SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After a standout freshman season, sophomore pitcher Andrew Vasquez has been named a Preseason-All American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (NCBWA). Just one of two Big West players to be named, Vasquez was listed on the third team.
"This is a great honor for Andrew to be named to this team," said UCSB head coach Andrew Checketts. "It just goes to show what a remarkable 2012 season he had and how much upside he still has as a sophomore."
Vasquez had a historic first season with the Gauchos, leading the conference in ERA (1.93) and batting average against (.190). The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native took the Gauchos and the Big West by surprise, posting a team-high 88.2 innings pitched and serving as the Friday starter by season's end. His 104 punchouts were the most by a UCSB freshman since 2002 Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito had 123 in 1997.
After last season, Vasquez was named to All-Big West Second Team, and he also appeared on the Louisville Slugger and NCBWA Freshman All-American teams. His signature victory came in a 13-3 victory over Rhode Island on Mar. 16, when he pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits while striking out a dozen.
"Our expectations are very high for Andrew in the upcoming season," said Checketts. "But knowing his character and work ethic, he should have no problem meeting and exceeding the high standard expected of him."
Michael Lorenzen of Cal State Fullerton was the only other Big West player to crack the list. Lorenzen led the Titans in doubles (20), hits (69), RBI (43), and stolen bases (14), while also serving as one of the better shutdown closers in the country, pitching to a 1.23 ERA with 16 saves.
The entire NCBWA All-American Team can be found here.