HOSKINS EARNS FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA HONORS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After being named the Western Athletic Conference's Freshman of the Year, outfielder Rhys Hoskins was selected as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced on Wednesday.
Rhys Hoskins is the second player in school history to earn freshman all-America honors.
Hoskins, who paced the Hornets with a .353 batting average, 10 home runs, 44 runs and 53 RBIs, ranked second in the WAC in batting average, second in slugging (.567), third in RBIs, third in home runs, sixth in runs, sixth in doubles (16) and was first in total bases (122). The Sacramento native and Jesuit HS graduate was also a second team all-conference selection.
"Rhys had an outstanding season," said head coach Reggie Christiansen. "He is the epitome of a student-athlete as he gets it done both on the field and in the classroom. In addition to his outstanding numbers at the plate, he earned a 3.92 GPA this year."
Hoskins tallied a team-best 16-game hitting streak from March 17 to April 11 and also had a team-high on-base streak, getting on board in 27 straight contests from March 17 to April 29.
He recorded the only two multi-homer games for the Hornets in 2012, hitting a grand slam and a solo home run at Pacific on Feb. 28 and a two-run bomb followed by a solo home run at Louisiana Tech on April 8. In addition to his grand slam at Pacific, he also cleared the bases with a home run at home against Dartmouth on March 15.
Hoskins is the second freshman all-American in school history and the first since RHP Jesse Darrah in 2009. Hoskins was one of three Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America selections from the Western Athletic Conference. Nevada first baseman Kewby Meyer and Louisiana Tech RHP Phil Maton were also chosen.
Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team - Outfielders
Michael Conforto, Oregon St. — Named a first team Pac-12 selection and Freshman of The Year in the league, Conforto hit .349 with 14 doubles, 13 homers and 76 RBI. He leads the Pac-12 in RBI, slugging percentage (.601), total bases (131) and tied for first in home runs.
Austin Cousino, Kentucky — A second team SEC selection and Freshman of The Year in the league, Cousino hit .319 with 20 doubles, 9 homers and 41 RBI. He also swiped 15 of 16 bases.
Rhys Hoskins, Sacramento State — A second team Western Athletic Conference pick and WAC Freshman of the Year, Hoskins hit .353 with 16 doubles, 10 homers and 53 RBI.
Ryan Padilla, New Mexico — A second team Mountain West selection, Padilla hit .352 with 19 doubles, 5 homers, 2 triples and 49 RBI.
Chase Shelton, Charleston Southern — A second team Big South pick, Shelton hit .344 with 13 doubles, 4 homers and 29 RBI.
Kevin Kaczmarski, Evansville — A second team Missouri Valley choice, Kaczmarski hit .303 with 13 doubles, 5 triples, 1 homer and 33 RBI. He also swiped 13 bases.
Hunter Cole, Georgia — An All-Freshmen pick in the SEC, Cole hit .276 with 12 doubles, 7 homers and 23 RBI.
Matt Honchel, Miami (Ohio) — Named Freshman of The Year in the Mid-American Conference, Honchel hit .395 with 7 doubles, 2 triples and 26 RBI with 10 stolen bases.
Steven Goldstein, Stony Brook — A second team America East pick, Goldstein hit .347 with 8 doubles, 3 homers, 3 triples and 30 RBI. He also swiped 14 of 19 bases.
Stephen Wallace, Southern — A first team Southwestern Athletic Conference pick and Freshman of The Year in the league, Wallace hit .340 with 9 doubles, 7 homers and 38 RBI.
Derek Fisher, Virginia — Fisher hit .288 with 11 doubles, 8 triples, 7 homers and 50 RBI.
Richard Amion, Alabama St. — Amion has blazing speed and swiped 36 bases. He also hit .288 with 6 doubles and 22 RBI.
Ben Moore, Alabama — Named to the All-Freshmen team in the SEC, Moore hit .342 with 10 doubles, 2 homers and 31 RBI.
Max Murphy, Bradley — Murphy hit .285 with 11 doubles, 9 homers and 38 RBI.
Jensen Park, Northern Colorado — A second team Great West Conference selection, Park hit .363 with 10 doubles, 7 triples and 38 RBI.