Fresno State catcher Taylor Ward picked up his second preseason All-America honor, named Friday to the team chosen by Perfect Game.
Ward, selected for the Collegiate Baseball newspaper team in December, is the first Bulldogs baseball player to receive multiple preseason All-America nods since Aaron Judge before his junior season in 2013. Judge was a first-round draft pick by the New York Yankees that summer.
As a sophomore, Ward hit .320, scored 29 runs, hit eight doubles and six home runs, and drove in 41 and was one of three players to start in all 57 games for the Bulldogs, including 38 at catcher.
Fresno State, 28-29 overall and 13-17 in the Mountain West Conference last season, opens under 13th-year coach Mike Batesole with a three-game home series against UC Irvine on Feb. 13 at Beiden Field. The annual Alumni Game is at 2:05 p.m. Feb. 7, also at Beiden.
Fresno State golf team adds Kiwi
Joanna Kim, one of the top amateurs in New Zealand, has been added to Fresno State's women's golf roster as a midseason transfer, coach Emily Milberger announced.
Kim, of Auckland, last competed for St. Kentigern College. She will be a freshman at Fresno State with three and a half years of eligibility. She was a member of the Auckland team that won the Women's Toro Interprovincials in December for a fourth straight year and was a semifinalist in the New Zealand Women's Amateur Championship in 2012.