Trio named preseason All-MW for Wolf Pack baseball
The Nevada baseball team landed three student-athletes on the 2016 Mountain West Preseason All-Conference Team and the Wolf Pack was selected sixth with in the Preseason Coaches Poll, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Seniors Christian Stolo and Bryce Greager and junior Trenton Brooks were named to the preseason-all conference team as Nevada was one of three teams with at least three players honored. Nevada, winning 41 games overall and the conference with a 22-7 record last year, was selected sixth with 14 points in the preseason coaches’ poll.
New Mexico and San Diego State sat atop the poll with 32 points and three first-place votes. Air Force and Fresno State tied for third with 24 points. UNLV (15), Nevada (14) and San Jose State (6) round out the preseason coaches poll.
Stolo returns for his senior season after being named MW Pitcher of the Year last season. The six-foot lefty tallied an 8-2 record with a 2.83 ERA, logging 76.1 innings with 17 appearances and 13 starts. The Reno native also posted a 6-0 record during conference play during the regular season.
Greager returns the third-best batting average in the conference last year after batting .355 while earning first team All-MW accolades. The third basemen from Fountain Hills, Ariz., also posted 65 hits, 41 RBI and 39 runs last year. Greager enters his senior season with a .328 career average in 83 games at Nevada.
Brooks, one of the top two-way players in the nation, returns as a junior after winning the inaugural MW Tony Gwynn Player of the Year Award last season. The Alpine, Calif., native posted a .365 batting average and a 3.65 ERA and was a finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. Brooks boasted the league’s top batting average while posting a 4-1 record on the mound last season.
Nevada opens the season in three days with a four-game series from Feb. 19-21 against Northwestern at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz. The Wolf Pack and Wildcats play a double-header on opening day Friday with first pitch times set for 1 and 5 p.m. PT.