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WCC Announces 2016 Baseball All-Academic Team

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference is pleased to announce the 2016 West Coast Conference Baseball All-Academic Team. Three student-athletes make their second straight appearance on the first team. 

Five WCC student-athletes on the all-academic squad earned a spot on the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team: Gonzaga junior Brandon Bailey (Sport Management), Pepperdine juniors Aaron Barnett (Economics) and Matt Crowder (Economics) Gonzaga senior Taylor Jones (Communication Studies) and San Francisco junior Blake Valley (Finance). 

Anthony Villa of Saint Mary’s earned his third consecutive first team selection. Barnett, Gonzaga’s Joey Harris, Saint Mary’s Nate Nolan joined Villa as multi-year recipients for academic achievement. San Francisco’s Anthony Shew maintained a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA as a graduate student in Business. 

All told, five West Coast Conference baseball student-athletes posted a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better and 20 posted a GPA of 3.50 or better. 

At the conclusion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each WCC-sponsored sport. To be considered, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to his team. No fewer than 37 WCC student-athletes met the academic criteria for baseball.

 

2016 WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASEBALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Name

School

Class

GPA

Major

Brandon Bailey

Gonzaga

Jr.

3.43

Sport Management

Ryan Barr

Portland

Sr.

3.54

Mechanical Engineering

Aaron Barnett

Pepperdine

Jr.

3.79

Economics

Matt Crowder

Pepperdine

Jr.

3.98

Economics

David Dellaserra

Saint Mary’s

Sr.

3.73

Allied Health Science

Joey Harris

Gonzaga

Sr.

3.60

Business Administration

Taylor Jones

Gonzaga

Sr.

3.52

Communication Studies

Nate Nolan

Saint Mary’s

Jr.

3.56

Economics

Anthony Shew

San Francisco

Sr.

4.00

Business

Nate Verlin

Pacific

So.

3.71

Computer Science

Blake Valley

San Francisco

Jr.

3.85

Finance

Anthony Villa

Saint Mary’s

Sr.

3.57

Business Administration

Caleb Whalen

Portland

Grad.

3.95

Master’s Education 

2016 WEST COAST CONFERENCE BASEBALL ALL-ACADEMIC HONORABLE MENTION
Dustin Breshears, Gonzaga; Sam Brown, Gonzaga; J.D. Busfield, Loyola Marymount; Tanner Chauncey, BYU; Spencer Erdman, Loyola Marymount; Joey Fiske, Saint Mary’s; Kiko Garcia, Pepperdine; Nico Giarratano, San Francisco; Peter Hendron, Santa Clara; Cooper Hummel, Portland; Jackson Lockwood, Portland; Tyler Meditz, Santa Clara; Austin Piscotty, Saint Mary’s; Brett Rasso, Saint Mary’s; Ben Rodriguez, Pepperdine; Mike Rucker, BYU; Nathan Simmons, Saint Mary’s; Matt Sinatro, San Francisco; Logan Steingberg, Saint Mary’s; Drew Strotman, Saint Mary’s; Frank Waliczek, San Francisco; Steven Wilson, Santa Clara