May 13, 2010

Sanchez, Roff earn regional gold gloves

CSU-Pueblo infielders received recognition Thursday when second baseman Mike Sanchez (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.) and third baseman Austin Roff (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) each were recognized with the NCAA Division II Central Region Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches' Association Gold Glove Award as second-team selections.

Sanchez, a four-year starter at second base for the Pack, hit .368 last season, second highest batting average on the team, and was ranked as the hardest player to strike out in all of NCAA Division II.  For all his success with the bat, he was even better with his glove.  He committed just six errors for the Pack and was recognized as a second-team all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection. 

Roff, a part-time starter at third base this season, committed just seven errors at third base, hitting .341 with three home runs in 2010.

Both Sanchez and Roff become the first ThunderWolves to win the Central Region Gold Glove award.  This season, for the first time, the Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove Award program was expanded to include a first and second team in each of NCAA Division II's eight regions. 

First Team
1B Matt Odegaard, Minnesota State, So.
2B David Bustillos, New Mexico Highlands, Sr.
3B Deryk Marks, Augustana, Jr.
SS Austin Buck, Mesa State, Sr.
OF Danny Miller, Minnesota State, Jr.
OF Zach Krueger, Metro State, Jr.
OF Jordan Smith, St. Cloud State, Fr.
C John Plasha, Wayne State, Sr.
P Blake Schwartz, Minnesota State, So.

Second Team
1B Jason Carr, New Mexico Highlands, Sr.
2B Mike Sanchez, CSU-Pueblo, Sr.
3B Austin Roff, CSU-Pueblo, Sr.
SS Tyler Erickson, Minnesota Duluth, Jr.
OF Danny Brown, New Mexico Highlands, Sr.
OF Will Dahlgren, Minnesota Duluth, Sr.
OF Brian Bello, Mesa State, Jr.
C Brett Nigbur, Mesa State, Jr.
P Drew Vassil, New Mexico Highlands, Sr.