After leading the Seattle University baseball team in several offensive categories, senior shortstop Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.) earned First Team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as selected by the conference head coaches and announced Tuesday night at the pre-tournament banquet.
For the season, Roberts appeared in 53 of the team’s 54 games, starting 52 of those contests, and compiled a .298 batting average. He led the Redhawks with 61 hits in 205 at-bats, 17 doubles, five home runs, 45 runs batted in, and 95 total bases. He was second on the team with a .463 slugging percentage and third on the squad with 30 runs scored, plus he was a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts.
In 26 WAC games, Roberts batted .327 (32-of-98) with 10 doubles, five home runs, and 30 runs batted in. In conference contests only, he finished third in the WAC in slugging percentage (.582), fifth in runs batted in, tied for second in doubles, tied for fourth in home runs, fifth in total bases (57), tied for second in sacrifice flies (4), and tied for sixth in stolen bases (5).
Roberts led the Redhawks with 20 multiple-hit games and 17 multiple-RBI contests. He went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI in a 15-13 victory at Santa Clara Feb. 17, 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 9-3 win at Portland March 10, and 2-for-3 with a home run and 3 RBI in a 5-0 victory over WAC co-champion UT Arlington April 21.
CSU Bakersfield, the number one seed in this week’s WAC Tournament, earned three of the four major awards, picking up Player of the Year (Tyler Shryock), Pitcher of the Year (Jeff McKenzie), and Coach of the Year (Bill Kernen) honors. Chris Lewis of Sacramento State was named Freshman of the Year.
The Seattle University baseball team finished the 2013 season with a 21-33 overall record, including a 10-16 record within the Western Athletic Conference. The Redhawks finished ninth in the final league standings and will look to improve upon that result in the 2014 season.