WCC Releases 2018 Preseason Team, Poll

Feb. 7, 2018


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SAN BRUNO, Calif. --
After a record-breaking season last year, 2017 West Coast Conference Tournament champion and regular season co-champion BYU was picked to win the 2018 WCC Championship in Wednesday's preseason poll of the conference's 10 head coaches. The Cougars earned five first place votes and 74 points overall.  

San Diego was a close second with 71 points overall and four first place votes. Saint Mary's grabbed the last first place vote while earning 66 points for a preseason third-place finish.


 

 

Gonzaga, who shared a third of the 2017 regular season title, was picked fourth by the coaches with 57 points. Fellow regular season co-champion Loyola Marymount rounded out the top five with 53 points.

San Francisco earned 36 points for a sixth-place finish, narrowly edging seventh-place Pepperdine, who earned 35 points. Santa Clara (27), Pacific (19) and Portland(12) finished out the poll.

BYU features three standouts from its 2017 WCC Tournament champion team: 2017 WCC Defensive Player of the Year and runs leader Daniel Schneemann, 2017 WCC hits leader Brennon Anderson and Keaton Kringlen, who made the 2017 All-WCC Preseason Team as well. Schneeman joins Kevin Milam of Saint Mary's as All-WCC Preseason members who earned All-WCC awards last season.

The All-WCC Preseason Team also showcases two Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-Americans in Milam and San Diego pitcher Nick Sprengel. BYU's Anderson joined Milam and Sprengel on the NCBWA Preseason All-American squad.

Overall, BYU and San Diego lead the All-WCC Preseason team with three players each. Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and Pacific have two representatives each followed by Loyola Marymount, San Francisco and Portland with one. The Lions' lone representatitive is 2017 WCC batting champion Jamey Smart.

The 2018 season begins on Friday, February 16, with all 10 West Coast Conference teams in action. For a complete interactive schedule, please visit WCCsports.com, and follow @WCCsports on Twitter for updates throughout the season.

The 2018 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship will be held at Banner Island Ballpark for the sixth straight year, May 24-26 in Stockton, Calif.

2018 WCC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

Pts.

1. BYU

(5)

74

2. San Diego

(4)

71

3. Saint Mary's

(1)

66

4. Gonzaga

57

5. Loyola Marymount

53

6. San Francisco

36

7. Pepperdine

35

8. Santa Clara

27

9. Pacific

19

10. Portland

12

2018 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team - Position Players

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Brennon Anderson

BYU

Sr.

IF

Jake Brodt

Santa Clara

Sr.

IF

John Cresto

Santa Clara

Jr.

IF

James Free II

Pacific

So.

C

Edward Haus

Saint Mary's

Jr.

IF/OF

Keaton Kringlen

BYU

Jr.

OF

Kevin Milam

Saint Mary's

So.

IF/RHP

Daniel Schneemann

BYU

Jr.

IF

Jay Schuyler

San Diego

Jr.

UTL

Jamey Smart

Loyola Marymount

Sr.

OF

2018 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team - Pitchers

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Kevin Baker

Portland

Jr.

RHP

Chris Murphy

San Diego

So.

LHP

Thomas Ponticelli

San Francisco

Jr.

RHP

Ricky Reynoso

Pacific

Jr.

LHP

Nick Sprengel

San Diego

Jr.

LHP

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