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1958 Baseball Team

Title:
NAIA National Champions

1958 Baseball Team

Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Won the only national title in the program's history ... Team went 3-0 that year at the national championships at Sul Ross College in Alpine, Texas, defeating Elon (11-1), St. Cloud State (17-0) and Southwestern Oklahoma (23-9) ... Still holds the record for most runs scored in an NAIA national championship game (23) ... Also set NAIA championship game records at the time for most hits (21), runs by both teams (32), runs in one inning (12) and RBI (18) ... First baseman Jerry Smith, shortstop Tom Rinks and pitcher Steve Evans were all named to the all-tournament team ... Smith hit a team-best .378 that season ... Evans earned the wins vs. Elon and Southwestern Oklahoma ... Catcher and team captain Art "Butch" Fleming hit .364 in the three games with three RBI, two walks and a sacrifice bunt ... Bob Imlay pitched a one-hitter in the semifinal game with St. Cloud and also went 4-for-4 at the plate with six RBI and two runs scored ...SDSU trailed 1-0 early in the championship game with Southwestern Oklahoma, but scored 12 runs in the bottom of the third ... Team won the California Collegiate Athletic Association title and ended the regular season with a 23-7-1 record.