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Damien grad, James Free ’16, Earns Big Honor for Pacific Baseball

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STOCKTON, Calif. – James Free II and Ricky Reynoso earned All-West Coast honors as the 2017 All-WCC baseball teams were announced Tuesday.

Free earned Second Team All-West Coast Conference and All-Freshman Team accolades after the freshman catcher raked in his first campaign at Pacific. Reynoso was a Second Team All-West Coast Conference selection.

Free led the West Coast Conference in home runs (14) and runs batted in (54), while finishing second in slugging percentage (.652), fourth in total bases (118), and eighth in batting average at .343.

He led all West Coast Conference catchers in home runs, extra base hits, total bases, slugging percentage, RBI, batting average, and OPS. Free was the WCC freshman leader in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, homers, RBI, doubles and total bases.

His slugging percentage ranks fourth on Pacific’s single-season record list, while his home run total is tied for fifth. He became the first Tiger in the adjusted BBCOR bat era to drive in 50 runs in a season, and only San Francisco Giants draft pick Gio Brusa tallied more total bases in a year since the bat regulation changes came into effect in 2011. Free led the team with 19 multi-hit games, 14 multi-RBI games and a .422 batting average with runners on base.

Reynoso led Pacific in wins with five, and posted a 3.75 ERA in 74.1 innings pitched. He struck out 56 batters on the season and posted a 1.37 WHIP. He also turned in eight quality starts including one shut out and five appearances allowing no earned runs. He was second in the WCC in pickoffs.

His 2.50 ERA in WCC play was third among pitchers in the conference, and Reynoso ranked seventh in opponents’ batting average at .247.

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