SPOKANE, Wash. – Matthew Nelson concluded his Whitworth baseball career with a season worthy of award recognition and the Northwest Conference coaches have rewarded him with a First Team selection to the 2017 All-NWC baseball team, which was released today by the conference office.
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Nelson, a senior first baseman, has batted .306 over 38 games and he ranks second in the Northwest Conference in both home runs (11) and runs batted in (45). With nine doubles and a triple, Nelson has a slugging average of .605 and he has scored 35 runs. He has also been stellar in the field with a .994 fielding percentage. He has committed only two errors in 345 total defensive chances this season. Nelson was also a First Team All-NWC honoree as a sophomore in 2015.
Condreay, who was an honorable mention all-conference selection last season, earned Second Team recognition as a junior shortstop in 2017. He has led the Pirates in batting average (.323) and has seven doubles. Condreay has a .914 fielding percentage at shortstop and has made several stellar plays throughout the spring.
Young received a Second Team selection as a freshman starting pitcher. He is 5-2 so far this season with a 3.23 ERA, leading the team in wins and leading Pirate starters in ERA. He also leads Pirate pitchers in innings pitched (75.1) and in strikeouts (42). He was selected to start the NWC tournament opener against top-seeded Linfield, a game Whitworth eventually won 4-3 in 11 innings.
McGowan, who transitioned to a starting outfield position after earning First Team All-NWC as a DH in 2016, received honorable mention consideration by hitting .291. He is second on the team with seven home runs and 34 RBIs, which both rank among the top five in the NWC. He also leads the Pirates with ten doubles.
Whitworth is 23-15 so far this season. The Pirates will conclude their schedule with a three-game non-conference series at Puget Sound this weekend.