June 9, 2010

Shannon Tabbed Freshman All-American

Collegiate Baseball Release

TUCSON, Ariz. – He can pitch, he can field and he can hit. Those three things added up to Freshman All-American honors for Northern Colorado’s Mark Shannon, who was today honored on the 2010 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team as a multiple position athlete.

Shannon, from Littleton, Colo. and Chatfield High School, is one of five multi-position freshmen named to the team and the only Great West Conference player honored. It is also the first Freshman All-American award in Northern Colorado baseball history as he becomes the 14th All-American for the Bears.

During the 2010 season, Shannon was named the Great West Conference Newcomer of the Year and was named to the Great West All-Tournament Team. He hit .326 for the year and was second on the team with a 4.52 ERA. He notched six triples which ties for the sixth most in a single season at NC and he tied the school record for most consecutive scoreless innings pitched in a game, throwing a 9.0 inning shutout against Montana State-Billings.

In conference games only, Shannon was third in the conference with a 3.48 record and was third with five victories. Against GWC competition, Shannon walked just 17 and struck out 33 in 44.0 innings of work.

Shannon also had an 11-game hitting streak during the year and started in six different positions on the field. He started 14 at designated hitter, 13 on the hill, 10 at first base, six in centerfield and two each in left and right field.

Shannon helped lead the team to a 34-24 overall record and second in both the Great West regular season and tournament after a 22-6 conference mark.