June 8, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Darin Holcomb, of the Gonzaga University baseball team, was selected in the 12th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Friday. The third baseman was selected by the Colorado Rockies as the 372nd overall pick.
With the selection, Holcomb becomes the second Bulldog to be drafted this year, as Clayton Mortensen was picked Thursday as the 36th overall pick of the draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
The junior is the 50th overall Zag to be drafted into the MLB as well as the seventh member of the Gonzaga baseball team to be drafted under the guidance of head coach Mark Machtolf, who has served as the Bulldogs' head coach for four seasons. During Machtolf's 15 year tenure as a member of the Gonzaga coaching staff, 18 Zags, including Holcomb, have been drafted.
Holcomb, an All-West Coast Conference selection, finished the 2007 campaign with a team-leading .369 clip, including batting .402 in conference play. He led the Bulldogs in three offensive categories - runs scored (43), hits (86) and doubles (17). He also tied for the team-lead with six home runs. His 86 hits rank fourth in the single-season record book, five hits shy of the school record of 91. Holcomb recorded a squad-high 26 multiple-hit games and strung together a season-high 13 game hit streak between February 16 and March 10. He was just one of three Bulldogs to start every game this season.
The MLB First-Year Player Draft continues through Friday.