Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:
A pair of former All-Empire players earned all conference honors, UC San Diego baseball player Aaron Bauman and Sacramento State softball pitcher Taylor Stroud.
Capping a standout collegiate career, Bauman, from Mendocino High, helped lead the Tritons to a third consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association title and NCAA Division II tournament appearance. He was named honorable mention all-conference.
An outfielder, Bauman had a .318 batting average with 5 home runs and 31 runs batted in. He led the Tritons in doubles and was second in hits.
Bauman transferred to UC San Diego from Santa Barbara City College. In his first year with UC San Diego as a junior, Baumann started for the squad that was runner-up in the national championships. Bauman earned honorable mention All-American honors after being named to the All-CCAA first team and receiving West Region recognition.
Making an immediate impact for Sacramento State was former Montgomery High great Stroud. She was named honorable mention all-league in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference.
Showing she was ready for NCAA Division I softball, Stroud went 8-11 with a 2.52 earned run average. She led the Hornets in appearances, starts, complete games – 12 – and shutouts – 4 – as well as innings, opponents’ batting average and strikeouts.
Highlighting the season was Stroud’s no hitter against San Diego.
Sacramento State was 20-24 overall and 12-8 in the conference.