Five Bearcats are Selected for Northwest Nazarene All-Tournament Team

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

NAMPA, IDAHO -- Five Willamette University baseball players have been named to the Northwest Nazarene University Baseball Invitational All-Tournament Team in recognition of their stellar play during the two days of the event on Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20. A total of 18 players from the four competing teams were chosen for All-Tournament honors.

Willamette's selections were shortstop Doug Bloom (Jr., Salem, OR/South Salem HS), left fielder T.C. Lee (Jr., Lafayette, CA/Acalanes HS), designated hitter Mitchell Rowan (So., Cotati, CA/Rancho Cotate HS), starting pitcher Chris Torgerson (Jr., RHP, Sacramento, CA/Jesuit HS) and relief pitcher Nate Bender (Jr., RHP, Seattle, WA/Roosevelt HS).

Doug Bloom

Bloom hit .333 and scored a team-leading seven runs. He belted two doubles and one triple. Bloom also was successful on two of three stolen base attempts. He walked four times and was hit by a pitch. He led the Bearcats with 16 assists on defense.

T.C. Lee

Lee achieved a tournament batting average of .412 with seven hits in 17 at bats. He topped Willamette with four doubles, earned three RBIs and scored four times. Lee also earned a .647 slugging percentage. On defense, He made five putouts from his position in left field.

Mitchell Rowan

Rowan connected at the plate for a .333 average that included one double and one home run. His homer was a three-run shot in the fifth inning of WU's 9-2 win over Whitworth on Saturday. Rowan also hit a sacrifice fly and stole one base during the weekend.

The Bearcats received solid pitching from both Torgerson and Bender in the win over Whitworth.

Chris Torgerson

Torgerson started and threw the first six innings. He allowed eight hits and just two runs. Seven of the hits were singles and the other hit was a double. Torgerson recorded three strikeouts and two walks.

Nate Bender

Bender earned a save by throwing three scoreless innings to complete the win over the Pirates. He registered one strikeout and gave up two hits. He limited Whitworth to a .200 team batting average.

Willamette played four games in the tournament to open the 2010 season. In addition to the win over Whitworth, the Bearcats split a doubleheader with Oregon Institute of Technology, winning 9-5 and losing 3-2, and dropped a one-run game to Northwest Nazarene, 8-7.

The Bearcats will play four games in California this coming weekend.

On Friday, Feb. 26, Willamette will play one game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, Calif. The Bearcats and CMS will play a doubleheader on Saturday. WU will close out the trip with a single game at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., on Sunday.

T.C. Lee earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at the NNU Invitational by hitting .412 with 4 runs, 4 doubles and 3 RBIs.

T.C. Lee earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at the NNU Invitational by hitting .412 with 4 runs, 4 doubles and 3 RBIs.