Mountain West Announces 2015 All-Conference Baseball Team
RENO, Nev. – The Mountain West baseball coaches selected Nevada outfielder/pitcher Trenton Brooks as the Tony Gwynn Player of the Year and teammate Christian Stolo as the MW Baseball Pitcher of the Year as the 2015 All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced today. Nevada outfielder Cal Stevenson and New Mexico catcher Cory Voss are the league’s Co-Freshmen of the Year, while Nevada skipper Jay Johnson earned his first MW Coach of the Year honor.
Last summer the Mountain West head coaches voted to name the Conference’s Player of the Year trophy in honor of the late San Diego State head coach, Tony Gwynn. Gwynn, a two-time All-American for the Aztecs, played 20 years in the Major Leagues with the San Diego Padres and earned a spot in Cooperstown as a Hall of Famer in 2007. He returned to SDSU as the Aztecs’ head coach for 12 seasons. His greatness on the field was topped by his graciousness off, giving back to the game that gave him so much.
Gwynn’s heart-warming smile brought life into the dugout. His passion electrified the field and his teachings of life lessons through the game of baseball helped shape many of today’s great players. Players who now play the game the way that would receive Gwynn’s approval.
Brooks, a sophomore from Alpine, California, is the first MW player to receive the Tony Gwynn Trophy. In MW action this season, he was second in batting average (.393), third in on-base percentage (.481), tied for third in hits (42) and doubles (11), tied for fifth in RBIs (26) and tied for sixth in runs (27). Brooks also made six appearances on the mound with three starts. He was 3-0 with a 1.90 earned run average. He allowed just five earned runs, 15 hits and nine walks while striking out 12 batters in 23.2 innings pitched. His fielding percentage was a perfect 1.000 (47 putouts-9 assists-0 errors). Brooks is the first Nevada player to earn the MW Player of the Year honor and was a Second Team selection in 2014.
Stolo was 6-0 for the Wolf Pack with a league second-best 2.68 ERA in Conference play this year. The junior left-hander from Reno, Nevada was third in Conference-only game rankings for opposing batting average (.215), tied for third in strikeouts (49) and eighth in innings pitched (50.1). Stolo made 11 appearances with eight starts, one complete game and one save. He is the second Nevada pitcher to earn the accolade (Braden Shipley, 2013).
In 29 Conference games, Stevenson hit.350 while playing in the outfield. His 42 hits tied for third and his average ranked ninth in Conference action. Hailing from Fremont, California, he also scored a league second-best 35 runs and drove in 12 with nine doubles and two triples for the Wolf Pack. Stevenson is the first Nevada rookie to receive this honor.
Voss was sixth in batting average (.358), fifth in slugging percentage (.547) and ninth in on-base percentage (.447). A native of Pueblo, Colorado, Voss’ 38 hits ranked tied for seventh in MW play and his three triples tied for first in the rankings. He also scored 16 runs, drove in 23, hit eight doubles and two home runs. Voss is the third consecutive Lobo rookie to earn the award (Sam Haggerty, 2013; Danny Collier, 2014) and fourth overall (Rafael Neda, 2008).
Johnson led the Wolf Pack to their first Mountain West regular season title since joining the league in 2013. Nevada compiled a 22-7 Conference record en route to earning the No. 1 seed for the 2015 Mountain West Baseball Championship, May 20-24, at Williams Peccole Park in Reno.
In addition to Brooks, six players were repeat All-Conference selections from a year ago, including San Diego State pitcher Bubba Derby, who is making his third appearance in the All-Conference First Team lineup. Nevada first baseman Austin Byler and San Diego State third baseman Ty France< make a repeat appearance to the First Team, while Fresno State catcher Taylor Ward and Nevada outfielder Kewby Meyer make the jump from Second Team to First Team. New Mexico outfielder Danny Collier was the 2014 Freshman of the Year.
^ 2014 All-MW First or Second Team selection; of-the-Year honoree
# 2013 All-MW First or Second Team selection; of-the-Year honoree