Fresno Pacific junior Wilson Ashford and Cal State Monterey Bay's Jeff Owen, a junior who prepped at Clovis East High, have received NCAA Division II All-West Region preseason first-team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Ashford, a left-hander who starred at Clovis North, went 8-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 75 1-3 innings for the Sunbirds last season, striking out 44 and walking 20.
The right-handed Owen was 12-1 with a 2.61 ERA, striking out 98 and walking 34 in 93 innings. The Otters are No. 2 in the West and No. 14 nationally in the preseason team rankings.
Fresno Pacific senior right-hander J.D. Salles is on the second team and outfielder Kaohu Gaspar earned honorable mention.
The Sunbirds open at West top-ranked and national No. 8 Chico State on Saturday.