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Alex McKenna Earns Spot on All-West Region Second Team

Alex McKenna Earns Spot on All-West Region Second Team
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly junior center fielder Alex McKenna has earned a spot on the 2018 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-West Region second team.
 
A fourth-round draft pick of the Houston Astros last week, McKenna is the 10th Mustang under 16-year head coach Larry Lee and the 11th in the baseball program's 24-year Division I history to earn all-region honors.
 
Named to Collegiate Baseball's NCAA Division I All-American third team two weeks ago, McKenna earned Big West Conference Field Player of the Year honors in late May. A two-time All-Big West first team selection, McKenna hit .339 this season and led the Mustangs with 81 hits, 51 runs scored and 15 doubles. 
 
McKenna (6-2, 200, Canyon Country, Calif./Alemany HS) produced 23 multiple-hit games this year, including his third, fourth and fifth four-hit games of his Mustang career. He had a 12-game hitting streak near the end of the season and also compiled 17- and 20-game reached base streaks. 
 
In Big West games only, McKenna was No. 1 in the conference with a .406 average and led the league overall in runs scored (51), hits (81), plate appearances (276) and at-bats (239) and was second in total bases (121), third in triples (5) and fifth in doubles (15) and average (.339).
 
McKenna, who committed just one error in 155 fielding chances this spring, earned the team's Ozzie Smith Most Valuable Player Award for the second straight year.
 
McKenna is one of five players from Big West schools on the All-West Region teams.
 
First-team selections include UC Irvine pitcher Andre Pallante and Cal State Fullerton pitcher Colton Eastman. On the second team are McKenna, CSUN outfielder Albee Weiss and Hawai'i relief pitcher Dylan Thomas.
 
All ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-Americans will be announced on Saturday, June 16.
 
The finalists for the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I Gold Glove Team will be announced on Twitter on Monday, June 18, and the Gold Glove Teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 20.
 
In all divisions, ABCA National Pitchers of the Year will be announced on Monday, June 25, followed by ABCA National Position Players of the Year on Wednesday, June 27.
 
The American Baseball Coaches Association, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 9,600 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 75th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 3-6, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.
 
Cal Poly's ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region Selections (Division I)
Alex McKenna (2018), Second Team
Mark Mathias (2014), First Team
Nick Torres (2014), Second Team
Chris Hoo, 2014 (Second Team, West Region/National Gold Glove)
Casey Bloomquist (2014), Second Team
Matt Imhof (2014), Second Team
Denver Chavez (2013), Second Team
Mitch Haniger (2012), First Team
Luke Yoder (2010), Second Team
Matt Jensen (2009), First Team
Scott Kidd (1997), Second Team