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Western Pitcher Chosen By Mariners

The women's basketball team is visiting Argentina.

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon pitcher Blake Keitzman was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 15th round of the

amateur baseball draft.

Keitzman, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound left-hander, was the 443rd selection in the draft and was the fourth pitcher selected by the Mariners' organization. The 15th round selection is the highest in Western Oregon history, topping the 23rd round selection of Nick Waechter in 2006.

As a junior, Keitzman was named to all three NCAA Division II All-American teams, including first team honors by the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association. He finished his lone season with the Wolves with a 2.08 ERA and a perfect 9-0 record while striking out 92 batters in 86.1 innings. Keitzman also held opponents to just 61 hits and two home runs for a .197 batting average against while averaging 9.59 strikeouts per nine innings.

"This selection is a statement about Blake and about the Western Oregon baseball program," said WOU coach Jeremiah Robbins. "He came to our program looking for an opportunity, and he made the most of it."

Keitzman spent his first two collegiate seasons in the Oregon State bullpen but transferred to WOU for his junior season and became a starter.

Keitzman quickly became the team's ace as he defeated the No. 2 team in the country, UC San Diego, with seven innings of one-run ball in his second start with the Wolves.

"I tip my hat to Blake for taking advantage of this opportunity," Robbins said. "He is a phenomenal kid with a phenomenal future ahead of him in baseball whether it be this year or next."

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Western women's basketball team is visiting Argentina as part of the Buenos Aires Friendship Tour. The team plans to return June 24.

The Wolves will play four games against various top club teams from the Buenos Aires area. The foreign tour is allowed once every four years for a program according to NCAA rules.

"This event is an excellent opportunity for our student-athletes to foster international goodwill and friendship among nations while promoting the game of basketball," said WOU coach Greg Bruce. "With the exception of the U.S. Olympic program, there are few opportunities for athletes to experience the competition, history and culture of other countries on an international level.

"This experience for our players will be unlike any they have ever taken part in before. To be able to visit Buenos Aires, the Paris of the South, and see all of the incredible sights and experience the culture of Argentina's capital will be something none of us will ever forget."

ACADEMICS

Western's Nik Karr has been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team.

Karr, a senior from Tigard, earned a 3.86-grade point average in Health while competing in both indoor and outdoor track and cross country. He also was named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Star Team for the third consecutive season.

Volleyball players Lisa Martini, Stacey Bennett and Amy Herron recently were inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for their excellence in the classroom.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. Once inducted, Phi Kappa Phi members gain a lifelong passport to a global network of academic and professional opportunities.

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