Pacific Baseball Places Six On All-Conference Awards List
Marking the highest total of recipients in recent memory, the Pacific baseball team landed six players on the 2010 All-Big West Conference awards list. Senior RHP Hunter Carnevale (Roseville, Calif.) led the way as the sole recipient of a first team accolade, while senior Mike Walker (Marysville, Calif.) and junior J.B. Brown (Alvin, Texas) took home second team honors and senior Joe Oliveira (San Diego, Calif.) and juniors Nick Longmire (San Diego, Calif.) and Brian Martin (Livermore, Calif.) closed out the awards with honorable mention.
Carnevale headlined Pacific's five All-Big West Conference recipients this year as he was named first team as a middle relief pitcher. Carnevale found his niche as a long-reliever in 2010 and led the team's ERA for the majority of the season, finally finish second with a 3.53 ERA. His five wins this year were fourth-best among Tiger pitchers behind Pacific's three starters, and lead the way for any relievers out of the bullpen. Hunter turned it on midway through this season with a stretch of 26.0-consecutive innings over nine appearances during the month of April, in which he did not allow an earned run across the plate. That gave Carenvale his first-career Big West Pitcher of the Week award for the week of April 19. Hunter closed out 2010 leading in total appearances with 24 over a span of 74.0 innings pitched. Carnevale gave up the least amount of hits for long inning pitchers with 79, and his 66 punchouts led the pitching staff. In conference play, three of Hunter's five wins came against Big West opponents in 2010 and he led the squad with 10 appearances and 30 strikeouts. The all-conference award marks the first of Carnevale's four-year career with the Tigers.
Making his second-career appearance on the all-conference list as a third baseman, Walker was named second team after one of the most successful seasons in his career at Pacific. His team-leading 135 career RBI are just shy of Chip Sell's 144 which established the single-season record in 1994. Walker also led the Tigers in nearly every offensive power category having paced the team with 12 homeruns, 52 RBI, 123 total bases and a torrid .552 slugging percentage. Walker's 52 runs batted in this season were sixth best among all Big West Conference hitters. Additionally his .327 batting average closed out 2010 as the Tigers' fourth best on the team, while his 73 hits were the third highest behind Brown and Longmire. In conference play Walker tallied four of his 12 homeruns, putting him in second only by one bomb to Oliveira.
As a junior second baseman on Pacific's roster, Brown paced Pacific offensively as the Tigers' best hitter. Brown tallied Pacific's highest batting average at .376, hitting as high as .436 midway through the 2010 season. J.B.'s .376 average was good enough to close him out as the Big West Conference's sixth-best hitter, as he also tied Corey Jones of Cal State Fullerton with the conference's sixth-best average. Brown's team-leading 83 hits were the second most in the conference behind Gary Brown's 92 hits in 2010. Included in Brown's powerful 83 hits were 10 doubles and six homeruns, to help Brown finish second for Pacific with a .502 slugging percentage. In the field J.B. led the Tigers with 280 chances and made the second-most assists on the team with 154. Partnered with his fellow middle infielder, Ben Gorang (Turlock, Calif.), Brown had a hand in 43 of the Tigers' conference-leading 57 double plays.
Returning from injury in 2010, Oliveira has been a force for the Tigers over the past five years and concludes his career with the third all-conference honor of his career. Behind the plate, Joe has also been nationally recognized with his name landing on the Johnny Bench Watch List as one of the nation's top catchers in each of the past three seasons. After hitting .327 as a sophomore in 2007, Oliveira has returned to form and set a new career high batting average this season, hitting a stellar .332 for the team's third-highest average. In conference play, Oliveira outdid himself and went .352 at the plate, to mark the team's second-highest batting average. Joe pounded out 62 hits this season, good enough for fifth overall and he led the roster with three triples to round out a total of 10 during his career in Orange and Black. Oliveira finished second on the team with 26 walks - which put him at No. 6 among all Big West hitters - and he also tallied the team's second-best on base percentage at .430. For his play against Big West teams, Joe finished with 31 hits to put him with the third-highest total on the team. Additionally, Joe's five homeruns against conference members led the way for all Pacific players.
For the third time in his three years at Pacific, Longmire's name has landed once again on the all-conference list as an outfielder on the Tiger roster. Nick got better as the year went on, finishing as the top hitter in all 24 Big West Conference games. Longmire's .354 batting average against conference opponents topped the team, while his overall .327 batting average tied for fourth among all Pacific players. In conference, Nick also led the squad with his 34 hits in 24 games to lead the way for his 66 hits overall which were fourth-highest on the team. Among all Big West players, Longmire's 37 walks this season were the most out of any player from all nine conference teams. He also tallied 27 runs in conference play to not only lead the Tigers, but also tied Longmire for the third-best total in the Big West Conference. Finally, Longmire finished the year with a team-high 18 doubles, that included 12 doubles in conference play - the second best mark among all of the conference's top hitters.
Pacific's five All-Big West Conference recipients are the most during the career of all current players, tying the five that landed on the list in 2009.
The complete 2010 All-Big West Conference Awards List can be found here.