UW Baseball Announces 2005 Team Awards

June 23, 2005

SEATTLE - Senior third baseman Nick Batkoski and freshman outfielder Matt Hague shared the Most Valuable Player award as Coach Ken Knutson announced the Washington baseball team's yearly award winners today.

Batkoski, from Federal Way High School, and Hague, from Kentwood High, were named co-MVPs in a vote of their teammates. Batkoski started all but one game and batted .294 with six home runs and 40 RBI while making only seven errors in the field.

Hague, who also appeared in 13 games as a relief pitcher, hit .419 with eight home runs and 34 RBI after earning a spot in the starting lineup just before the season's halfway point.

Hague also won the team's Wilson Gaw Leading Hitter Award while senior David Dowling (Kirkland/Juanita) earned the Outstanding Pitcher Award. Dowling was 6-1 with a 4.32 earned run average.

Senior second baseman Mike Rundle (Bend, Ore.), who made only six errors all year, earned the team's Gold Glove award. Washington currently ranks No. 1 in NCAA Division I in fielding percentage and No. 2 in double plays.

Junior outfielder Nick Burnham (Bellevue/Eastside Catholic) won the team's Most Inspirational Award while junior catcher D.J. Neyens (Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) took home the Jerry Thornton Unsung Hero Award.

Finally, Batkoski, Dowling, Kyle Larsen, Matt Kasser, Taylor Johnson and Brent Lillibridge were all honored as captains.

All of the awards were chosen in a vote of Husky players.

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