TACOMA, Washington – Four Puget Sound baseball student-athletes earned All-Northwest Conference honors, the league announced Thursday.
Kyle Strash was named the NWC Freshman of the Year and selected to the All-NWC First Team. Junior outfielder Jack Gries is an All-NWC Second Team honoree, while junior starting pitcher Michael Warnick and sophomore utility player Hunter Riley were named All-NWC Honorable Mention.
Strash's .390 batting average and .519 on-base percentage both currently rank second in the NWC. His approach at the plate is hardly indicative of a first-year player. Strash has walked 24 times this season, and struck out only 11 times. He carries a 10-game hitting streak into the final games of the season.
Batting leadoff for most of the season, Gries has a .367 batting average, which ranks sixth in the NWC. His 27 runs and 11 doubles are both team highs for the Loggers.
Warnick entered the season as Puget Sound's presumed closer. However, injuries shifted him to a starting role, and he has provide Puget Sound a 6-2 record on the hill. He currently holds a 3.81 ERA, and 7.44 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
Riley currently holds a .315 batting average while playing both third and second base for the Loggers. He has six multi-hit games to his credit, including a couple of three-hit games.
The Loggers return to the diamond at NCAA D-I Seattle University, Monday, April 24, at 7:15 p.m.