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Big West Announces 2010 Baseball Awards

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2010 All-Big West

6/1/2010

The Big West Conference announced its annual baseball awards and all-conference teams today and Cal State Fullerton was the lucky recipient of three top honors. Gary Brown was tabbed Big West Player of the Year, Dylan Floro garnered Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year accolades and Dave Serrano scooped up the Big West Coach of the Year award. UC Irvine nabbed its third straight Big West Pitcher of the Year honor with the selection of Daniel Bibona, his second annual award. Rounding out the top honors was Cal Poly's Mitch Haniger, claiming the Big West Freshman Player of the Year title.

Bibona put together another stellar campaign in 2010 to collect his second consecutive Big West Pitcher of the Year award. The last athlete to record back-to-back honors was Long Beach State's Jered Weaver, who was tabbed pitcher of the year in 2003 and 2004. The southpaw from Lake Forest, Calif., boasts a 9-2 record and a league-leading 2.10 earned run average in 90.0 innings pitched. With the postseason still to come, Bibona is first in the conference with 100 strikeouts and a .208 opposing batting average. He opened the season with his first of two Big West Pitcher of the Week accolades after shutting down Loyola Marymount for his eighth consecutive win, dating back to the 2009 season. Bibona, a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy, missed the last three weeks of the regular season due to inflamed ribs but should return to the mound for the NCAA Tournament.

Brown, currently sidelined with a broken finger after sliding into second base on a successful steal attempt on May 16, becomes the 10th Titan to earn Big West Player of the Year honors and the first since Justin Turner claimed the title back in 2006. The Golden Spikes Award semifinalist is currently leading the Big West Conference in batting average (.438), on-base percentage (.485), runs scored (62), hits (92), triples (8) and stolen bases (31). He also ranks nationally in the Top 20 in batting average and triples. With the NCAA Tournament still on the docket, Brown currently holds the school's best single-season batting average at .438, topping Steve Woodward's .431 clip set in 2000. His average also ranks second all-time in the Big West annals. The junior from Diamond Bar, Calif., picked up two Big West Player of the Week awards this season.

In just his first season with the Cal Fullerton baseball program, Floro has already made a name for himself. He enters the postseason with an impressive 2.84 earned run average, ranking him third in the league. Depending on postseason play, Floro has an opportunity to break a 32-year school record for lowest ERA by a freshman, set by Dave Weatherman back in 1978 (2.90 ERA). The righty from Merced, Calif., was the only freshman this season to collect Big West Pitcher of the Week accolades, a feat he accomplished on May 10 after tossing a complete-game shutout versus conference foe UC Riverside. In 73.0 innings pitched, Floro (7-0) has struck out 55 batters, allowed 23 earned runs and walked just eight batters, ranking him fifth in the country in walks allowed per nine innings. This marks the second straight year a Fullerton player was tabbed Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year with Tyler Pill and Noe Ramirez sharing honors in 2009.

For the second straight year a Cal Poly player received Big West Freshman Player of the Year honors with the selection of Mitch Haniger. The Santa Clara, Calif., native finished his freshman campaign ranked fourth on the Mustangs squad with a .326 batting average and 38 runs scored. He raked in a team-high 13 multi-RBI games and belted a 14-game hit streak during the season, tying for first among his fellow teammates.

Guiding Cal State Fullerton to a 21-3 Big West mark to secure the Titans' eighth Big West title in the past 12 years, earned Serrano his first Big West Coach of the Year award of his career. Serrano becomes the fourth Fullerton coach to receive such honors, following in the footsteps of Augie Garrido (87, 95), Larry Cochell (90) and George Horton (98, 99, 04, 05, 06). Along with its impressive Big West record, Cal State Fullerton was a perfect 12-0 at home during conference play this season. Under the helm of Serrano, the Titans also posted their second highest conference winning percentage at .875. In his three seasons as skipper of the Titans ball club, Serrano has amassed a 129-53 mark and led the team to three postseason appearances, which includes the 2009 College World Series.

Big West Champion Cal State Fullerton received five All-Big West First Team nods to lead all conference teams, followed by UC Irvine with four selections. The Highlanders of UC Riverside nabbed three spots on the first team, while Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, UC Davis and Pacific each placed one player on the first team. UC Irvines Eric Pettis became just the sixth Big West player to garner three first team honors over a carer with this years selection and the first since Cal State Fullertons Chad Cordero hit the trifecta (2001-03). Other repeat offenders are Cal State Fullertons Daniel Renken and Nick Ramirez and UC Irvines Francis Larson and Daniel Bibona, each collecting their second first team accolade.

 

2010 Big West All-Conference Team

FIRST TEAM
Player School Ht. B/T Yr. Pos. Hometown
Rob Brantly UC Riverside 6-2 L/R So. C Temecula Valley, Calif.
Francis Larson^ UC Irvine 6-0 R/R Sr. C Yorba Linda, Calif.
Nick Ramirez^ Cal State Fullerton 6-3 L/L So. 1B Anaheim, Calif.
Ryan Pineda Cal State Northridge 6-0 R/R Jr. 2B Las Vegas, Nev.
Brian Hernandez UC Irvine 6-1 R/R Jr. 3B Sylmar, Calif.
Christian Colon Cal State Fullerton 6-0 R/R Jr. SS Corona, Calif.
Gary Brown Cal State Fullerton 6-0 R/R Jr. OF Diamond Bar, Calif.
Tony Nix UC Riverside 5-11 R/R Jr. OF Poway, Calif.
Luke Yoder Cal Poly 6-0 R/R Sr. OF Bakersfield, Calif.
Justin Shults UC Riverside 6-2 L/R Jr. DH Valencia, Calif.
David Popkins UC Davis 6-2 R/R So. UTL San Diego, Calif.
Daniel Bibona^ UC Irvine 6-0 L/L Sr. SP Lake Forest, Calif.
Noe Ramirez Cal State Fullerton 6-3 R/R So. SP East Los Angeles, Calif.
Daniel Renken^ Cal State Fullerton 6-4 R/R Jr. SP Cypress, Calif.
Hunter Carnevale Pacific 5-11 R/R Sr. RP Roseville, Calif.
Eric Pettis$ UC Irvine 6-2 R/R Sr. CP West Hills, Calif.
SECOND TEAM
Player School Ht. B/T Yr. Pos. Hometown
Jeff Cusick UC Irvine 6-2 R/R Sr. 1B Mission Viejo, Calif.
J.B. Brown Pacific 6-1 L/R Jr. 2B Alvin, Texas
Corey Jones Cal State Fullerton 6-0 L/R Jr. 2B Camarillo, Calif.
Mike Walker Pacific 6-4 L/R Sr. 3B Marysville, Calif.
Devin Lohman Long Beach State 6-2 R/R Jr. SS Santa Maria, Calif.
C.J. Belanger Cal State Northridge 6-3 L/R Sr. OF Stanton, Calif.
Michael Hur UC Riverside 6-0 R/R Sr. OF Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
T.J. Mittelstaedt Long Beach State 5-10 L/R Sr. OF Mission Viejo, Calif.
Tyler Pill Cal State Fullerton 6-1 L/R So. OF Covina, Calif.
Carlos Lopez Cal State Fullerton 6-2 L/R Fr. DH Northridge, Calif.
Joey Siddons Cal State Fullerton 5-10 R/R Sr. UTL Camarillo, Calif.
Christian Bergman UC Irvine 6-2 R/R Sr. SP Altadena, Calif.
Dylan Floro Cal State Fullerton 6-2 L/R Fr. SP Merced, Calif.
Andrew Gagnon Long Beach State 6-4 R/R So. SP Brentwood, Calif.
Jimmy Jolicoeur Cal State Northridge 6-2 R/R Sr. RP Covina, Calif.
Matt Lewis UC Davis 6-3 R/R Jr. CP Redding, Calif.
HONORABLE MENTION
Player School Ht. B/T Yr. Pos. Hometown
Billy Marcoe Cal State Fullerton 5-11 R/R Sr. C Bellevue, Wash.
Marty Mullins UC Santa Barbara 5-10 R/R Sr. C Los Gatos, Calif.
Joe Oliveira Pacific 6-0 R/R Sr. C San Diego, Calif.
Dominic D’Anna Cal State Northridge 6-1 L/R Jr. 1B West Hills, Calif.
Brian Martin Pacific 6-2 L/R Jr. 1B Livermore, Calif.
Steve Tinoco Long Beach State 6-1 R/R Sr. 1B Coto de Caza, Calif.
Casey Stevenson UC Irvine 6-3 L/R Sr. 2B Saugus, Calif.
Richie Pedroza Cal State Fullerton 5-6 S/R Fr. 3B Covina, Calif.
Joey Terdoslavich Long Beach State 6-2 S/R So. 3B Sarasota, Fla.
Matt Valaika UC Santa Barbara 5-10 R/R Sr. SS Valencia, Calif.
Bobby Crocker Cal Poly 6-3 R/R So. OF Armoas, Calif.
Nick Longmire Pacific 6-2 R/R Jr. OF San Diego, Calif.
Scott Lyman UC Davis 6-3 R/R So. OF Alamo, Calif.
Adam Melker Cal Poly 6-0 L/L Sr. OF Claremont, Calif.
Mario Hollands UC Santa Barbara 6-5 L/L Jr. SP El Cerrito, Calif.
Jesse Meaux UC Santa Barbara 6-4 R/R Jr. SP Glendale, Calif.
Mitch Patito UC Riverside 6-0 R/R Fr. CP Mira Loma, Calif.

^Two-time All-Big West First Team selection

$Three-time All-Big West First Team selection

2010 BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Gary Brown, Cal State Fullerton
2010 BIG WEST FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mitch Haniger, Cal Poly
2010 BIG WEST PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Bibona, UC Irvine
2010 BIG WEST FRESHMAN PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Dylan Floro, Cal State Fullerton
2010 BIG WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Dave Serrano, Cal State Fullerton
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