Red Storm first baseman Kevin Kline (Las Vegas, NV) was the sole DSU player named to the 2014 Preseason All-PacWest Baseball Team. Kline had a terrific season at the plate after transferring to Dixie State. He hit .358 in 43 starts, going 53 for 148 with 30 runs scored, 13 doubles, two triples and six home runs. He also drove in 40 runs, recorded seven walks, was hit 10 times, had a .595 slugging rate, and produced a .419 on-base percentage.
2014 PacWest Baseball Preseason Poll
1. California Baptist (4) 81
2. Dixie State (3) 79
3. Azusa Pacific (1) 61
Hawai'i Pacific (1) 61
Fresno Pacific 61
Point Loma 61
7. Holy Names 31
8. Hawai'i Hilo 27
9. Academy of Art 24
First-place votes in parenthesis
Cal Baptist received four first-place votes and 81 total points in the poll. The Lancers shared the 2013 conference title with Grand Canyon with a 26-10 record and won their second-consecutive NCCAA World Series title. With Grand Canyon no longer in the conference, there will be nine teams competing in PacWest baseball in 2014.
Dixie State, who finished last season in third place and advanced to the NCAA West Regional, was picked second and received three first-place votes. Four teams – Azusa Pacific, Hawai'i Pacific, Fresno Pacific and Point Loma - tied for third in the poll. Azusa Pacific and Hawai'i Pacific each garnered a first-place vote. The only shakeup in the poll from the 2013 final standings occurred in the bottom third, where Holy Names was picked ahead of Hawai'i Hilo after the two teams tied for eighth last year. Academy of Art rounded out the poll.
A two-time First-Team All-PacWest selection, Moore was chosen as the PacWest Preseason Player of the Year for his senior season. Moore batted .368 with 20 doubles, eight home runs and 48 RBIs in 2013. He ranked among the league leaders last year in batting average, slugging percentage (.605), RBI, runs scored (42), hits (62), doubles and home runs.
Herd was named the Preseason PacWest Pitcher of the Year after being named third-team all-conference as a sophomore. He posted an 8-4 record and threw a team-best seven complete games. He had a 3.03 ERA, a 5.31 strikeouts to walk ratio, and limited opponents to just a .257 batting average. He ranked fourth in the PacWest during the regular season with seven wins and 91.2 innings pitched.
The preseason All-PacWest team consists of 12 players – one at each infield position, one designated hitter, three outfielders, two starting pitchers, one relief pitcher – as well as a player and pitcher of the year.
In addition to being the preseason favorite to win the conference, Cal Baptist led all schools with four preseason All-PacWest team selections, with catcher Mark Sanchez and second baseman Antonio Chavarria joining Moore and Herd. Point Loma and Fresno Pacific also had two players selected to the team. Six of the players on the preseason team were All-PacWest honorees in 2013. Along with Moore and Herd, Dixie State first basemen Kevin Kline and Azusa Pacific outfielder Matt Kimmel were on the second team, and Point Loma outfielder Trey Hunt and Fresno Pacific outfielder Kaohu Gaspar were on the third team.
2014 Preseason All-PacWest Baseball Team
Name School Pos. Class B/T Hometown/High School
Mark Sanchez California Baptist C So. L/R Corona, Calif./Santiago
Kevin Kline Dixie State 1B Jr. R/R Las Vegas, Nev./Rancho
Antonio Chavarria California Baptist 2B So. L/R Indio, Calif./Indio
Blair Moore California Baptist 3B Sr. L/R Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly
Tyler Tokunaga Hawai'i Pacific SS So. S/R Waipahu, Hawaii/Pearl City
Matt Kimmel Azusa Pacific OF Sr. R/R Redmond, Wash./Redmond
Trey Hunt Point Loma OF Jr. R/R San Diego, Calif./Lincoln
Kaohu Gaspar Fresno Pacific OF Sr. L/L Gilroy, Calif./St. Francis Central Coast
Dante Redhead Academy of Art DH Sr. R/R San Francisco, Calif./Deer Valley
David Herd California Baptist SP Jr. R/R Menefee, Calif./Paloma Valley
J.D. Salles Fresno Pacific SP Sr. R/R Fresno, Calif./Clovis West
Brett Carlile Point Loma RP Sr. R/R San Diego, Calif./Poway