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Two CWU players make first-team GNAC

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SPOKANE, Wash. (May 12) -- Central Washington University seniors Andrew Snowdon (Renton, Wash./Lindbergh HS) and A.J. Gosney (Veradale, Wash./Central Valley HS) have been named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference baseball all-conference first team, highlighting eight all-conference selections for the Wildcats announced Tuesday by the conference office.

Snowdon earned first-team all-conference honors at catcher while also adding second-team all-GNAC recognition as a pitcher. He finished his final collegiate campaign batting .323 with team-leading totals of 13 doubles and three home runs while driving in 20 runs. On the pitching mound, he posted a 3-1 record and 3.60 earned-run average in five starts (20 innings pitched).

Gosney, who was a second-team all-conference selection and an ABCA West Region Gold Glove winner as a junior, had a team-best .385 batting average during his senior season to rank third in the GNAC. He also had eight doubles, drove in 26 runs, and did not commit an error in 98 chances in center field.

In addition to Snowdon's pitching honors, also earning second-team all-conference recognition were junior first baseman Kevin Schneider (Spokane, Wash./Mead HS), junior second baseman Jordan Slesk (Bellingham, Wash./Meridian HS), and junior outfielder Ricky McKinney (Aberdeen, Wash.). Seniors Frank Donangelo (Monterey, Calif./Palma HS) and Josh Murillo (Yakima, Wash./Davis HS) were honorable mention all-conference picks.

Western Oregon won all five of the conference's specialty awards and had 10 first-team all-conference selections after winning its eighth straight GNAC championship.

2009 GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE BASEBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Player of the Year: Travis Fox, Sr., Western Oregon
Pitcher of the Year: Blake Keitzman, Jr., Western Oregon
Newcomer of the Year: Justin Speer, Sr., Western Oregon
Freshman of the Year: Thomas McCarthy, Western Oregon
Coach of the Year: Jeremiah Robbins, Western Oregon

FIRST TEAM
Pitcher: *Blake Keitzman, Jr., Western Oregon; *Jacob Pettit, Jr., Western Oregon; Kirk Lind, Fr., Western Oregon; Jon Keller, Jr., Northwest Nazarene. Relief Pitcher: Jeff Brooks, Sr., Saint Martin's. Catcher: ANDREW SNOWDON, SR., CENTRAL WASHINGTON. First Base: *Thomas McCarthy, Fr., Western Oregon. Second Base: Cole Pryor, Sr., Montana State Billings; Eric Renander, Sr., Western Oregon. Shortstop: J.J. Mascolo, Sr., Western Oregon. Third Base: *Bill Clontz, Jr., Western Oregon; *Nick Harris, Sr., Montana State Billings. Infield:: *Jon Keller, Jr., Northwest Nazarene. Outfield: *Travis Fox, Sr., Western Oregon; *A.J. GOSNEY, SR., CENTRAL WASHINGTON; *+Shane Schoeneberg, Sr., Saint Martin's; *Stefan Malkuch, Sr., Montana State Billings; Justin Speer, Sr., Western Oregon. Designated Hitter: Jason Moseby, Jr., Western Oregon.

*Repeater +Unanimous

SECOND TEAM
Pitcher: Mike Eisenhauer, Sr., Western Oregon; Steve Scott, Sr., Montana State Billings; ANDREW SNOWDON, SR., CENTRAL WASHINGTON. Relief Pitcher: Jesse Nunley, Jr., Western Oregon. Catcher: Garrett Breda, Jr., Western Oregon; Conner Rankin, Jr., Northwest Nazarene. First Base: KEVIN SCHNEIDER, JR., CENTRAL WASHINGTON. Second Base: JORDAN SLESK, JR., CENTRAL WASHINGTON. Shortstop: Matt Schoonover, Jr., Montana State Billings. Third Base: Joel Oliver, Jr., Northwest Nazarene. Outfield: RICKY McKINNEY, JR., CENTRAL WASHINGTON; Ty Windall, So., Northwest Nazarene; Kyle Boe, Jr., Western Oregon. Designated Hitter: Jimmy VanBeek, Sr., Northwest Nazarene.

HONORABLE MENTION
Pitcher: Brian Howe, So., Montana State Billings; Archie Smith, Jr., Montana State Billings; James Douglas, Jr., Saint Martin's; Casey Mitchell, So., Saint Martin's. Catcher: Andrew Hernandez, Sr., Montana State Billings. First Base: Michael McIver, So., Saint Martin's. Third Base: FRANK DONANGELO, SR., CENTRAL WASHINGTON. Outfield: JOSH MURILLO, SR., CENTRAL WASHINGTON. Designated Hitter: Joe Via, Sr., Montana State Billings.  
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