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Friday, February 1, 2019

Conference Preview: WAC

Mike Rooney        
Photo: Quin Cotton (GCU Athletics)




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Predicted Order of Finish

Overall/conference win-loss records from 2018 indicated | * Denotes projected conference automatic bid


No. Team W L W L
1 Grand Canyon* 33 24 19 5
2 New Mexico State 40 22 17 7
3 Sacramento State 35 25 17 7
4 Cal Baptist^ 35 19    
5 Seattle 34 23 13 11
6 Bakersfield 21 36 10 14
7 UTRGV 23 31 8 16
8 Northern Colorado 29 24 11 13
9 Utah Valley 15 37 6 18
10 Chicago State 13 41 7 17

^ record in NCAA Division II


Preseason All-Conference Team

Pos. Name Class School Stats/Notes
C Jake Ortega Sr. Bakersfield .245-0-13; 2nd team All-WAC in '18
1B Caleb Henderson R-Sr. New Mexico State .341-10-65; physical corner player, 134 TB
2B Nick Gonzales So. New Mexico State .347-9-46; 2018 WAC FR of the Year in '18
3B Pikai Winchester Sr. Grand Canyon .355-2-38; versatile defender, tough ABs
SS Joey Ortiz Jr. New Mexico State .289-7-54; good runner, plus defender, 13 SB
OF Quin Cotton Jr. Grand Canyon .390-5-43; dynamic offensive player, 1.035 OPS
OF Tyler Lowe Sr. Chicago State .376-8-41; 2nd in WAC in hitting in '18
OF Jack Pauley R-Sr. Northern Colorado .338-3-39; LHH w/ size, pop, 34 career doubles
DH Tristan Carranza Sr. New Mexico State .325-9-53; + pop, .547 career slugging
UT Tyler Wyatt Sr. Grand Canyon .324-0-30; 2x All-WAC, can play 8 positions
SP Andrew Bash R-Jr. Cal Baptist .399-14-61; 8-2, 2.71 ERA; D-II in '18
SP Parker Brahms Jr. Sacramento State 4-5, 2.41 ERA; best ERA among WAC starters
SP Kade Mechals Jr. Grand Canyon Transfer, .108 BAA in JUCO, pitched on Cape
SP Scott Randall So. Sacramento State 7-3, 3.48 ERA; only 14 BB in 16 starts as FR
RP Austin Roberts Jr. Sacramento State 4-2, 1.83 ERA, 2 SV; draft helium, touches 96

Player of the Year: Quin Cotton, of, Grand Canyon
Pitcher of the Year: Parker Brahms, rhp, Sacramento State
Freshman of the Year: Brody Cooper-Vassalakis, rhp Grand Canyon


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