Yuhl, Carlson among standouts in All-OEC honors

Yuhl, Carlson among standouts in All-OEC honors

COSTA MESA -- After a record-setting regular season, the Orange Coast College baseball team earned several spots on this year's All-Orange Empire Conference Team, as voted on by the conference head coaches.
 
It was a clean sweep for the Pirates for the top categories as sophomore outfielder Chris Carlson was named the OEC Player of the Year and sophomore righty Keegan Yuhl was named the OEC Pitcher of the Year. In addition, head coach John Altobelli was named the OEC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his 20-year career.
 
Carlson's numbers are staggering as he leads the Pirates into this weekend's Southern California Regionial Playoffs (Saturday, 11 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. -- Wendell Pickens Field). Third in the state in batting average (.440), sixth in the state in home runs (seven) and sixth in the state in RBI (42), Carlson batted an incredible .471 with six home runs and 23 RBI during conference play.
 
Yuhl, a sophomore transfer from San Diego City College, became a mainstay in the Pirate rotation from the opening pitch and finished the regular season with a 10-1 record with two saves, one complete game and a microscopic 1.80 ERA. He allowed just 15 earned runs over 75 innings of work with 60 strikeouts.
 
Joining Carlson and Yuhl on the all-conference team include first-team selections Brandon Brennan, Joel Licon, Boog Powell and Bijan Rademacher.
 
Brennan, like Yuhl, was dominant on the mound for the Pirates in 2012, finishing the regular season with a 9-1 record and a 1.42 ERA. In 82 1/3 innings of work, Brennan threw two complete games and allowed just 13 earned runs with 55 strikeouts.
 
Licon was the anchor of the Pirate infield at shortstop and batted .310 with 36 hits, 34 runs, three home runs and 28 RBI. His play elevated when conference play began and batted .355 against the rest of the OEC teams.
 
Powell began the 2012 season on fire and kept things rolling throughout, batting .419 with 65 hits 46 runs and 22 RBI from the leadoff spot.
 
Rademacher joined Carlson as the run-generators on the Pirate team, finishing with a .345 batting average, 40 hits, 24 runs, six home runs and 42 RBI.
 
Earning second-team honors for the Pirates were catcher Trent Woodward and reliever Ryan Evans.
 
Woodward, an All-OEC selection a year ago, struggled early, but turned things on during OEC play to the tune of a .375 average, 18 hits, 13 runs and 11 RBI in 18 games played.
 
Evans was a productive weapon for the Pirate staff, both as a starter and reliever and posted a 3-0 record with three saves and a 1.56 ERA for the season. He allowed only seven earned runs with 24 strikeouts over 40-plus innings of work.

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