RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Already the most decorated California Baptist University baseball players from this season, Trevor Oaks and Andy Crowley added another award to their haul this season with the release of the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association and Daktronics All-America teams Thursday and Friday.
Oaks was a second-team and third-team selection by the NCBWA and Daktronics, respectively, while Crowley reached honorable mention from the NCBWA after the duo led the Lancers on the mound and at the plate, respectively, this year. It marks the fifth season in a row CBU has had at least one All-American selection and third-straight campaign it has had multiple players recognized nationally.
There were also more regional awards to dole out Thursday. Oaks was named the American Baseball Coaches Association Division II West Region Pitcher of the Year, which guarantees him a spot on the ABCA All-American team, while Crowley was a first-teamer on the list to remain in contention for another national honor.
In addition to the national honor, Oaks was named the NCBWA West Region Pitcher of the Year, the PacWest Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year and a Daktronics Division II All-West Region first-teamer in 2014. Crowley was dubbed the PacWest Player of the Year and a first-team, all-region pick by Daktronics and the NCBWA.
There was another honor in store for CBU's Stephen Lohr Thursday. The freshman outfielder and first baseman was recognized as a member of the 2014 Rawlings Division II West Region Gold Glove Team. Lohr made an immediate impact for the Lancers, quickly working his way to playing time and a starter's role.
In the field, Lohr made just two errors on 166 changes, registering a .988 fielding percentage. He recorded 154 putouts, 10 assists and also helped turn 13 double plays. He was also a force at the plate, batting .292 (52-for-178) with 32 runs batted in, 31 runs, eight doubles and three homers.
All three regionally-recognized players a key role in the Lancers’ 39-15, 20-12 in PacWest run this year. They earned their first NCAA playoff berth in their first year as a fully-fledged Division II member. Oaks recorded CBU’s first playoff victory with a complete-game effort in a 5-3 win over Cal Poly Pomona in the first round of the Division II West Regional on May 15th. The team reached the West Region semifinals before its season came to an end Saturday in a loss to top-seeded tournament host UC San Diego.
In all, Oaks logged three complete games, two shutouts and put together a historic season of success with the Lancers. His 1.86 earned-run average and 11 wins rank second and third in CBU single-season history, respectively. He held the opposition to a .198 batting average against (75-for-378), with his 6.30 hits-per-nine-innings mark standing as the third-best in single-season CBU history. His 107 strikeouts are the fourth-most in a year, as he averaged one an inning pitched (107).
Crowley led CBU with a .399 batting average (91-for-228) this year. He also posted a team-best 17 doubles, four triples and 48 runs, while driving in 36 runs despite batting from the leadoff spot most of the year. He also logged .522 slugging and .437 on-base percentages and stole nine bases, while giving the Lancers an elite defensive center fielder with a .985 fielding percentage.