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02-14-2018, 09:48 PM

Feb. 7, 2018

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- After a record-breaking season last year, 2017 West Coast Conference Tournament champion and regular season co-champion BYU was picked to win the 2018 WCC Championship in Wednesday's preseason poll of the conference's 10 head coaches. The Cougars earned five first place votes and 74 points overall.

San Diego was a close second with 71 points overall and four first place votes. Saint Mary's grabbed the last first place vote while earning 66 points for a preseason third-place finish.

Gonzaga, who shared a third of the 2017 regular season title, was picked fourth by the coaches with 57 points. Fellow regular season co-champion Loyola Marymount rounded out the top five with 53 points.

San Francisco earned 36 points for a sixth-place finish, narrowly edging seventh-place Pepperdine, who earned 35 points. Santa Clara (27), Pacific (19) and Portland(12) finished out the poll.

BYU features three standouts from its 2017 WCC Tournament champion team: 2017 WCC Defensive Player of the Year and runs leader Daniel Schneemann, 2017 WCC hits leader Brennon Anderson and Keaton Kringlen, who made the 2017 All-WCC Preseason Team as well. Schneeman joins Kevin Milam of Saint Mary's as All-WCC Preseason members who earned All-WCC awards last season.

The All-WCC Preseason Team also showcases two Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-Americans in Milam and San Diego pitcher Nick Sprengel. BYU's Anderson joined Milam and Sprengel on the NCBWA Preseason All-American squad.

Overall, BYU and San Diego lead the All-WCC Preseason team with three players each. Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and Pacific have two representatives each followed by Loyola Marymount, San Francisco and Portland with one. The Lions' lone representatitive is 2017 WCC batting champion Jamey Smart.

The 2018 season begins on Friday, February 16, with all 10 West Coast Conference teams in action. For a complete interactive schedule, please visit WCCsports.com, and follow @WCCsports on Twitter for updates throughout the season.

The 2018 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship will be held at Banner Island Ballpark for the sixth straight year, May 24-26 in Stockton, Calif.

2018 WCC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote) Pts.

1. BYU (5) 74

2. San Diego (4) 71

3. Saint Mary's (1) 66

4. Gonzaga 57

5. Loyola Marymount 53

6. San Francisco 36

7. Pepperdine 35

8. Santa Clara 27

9. Pacific 19

10. Portland 12

2018 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team - Position Players

Name Institution Yr. Pos.

Brennon Anderson BYU Sr. IF

Jake Brodt Santa Clara Sr. IF

John Cresto Santa Clara Jr. IF

James Free II Pacific So. C

Edward Haus Saint Mary's Jr. IF/OF

Keaton Kringlen BYU Jr. OF

Kevin Milam Saint Mary's So. IF/RHP

Daniel Schneemann BYU Jr. IF

Jay Schuyler San Diego Jr. UTL

Jamey Smart Loyola Marymount Sr. OF

2018 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team - Pitchers

Name Institution Yr. Pos.

Kevin Baker Portland Jr. RHP

Chris Murphy San Diego So. LHP

Thomas Ponticelli San Francisco Jr. RHP

Ricky Reynoso Pacific Jr. LHP

Nick Sprengel San Diego Jr. LHP

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