June 6, 2007
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Five WCC baseball players were named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, as announced by the publication on Wednesday. Saint Mary's placed two newcomers on the list, with Anthony Aliotti and Randy Wells earning recognition, while LMU's Angelo Songco, San Diego's AJ Griffin, and Santa Clara's Tommy Medica also received Freshman All-American honors.
LMU's Songco hit .321 with a team-best .528 slugging percentage, playing in all 56 games for the Lions. He also led the Lions in RBI (33) and doubles (22), and was named West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year in addition to All-WCC and All-Freshman Team honors. Songco's .392 average in league play ranked seventh among all WCC players, and he finished conference play leading the league in extra base hits as the Lions' everyday right fielder.
Saint Mary's Wells was the first freshman to pace the team in hitting since Bryan Byrne in 2003. Wells batted .354, which ranked third in the conference. The Pittsburg, CA native recorded a team-leading 63 hits, 11 doubles, three triples and 37 RBI. Wells also paced the team with 83 total bases and added a home run. The second baseman tallied a team-high 19 multi-hit games, nine multi-RBI games and sported a 15 game hit streak earlier in the year. Wells was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team.
Aliotti was one of the top two-way threats in the conference for the Gaels. At the plate, the De La Salle product batted .320 with a home run and 37 RBI. Aliotti ranked fourth in the WCC in on-base percentage with a .438 mark and added 30 walks. With the glove, the first baseman was one of the tops in the league with a .995 fielding percentage, making only two errors in 397 chances. On the hill the southpaw tallied a team-leading six wins with a 6-4 mark and maintained a 4.44 ERA. Aliotti pitched in 12 games and made 10 starts while striking out 46 in 52.2 innings pitched.
San Diego's Griffin, a first-team All-WCC selection, quickly became a big help for the Toreros, as he served as USD's primary closer. The right-hander from Grossmont High School etched his name into the single-season record books at USD having recorded 11 saves on the season to place second in the category, only trailing Tony Perez's 13 saves set during the 2003 season. Griffin posted an overall record of 6-2 with a team-leading 2.70 ERA. Griffin also fanned 65 batters and issued only 23 walks in 34 appearances this season.
Santa Clara's Medica, a San Jose native and former Bellarmine College Prep star, as well as one of the top young catchers in the nation, turned in a spectacular rookie campaign in 2007, capturing the WCC batting title with a .373 average en route to being named to both the All-WCC First Team and All-Freshman Team. Despite missing 11 games and parts of three others due to an injury that shelved him for a month early in the season, Medica managed to hammer out 60 hits on the year, including nine doubles, four triples, and a home run. He also drove in 23 runs while scoring 32.