Baseball Players Finish Season on Willamette's All-Time Lists

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

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University baseball team had an exceptional season on offense in 2010, and the statistics are reflected on the Bearcats' all-time single season and career lists. Several members of the team earned Top 10 rankings in various categories during the season.

Mitchell Rowan (So., DH, Cotati, CA/Rancho Cotate HS), Willamette's top offensive threat in 2010, reached the Top 10 in six single season categories. He finished third all-time with 62 hits, was fourth with 12 home runs and finished fifth in runs scored with 41. Rowan tied for sixth in at bats (154) and was eighth with a .403 batting average and 42 RBIs.

On the career home runs list, Rowan ended the season tied for fifth. In two years at WU, he has blasted 17 home runs.

T.C. Lee (Jr., LF, Lafayette, CA/Acalanes HS) achieved rankings in two single season categories. He tied for third with 15 doubles and placed 10th with a .389 batting average.

Derek Collins (Fr., 1B, Yorba Linda, CA/Esperanza HS/Fullerton College) tied Lee for third place in single season doubles with 15. Doug Bloom (Jr., SS, Salem, OR/South Salem HS) finished the year in seventh place with 15 stolen bases, while Tyson Giza (Fr., CF, Salem, OR/Sprague HS) placed eighth with 14 stolen bases.

Bloom and Collins also earned single season Top 10 statistics on defense. Bloom recorded 125 assists to rank second all-time behind Danny Aguilar's 127 assists in 2001. Collins placed sixth with 313 putouts.

Joining Rowan on the WU career home run list was Lee, who has smacked 22 homers in three years with the Bearcats. Lee is #2 on the list, trailing only Kyle Stalker '09, who belted 51 home runs from 2006 through 2009. Lee also finished the year tied for eighth in the career records with 30 doubles.

Bloom earned spots on three career lists for the Bearcats. He is now fourth all-time with 40 stolen bases and 358 assists. He ranks fifth with 108 runs scored.

In addition to placing athletes on the individual Top 10 lists, Willamette also earned Top 10 rankings in 11 single season team categories. WU was second all-time with 85 doubles, trailing only the 1999 Bearcats, who earned 89 doubles. The Bearcats finished third with 80 stolen bases, were fourth with 1,346 at bats and ranked fifth with 35 home runs.

WU was sixth on the season list with 402 hits. The team ranked seventh with 271 runs and 242 RBIs. On defense, the Bearcats were fourth in putouts (986), tied for fifth in fielding percentage (.554) and placed sixth in assists (419). The WU pitching staff ranked seventh with 328 2/3 innings pitched.

Willamette achieved a 16-22 overall record in 2010, including 12-12 (4th place tie) in the Northwest Conference. The Bearcats belted 85 doubles, seven triples and 35 home runs, and averaged 7.3 runs for every nine innings played.

All of the individual players who earned single season or career rankings for Willamette this spring still have eligibility remaining as the team looks ahead to the 2011 season. In fact, the Bearcats had just one senior in 2010, pitcher Scott Martin (Sr., RHP, Honolulu, HI/Punahou School).

Doug Bloom stole 15 bases in 2010 to rank seventh at WU for a single season. He is fourth on the career list with 40 stolen bases.

Doug Bloom stole 15 bases in 2010 to rank seventh at WU for a single season. He is fourth on the career list with 40 stolen bases.

T.C. Lee ranks second on WU's career list with 22 home runs.

T.C. Lee ranks second on WU's career list with 22 home runs.

Mitchell Rowan earned 62 hits and smacked 12 home runs in 2010.

Mitchell Rowan earned 62 hits and smacked 12 home runs in 2010.