Reynoso and Free Named To Preseason All-WCC Teams

Reynoso and Free Named To Preseason All-WCC Teams

STOCKTON, Calif. - Left-handed pitcher Ricky Reynoso was named to the West Coast Conference's Preseason Baseball team for pitchers, while catch James Free II was voted to the WCC Preseason Baseball team for position players announced Wednesday by the WCC.

"Both of these men have put in a lot of work in the fall and winter and have gotten a lot better. They are leaders in the classroom and in the locker room and I can't wait to be on the field with them and all of their teammates next week," said head coach Ryan Garko.

Reynoso proved to be a reliable piece to the pitching staff as he started 15 games in 2017. Through 74 1/3 innings, he averaged 6.78 strikeouts per nine innings, his new career best. He finished the year with a 5-7 record and a 3.75 ERA. Reynoso held conference opponents to a 2.50 ERA and recorded a home ERA of 2.17. The lefty gave up only three homers and struck out 56.
 
Free, also named to the Perfect Game USA All-America Team, put together a .343 batting average in the 2016-17 season while leading the WCC in home runs (14) and runs batted in (54) during the regular season. The Walnut, Calif. native also ranked 25th in the NCAA in slugging percentage at a .652 clip while pacing team in hits (62) and on base percentage (.471).

He led all WCC catchers in home runs, extra base hits, total bases, slugging percentage, RBI, batting average, and OPS during the regular season. Free was the WCC freshman leader in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, homers, RBI, doubles and total bases.

After the 2016-17 campaign, Free was named to three Freshman All-America teams (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball News, and Perfect Game USA) and was named to the All-West Coast Conference Second Team as well as the All-Freshman Team.

The Tigers open their season with a trip to Seattle for their first four games of the season starting on Friday, Feb. 16. Fans can follow the game via free live stream courtesy of the WAC Digital Network. Live stats will also be available via PacificTigers.com

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