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June 1, 2007
Joe Reinsch

AZUSA, Calif. -- Co-GSAC Players of the Year Stephen Vogt and Scott Hodsdon became the first pair of 4-year Cougar teammates in Azusa Pacific baseball history to earn NAIA All-American first team honors in the same season. Only twice before had a pair of Cougars earned All-American first team selection in the same season. In 1984, Rob Amble and Greg Swain received first team selection to the All-American team, and in 1999, John Knott and Justin Duarte became the second Cougar teammates to garner the same honor in the same season.

Vogt is Azusa Pacific’s only repeat NAIA All-American first or second team selection, earning the honor in each of the past 3 seasons, and he is also the Cougars’ lone 2-time All-American first teamer. Vogt first received NAIA All-American honorable mention as a 2004 freshman before earning GSAC Player of the Year honors and an All-American first team selection as a 2005 sophomore. In 2006, Vogt was named to the second team before returning to the first team this season.

Hodsdon, a 2-time NAIA All-American honorable mention recipient, earned his first selection to the first team after putting together a remarkable senior campaign in which he shattered several of Azusa Pacific’s single-season offensive records while serving as the undisputed ace of the Cougar pitching staff.

Vogt put the exclamation point on the finest 4-year career in Azusa Pacific history with a record-breaking 2007 campaign, setting single-season records for hits (108), singles (67), doubles (26) and times on base (166). He ended up just 1 point shy of the 45-year old single-season batting average record of .477 set in 1962 by Jim Phillips, finishing the season at .476. Vogt’s program career marks include hits (294), doubles (74), total bases (471), runs batted in (199), walks (163) and batting average (.448).

Vogt also finished in the top 5 in career home runs (5th-31), at-bats (3rd-656) and games, (4th-189). He also surpassed the previous single-season total bases record of 172 set in 1984 by Rob Amble, collecting 178 but finishing behind Hodsdon, who established the new single-season mark this year with 191.

In addition to the single-season total bases mark, Hodsdon just beat out teammate Matt Venegas for the single-season runs record, breaking Rob Amble’s 1984 record 69 runs scored with 74 runs this year. Entering last week’s NAIA World Series, Hodsdon and Venegas had each scored 71 runs this season, but Venegas only scored twice in 3 games compared to 3 for Hodsdon. The Cougars’ senior cleanup hitter in 55 of their 61 games this season, Hodsdon also set program single-season records with 26 home runs and 100 RBIs, shattering the previous program marks of 22 home runs set in 1997 by Steve Esquibel and 69 RBIs held jointly by Chuck Van Schoych in 1974 and Justin Duarte in 1998.

Hodsdon also ranks among Cougar career leaders in several categories, including runs (3rd-150), hits (4th-220), total bases (4th-397), home runs (3rd-40), runs batted in (3rd-175) and at-bats (6th-588).

On the mound, Hodsdon tied the single-season shutout record, blanking 3 opponents to tie the Azusa Pacific single-season record shared by Norm Smith (1959) and Guy Freeland (1971 & 1972). A pitcher for any situation, Hodsdon started 14 games and made 11 relief appearances, racking up a 10-1 record with 7 saves and 116 strikeouts. The senior righthander needed just 15 more strikeouts to tie the program’s single-season strikeout record of 131 set by Paul Moskau in 1975, and he finished fourth in career strikeouts with 208. His 12 career saves ranks third in Cougar history. He also registered a 34 consecutive scoreless-inning streak late in the regular season to help lead the Cougars to the program’s ninth GSAC baseball championship.

Other Cougar postseason honorees included Brad Boekestein and Garrett Lebsock, who were each honored as 2007 Baseball Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes in recognition of their academic and athletic achievements. Boekestein also received Azusa Pacific’s Champion of Character award and was recognized with the other award recipients from the other 9 NAIA World Series participants at last week’s opening ceremony. Boekestein was also a nominee for the Hank Burbridge Champions of Character Player Award, which was awarded to Houston Baptist’s Michael Crabtree.

The full list of All-Americans and Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes can be found through the following links:

2007 NAIA Baseball All-Americans

2007 Baseball Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes