WOU's Holscher named top pitcher

Brack and Waechter also draw honors for the baseball team.



MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon senior pitcher Luke Holscher was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association West Region Co-Pitcher of the Year.

Holscher also was selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division II All-West Region team.

Holscher shared the first honor with Colorado State-Pueblo's Shawn Martinez. Martinez won the same honor in the ABCA poll.

Western Oregon senior second baseman Tucker Brack and freshman pitcher Nick Waechter also picked up all-region honors. Brack was a second-team pick in both polls, while Waechter was named to the NCBWA second squad.

Holscher anchored a Western Oregon pitching staff that finished second in the 24-member West Region in ERA this season. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, Holscher posted a 10-2 record, 2.45 earned-run average, and 55 strikeouts in 77 innings of work. He held opponents to a region-low .223 batting average, tossed a seven-inning no-hitter at Mesa State, and at one point this year threw three consecutive complete-game shutouts. The Forest Grove native spent two years at Clackamas CC before coming to WOU.

Brack, who also was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year, hit .373 on the season with 15 doubles and 51 RBI. He hit a sizzling .448 in conference-only games and led the league in walks with 32. He also stole 16 bases and had only five errors on the season (.979). The Woodburn native is a former North Marion High School standout and transferred to WOU after two seasons at Lower Columbia College.

The hard-throwing Waechter had a stellar rookie season and was also named the GNAC Freshman of the Year. He finished strong with a 7-4 record and 3.87 ERA. The former Roseburg standout led the conference in strikeouts with 82 (in 76 innings) and also gave up only 72 hits.

Brack added another honor to his resume when he was named to the 2004 Academic All-District VIII Baseball Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The players, selected from NCAA Division II, III and NAIA pools, were honored for their accomplishments on the field and the classroom. The District VIII team encompasses the western part of the country.

Brack carries a 3.29 grade point average in his major of physical education.



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