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Edward Haus (left) and Joey Fiske (right) earned all-WCC first team, while Kevin Milam (center) was named Freshman of the Year.
Edward Haus (left) and Joey Fiske (right) earned all-WCC first team, while Kevin Milam (center) was...
BSB | Milam Named WCC Frosh Of The Year, Eight Gaels Honored
Release: Friday 05/23/2017 
by SMC Athletics

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Kevin Milam was named the 2017 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and the Saint Mary's baseball team tied for the league high with eight Gaels honored on the all-WCC teams, as announced by the conference Tuesday.

Milam was also named to the all-WCC second team and the WCC all-freshmen team. He powered his way through his rookie campaign, hitting seven home runs and collecting 26 RBIs in 27 WCC contests. He slugged .505 in WCC play and scored 18 runs. He was also 2-0 on the mound with a 2.33 ERA and .214 opponents batting average against WCC foes.

Milam is the first WCC Freshman of the Year from Saint Mary's in eight years, when All-American Troy Channing earned the accolade in 2009. Milam has been an important part of the Gaels' order all year long, hitting .314 with a team-best 12 home runs, 52 RBIs, .549 slugging percentage and .401 on-base percentage in 55 games. He has also served as the team's closer, posting a 1.96 ERA with nine saves, a 3-1 record and 28 strikeouts in 21 total appearances.

Edward Haus and Joey Fiske were both named to the all-WCC first team. It is the second year that the Gaels have had multiple first-team honorees after having three in 2016. Haus and Fiske were No. 1 and 2, respectively, for the Gaels in batting average during WCC games. Haus hit .365 with 11 doubles, three home runs, 25 runs scored and 16 RBIs in WCC play. Fiske batted .357 with six doubles, 24 runs scored, 15 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.

Zach Kirtley, Drew Strotman and Johnny York all earned all-WCC honorable mention. Kirtley batted .287 with four home runs and 21 RBIs in WCC games. He has also been the WCC's leader in walks all season long, totaling 44 on the year. York settled in as the Gaels' Friday starter as he posted a 4-2 record and 3.71 ERA in nine WCC starts. He had a better-than 3-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio with 34 Ks and only 11 walks. Strotman led the Gaels with 51 strikeouts in WCC play. He went 4-1 with a 3.92 ERA and only walked 10 batters in 41 1/3 innings pitched.

Joe Vranesh and Ken Waldichuk both joined Milam on the WCC all-freshmen team. Vranesh started in 22 WCC games and appeared in 25, hitting .289 with three extra-base hits and nine RBIs. He never committed an error in 40 chances during WCC play while roaming right field. Waldichuk had a team-low 1.23 ERA in 11 appearances. He had a near-5-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio, mowing down 35 while only walking eight in 29 1/3 innings.

The Gaels begin play in the 2017 WCC Tournament at 3 p.m. Thursday versus No. 1 seed Gonzaga at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton. Tickets are available for purchase via the Stockton Ports website. All SMC tournament games will be streamed live on the Gaels' Gameday Central page.

2017 All-WCC Baseball First Team

Name

Yr.

Pos.

School

Cory Abbot

Jr.

RHP

Loyola Marymount

Riley Adams

Jr.

C

San Diego

Aaron Barnett

Sr.

DH

Pepperdine

Jake Brodt

Jr.

IF

Santa Clara

Phil Caulfield

Sr.

IF

Loyola Marymount

Joey Fiske

Jr.

OF

Saint Mary's

Edward Haus

So.

IF

Saint Mary's

Bronson Larsen

Sr.

C

BYU

Eli Morgan

Jr.

RHP

Gonzaga

Colton Shaver

Jr.

IF/DH

BYU

Jamey Smart

Jr.

IF

Loyola Marymount

Allen Smoot

Sr.

IF

San Francisco

Nick Sprengel

So.

LHP

San Diego

2017 All-WCC Baseball Second Team

Name

Yr.

Pos.

School

Brennon Anderson

Jr.

IF

BYU

Brenton Arriaga

Sr.

LHP

Loyola Marymount

Kevin Baker

So.

RHP

Portland

Sam Brown

Sr.

OF

Gonzaga

James Free

Fr.

C

Pacific

Jimmy Hill

Sr.

OF

Loyola Marymount

Keaton Kringlen

So.

OF

BYU

Hunter Mercado-Hood

Sr.

OF

San Diego

Kevin Milam

Fr.

DH/RHP

Saint Mary's

Wyatt Mills

Sr.

RHP

Gonzaga

Ricky Reynoso

So.

LHP

Pacific

Jake Roberts

Sr.

C

Gonzaga

Jay Schuyler

So.

OF/C

San Diego


2017 WCC Baseball Honorable Mention

Tanner Chauncey, BYU; Troy Conyers, San Diego; John Cresto, Santa Clara; Spencer Erdman, Loyola Marymount; Daniel Fredrickson, Gonzaga; Roman Garcia, San Diego; Brock Hale, BYU; Zach Kirtley, Saint Mary's; Dominic Miroglio, San Francisco; Chris Murphy, San Diego; Thomas Ponticelli, San Francisco; Jordan Qsar, Pepperdine; Paul Richan, San Diego; Daniel Schneemann, BYU; Matt Sinatro, San Francisco; Drew Strotman, Saint Mary's; Johnny York, Saint Mary's

2017 All-WCC Baseball Freshman Team

Name

Pos.

School

David Clawson

C

BYU

James Free

C

Pacific

Troy Johnston

DH

Gonzaga

Quincy McAfee

IF

Pepperdine

Kevin Milam

DH/RHP

Saint Mary's

Chris Murphy

LHP

San Diego

Andre Nnebe

OF

Santa Clara

Cooper Uhl

C

Loyola Marymount

Joe Vranesh

OF

Saint Mary's

Ken Waldichuk

LHP

Saint Mary's



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