May 22, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
MESA, Ariz. --- Seven student-athletes on the Fresno State baseball team were named either first or second-team All-Western Athletic Conference by the league's head coaches for the 2012 season, the WAC announced at its annual postseason baseball banquet on Tuesday night.
The seven Fresno State honorees tied New Mexico State for the most all-conference selections and topped Sacramento State (6), Nevada (5), Hawai'i (4), Louisiana Tech (3) and San Jose State (0).
Of the seven Bulldog selections, two received first-team All-WAC distinctions - sophomore Aaron Judge and senior Kenneth Wise. This marked the second-straight all-conference award for Judge and the first for Wise.
Judge, a two-time first-team All-WAC outfielder and last year's conference Freshman of the Year, hit .315 with four home runs, 11 doubles, a triple, 42 runs scored and had 76 RBI. Judge's presence, offensive firepower and plate discipline helped him draw a staggering 44 walks.
Wise, a senior designated hitter, captured the WAC's batting title for sporting a .434 batting average against conference opponents. He also posted a team-topping 33 RBI and ripped four home runs, four doubles, a triple and 44 hits in 2012.
The other five - Trent Garrison (1B), Patrick Hutcheson (2B), Jake Alvarez (3B), Justin Haley (SP) and Thomas Harlan (SP) - garnered second-team honors, which was each of the five Bulldogs' first recognition on any all-WAC team.
Garrison led the team with a .327 season batting average, Alvarez reached base safely in each of the last 12 games of the regular season and Hutcheson posted a team-best 77 RBI while Haley (6-3, 2.63 ERA, 83 Ks) and Harlan (6-7, 2.73 ERA, 69 Ks) combined to toss 152 strikeouts and held opponents to a .250 clip.
The WAC also passed out the weekly awards won by student-athletes during the season which saw Wise take home a WAC Hitter of the Week award and Haley, Harlan (twice), Cody Kendall and Tyler Linehan received their WAC Pitcher of the Week honors.
Fifth-seeded Fresno State (25-25) opens up play in the 2012 WAC Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. PT against fourth-seeded Hawai'i (30-23) at HoHoKam Stadium, the spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs since 1979.
All of the Bulldogs' postseason contests will be broadcast live on AM 940 KYNO.
FIRST TEAM ALL-WAC
OF-Aaron Judge, So., Fresno State
OF-Brooks Klein, Jr., Nevada
OF-Tanner Waite, Sr., New Mexico State
OF-Justin Higley, So., Sacramento State
2B-Andrew Ayers, Jr., Sacramento State
SS-Pi'ikea Kitamura, Jr., Hawai'i
SS-Ryan Gebhardt, So., Louisiana Tech
SS-Zack Voight, Sr., New Mexico State
C-Carlos Escobar Jr., Jr., Nevada
C-Zac Fisher, Jr., New Mexico State
C-Derrick Chung, Sr., Sacramento State
DH-Kenneth Wise, Sr., Fresno State
SP-Bradey Shipley, So., Nevada
SP-Tom Jameson, Jr., Nevada
SP-Adam Mott, Jr., New Mexico State
RP-Scott Coffman, Sr., New Mexico State
SECOND TEAM ALL-WAC
OF-Zack Swasey, Sr., Hawai'i
OF-Rhys Hoskins, Fr., Sacramento State
1B-Trent Garrison, Jr., Fresno State
1B-Alex Williams, Sr., Louisiana Tech
1B-Kewby Meyer, Fr., Nevada
1B-Tanner Rust, So., New Mexico State
2B-Patrick Hutcheson, Sr., Fresno State
2B-Parker Hipp, Jr., New Mexico State
3B-Jake Alvarez, So., Fresno State
3B-Collin Bennett, Sr., Hawai'i
DH-Trevor Paine, Sr., Sacramento State
SP-Justin Haley, Jr., Fresno State
SP-Tom Harlan, Sr., Fresno State
SP-Matt Sisto, Sr., Hawai'i
SP-Dallas Chadwick, So., Sacramento State
RP-Jamie Gilley, Jr., Louisiana Tech
Player of the Year: Andrew Ayers, Jr., 2B, Sacramento State
Pitcher of the Year: Bradey Shipley, So., Nevada
Freshman of the Year: Rhys Hoskins, Fr., OF, Sacramento State
Coach of the Year: Reggie Christiansen, Sacramento State
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