2018 California Collegiate Athletic Association Baseball All-Conference Team
Three Sonoma State University baseball student-athletes earned California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Baseball All-Conference Honors, it was announced Tuesday by the conference office. Senior outfielder Bryce Nagata took home First Team honors, while senior shortstop Rayson Romero and junior outfielder Zach Guardino earned Honorable Mentions. This marks each player's first All-Conference accolade.
Outfielder Bryce Nagata completes his senior season with career bests in all batting categories. The 5-foot-9 senior out of Kaneohe, Hawaii batted .375/.437/.551 acting as a sparkplug from the top of the lineup all year. His batting average marked the CCAA's third highest and ranked seventh and fourth in conference in hits and stolen bases, respectively. While Nagata proved an on-base machine and a threat on the base paths, he also showed exceptional pop throughout the season. The Santa Rosa JC transfer smashed seven homers on the season, tied for the team-best.
Shortstop Rayson Romero also helped the Seawolf top of the order in 2018, placing Top 5 on the team in average, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, and steals, while leading the team in walks. Romero batted a career best .270/.394/.394 with 27 runs scored and 18 RBI on the season.
Junior Zach Guardino broke out in his first season with the Seawolves after transferring in from Diablo Valley College. The 5-foot-10 outfielder batted .336/.405/.441 on the season while leading the team in doubles (12) and marking second best on the team in RBI (24), home runs (6), hits (48). He started in 35 of his 43 games played and collected 143 at bats this season.
Sonoma State finished the 2018 season with a record of 26-24 overall, marking the 26th time in the last 32 seasons that SSU has boasted a winning record. The Seawolves ended the year with a 22-22 conference record, finishing seventh in the CCAA and missing the conference tournament by a single game.
Women's Golf improves on day two at Regionals
The Sonoma State women's golf team enjoyed a 30-stroke improvement in Tuesday's second round as four of the five Seawolves carded scores in the 70s, led by the five-over par 77 from Julie Peters, but Sonoma still remains 12th out of 12 teams with 18 holes to play at the 2018 NCAA Division II Super Region 4 Tournament at Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango, Colo.
As a team, Sonoma State has scored a 652 through the first two rounds, sitting eight strokes back of 11th place Cal State Monterey Bay. Dallas Baptist (597) is leading the regional and will enter Wednesday's final round with a 12-shot lead over second place California Baptist.
The third and final round of the 2018 NCAA Division II Super Region 4 Tournament for the Seawolves begins at 10:30 am CDT (9:30 am PDT) when Virtusio tees off from hole 10.
Sonoma within striking distance of advancing to Nationals
The Sonoma State men's golf team will head into Wednesday's final round of the NCAA Division II Men's Golf West/South Central Regional Tournament tied for fifth place and a berth into the NCAA Division II Championships on the line as the Top 5 teams at the end of the 54-hole event will advance to the national tournament in Muscle Shoals, Ala. on May 21-25.
The Seawolves, who got a season's-best 68 out of Ian Hofmann on Tuesday, is tied with Holy Names and Colorado-Colorado Springs in the fifth and final spot with a 36-hole score of 581. California Baptist currently leads the field of 20 teams with a score of 570, one shot ahead of second place St. Mary's of Texas. Chico State and Colorado Christian are tied for third place with a 36-hole score of 577.
Hofmann's round of 68 jumped him up nine spots into a tie for 4th place on the individual leaderboard with a two-round score of 140 (-2), just two strokes behind co-leaders Cameron Brown of Oklahoma Christian and Kyle McLay of Holy Names, both with a four-under 138. Dexter Simonds is tied for 19th with a 144 (+2), Devin Gregg is tied for 40th with a 148 (+6), Spencer Clapp is tied for 49th with a 149 (+7) and Armand Melendez is tied for 92nd with a 155 (+13).
Sonoma's bid to qualify for its first national tournament since 2015 will commence at 12:00 p.m. CDT (10:00 am PDT) when Melendez tees off on the first hole at La Paloma.
Sonoma ends season with 12th place finish at Regionals
The Sonoma State women's golf team saw their 2017-18 season come to an end Wednesday after finishing 12th at the 2018 NCAA Division II Super Region 4 Tournament at Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango, Colo. Jasmine Monas was the top Seawolf finisher this week, placing 30th with a 54-hole score of 234 (+18) following a final round 74, matching her season's-best total in a round. Julie Peters scored a 79 on Wednesday, which tied her for 52nd with a three-day score of 244 (+28). A final round 78 for Christine Picariello tied her for 56th overall with an overall tally of 246 (+30). Lexi Nielsen tied for 62nd after shooting an 87 Wednesday for a final score of 250 (+34). Sabrina Virtusio ended the week in 66th place, shooting an even-par 72 in her final round of the year.
As a team, the Seawolves carded a 955, checking in three shots back of 11th place St. Edward's. Dallas Baptist (901; +37) took home the regional title with a six-shot victory over runner-up West Texas A&M (907; +43). California Baptist will also advance to the national tournament with a third-place finish, scoring a 909 (+45).