Rowan and Lee Receive First Team All-NWC Honors in Baseball

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University offensive leaders Mitchell Rowan (So., DH, Cotati, CA/Rancho Cotate HS) and T.C. Lee (Jr., LF, Lafayette, CA/Acalanes HS) have been named First Team All-Northwest Conference in baseball for the 2010 season. A total of 17 players from the nine NWC teams were chosen for First Team All-NWC recognition as selected by the league's head coaches.

Overall, the Bearcats had six players earn All-NWC honors. Max Stepan (Jr., C, Pueblo, CO/Pueblo County HS) was chosen for the Second Team. Chris Torgerson (Jr., RHP, Sacramento, CA/Jesuit HS), Sky Kelley (Fr., RF, Canby, OR/Jesuit HS) and Tyson Giza (Fr., CF, Salem, OR/Sprague HS) were Honorable Mention selections.

Willamette concluded the season with a 16-22 overall record. The Bearcats went 8-4 over the second half of the conference schedule to tie for fourth place in the NWC standings at 12-12. Willamette hit 85 doubles, seven triples and 35 homers, while stealing 80 bases in 38 games.

First Team All-Northwest Conference

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Mitchell Rowan (So., DH) led the Bearcats with a .403 batting average and 12 homers. He also topped Willamette with 62 hits. His 12 home runs tied for 23rd nationally in NCAA Division III. He also led the WU offense with 41 runs, 42 RBIs and a .721 slugging percentage. He hit 13 doubles and was 13 for 13 on stolen bases.

Rowan's 12 home runs rank him fourth on WU's all-time single season chart. He also ranks third all-time in single season hits, is fifth in runs scored and is sixth in at bats.

In two years at Willamette, Rowan has played in 72 games with 69 starts. He owns a .359 career batting average to go along with 94 hits, 19 doubles and 17 home runs. He is tied for fifth on WU's career home run list. He also has scored 65 runs and earned 74 RBIs.

T.C. Lee

T.C. Lee (Jr., LF) hit .389 this spring and finished the season strong, as he achieved a .507 batting average in his final 20 games. Overall, he led the team with a .488 on-base percentage, tied for first with 15 doubles, and crossed the plate 51 times to trail only Rowan in runs scored. He also tied for the team lead with 22 walks.

It was the third time Lee has earned All-NWC honors. He was chosen for the Second Team in 2008 and was an Honorable Mention selection in 2009.

During his career, Lee has belted 22 home runs, good for second place on WU's all-time list behind Kyle Stalker '09 (51). Lee is tied for eighth at Willamette with 30 career doubles and is nearing WU's Top 10 lists for at bats (402), hits (141), RBIs (87), runs scored (87) and walks (50). He has a .351 career batting average.

In NWC action this spring, Lee topped Willamette by hitting .457, while Rowan batted .422. Rowan started all 24 conference games for the Bearcats at designated hitter or in right field.

Second Team All-Northwest Conference

Max Stepan

Max Stepan (Jr., C) achieved a .345 batting average this season with 27 runs and 29 RBIs. He recorded 12 doubles and smacked five home runs. He hit .390 in NWC action, including 10 doubles in 23 games played.

He has a solid .321 career batting average and has scored 52 runs and registered 63 RBIs in three seasons as a Bearcat. He has connected for 20 doubles and 14 homers during his career. He is just two home runs away from reaching WU's career Top 10 list.

Honorable Mention All-Northwest Conference

Chris Torgerson

Chris Torgerson (Jr., RHP) was WU's statistical leader on the mound, as he went 6-4 and finished the year with a 6.52 earned run average. He threw all nine innings and allowed just five hits in a 7-0 victory over Pacific Lutheran University on March 28. He was chosen NWC Baseball Pitcher Student-Athlete of the Week for his efforts against PLU. He pitched in 58 innings overall.

During his career, Torgerson has achieved a 9-6 (.600) record on the mound to go with a 7.14 ERA. He has pitched in 28 games, including 15 starts.

Sky Kelley

Sky Kelley (Fr., RF) batted .374 for the season, including .418 in the conference. He scored 29 runs and produced 24 RBIs. He blasted nine doubles and four home runs. He recorded 73 putouts and two assists without an error in right field, as he earned a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Tyson Giza

Tyson Giza (Fr., CF) started his freshman season slowly, but finished strong, as he hit .302 in the Northwest Conference to end the year at .288 overall. He was WU's leadoff batter for most of the season, scored a total of 30 runs and ranked second on the team with 14 stolen bases. He ended the year second on the team with 115 putouts.

Mitchell Rowan led the Bearcats with a .403 batting average and 12 home runs this season.

Mitchell Rowan led the Bearcats with a .403 batting average and 12 home runs this season.