The Nevada Wolf Pack party has begun this week.
The Wolf Pack, which cruised to the Mountain West regular season baseball title by three games, was awarded the top honors in the conference this week by the league’s coaches. Pitcher/outfielder Trenton Brooks was named the Player of the Year, Christian Stolo the Pitcher of the Year, Cal Stevenson the Freshman of the Year and Jay Johnson the coach of the year.
Johnson’s honor was the least surprising of the three. The second-year Pack coach led his team to a 41-13 overall record this year and a 22-7 record in Mountain West games. Johnson’s Pack did not lose three games in a row at any point this season and wrapped up the conference title with two weeks to play.
The choice of Brooks as Player of the Year over his Pack teammates Ryan Howell and Austin Byler was a bit surprising as the coaches recognized Brooks’ talents at the plate and on the mound this year. Brooks led the conference in hitting at .365 and was second in on base percentage (.483), fourth in RBI (52), and sixth in both runs scored (50) and hits (70). He also had 16 doubles, two triples, three homers and 52 RBI. Brooks also pitched, going 4-1 with a 3.65 ERA in 13 games. He struck out 24 and walked 20 and allowed 31 hits in 37 innings.
Stolo was 8-1 with a .260 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 72.2 innings. He tied for the conference lead in wins and was second in ERA.
Stevenson hit .356 with 54 runs scored, 74 hits and four triples. He shared the Freshman award with New Mexico’s Cory Voss (.548 slugging, 5 triples).
Byler (1B), Howell (2B), Kewby Meyer (OF), Bryce Greager (utility) and Adam Whitt (RP) were named to the First Team All-Mountain West and shortstop Kyle Hunt was named Second Team.
Byler and Howell were the top two power hitters in the conference and clearly the biggest offensive threats. Howell led the Mountain West with 16 homers and 64 RBI as well as 134 total bases and slugging (.647). Howell also hit .319 and was eighth in the conference with 66 hits and fifth in runs scored (53). Byler led the conference in runs scored (66), walks (54), hit by pitches (18) and in on base percentage (.506). Byler was also second in homers (13) and in slugging (.644) as well as fifth in RBI (50), fourth in doubles (18) and third in total bases (123) to go along with a ,325 average.
Greager hit .352 with a .545 slugging percentage and .455 on base percentage. Meyer hit .342 with a conference-best 78 hits. He was second in RBI with 54 and runs scored with 58 as well as 124 total bases. His .544 slugging percentage was sixth.
Whitt led the Mountain West with 14 saves and had a 2.45 ERA over 26 appearances.
Hunt hit .256 with 12 doubles and 27 RBI and led the conference with 13 sacrifice bunts.
2015 All-Mountain West
C – Taylor Ward, Fresno State; C – Erik VanMeetren, UNLV; 1B – Austin Byler, Nevada; 2B – Ryan Howell, Nevada; 3B – Ty France, San Diego State;SS – Danny Sheehan, SDSU; OF – Kewby Meyer, Nevada; OF – Taylor Tempel, Fresno State; OF – Danny Collier, New Mexico; UT – Bryce Greager, Nevada; Pitcher – Toller Boardman, New Mexico; Bubba Derby, San Diego State; Mark Seyler, San Diego State; Relief Pitcher – Adam Whitt, Nevada; Garrett Mundell, Fresno State
C – Seby Zavala, San Diego State; 1B – Jack Zoellner, New Mexico; 2B – Ozzy Braff, San Jose State; 3B – Carl Stajduhar, New Mexico; SS – Kyle Hunt, Nevada; OF – Spencer Draws, Air Force; Adam Groesbeck, Air Force; Austin Guibor, Fresno State; Chase Calabuig, San Diego State; UT – Steven Pallares, San Diego State; Pitcher – Griffin Jax, Air Force; Jake Shull, Fresno State; Kenny Oakley, UNLV.