Written By: WAC Media Relations
DENVER, CO - For the third time in the last four seasons, Grand Canyon won the WAC baseball regular season title but for the first time in that period, the Lopes will be the number one seed in the WAC Baseball Tournament, earning the top seed in their first year of eligibility.
Grand Canyon won the regular season title with a 19-5 record in conference play. The Lopes are led by sophomore Quin Cotton, who is hitting .393 with 19 doubles, five triples, five home runs and 43 RBIs. Friday starter Jake Wong will bring a 9-2 record into the WAC tournament, having struck out 77 and walked 27 in 81.2 innings on the hill.
The number two seed goes to Sacramento State, who swept Utah Valley in the final weekend of play to earn the bye. The Hornets are led by Ian Dawkins, who hit hitting .354 with 16 doubles, six home runs and 30 RBIs. Parker Brahms has been consistent on the hill for Sacramento State, striking out 105 with just 23 walks in 82.1 innings pitched.
NM State takes the number three seed after going 17-7 in WAC play. The Aggies are led by freshman Nick Gonzales, who is hitting .367 with 16 doubles, two triples and nine home runs in his first year of collegiate baseball. On the mound, Jonathan Groff is 10-2 on the year with a 2.56 ERA while Kyle Bradish has a school-record 116 strikeouts this season.
Seattle U will be the fourth seed behind the senior leadership of Sean Sutton, who is hitting .339 with nine doubles, five home runs and 48 RBIs. Zach Wolf has been strong out of the bullpen, posting a 4-0 record with nine saves in 27 appearances.
The Redhawks will face off against Northern Colorado, who earned the number five seed. Jack Pauley hit .348 with 13 doubles, four triples and three home runs for the Bears. Connor Leedholm set a new school record for saves in a season with 12.
The sixth seed goes to CSU Bakersfield, who took 2-of-3 from Chicago State in the final weekend to clinch a spot in Mesa. Andrew Penner leads the Runners with a .367 batting average, including 10 doubles. Naithen Dewsnap has led CSUB on the hill, splitting time between the starting rotation and bullpen and posting a 3.41 ERA with a 3-5 record and five saves in 60.2 innings pitched. The Runners will take on NM State on Wednesday.
The 2018 WAC Tournament begins on Wednesday, May 23 at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz. All games will be shown live on the WAC Digital Network at www.wacsports.com/watch as well as Facebook Live, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV,