McGuigan helps USF reach NCAAs
By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Leila Wai
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."
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.
Pascual, a biochemistry major, maintained a 3.89 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.
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