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    Four Zags Pick Up All-WCC Baseball Honors

    Kalmer named First-Team All-WCC; Stem & Rutherford Named Honorable Mention; Stem & DeSchryver Named All-Freshman

    SAN MATEO, Calif. – Brian Kalmer led four Gonzaga players picking up All-West Coast Conference honors ahead of the Zags' WCC Tournament opener in Las Vegas, the league announced Tuesday.

    Kalmer earned First-Team All-WCC honors in his first season at GU, with Jacob Rutherford and Sam Stem getting an honorable mention nod. Stem joined Nathan DeSchryver on the league's All-Freshman team. The honor is the first of all four players' careers.

    Kalmer finished the regular season ranked among the Top 10 in the WCC in 10 different offensive categories, leading the league in RBI (51) and Walks (36) and ranking No. 2 in Slugging (.680), OBP (1.133) and Home Runs (15). He also finished No. 3 in Hits (70), No. 3 in Doubles (15), No. 4 in On-Base % (0.453), No. 6 in Runs scored (44) and No. 6 in Batting Average (.355).

    Kalmer's 15 home runs are the most in a single season by a GU player since 2002, and his two grand slams are the most since 2009.

    Stem, who has the second-most triples in the league (3) and second-best batting average (.313) on GU's lineup, has driven in 30 runs in 45 starts as a true freshman. He's racked up 17 extra base hits this season, the third-most on the team.

    Rutherford, who picked up WCC Pitcher of the Week honors after throwing a complete-game shutout against Saint Mary's on May 7, has thrown a career-high 75.1 innings of work, striking out 72 in the process. He's lasted longer than eight innings three times this season, including two complete games, to finish the regular season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts.

    In his first season after redshirting last spring, DeSchryver started eight games on the mound for GU, holding opponents to the lowest batting average on the team (.255) over 58 innings. He's struck out 45 in that span.

    The No. 6-seed Bulldogs (18-33, 14-13 WCC) will need to snap a six-game losing streak to stay alive and advance past the opening round of the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas on Wednesday at 3 p.m., when they'll face No. 3-seed Santa Clara (31-18, 17-10). Live stats and streaming options are available on — follow @ZagBaseball on Instagram and Twitter for live updates, highlights and more.

    Coach of the Year – Nathan Choate, LMU
    Co-Player of the Year – Christian Almanza, Saint Mary's
    Co-Player of the Year – Austin Deming, BYU
    Pitcher of the Year – Diego Barrera, LMU
    Freshman of the Year – Khadim Diaw, LMU
    Defensive Player of the Year – Cole Roberts, LMU

    Christian Almanza, Saint Mary's
    Diego Baquiero, LMU
    Diego Barrera, LMU
    Nick Brink, Portland
    Mario DeMera, San Francisco
    Austin Deming, BYU
    Jake Holcroft, Portland
    Brian Kalmer, Gonzaga
    Nich Klemp, Portland
    Connor Linchey, Saint Mary's
    Ben Nemivant, Pacific
    Angelo Peraza, San Diego
    Evan Scavotto, Portland
    Zach Toglia, Portland

    Jack Basseer, Pepperdine
    Khadim Diaw, LMU
    Skylar Hales, Santa Clara
    Blake Hammond, Santa Clara
    Ryan Johnson, Pepperdine
    Zach Kirby, LMU
    Michael O'Hara, Santa Clara
    John Peck, Pepperdine
    Kevin Sim, San Diego
    Austin Smith, San Diego
    Cooper Vest, BYU
    Harris Williams III, San Francisco

    Peter Allegro, Portland
    Ariel Armas, San Diego
    Merrick Baldo, LMU
    Jonjon Berring, Santa Clara
    Coleman Brigman, Santa Clara
    Justin DeCriscio, San Diego
    Cole Gambill, BYU
    Briley Knight, Portland
    Jeremy Lea, Pacific
    Boston Mabeus, BYU
    Efrain Manzo, Santa Clara
    Ben Patacsil, Portland
    Ryan Robinson, San Diego
    Jacob Rutherford, Gonzaga
    Ryan Sanders, Saint Mary's
    August Souza, Santa Clara
    Sam Stem, Gonzaga
    Ryan Taurek, Saint Mary's
    Shane Telfer, Pepperdine

    Luke Anderson, BYU
    Gabriel Barrett, San Francisco
    Jack Basseer, Pepperdine
    John Damozonio, Saint Mary's
    Nate DeSchryver, Gonzaga
    Thomas Ferroggiaro, Santa Clara
    Khadim Diaw, LMU
    Jack Gurevitch, San Diego
    Jared Mettam, Saint Mary's
    Sam Stem, Gonzaga

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