'California State Tournament Runner-Up 2005'
SOUTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS 1957, 1962
PACIFIC COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS 1988, 1989, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
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PC pitchers Wilkins, Cornish both sign early
Wilkins (left, photo by Hugh Cox) signed with the University of Nevada. Cornish (right) signed with the University of San Diego, where ex-Palomar pitching coach Tyler Kincaid is the pitching coach.
Wilkins, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander, is the brother of former Comet and ex-North Carolina State pitcher Ryan Wilkins, who currently pitches for the River City Rascals in the Independent Frontier League, and is the son of former Major League pitcher Dean Wilkins.
Zach Wilkins, a Scripps Ranch High School product, is Palomar's all-time single-season and career saves record holder with 12, during his freshman season of 2013. He went 3-0 with an ERA of 0.79 and made one start, throwing a five-hit, complete-game shutout to beat eventual state runner-up Fullerton 8-0, forcing an extra game in the Fullerton Super Regional.
Cornish, a product of Arcadia High School in Phoenix, led Division I St. Mary's College of California, which like USD is a member of the West Coast Athletic Conference, in appearances with 22 as a freshman reliever last spring. Cornish picked up a pair of wins, against Chicago State and Portland, and struck out a career-high seven twice, vs. Georgetown and Gonzaga.
A 6-foot-3, 180-pound right-hander, Cornish was considered the Gaels' No. 1 recruit in their 2013 recruiting class. He transferred from St. Mary's in the fall semester and will pitch for the Comets in the spring.
Early poll has PC ranked 4th in So. California
SAN MARCOS (10-29-2013) -- The California Community College Baseball Coaches Association's Southern California 2014 pre-season poll is out two months ahead of the first games, and Palomar is ranked fourth.
The Comets, who fell one win short of an appearance in the CCCAA State Final Four last season, trail No. 1 Cypress, No. 2 Orange Coast and No. 3 Riverside City College.
Cypress, the defending state champion, garnered eight first-place votes. Coast had two first-place votes. RCC and Palomar each received one first-place vote.
The Comets went 29-14 last season and won the 15th conference championship in the college's history -- and 10th in the last 16 years. Taylor has guided Palomar to five Pacific Coast Athletic Conference titles in eight seasons as head coach.
SOUTHERN CAL RANKINGS: 1 Cypress, 2 Orange Coast, 3 Riverside City College, 4 Palomar, 5 Saddleback, 6 Fullerton, 7 Santa Ana, 8 Glendale, 9 East Los Angeles, 10 Cuesta, 11 College of the Canyons, 12 Rio Hondo, 13 Bakersfield, 14 San Bernardino Valley, 15 Allan Hancock, 16 Oxnard, 17 Mt. SAC, 18 Southwestern, 19 Santa Barbara City College, 20 Grossmont - (Pacific Coast Athletic Conference teams listed in bold
Vincent's ERA: 2.14 in 2013, 1.98 (MLB career)
SAN FRANCISCO (9-29-2013) -- Nick Vincent came on to get the San Diego Padres out of a seventh inning jam vs. the San Francisco Giants in the final game of the season on Sunday.
Even though the Padres eventually lost their final game 7-6, the Palomar and Long Beach State product concluded a spectacular second Major League season in typical fashion.
Vincent finished the year with a 2.14 ERA and a 6-3 win-loss record with 1 save. He appeared in 45 games, allowing only 33 hits in 46 1/3 innings while striking out 49 batters and walking 11. He wound up with eight no-hit, shutout relief appearances in his final eight games dating back to Sept. 11.
Vincent lowered his career ERA to 1.98. Over parts of his two Major League seasons, the right-hander has an 8-3 win-loss record with 1 save. He's appeared in 72 Major League games, allowing 52 hits in 72 2/3 innings, striking out 77 and walking 18.
Vincent relieved Tim Stauffer, who started the inning. He got Pablo Sandoval to ground out to first base to end the inning after the Giants had pushed across two runs that were both charged to Stauffer.
Vincent strikes out side, fans Puig vs. Dodgers
SAN DIEGO (9-22-2013) -- Palomar alum Nick Vincent continued his storybook run in his second Major League season on Sunday.
Vincent came in to begin the top of the eighth inning in a 1-0 loss to the National League West champion Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park.
He struck out Tim Federowicz swinging, Nick Punto looking and Yasiel Puig swinging.
Vincent remains 5-3 with 1 save on the season, lowering his ERA to 2.34. He's appeared in 41 games, allowing 30 hits in 42 1/3 innings while striking out 43 and walking 10.
Vincent's Major League career numbers: 7 wins, 3 losses, 1 save. He owns a 2.10 career ERA. He's appeared in 68 games, giving up 49 hits in 68 2/3 innings while striking out 71 and walking 17 batters.
19 former Comets are playing professionally
SAN MARCOS (8-20-2013) / 8-24-2013 -- As of Aug. 24, Nick Vincent has made 11 straight scoreless Major Leaguer relief appearances for the San Diego Padres.
But there is plenty of proof beyond Vincent that there is life on the baseball diamond after Palomar. Lot's of life. Vincent is one of 19 former Palomar baseball players currently in pro ball.
Top minor league pitching numbers for the ex-Comets include James Hoyt's 2.48 ERA (1.29 for his last 10 appearances) for the Mississippi Braves, an Atlanta Braves affiliate in the Class AA Southern League; and Trevor Bayless' 1.10 ERA and 1-0 record for the Vermont Lake Monsters in the Class A short-season New York-Penn League.
Also, Patrick Smith's 3.58 ERA (1.23 for his last 10 appearances) for the Hillsboro Hops, an Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate in the Class-A short-season Northern League; Jeff Ibarra's 3-0 record for the San Antonio Missions, the Padres' affiliate in the Class AA Texas League; and Bobby Shore's 5-3 record for the High Desert Mavericks, a Seattle Mariners affiliate in the Advanced-A California League.
Marcus Hatley, meanwhile, has struck out 39 batters in 35 2/3 innings while going 2-1 for the Iowa Cubs, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. Ibarra has 47 strikeouts in 46 innings. And Austin Muehring has struck out 21 batters in 18 1/3 innings for the Rookie classification Billings Mustangs in the Pioneer League.
Top hitter as of Aug. 20 for ex-Comets in pro ball: Danny Bethea, who is batting .302 with 12 RBIs in 18 games for the Lowell Spinners in the New York-Penn League since being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in June.
Vincent and two members of the Hawaii Hilo Stars of the independent Pacific Association, outfielder Reece Alnas and pitcher Ronnie Loeffler, all play for other former Comets. Darren Balsley is in his 10th season as the Padres' pitching coach. Garry Templeton II is the manager of the Hawaii Hilo Stars.
The Pacific Association is made up of teams from Hawaii, California and Japan.
Pictured above: James Hoyt (left) and Danny Bethea (right)