June 4, 2008
Tucson, AZ - Five WCC players were named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, as announced by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Wednesday. The number of conference players honored matches last season's total, and falls just short of the all-time high of seven honorees set in 2006.
Three of the five WCC players named are pitchers, and San Francisco placed a WCC-high two players on the list. The team is headed by Collegiate Baseball's Freshman Pitcher of The Year LHP Chris Hernandez of the University of Miami (Fla.), and Freshman Player of The Year OF Ryan Lockwood of South Florida.
Below is a listing of the conference players that earned recognition along with their 2008 accomplishments.
Connor Bernatz, San Francisco (OF) - Named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team, Bernatz hit .373 with 10 doubles, 2 homers and 26 RBI.
Kyle Blair, San Diego (RHP) - An All-Freshman team pick in the West Coast Conference, Blair posted a 6-3 record, 3.86 ERA and fanned 84 batters with 29 walks.
Riley Henricks, Portland (SS) - A first team All-West Coast Conference pick, Henricks hit .343 with 8 homers, 15 doubles and 25 RBI.
Matt Lujan, San Francisco (LHP) - A first team All-West Coast Conference selection, Lujan was 6-2 with a 3.41 ERA as he fanned 37 batters.
Thain Simon, Santa Clara (RHP) - Named a first team All-West Coast Conference pick along with being named Freshman of The Year in the league, he posted 9 wins with 71 strikeouts and a 2.59 ERA.