TUCSON, Ariz. – Scott Kingery was named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year, it was announced Wednesday. The junior second baseman, who won the regular season batting title, was joined by Kevin Newman and Bobby Dalbec on the All-Conference team, while Justin Behnke, Cody Hamlin and Riley Moore earned honorable mention honors.
A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Kingery led the league with a .392 batting average this season. He became the third Wildcat to win the conference batting title in the last four seasons and the eighth since the school joined the conference in 1978-79.
Now a two-time all-conference honoree, Kingery's tremendous campaign included a Pac-12-leading 92 base hits and 53 runs scored. He collected 15 doubles, five triples and five homers, while driving in 36 runs and stealing 11 bases. Defensively, Kingery tallied 192 assists and helped the Wildcats turn 51 doubles plays on the season.
His defensive prowess placed him on the Pac-12 All-Defensive team, where he was joined by Newman, a shortstop, and Dalbec, a third baseman.
A native of Poway, Calif., Newman becomes only the second player in school history to be named to the Pac-12 All-Conference team three times in a career. The junior shortstop has started all 165 games of his career, and turned in career-best numbers this season. He batted .370, led the conference with 22 stolen bases and finished second with 19 doubles. He also tied Kingery for the league lead in runs scored and added a pair of homers.
Dalbec, from Parker, Colo., collected his first career All-Conference honor. The sophomore third baseman captured the league's home run crown by blasting 15 – four more than any other player. He led the conference with a .601 slugging percentage and ranked second with 53 runs batted in while hitting .319 for the season. As a pitcher, Dalbec posted a 3-7 record and a 3.21 ERA in 61.2 innings.
Arizona's Friday night battery of Hamlin and Moore received honorable mention accoldades. Hamlin led the Wildcats with 102.2 innings pitched and finished the season with a 6-4 record and a 3.94 earned run average. Moore batted a career-best .306 and batted in 38 runs, while starting 54 of the club's 55 games.
Behnke, the starting center fielder in all 55 games, batted .273 with 34 runs scored and a dozen stolen bases. He committed only one error in the field.
Andy Lopez, who retired Monday, coached Wildcats to All-Conference honors 49 times along with three Pac-12 Players of the Year and once the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year. Kingery is the fifth player to win the batting crown under Lopez.
Arizona's Pac-10/12 Players of the Year
Scott Kingery – 2015
Alex Mejia – 2012
Trevor Crowe – 2005
Alan Zinter/Scott Erickson – 1989
Chip Hale – 1987
Terry Francona – 1980
Arizona's Pac-10/12 Batting Champs
Scott Kingery (.392) – 2015
Brandon Dixon (.369) – 2013
Johnny Field (.370) – 2012
Dillon Baird (.433) – 2009
Jeff van Houten (.413) – 2003
John Powers (.393) – 1996
Chip Hale (.383) – 1987
Terry Francona (.401) – 1980