June 12, 2008
Five WCC players were tabbed for Pro-Line Athletic All-American honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), as announced earlier this week. San Diego's Brian Matusz garnered first team All-American recognition, and was named the NCBWA District IX Co-Player of the Year.
San Diego's Josh Romanski and AJ Griffin joined teammate Matusz among the NCBWA All-American honorees, as both players were named to the second team. Santa Clara's Thain Simon and Gonzaga's Cody Martin rounded out the WCC players honored, as both hurlers were named Freshman All-American.
Matusz, who shared District IX Player of the Year honors with San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg, is coming off a season in which he led the NCAA in strikeouts (141) and tied for fifth in the country in wins (12). The junior left-hander was named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, and finished the season as San Diego's all-time leader in strikeouts (396). He posted a miniscule 1.88 ERA, and notched a 12-2 overall record during the 2008 season.
Romanski earned a spot on the second team as a utility player after batting .324 (73-for-228) at the plate and posting a 9-1 record on the mound during his junior campaign. Griffin was named as a finalist for the Stopper of the Year Award following a standout sophomore campaign that saw the right-hander set the USD single-season record with 14 saves.
Santa Clara's Simon was tabbed for WCC Freshman of the Year honors, as the right-hander posted a 9-2 mark with a 2.59 ERA during his first campaign on the Mission Campus. Gonzaga's Martin was also dominant in his first year, going 4-1 with nine saves and notching a 2.80 ERA for the Bulldogs.