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Four West Coast Conference Baseball Student-Athletes Named All-Americans

June 10, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Four West Coast Conference baseball student-athletes were honored as All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association (NCBWA). WCC Pitcher of the Year Aaron Brown of Pepperdine, WCC Player of the Year Connor Joe of San Diego join Louie Lechich of the Toreros and San Francisco’s Bradley Zimmer on the list.  

Zimmer is the lone first team selection according on the Baseball America list, while Brown was a second team selection on both squads. Joe and Lechich were both tabbed for the third team in Baseball America and the NCWBA lists. 

Pepperdine’s  Aaron Brown  earned second team All-America honors from Baseball American and NCBWA as a utility player. He becomes the first Waves since 2005 to be named an NCBWA All-American.

The junior lefty compiled a 13-1 record on the mound this year, with a 1.95 ERA, 104 strikeouts and just 40 walks. He hit .314 with a team-high 49 RBI on the season and slugged .554 with 29 extra-base hits. Brown led the WCC with 13 homers and had 13 doubles and three triples as well. He also scored 44 runs and stole five bases while starting all 61 games for the Waves this year.

Brown was at his best in the postseason going 3-0 and giving up just one earned run in 23.0 innings pitched (0.39 ERA). He earned Regional MVP honors after giving up just three hits and one unearned run in 8.0 innings against Cal Poly to help the Waves advance past their first NCAA Regional round since 1992. In the NCAA Super Regional Brown tossed 7.0 scoreless innings in a win over TCU and hit one homer, two doubles and drove in a pair of runs over the course of the series.

His 13 wins are tied for best in the nation and his 104 strikeouts are 24 th  nationally. Brown’s 13 homers are good for 16 th  in the country and his 134 total bases are 24 th . All four totals led the WCC as well as his 6.54 hits allowed per nine innings.

Brown was named WCC Pitcher of the Year this season and garnered two conference Pitcher of the Week honors and one national Pitcher of the Week honor. He was also named to the Collegiate Baseball All-American second team and was the WCC Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Joe, the 2014 West Coast Conference Player of the Year and 39th overall selection in the MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit .378 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBI during league play. The junior turned in a .667 slugging percentage, a .481 on base percentage and batted .750 with bases loaded and .372 with runners aboard. Joe struck out just 12 times in 111 league plate appearances and earned 18 walks. Overall, Joe batted .367 with 21 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and led the WCC in RBI (51).  

A first team All-WCC selection, and sixth round selection in the MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox, Lechich had an outstanding senior campaign as a two-way player. At the plate he hit .342 and was second on team with seven home runs and 46 RBI. On the mound, he went 8-3 with a 2.51 ERA in 13 starts. He pitched a team-high 82.1 innings and struck out 50 batters.

Bradley Zimmer  can ad d two final accolades to his college career as he was named to two All-American teams on Wednesday, including being named to Baseball America's All-America First Team.  

Zimmer is the first Don to be named a First Team All-American since Scott Cousins in 2006. He was also named to the NCBWA All-America Third Team. The junior, who was taken in 21st overall by the Cleveland Indians in the MLB First Year Player Draft, was named to the All-West Coast Conference Team for the second time after hitting .368 with seven home runs, 31 RBI, 21 stolen bases and a team-record seven triples. When the Dons played their final game, he was the only player in the nation to be in the top 50 in stolen bases and top 60 in slugging.

From March 8 to April 10, Zimmer put together a 19-game hit streak, which was the longest in the nation at the time. He had multiple hits in 12 of the 19 games and hit a scalding .453. In his three seasons on the Hilltop, he complied a career .318 average with 14 home runs, 83 RBI, 107 runs, and 43 stolen bases.