MESA, Ariz. – Parker Brahms became the fourth Hornet to earn WAC Freshman of the Year honors in the last six seasons and was one of four Sacramento State players named all-WAC Tuesday evening at the WAC Tournament in Mesa, Ariz.
Brahms was joined by junior Ian Dawkins on the all-WAC first team while senior Trent Goodrich and junior Vinny Esposito were named to the second team. The Hornets had multiple players named all-WAC first team for the fifth time in the last six years and had multiple all-conference selections for the fifth consecutive season.
Brahms joins a long list of recent Sacramento State WAC Freshmen of the Year, following Rhys Hoskins (2012). Chris Lewis (2013), and Sam Long (2014) as the squad has received four of the last six WAC Freshman of the Year awards.
A right-handed starting pitcher from Calabasas, Brahms is 7-3 with a 2.68 ERA during an outstanding rookie season. He ended the regular season leading the league in ERA and was second among all WAC pitchers in opposing batting average (.220) and WHIP (1.06).
In WAC play Brahms went 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA and .207 opposing batting average with the team winning seven of his eight conference starts. He threw a complete game three-hit shutout at Chicago State and was named WAC Pitcher of the Week after throwing six scoreless innings at Seattle U. Brahms allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his eight WAC starts and allowed just 71 hits over 87.1 total innings during the regular season.
In his first season with the Hornets Dawkins has been among the best hitters in the WAC while playing outstanding defense in centerfield. The Chabot College transfer was the only Hornet to start all 55 regular season games and reached base in all but five of them. He enters the WAC Tournament on an 18-game reached base streak and had a 14-game hitting streak earlier this season.
Dawkins leads the WAC with 26 multi-hit games, just two shy of the single season program record, and ranks second in the conference with 80 hits while hitting a team-leading .339. He scored 11 runs over the last four games of the regular season while hitting .467 in the span. He also leads the team and ranks fourth in the WAC with 14 stolen bases and has three outfield assists with just one error all year.
Esposito tied for the WAC lead with 33 RBIs in conference games. Since the start of conference play on March 24, Esposito hit .349 with eight home runs, seven doubles, five triples, and 43 RBIs over the last 36 games. He is slugging .630 during the stretch and is a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts.
For the season Esposito leads the team with 48 RBIs and five triples. He is tied for the team lead in home runs with nine, the most a Hornet has hit in a season since Hoskins hit 12 homers in 2014. Esposito ranks third on the team with 10 stolen bases while playing outstanding defense at first base, saving countless potential errors with a .992 fielding percentage.
Goodrich ended the regular season on a tear, hitting .462 with a .543 on-base percentage, 7 RBIs, 9 runs, and five doubles over the last 10 games. The senior shortstop was named WAC Hitter of the Week on Monday after going 9-of-14 (.643) and reaching base in 10-of-15 plate appearances with 6 RBIs and 4 runs in leading the Hornets to a sweep of UT Rio Grande Valley.
In WAC play Goodrich hit .309 with 15 RBIs and 14 runs. He totaled 13 multi-hit games with his first career four-hit game last Friday vs. UTRGV. He enters the WAC Tournament on a career-high tying seven game hitting streak and has been one of the top defensive shortstops in all of NCAA Div. I with a .984 fielding percentage for the season.