NORMAN, Okla. -- Ryan Rohlinger and Chuckie Caufield, two of the Sooners’ captains in 2006, were named to the ABCA/Rawlings (American Baseball Coaches’ Association) Midwest All-Region team on Monday.
Rohlinger, OU’s third baseman, and Caufield, the Sooners’ right fielder, were honored on the second team and joined 12 other players reigning from the Big 12 Conference on the first and second teams.
Rohlinger, Caufield and the rest of the Sooners completed the 2006 season a week ago in game three of the Houston Super Regional against No. 1 Rice.
The 2006 Sooners, under first-year head coach Sunny Golloway, completed one of the most successful seasons for OU since it made back-to-back trips to the College World Series in 1994 and 1995. The 45 wins this season tied the sixth highest total in school history (1988).
Both Rohlinger and Caufield were members of the 2006 All-Big 12 Second Team and were recently drafted a week ago in the MLB Draft.
Rohlinger, a sixth-round pick of the San Francisco Giants, led the squad throughout the regular season and postseason run with a .387 average, 13 home runs and 67 RBI. In addition, Rohlinger led the Big 12 Conference in runs scored (69) and hits (99). The West Bend, Wisc. native’s hit total is the highest for any Sooner since Kevin Burdick connected for 101 in 1987 and it also ranks fifth on OU’s all-time single season list.
Caufield, a 39th-round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers, ranked second in the Big 12 in hits with 95 and runs scored with 68. His .351 batting average also ranked in the top 10 across the Big 12. The speedy outfielder from Ada, Okla. led all Sooners this past season with 19 stolen bases and he was a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, an honor given to the country’s top collegiate player.
The last Sooner to be honored on an All-Region team was Eddie Cornejo, a first-team member in 2003.