Baseball: Cook named to All-WAC first team

The senior utility player garners first team honors while teammates Jaziel Mendoza and Chris George are named to the second team.

DENVER - Three Rainbows have been named to the 2003 All-Western Athletic Conference baseball teams, which was announced on Tuesday.

Brent Cook, a senior utility player from Alamo, Calif., was named to the first team. He hit .284 in WAC games with three home runs, three doubles, one triple, 14 RBI and 23 runs scored. Cook also finished second in the conference, going 7-for-7 in stolen bases while leading the conference in overall walks (38) for the second straight season.

Jaziel Mendoza, a junior outfielder from Tracy, Calif., was named to the second team. He hit a team-high .348 in conference with one home run, seven doubles, one triple, 10 RBI and 12 runs in just 17 games played.

Chris George, a senior starting pitcher from Santa Cruz, Calif., joined Mendoza on the second team. He was fourth in WAC games with 58 strikeouts, while carrying a 4-5 record with a 5.43 ERA.

Jeff Niemann of Rice was named WAC Pitcher of the Year. WAC Player of the Year went to Nevada's Kevin Kouzmanoff and Freshman of the Year to the Wolpack's Brett Hayes. Nevada's Gary Powers and Rice's Wayne Graham shared coach of the year honors.

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