College Roundup: Cuesta’s Murillo named pitcher of the year

sports@thetribunenews.comMay 3, 2012 

Eleven Cuesta College baseball players were named all-Western State Conference on Thursday, highlighted by starting pitcher David Murillo.

Murillo, a former San Luis Obispo High standout, was named the WSC pitcher of the year and was a unanimous selection for the first team. He finished the regular season with a 6-4 record and a 2.97 ERA.

Outfielder Cody Lavalli, shortstop Josh Miller and catcher Michael Nieporte join Murillo on the first team.

Lavalli was named the runner-up for conference player of the year behind Moorpark’s Nick Rogowski. Lavalli leads the Cougars in doubles, triples, home runs and slugging percentage and is second on the team with a .354 batting average.

Miller and Nieporte, also a San Luis Obispo grad, both were unanimous selections. Miller has a .335 batting average and a 23-game hitting streak, and Nieporte leads Cuesta in batting with a .363 average.

Centerfielder LaBronze Sanderson, third baseman Chris Landmark, second baseman and 2011 first-teamer Alex Detz (Mission Prep graduate) and designated hitter Spencer Ruggles (Atascadero) were all named to the second team.

Relievers Andrew Nelson and Brett Haringa and first baseman Bryce Marcoullier were named honorable mentions.

Cal Poly’s Miller named to shortstop watch list

Shortstop Mike Miller of the Cal Poly baseball team is one of 50 Division I players named as quarterfinalists for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year award by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Miller leads the Big West Conference with 64 hits and 41 runs scored. He has 12 doubles, four triples and three home runs and has a .348 batting average so far this season.

Cuesta softball players receive recognition

Three Cuesta softball players were named all-Western State Conference with Laura Haines and Kelly Lockwood representing the Cougars on the second team, and Sara Hoverston getting an honorable mention recognition.

Haines finished with a team-leading .421 batting average, 28 RBI and a school-record 31 stolen bases.

Lockwood hit .398 on the year with 13 doubles and the team’s only two home runs.

Cuesta honors two athletes

Zach Taapken and Kristen Brimage have been named Cuesta College’s Athletes of the Month for April.

Taapken set school records of 58.26 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke and 2 minutes, 7.38 seconds in the 200 breaststroke. He also won the 100 breaststroke at the WSC meet.

Brimage was named the CCCAA State Diver of the Year after winning WSC and CCCAA regional and state titles on the 1-meter board. At the CCCAA regional, Brimage set a school record with a six-dive score of 237.7 points.

She was named an All-American on the 3-meter board after winning the WSC conference title in that event and finishing third at the state meet.

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