PAINE AND POWERS EARN SECOND TEAM ALL-WAC HONORS
MESA, Ariz. - Sacramento State junior Trevor Paine and senior Josh Powers have been named second team all-Western Athletic Conference for the 2010 season, as announced by the conference during the annual pre-tournament banquet.
Paine, a native of Rocklin, Calif., led the Hornets during WAC play with a .393 batting average, slugging five home runs and adding 25 RBI. After spending his first two years at Sacramento State as a pitcher, Paine transitioned into his new role as a designated hitter and first basemen, hitting .381 on the season with 10 home runs and 44 RBI. His first collegiate at-bat came on Feb. 19 against UNLV, where he provided a pinch-hit two run single in the 11th inning to lead the Hornets to a 10-8 victory. The junior posted a pair of two homer games this season, the first coming against Cal State Northridge on March 27 and the second coming this past weekend on May 21 against Fresno State, a 12-2 Hornet victory. He feasted on right-handed pitching, hitting .441 with 56 hits and seven home runs, and also fared better away from home, hitting .409 with nine homers and 33 RBI.
A native of Elk Grove, Calif., Powers was the only Hornet to start all 54 games the team played, including all 24 starts inside of WAC competition. Against conference foes, Powers hit .315 with one home run and four RBI, posting a .402 on base percentage and stealing five bases in five chances. For the season, he hit .309 with a team-high 12 doubles and four triples, while also collecting five homers and 30 RBI. In 2010, Powers started at four infield positions, including 41 times at first base, seven at third base, five at catcher and once at second base. For his career, he played at least one inning at six of the nine positions on the diamond, with the only exceptions being center field, right field and the pitcher's mound. He finishes his two-year career at Sacramento State with a .334 career average, eight home runs, 74 RBI and 38 doubles, which are tied for the second most in a career in school-history.
The all-conference honors were the first for both Paine and Powers. Fresno State junior Jordan Ribera was named the WAC Player of the Year, while Nevada junior Brock Stassi was pegged as the Pitcher of the Year. San Jose State's Zach Jones was named Freshman of the Year, while Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole was named the Coach of the Year.