Monday, May 18, 2009

Strasburg leads six Aztecs earning MWC honors

San Diego State junior right-hander Stephen Strasburg was named Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year during a banquet tonight in Fort Worth, Texas, on the eve of the MWC Tournament, which is being hosted by TCU.

Strasburg was one of six Aztecs players earning all-conference recognition. SDSU outfielder Cory Vaughn and closer Addison Reed joined Strasburg on the first team and first baseman Brandon Meredith, catcher/third baseman Erik Castro and pitcher Tyler Lavigne were selected on the second team.

New Mexico second baseman Mike Brownstein was selected MWC Player of the Year and TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle was selected Coach of the Year. Utah catcher C.J. Cron was selected Freshman of the Year, although he did not appear on either the first or second teams. Meredith and TCU shortstop Taylor Featherston were the only freshmen listed, both as second-team selections.

The complete all-conference teams are right here.

The Aztecs (37-19) open the six-team, double-elimination tournament on Tuesday at 6 p.m. (San Diego time) against UNLV (26-30).

Here's Tournament Central on the MWC Web site, which includes the tournament schedule, gametracker, rosters, stats, quotes, etc.

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