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Bohling Player of the Year; Seven Zags All-WCC

Bailey, Bohling, Frost, and Morgan named First Team All-WCC

May 24, 2016

Complete All-Conference Teams


SPOKANE, Wash.--After winning a share of the regular season title, the Gonzaga baseball team placed seven players on All-West Coast Conference teams Tuesday, including the WCC Player of the Year, redshirt junior Jeff Bohling.

Bohling earned Player of the Year honors after a breakout season in 2016. The infielder started all 50 games, posting a slash line of .301/.367/.532, and ranking among the conference's Top 10 in multiple offensive categories. He is second with 21 doubles, tied for second with four triples, and also ranked highly in total bases (115, fourth), runs scored (45, fifth), and slugging (.532, sixth). The Bellevue, Wash., native has already doubled career highs in every offensive category this season, including a team-best seven home runs and 10 stolen bases. Most of his single-game career highs are from 2016 as well.

With Bohling's honor, Gonzaga has now seen four different players win Player of the Year awards. He's the first Bulldog to earn the honor since Marco Gonzales shared it in 2013, and Bohling's the first Zag to earn it outright since 2004.

Four Zags earned spots on the conference's First Team, more than any other school this season. Joining Bohling on the First Team All-WCC squad is junior Brandon Bailey and sophomores Tyler Frost and Eli Morgan. Bailey and Morgan served as the Zags' 1-2 starting punch all year, and the pair have yet to each lose during the same weekend. Bailey has an 8-3 record with a 2.45 ERA as the Zags' Friday night starter, and the Broomfield, Colo., native has struck out 103 batters , second-most in the WCC and currently seventh-most in program history. Morgan, meanwhile, is 10-1 with a 3.14 ERA and 95 strikeouts overall, but he has dominated conference foes. The Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., native is 8-0 in WCC starts with 71 Ks. He's pitched three complete game shutouts this year, all of which have come during conference play. Bailey is receiving his second postseason honor while Morgan gets his first.

Frost leads the team and is tied for third in the WCC with 46 RBIs during his sophomore campaign. Like Bohling, Frost has already set career highs in nearly every offensive category, tallying 62 hits, 14 doubles, 31 runs scored, and five home runs. He's also drawn 23 walks for a .389 on base percentage. The Phoenix native also tops the team with 10 multi-RBI games and is tied for second with 20 multi-hit efforts. This is his second postseason honor after getting named to the All-Freshman team last year.

Gonzaga's four First Team All-WCC honorees are a program high, eclipsing the three First Teamers they saw in 2004, 2000, and 1999. Between 2007 and 2015, however, the conference did not have separate First and Second Teams.

Senior infielder Taylor Jones picked up Second Team honors after another strong year in the heart of the Gonzaga lineup. The first baseman leads the squad with 68 hits, tied for fourth-most in the WCC, while pacing the league with 22 doubles. His 0.45 two-baggers a game also is the fourth-highest mark in the nation, and his overall tally is 12th-best. The Kent, Wash., native also earned Academic All-District honors and is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award during his final year at Gonzaga. He was named All-WCC last season as well.

Second baseman Justin Jacobs, meanwhile, was named All-WCC Honorable Mention after a strong junior year so far. The utility man led the team with a .455 on base percentage during the regular season, pairing 56 hits along with 29 walks and five hit by pitches. An Auburn, Wash., native, Jacobs has swung the bat well as of late, hitting .394 with six runs scored and a .500 on base percentage during his last eight games.

Redshirt freshman Jace VanDeBrake also picked up his first postseason honor, getting voted to the conference's All-Freshman team. After redshirting the 2015 season, VanDeBrake broke into the Zags' lineup April 1 at Pacific hasn't relinquished the spot, starting all 27 games since. He's hit .311 and slugged .485 during the stretch, ripping six doubles, three triples, and a pair of home runs. Since that series at Pacific, the Yakima, Wash., native has actually led the team with 24 RBIs, and his 32 hits are second-most. Gonzaga is 20-7 with VanDeBrake in the starting lineup.

Wrapping up the other major awards distributed Tuesday, Pepperdine's A.J. Puckett won Pitcher of the Year, BYU's Keaton Kringlen Freshman of the Year, San Francisco's Nico Giarratano Defensive Player of the Year, and Saint Mary's head coach Eric Valenzuela was named WCC Coach of the Year.

With the conclusion of the regular season, the Bulldogs will now turn their attention to postseason play. They're the third seed in the WCC Championships and begin the tournament on Thursday, May 26, with a showdown against second-seeded BYU. That game will take place 7:00 p.m. at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif.

Gonzaga All-West Coast Conference Awards:

Player Year Award

Jeff Bohling Redshirt Junior WCC Player of the Year
First Team All-WCC

Brandon Bailey Junior First Team All-WCC

Tyler Frost Sophomore First Team All-WCC

Eli Morgan Sophomore First Team All-WCC

Taylor Jones Senior Second Team All-WCC

Justin Jacobs Junior All-WCC Honorable Mention

Jace VanDeBrake Redshirt Freshman WCC All-Freshman

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