Zags baseball hits a homerun with WCC Awards

SPOKANE, Wash.— The Gonzaga baseball team showed out with this year’s West Coast Conference awards given out on Tuesday.

A total of nine Zags received all-conference awards, matching last year’s total. The No. 10 team in the country took home three out of the five big individual awards, matching a record set in 2013. 

Head Coach Mark Machtolf was named the WCC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career. Losing five starters from his 2021 campaign, GU won its second-straight WCC title and fifth in the last six years.

Third baseman Cade McGee was named the WCC Freshman of the Year. Leading the team with seven homeruns, McGee finished the year second on the team with 30 hits while tallying 46 bases. He is the second Zag to win the award since Marco Gonzales won it in 2013.

Shortstop Connor Cobales won WCC Defensive Player of the Year, only committing two errors all season. 

Gabriel Hughes and Tyler Rando were named to the WCC All-First Team. Hughes finished second in voting for Pitcher of the Year, striking out 88 batters in 61 innings pitched, both of which were league highs.

Rando, who spent time both at behind the dish and at DH, Rando tallied 14 extra base hits this season, batting .303 with 22 RBIs. 

Pitcher Trystan Vrieling was named to the WCC All-Second Team. Vrieling threw 61 strikeouts in WCC play this season, holding batters to a .271 batting average. Vrieling was named WCC Pitcher of the Week earlier in the season for his performance against Oklahoma State last year.

McGee, Michael Spellacy, Owen Wild, Enzo Apodaca, Savier Pinales and Ezra Samperi were all named to the WCC All-Honorable Mention list.