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Jimmy Bosco (Menlo College) named , NAIA West Player of the Year

Date of competition: Sunday, May 5, 2013

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Several Menlo players earn top honors

The 2013 NAIA West Group end of the year honors were announced this weekend with Menlo’s Jimmy Bosco earning top-billing as Player of the Year by a vote of the Group’s head coaches.

Bosco, a junior outfielder from Granite Bay Calif., batted .426 which is second-best in the conference behind the .434 average of Lewis-Clark State’s Brady Steiger. Bosco’s home runs (15), slugging percentage (.805), and runs batted in (56) were all tops in the Group. He tied for first with Steiger in runs

His remarkable 2013 campaign also included a slew of top rankings on the national stage including first overall in: total bases (153), total bases per game (2.942), the aforementioned slugging percentage (.805) and fielding percentage (1.000).

Bosco batted .533 (8-15) while leading the Oaks to a runner-up finish in the NAIA West Group Tournament, losing to tourney host Concordia University. His eight tournament hits included a double while knocking in four runs. He also hit the tournament’s only home run at cavernous Porter Park.

Bosco will also receive a Gold Glove award for his defense in the Oak’s outfield as he was not charged with a single error in 102 chances on the season.

Also receiving top honors for Menlo is second-year head coach Stefan McGovern. McGovern led Menlo to a 19-9 conference record and a 30-win regular season and was selected as the West Group’s Coach of the Year by the other seven head coaches.

In just his second season at the helm of the Oaks, McGovern has amassed 64 wins, claimed a Group Tournament championship and a second-place finish.

The 2013 All-NAIA West Group Team was also announced with five Oaks earning a spot. With five members on the team, Menlo ties University of British Columbia as the most decorated team in the Group. Bosco, Daniel Comstock, Derek Martinez, James Jensen, and Corey Metoyer all secured a place on the list for their respective 2013 campaigns.

Daniel Comstock turned heads behind the plate for the Oaks in his freshman campaign. The Petaluma, Calif. native made an immediate impact as a middle of the order bat for Menlo by hitting .317 with four home runs, 11 doubles and 29 RBIs. Comstock was second only to Bosco in slugging percentage (.450), walks (25), and on-base percentage (.408).

Senior Corey Metoyer was named to the All-NAIA West Group team for his contributions as Menlo’s primary designated hitter in 2013. The Reno, Nev. native concluded his career with Menlo by batting .301 with three home runs, 13 doubles, 46 RBIs, and a .428 slugging percentage. Metoyer was also third on the team with a .386 on-base percentage.

The Menlo pitching staff was the best in the conference, amassing an incredible 2.88 earned run average with 352 strike which proved to be a major component in the success of the team in 2013. Two of the main contributors to these numbers were seniors James Jensen and Derek Martinez who accounted for two of the four starting-pitcher spots on the 2013 All-NAIA West Group Team.

Derek Martinez paved the way for the Menlo starting rotation with the best ERA of all starters (2.03) and a conference-best 83 strikeouts. Martinez tossed two complete game shutouts and held opponents to a .237 batting average while collecting five wins in his senior season. He concludes his tenure in navy blue and white as the Oaks career leader in innings pitched, wins, and strikeouts.

Senior James Jensen was remarkable in his second and final season as a starter for the Oaks. He compiled six wins including three complete game shutouts with a 2.34 ERA. His season was highlighted by his complete-game one-hitter on March 30 against Oregon Tech in which he did not face a batter over the minimum and struck out nine. He was the workhorse on the Menlo staff, leading the team with 84.2 innings pitched and possessed the team’s best strikeout to walk ratio with 53 strikeouts compared to just 14 walks.

2013 Gold Glove Award Winners:
The NAIA West Group released the 2013 Gold Glove award winners, honoring the conference’s best defenders, with Menlo earning two spots on the list in first baseman Kyer Vega and right fielder Jimmy Bosco.

Both Bosco and Vega played an integral part in guiding Menlo to a conference best .970 fielding percentage. Vega earned a gold glove award as a first baseman. Between his time on the mound and at first, Vega committed just two errors in 380 chances and recorded 341 putouts and 37 assists. Bosco did not commit an error in 104 attempts in right field. He also led the Oaks in outfield assists with six.

--Menlo College Athletics

posted by Rick on May 6, 2013 at 12:16 am

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