May 15, 2018 > Four Pioneers receive All-CCAA honors
Four Pioneers receive All-CCAA honors
Submitted By Steve Connolly
Cal State East Bay has placed four student-athletes on the 2018 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Conference Baseball Team, the conference office announced May 8, 2018 in advance of the annual CCAA Tournament. Senior Alex Vesia was named to the First Team, the left-hander's third career All-CCAA honor. Senior Raymond Jones and junior Adam Hollar made the Second Team, while junior Dakota Conners earned an Honorable Mention.Ê
In his fourth year at East Bay, Vesia turned in arguably the most dominant season by a Pioneer pitcher in the CCAA era. He finished tied for the conference lead in victories with an 8-2 record, ranking second among CCAA hurlers in earned run average (1.94) and strikeouts (82). The southpaw was twice named CCAA Pitcher of the Week, and he rattled off a streak late in the season of 45 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. Vesia also broke CSUEB's career records for wins (24), innings (313.2), and strikeouts (249) and will graduate as the program's all-time leader in all three categories.
Jones earned his second career All-CCAA nod to cap off an inspiring comeback season. After missing all of 2017 battling the effects of a severe facial injury, the San Diego native returned to the form that made him among the league's best hitters in 2016. He led the Pioneers and finished fifth among CCAA players with a .367 batting average for the year. Jones also led the squad in walks (19), total bases (75), and on-base percentage (.440), and he was second on the team with 31 runs scored. He boasted a 14-game hitting streak over the final four weeks of the season, batting .413 during that span.
Hollar captured a spot on the All-CCAA team in his first season after joining the Pioneers from Chabot College. The Livermore native ranked third on the team with a .327 batting average, posting a .336 mark in conference games. In addition to turning in solid third base defense, Hollar led all CCAA players and ranked 11th in the nation with 19 hit-by-pitches, notching a .432 on-base percentage that was second-highest on the team. He was also second on the squad with eight stolen bases and third with 27 runs.Ê
This marks the second career All-Conference award for Conners, who also made the team in 2016. The Manteca native batted .310 for the season, and like Hollar, he was even better in CCAA games with a .322 average. Conners led the team and finished sixth among CCAA players with 14 doubles. He also paced the Pioneers with 36 runs scored.