Three Whitman Sophomores Catch All-NWC Baseball Honors
News Release Date:
Friday, May 4, 2012
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College sophomores Kyle Moyes, Cam Young and Aaron Cohen have earned All-Northwest Conference baseball.
All three received Honorable Mention recognition; Young as a shortstop, Moyes as an outfielder and Cohen as a utility player. The 2012 All-NWC Baseball Team was chosen by a vote of conference coaches.
Both Young and Cohen received Honorable Mention recognition for a second straight season. The honor for Moyes was his first.
Moyes hit .256 in 24 NWC games while clubbing six of his team-leading seven home runs. He played in 35 games overall, leading the Missionaries with a .463 slugging percentage, 18 runs scored and 20 walks.
Moyes was named NWC Player of the Week in early March after drilling three home runs in three games against Puget Sound. His third homer in that series was a three-run clout that was the difference in a 4-2 Missionary victory.
Moyes also gave Whitman a steady defensive presence in left field, where he collected 57 put-outs and two assists while committing just two errors. Both miscues came in his first nine games, after which he played error-free ball over his final 26 games.
Other season highlights for Moyes, a graduate of Foothill High School in Henderson, Nev., included a grand slam home run against Whitworth that pulled Whitman into a 4-4 tie late in that game.
Meanwhile, Young sparked the Whitman offense throughout the season by rapping a total of 40 hits for a second straight season while hitting .265. He led the Missionaries in doubles with 10 and finished among the team leaders in runs scored and runs batted in.
Young's best day at the plate came in early April in an NWC game against Pacific in Forest Grove, Ore. He sprayed four hits around the park in that game as a part of a 14-hit attack.
Young, a graduate of Wenatchee (Wash.) High School, had three hits in three other games, in addition to seven two-hit games.
In games played in late March, Young had four hits in eight trips to the plate (plus two walks) as Whitman won a pair of home games against Lewis & Clark. Earlier in March, he had three hits in four at-bats as the Missionaries won the second of three home games against Puget Sound.
Cohen, who played most of the season in right field, clubbed five doubles, one triple and four home runs while collecting 24 RBI, which tied for the team lead.
Cohen, who played two games at first base and one in left field, also served six times as the team's designated hitter and made 10 pitching appearances.
Cohen's season included a pair of three-hit games, one of which saw him rip a two-run home run and RBI-single against Eastern Connecticut. He reached base five times in that game, walking twice.
His other three-hit game came with a stolen base, run scored and two RBI against Whittier.
Cohen also had six two-hit games during the season. In one of those games, he singled and doubled, knocking in two runs and scoring two more, while also getting hit by pitches in two other plate appearances.
Cohen, who played his prep ball at Alaska's Juneau-Douglas High School, made four starts on the mound for the Missionaries this spring.
His best start came against College of Idaho. After giving up three two-out runs in the first inning, Cohen blanked the Coyotes on three hits over the next four innings. With two outs and the bases empty in the sixth inning, however, his outing ended when he issued his second walk of the game and then hit a batter.
Cohen pitched into the seventh inning in a start against Sul Ross State, striking out eight without walking a batter.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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