June 3, 2004
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Stanford sophomore infielder Jed Lowrie was named the 2004 Pacific- 10 Conference Baseball Player of the Year, while Washington freshman right-hander Tim Lincecum earned Pitcher and Freshman of the Year honors in a vote by the Conference baseball coaches. UCLA skipper Gary Adams earned the Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Bruins to their best finish since 2000, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Lincecum, from Renton, Wash., is the first player ever in Pac-10 history to be named both Pitcher and Freshman of the Year in the same season. Lincecum led the league with 151 strikeouts, and kept opposing batters to an average of just .210, also a Pac-10 best this year. His 3.49 ERA was fourth-best in the league and he was one of only six pitchers to pitch over 100 innings during the regular season, notably the only freshman to do so. If Lincecum finishes the season with the most strikeouts, he will be the first freshman since USC's Bill Bordley in 1977 to lead the league in strikeouts.
Three Huskies earned first-team All-Pac-10. Sophomore outfielder Brent Lillibridge (Everett/Mill Creek HS) was named for the second year in a row while junior first baseman Kyle Larsen (Redmond/Eastlake HS) and sophomore outfielder Zach Clem (Burlington/Burlington-Edison HS) were both named for the first time.
Lowrie, from Salem, Ore., led the Conference with a .407 batting average, 16 home runs, 47 walks, 163 total bases, a .755 slugging percentage and an on base percentage of .513. Lowrie also had the second most runs scored (68) and RBI (66), and was third in the Pac- 10 with 88 hits and 19 doubles. Earlier this season, Lowrie was named National Player of the Week by NCBWA (National College Baseball Writers Association). He is also a Dick Howser Award semifinalist and was one of nine Pac-10 players to be invited to the USA Baseball Team Trials this summer.
Adams earns his third Pac-10 Coach of the Year award after leading the Bruins to the postseason for the first time since 2000. Predicted to finish seventh in the Conference this season, Adams took last year's team that posted a losing record and helped them capture third place in the Conference with a 14-10, 33-27 finish. In 30 years at the helm
of the UCLA program, Adams has posted a 982-821-5 record. This season he was named to be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Jan., 7 2005. This will be Adams last season at UCLA as he has announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the season.
Complete list of Conference honors:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jed Lowrie, STANFORD
PITCHER AND FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Tim Lincecum, WASHINGTON
COACH OF THE YEAR
Gary Adams, UCLA
Name School Pos Yr Ht Wt Hometown Jonny Ash STAN INF Sr. 5-9 180 Oakland, Calif. Travis Buck ASU 1B So. 6-3 210 Richland, Wash. Zach Clem WASH OF So. 6-1 200 Burlington, Wash. Jeff Clement (2) USC C So. 6-1 205 Marshalltown, Iowa Trevor Crowe ARIZ INF So. 6-0 190 Portland, Ore. Jacoby Ellsbury OSU OF So. 6-1 180 Madras, Ore. Brian Hall STAN OF Sr. 6-0 185 Carlsbad, N.M. Casey Janssen UCLA RHP Sr. 6-4 210 Huntington Beach, Calif. Ian Kennedy USC RHP Fr. 6-0 180 Huntington Beach, Calif. Kyle Larsen WASH 1B Jr. 6-5 245 Redmond, Wash. Brent Lillibridge (2) WASH OF So. 5-9 170 Everett, Wash. Donny Lucy STAN C Jr. 6-3 210 Fallbrook, Calif. Ryan McCarthy UCLA INF Jr. 6-3 200 Thousand Oaks, Calif. Aaron Mathews OSU OF Jr. 5-10 195 John Day, Ore. John Mayberry STAN 1B Jr. 6-5 225 Kansas City, Mo. David O'Hagan STAN RP Sr. 6-1 195 Wayzata, Minn. Dustin Pedroia (3) ASU INF Jr. 5-8 180 Woodland, Calif. Jake Postlewait (2) OSU LHP Sr. 6-0 190 Corvallis, Ore. Danny Putnam (2) STAN OF Jr. 5-10 200 Escondido, Calif. Mark Romanczuk (2) STAN LHP So. 6-1 195 Newark, Del. Jason Urquidez ASU RHP Jr. 6-1 165 Simi Valley, Calif. (2) - Two-time All-Conference selection. (3) - Three-time All-Conference selection.
Honorable Mention: Josh Asanovich, Jr., ASU; Brandon Averill, Sr., UCLA; Erik Averill, So., ASU; Trent Baysinger, Sr., WASH; Pat Bresnehan, Fr., ASU; Jon Brewster, Sr., USC; Jordan Brown, So., ARIZ; Bryce Chamberlain, Jr., WSU; Chris Cook, Jr., ASU; Colin Curtis, Fr., ASU; Chris Denove, So., UCLA; Jason Donald, Fr., ARIZ; Will Fenton, Jr., WASH; Jason Freeman, Jr., WSU; Baron Frost, So., USC; Sam Fuld, Sr., STAN; Jeff Gilmore, So., STAN; Adam Gold, So., CAL; Tuffy Gosewisch, Jr., ASU; Preston Griffin, Sr., UCLA; Kevin Gunderson, Fr., OSU; John Hardy, Jr., ARIZ; Billy Hart, So., USC; Aaron Hathaway, Jr., WASH; Nick Hundley, So., ARIZ; Jesse Ingram, Jr., CAL; Greg Isaacson, Sr., WASH; Jeff Larish, Jr., ASU; Aaron MacKenzie, Sr., WSU; Brett McMillan, So., UCLA; John Meloan, So., ARIZ; Richard Mercado, Jr., ARIZ; Jay Miller, So, WSU; Michael Moon, Sr., USC; Jeff Mousser, Sr., ASU; David Nicholson, Jr., CAL; John Otness, Sr., WASH; Joe Persichina, Fr., ASU; Grant Richardson, Jr., WSU; Paul Richie, Sr., OSU; Kaeo Rubin, Jr., WSU; Blake Sharpe, So., USC; Mike Sveltic, Sr., INF; Matt Thayer, Jr., UCLA; Aaron Trolia, Sr., WSU; Jeff Van Houten, Jr., ARIZ; Nick Walsh, Sr., ASU; David Weiner, Sr., CAL; Wes Whisler, Jr., UCLA; Zechry Zinicola, Fr., RHP.