Five CUI baseball players win accolades across region


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IRVINE, Calif .– The Irvine baseball team from Concordia University notched a total of five Eagles on two different All-Region teams this week.

Launcher Evan Larsen and acrobat Matt Lautz were the two All-Region first team selections by the D2CCA (Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association). First baseman Bailey collins and designated hitter Cooper moore were both named second All-Region team by the D2CCA.

D2CCA selections are nominated and voted on by the sports information directors of PacWest, GNAC and CCAA in the NCAA DII West region.

Meanwhile, the outfielder of CUI Jair Donovan joined Collins, Lautz and Moore as All-Region second team caps by the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

This is the second time in his career that Moore has been named the region’s second all-star by both organizations as designated hitter. His 11 home runs and 41 RBIs, the top of the team, certainly have something to do with it. The Huntington Beach, Calif. Native also had a .364 batting average, the team’s best among starters and a whopping 1.179 OPS, which was really impressive. Moore ended his CUI career in the CUI top five for career homers (24) despite only playing three seasons.

Lautz brilliantly patrolled center field for the third year in a row and used his speed on the bases to make an impact on second place in the batting order. The high school alumnus Agoura Hills led CUI in runs (45), walks (27) and percentage on base (0.470) as well as doubles (9) and triples (3) … He hit 0.331 and was second on the team with four homers and five interceptions.

Evan Larsen was also named PacWest Newcomer of the Year and led all of CUI’s starting pitchers with 59 strikeouts as one of Saturday’s star pitchers. He was undefeated (5-0) in nine starts and led the CUI starting rotation with a 4.08 ERA and registered at least seven strikeouts in four of his nine starts.

Collins tied the school’s record for career home runs (35) and leaves his legacy to Concordia, ranked No.1 in career and strikeouts. The Littleton, Colo. Native was a machine on the base, pitching PacWest’s 14 best home runs this season while hitting seven long balls in his last 13 games.

Donovan has been the team’s first with 10 interceptions this year, while reaching .321 with four homers and 22 RBIs. The Chino Hills, Calif. Right fielder posted a base percentage of 0.453 and is among the all-time best-6 at CUI with 19 career homers.

These five exceptional eagles were first team or second team All-PacWest selections in addition to helping CUI to finish 10-3 down the stretch. The final home games of the season featured a Fresno Pacific sweep on a memorable senior day for 19 outgoing Eagles.

D2CCA 2021 awards for all regions
Pitcher of the Year: AJ Woodall, Azusa Pacific
Player of the Year: Osvaldo Tovalin, Azusa Pacific

First team
C – Aaron Roose, Azusa Pacific
1B – Connor McCord, Western Oregon
2B – Otto Kemp, Pointe Loma
SS – Will Riley, MSU Billing
3B – Osvaldo Tovalin, Azusa Pacific
OF – Grant Kerry, Nazarene of the North West
OF – Casey Dykstra, Azusa Pacific
FROM – Matt Lautz, Concordia Irvine University
SP – AJ Woodall, Azusa Pacific
SP – Mike Peterson, Western Oregon
SP – Larson Kindreich, Biola
SP – Evan Larsen, Concordia Irvine University
RP – Max Holtzclaw, Nazarene of the Northwest
UT – RobertAnthony Cruz, Biola
UTP – Nick Estrella, Azusa Pacific
DH – Daniel Cipriano

Second team
C – Easton Waterman, Point Loma
1B – Bailey collins, Concordia Irvine University
2B – Brett Soria, Azusa Pacific
SS – Derek Maiben, Western Oregon
3B – Shawn Grandmont, Nazarene of the Northwest
OF – Evan Banks, Azusa Pacific
OF – Ty Conrad, Academy of Fine Arts
OF – Blayze Arcano, Western Oregon
SP – Kyle Ethridge, North West Nazarene
SP – Dylan Miller, Point Loma
SP – Cory Dawson, Azusa Pacific
SP – Matthew Dunaway, Academy of Fine Arts
RP – Korey Shepard, Azusa Pacific
PTU – Baxter Halligan, Point Loma
DH – Cooper moore, Concordia Irvine University

NCBWA 2021 awards for all regions
Player of the Year: Aaron Roose, Jr., Azusa Pacific
Pitcher of the Year: AJ Woodall, Jr., Azusa Pacific
Coach of the Year: Joe Schaefer, North West Nazarene

First team
Starting pitcher: AJ Woodall, Jr., Azusa Pacific
Starting pitcher: Mike Peterson, Sr., Western Oregon
Starting pitcher: Noah Barros, Sr., Holy Names
Relief pitcher: Max Holtzclaw, Jr., Nazarene of the Northwest
Seeker: Aaron Roose, Jr., Azusa Pacific
First Base: Connor McCord, Sr., Western Oregon
Second base: Otto Kemp, R-Fr., Point Loma
Third base: Osvaldo Tovalin, Jr., Azusa Pacific
Shortstop: Will Riley, Jr., Montana State Billings
Outfield: Grant Kerry, R-Fr., Northwest Nazarene
Outfield: Casey Dykstra, Jr., Azusa Pacific
Outfield: Justin Hampson, Sr., Central Washington
Designated Hitter: Daniel Cipriano, Sr., Montana State Billings
Utility: RobertAnthony Cruz, Jr., Biola

Second team
Starting pitcher: Larson Kindreich, So., Biola
Starting pitcher: Dillon Larsen, Sr., Central Washington
Starting pitcher: Kyle Ethridge, Fr., North West Nazarene
Starting pitcher: Reid Rasmussen, Fr., Central Washington
Relief pitcher: Korey Shepard, Fr., Azusa Pacific
Receiver: Austin Ohland, Fr., Central Washington
First base: Bailey collins, Sr., Concordia Irvine University
Second Base: Colton Moore, Jr., North West Nazarene
Third Base: Shawn Grandmont, Sr., North West Nazarene
Shortstop: Omar Lopez, Fr., Azusa Pacific
Outfield: Zach Berryman, So., Central Washington
External field: Jair Donovan, Sr., Concordia Irvine University
External field: Matt Lautz, Sr., Concordia Irvine University
Designated Hitter: Cooper moore, Sr., Concordia Irvine University
Utility: Nick Estrella, Sr., Azusa Pacific
Utility: Ben Johnson, Sr., Nazarene of the Northwest

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