After leading Sonoma State to its second-ever NCAA Division II West Region title this past weekend, head coach John Goelz has been named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) West Region Coach of the Year and four other Seawolves also received All-West Region recognition, it was announced by the ABCA regional coordinator on Tuesday.
Junior first baseman 'O'Koyea Dickson, senior short stop Alex Todd and senior pitcher Kenny Arnerich earned First Team All-West Region honors while senior outfielder Kyle Jones received a Second Team All-West Region nod. Both Dickson and Jones also earned Gold Glove awards this season at their respective positions.
The announcement of the ABCA All-Region Teams comes after all four Sonoma State student-athletes were also named to the Daktronics, Inc. and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-Region Teams last week.
Goelz, in his 26th year with Sonoma State, has earned West Region Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career; he earned his first Coach of the Year award after the Seawolves captured their first region title in 2008. Heading into his second NCAA Division II College Baseball World Series after defeating Cal Poly Pomona, 8-5, in Sunday's west region championship game at La Jolla, Goelz has Sonoma State at 36-20 this season.
Dickson hit .340 this season and was second in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in home runs (10) and runs scored (58). He was third in the conference with 49 runs batted in. The junior from San Francisco had 69 hits, including 11 doubles and one triple while leading the team in slugging percentage at .552. Dickson earned the region's Gold Glove award at first base, sporting a .986 fielding percentage with just seven errors in 492 chances. He was also a First Team pick on the CCAA, Daktronics, Inc. and NCBWA teams as well as being named the CCAA Newcomer of the Year.
Todd, who was named a pre-season Small College All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, was third on the team with a .328 batting average. The San Jose native had 66 hits, including 10 doubles, two triples and five home runs with 36 runs batted in. In addition to being named to the ABCA All-West Region First Team, Todd was named to the CCAA, Daktronics, Inc. and NCBWA First Teams as well.
Arnerich more than solidified his spot on the ABCA All-West Region First Team after earning two victories this past weekend at the NCAA Division II West Regional, including a complete game, shutout win over top-seeded and host UC San Diego last Friday. He also recorded the region's title-clinching victory on Sunday after coming on in relief against Cal Poly Pomona. The senior from Alameda has gone 9-2 this season with a 2.93 earned run average in 92 innings pitched. Arnerich was honored with a First Team All-CCAA selection as well as a First Team Daktronics, Inc. selection and an Honorable Mention NCBWA selection.
Jones, who broke Sonoma State's all-time record for most hits in a career during Sunday's 8-5 win over Cal Poly Pomona, has a team-leading 70 hits this season. He has put himself atop six all-time records, including most games played (203) and started (194), at bats (686), hits (229), doubles (55) and walks (109). Jones, with 163 career runs batted in, is 13 away from tying the all-time record of 176. The native of Thousand Oaks leads the team this season with a .380 batting average, 19 doubles, three triples and a conference-leading 52 RBI. Jones was a First Team All-CCAA pick this season as well as a Daktronics, Inc. and NCBWA Second Team selection. He also earned a Gold Glove in the outfield after sporting a .984 fielding percentage with just two errors in 125 chances.
Sonoma State is set to make its second-ever NCAA Division II Baseball Championship appearance this weekend at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The Seawolves will face No. 1 ranked Grand Valley State (52-3) on Sunday at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time. The eight-team event is scheduled for May 28-June 4.
For more information regarding the 2011 NCAA Division II College Baseball Championships, visit NCAA.com. A complete championship release will be available on the Sonoma State web site Wednesday afternoon.