Brennan Metzger highlights eight Dirtbags named All-Big West
May 29, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Senior Brennan Metzger was selected as a first-team All-Big West outfielder, headlining the eight Dirtbags picked for this year's All-Big West Teams. Long Beach State also had three pitchers chosen for the second team, and four honorable mention selections.
Metzger becomes Long Beach State's first first-team selection since the 2008 season; he was one of three outfielders selected after finishing fourth in conference play in hitting with a .375 average and third in Big West games in on-base percentage at .448. Metzger led the Dirtbags in multiple categories, including hitting, doubles, RBI, on-base percentage, and stolen bases in 2012, as well as his trademark HBP.
Saluting the depth of Long Beach State's pitching, which led the Big West at 3.08, three hurlers were named to the second team. Senior Shawn Stuart was picked as a starting pitcher, leading the Dirtbags with a 7-1 record and 69 strikeouts over 92.1 innings this season, including a complete-game one-hit shutout against Cal Poly.
Long Beach State's top two pitchers out of the bullpen were also honored. Jon Maciel led all Long Beach State pitchers with a 1.27 ERA, allowing just five earned runs over 24 appearances for the Dirtbags. Maciel was chosen as a relief pitcher, while Kyle Friedrichs was named the second-team All-Big West closer. Friedrichs recorded 10 saves for the Dirtbags, making a league-high 29 appearances and throwing 38.1 innings with 39 strikeouts and just 10 walks.
The Dirtbags also had four honorable mention selections. Sophomore Ryan Strufing was picked as a starting pitcher after going 7-3 with a 2.99 ERA, Johnny Bekakis was a second outfielder honored for the Dirtbags with a .290 batting average, second on the team, Juan Avila was third on the team in hitting and was one of three third baseman honored, and senior catcher Kellen Hoime rounded out the list of honorees for Long Beach State.
For Long Beach State, Metzger's first-team selection was the first since 2008, when Shane Peterson and Andrew Liebel each earned first-team honors, and the eight total honorees was the most since 2005, when the Dirtbags also had eight players named All-Big West.