RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University placed six players on the NCCAA All-West Region team this week, including the Pitcher and Player of the Year.
After leading CBU at the plate and in the circle, Savannah Miller and Jessica Avila took home top billing in the West with Player and Pitcher of the Year honors respectively. Sloan McHann, Mara Rodriguez, Rachel Meyer and Marshean August were all named to the All-Region team as well for CBU.
Miller led the Lancers with a .423 batting average this season, driving in a team high 36 runs and hitting a team leading 16 doubles. The junior catcher had a .627 slugging percentage and a .451 on-base percentage, striking out just eight times in 142 at bats. Her .423 batting average was good for 19th best in the NCCAA.
As just a freshman, Avila was a revelation in the circle for the Lancers, solidifying herself as the ace of the staff with a 20-10 record and a 1.89 ERA. She threw 188.2 innings on the year, allowing a .266 opponent’s batting average and striking out a team best 97 batters. The rookie had 23 complete games on the year and seven shutouts.
McHann was a stalwart at first base for CBU all year, starting 47 of the Lancers’ 49 games. The senior was second on the team with a .373 batting average, driving in 32 runs and hitting eight homers. She also had a team high three triples this season and her eight homers were second for CBU.
Rodriguez was even more of a constant on the infield for the Lancers, starting all 49 games this season. The second baseman hit .326, posted 35 RBI, seven home runs and was second on the team with 13 doubles.
August, along with Rodriguez, was one of two players to start all 49 games this season. The junior made countless stellar defensive plays in centerfield, while hitting .319 at the plate, with 20 RBI, 11 doubles and five homers. August also led CBU with 16 stolen bases.
Playing in her first season for CBU after transferring prior to this year, Meyer led the team with 13 home runs and 20 walks. Splitting time at catcher and designated player, the junior hit .302, slugged .626 and had 32 RBI.
CBU’s six All-Region selections led all teams in the West.