May 9, 2012

OXY'S BIG THREE NAMED ALL-SCIAC

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LOS ANGELESPedro Aldape (Sherman Oaks), Logan Allen (Atascadero) and Scott Hong (Los Angeles) were named Second Team All-SCIAC on Monday after leading the Occidental College baseball team to its first winning season in 22 years and best overall year since the 1982 when the Tigers won their last SCIAC championship.

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"Those three guys carried us throughout the season and they deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments this year," First-year Occidental coach Luke Wetmore said.

Aldape led the conference with 38 RBIs in SCIAC play, was third in home runs (5) and eighth in hitting (.385) as Oxy's first baseman. His 45 RBIs overall were just three shy of Oxy's all-time single season record and ranked among the top 50 nationally. Aldape finished with eight homers on the year, the 27th best total in NCAA Division III.

Hong and Allen, maybe the two most athletic players in the SCIAC, were the top two base stealers in the league with 24 and 18 respectively.

Allen, who was named second team all-conference last year, finished second in runs scored (33) and hit .315 as the Tigers shortstop.

Hong did a little bit of everything. On top of swiping more bags than anyone else, he led the league in walks (21), was seventh in on base percentage (.458), fifth in runs scored (32) and led the league in saves (5) with a 1.35 ERA as Oxy's closer.

Whittier outfielder Andrew Vellejo was named the Athlete of the Year and Poets' pitcher Ryan Schween the Pitcher of the Year.

Pomona-Pitzer and La Verne tied for the most players recognized on the list with six.