June 3, 2009
San Bruno, CA --The West Coast Conference was awarded three players on the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America team as announced by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Pepperdine's Cole Cook, Portland's Kris Kauppila, and Saint Mary's Troy Channing all received honors. It marks the fourth year in a row that the WCC has been awarded at least three Freshmen All-Americans.
Cole Cook (RHP) is the first Wave to be recognized as a Freshman All-American since 2006, when Chase d' Arnaud and Brett Hunter won the honor. He is also the sixth in the past seven years. A member of the WCC All-Freshmen team, Cook (7-3) led the team in victories, innings pitched (83.0) and strikeouts (79). His 6.18 hits per nine innings ranked eighth in the country and he led the conference with a .195 opposing batter's average.
Kris Kauppila (SS) is the second consecutive Pilot to be awarded the honor, following teammate Riley Henricks. The only shortstop on the West coast to receive the honor, Kauppila was one of two players to start every game for the Pilots and led the team with 72 hits, 46 runs scored, and 20 doubles. The most consistent hitter on the team, he went the entire season without going hitless in back-to-back games and had a team-high 22 multi-hit games.
Troy Channing (3B) is the fourth Gael in three years to receive the honor joining Justin Fazio (2008) and Anthony Aliotti and Randy Wells (2007). Channing, the WCC's Freshman of the Year, enjoyed a record breaking season in which he broke the school records for home runs (20) and RBI (75) in a season. He also became just the third player in WCC history to win the Triple Crown as he led the conference in home runs and RBI, and was tied for the league lead in batting average (.379). A leading candidate for the national freshman of the year award, he was one of two freshmen, and one of 16 players overall, named a semifinalist for the coveted Dick Howser Trophy, one of the most prestigious awards in college baseball. Channing also placed eighth on the WCC's all-time single season list for RBI (75) and tied for sixth in home runs (20).