HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two former University of Hawaii baseball players have been named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division 1 all-America baseball teams.
UH second baseman, Kolten Wong, was named to the first team and relief pitcher, Lenny Linsky, garnered third-team honors.
Drafted No. 22 by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Wong started 59 games this season, scored 48 runs, recorded 11 doubles, three triples, 53 RBI, and the led the Rainbows with seven homeruns. Kolten was a three-time all-Western Athletic Conference selectee and led his conference with 23 stolen bases and was ranked third in on-base percentage (.492) and fourth in slugging percentage (.560).
Linsky was drafted in the second round by the Tampa Bay Rays and earned all-WAC honors also, following his conference-topping 14 saves, a single-season Rainbow record. Throughout the season, Lenny recorded 34 strikeouts in 34.2 innings for a 1.30 ERA. He managed two saves at the WAC tournament.
Wong and Linksy were both named ABCA/Rawlings first team all-region. The voting and nominations were conducted by the 36 Division 1 west region coaches. First team honorees were eligible for all-American recognition.
Both Wong and Linksy aided in the Rainbows (34-25) acquisition of a WAC co-regular season championship, the team's first since 1992. After earning the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, UH fell to Fresno State in the title game.