Free named to Preseason All-WCC Team

Free named to Preseason All-WCC Team

The West Coast Conference released its 2019 Preseason All-Conference Team today selecting Pacific baseball's junior catcher James Free II to the team. Pacific was picked 10th in the preseason poll, which is voted on by the coaches of the league.

Free is coming off of a season in which he garnered WCC Honorable Mention honors when he hit .283 with a team-leading seven home runs and 28 RBIs, which tied him for the team lead. Free had three RBIs in a game twice last year, the first time against Sacramento State on April 10 when he went 4-5 from the plate with a double and a dinger. He did so again on May 13 at Arizona State on May 13 when he went 3-6 with a home run.

Defending conference champs, Gonzaga was picked first in the preseason poll by the coaches with 74 points and five first-place votes. Pepperdine was picked second and Saint Mary's is third with four first-place votes. The coaches selected San Diego fourth, which if the poll is correct, would be the final team to qualify for the four-team WCC Tournament at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton. San Francisco is fifth and BYU, which also received a first-place vote, is sixth.

Pacific opens the season next Friday at Klein Family Field when it hosts Chicago State, a WAC program that is coming off of a 13-41 season, in a three-game weekend series. Five of the Tigers' eight games in February are at home. In March, the Tigers open the WCC slate on the road at Saint Mary's and Loyola Marymount before returning home for the conference home-opener on March 29 against Pepperdine. The Tigers visit the defending Conference champs, Gonzaga, on April 5, 6 and 7. The Conference season closes out on April 17, 18 and 19 at Klein Family Field against Portland.

 

Pacific closes the regular season with a road game against Stanford on May 21. The WCC Championships take place on May 23, 24 and 25 in Stockton.

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2019 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team – Position Players

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

James Free II

Pacific

Jr.

C

Brock Hale

BYU

Sr.

OF

Cody Hawken

Portland

Sr.

OF

Riley Helland

San Francisco

Sr.

IF/C

Adam Kerner

San Diego

So.

C

Quincy McAfee

Pepperdine

Jr.

IF

Shane McGuire

San Diego

So.

C/IF

Kevin Milam

Saint Mary's

Jr.

IF/RHP

Nick Sogard

LMU

Jr.

IF

Ernie Yake

Gonzaga

Jr.

IF

 

2019 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team – Pitchers

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Cooper Chandler

Pepperdine

So.

RHP

Casey Legumina

Gonzaga

Jr.

RHP

Riley Ornido

San Francisco

Jr.

RHP

Jonathan Pendergast

Pepperdine

Sr.

RHP

Ken Waldichuk

Saint Mary's

Jr.

LHP

 

 

2019 WCC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

 

Pts.

1. Gonzaga

(5)

74

2. Pepperdine

 

66

3. Saint Mary's

(4)

65

4. San Diego

 

52

5. San Francisco

 

44

6. BYU

(1)

41

7. LMU

 

37

8. Portland

 

32

9. Santa Clara

 

26

10. Pacific

 

13