Mendonca, Robinson Earn NCBWA All-American Honors
    Freshman Dusty Robinson was named to All-American teams by NCBWA, Ping! and Louisville Slugger.
    Freshman Dusty Robinson was named to All-American teams by NCBWA, Ping! and Louisville Slugger.

    June 17, 2009

    FRESNO, Calif. - The awards continue to roll in for Fresno State third baseman Tom Mendonca and outfielder Dusty Robinson. National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named Mendonca First Team All-American and Robinson Second Team Freshman All-American.

    Robinson was named an All-American by NCBWA, Ping! and Louisville Slugger, while Mendonca was named an All-American by Baseball America, NCBWA, Ping!, and Louisville Slugger.

    Robinson is the first Bulldogs to earn freshman All-American honors since 2005, when Beau Mills was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.

    He hit .319 with 15 home runs, 12 doubles and 45 RBIs during his freshman campaign. He appeared in 60 games starting 52 in left field for the Bulldogs. Robinson hit a walk off home run in the tenth inning against New Mexico State on April 10 to win the 2009 WAC opener.

    "Dusty had an outstanding year for us, both in the classroom and on the field," head coach Mike Batesole said.

    Robinson was also named a First Team All-WAC outfielder by the WAC coaches.

    Mendonca, the 2008 College World Series Most Outstanding Player and 2009 WAC Player of the Year, hit .339 and led the team with 27 home runs. The junior has the most home runs in Fresno State history after hitting 56 in his three year career as a Bulldog.

    While at Fresno State, Mendonca won three WAC Tournament championships, two WAC League championships and in 2008 a National Championship.

    "Tom is a special player and we couldn't be more proud of him," said head coach Mike Batesole. "He's represented his school with class and on the field has been a game-changing player over the last two years. He's an All-American in every way."



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