July 27, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Six current Washington State University baseball players were named all-stars this month playing in summer collegiate leagues.
Cougar all-starts include outfielder Kyle Johnson (Newport, New England Collegiate Baseball League), outfielder Jason Monda (Brewster, Cape Cod League), infielder Adam Nelubowich (Wenatchee, West Coast League), pitcher Richie Ochoa (Bellingham, West Coast League), infielder Tommy Richards (Newport, New England Collegiate Baseball League) and catcher Collin Slaybaugh (Coastal Plains League).
Johnson is batting .313 with a dozen stolen bases and was 1-for-3 with a double and a RBI to aid the East's 3-1 victory, July 27 in the NECBL All-Star Game. His collegiate and summer teammate Richards is batting .273 and started for the East.
Monda is fourth in the Cape Cod League with a .327 batting average and will be an East All-Star at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday.
Nelubowich leads the West Coast League with eight home runs and is batting .309 with 23 RBI. He started for the East in a 4-2 victory, July 26. Ochoa has two wins and a save to go along with a 1.20 ERA. He was an East All-Star, but did not appear in the game.
Slaybaugh started for the National team, July 18 during a 3-2 victory in the Coastal Plains League All-Star Game, July 18. He is fourth in the league with a .361 batting average.