DAY 17 (Aug. 17): Baseball’s Talent Remains
2012 has seen an unprecedented amount of success for the Azusa Pacific baseball program and its alums. The team won the Golden State Athletic Conference and registered a 47-12 record and earning the right to host the GSAC postseason tournament and NAIA Opening Round.
At the professional ranks the Cougars saw Stephen Vogt and Kirk Nieuwenhuis make their MLB debuts for the Tampa Rays and New York Mets respectively. In the month of August a trio of Cougar hurlers (Brandon Sisk, Jason Ray, and Scott Hodsdon) has been lights out, giving up just a combined two earned runs in 36.1 innings. Sisk hasn’t given up a run since July 22, and has allowed just three hits to go with 13 strikeouts in his last eight innings, while Hodson is coming off a complete game shutout for the El Paso Diablos. There are currently four Azusa Pacific players sitting on the doorstep of the MLB on Triple-A rosters, and 10 Cougars on professional rosters.