BASEBALL MATCHES PROGRAM RECORD WITH SEVEN ALL-WAC SELECTIONS

BASEBALL MATCHES PROGRAM RECORD WITH SEVEN ALL-WAC SELECTIONS

MESA, Ariz. – Sacramento State had seven players named all-WAC on Tuesday evening at the WAC Tournament in Mesa, Ariz., matching a program record for most all-conference selections in a single season. 

Sophomore Parker Brahms and senior Ian Dawkins both repeated as all-WAC first team selections, also being named to the first team in 2017. Joining them on the all-WAC first team this season is first-time selection sophomore reliever Austin Roberts. Seniors Austin Root and PJ Floyd, junior Matt Smith, and freshman Keith Torres were each named to the all-WAC second team.

With seven all-WAC selections, the Hornets match their program record for most all-conference selections in a single season. The record was set in 2014 as Sacramento State had seven players named all-conference after their historic 2014 season.

In addition to matching the most overall selections, this is the fifth time in the last seven seasons that the Hornets have had three players named to the all-WAC first team.

A right-handed starter out of Calabasas, Brahms compiled a 4-4 record this season, but posted a 2.51 ERA while striking out a career-high 105 batters. He finished the regular season leading the WAC in ERA and was second in both WHIP (1.13) and strikeouts.

In WAC play, Brahms went 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 64 strikeouts and a .224 batting average against. He threw a complete game shutout against Chicago State and was a two-time WAC Pitcher of the Week Selection. Brahms set a new program record by striking out 14 batters in a single game against Northern Colorado. He matched that record three weeks later, this time against Seattle U. 

After a breakout debut season, Dawkins, a senior outfielder from San Lorenzo, continued to be one of the best hitters in the WAC while playing outstanding defense in centerfield. Dawkins leads the team in nearly every offensive category, including average (.355), on base percentage (.415), slugging (.530), hits (77), doubles (16), and runs (41). Defensively, he is one of six players in the WAC with a perfect fielding percentage and more than 100 chances.

Dawkins owns a .416 average in conference play, the third best in the WAC, while his 42 total hits are second most in conference games. He leads the WAC with 12 doubles in conference competition.

Roberts, a sophomore pitcher from West Sacramento, spent most of his freshman season as a starter before moving to the bullpen this season. In 27 appearances this year, Roberts owns a 1.57 ERA and a .178 batting average against, both best on the team. His 46.0 innings are most out of the pen, as are hits 49 strikeouts. 

In WAC play, Roberts has been even better. In 12 games, the right-hander has allowed just two earned runs over 25.2 innings of work, good for an 0.70 ERA. He has 36 strike outs and just three walks over that time, giving him a phenomenal 12.6 K/9 and a 12:1 K:BB. He has allowed just 15 hits, only four of which went for extra bases (all doubles). His 12 conference appearances are tied for the most on the team.

A senior from El Dorado Hills, Root made the transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation for his senior campaign. He turned out to be one of the best starters in the WAC this season as he leads the conference in WHIP (0.99) and BB/9 (1.35) while ranking second in wins (nine) and K:BB ratio (5..08).

Root leads the team with 86.2 innings pitched this season while his 13 starts are second most on the club. He threw a complete game against Chicago State, allowing just one run, and held his opponents to two runs or fewer in nine of his 13 starts this season. The Hornets are 8-5 in games in which he started. 

Floyd, a senior from Rocklin, had a career year for the Hornets, setting career highs in home runs (nine), RBIs (34), slugging (.479), and stolen bases (12). His nine home runs are second on the team and tied for second in the conference. Floyd also set a team-high 22-game reached base streak this season and is second on the club with eight games with two or more RBIs.

In conference play, Floyd hit .307 and slugged .602, the second best mark on the team. His eight stolen bases lead the WAC in conference play while his six home runs are tied for second. 

After redshirting last season due to injury, Smith made his return to the Hornets lineup in a big way. The junior started 47 games for the Hornets while hitting .313 on the season, the second best mark on the team. He is second on the team in hits (57) and doubles (13) while ranking third in on base percentage (.389).

Smith, who has a .323 average in conference play, has 16 games this season with two or more hits, second most on the team. He also put together a 10-game hit streak earlier this season, tied for second longest on the club.  

Torres, a shortstop from Waipahu, Hawaii, is just one of two freshman named all-conference this season (Freshman of the Year Nick Gonzalez is the other). In his debut season, Torres was excellent for the Hornets, hitting .263 for the season while posting the team's second best on base percentage at .401. He was second on the club with 29 walks. He was even better in conference competition, hitting .311 with a .469 obp. He hit all three of his home runs against conference opponents and was 4-for-5 in stolen base attempts.

The Hornets went 17-7 in games in which Torres started at shortstop and his 14 two-hit games this season are second most on the club. The freshman had a strong end to his regular season, hitting .324 with a .529 slugging percentage over his last 10 games.