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HONG, ALDAPE EARN ABCA ALL-WEST REGION HONORS

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LOS ANGELES — Occidental College baseball players Scott Hong (Los Angeles) and Pedro Aldape (Sherman Oaks) were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association's All-West Region teams on Monday following standout performances on the best Tigers baseball team in 30 years.

Hong, who led the SCIAC in stolen bases (31) and saves (6), made the first team as a utility player and was also recognized on the region's Gold Glove team.

Aldape, the SCIAC's leader in RBIs (45), made the second team as a first baseman.

Both juniors guided Oxy to a 23-16 overall record and 18-10, third-place SCIAC finish, helping the school to its first winning season in 20 years and best winning percentage since the last Oxy baseball team won a SCIAC championship in 1982.

"They're both great teammates and humble young men," Occidental College baseball coach Luke Wetmore said. "I know they'll both be excited about the accolades, but our team's success is always their first priority."

Hong did a little bit of everything for the Tigers. Playing primarily as Oxy's right fielder and leadoff hitter, Hong had a .438 on base percentage,  scored 42 runs and fielded .992. As the Tigers closer, he had a .176 ERA and struck out 12 batters while walking just five.

"Scott deserves the recognition," Occidental College baseball coach Luke Wetmore said. "He had an outstanding season and it's great to see the people that put the time in be rewarded for their efforts."

Aldape hit .390 with eight homeruns and a .640 slugging percentage as Oxy's cleanup hitter.

""Pedro's the most polished hitter I've ever coached," Wetmore said. "He knows what he's looking for, consistently takes good swings and his attention to detail in all phases of his game is unparalleled."