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    The WCC baseball coaches have voted GU's Mark Machtolf coach of the year. This breaks an impressive string of the WCC rewarding mediocrity (or engaging in nostalgia, see Jim Sollars) in handing out coach of the year awards.

    SAN BRUNO, Calif. (May 20, 2009 – www.gozags.com) – The West Coast Conference announced Wednesday that Gonzaga University head coach Mark Machtolf has been named the WCC Coach of the Year and Matt Fields has been named the WCC Pitcher of the Year. Along with Fields, Anthony Synegal, Ryan Wiegand and Tyson Van Winkle were each placed on the All-WCC team while Steven Ames received All-WCC honorable mention.

    Machtolf, in his sixth season as head coach and 19th season overall at GU, receives his first career Coach of the Year honor after leading the Bulldogs to their inaugural WCC regular season title. This year’s squad posted wins against No. 10 University of Missouri twice, No. 26 Pepperdine University twice and against No. 21 University of San Diego twice while posting series wins in all but one WCC series. The Bulldogs also reached the 30-win plateau for the third consecutive season, marking the first time that has happened at Gonzaga in over 25 years. Machtolf also had the Zags earn their first national ranking since 2006, earning a No. 22 ranking by Baseball America in mid-April. He enters this weekend’s WCC Championship Series with second highest winning percentage (.557) and third highest win total in school history (177).

    Fields becomes the second Bulldog ever to earn WCC Pitcher of the Year after Clayton Mortensen took home the award in 2007. Fields compiled a 7-1 overall record in the regular season and a 5-0 mark in WCC play. He also finished the regular season second in both overall ERA (2.85) and in conference games only ERA (2.81). The Zags Friday night starter also led the team with 66 strikeouts and recorded two WCC/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week awards during the season. Fields was also placed on the All-WCC team to notch his second career All-WCC honor after earning All-WCC honorable mention last season.

    Wiegand picks up his second career All-WCC honor after earning first team honors his sophomore season. The San Diego, Calif. led the team with 53 RBI, marking the second straight season he has driven in 50 or more runs. In his final season as a Zag, he became the school’s all-time leader in hits, doubles and RBI, recorded back-to-back WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week awards and ended the regular season with a .320 batting average, 21 doubles and three home runs.

    Synegal and Van Winkle both enjoyed breakout years to each record their first career All-WCC honor. Synegal slugged all six of his home runs during WCC play, the second most in the WCC, and finished the regular season with a .323 average and 31 RBI. Van Winkle led the Bulldog offense throughout the season, posting a WCC-high 23 doubles, a team-high .361 average and team second-best 51 RBI. He was a two-time WCC/Rawlings Player of the Week award winner and finished among the leaders in the WCC in average, slugging, on-base percentage, hits, doubles, and RBI all while starting every game behind the plate for the Zags.

    Ames earned All-WCC honorable mention honors after matching Fields with a 7-1 record and leading the team with two complete games. His best performance came in the Zags series clinching win over No. 21 USD, striking out 10 in a complete-game victory and again going the distance to close out a sweep of Santa Clara University Apr. 26. Ames posted a team-high 80.2 innings with a 3.79 ERA in his first season for the Zags.

    Player of the Year: James Meador, USD
    Pitcher of the Year: Matt Fields, GON
    Freshman of the Year: Troy Channing, SMC
    Defensive Player of the Year: Denny Duron, PEP
    Coach of the Year: Mark Machtolf, GON

    All-WCC First Team
    Dane Braunecker, USF
    Matt Bywater, PEP
    Troy Channing, SMC
    Matt Fields, GON
    Nate Garcia, SCU
    Nick Gaudi, PEP
    AJ Griffin, USD
    Kyle Jensen, SMC
    Drew Johnson, USF
    Jonathan Johnson, LMU
    Brian Justice, SMC
    Jon Karcich, SCU
    Zach Kim, USF
    Geoff Klein, SCU
    James Meador, USD
    Doug Murray, USF
    Sean Nicol, USD
    Derek Poppert, USF
    Lee Roberts, LMU
    Nate Simon, PEP
    Anthony Synegal, GON
    Tyson Van Winkle, GON
    Zach Walters, USD
    Ryan Wheeler, LMU
    Ryan Wiegand, GON

    Honorable Mention
    Scott Alexander, PEP
    Anthony Aliotti, SMC
    Steven Ames, GON
    Brandon Berl, SMC
    TJ Bernardy, LMU
    Cort Carpenter, POR
    Bobby Ethel, USF
    Ryan Hawthorne, LMU
    Riley Henricks, POR
    Matt Hiserman, USF
    Kris Kauppila, POR
    Matt Long, SCU
    Nick McCoy, USD
    Cory Miller, SMC
    Shon Roe, LMU
    Kyle Spraker, LMU
    Bryce Uhrig, PEP
    Zach Varce, POR

    All-Freshman Team
    Kyle Barraclough, SMC
    Andrew Biancardi, SCU
    Troy Channing, SMC
    Cole Cook, PEP
    Bryan Haar, USD
    Ryan Hawthorne, LMU
    Brian Humphries, PEP
    Kris Kauppila, POR
    Kyle Kraus, POR
    Shon Roe, LMU
    Last edited by Angelo Roncalli; 05-20-2009 at 03:04 PM.
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    Congrats to Mark! He is a great guy who truly deserves this recognition. I am very happy for his success.

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