2013 Big West Conference Honorable Mention
Big West Pitcher of the Week (May 27)
AS A SOPHOMORE (2013)
Named Big West Conference honorable mention and Big West Pitcher of the Week…a reliever and midweek starter for the Titans, made 22 appearances on the mound and six starts, pitching in five combined shutouts…completed the year with a 4-1 record, two saves and a 2.60 ERA…totaled 55 and 1/3 innings on the mound while striking out 33 and issuing just seven walks…tossed seven and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out five in an 8-2 win at CSU Bakersfield (02/17)…in his second start, tossed five shutout innings and struck out five in an 11-4 win at USC (03/06)…tossed two and 2/3 shutout innings and struck out two to record the save at Oral Roberts (03/15)…tossed two and 2/3 shutout innings and struck out three to earn second save in win at Pepperdine (04/16)… was named Big West Pitcher of the Week after tossing seven strong innings, and allowing just two earned runs on five hits, while recording three strikeouts in series-opening 5-2 win at Cal State Northridge (05/23). After surrendering a two-spot in the second frame, settled down and retired 14 consecutive Northridge hitters, facing the minimum from the third through the seventh inning.
In 12 appearances and two starts for the Cowlitz Black Bears (West Coast League), finished 2-2 with a 2.20 ERA • in 28 and 2/3 innings, struck out 13.
AS A FRESHMAN (2012)
Was probably the most unexpected surprise among the pitching staff • The true freshman evolved into the midweek starter and proved to be a valuable long reliever • Earned Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball • Appeared in 19 games, nine as a starter • Had a 5-3 record with a 2.85 ERA • Worked 66 and 1/3 innings with only eight walks and 31 strikeouts • Pitched in only two Big West games for a total of 4 and 1/3 innings with no record • His first win came over the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators on Feb. 19 when he allowed only one run over five innings of relief in what became an 8-5 Titan victory • Next outing produced a 4-2 win for him over TCU (3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER) • His only win as a starter came on Apr. 3 at San Diego State, 7-1, with five innings and only one unearned run • Got the Titans’ only NCAA victory with 3 and 1/3 innings of one-hit, shutout relief of Grahamm Wiest in a 9-5 win over Indiana State on June 1 • In two NCAA appearances allowed only two hits and zero runs in 4 and 1/3 innings • His other win came in relief, 4-3, over USC on May 1 (2.1 IP, 0 R) • Longest outing was a no-decision start vs. Pepperdine on Apr. 17 (7.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO) • Losses came in non-conference relief appearance vs. Long Beach State on Mar. 18, a 1-0 loss at Arizona State (5.0 IP as a starter) on Mar. 27 and at UCLA (3.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER) on Apr. 10.
Was a four-year letterwinner and an honor roll student for Head Coach Moon Cordero and the Braves at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif. • Was a two-time All-Trinity League honoree his junior (.320 batting average and 2.40 ERA) and senior (3.10 batting average and 3.00 ERA) seasons • Pitched, played first base and served as the team’s designated hitter • Was the Braves’ team captain as a junior and a senior and was also a recipient of the team’s Cy Young and most valuable player awards • Was a three-time Scholar Athlete.
Born in Redondo Beach, Calif. • Full name is Koby Joe Gauna • Parents are Daniel and Kimberly Gauna • Has a younger sister, Kylee • Major is undeclared • Models his game after Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Jered Weaver • Favorites include: Jered Weaver (baseball player), Dodger Stadium (stadium), Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi (athlete), Sublime (musical artist), Los Angeles Dodgers (team), Goodwin Field (place to play) “Saving Private Ryan” (movie), Will Ferrell (actor), Mexican (food).
Innings Pitched: 7.2 at CSU Bakersfield (02.17.13)
Strikeouts: 5, 2x, last at USC (03.06.13)
Hits Allowed: 10 vs. Nebraska (03.19.13)
Runs Allowed: 6, 2x, last vs. Nebraska (03.19.13)
Earned Runs Allowed: 4 vs. Long Beach State (03.18.12)
Walks Allowed: 2, 3x, last at #22 TCU (02.22.13)