HOSKINS NAMED FIRST-TEAM NCBWA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN
Hoskins is the first in school history to earn freshman all-American honors from the NCBWA.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The national honors continue to roll in for Rhys Hoskins, as the outfielder was named a first-team freshman all-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the organization announced on Monday.
The Sacramento native and Jesuit HS graduate was already named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper last week.
"Rhys is a special player and a great kid," said head coach Reggie Christiansen. "He, like our program, has a bright future and is being justly rewarded for an outstanding season."
Hoskins, whose .353 batting average was the highest of all first-team selections, is one of just seven players from schools West of the Mississippi River and one of only three from the West Coast to be named first-team by the NCBWA. He was the only player named first-team or second-team from the Western Athletic Conference.
Hoskins is only the second Sacramento State player to earn freshman all-America honors and the first to be selected to two teams. He was also the first Hornet to be named the WAC Freshman of the Year.
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).
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.
NCBWA First Team
C Chase Griffin, Georgia Southern
1B Michael Katz, William & Mary
2B Pat Kelly, Nebraska
3B Trea Turner, N.C. State
SS Andrew Daniel, San Diego
OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State
OF Rhys Hoskins, Sacramento State
OF Ryan Padilla, New Mexico
DH Kevin Krause, Stony Brook
UTIL A.J. Reed, Kentucky
SP Mike Compton, Florida State
SP Preston Morrison, TCU
SP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State
RP Tyler Burgess, Missouri State
RP Jonathan Holder, Mississippi State
RP Kellen Urbon, Cornell
NCBWA Second Team
C Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech; 1B Alex Close, Liberty; 2B Jason Volser, Northeastern; 3B Jose Trevino, Oral Roberts; SS Cole Peragine, Stony Brook; OF Austin Cuisino, Kentucky; OF Derek Fisher, Virginia; OF Matt Honchel, Miami (Ohio); DH Corey Dick, UNC Wilmington; UT Greg Mahle, UC Santa Barbar; SP Brenton Moss, North Carolina; SP Jared Ruxer, Louisville; SP Andrew Vasquez, UC Santa Barbara; RP David Berg, UCLA; RP Bradley Roney, Southern Miss; RP Chad Sobotka, USC Upstate.