Nine Raiders Earn All League Honors in 2019
League officials released the 2019 All-Horizon League honors Tuesday afternoon just prior to Wright State hosting the 2019 Horizon League Baseball Championships beginning Wednesday at Nischwitz Staidum. The RaiderGang was incredibly well-represented in the final awards of the season, including winning Coach of the Year Alex Sogard, Player of the Year Peyton Burdick, and Freshman of the Year Tyler Black.
Alex Sogard was named the head baseball coach at Wright State on July 6, 2018 after two years as an assistant with the Raiders.
In his first season as head coach in 2019, the Raiders finished 42-17, 22-8. The 42 wins were the most wins by a first year head coach in program history and earned him the Horizon League Coach of the Year. The Raiders had a year for the record books. The offense broke the single season record for Walks (368), Stolen Bases (169), Runs (501), and Home Runs (67). They were also ranked 2ndin the Nation in Walks & Stolen Bases, 3rdin the Nation in Runs, 5thin the Nation in On Base Percentage, 9thin the Nation in Fielding Percentage and 10thin the Nation in Batting Average, and 27thin the Nation in Home Runs.
The Raiders had a number of big wins again in 2019, including #9 East Carolina, #10 Ole Miss, #18 Oklahoma State and Indiana. Continued…..
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Nate Metzger was named assistant coach/recruiting coordinator with the Wright State baseball program in July 2016 and was elevated to associate head coach/recruiting coordinator in the fall of 2019. Metzger assists with day to day administrative duties, coaches the catchers and assists with the offense.
Starter Ryan Weiss was selected in the 4th round in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks (129 overall). Fellow Starter Caleb Sampen was selected in the 20th round in the Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sampen helped lead the Raiders to the 2018 Horizon League Championship and the NCAA Tournament by posting a 5-0 record in 11 appearances with a 3.26 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 47.0 innings. First baseman Gabe Snyder was taken in the 21st round by the Minnesota Twins after being named the Player of the Year in the Horizon League as he collected the Triple Crown with a .359 batting average, 15 home runs and 73 RBI.
Led by Snyder as Player of the Year and Mercer as Coach of the Year, 11 total members of the Wright State baseball team were recognized by the Horizon League. Continued…..
Trevin Sonnier enters his first season with the Wright State Raiders after spending the last year as an assistant coach with the Dallas Baptist University Patriots. In his year at DBU, Sonnier was a key part of a coaching staff that helped guide the Patriots 43-21 record in 2019 and the finals of the Lubbock Regional.
Prior to his year at DBU, Sonnier began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Oral Roberts University under head coach Ryan Folmar in the spring of 2018. That first year, he helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 38-20 record and an appearance in the Fayetteville Regional.
Before beginning his coaching career, Sonnier – a native of Nederland, Texas – began his college baseball career at TCU where he spent one year as a Horned Frog. He then spent his Redshirt Freshman year at Panola College, earning Second Team All- Conference honors before transferring to DBU. Sonnier was an infielder for Dan Heefner and the Patriots in 2014 and 2015. In two seasons, Sonnier helped lead the Patriots to a pair of trips to the NCAA postseason, including the program’s first ever hosting opportunity, when DBU played host to the 2015 Dallas Regional. Sonnier then graduated from DBU in 2015 and transferred to Oral Roberts for his fifth and final college baseball season. Continued…..
Chase Slone enters his first year as an assistant coach at Wright State University. His duties include coaching infielders, base running, coordinating camps and helping assist the offense.
The Murfreesboro, Tennessee native began his college career at Southern Illinois University where he was the Baseball America Pre-Season Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year. He started every game at shortstop while hitting .270 and committing only five errors at shortstop.
He then transferred to Dyersburg State Community College in Tennessee, where he hit over .400 while playing every game at shortstop and leading Dyersburg State to a 48-9 record and its first ever appearance in the NJCAA World Series. Continued…..