RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Not long after California Baptist University started its NCAA postseason journey Thursday, the Lancers were honored for their regular season when the All-PacWest, National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association and Daktronics Division II All-West Region teams were all released.
In the PacWest, CBU nabbed three of the four player of the year honors, with Trevor Oaks and Andy Crowley claiming the PacWest Pitcher and Player of the Year awards and Oaks also being dubbed the conference’s Newcomer of the Year. Both players also headlined the Lancers' Daktronics and NCBWA selections as first-teamers, with Oaks being crowned the NCBWA West Region Pitcher of the Year.
In all, the Lancers came away with nine all-conference and four all-region selections. Their all-conference players tied conference champion Dixie State for the most out of the nine conference squads.
Joining Crowley and Oaks on the PacWest first team was catcher Mark Sanchez, who was a PacWest Preseason first-team selection. Blair Moore, Nathan Antoun and Caleb Dirks picked up second-team distinctions, while Andrew Montoya, Stephen Lohr and Adam Hofacket drew third-team recognition for CBU. When it came to the all-region list, Montoya and Moore were both second-team picks.
It came as no surprise that Oaks, a sophomore transfer from Biola, was named the Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year after he earned the PacWest’s pitcher of the week award a conference-high three times. Oaks was also named the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association Pitcher of the Week on May 6.
Oaks led the conference in wins (10), strikeouts (102) and earned-run average (1.56). His ERA currently sits as second best on the Lancers' single-season record list. He also went into the playoffs riding a scoreless innings streak of 28.
Crowley was an offensive leader in the PacWest and defensive playmaker in center field. The 2012 PacWest Freshman of the Year put together a bounce-back campaign and batted .406 (86-for-212) to help him haul in a host of first-team awards as a junior. He also had 47 runs, 35 runs batted in, 17 doubles, nine stolen bases, four triples and a home run as a junior. With respective .538 slugging and .443 on-base percentages, Crowley gave the Lancers lineup flexibility, hitting anywhere from leadoff to No. 3 in the order.
After being picked as a preseason first-teamer in the PacWest, Sanchez delivered on his promise and continued to be a reliable and multi-talented catcher for CBU. He appeared in all 50 regular-season games, making 48 starts, and batted .297 (49-for-165) while handling a pitching staff with a combined 3.02 ERA that stands as the best in head coach Gary Adcock’s 11 years with the team.
Sanchez drove in 29 runs, scored 16 times and had seven doubles, a triple and home run for .370 slugging and .362 on-base percentages. He posted a .980 fielding percentage behind the plate.
In his third season with the Lancers, Moore earned his third All-PacWest and all-region awards. The senior third baseman batted .309 (56-for-181), smacked 10 doubles, three homers and added 38 RBIs. He posted .414 and .432 slugging and on-base percentages, respectively, while stealing eight bases on nine attempts.
Montoya had CBU’s second-best batting average this regular season, with a .350 (50-for-143) mark, while serving as a vacuum cleaner in the middle infield. The shortstop served as a second leadoff man of sorts, turning the lineup over many times at No. 9 in the order. The junior scored 33 times, drove in 20 runs and stole a team-high 10 bases, while slugging .392 and posting a .427 on-base percentage.
Antoun settled into the designated hitter slot for CBU early on this season. The junior delivered a team-high six home runs and 39 RBIs and added 36 runs, 10 doubles and three triples to log a .524 slugging percentage. He was also a PacWest Player of the Week honoree.
Dirks has been one of the Lancers most dominant closers since transitioning to the role early on in his junior season. In 21 appearances, Dirks logged a 4-1 record, seven saves and a 2.68 ERA. He struck out 45 batters through 37 innings. His saves are tied for third and fifth in single-season and career CBU history, respectively.
Lohr worked his way into a prominent role with the Lancers in his freshman season. The newcomer spent time in right field and first base, while batting .299 (49-for-164) with 31 runs scored and driven in and three home runs. He also earned PacWest Player of the Week honors this season.
Hofacket solidified his place as the No. 2 starting pitcher for the Lancers this year. The sophomore right-hander logged a 2.41 ERA and 7-2 record in 13 games and 12 starts. The third-team pick held opposing teams to a .245 batting average and logged 74 2/3 innings this year.