Cal Poly places four on Big West Conference baseball first team

Wagman, Reilly are repeat first-team all-conference selections for Mustangs

sports@thetribunenews.comMay 28, 2013 

Cal Poly’s Nick Torres, left, dodges a close pitch during the Mustangs’ 6-2 win over Cal State Northridge on May 18. Torres was named to the Big West Conference first team Tuesday.

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Cal Poly pitchers Joey Wagman and Reid Reilly were named to the Big West Conference first team all-conference baseball team Tuesday for the second straight season.

Wagman and Reilly are two of the four first-team selections for the Mustangs, who finished tied for second place in the Big West with UC Santa Barbara at 17-10. Cal State Fullerton went 23-4 to win the Big West title.

The Mustangs (39-17) will play San Diego at 2 p.m. Friday at UCLA in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament.

Also named to the first team for Cal Poly were senior second baseman Denver Chavez and sophomore outfielder Nick Torres.

Long Beach State junior Jeff McNeil, a Nipomo High graduate, was named to the first team as a utility player.

No Cal Poly players are on the second team. Honorable mention selections for the Mustangs are sophomore outfielder Josh Ellis and sophomore starting pitcher Matt Imhof.

Wagman is 12-3 with a 3.11 earned run average and 100 strikeouts in 104 1⁄3 innings. He’s tied the single-season school record for wins set by Garrett Olson in 2005.

Reilly, the Mustangs’ closer, has 14 saves, also tying a 2005 single-season school record, set by Mike Bille. Reilly also has 67 strikeouts in 57 innings in 31 appearances.

Wagman and Reilly are the second and third Cal Poly players named to the Big West first team twice. The other was Brandon Roberts in 2004-05.

Chavez leads the Big West in multiple offensive categories. He tops the conference in hits (84), runs scored (53), at-bats (232), plate appearances (264) and steals (17) and also is 

second in batting (.362), fourth in on-base percentage (.425) and total bases (107), ninth in doubles (14) and 10th in slugging percentage (.461).

Torres leads the Mustangs with 47 RBI, and leads the Big West with eight sacrifice flies. He is hitting .336 with seven homers and earlier this season had an 18-game hitting streak.

Cal State Fullerton dominated the selections with seven first-team selections, three second-team players and three honorable mention selections. 

The Titans took a share of all of the top individual honors with Carlos Lopez and UC Irvine’s Taylor Sparks sharing Field Player of the Year honors, Justin Garza being named Pitcher of the Year, Richy Pedroza is the Defensive Player of the Year, Robby Nesovic is the Freshman Field Player of the Year, Thomas Eshelman is the Pitcher of the Year and Rick Vanderhook is the Coach of the Year.

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