DENVER – (Feb. 7) Redshirt junior pitcher Tarik Skubal has been named to the 2018 Preseason All-Western Athletic Conference Team and the Redhawks were selected to finish fourth in a vote of the league nine head coaches.
Skubal, a 6-3 lefty from Kingman, Ariz., returns to the Seattle U starting rotation after redshirting the 2017 season following Tommy John surgery. He was a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and Second Team All-WAC in 2015 after going 7-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 17 total appearances. He followed that rookie performance by going 6-1 with a 2.11 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 42.2 innings as a sophomore. He earned WAC Pitcher of the Week once and Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week once.
The Redhawks earned 46 points to come in fourth in the preseason coaches poll. Grand Canyon was selected as the preseason favorite, earning five first-place votes and 61 points. New Mexico State was selected second, earning two first-place votes and 54 points. Sac State, the 2017 WAC Tournament winner, was picked third with 51 points and one first-place vote.
Seattle U opens the 2018 season at home, hosting University of Pacific on a four-game series beginnign Friday, Feb. 16. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.
2018 Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll
Rank Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. Grand Canyon (5), 61
2. NM State (2), 54
3. Sacramento State (1), 51
4. Seattle U, 46
5. CSU Bakersfield, 32
6. Utah Valley, 30
7. UT Rio Grande Valley, 23
8. Northern Colorado, 19
9. Chicago State, 8
2018 Preseason All-WAC Team
Catcher: Mason Fishback, Sr., NM State
First Base: Vinny Esposito, Sr., Sacramento State
First Base: Ian Evans, Sr., Grand Canyon
Second Base: Austin Bull, Jr., Grand Canyon
Third Base: Andrew Penner, Sr., CSU Bakersfield
Shortstop: Joey Ortiz, So., NM State
Outfield: Tristen Carranza, Jr., NM State
Outfield: Ian Dawkins, Sr., Sacramento State
Outfield: James Outman, Jr., Sacramento State
Outfield: Jack Pauley, Jr., Northern Colorado
Starting Pitcher: Kyle Bradish, Jr., NM State
Starting Pitcher: Jake Wong, Jr., Grand Canyon
Starting Pitcher: Tarik Skubal, Jr., Seattle U
Relief Pitcher: Naithen Dewsnap, Sr., CSU Bakersfield