Pioneer of the Week: Ryan Kochan

Louis LaVenture,
Sports and Campus Editor

Cal State East Bay senior infielder Ryan Kochan is the Pioneer of the Week.

We did a lot of good things offensively, defensively, and on the mound.

— Ryan Kochan

Kochan was huge offensively in a four game sweep over the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes over the weekend for the Pioneers. The third baseman from San Ramon was a force at the plate as he amassed 11 hits in 19 plate appearances in the home stand that included eight runs batted in and four doubles.

“Ryan has been our most consistent player all year and he plays a mean third base,” CSUEB Assistant Coach Darren Lewis said. “He will be a tough player to replace next year.”

Kochan posted an impressive .579 batting average against the Coyotes and also went four-for-five at the plate and was also involved in every scoring play in the series opening victory on Friday at Pioneer Baseball Field on the Hayward campus.

“I was just looking for a fastball up that I could do something with,” Kochan said. “I tried to drive it up the middle to get a few runs in.”

Kochan is in his second season with the Pioneers after transferring from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill in 2013. He attended University of the Pacific in Stockton for one year prior to his time at DVC but never used any eligibility after he redshirted during his one-year stint at the college.

The business administration major was proud of not only his performance, but also the teams’ which gives CSUEB some momentum with just four regular season games remaining.

“We did a lot of good things offensively, defensively, and on the mound,” Kochan said.

This season Kochan has been an anchor at third base for the Pioneers starting in 35 of the 36 games he has appeared in at the hot corner. Kochan has amassed team-highs in several categories including batting average .336, hits 41, doubles 11, and RBI’s with 29, while committing just 4 errors for a .960 fielding percentage at one of the most demanding positions on the field.