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First-Teamers Lowenstein, Plaia Highlight All-WCC Selections

Junior Colton Plaia took home first team All-WCC honors this year.
Junior Colton Plaia took home first team All-WCC honors this year.

May 30, 2012

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The LMU baseball team placed six student-athletes on the WCC All-Conference teams following the 2012 season, it was announced by the conference office on Wednesday. Juniors Matt Lowenstein and Colton Plaia each took home first-team honors, while Alex Guthrie, Zac Fujimoto and freshman Trevor Megill claimed honorable mention nods. Megill also earned a spot on the All-Freshman team, joined by fellow right-hander Colin Welmon.

Lowenstein is the lone Lion who returns to the All-Conference list after being named 2010 WCC Freshman of the Year and honorable mention All-WCC in each of his first two seasons. The native of Chino Hills, Calif. hit .293 with a WCC-best 45 walks over the course of the year, but exploded in conference play. Lowenstein batted .381 with 22 runs scored, six doubles, three triples and 26 RBI en route to a .527 on-base percentage against WCC opponents.

Plaia was the most consistent Lion hitter throughout the 2012 season, hitting .326 with a team-best six homers and 38 RBI. The native of Mission Viejo, Calif. hit .385 with 17 runs scored, four homers and 26 RBI in conference play, while throwing out 12-of-27 potential base stealers. He led the Lions in multi-RBI games, collecting 11 to accompany 15 multi-hit performances, while reaching safely in each of his final 22 games of play.

A staple of the Lion infield for four years, Guthrie hit .277 in his senior campaign, including .297 against WCC opponents. The native of Sunnyvale, Calif. notched 12 runs scored, six doubles, two homers and 10 RBI in WCC play. Guthrie finished his career on a high note, hitting .367 with eight runs scored, five doubles, three homers and 14 RBI over 15 games in May.

 

 

Fujimoto hit .299 over the course of conference play, scoring eight runs with two doubles, a triple and eight RBI. The native of Aeia, Hawai'i was successful on four of his five stolen base attempts against WCC foes. Over the course of the 2012 season, the speedy outfielder stole seven bases and hit .295 with 15 runs scored, five doubles, two triples and 20 RBI.

Serving as LMU's Saturday starter throughout the year, Megill wasted no time getting acclimated to Division I play in 2012. The native of Huntington Beach, Calif. posted a 5-8 record and a 3.57 ERA over 15 starts and 90.2 innings of work. LMU's leader in strikeouts with 82, Megill was 4-3 with a 3.48 ERA against WCC opponents. Over the course of the year, Megill pitched to a 1.29 WHIP and 8.14 strikeouts per nine innings.

Welmon, LMU's Friday starter throughout the year as a freshman, finished with a 7-4 record and a 3.87 ERA in 15 starts. The right-hander tossed 95.1 innings, including one complete game, while striking out 66 hitters to only 14 walks for a stellar 4.7 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The native of Tustin, Calif. pitched to a 4-3 record in WCC play. His WHIP for the entire 2012 season was an impressive 1.29, averaging just 1.32 walks per nine innings.

Pepperdine was well-represented in the Yearly Awards after winning the WCC Championship, claiming Player of the Year (Joe Sever), Defensive Player of the Year (Zach Vincej) and Coach of the Year (Steve Rodriguez). Portland's Travis Radke garnered Freshman of the Year, while Marco Gonzales of Gonzaga took home Pitcher of the Year.

For the entire list of the WCC All-Conference selections, please visit:
http://www.wccsports.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/053012aab.html

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