San Diego baseball's Austin Smith and Jakob Christian have been selected as semifinalists for the 2024 Dick Howser Trophy presented by The Game Headwear, with the finalists set to be announced on June 8 and the winner revealed on June 13. Smith excelled both on the mound and at the plate, boasting a 5-0 record with a 2.93 ERA and 44 strikeouts, while also batting .311 with 7 home runs and 36 RBIs. Christian, named the 2024 WCC Player of the Year, impressed with a .362 batting average, 22 home runs, and 58 RBIs, leading the WCC in several offensive categories.

By the Numbers
  • Smith: 5-0 record, 2.93 ERA, .311 batting average, 7 home runs, 36 RBIs
  • Christian: .362 batting average, 22 home runs, 58 RBIs
State of Play
  • San Diego (37-13, 20-4 WCC) secured the top seed and a first-round BYE in the 2024 WCC Tournament at Las Vegas Ballpark.
  • The Toreros will start their tournament play on Thursday, May 23, facing the lowest advancing seed from Wednesday's round.
Bottom Line

Austin Smith and Jakob Christian's exceptional performances have earned them recognition as Dick Howser Trophy semifinalists, showcasing their prowess both on the field and at the plate, with San Diego's baseball team holding a strong position heading into the 2024 WCC Tournament.