with 156 after posting 11 strikeouts in picking up his 10th win of the season against Santa Clara University. On the season, Matusz is 10-3 with a 2.73 ERA. Matusz is also second in single-game strikeouts with 13, a feat that he accomplished three times this season. Matusz was also named first-team All-West Coast Conference earlier this season and is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes and Roger Clemens Awards.
Romanski has been a valuable two-way star for the Toreros this season. Romanski owns a 9-1 record on the mound with a 3.16 ERA. The Corona, Calif. native is also the team's third-leading hitter with a .335 batting average, has 73 hits, nine doubles, two triples, three home runs and 30 RBI while rotating between the pitcher, designated hitter and centerfield positions. Romanski was also a first-team All-WCC selection and a member of the 2007 Team USA baseball team along with Matusz.
Mortensen, the WCC Pitcher of the Year, finished the season with a 9-2 record and a 3.92 ERA. The senior closed out his career with a complete game performance featuring six strikeouts in the Bulldogs' Friday win during the WCC Championship Series. Mortensen finishes his campaign ranked fourth on the Gonzaga single-season strikeouts list with 121.
Enright, who is tied for fourth in the nation in wins and eighth in ERA was one of 10 pitchers named to the third team. The junior is currently 12-4 on the season with a 1.73 ERA while making 17 starts. His wins total and ERA lead the WCC and his 12 victories tie for ninth on Pepperdine's single-season wins list. Enright was a unanimous All-WCC selection and is a semi-finalist for the Roger Clemens Award, Dick Howser Trophy and USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.
Buschini, the WCC Player of the Year, finished up his senior campaign as one of the nation's most powerful hitters. The San Ramon, Calif. native finished the season with a team-leading .356 batting average, has a team-best 13 home runs, had 78 hits, 20 doubles, two triples and 57 RBI.
Collegiate Baseball honored 73 total student-athletes on the three All-American teams, including 17 first team selections and the National Player and Pitcher of the Year. Vanderbilt left hander David Price earned Pitcher of the Year honors, while Florida State's Tony Thomas was named the Player of the Year.
San Diego and Pepperdine will begin NCAA Tournament play on Friday. The No. 4 Toreros host the San Diego Regional with an 8 p.m. game against Fresno State University at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Waves open play against UCLA in the Long Beach Regional at Blair Field beginning at 3 p.m.