Rebel Trio Earns Conference Accolades|
May 25, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball program had three of its own earn Mountain West recognition following the conclusion of its 2017 campaign. The MW's seven head coaches selected Ernie De La Trinidad and Justin Jones to the All-Conference Second Team, while Bryson Stott claimed a share of the Freshman of the Year award with Fresno State's Carter Bins.
Additionally, San Diego State's Danny Sheehan and New Mexico's Jack Zoellner were chosen as the Tony Gwynn Co-Players of the Year. SDSU's Brett Seeburger and UNM's Ray Birmingham were tabbed the MW's Pitcher of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively.
"It's great to see our three guys recognized for their play this season," said head coach Stan Stolte. "We had a couple other position players worthy of being honored, but when your team doesn't finish highly in the standings that makes it tough. The other coaches put a lot of thought into this and do a great job voting; they don't take this lightly. So, you have to accept the way it turns out."
Jones, a senior from nearby Henderson, led the Rebels in Conference play in batting average (.378), hits (42), doubles (nine), RBI (27), total bases (68) and slugging percentage (.613), while playing in all 30 games, 29 of which were starts at second base. He also scored 21 runs and added 11 multiple-hit and seven multiple-RBI games.
De La Trinidad started all 30 MW games -- 29 of which were in the outfield and one was as the designated player, and topped the Rebels in multiple-hit games (13), runs (22), on-base percentage (.466) and stolen bases (six). The redshirt sophomore from Phoenix, hit .364 with 40 hits, 14 of which went for extra bases (six doubles, five home runs and three triples) and a .609 slugging percentage. He also knocked in 18 RBI with three multiple-RBI games.
Stott is the second straight Rebel to garner MW's Co-Freshman of the Year recognition, as teammate Kyle Isbel and Air Force's Nic Ready shared the award one year ago. Stott started all 30 Conference contests at shortstop, hit .265 and scattered 30 hits with eight doubles and one home run that resulted in 16 runs and 15 RBI. During league play, the 2016 Desert Oasis High School graduate also amassed seven multiple-hit and two multiple-RBI affairs.