Shepherd, Donovan nab All-NWC selections

Shepherd, Donovan nab All-NWC selections

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Lewis & Clark Pioneers senior Sean Shepherd earned his second straight All-Northwest Conference selection, the conference office announced on Thursday, as he was named to the second team.

Junior Matt Donovan, who led the conference in doubles this year, was selected honorable mention for his first All-NWC pick.

Shepherd finished the season with a career-high seven home runs and was ranked in the top five of the conference for homers. He also hit career bests for batting average (.325), stolen bases (5), slugging percentage (.504) and on-base percentage (.397), ranking in the top five on the team in all but on-base percentage.

Combined, Donovan and Shepherd led the team in multi-hit games and each had a team-high seven-game hitting streak during the season.

Donovan hit 17 doubles and a career-best .335 batting average, which led the team, to go with all-time bests in on-base percentage (.393) and slugging percentage (.484). The junior led the team along with Justin Katona with 10 stolen bases, was second in total RBI (21) and third with two home runs. Donovan was also the best for the Pios in multi-hit games and multi-RBI games.

Lewis & Clark has had an All-NWC Second-Team selection in three of the last four years with Shepherd last year and EJ Hand in 2015. Under first-year head coach Matt Kosderka, the Pioneers defeated Linfield, the NWC runner-up, in a series for the first time in at least a decade. The Pios were second in the NWC in stolen bases per game as a team.

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