Cal Poly second baseman Matt Jensen has been named the Big West Conference Freshman Player of the Year and a first-team selection, the conference announced this week.
Jensen - a Bee All-Star last spring at Clovis East High - is batting .375 with 15 doubles, nine home runs, 53 RBIs, a .493 on-base percentage and a .650 slugging percentage, but has missed three weeks with a broken collarbone.
Junior shortstop Kyle Smith, The Bee's 2006 Player of the Year from Buchanan High, was named to the second team. Smith is hitting .335 with 40 RBIs and 12 steals.
Cal Poly (37-19) will be appearing in its first NCAA Tournament as a Division I school Friday, when the Mustangs play Oral Roberts at the Tempe (Ariz.) Regional.
UC Irvine's Ben Orloff and Daniel Bibona are the Player and Pitcher of the year, respectively. Irvine's Mike Gillespie is the Coach of the Year.
Fresno State opens the Irvine Regional of the NCAA Tournament at 8 p.m. Friday against the host Anteaters.
Rams 5th among state JCs
Fresno City College was fifth in the final standings of the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators Cup, given annually to the best junior college sports program in the state.
Mt. San Antonio College topped the final standings, just ahead of Cerritos.
Fresnan scores Belmont ace
Dave Dresson of Fresno hit a hole in one Wednesday at Belmont Country Club.
Dresson used a pitching wedge on the par-3, 109-yard second hole. It was his first ace.
Ex-Rams star for Sonoma
Former Fresno City College baseball players Gary Moran and Taylor Lewis -- both at Sonoma State -- were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America All-West Region team.
Moran was selected Pitcher of the Year after going 7-2 with a 1.37 ERA, the best-ever mark for a Sonoma State pitcher. Moran finished his two-year career ranked fifth in school history with 15 wins, second in ERA at 2.26 and fifth in strikeouts with 158.
Lewis, a first-team selection, led Sonoma State with 21 appearances, going 6-2 with a 3.03 ERA.