College Sports

Four Sac State players make All-WAC baseball team

Senior pitchers Brennan Leitao and Ty Nichols and junior outfielder Nathan Lukes have made the All-Western Athletic Conference baseball first team. Senior shortstop Scott Burcham was named to the second team.

Leitao is the first player in program history to be a three-time all-WAC first team selection. The rigthander and four-year player was 6-4 with a 2.30 ERA this season. He is the Hornets leader in career wins with 30 and innings pitched with 390.

Nichols made eight starts and 12 relief appearances in compiling a 5-0 record and a 1.37 ERA, seventh best in NCAA Division I. He is poised to break the single-season program record of 1.82 set last season by Alex Palsha.

In just three seasons Lukes broke the program career-hits record and is four runs scored shy of that career record. The two-time all-WAC first team selection is hitting .362 with 77 hits this season. He has started 178 consecutive games.

Burcham, who is second to Lukes in career hits, batted .351 this season, including .382 in WAC play. He played every pitch at shortstop and had a team-high 164 assists. He will carry a 16-game long hitting streak into Sac State’s WAC tournament opener against Utah Valley 3 p.m. Wednesday in Mesa, Ariz.

Sac State (30-25, 16-11 in the WAC) looks to repeat as WAC tournament champions and return to the NCAA D-I playoffs for the second time in school history.

In other WAC honors, Northern Colorado’s Jensen Park was named Player of the Year, Bakersfield’s Hayden Carter Pitcher of the Year and Grand Canyon’s Garrison Schwartz Freshman of the Year. Bakersfield’s Bill Kernen was Coach of the Year.