AZUSA, Calif. -- Scott Hodsdon and Stephen Vogt were named co-GSAC Players of the Year, leading a list of 5 Cougars to garner all-conference recognition. Cougar head coach Paul Svagdis was named the GSAC Coach of the Year after leading the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific to program records for total wins (44) and longest winning streak (24 games) in a spectacular regular season.
Hodsdon earned his third straight all-GSAC selection to go with his first-ever Player of the Year honor after batting .390 with conference-leading totals of 21 home runs and 84 RBIs. In addition, he filled a variety of roles for the Cougars on the mound, from staff ace to closer, finishing with GSAC bests in ERA (2.65), strikeouts (83) and saves (5) to go with a 7-1 record. Hodsdon tossed 34 consecutive scoreless innings over a 45-day stretch from early March to mid-April, posting 32 of those shutout innings against GSAC foes.
Vogt, a 3-time NAIA All-American who also earned GSAC Player of the Year honors as a 2005 sophomore, batted .492 over the 49-game regular season, including a blistering .515 clip in GSAC games. He finished the season with a 4-game explosion that netted him GSAC Player of the Week honors after batting 11-for-17 with 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 12 RBIs as the Cougars finished the season with 3 wins in 4 games against playoff participants Concordia and California Baptist.
Svagdis engineered one of the most remarkable turnarounds in college baseball, taking a 2006 squad that finished 24-25 and turning it into a runaway conference champion that finished 44-5 overall and 32-4 in GSAC.
Venegas emerged as the Cougars’ leadoff hitter and led the GSAC in runs scored with 64. He batted .366 on the season and drew 20 walks to earn the all-conference selection.
Cutspec slammed 14 home runs and drove in 50 runs, finishing with a .372 batting average as a true freshman. He led the Cougars’ doubleheader sweep over Point Loma Nazarene on April 21, crushing 4 home runs in the doubleheader to earn GSAC Player of the Week honors.
Bravo was Azusa Pacific’s wins leader, going 9-0 in 12 starts with 48 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. He registered a 3.15 ERA and combined on 2 of the Cougars’ 5 shutouts.
The full all-GSAC team can be viewed at www.gsacsports.org.
Azusa Pacific kicks off postseason competition with Friday’s 3 p.m. contest with Patten in the first round of the NAIA Region II Baseball Playoffs. Patten, an NAIA independent, rounds out the 6-team field for the double-elimination tournament, which shifts to Azusa Pacific from May 8-10 following Friday’s first-round games played at the top 3 seeds.