More history was made for the Whitworth baseball team on Tuesday as sophomore Tyler Pfeffer was named a 2012 First Team All-American by D3baseball.com.
Pfeffer (Shadle Park HS) is Whitworth’s first First Team All-American in baseball since Dick Washburn was named one by the NAIA in 1965, a span of 47 years. He is the first baseball All-American of any kind since Mike Nyquist was selected as a Second Team honoree by the NAIA in 1989 after hitting 19 home runs.
Pfeffer had previously been selected as the D3baseball.com West Region Player of the Year last week, along with Dan Ramsay as the D3baseball.com West Region Coach of the Year.
“Tyler is a gifted hitter and this award is well-deserved,” Ramsay said. “He has a relentless work-ethic, the kind of guy you would find hitting in the cage at 2:00 a.m.”
Pfeffer has batted .377 in 45 games, leading the Northwest Conference in home runs (12), doubles (19), RBIs (58), runs scored (46), earning First Team All-NWC honors. Pfeffer hit his 12th home run of the season at the NCAA regional to move into a tie for fourth on Whitworth's single-season home run list.
Through the end of the regular season Pfeffer ranked 7th in NCAA Div. III in home runs, 10th in RBIs, 13th in slugging percentage and 4th in total bases.
Pfeffer has led Whitworth to its first-ever NCAA Division III World Series. The Pirates leave for Appleton, Wisconsin on Wednesday where they are scheduled to take on top-ranked and defending national champion Marietta in a first round game on Friday. Whitworth is likely to face 2012 D3Baseball.com Division III Pitcher of the Year Austin Blaski in that match up.