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Lutes Earn Three Spots On NWC First Team

Brock Gates

Pacific Lutheran baseball players Ryan Aratani, Brock Gates and Jacob Hoffman have earned All-Northwest Conference first team recognition as voted on by the conference coaches. In addition, three Lutes earned second team honors.

Aratani, a four-year starter, put together another remarkable season in his senior campaign. In 36 games this season, the centerfielder compiled a .317 batting average and drove in 25 runs for the Lutes. In addition, Aratani provided a strong presence in the Lutes outfield this season amassing a .988 fielding percentage. This is the third time Aratani has been named to the NWC's first team. He also earned a spot on the team in 2008 and 2010. He finishes as the career leader in hits, at bats, runs scored, runs batted in and doubles.

Junior Brock Gates once again provided the power for the Lutes in 2011. In his second season with the team, the first baseman started all 39 games for the Lutes. In 154 at-bats, Gates recorded a team-high 51 hits and 28 RBI. His four home runs this season also led the team. This is Gates' first selection to the NWC's first team. In 2010, he earned second team all-conference honors. 

Freshman Jacob Hoffman rounds out the trio of Lutes earning first team honors in 2011. The first-year player started 27 games this season, amassing a team-high .390 batting average. Hoffman compiled 39 hits, 24 runs, and 14 RBI in 2011. In addition, Hoffman stole a team-high 11 bases.   

Seniors Scott Wall and Dan Johansen, along with junior Corey Moore, earned second team All-NWC honors.

Wall, who compiled a 6-2 record and 3.86 ERA, was named to the conference's second team for the second consecutive year. In 11 starts for the Lutes in 2011, Wall struck out 67 batters in 79 1/3 innings.

Johansen, who became the team's third starting pitcher, has earned second team honors from the utility spot after playing pitcher, designated hitter and outfielder this season. In nine starts, Johansen finished the season with a 4-4 record. He did damage from the plate as well with three home runs, 19 RBI and a .273 average in 121 at-bats.

Moore, honored as a second baseman, put together another nice season for the Lutes and rounds out the trio making second team. The junior started all 39 games in 2011, though some of the starts came at third base. In 157 at-bats, Moore batted .306 and drove in 24 RBI. He added speed on the bases for the Lutes as well, stealing 11 bags in 14 attempts.

Sophomore Max Beatty picked up all-conference honorable mention recognition in his second season for PLU. The righty finished the season with a 5-4 record in 11 starts. Beatty struck out 50 batters in conference play, good for second best among pitchers in the NWC.

To see the complete All-NWC teams, click here.

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