SSU's O'Koyea Dickson Drafted By L.A. Dodgers

o_dickson.jpegAfter helping Sonoma State to its second-ever NCAA Division II Baseball Championship appearance in Cary, North Carolina last week, junior first baseman O'Koyea Dickson has been selected in the 12th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

As the 374th overall pick, Dickson becomes the 38th SSU baseball player in history to be drafted by MLB teams.

The right-handed power hitter from San Francisco led the West Region Champion Seawolves in five offensive categories, including runs scored, hits, home runs, total bases and slugging percentage.

His 11 home runs this season were second-best in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) this season, one of which came in the Div. II World Series opener against top-ranked Grand Valley State to send the game into extra innings -- a game in which Sonoma State pulled off the 7-6 upset victory over the Lakers in 11 innings.

Dickson led the conference in runs scored with 61 and had 52 runs batted in, one behind teammate Kyle Jones for the most in the CCAA.

Named the CCAA Newcomer of the Year, Dickson earned First Team All-West Region honors in the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Daktronics, Inc. and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) programs. Dickson also received Gold Glove honors at his position this season -- he sported a .983 fielding percentage with only nine errors in 520 chances.

Dickson becomes the 16th Sonoma State player to be drafted since 2004 and is the third player in the CCAA to be taken in the draft so far this season. Cal State San Bernardino's Aaron Brooks (RHP) was taken in the ninth round (276 overall) by Kansas City and Chico State's Kevin Brahney (LHP) was selected in the 11th round (352 overall) by Boston.

He is the first player since 1986 to be drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers -- former SSU student-athlete Tony Ciccone was drafted in the 12th round 25 years ago by the Dodgers.

Since head coach John Goelz came to Sonoma State in 1986, 35 players have been drafted, including 16 in the last eight seasons.



* "SSU's Alex Todd Drafted in 27th Round by Houston Astros" SSU NewsCenter, June 8

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