All-America Recognition for Shay Whitcomb and Unanimous West Region Pitcher of the Year Brandon Weed
CARY, N.C. - University of California San Diego baseball student-athletes have received a slew of postseason honors in recent days while the program is busy in its continued pursuit of a first national title.
Junior right-handed starting pitcher Brandon Weed, a Lemon Grove product and newcomer from Southwestern College (Grossmont HS), is the unanimous West Region Pitcher of the Year, and of course an All-West Region First Team selection. He has gone on to garner All-America recognition from all three award organizations for the NCAA Division II, in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
Weed first picked up NCBWA All-America honorable mention this Wednesday, before being named to the D2CCA All-America Second Team earlier Friday afternoon, and the ABCA/Rawlings All-America Third Team while at the NCAA Division II Championship banquet in Cary, N.C., later Friday night.
Sophomore shortstop Shay Whitcomb, out of Newbury Park (Newbury Park HS), was also given All-America honorable mention, for the first time as a college ballplayer, by the NCBWA this week. He, like Weed, was a unanimous All-West Region First Team choice.
Only all-region first-teamers move on to their respective All-America ballots.
Remaining NCBWA and ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region honors for UC San Diego went to redshirt senior third baseman Alex Eliopulos (La Jolla/La Jolla HS) and senior left-handed starting pitcher Preston Mott (Clovis/Clovis HS), who both earned second-team selections. Redshirt sophomore catcher Aaron Kim (Orange/Orange Lutheran HS) and senior right-handed closer Kyle Lucke (El Dorado Hills/Oak Ridge HS) received NCBWA All-West Region honorable mentions.
Mott thus went three-for-three with All-West Region Second Team nods for a second year in a row to end his great college career. Eliopulos was also a unanimous second-team pick by the three organizations a year ago. He was not recognized by the D2CCA this year.
Kim, Lucke, Weed and Whitcomb are all first-time all-region honorees.
The CCAA regular-season and three-peat West Region champion Tritons (40-14) are in Cary awaiting their first game against 11th-ranked Southeast Region champion Catawba College (47-12) on Sunday, June 2. First pitch at the USA Baseball National Training Complex is set for 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET). All games will be aired, for free, on NCAA.com. The Indians are from Salisbury, N.C., about two hours and 120 miles to the west of Cary. Sunday will mark the first-ever matchup between the teams.
Got a quick sound byte from Brandon Weed after tonight’s #D2Baseball Championship banquet. Unanimous West Region Pitcher of the Year. All-America recognition from all three award programs. What a first year in #LaJolla for B Weed. 👏🇺🇸#GoTritons 🔱 #UCSanDiego #Tritons #CCAAbsb pic.twitter.com/jSdV72p6V5— UC San Diego Baseball (@UCSDbsb) June 1, 2019
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