By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Leading the Sonoma State baseball squad to another NCAA Division II tournament appearance were All-West Region selections George Asmus and Eric Ehlow.
Asmus made first-team honors for both the Daktronics and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-West Region Teams. Ehlow, a slugging catcher, earned an honorable mention from the writers’ association.
Asmus, from Pleasanton, finished 6-1 with a 1.25 ERA, among the nation’s stingiest marks. Among the Seawolves hits leaders, Ehlow topped Sonoma State with 31 RBIs and 64 total bases.
Ehlow, from Laguna Niguel, returns next season. Sonoma State captured the California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season title and made the postseason tournament for the sixth time in the past eight seasons.
SEAWOLVES’ SOFTBALL STARS EARN HONORS
Following a sixth straight NCAA tournament appearance, Sonoma State softball’s top players earned All-West Region selections.
Megan Konieczka, Amanda Llerena, Ancia Purdy and Hayley Condon made the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II All-West Region Team. Konieczka was a first-team pick and her three teammates made the second-team.
Konieczka, Llerena and Condon also were selected to the Daktronics Division II All-West Region Team by the region’s sports information directors.
The power-hitting Konieczka, from Lake Forest, led the CCAA with 16 home runs (a single-season Seawolves’ record) and 54 runs batted in. She was second in the CCAA with 85 hits, also a Sonoma State single season record.
Llerena, the CCAA Pitcher of the Year, led the conference with 206 strikeouts and 24 complete games, to go with a 24-12 record and 2.09 ERA.
A third time region pick, Condon, from Santa Monica, led Sonoma State with 14 doubles and a 26-game streak of reaching base safely.
Purdy, from Huntington Beach, added to her total as the program’s all-time stolen base leader. She topped the CCAA this season with 33 swipes and 6 triples.
Sonoma State finished second in the conference tournament to get back into the NCAA Division II Softball Championship Tournament.