Halpin Earns Northwest Conference First Team Honors

SALEM, OR- The 2005 All-Northwest Conference Baseball Team was announced this week, naming Willamette’s Ken Halpin to the First Team.

Halpin, a senior from Medford, OR, was selected for both the first (utility) and second (catcher) all-conference teams. Having started all 38 games for the Bearcats, Halpin totaled 48 hits, 32 RBI, 26 runs, and 13 doubles. Halpin (pictured left) finished the season batting .322.

Bearcat seniors John Cox, Jeff Jensen, and Zach VandeGriend were awarded All-NWC Honorable Mentions for their season performances. Cox earned first base honors while teammates Jensen and VandeGriend were announced as starting pitchers.

Cox, first baseman from Spokane, WA, led the league in putouts totaling in 359. At the plate he tallied up 35 hits, drove in 28 runs, and scored 25. Cox had six homeruns and nine doubles for the season.

Right-handed pitcher Jensen set a new record this season breaking Willamette’s career strikeouts record with 266. Jensen, a local from Salem, OR, pitched a total of 80.2 innings, striking out 52 batters and allowing only 88 hits and 47 runs, for an era of 4.13. Jensen pitched five wins for the Bearcats.

VandeGriend, also from Salem, OR, led Willamette in five victories. The right-handed pitcher was third in the conference for innings pitched (88.1) and strikeouts (71). VandeGriend faced a total of 349 batters, allowing only 96 hits and 52 runs, for an era of 4.18.

The Bearcats completed their season 20-18 overall and 13-11 NWC.

Ken Halpin

Ken Halpin