ACHA AND JOHNSON NAMED TO DIV. I INDEPENDENT ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Senior John Acha and junior Craig Johnson were named to the 2004 Div. I Independent Baseball All-Academic Team, it was announced today. The duo, who were two of 14 players selected, were named Academic All-District VIII last week.
Acha, a general management major with a 3.42 gpa, competed in his second season with the Hornet program after transferring from Modesto JC. The third baseman was leading the squad in most offensive categories until suffering a finger injury which forced him to sit out 12 games. Despite missing time, Acha still tied for the team lead with eight home runs.
Acha finished the 2004 season batting .306 with 59 hits, 34 RBI, 92 total bases, a .477 slugging percentage, a .376 on-base percentage and nine stolen bases. On March 9, he was named NCAA Div. I Independent Player of the Week after finishing 7-for-16 (.438) with a double and two RBI in four games (at Cal, three at 16th-ranked Arizona). Acha became the first Hornet to receive player of the week accolades since the program moved to independent status in 2003. A Hornet Bookstore Student-Athlete of the Week selection on April 27, 2003, Acha was recently selected Hornet Male Senior Athlete of the Year.
As a junior, Acha batted .322 with 57 hits, nine doubles, three triples, two home runs, 24 RBI, 78 total bases and a .441 slugging percentage as a utility infielder. On April 5, 2003, he set the program single-game record by recording two triples in a game against Cal State Hayward.
Johnson, a psychology major with a 3.77 gpa, finished his first year with the program after transferring from Porterville JC. The right fielder ended the year leading the squad in batting average (.337), doubles (13), triples (three), RBI (42), slugging percentage (.488), walks (47), on-base percentage (.471) and sacrifice bunts (10). His sacrifice total ties him for first in the program single-season record book.
On May 19, Johnson was named NCAA Div. I Independent Player of the Week after he led the Hornet offense by batting .769 (10-for-13) with seven runs, four doubles, five RBI, 11 total bases, two walks, a 1.077 slugging percentage, an .813 on-base percentage and two stolen bases in a sweep over Northern Colorado. On May 15, the junior went 4-for-5 with three runs, three RBI, two doubles and two stolen bases. On May 5, Johnson was named NCAA Div. I Independent Player of the Week after batting .615 (8-for-13) with five runs, three doubles, five RBI, 11 total bases, two walks, an .846 slugging percentage, a .722 on-base percentage, two stolen bases and no strikeouts in four games (Cal, three at San Jose State). On March 31, he was named NCAA Div. I Independent Newcomer of the Week after batting 7-for-14 (.500) with a triple, a home run, eight runs and seven RBI in a four-game sweep over Pacific. Johnson was also a Hornet Bookstore Student Athlete of the Week selection on March 28.
Sacramento State ended the 2004 season with a 29-32 record after recording its second sweep of the season. Head coach John Smith tallied his 750th career victory with a 3-1 win over Washington State on May 9.