Cats Collect All-Conference Honors
May 28, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team placed three members on the All-Pac-10 team as announced by the league office on Wednesday evening.
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team placed three members on the All-Pac-10 team as announced by the league office on Wednesday evening.Juniors Dillon Baird and Dwight Childs joined sophomore Bryce Ortega on the 25-member all-conference team, as each player received the first such accolade of their respective careers.
Baird, a candidate for the Pac-10 Player of the Year award that was given to Arizona State’s Jason Kipnis, turned in one of the most spectacular seasons in Arizona history. In his second year as a Wildcat, Baird compiled a .433 batting average, a .504 on-base percentage and a .716 slugging percentage. The first two figures ranks tops in the Pac-10, while the latter is second-best.
For the Wildcats, Baird led the club in batting, slugging and on-base percentage. His 55 RBI were tops on the team and his 21 doubles tied teammate Jett Bandy for the top mark. Baird’s eight home runs were second on the team, as were his five triples.
Childs, a three-year starter at catcher, was sensational in his junior campaign. The 6-3 native of Sacramento, Calif., set career highs for batting average (.331), home runs (4) runs scored (30) and RBI (37). He drove in 28 of his 37 RBI in Pac-10 games only, a figure that ranked tied for third-most in the league.
Ortega, a sophomore from Palos Verdes, Calif., started 54 of UA’s 55 games at shortstop. A sophomore, Ortega batted .324 on the season and scored a team-high 57 runs, the second most for any player in the conference. He was 16-for-18 in stolen base attempts on the season and committed just two errors in the 27 Pac-10 games, while leading the league with 181 assists on the season.
Seniors Preston Guilmet, Hunter Pace, Brad Glenn and Cory Burns were among a handful of Wildcats who received honorable mention accolades. Regulars Jett Bandy, Steve Selsky, Bobby Coyle and reliever Jason Stoffel also received recognition.