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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 31, 2006

McGuigan helps USF reach NCAAs

By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer


If you know of any athletes deserving of recognition, give us their names, high schools and graduation years, colleges and sports. E-mail us at: homegrown@honoluluadvertiser.com or contact Leila Wai at 535-2457.

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San Francisco senior pitcher Patrick McGuigan hopes his latest honor will translate into more team success as it plays in the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

The 2002 Mid-Pacific graduate was named West Coast Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year after leading the Dons in victories, going 11-2 on the season with a 3.09 ERA. He had a conference-best three complete games and two shutouts.

"It's a good honor," McGuigan said. "It was a team effort, I didn't do it alone. It helps confidence-wise. At least you know what you're doing, especially when you don't know your competition."

USF opens against Miami in the Lincoln (Neb.) regional Friday. McGuigan will play against Kamehameha alum Nick Freitas, a freshman outfielder for the Hurricanes.

"I saw the roster, I remember him being on Kamehameha my senior year and hearing he wanted to go (to Miami)," McGuigan said of Freitas. "It's going to be crazy that we're meeting up in Lincoln.

"I think it's great for the state," McGuigan said of the Hawai'i players in the NCAA Tournament. "There's always been great baseball for the state. There's a lot of talent, and the more opportunities we have, the more chances we can show what we can do."

McGuigan is awaiting the upcoming draft and has spoken to the Toronto Blue Jays a few times.

"Hopefully, being in the starter role showed I can be a little more versatile," said McGuigan, the USF record-holder in career saves. "Hopefully, the numbers will speak for themselves."


  • Hartnell (Salinas, Calif.) sophomore catcher Jowen Murray-Thornton (Saint Louis '04) was named to the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Northern California All-America team.


  • Tennessee freshman middle infielder Liane Horiuchi (Kamehameha '05 from Wahiawa) and the Lady Vols open the Women's College World Series against top-ranked UCLA tomorrow at Oklahoma City.

    The game is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. Hawai'i time.

    Tennessee defeated No. 13 Michigan last weekend in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regionals in Knoxville. Tennessee took the opener, 5-3, Saturday, dropped the second game, 5-1, Sunday, then rebounded with a 1-0 victory in the winner-take-all game later Sunday.


  • Maryland senior Mandy Pascual (Punahou '01 of 'Aiea) was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

    Pascual, a biochemistry major, maintained a 3.89 GPA.


  • Nevada junior Michael Tanoue (Saint Louis) was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII men's at-large first team. The biochemistry major has a 3.92 GPA.

    Tanoue helped lead the Wolf Pack to a fourth-place finish in air riflery at the 2006 NCAA Championships. He earned All-America honors in both air and small bore riflery this season. He was also named an All-American by the College Rifle Coaches Association in 2005 and 2006.


  • Loyola Marymount senior Chaz Inouye (St. Anthony '02) and Gonzaga sophomore Reyn Tanaka (Mid-Pacific '04) were named to the West Coast Conference Spring Academic Team. Both earned 3.35 GPAs in business administration.


  • Gonzaga sophomore Sarah Sheffield (Kea'au '04) was named to the West Coast Conference Spring Academic Team. She earned a 3.74 GPA in English.

    Reach Leila Wai at lwai@honoluluadvertiser.com.