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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Seniors Andrew Vallejo, Ryan Schwenn, and Taylor Fallon led the All-SCIAC Teams being named SCIAC Player of the Year, SCIAC Pitcher of the Year, and a 1st Team All-SCIAC selection, each respectively, capping off their final year with the Poets in impressive fashion.
Vallejo who finishes off his best season as a Poet leaves the baseball program with impressive numbers and accomplishments proving to be one of the best baseball players ever to come out of Whittier College.
Not only did he earn 1st Team All-SCIAC Honors for the second straight year he was also selected as the SCIAC Player of the Year, the first time any Whittier College baseball player has achieved this feat since 1985 as he finished the season batting .437 collecting 69 hits that included 15 doubles, 5 triples, and 5 home runs. He also finished with 47 runs scored, 33 Runs batted in, a slugging percentage of .690 and had an on base percentage of .506.
As he leaves the Poet program he has totaled impressive numbers which includes 148 games played, a .352 batting average, 201 hits, 43 doubles, 12 triples, 13 homeruns, 133 runs scored, 103 Runs batted in, 38 stolen bases, an on base percentage of .410, and a .534 slugging percentage. This season he has led the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in hits and batting average and has been in the top five in hits in Div. III nationally proving to be one of the top baseball players in the nation.
To cap off his stellar senior season he set the single season record for hits in Whittier College baseball history with 69 breaking the previous record by one.
Schwenn, a Scottsdale, AZ native wrapped up his senior year in notable fashion compiling the best statistics he has had here at Whittier College. This year he threw a no hitter against La Verne who was ranked No. 25 in the country at the time. He went nine innings giving up one walk in route to the 4-0 victory. This feat marked the first time in head Coach Mike Rizzo's tenure at Whittier College that one has been thrown. It also marked the first time in Schwenn's career he has ever thrown a no hitter etching his name into the Whittier College record books.
But Ryan didn't stop there as he followed that performance up with a complete game against Occidental College giving up one run on five hits to go with eight strikeouts earning him his seventh win of the season putting him atop the SCIAC rankings in wins by himself.
During that month Ryan earned himself SCIAC Athlete of the Week honors twice due to these two pitching performances and finished the year off going 9-4 winning seven of his last eight games.
This season he finished 9-4 with a 2.24 ERA to go with 104 innings pitched limiting opponents to a .241 batting average. He threw five complete games, including two shutouts and was second on the team in strikeouts with 66 helping him earn the 1st Team All-SCIAC selection and SCIAC Pitcher of the Year honors.
Fallon, who comes from Ontario, Calif. wrapped up his senior year on the mound after being moved around from a middle infielder to a reliever/closer role throughout his tenure at Whittier College. Once he hit the starting rotation he proved to be one of the best in the conference posting the lowest ERA in SCIAC at 1.94 to go with a conference high 53 strikeouts. He finished the year 4-3 and in 82 innings pitched he limited opponents to a .247 batting average helping him garner his first 1st Team All-SCIAC selection.