Sonoma State: Baseball, softball standout selected to All-American teams

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Add All-American to the honors given to Sonoma State standouts George Asmus and Megan Konieczka.

Asmus, ace of the Sonoma State baseball pitching staff, was named to the Daktronics and National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association Division II All-America Honorable Mention teams.

Konieczka, a power-hitting center-fielder, was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Third Team and the Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention softball squad.

The players both earned All-West Region recognition in leading their Seawolves teams to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Asmus, from Pleasanton, went 6-1 with a 1.25 ERA, among the nation’s top marks. The senior finished his Sonoma State career with the fourth all-time ERA in school history and is third in fewest walks allowed per nine innings.

Sonoma State reached the NCAA tournament for the sixth time in eight seasons, falling in the West Regional.

On the softball side, Konieczka was an offensive force. She led the California Collegiate Athletic Association in home runs (16) and RBIs (54), ranked second in hits (85), fourth in both slugging percentage (.726) and stolen bases (22), and fifth in batting average (.409).

With the glove, the senior from Lake Forest was flawless with no errors in 81 chances in center field.

A four-year starter, Konieczka holds a number of top SSU career records. She is second in home runs, RBIs and total bases. Konieczka is fourth in games played and fifth in slugging percentage.

Sonoma State softball finished 38-23, making the NCAA tournament a sixth straight season and falling in the West Regional.

Seawolves selected for student-athlete honors

Soccer great Taylor Varnadore and tennis standout Sara Celma have been named Sonoma State student-athletes of the year.

Capping his four-year SSU career, Varnadore was selected to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer All-America Third Team. The Analy graduate also was the CCAA Most Valuable Offensive Player this season.

Varnadore was a four-time All-CCAA and three-time Daktronics All-West Region selection.

In 73 career matches, Varnadore scored 42 goals, setting the program’s career record for most goals per game. He is third all-time in both goals and points.

Celma led the SSU women’s tennis team the past two seasons to complete her collegiate career. She was named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II All-America Team. Earlier she was an All-PacWest First Team pick. A native of Benicarlo, Spain, she went 45-8 in singles play including a school-record 25 wins this season. Celma was 31-16 in doubles play in her two years with the Seawolves.

 

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