Crocker, Radeke Earn Top Cal Poly Baseball Awards
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly outfielder Bobby Crocker earned the Cal Poly baseball team's Ozzie Smith Most Valuable Player award for 2011 while right-hander Mason Radeke has been named winner of the Mike Krukow Outstanding Pitcher award. Both are juniors.
Mustang ninth-year head baseball coach Larry Lee announced the team award winners Tuesday.
Crocker 6-3, 230, Aromas, CA/Aptos HS) led the Mustangs in hitting for the second straight year. A first-team All-Big West Conference selection last week and an honorable mention choice as a sophomore with a .351 average, Crocker hit 339 in his junior campaign with 13 doubles, a triple and five home runs.
Crocker (pictured above) homered twice against Pacific on May 22 when he went 5-for-6, his second career five-hit game. He had a 10-game hitting streak midway through the season and hit safely in 30 of his last 37 games, hiking his average 65 points. Crocker also produced the team's longest reached-base streak at 26.
He finished with 16 multiple-hit games and five multiple-RBI contests, stole nine of 12 bases and did not commit an error in 107 chances.
Radeke (6-1, 185, Santa Barbara, CA/Santa Barbara HS) at one time earned seven consecutive wins and completed the 2011 season with an 8-4 record and 3.07 ERA. Also a first-team All-Big West selection this spring, he led the conference in strikeouts looking with 41 and was second in wins (8) and strikeouts (95) and fourth in innings pitched (99.2).
Radeke earned his first complete game of his career against No. 5/8 Cal State Fullerton on April 21 as he allowed two runs and 10 hits with eight strikeouts. He tied the school Division I record with 14 strikeouts in a win over Valparaiso in March and added 13 more in seven innings for the win at UC Santa Barbara on April 8.
Crocker also earned the Dave Oliver Hustle Award for the second straight year as well as the Monty Waltz Big Stick Award
Senior right-handed pitcher Steven Fischback collected the Jason Maas Captain's Award.
Fischback (6-3, 200, Walnut Creek, CA/Las Lomas HS) posted a 7-3 record and 3.33 ERA in his final campaign with the Mustangs en route to second-team All-Big West honors. He was named Big West Pitcher of the Week after tossing a five-hit complete game against No. 5/8 Cal State Fullerton on April 23, his first career win against a top-25 team and, two weeks later, allowed three runs and nine hits in eight innings for another top-25 win against UC Irvine.
Fischback's second complete game was a six-hitter with a career-high 13 strikeouts against UC Davis and he allowed one run and six hits in seven innings for another win at Pacific. He recorded 77 strikeouts in 92 innings.
Other award winners were freshman outfielder Jimmy Allen (Scott Kidd Rookie Award), senior infielder J.J. Thompson (John Orton Golden Glove Award), junior right-hander Jeff Johnson (Jim Newkirk Fireman's Award), senior southpaw Frankie Reed (Dick Morrow Coaches Award) and freshman southpaw pitcher Taylor Chris (Robin Baggett Scholar-Athlete Award).
Allen hit .261 in his inaugural season with the Mustangs, lifting his average 57 points in the last nine games of the season. Allen started 38 games as a true freshman and collected 11 doubles, one triple and one home run. He went 11-for-18 (.611) during a five-game hitting streak which included a 7-for-11 performance with three doubles and a home run in the Pacific series.
Thompson finished his Mustang career with a .291 average, putting together an 11-game hitting streak and producing 17 multiple-hit games in a 31-game stretch. He started 47 games -- 18 at third base, 13 at shortstop and 16 at first base -- and contributed 12 doubles and one home run.
Johnson, Cal Poly's closer, earned five saves, two wins and a 1.63 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 27.2 innings. He earned his saves against Loyola Marymount, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and Pacific while the wins were against UC Riverside (struck out five in 3.2 scoreless innings) and Loyola Marymount (two scoreless innings).
Reed was Cal Poly's middle reliever and setup man, compiling a 1-3 record and 4.86 ERA with three saves. In a team-leading 25 appearances, he struck out 45 batters in 37 innings, earning the win against Fresno State by securing the final five outs. Reed earned saves against Cal State Northridge, UC Davis and Stanford.
Chris pitched in 13 innings over 11 appearances, finishing with no decisions, a 4.15 ERA and 15 strikeouts as a middle reliever. The Gilroy High School graduate is a mechanical engineering major.
Reed, Johnson and Thompson all were placed on the Big West honorable mention list.
Cal Poly finished the 2011 season 27-26, its ninth winning season since 2000, and 15-9 for third place in the Big West. The Mustangs won 16 of 23 games and were tied for first place with Cal State Fullerton after beating the Titans twice in a series at Baggett Stadium.