Six Baseball Players Leaving

    Six veterans of the men’s baseball team will be leaving Triton Field as they prepare for life beyond the friendly confines of UCSD.

    Photos courtesy UCSD Athletics

    Catcher Jess Warrington of Portola Valley, Calif.; pitcher Michael Bedar of Novato, Calif.; pitcher Eric Snyder of Las Vegas; catcher Connor Mocsny of San Francisco; infielder/pitcher Chris Tallman from Laguna Hills, Calif.; and fielder Eric Thorpe of San Diego will graduate with the class of 2000-2001.

    Bedar is getting his degree in individual studies from Revelle college, and Snyder is picking up his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marshall college. Mocsny is graduating with a degree in economics from Muir college. Tallman is receiving his communication degree from Warren college. Thorpe is getting his degree in political science from Muir college. Warrington is graduating with a bachelor’s in biology, with a minor in physics.

    Snyder, Mocsny, Tallman and Thorpe all transferred to UCSD from junior colleges. They have made a strong impact on the Tritons baseball team and will continue to shine in life for years to come.

    This season showcased the talent of these senior players, who each provided a weapon for the coaches to use against opposing squads. Thorpe was fourth on the team in batting average at .299 and ranked third in on-base percentage at .396. He also ranked fifth in RBIs with 20.

    Tallman was second in slugging percentage at .463 and added nine doubles. Mocsny was a valuable sub for the Tritons and placed second on the team in sacrifice bunts with four. Snyder pitched brilliantly for the Tritons, accumulating 25 strikeouts and six complete games this season.

    Bedar led the team in ERA with 2.92 and held opposing batters to an average of .256. Warrington played the role of backup catcher for the Tritons, appearing in 14 games.

    “”This was a solid senior class,”” said head coach Dan O’Brien. “”We had a variety of guys who could play a lot of tough positions, ranging from catcher to pitcher. Each guy brought something to the team, whether it was leadership on or off the field.””

    Warrington remembers his fondest memory of his baseball career.

    “”My most memorable moment playing baseball was our four-game sweep in the Triton Classic last year at the end of the season to keep our playoff hopes alive,”” Warrington said. “”We didn’t end up making it, but it was a good way to end the year. I caught all four of those games in two days. Catching four games in two days is rare for a catcher.””

    O’Brien maintains a positive outlook on the upcoming season.

    “”Next year we will have a very solid recruiting class,”” O’Brien said. “”There will be 10 returning juniors, so we expect them to provide strong leadership. We are also getting transfer players from solid [junior college] programs as well as high school players who have a lot of potential. We will definitely miss these seniors; these guys have been with me since the beginning of my career. But we are excited about next year.””

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