Mitch Haniger, a junior outfielder for the Cal Poly baseball team, became the third Mustang in school history to take home Big West Conference Player of the Year honors when the all-conference teams were announced Tuesday.
Haniger led the Big West in home runs (13), RBI (64), slugging percentage (.626) and total bases (132), finishing the year hitting .346 with 18 doubles, a triple and six stolen bases. He ranks 11th in the country in RBI, 13th in RBI per game (1.14) and 32nd in home runs.
He joins catcher Kyle Blumenthal (2005) and outfielder Grant Desme (2007) as the only players in school history to take home the Big West’s top honor.
Haniger had 22 multiple-hit games this season, including a five-hit game against Cal State Northridge and seven three-hit contests.He was named the Big West Field Player of the Week twice, after going 8 for 18 with nine RBI and five runs scored in the series against Loyola Marymount and 8 for 13 in the series against Cal State Northridge.
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After three seasons with Cal Poly, Haniger ranks fourth all-time with 26 home runs, is tied for third all-time with 47 career doubles and is fifth in school history with 137 RBI.
He is expected to be selected in the first three rounds of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft on Monday.
Joining Haniger on the first team are catcher Chris Hoo, third baseman Jimmy Allen, shortstop Mike Miller, designated hitter Tim Wise, starting pitcher Joey Wagman and relief pitcher Reed Reilly.
Outfielder David Armendariz and starting pitcher Kyle Anderson were named to the second team.
Hoo led the conference in two categories — picking five runners off base and throwing out 22 would-be base stealers, and committed just five errors in 375 chances behind the plate.
Allen led the Mustangs with 20 doubles and four triples and was second in the Big West with 44 RBI.
Miller had a team-high .354 average to go with 87 hits and 56 runs scored for Cal Poly, and at one point in the season had reached base safely in 25 consecutive games.
Wise finished the year reaching base safely in 32 games in a row and had at least one hit in 21 of the final 23 games of the season.
Wagman compiled a 2.33 ERA and a 9-3 record on the year, including eight shutout innings against Oklahoma State in the season-opener.
Reilly, primarily used as a middle reliever, was 5-2 with a 2.80 ERA in 25 appearances. He struck out 45 in 542⁄3 innings and allowed just six earned runs in his last 16 appearances.
Dylan Floro of Cal State Fullerton was named the Big West Pitcher of the Year, and teammate Matt Chapman, a shortstop for the Titans, was named Freshman Player of the Year. Fullerton’s Rick Vanderhook was given Coach of the Year honors. The Titans are the only Big West team in NCAA Tournament, which starts later this week.
Northridge’s Jerry Keel was named Freshman Pitcher of the Year, and shortstop D.J. Crumlich of UC Irvine was named Defensive Player of the Year.