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GCC's Angel Rodriguez, Troy Mulcahey haul in All-Southern California baseball honors

Baseball: Glendale Community College ace, Fullerton utility named to elite list after standout freshmen seasons.

May 26, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • GCC's starting pitcher Angel Rodriguez in the first inning against Grossmont in the first round of the Southern California Regionals Championship at Stengel Field in Glendale on Friday, May 3, 2013.
GCC's starting pitcher Angel Rodriguez in the first… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

Awards were the furthest thing from the mind of Angel Rodriguez during his first season with the Glendale Community College baseball team.

The Vaqueros' ace pitcher can no longer ignore them now that the season's over. He hauled in his second honor with Glendale college in the form of being selected to the All-Southern California team.

"To be honest, I really had no clue about this award. My intentions weren't so much in getting the awards," said Rodriguez of his mind set this season. "To me, it's awesome, it pays off for all the hard work I've done. My focus was to win every game we played, whatever came after that was a plus."

Glendale Community College Coach Chris Cicuto said Rodriguez fell three votes shy of being voted an All-Southern California All-American player, an honor Crescenta Valley High graduate Troy Mulcahey was bestowed in his first season with Fullerton College.

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"My coach told me the day after the meeting, I was really excited about it," said Mulcahey, who was voted as a utility player after making a big impact on the mound and at the plate this year, like he did with the Falcons. "It was a huge surprise because I started off really hot but started not to hit too well down the stretch."

Rodriguez was chosen as one of five starting pitchers after being named to the All Southern California team after being a first-team selection in the Western Conference South Division. Mulcahey was a first-team utility player in the Orange Empire Conference.

Mulcahey, who intends to return to Fullerton for his sophomore year, batted .322 (46 for 143) this year with a team-high 33 runs batted in and 12 doubles. He also had a triple and home run this season.

On the mound, he made 10 appearances, eight starts and posted a 3-3 record with a 3.08 ERA. Through 49 2/3 innings he struck out 37 batters, walked 30 and gave up 38 hits.

While the awards and numbers may suggest Mulcahey's transition from high school to college was simple, he said it was a big difference from what he saw at CV, especially at the plate.

"There's big adversity I had to overcome, the pitchers are a lot different from high school," said Mulcahey, adding it was a learning experience. "In high school, they don't know how to pitch right and jumping to Fullerton was huge. They knew how to pitch you in certain counts, they threw you backdoor and a lot of breaking balls. I tried to do too much toward the end of the year, instead of stick with the plan."

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