Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
MESA, Ariz. – The Western Athletic Conference announced its All-WAC baseball teams and awards as selected by the league’s 10 head coaches with New Mexico State junior Cameron Haskins named on the second team as an at-large selection.
Haskins, a native of El Paso, Texas and the son of former Aggie great and PGA golfer Steve Haskins, played in 21 WAC games and started 20, playing first base in six games and 15 as the Aggie designated hitter. He finished WAC play with a .392 batting average, 10th in the league. He finished conference play with five doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI.
“Cameron was very disciplined with his work ethic, especially with his swing,” head coach Brian Green said. “He worked hard and was very coachable. He found a way to hit the ball and can now hit the ball to the opposite field. Haskins was one of our most competitive hitters, is a self-made guy and really just has a pretty awesome story.”
Overall in 2015, Haskins finished with a .336 (41-of-122) batting average with six doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI to go along with an on-base percentage of .401 as he was also walked 12 times and hit by a pitch four times.
He finished the season on an 11-game hitting streak, the longest for any Aggie this season and will carry that over into the 2016 season.
Haskins felt comfortable in the middle of the lineup batting third 10 times and in the cleanup position 15 times. He also saw a few at-bats in the five and six holes in the lineup.
Northern Colorado’s Jensen Park was named the 2015 WAC Player of the Year and Bakersfield’s Hayden Carter earned the honor of 2015 WAC Pitcher of the Year. Park hit .531 in WAC play, which is the highest batting average in league play since San Diego State’s Brad Gennaro hit .549 in 1992. Carter went 5-1 in WAC play and hand a 1.83 ERA in route to winning the WAC Pitcher of the Year honors.
Bakersfield head coach Bill Kernen was named the WAC Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. The Roadrunners are the second seed in the WAC Tournament, which starts on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz. The Aggies did not qualify for the tournament this season.
“Congratulations to Coach Kernen. I’ve known him a long time and every time you play against him, you know you are going to play against a tough team,” said Coach Green. “From top to bottom, his team was the most competitive in the league and they fought all season. As a whole, the league has a ton of class amongst the head coaches.”
2015 First Team All-WAC
Catcher: Brian Olson, Sr., Seattle U
First Base: Matt Schmidt, Sr., Chicago State
Second Base: Chad De La Guerra, Sr., Grand Canyon
Third Base: Ben Mauseth, So., Grand Canyon
Shortstop: Paul Panaccione, Jr., Grand Canyon
Outfield: Jensen Park, Sr., Northern Colorado
Outfield: Jeff Campbell, Sr., North Dakota
Outfield: Nathan Lukes, Jr., Sacramento State
Starting Pitcher: Hayden Carter, Sr., Bakersfield
Starting Pitcher: James Barragan, Sr., Bakersfield
Relief Pitcher: Ty Nichols, Sr., Sacramento State
At-Large: Joey Sanchez, So., Bakersfield
At-Large: David Metzgar, So., Bakersfield
At-Large: Brennan Leitao, Sr., Sacramento State
2015 Second Team All-WAC
Catcher: Humberto Aranada, Sr., Grand Canyon
First Base: Ryan Reese, Sr., North Dakota
Second Base: Mattingly Romanin, Sr., Chicago State
Third Base: Brandon Vaughn, Sr., Northern Colorado
Shortstop: Tyler Follis, Sr., North Dakota
Outfield: Garrison Schwartz, Fr., Grand Canyon
Outfield: Kade Andrus, Sr., Utah Valley
Outfield: Logan Landon, Sr., Texas-Pan American
Starting Pitcher: Skyler Genger, Jr., Seattle U
Starting Pitcher: Tarik Skubal, Fr., Seattle U
Relief Pitcher: Mick Vorhof, Fr., Grand Canyon
At-Large: Scotty Burcham, Sr., SS, Sacramento State
At-Large: Cameron Haskins, Sr., New Mexico State
At-Large: Max Carter, So., Bakersfield
WAC Player of the Year: Jensen Park, Sr., OF, Northern Colorado
WAC Pitcher of the Year: Hayden Carter, Sr., Bakersfield
WAC Freshman of the Year: Garrison Schwartz, OF, Grand Canyon
WAC Coach of the Year: Bill Kernen, Bakersfield