May 21, 2001
Norman, Okla. - A day after receiving Big 12 Conference All-Tournament Team honors, Oklahoma senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs headlined the Sooners' five selections to the 2001 All-Big 12 Conference Baseball Team by being named the league's Newcomer Player of the Year as announced by the conference offices on Monday. Additionally, Dobbs was a first team selection to the squad as an outfielder as OU also racked up four other honorable mention honorees including senior third baseman Jason Bartlett, junior starting pitcher Rocky Cherry, junior shortstop Sergio Garcia and senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey.
Dobbs capped off an incredible first year with OU and in the league by batting .428 overall and .423 in Big 12 games only. The Moreno Valley, Calif., native captured the program's first Newcomer Player of the Year honor by ranking in the top five in the conference in seven overall offensive categories including leading the league in batting average, hits, doubles and total bases. Dobbs also completed the season in the top five of seven offensive categories in Big 12 games only. During the season, he was recognized as the conference Player of the Week and the NCBWA National Player of the Week for the same time period for a week-long performance in which he batted .625 and belted four home runs in as many games.
Recently named to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference All-Tournament Team, Bartlett batted .276 in conference games while also contributing as a defensive standout at the left corner of the infield committing only five errors in 30 league contests. The Lodi, Calif., consistently ranked among the league leaders in runs scored for the majority of the season.
Cherry, who led the team in wins this season, picked up five victories in conference play and also sported the club's top ERA in league competition at 4.55. In Big 12 games only, his five wins ranked in a tie for fifth best in the conference while he was also listed in the top 10 in innings pitched at 63.1.
In his first year, Garcia made his name known throughout the league by putting up impressive offensive numbers. The Paramount, Calif., native finished conference play ranked 12th in Big 12 games in batting with a .342 average and tied for ninth in hits with 39.
The recipient of the first Big 12 Conference Player of the Week award at the beginning of the season, Godsey continued to put up consistent offensive totals, both overall and in league competition, to help him capture his first All-Big 12 honors in two years. The Santa Rosa, Calif., native ranked in a tie for third in the league in hits with 42 in Big 12 games only and is 19th in batting and ninth in hits overall.