May 29, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford baseball standouts Justin Ringo, Brian Ragira and Mark Appel each were named All-Pac-12 Conference, as announced Wednesday by the conference office. Danny Diekroeger received an honorable mention citation.
Appel, the Pac-12 Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, tied for league-high honors with eight wins against four setbacks in 2013. The senior right-hander paced the Pac-12 with 87 strikeouts in 76.1 innings of work.
Appel carried a 2.48 ERA while holding conference foes to a .218 clip. The two-time all-conference pitcher went at least 5.0 innings in each of his nine starts and struck out double-digit batters four times.
Ragira was second among conference players with 44 hits and led the Cardinal with a .344 clip. He started at first base in each of the 30 Pac-12 games while driving in 25 runs with four home runs. Ragira committed one error in 316 chances for a .997 fielding pct. and was second in putouts (300) and fielding double plays (24). The junior also had 15 multi-hit and eight multi-RBI outings.
A sub-.200 career hitter entering 2013, Ringo caught fire during his senior campaign and registered 40 hits for a .325 average from the leadoff spot. The designated hitter was successful in each of his seven stolen base attempts and recorded a 17-game streak in which he reached base safely. Ringo also pieced together a 12-game hitting streak midway through the conference slate.
Diekroeger was a rock at second base for the Cardinal, starting in 30 Pac-12 games while hitting .325. With a .405 slugging pct. and .368 on-base pct., the CoSIDA Academic All-District choice had 13 multi-hit outings. The junior scored 13 times in league contests.
In a vote by the Pac-12 coaches, Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, while UCLA right-hander David Berg was Pitcher of the Year. UCLA shortstop Pat Valaika was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year, Oregon State right-hander Andrew Moore was named Freshman of the Year and Oregon State's Pat Casey garnered Coach of the Year laurels.
Stanford finished the season 32-22 overall with a 16-14 mark in Pac-12 play, good for fourth in the final regular season league standings. The Cardinal missed out on an at-large bid into the NCAA Baseball Championship field.