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2011 CBD Season Preview: WAC

The 2010 season saw the WAC Conference regular season title won by the Fresno State Bulldogs with a 16-8 conference mark which was 1.5 games better then second place teams Nevada and New Mexico State who each had 14-9 conference records. Hawaii came in fourth place with a .500 record of 12-12 while Louisiana Tech finished in fifth at 11-13. Coming in sixth place was San Jose State at 9-15 while Sacramento State finished in last with a 7-17 record.

The conference postseason tournament was won by the Hawaii Rainbows as they went 4-1 in the conference tournament to receive the conference’s only NCAA bid. They were sent to the Tempe, Arizona, regional hosted by the Arizona State Sun Devils. They ended up 2-2 in the regional with both wins over San Diego and both losses to Arizona State to complete the season.

Fresno State (38-25 overall, 16-8 WAC)
Top Returnees
Jr. C Trent Garrison (.339 BA 5 HR 46 RBI)
Jr. OF Brennan Gowens (.359 BA 4 HR 39 RBI)
Jr. LHP Josh Poytress (6-6, 5.87 ERA)
Jr. RHP Charlie Robertson (5-3, 5.47 ERA)

Key Losses
Bobby Coyle (.360 BA, 11 HR, 69 RBI)
Matt Morse (4-5, 6.21 ERA)

Hawai’i (35-28 overall, 12-12 WAC)
Key Returnees
Jr. IF/OF/C Kolten Wong (.357 BA, 7 HR, 40 RBI, 19-26 SB)
Sr. OF Jeffrey Van Doornum (.330 BA, 14 HR, 38 RBI)
Jr. RHP Lenny Linsky (4-0, 12 SV, 1.64 ERA)
Jr. RHP Matthew Sisto (5-5, 5.27 ERA)

Key Losses
Greg Garcia (.358 BA, 3 HR, 40 RBI)
David Freitas (.292 BA, 10 HR, 49 RBI)
Josh Slaats (5-4, 3.77 ERA)

Louisiana Tech (27-30 overall, 11-13 WAC)
Key Returnees
Rs. Sr. IF/OF Joey Ford (.371 BA, 3 HR, 48 RBI)
Sr. C Clint Ewing (.350 BA, 11 HR, 49 RBI)
Rs. Jr. LHP Mike Jefferson (4-4, 5.60 ERA)
So. RHP Trevor Petersen (5-8, 6.81 ERA)

Key Losses
Devon Dagerford (.373 BA, 17 HR, 56 RBI)
Jamey Bradshaw (4-2, 5.77 ERA)

Nevada (36-22-1 overall, 14-9-1 WAC)
Key Returnees
Jr. OF Nick Melino (.388 BA, 7 HR, 35 RBI)
Sr. LHP/1B Brock Stassi (.364 BA, 9 HR, 42 RBI/7-4, 3.43 ERA)
So. RHP Tom Jameson (6-1, 3.84 ERA)

Key Losses
Shaun Kort (.365 BA, 9 HR, 55 RBI)
Chris Garcia (6-3, 5.07 ERA)

New Mexico State (36-23-1 overall, 14-9-1 WAC)
Key Returnees
Sr. SS Ryan Aguayo (.365 BA, 12 HR, 66 RBI)
Sr. OF Wesley Starkes (.364 BA, HR, 39 RBI)
Sr. RHP Dan Reid (6-3, 6.38 ERA)
Jr. RHP Justin Cooper (4-2, 7.82 ERA)

Key Losses
Leo Aguirre (.388 BA, 11 HR, 58 RBI)
Cory Hill (1-0, 4.87 ERA)

Sacramento State (18-35-1 overall, 7-17 WAC)
Key Returnees
Sr. IF Trevor Paine (.381 BA, 10 HR, 44 RBI)
So. IF Blake Miller (.293 BA, 2 HR, 21 RBI)
Sr. RHP Andrew Galvan (1-4, 6 SV, 4.98 ERA)
Sr. RHP James Chamberlin (3-2, 5.04 ERA)

Key Losses
Justin Mezzaneras (.311 BA, 7 HR, 27 RBI)
Jesse Darrah (3-6, 5.07 ERA)

San Jose State (23-37 overall, 9-15 WAC)
Key Returnees
Sr. OF Jason Martin (.373 BA, 2 HR, 23 RBI)
So. OF Tim Quiery (.344 BA, HR, 25 RBI)
Sr. RHP Blake McFarland (7-4, 3.62 ERA)
Jr. RHP Sean Martin (2-3, 5.12 ERA)

Key Losses
Karson Klauer (.316 BA, 7 HR, 43 RBI)
Luke Mazzanti (1-7, 8.61 ERA)

Predictions
1. Hawaii
2. Fresno State
3. Nevada
4. New Mexico State
5. San Jose State
6. Louisiana Tech
7. Sacramento State

Projected Player of the Year: Kolten Wong (Hawaii)
Projected Pitcher of the Year: Lenny Linsky (Hawaii)

  • Anonymous

    Coming off a great postseason, it’s great to see CBD give us some love. Although we’ve lost key positions, we have no doubt we’ll pick up where we left off. Go ‘Bows!

  • Craig Blair

    How do you leave off Jordan Ribera as a key returner for Fresno State?

  • Jimcalhoun5

    I think you got Wong and Linsky right about player and pitcher of the year…but like Craig said..how do you leave Ribera and Robinson off their top return list…and poytress?? Come on man. He just about had a 6 era. At least put Benny down.