June 22, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. -- A pair of West Coast Conference sophomores have been named First-Team All-America selections by Baseball America, the publication announced Friday morning. San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant and Gonzaga LHP/UTIL Marco Gonzales were each recognized for their strong play in 2012.
Bryant, a 6-5 sophomore from Las vegas, Nev., finished the season with a .366 batting average after recording 78 hits, 17 doubles, three triples and 14 home runs. Bryant also recorded 57 RBI and was slugging at a .671 clip. Bryant was a first-team All-WCC selection for the second consecutive season and helped lead USD to the third best record in program history at 40-17.
Bryant, who was also tabbed a third-team All-American by Louisville Slugger, is currently on the road playing with Team USA this summer. Bryant is the fourth Torero to sport the red white and blue, joining former Toreros Josh Romanski, AJ Griffin and current major leaguer Brian Matusz.
Gonzales, a native of Fort Collins, Colo., is a finalist for the John Olerud Award, given to the nation's top two-way player. He went 8-2 with a 1.55 ERA in 12 starts on the mound and hit .325 with 29 RBIs, 10 doubles, two homers and an OPS of .802. He was named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year after leading the league in ERA and finishing tied for second in wins. Gonzales became the third Gonzaga hurler to earn WCC Pitcher of the Year honors in the last four years and was named the 2011 Co-Freshman and Co-Player of the Year in the WCC.
He struck out 92 hitters in 92 2/3 innings while walking 23 innings, helping the Bulldogs to a 34-22 record and a third-place finish in the WCC. Opponents hit only .201 against him and managed only 12 extra-base hits. He was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America second team and was a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-America selection.
Both Gonzales and Bryant shared the WCC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards in their debut campaign in 2011.