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01-29-2014, 11:42 AM
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Baseball's LeBrun And Wood Tabbed Preseason All-WCC


SAN BRUNO, Calif. –The defending West Coast Conference regular-season champion Gonzaga University baseball team was selected to finished fifth this year, according to a preseason poll of the league coaches released by the conference office Wednesday.

In addition to the preseason poll, Cory LeBrun and Caleb Wood were named to the All-WCC Preseason Team.

Gonzaga tallied 51 points in the poll to narrowly edge out BYU’s 49. Atop the poll was the University of San Diego with six first place votes and 76 points total. Following the Toreros is Pepperdine University (68 points), University of San Francsico (66) and Loyola Marymount University (56).

In 2013 Gonzaga went 32-21-1 overall with an impressive 18-6 mark in conference. The Zags have had six consecutive seasons with 30 or more wins. Head coach Mark Machtolf enters his 11th season at the helm and is just two wins away from his 300th.

Last year LeBrun was named All-WCC first-team as well being the lone Zag represented on the WCC Baseball Tournament team. The outfielder from Phoenix, Ariz., was second on the team in hitting in 2013 with a .308 average to go with his team-high 11 doubles and 34 RBI.

Wood was the only Bulldog named to the All-WCC Freshman team last season and was also tabbed All-WCC honorable mention. After earning a spot in the lineup, Wood went on to hit .291 with three home runs and 26 RBI. The sophomore, from Surprise, Ariz., was a perfect 11-for-11 on stolen bases.

2014 will represent the second time in WCC history the conference will host a four-team playoff at a neutral site to declare a WCC Champion with an automatic berth into the NCAA Baseball Championships. San Diego claimed the inaugural tournament championship a year ago. Action begins May 22 in Stockton, Calif.

Gonzaga opens the season Feb. 14 against second-ranked Oregon State University at the Husker Classic in Tempe, Ariz. GU will also face University of Nebraska and University of the Pacific that weekend...


Gonzaga Article Link includes the 2014 Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll and the 2014 Baseball All-West Coast Conference Preseason Team (http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=209388006)