Rowan is Chosen First Team All-West Region by ABCA

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University designated hitter Mitchell Rowan (So., Cotati, CA/Rancho Cotate HS) has been named First Team All-West Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Rowan hit .403 for the Bearcats this spring to rank fifth in the Northwest Conference in batting average.

"He was just very consistent and he worked really hard," said Willamette Head Coach Aaron Swick. "He was really adamant about getting his work in, both during practice and in the weight room."

A total of 15 athletes from NCAA Division III were named First Team All-West Region. An additional 18 players were chosen for the Second Team and 17 players formed the Third Team.

This spring, Rowan was the statistical leader of Willamette's offense. In addition to leading the team in batting average, he also ranked first with 62 hits, 41 runs, 42 RBIs and a .721 slugging percentage. His 12 home runs were first on the team and placed him fourth on WU's single season home run list. He was selected First Team All-NWC.

"He worked really hard in the offseason," Swick said. "He added probably 10 to 15 pounds in muscle. He got stronger and obviously was a year more experienced."

Rowan also belted 13 doubles, as he finished the year with 25 extra-base hits and helped Willamette earn 85 doubles as a team. He was 13 of 13 on stolen bases.

His offensive output ranked him third all-time at Willamette in single season hits, as well as fifth in runs scored and tied for sixth in at bats (154). He is tied for fifth on WU's career list with 17 home runs.

During his two seasons with the Bearcats, Rowan has achieved a .359 career batting average to go with 94 hits, 65 runs, 74 RBIs and 19 doubles. He has played in 72 games with 69 starts.

Rowan was one of four First Team All-West Region selections from the Northwest Conference. Also chosen from the NWC were University of Puget Sound first baseman Mark Rockey, Linfield College shortstop Kelson Brown and Linfield outfielder Zach Boskovich.

Willamette, which had just one senior on its roster, finished the 2010 season with a 16-22 overall record. The Bearcats smacked 35 home runs and stole 80 bases. Willamette went 12-12 in the NWC to tie for fourth place, after earning an 8-4 record during the second half of the conference schedule.

Mitchell Rowan belted 12 home runs and 13 doubles during the season. He was 13 of 13 on stolen bases.

Mitchell Rowan belted 12 home runs and 13 doubles during the season. He was 13 of 13 on stolen bases.