Holliday earns D3baseball.com all-region honor

Lawrence's Matthew Holliday was chosen for the D3baseball.com All-Central Region team.
Lawrence's Matthew Holliday was chosen for the D3baseball.com All-Central Region team.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University baseball star Matthew Holliday has been chosen for the D3baseball.com All-Central Region team.

Holliday (Hong Kong/International), a senior first baseman, was a third-team selection. The all-region honor is the first for Holliday and caps an oustanding career that saw him picked for the All-Midwest Conference team four times.

Holliday had another outstanding season at the plate and hit a team-high .379 with 15 doubles, two triples, a homer and 38 runs batted in. Holliday finished the season with a flourish by going 6-for-8 in two games at the Midwest Conference 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 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), runs scored (95) and at-bats (514). Holliday also ranks as one of the toughest hitters to strike out in Lawrence history with one strikeout in every 13.53 at-bats.

Holliday also ranks first and second on the season doubles list with 16 and 15. His 38 RBI this season is also second on the season list, and he owns two of the top six season RBI totals in school history.

Holliday earned his fourth straight MWC selection after hitting a team-best .391 in conference play with six doubles, a triple and 14 RBI in 16 games. Holliday also made four pitching appearances in conference play and compiled a 2-1 record with a save. Holliday is just the fourth player in Lawrence history to be a four-team all-conference selection.

Holliday is Lawrence's first all-region selection since Jake Gordon was chosen in 2014 and 2015, and he was one of nine players chosen from the Midwest Conference. This marks the fourth time in the past nine seasons Lawrence has had a player chosen for the all-region team.

The Vikings finished with 15 victories this season and qualified for the Midwest Conference Tournament.