Shepherd makes All-NWC Second Team, three earn honorable mention

Shepherd makes All-NWC Second Team, three earn honorable mention

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers had four student-athletes make the All-Northwest Conference teams for baseball, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

Sean Shepherd was selected All-NWC Second-Team after the junior outfielder ranked in the top 10 for the NWC in batting average in conference games, hitting .361. He finished the season with ten extra-base hits, including five home runs and 21 RBI, and led the Pioneers in batting average, extra-base hits and total hits. Shepherd tallied 14 multi-hit games including six with three hits.

Seniors Tommy Massari and Akira Abderrahman and sophomore Robert Reaser were chosen All-NWC Honorable Mention. Massari was a NWC Student-Athlete of the Week and finished as the team leader in RBI and home runs, totaling 23 and 6, respectively. Abderrahman, the team's primary designated hitter, was third for the Pios in batting average, .286, and second to Massari in slugging percentage at .484.

The selection is the second for Massari, who was honorable mention in 2014. 

The only Pioneers pitcher to make the list, Reaser was fourth in the NWC in strikeouts with 66 and threw over 75 innings with a 4.40 earned-run average. He led the conference in complete games.

The four All-NWC are the most for the Pioneers since 2013.

Lewis & Clark had one of its most competitive years in the NWC this past season, winning a series against George Fox for the first time since at least 1999. The Pios were within four runs in 16 of their 19 conference losses, finishing with a 5-19 record.

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