Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:
Capping a strong Sonoma State baseball campaign, four Seawolves earned postseason honors.
Leading the list were pitchers Harmen Sidhu and Glenn Wallace, one of the nation’s toughest one-two punches on the mound.
Sidhu was named First Team All-America, First Team All-West Region, and First Team All-Conference by the American Baseball Coaches Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. In going 10-1, the senior right-hander from Martinez posted a school and California Collegiate Athletic Association record earned run average of 0.98 to lead the nation. Sidhu struck out 93 batters in 82 plus innings and allowed just 47 hits.
The other half of the talented tandem Wallace was named First Team All-America and Pitcher of the Year for both the West Region and the CCAA. Wallace went 9-2 with a 1.19 earned run average, fifth best in the nation. The senior from Reno struck out 71 batters and walked only 12 in 98 innings, setting a school mark with just over a walk per nine innings of work.
Both pitchers finish atop the Sonoma State record books. Sidhu set the all-time career mark for both earned run average and opponent batting average with Wallace second in both categories.
A pair of position players made All-Conference teams.
Following a breakout season, junior outfielder Garrett Schwartz earned Second-Team CCAA honors with a team high 14 doubles and five home runs. Schwartz, from Salinas, batted .325 with 24 runs batted in and 23 runs scored.
Sonoma Valley high’s Steven Filippi made Honorable Mention CCAA for a second time. The former All-Empire standout batted .313 and led the Seawolves with 29 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. Filippi’s on base percentage of .434 was fifth in the conference. In his four years at Sonoma State the outfielder played 182 games, second most in Seawolves history.
Sonoma State made another deep playoff run, going 36-22 on the season and finishing third in the NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament.