Two Arizona Wildcats were named to the Pac-12 All-Conference team on Wednesday. They are sophomores Kevin Newman and Scott Kingery.
This is Newman's second-straight year on the team, and it is the first time for Kingery. Another sophomore in Zach Gibbons was an honorable mention.
Kevin Newman was also placed on the all-defensive team for the Pac-12, which makes me question how deep the shortstop position is defensively in the conference. Newman fell off a lot this year in the field compared to last year. He went from making just six total errors in 2013 to 11 errors this season. He only made two errors during Pac-12 play though.
Newman is one of just seven players on this year's team that have been named to the all-conference team multiple times. Joining him are UCLA's David Berg, ASU's Ryan Kellogg, Oregon's Tommy Thorpe, and Michael Conforto, Ben Wetzler, and Dylan Davis from Oregon State.
Scott Kingery led Arizona in batting average this season, hitting .354. During conference play, he only managed to hit .288, and recorded just four extra-base hits in those games. It's also the first time since moving to Hi Corbett in 2012 that an Arizona Wildcat did not win the Pac-12 batting title. Oregon State's Michael Conforto pulled that in. Conforto was named Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Zach Gibbons actually led the Wildcats in batting during Pac-12 play, hitting at a .327 clip. He also registered a .403 on-base percentage in conference games, the only Arizona player to be above .400 in that category.
Another encouraging sign for next year is that all of these Arizona players are sophomores, and will be back next season.