ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Senior reliever Tanner Dalton and sophomore starter Scott Randall were both selected to the Western Athletic Conference preseason all-conference team, the league announced this morning.
Senior Tanner Dalton made his Hornets debut last season, pitching to a 2-1 record with a 3.02 ERA over 41.2 innings. He led the team in appearances, making 32 last season. That was tied for most in the conference and ranked 28th amongst all NCAA Div. I pitchers.
In addition to leading the team in appearances, Dalton also led the Hornets with 10 saves. His 10 saves in 2018 were tied for third most in the WAC, are tied for fourth most in a single season in program history, and are the most recorded by a Hornets reliever since Sutter McLoughlin recorded a program record 17 in 2013.
Sophomore Scott Randall is Sacramento State's other preseason all-conference selection. The right-hander is just one year removed from being named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America after going 7-3 with a 3.48 ERA over 75.0 innings in 2018.
As a freshman, Randall threw 75.0 innings over 17 games (16 starts) and walked just 14 all year. He ranked among the top five in the WAC in starts, wins, and walks-allowed-per-nine-innings (1.68, 4th).
The full 2019 WAC Preseason all-conference team is below.
The duo are two of eight total returners to a Sacramento State pitching staff that is expected to be a strength this year. Last season, Sacramento State's pitching staff ranked first in the WAC in ERA (3.66), Hits Allowed Per Nine Innings (8.69), Shutouts (7), Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (3.26), WHIP (1.23), and Walks Allowed Per Nine Innings (2.37). They set a new program record with 456 total strikeouts.
In addition to releasing the preseason all-conference team, the WAC also announced the preseason coaches poll, in which Sacramento State was selected third. They received 69 total points and two first place votes.
Grand Canyon, last year's regular season champion, was picked to repeat, receiving 75 points (5 first place votes) to just barely beat out New Mexico State, who received 74 points (3 first place votes). Conference newcomer, California Baptist, who played to a 35-19 overall record last year, joins the WAC for their first season as a Division I program. They were picked to finish fifth, tied with UT Rio Grande Valley with 37 points. The full 2019 WAC Preseason Coach's Ballot is below.
Hornet Baseball returns to John Smith Field in just two weeks when Sacramento State hosts North Dakota State on Friday, Feb. 15 for Opening Night. Season tickets and single-game tickets are available now and the full schedule can be found online at HornetSports.com.
|2019 ALL-WAC BASEBALL
|C||Braden Williams, Sr.||NM State|
|1B||Caleb Henderson, Sr.||NM State|
|2B||Nick Gonzales, So.||NM State|
|3B||Austin Lively, Jr.||Seattle U|
|3B||Pikai Winchester, Sr.||Grand Canyon|
|SS||Joey Ortiz, Jr.||NM State|
|OF||Tristen Carranza, Jr .||NM State|
|OF||Quin Cotton, Jr.||Grand Canyon|
|OF||Jack Pauley, Sr.||Northern Colorado|
|UT/DH||Justin Mazzone, So.||Seattle U|
|SP||Jake Prizina, Sr.||Seattle U|
|SP||Scott Randall, So.||Sacramento State|
|SP||Brock Whittlesey, Sr.||NM State|
|RP||Tanner Dalton, Sr.||Sacramento State|
|2019 WAC BASEBALL
PRESEASON COACHES POLL
|#||Team||Points (1st Votes)|
|1.||Grand Canyon||75 (5)|
|2.||New Mexico State||74 (3)|
|3.||Sacramento State||69 (2)|
|T5.||UT Rio Grande Valley||37|