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Litchfield Named All-American

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Published
June 3, 2002
By
Micah McDaniel
(Azusa, Calif.) -- Azusa Pacific senior closer B.J. Litchfield was named 2002 NAIA Baseball All-American second team this past weekend, becoming the first Cougar to be named All-American since Justin Duarte and current assistant coach John Knott were named to the first team in 1999.

Additionally, fellow Cougar seniors Eric Ordorica, Nick Padilla and Matt Canada all received honorable mention.

Litchfield concluded a record-breaking career this past season posting a 4-3 mark with a team-leading 2.87 ERA and 10 saves. In 47 innings of work, Litchfield allowed just 15 earned runs, and he recorded 35 strikeouts compared to just 9 walks. Additionally, from April 6 to May 8 put together a string of 15.2 innings in 11 straight appearances without allowing a single run. In that span, he recorded a pair of wins and 3 saves.

On May 3, 2002, Litchfield made his 91st career appearance, breaking a 20-year-old NAIA record for career appearances held by former Azusa Pacific pitcher Duane Creese, who made 90 appearances from 1980-83. Litchfield added 3 more appearances in the final week of the season to set the new standard of 94. Litchfield also holds the Cougars' single-season record for saves when he recorded 11 last year. In 4 years, Litchfield is 11-11 with a career ERA of 3.38 and 27 career saves.

Ordorica finished his 2002 All-GSAC campaign hitting .364 (59-for-162) with a team-highs in hits (59), runs (41), doubles (18), home runs (18) and RBIs (47). Ordorica was twice named GSAC Player of the Week (March 25 and April 1) when he went 5-for-12 (.417) at the British Columbia Tournament and then followed that up with a 6-for-8, 9 RBI performance the next week.

Canada finished 6-2 with a 2.92 ERA (tops among starters), striking out 44 in 77 innings. He was second on the team with 21 appearances and 9 starts. Twice this year Canada was named GSAC and NAIA Region II Player of the Week (April 15 and 22) when he made consecutive starts of 8 innings without allowing a runs to lift the Cougars to a pair of doubleheader sweeps.

Padilla finished 7-2 with a 3.14 ERA, striking out 48 in 80.1 innings of work. Padilla was also named GSAC and NAIA Region II Player of the week with he fired a complete-game, 1-hit shutout of British Columbia. In 12 of his 15 starts this year, Padilla was nearly untouchable, allowing no more than 4 hits, and in 11 of them, he allowed 3 earned runs or less. After starting the season at 0-2, Padilla reeled off 7 straight victories.

Azusa Pacific finished the 2002 season at 28-17 overall, 21-7 in the GSAC, winning its GSAC-record eighth conference title and first since 1996.