LOCK HAVEN, Pa. --- More than three months removed from his graduation and selection in the MLB Draft, former California Baptist University standout outfielder Zach Esquerra continues to rack up the accolades.
Esquerra was named the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association West Region Scholar-Athlete of the Year this week, adding to a trophy case that already includes NCAA Division II Player of the Year, PacWest Player of the Year and PacWest Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The award, sponsored by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, provides the opportunity for Division II to highlight the extraordinary achievements of its student-athletes. The organization made the announcement on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from its president's offices in Lock Haven, Pa.
Esquerra is one of eight scholar-athletes being considered for the Division II Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor that will be selected from the regional winners.
A criminal justice major with a 3.88 grade point average, Esquerra was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American first team and was tabbed PacWest Male Athlete of the Year.
He led the PacWest with 51 runs scored while ranking second in hitting (.382) and third in both doubles (15) and runs batted in (47). Esquerra's 17 home runs landed him fourth in all of college baseball, covering all three NCAA divisional levels and the NAIA.
Esquerra played for the Hillsboro Hops, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Class A Short Season minor league team, this summer, earning Northwest League All-Star honors after hitting .283 with 33 RBI, 21 extra-base hits, 22 runs scored and a .500 slugging percentage.