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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) office announced Thursday the Baseball All-Conference teams and Whittier College saw senior Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) and junior Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) earn recognition.
Macey earns accolades for the second straight year but this time sees himself on the 1st Team as a first baseman. Baez, the Poets ace all season finds himself on the 2nd Team as a starting pitcher for the first time in his career.
Macey put up big numbers for the Purple & Gold all season within conference play batting .360 with 31 hits, which included eight doubles, two triples, and two homeruns. He drove in 15 and totaled 49 bases, while drawing 17 walks. He scored 20 times, had an OB% of .491 and slugged .570.
His fielding was spot-on as well with a .994 clip, which included 162 putouts, eight assists and 15 double plays. In SCIAC he ranked No. 3 in walks, No. 4 in OB%, No. 6 in triples, No. 7 in SLG%, No. 8 in total bases, No. 9 in doubles, and No. 11 in hits and batting average.
Baez was the deadly southpaw opponents dreaded facing. He made nine appearances within SCIAC going 4-3 with a 4.17 ERA, while holding opponents to a .279 batting average. He totaled 50 strikeouts averaging 8.33 strikeouts per game and totaled 54 innings thrown and a complete game.
In SCIAC he ranked No. 1 in games started, No. 6 in strikeouts and complete games, and No. 7 in strikeouts per game and wins.
Charlie Mayfield (Placentia, Calif.) was the final Poet to receive honors being named to the SCIAC All-Sportsmanship Team. He played in 13 conference games registering three hits, while driving in one and totaling three bases.
SCIAC Athlete of the Year – Brendan Gardiner (Redlands)
SCIAC Pitcher of the Year – Adam Stead (Redlands)
SCIAC Newcomer of the Year – Patrick Galvin (CMS)
SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year – Scott Winterburn (ULV)