Vikings earn top baseball honors, Holliday picks up fourth all-conference award

Honored on the All-Midwest Conference North Division team were, from left, Kyle Duex, head coach Jason Anderson, Matthew Holliday and Chris Shaw.
Honored on the All-Midwest Conference North Division team were, from left, Kyle Duex, head coach Jason Anderson, Matthew Holliday and Chris Shaw.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Three Lawrence University baseball players and head coach Jason Anderson were all honored on the All-Midwest Conference North Division team.

Pitcher Chris Shaw was named Pitcher of the Year, and Anderson was chosen as Coach of the Year. Matthew Holliday was named to the all-conference team for the fourth straight year, and Kyle Duex earned his first all-conference honor.

Shaw (Bronx, N.Y./Beacon School) was chosen for the first time after five outstanding starts in conference play. Shaw, who is a senior with one year of eligibility remaining, posted a 1-1 record with a 1.98 earned run average in 27.1 innings against MWC opponents. He allowed only six earned runs while striking out 22 and walking 24. For the season, Shaw had a 1-3 record with a 4.35 ERA. He struck out 44 and walked 38.

This is the first time a Lawrence pitcher has been honored with the Pitcher of the Year award since its inception in 2001. Shaw shared the honor with St. Norbert College's Nick Klavekoske.

Holliday (Hong Kong/International) earned his fourth straight MWC selection after another productive campaign at the plate and on the mound. The senior first baseman hit a team-best .391 in conference play with six doubles, a triple and 14 runs batted in in 16 games. Holliday also made four pitching appearances in conference play and compiled a 2-1 record with a save.

On the season, Holliday hit a team-high .379 with 15 doubles, two triples, a homer and 38 RBI. Holliday finished the season with a flourish by going 6-for-8 in two games at the MWC Tournament and broke the season hits record with 55. The mark was 54 set by Jake Gordon during the 2014 season. Holliday also finished with a 2-2 pitching record and a save.

Holliday becomes just the fourth player in Lawrence history to be a four-team all-conference selection. The first two to do it were Bill Simon and Jim Petran, who both made the team four times between 1977 and 1980. Joe Krueger was the last Lawrence player to do it when he was picked four times between 1988 and 1991.

Holliday has enjoyed a record-setting career with the Vikings and ranks second in Lawrence history with a .377 batting average. He holds the Lawrence career records for hits (194), doubles (48), RBI (113) and runs scored (95).

Duex (River Falls, Wis./River Falls) put together a sparkling 3-1 conference record with a 3.90 ERA in a team-high 32.1 innings pitched. Duex struck out 23 and walked 17 in league play. Duex put together the best campaign of his career as a senior with a 5-4 record and 4.82 ERA over a team-high 71 innings. He has struck out 51 and walked 32.

Anderson, now in his 10th season at the helm of the Vikings, earned Coach of the Year honors for the first time. The Vikings posted 15 wins this season, and only two teams in Lawrence history have surpassed that victory total. Lawrence, which went 8-8 in league play, finished second in the North Division and earned its first MWC Tournament berth since 1990.

Under Anderson's direction, the Vikings enjoyed a 10-win improvement over the 2017 season. Anderson needs just four more wins to become just the third coach in Lawrence history to hit the 100-win plateau.