Pac-10 Announces 2007 Baseball All-Conference Awards
May 23, 2007
ARIZONA STATE'S BRETT WALLACE NAMED PAC-10 BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
ARIZONA'S PRESTON GUILMET NAMED PITCHER OF THE YEAR
ARIZONA STATE'S ERIC SOGARD NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
UCLA'S GABE COHEN AND USC'S GRANT GREEN NAMED CO-NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR
ARIZONA STATE'S PAT MURPHY NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA STATE sophomore first baseman Brett Wallace was named the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Year, while ARIZONA sophomore right-hander Preston Guilmet earned Pitcher of the Year honors and Arizona State sophomore Eric Sogard was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year. UCLA freshman outfielder Gabe Cohen and USC freshman shortstop Grant Green were named Co-Newcomers of the Year in a vote by the Conference baseball coaches. Arizona State skipper Pat Murphy earned Coach of the Year honors, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Wallace, from Sonoma, Calif., leads the Conference in 10 of the 21 batting categories, including batting average (.425), slugging percentage (.747), on-base percentage (.508), runs scored (67), hits (94), and runs batted in (73). Wallace also leads the Pac-10 with 15 homers, 165 total bases, 267 plate appearances and 221 at bats, while ranking among the Conference leaders in doubles (16, t-6th), triples (5, t-3rd), walks (36, 3rd), and steal attempts (14, t-9th). A Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree on March 27, Wallace has set career-highs in every offensive category for the Sun Devils as he leads the team with 32 multi-hit games, including two multi-homer games, and 21 multi-RBI games.
Guilmet, from Citrus Heights, Calif., leads the Conference with 126 strikeouts and boasts an ERA of 1.58. The Roger Clemens and Golden Spikes Award semifinalist's 11 wins this season marks the most for an Arizona pitcher since 1989 when Scott Erickson posted 18 victories. The sophomore, who has struck out 10 or more batters five times and nine or more eight times this season, struck out a career-high 15 batters against Stanford on April 13. The four-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week and three-time Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week is the first Arizona pitcher since Erickson to be named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year.
Sogard, from Phoenix, Ariz., has started in all 53 of the Sun Devils games this season, batting .399 in 203 at-bats. He leads the league with 164 assists, and is second to teammate Brett Wallace in several categories including runs scored (65), hits (81), total bases (130) and total plate appearances (254). The sophomore posted 24 multi-hit games and set career-highs with 16 stolen bases, 10 homers and 51 RBI.
Cohen, from Woodland Hills, Calif., started 43 of the Bruins' 48 games played this season, boasting a team-leading .360 average headed into the final series of the regular-season. The freshman has hit safely in 14 of the Bruins' last 16 games, earning a .435 average, a .500 on-base percentage and a .694 slugging percentage in that span. Cohen has collected 18 multi-hit games, third-most on the team and has registered eight multi-RBI performances. His nine home runs this season are the most by a freshman at UCLA since Wes Whisler hit 18 in 2002. In addition, his 32 RBI are the most by a freshman at UCLA since Brett McMillan collected 35 in 2003.
Green, from Anaheim Hills, Calif., leads the Trojans with a .325 average in 206 at-bats, posting 39 runs this season. The freshman leads the league with 10 triples and ranks among Pac-10 leaders in total plate appearances (241, t-7th), at bats (206, 8th), assists (140, 6th) and fielding double plays (35, t-7th).
Murphy earns his second Pac-10 Coach of the Year award after leading the Sun Devils to their best season since 2000 when ASU shared the Conference title with Stanford and went on to the NCAA Regional, finishing their season with a record of 44-15, 17-7 in Pac-10 play. Arizona State was picked to finish first in the Pac-10 coaches' preseason poll, and the Sun Devils have been among the top-20 in the national polls all season. Earlier this season, Murphy captured his 800th Division I victory, as well as his 500th win at ASU. He is now three wins shy of tying Bobby Winkles for second most wins in school history.
Complete list of Conference honors:
Brett Wallace, ARIZONA STATE
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Preston Guilmet, ARIZONA
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Eric Sogard, ARIZONA STATE
CO-NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR
Gabe Cohen, UCLA
Grant Green, USC
COACH OF THE YEAR
Pat Murphy, ARIZONA STATE
Name School Pos Yr Ht Wt HometownTyson Brummett UCLA RHP Sr. 6-1 170 Salem, UtahMitch Canham OSU C Jr. 6-2 212 Lake Stevens, Wash.Gabe Cohen UCLA OF Fr. 6-2 205 Woodland Hills, Calif.David Cooper CAL 1B So. 6-0 185 Stockton, Calif.Brandon Crawford UCLA SS So. 6-2 195 Pleasanton, Calif.Jermaine Curtis UCLA 3B So. 5-10 190 Fontana, Calif.Ike Davis (2) ASU OF So. 6-5 210 Scottsdale, Ariz.Cody Decker UCLA 1B So. 5-10 215 Santa Monica, Calif.Preston Guilmet ARIZ RHP So. 6-2 190 Citrus Heights, Calif.Nick Hagadone WASH LHP Jr. 6-5 230 Sumner, Wash.Mike Leake ASU RHP Fr. 6-0 160 Fallbrook, Calif.Petey Paramore(2) ASU C So. 6-2 210 Allen, TexasSean Ratliff STAN OF So. 6-3 220 Longmont, Colo.Bill Rhinehart ARIZ OF Sr. 6-0 206 Citrus Heights, Calif.Kiel Roling ASU DH So. 6-3 240 Grand Junction, Colo.Tyson Ross CAL RHP So. 6-5 215 Oakland, Calif.Josh Satow ASU LHP Jr. 5-9 150 Scottsdale, Ariz.Eric Sogard (2) ASU 2B Jr. 5-10 180 Phoenix, Ariz.Adam Sorgi STAN INF Jr. 6-1 190 Mission Viejo, Calif.Michael Taylor STAN OF Jr. 6-6 260 Apopka, Fla.Brett Wallace ASU 1B So. 6-1 245 Sonoma, Calif.
(2) - Two-time All-Conference selection
Honorable Mention: Robert Abel, Fr., ARIZ; Joey August, So., STAN; Ryan Babineau, So., UCLA; Darwin Barney, Jr., OSU; Craig Bennigson, So., CAL; Brad Boxberger, Fr., USC; Bradley Boyer, So., WASH; Michael Burgher, Jr., WASH; Alden Carrithers, Jr., UCLA; Dwight Childs, Fr., ARIZ; Travis Coulter, So., WSU; Matt Cusick, Jr., USC; Wayne Damon Jr., Sr., WSU; Joey Dunn, Jr., WASH; Hector Estrella, Sr., USC; Brian Flores, Jr., ASU; Diallo Fon, Fr., ARIZ; Jon Gaston, So., ARIZ; Brad Glenn, So., ARIZ; Matt Gorgen, So., CAL; Paul Gran, Jr., WSU; Grant Green, Fr., USC; Matt Hague, Jr., WASH; Ross Humes, So., WSU; Jeff Kobernus, Fr., CAL; Paul Koss, Sr., USC; Eddie Kunz, Jr., OSU; Greg Lagreid, So., WSU; Jordan Lennerton, Jr., OSU; Jayson Miller, Jr., WSU; Jeff Miller, Sr., WSU; Brad Mills, Sr., ARIZ; Tim Murphy, So., UCLA; Ty Rasmussen, Fr., WASH; Simi Reynolds, Jr., WSU; Curt Rindal, Sr., WASH; Andrew Romine, Jr., ASU; Daniel Schlereth, So., ARIZ; Colt Sedbrook, Jr., ARIZ; Blake Smith, Fr., CAL; Tim Smith, Jr., ASU; Matt Spencer, Jr., ASU; T.J. Steele, So., ARIZ; Jason Stoffel, Fr., ARIZ; C.J. Ziegler, Jr., ARIZ.