DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference has announced its All-WAC baseball teams and major awards as selected by the league's ten head coaches. NM State's Joey Ortiz was named WAC Player of the Year while California Baptist's Logan Rinehart was named WAC Pitcher of the Year. Grand Canyon's Pierson Ohl was named WAC Freshman of the Year and UT Rio Grande Valley's Derek Matlock earned WAC Coach of the Year honors.
Ortiz, a junior shortstop from Garden Grove, Calif., hit .426 in WAC play and led the league with 55 hits, 16 doubles, four triples and 94 total bases against league foes. In addition, his .430 batting average is third in NCAA Division I and he leads the nation in hits (102), runs (82), triples (10) and is third in runs batted in (82).
Rinehart, a junior right-hander from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., was 8-0 in nine WAC starts, posting a 3.00 earned run average. Over 54.0 innings pitched, opponents hit just .208 against him and he struck out 56 hitters while walking just 24 as he was instrumental in leading CBU to a share of its first WAC title.
Ohl, a right-handed pitcher from Simi Valley, Calif., went 4-2 for the Lopes in nine WAC starts. His 2.37 earned-run average against league foes ranked second as opponents hit .235 against him in 57.0 innings pitched. He only allowed 10 walks in league play while recording 40 strikeouts.
Matlock led the Vaqueros to a share of the WAC title in his second season at UTRGV. He has a 57-50 record leading UTRGV, including 27-24 in league play. A 1992 graduate of UT Arlington, he has also coached in an assistant role at TCU, Texas State and West Virginia.
2019 First Team All-WAC
Catcher: Dawsen Bacho, So., Sacramento State
First Base: Tristan Peterson, Jr., NM State
Second Base: Nick Gonzales, So., NM State
Shortstop: Joey Ortiz, Jr., NM State
Third Base: Tyler Wyatt, Sr., Grand Canyon
Outfield: Tristen Carranza, Sr., NM Sate
Outfield: Jack Pauley, Sr., Northern Colorado
Outfield: Matt Smith, Jr., Sacramento State
Utility/DH: Ryan Mota, Sr., California Baptist
At-Large: Eric Mingus, 3B, Sr., NM State
Starting Pitcher: Kade Mechals, Jr., Grand Canyon
Starting Pitcher: Logan Rinehart, Jr., California Baptist
Relief Pitcher: Ryan Jackson, Sr., UT Rio Grande Valley
At-Large: Chance Hroch, Jr., NM State
2019 Second Team All-WAC
Catcher: Jake Ortega, Sr., CSU Bakersfield
First Base: Cuba Bess, So., Grand Canyon
Second Base: Luke Navigato, Sr., California Baptist
Third Base: Tyler Jorgensen, Jr., CSU Bakersfield
Shortstop: Christian Sepulveda, Jr., UT Rio Grande Valley
Outfield: Quin Cotton, Jr., Grand Canyon
Outfield: Preston Pavlica, Sr., Grand Canyon
Outfield: Kona Quiggle, Jr., Grand Canyon
Utility/DH: Ryan Eastburn, Sr., Utah Valley
At-Large: Chad Castillo, OF, Fr., California Baptist
Starting Pitcher: Andrew Bash, Jr., California Baptist
Starting Pitcher: Scott Randall, So., Sacramento State
Relief Pitcher: Tanner Dalton, Sr., Sacramento State
At-Large: Matt Mogollon, Gr., California Baptist
Player of the Year: Joey Ortiz, Jr., SS, NM State
Pitcher of the Year: Logan Rinehart, Jr., RHP, California Baptist
Freshman of the Year: Pierson Ohl, RHP, Grand Canyon
Coach of the Year: Derek Matlock, UT Rio Grande Valley