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Three WCC Baseball Players Earn All-Academic Honors

May 11, 2006

Gonzaga seniors Jackson Brennan and Patrick Donovan, and Portland senior Matthew Peters were each named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII team which was released earlier today. The team is voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) and recognizes student-athletes who have excelled both on the field and in the classroom. To be eligible a student-athlete must have at least a 3.2 GPA and be a starter or major contributor to their team.

Brennan carries a 3.64 while currently taking graduate level classes towards an MBA degree. The senior from Castle Rock, Colo., is currently hitting .330 with 18 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs and 36 RBI. He ranks among the West Coast Conference leaders in doubles, triples and home runs while leading the league with 50 runs scored. Brennan's .330 average is currently fourth on the Bulldogs squad while his 18 doubles this season moved him into the Gonzaga single-season Top 10.

Donovan carries a 3.63 in sports management. The senior from Spokane, is currently the Bulldogs top starting pitcher with a 7-4 record in 14 starters. He has a 3.22 ERA allowing only 33 earned runs in 92.1 innings on the mound this season. Donovan has been one of Gonzaga's most consistent pitchers in school history with more than 300 innings on the mound and 19 career wins. He needs one more career win to crack the Gonzaga career list for wins.

Portland's Peters, who already completed his undergraduate degree as a Life Science major, just earned his Master's of Business Administration from the University of Portland.

This season, Peters leads the Pilots with a .342 batting average. His 39 RBI's and 85 total bases are also team highs, while his six home runs and 11 doubles both rank second on the Pilots. Earlier this season, Peters had a career-high 12-game hitting streak. During the streak, Peters hit .509 (29-for-57), knocked in 19 runs, scored 10 times, had five doubles and went yard three times. Only twice during the hitting streak did Peters fail to get at least two hits in a game. He recorded three hits five times and four hits once.

All three players are now eligible for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team.

District 8 - University Division

Pitcher - Patrick Donovan, Gonzaga, Sr.
Pitcher - Doug Fister, Fresno State, Sr.
Infield - Brian Steinmeyer, Cal Riverside, Sr.
Infield - Matthew Peters, Portland, Sr.
Infield - Justin Baum, Pacific, So.
Infield - Jimmy Van Ostrand, Cal Poly, Sr.
Infield - Jay Brossman, Utah, Jr.
Outfield - Jackson Brennan, Gonzaga, Sr.
Outfield - Amos Burgess, Southern Utah, Sr.
Outfield - Steve Susdorf, Fresno State, So.
Outfield- Chris Jensen, UCLA, Sr.