2017 Baseball All-Conference Team

2017 Baseball All-Conference Team

The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) has announced its 2017 baseball end of the year awards, as voted upon by the league's nine head coaches. The awards include Athlete of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Newcomer and Coaching Staff of the Year, First Team and Second Team and the Sportsmanship team. 

Tanner Nishioka picked up Athlete of the Year honors after leading not only the conference in average (.442), on-base percentage (.542), slugging percentage (.842) and home runs (nine), but also paced all of Division III with nearly a homer per game and .888 SLG.  He also locked down second base for the Sagehens, playing every game at the keystone where he recorded a .962 fielding percentage and turned 15 double plays. 

The Pitcher of the Year, Felix Minjarez was every bit as dominant a player on the other side of the ball, leading the nation in wins (12) and topping the conference in innings pitched (59), strikeouts (69) and K/9 (10.53) while recording the lowest ERA of any player to start against all eight opponents (1.98).  He allowed fewer hits than innings pitched and surrendered just a single home run over seven quality starts, including three without a single earned run against.

Miguel Salud was named the Newcomer of the Year after anchoring the bullben for the Kingsmen earning three wins and six saves. He appeared in13 games in SCIAC play allowing only 19 hits in 23 innings, while striking out 18 batters.

Matt Mark and Caltech earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors after leading the Beavers to their first win in SCIAC play since 1988 with a walk-off 4-3 victory on Mar. 31.  His squad then notched a second conference win just two weeks later by a score of 13-12 on Apr. 15.  In Mark’s first season at Caltech, the Beavers won their first game in 10 years and have since increased their win percentage each year of his tenure, culminating in this year’s eight-win season.  His 2017 team set high-water marks in runs, hits, ERA and fielding percentage over his tenure while drawing significantly closer to the rest of the conference in multiple team statistics.

2017 Baseball All-Conference Selections
Athlete of the Year: Tanner Nishioka, Sr, Pomona-Pitzer 
Pitcher of the Year: Felix Minjarez, Jr, Redlands
Newcomer of the Year: Miguel Salud, Sr, Cal Lutheran
Coaching Staff of the Year: Caltech, Head Coach Matt Mark

First Team      
Tanner Nishioka
INF SR Pomona-Pitzer
Felix Minjarez
P JR Redlands
Marshall Pautsch
P SR Cal Lutheran
Michael Collins
P SR Redlands
Nate Wehner
P JR Cal Lutheran
Rainier Aguilar
C JR Redlands
Tyler Cook
INF SR Chapman
Jared Love
INF JR Chapman
Max Weinstein
INF JR Cal Lutheran
Aaron Singh
INF SO Redlands
Bryce Rogan
OF JR Pomona-Pitzer
Gabe Gunter
OF SR Cal Lutheran
Eamon McNeil
OF SO Occidental
Jakob Thomas UT SR La Verne
Christopher Peres UT SO La Verne
Second Team      
Gavin Blodgett
UT SO Chapman
Scott Roberts
INF/P FR Cal Lutheran
Miguel Salud
P SR Cal Lutheran
Evan Opperman
C SR Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Bryan Smith
OF SO Occidental
Christopher Scalisi
INF SR Redlands
Andrew Lamar
INF JR Whittier
Justin Stream
OF JR Chapman
Matthew Macey
INF JR Whittier
Kevin Jordan
C SR Pomona-Pitzer
John Keane
P SR  Redlands
Conner Larkin
OF JR Chapman
Nolan Watson
P SR Occidental
Sportsmanship Team     
Harrison Jacobs
RF/1B/P SR Caltech
Sinjin Todd
OF SR Cal Lutheran
Anthony DeNiro
OF SO Chapman
Evan Opperman
C SR Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Ashton Edior
OF SR La Verne
Graham Pimm
2B SR Occidental
Kevin Jordan
C SR Pomona-Pitzer
Mitch Samson
OF SR Redlands
Ryan Nakamura
2B SR Whittier