May 13, 1998
SEATTLE -- All-Americans Chris Magruder and Kevin Miller headline a list of six Washington baseball players that were named the All-Pacific-10 Conference Northern Division team today. The All-Pac-10 North team is voted on by the four division coaches and was released by the Pac-10 office today.
Sixth-year Husky coach Ken Knutson was named the Pac-10 North Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season. This year, Knutson led the Huskies to their third straight Northern Division title and their fourth in his six seasons. Washington defends its overall Pac-10 title against No. 1 Stanford this weekend at Husky Ballpark.
Joining Magruder and Miller on the team were starting pitcher Jeff Carlsen, relief pitcher Wayne Lee, third baseman Ryan Lentz and outfielder Nick Stefonick. Oregon State starting pitcher Andrew Checketts was named the division's player of the year, breaking Miller's two-year hold on the honor.
Magruder, a junior center fielder from Yakima, ranks in the top 10 in the division in every offensive category, leads the North in runs (77), hits (74), walks (51) and stolen bases (30) and is second in the North with his .383 batting average. He is a third-time All-Pac-10 North pick
Miller, a junior shorstop from Seattle's Ballard High, is also making his third appearance on the team. Miller also ranks among the league leaders in almost every category. A .335 hitter with 11 homers and 52 RBI this season, he is Washington's career leader in homers, triples and RBI.
Lentz, the Huskies' junior third baseman from Woodinville, leads the Huskies in home runs, with 15, and in runs batted in, with 58. He ranks in the top three in UW history in doubles, homers and RBI.
Right fielder Nick Stefonick, a junior from Seattle (O'Dea HS), currently leads the Pac-10 North with his .411 batting average and is fourth in the North in stolen bases with 14.
Carlsen, from Poulsbo, is the only freshman to make the team. The 6-foot-6 righty boasts a 7-3 record and a 4.18 earned run average. He leads the Huskies in both wins and innings pitched (71.0).
Lee is the seventh Husky to be named the All-Pac-10 North reliever in the last eight years. The junior righty from Tacoma (Clover Park HS) is primarily a set-up and long relief pitcher, but has posted overpowering numbers. In 21 appearances, he has pitched 29.2 innings, allowing ony 22 hits and 10 walks while striking out 41 batters.
Magruder and Miller are only the third and fourth Huskies ever named to All-Pac-10 North three times. Outfielder Jeb Best (1979, 81-82) and second baseman Ron Johnson (1978-80) were the only other UW three-time selections.
In addition to the six Huskies that made the team, four players each from Washington State and Oregon State were selected, along with three from Portland State.
The complete 1998 All-Pacific-10 Conference Northern Division team (alphabetically):
Pos. Name Yr School C ** Ben Bertrand Sr. Oregon State SP Jeff Carlsen Fr. Washington SP ** Andrew Checketts Sr. Oregon State OF Rob Colley Jr. Oregon State 2B David Ferres Jr. Portland State DH Joe Gerber So. Oregon State OF Rusty Keith Jr. Portland State RP Wayne Lee Jr. Washington 3B Ryan Lentz Jr. Washington OF *** Chris Magruder Jr. Washington SS *** Kevin Miller Jr. Washington 3B Greg Mitchell Sr. Washington State SP Wade Parrish So. Washington State 2B ** Scott Randall Sr. Washington State UT ** Rick Southall Jr. Portland State OF Nick Stefonick Jr. Washington
Player of the Year: Andrew Checketts, Sr., Oregon State
Coach of the Year: Ken Knutson, Washington
** -- two-time selection
*** -- three-time selection