BASEBALL’S HOSKINS NAMED LOUISVILLE SLUGGER ALL-AMERICAN
TUCSON, Ariz. - Sacramento State junior first baseman Rhys Hoskins has been named a 2014 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America Third Team selection as chosen by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the organization announced Thursday.
Hoskins, who attended Jesuit High School in Sacramento, is the first All-American for the program since outfielder Tim Wheeler in 2009. The program has had four Freshmen All-Americans over the last five years, including Hoskins in 2012, but he is just the second non-freshman All-American honoree for the program since 1997.
When he was named the WAC Player of the Year last week Hoskins became just the third Hornet to earn that prestigious honor. During the regular season Hoskins led the WAC with nine home runs and a .563 slugging percentage while ranking second in runs batted in (45) and doubles (16). He hit .360 with six homers and 32 RBIs in WAC play, driving in more than one run per game in conference play.
He has 17 multi-hit and 14 multi-RBI games this year and at the WAC Tournament he hit .350 with three home runs and eight RBIs with a 2-homer game in the final. Hoskins ranks 15th in the NCAA with 12 home runs this season and followed Andrew Ayers in 2012 and Mike Eby in 1995 as the third Hornet WAC MVP honoree.
Hoskins was named to the 2014 Baseball America Division I Preseason All-America Third Team leading up to his junior season. In just three years at Sacramento State he is tied for third in program history with 128 career RBIs and with 49 career doubles and is sixth with 25 career home runs and 199 career hits.