Donovan named First Team as four Pioneers earn All-NWC selections

Donovan named First Team as four Pioneers earn All-NWC selections

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Senior Matt Donovan was named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team for the first time in his college career, the conference office announced Monday.

Donovan, who was an All-NWC Honorable Mention selection last season, led the Pioneers in batting average (.304), on-base percentage (.409) and slugging percentage (.520). Donovan also led the team in home runs with six, RBIs with 26, and stolen bases with nine. Donovan scored a career best 30 runs for the Pioneers this season and led the team with 14 doubles, three short of his career-high set last season.  

Donovan ends his collegiate career with 10 home runs, 70 RBIs and 160 hits in 543 total at-bats and 142 games played.

Freshman Jack Thomson capped off his debut season with a selection to the All-NWC Second Team. Thomson was the only freshman to be named to either the First or Second teams. The California native was second on the team in both RBIs (19) and home runs (2) and ended the season with the team's fourth-best batting average (.204). Thomson totaled 31 hits in 129 at-bats and had the third most doubles on the team (7).

The Pioneers also had two players named All-NWC Honorable Mention with junior Andrew Yarak and sophomore Jacob Serafini earning their first career selections.

Yarak led the Pioneers in wins, with three while also recording a career-best 3.50 earned run average, the best on the team. Yarak totaled 36 strikeouts on the season and allowed a career-best 31 runs and 50 hits.

Serafini ended the season with a career-best .226 batting average, the fifth best on the team and was tied for fourth on the team in RBIs with 11. In the field, Serafini had a career-best .909 fielding percentage totaling 49 putouts and 10 assists on 164 total chances.

Donovan's selection is the Pioneers' first First-Team selection since Jordan Wlodarczyk was named to the All-NWC First Team in 2009. The Pioneers' four all-NWC selections this year ties Lewis & Clark's most All-NWC selections since 2009, in which five Pioneers were selected all-conference.

Willamette's Conner Bailey was named Player of the Year while Pacific Lutheran's Justin Armbruester and Andy Schmitz earned Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively. Whitworth's CJ Perry nabbed Coach of the Year.

The Pioneers finished the 2019 season with a 10-27 overall record and a 5-19 conference record, highlighted by a dramatic win over third-place Whitman in their final game of the season. The Pioneers graduate 11 seniors, including Donovan, but are expected the return the remainder of the roster.

 

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