Holliday earns all-conference honors for third consecutive year

Lawrence slugger Matt Holliday has been named to the All-Midwest Conference team for the third consecutive season.
Lawrence slugger Matt Holliday has been named to the All-Midwest Conference team for the third consecutive season.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University baseball standout Matt Holliday has been chosen for the All-Midwest Conference North Division team for the third consecutive year.

A junior first baseman, Holliday (Hong Kong/International) has been selected for the all-conference team in each of his three seasons with the Vikings.

Holliday is coming off another typically productive season that saw him hit .374 with 10 doubles, two homers and 23 runs batted in in 35 games. In 16 Midwest Conference games, Holliday hit .367 with five doubles and 10 RBIs.

With another season left to play, Holliday already ranks among the top hitters in Lawrence history. His .377 career batting average ranks second behind Doug Coe at .415.

Holliday currently ranks seventh on the career hits list with 139. He's just 16 hits away from tying Jake Gordon's record of 155. Holliday has 33 doubles and is only two away from tying Andrew Wong's career record of 35. Holliday also ranks sixth on the career RBI list and needs 25 more to tie Wong's career record of 100.

Holliday is the first Lawrence player to be a three-time all-conference selection since Wong was chosen from 2004 through 2006. No Lawrence player has been a four-time all-conference selection since Joe Krueger was honored from 1988 through 1991. Krueger made the team twice as a utility player and twice as a third baseman.

Prior to that, Bill Simon and Jim Petran were both honored four consecutive years from 1977 through 1980. Simon and Petran, who both also starred in football for the Vikings, are in the Lawrence Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame.