RIVERSIDE, Calif. – After completing one of the finest seasons of any California Baptist University pitcher, Trevor Oaks had already hauled in a host of accolades before he was named a finalist for the inaugural Brett Tomko Award Friday.
Oaks put together a season that ranked him among the top four in earned-run average, strikeouts and wins in CBU single-season history. The sophomore right-hander has already been named the PacWest Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year, the West Region Pitcher of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association and American Baseball Coaches Association, a Daktronics All-West Region first-teamer and a NCBWA second-team All-American.
Now, Oaks is one of eight Division II pitchers up for the first-ever Brett Tomko Award this season. The seven other finalists are Mercyhurst's Dan Altavilla, Dowling's Tyler Badamo, Craig Brooks of Catawba, West Florida's Jordan DeLorenzo, St. Edward's Brannon Easterling, Jason Hoppe of Minnesota State and Sheperd's Paul Hvozdovic.With a 1.68 earned-run average and 11 wins, Oaks ranks second and third in CBU single-season history in those respective marks. His hits-per-nine-innings mark (6.30) compiled this season is the third best by a Lancer in any year, while his 107 strikeouts are the fourth most in a season.
The Brett Tomko Award, which is presented by Inside Pitch Magazine, is an annual accolade given to the NCAA baseball pitcher whose on-field performance is deemed the most outstanding at the Division II level. The winner will be announced Monday after the Division II Championships, hosted in Cary, NC, from May 24th-31st.
Tomko enjoyed a dominant 1995 season with the Florida Southern College Moccasins, as he went 15-2 with a 1.35 ERA and struck out 154 batters in 126.3 innings that included seven complete games, three shutouts and two saves. The Mocs reached the Division II Championship game and turned to Tomko, who tossed a shutout to hand FSC its eight national title.
Tomko went on to be drafted in the second round of Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. The right-hander enjoyed a long, successful professional career, winning 100 MLB games over 14 seasons.