Smart Tabbed Preseason All-WCC, Lions Picked Fifth

Feb. 7, 2018

Complete WCC Release

Following a season in which LMU captured its seventh Conference Championship, the Lions have been tabbed to finish fifth this year according to the 2018 WCC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll.

In addition to the preseason poll, which is voted on by all 10 of the conference head coaches, the WCC also released the 2018 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team. LMU has one representative on the team, as outfielder Jamey Smart earned a spot.

Smart, a first team All-WCC pick in 2017, hit .326 while appearing in all 56 games and starting 55 a year ago. The native of San Ramon, Calif. scored 35 runs and collected team-high 41 RBI to accompany 11 doubles and six homers. Smart led the team in WCC play, hitting .394 with 24 runs scored, six doubles, four homers and 24 RBI, including posting LMU's lone five RBI game vs. Portland on May 21. The team leader in multi-RBI games with 11, he also managed 21 multi-hit contests in 2017.

After a record-breaking season last year, 2017 West Coast Conference Tournament champion and regular season co-champion BYU was picked to win the 2018 WCC Championship. The Cougars earned five first place votes and 74 points overall. San Diego was a close second with 71 points overall and four first place votes. Saint Mary's grabbed the last first place vote while earning 66 points for a preseason third-place finish. Gonzaga, who shared a third of the 2017 regular season title, was picked fourth by the coaches with 57 points. Fellow co-champion Loyola Marymount rounded out the top half with 53 points.

The 2018 season begins on February 16 as the Lions hit the road for an opening weekend tournament in Las Vegas. LMU will begin the season with a game against Oregon before playing Indiana State and UNLV to close Opening Weekend. LMU's home-opener is scheduled for February 20 when the Lions welcome UC Irvine to Page Stadium at 6 p.m.

 

 

2018 WCC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll

Team (First Place Vote)

Pts.

1. BYU

(5)

74

2. San Diego

(4)

71

3. Saint Mary's

(1)

66

4. Gonzaga

57

5. Loyola Marymount

53

6. San Francisco

36

7. Pepperdine

35

8. Santa Clara

27

9. Pacific

19

10. Portland

12

2018 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team - Position Players

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Brennon Anderson

BYU

Sr.

IF

Jake Brodt

Santa Clara

Sr.

IF

John Cresto

Santa Clara

Jr.

IF

James Free II

Pacific

So.

C

Edward Haus

Saint Mary's

Jr.

IF/OF

Keaton Kringlen

BYU

Jr.

OF

Kevin Milam

Saint Mary's

So.

IF/RHP

Daniel Schneemann

BYU

Jr.

IF

Jay Schuyler

San Diego

Jr.

UTL

Jamey Smart

Loyola Marymount

Sr.

OF

2018 All-WCC Preseason Baseball Team - Pitchers

Name

Institution

Yr.

Pos.

Kevin Baker

Portland

Jr.

RHP

Chris Murphy

San Diego

So.

LHP

Thomas Ponticelli

San Francisco

Jr.

RHP

Ricky Reynoso

Pacific

Jr.

LHP

Nick Sprengel

San Diego

Jr.

LHP

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