Yarrow named to WCC first team
Eight members of the University of San Francisco baseball team captured 2010 All-West Coast Conference honors as announced Friday by the league office. Sophomore infielder Nik Balog, junior outfielder Connor Bernatz and junior infielder Stephen Yarrow earned first-team selections after turning in outstanding 2010 league campaigns.
Junior outfielder Pete Lavin, senior catcher Ryan Lipkin, senior righthander Doug Murray and senior shortstop Derek Poppert were honorable mention selections, while utility player Jason Mahood was named to the all-freshman squad.
“I’m just really happy to have three first-team selections,” USF head coach Nino Giarratano said. “We didn’t play well down the stretch and that hurt us a little bit. With Poppert getting hurt and missing the last six conference games of the season, that probably kept him off the first team. But all in all, I’m just happy for Nik and Connor and Steve Yarrow. They all had good years and I’m happy for Ryan and Pete, and I’m happy for Doug being recognized. That was a great pitching staff in the West Coast Conference this year, and Doug hung right in there. I’m excited about the future for the Dons.”
Yarrow turned in one of the most prolific seasons by a left-handed hitter in program history in 2010, hitting at a .310 clip with 12 doubles, three triples and a WCC-leading 16 home runs with 47 RBI. The South Lake Tahoe product turned in an outstanding season at third base for the Dons fielding at a .946 clip. In just three seasons on the Hilltop – two as a regular starter – Yarrow ranks fourth in career home runs with 31. Yarrow is the first Diamond Don to lead the league in home runs since three-time All-American Taggert Bozied accomplished the feat in 1999.