CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Perfect Game, one of the nation's top amateur baseball information organizations, named three Sacramento State pitchers to its 2019 Preseason all-Western Athletic Conference team. Juniors Parker Brahms and Austin Roberts and sophomore Scott Randall were announced Friday morning.
Perfect Game's preseason WAC evaluation includes a preseason all-conference team as well as a predicted conference order of finish. Sacramento State was projected to finish third, behind last year's regular season conference champions Grand Canyon and conference tournament champions New Mexico.
In addition to being named to Perfect Game's preseason all-conference team, junior Parker Brahms was the organization's pick for the 2019 WAC Pitcher of the Year.
Brahms finished his sophomore campaign with a 2.41 ERA, the lowest among qualified starters in the WAC. His 113 strikeouts were second most in the league as well as third most in a single season in Hornets history. His 14-strikeout performances against both Northern Colorado and Seattle U are the highest single-game totals in program history. He was a 2018 WAC First Team Selection.
Junior Austin Roberts was dominant in relief last year for the Hornets, posting a 1.83 ERA over the course of 29 outings. He struck out better than a batter an inning, posting a 9.2 K/9 over 54.0 innings of work. His 29 appearances last season tied for 10th most in a single season, and his 1.83 ERA was the third lowest among qualified pitchers in a single season in program history. Like Brahms, Roberts was also a 2018 WAC First Team Selection.
Earlier this offseason, both Brahms and Roberts were included in D1 Baseball's Top-100 2019 Draft Eligible Pitchers, ranking 25th and 91st, respectively.
Sophomore Scott Randall was named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American following his debut season, during which he went 7-3 with a 3.48 ERA. He had a career-best outing during the WAC Tournament, throwing eight innings of one-run ball in an elimination game against regular season champs Grand Canyon. As a freshman, Randall threw 75.0 innings over 17 games (16 starts) and walked just 14 all year.
The trio highlight what is expected to be a dominant staff for the Hornets as they return two of three starters from a year ago and six of nine bullpen arms. Last season, Sacramento State's pitching staff ranked first in the WAC in ERA (3.66), Hits Allowed Per Nine Innings (8.69), Shutouts (7), Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (3.26), WHIP (1.23), and Walks Allowed Per Nine Innings (2.37). They set a new program record with 456 total strikeouts.
Hornet Baseball returns to John Smith Field in just two weeks when Sacramento State hosts North Dakota State on Friday, Feb. 15 for Opening Night. Season tickets and single-game tickets are available now and the full schedule can be found online at HornetSports.com.