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Two Pointers selected as All-Americans

Press release from UW-Stevens Point Athletics

STEVENS POINT, Wis. - After being named as All-Midwest region selections earlier in the week, Rosholt native Kyle McHugh and Luke Watson each earned All-American honors as part of the 2014 All-America team, as released on Thursday.

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McHugh was a first team choice, while Watson was selected to the third team. McHugh is the first player in program history to be named a First Team All-American and Watson is the second third team choice (Jordan Zimmerman, 2007). The pair become the seventh and eighth UWSP players to be named in the All-America teams.

McHugh, a First Team All-Midwest Region and First Team All-WIAC selection, started all 45 games for the Pointers this season and led the team in hits (64), doubles (24), RBI (61), total bases (114) and slugging percentage (.655) and his .360 batting average was second on the team. Also a First Team All-WIAC selection, the junior's 24 doubles were tied for the most in the country and tied a single-season school record. McHugh was also tied for fourth in the nation in RBI and tied for 14th in home runs.

Watson, the Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year and the WIAC Pitcher of the Year, finished the year with an 8-1 record in 13 appearances, including nine starts. The junior had a 1.93 ERA in 70.0 innings and held opposing hitters to a .197 batting average. In the 70.0 innings, he gave up just 47 hits and struck out 56. For the season, Watson ranked 20th in the country in hits allowed per nine innings (5.65). Watson threw four complete games, including one shutout, and also picked up two saves.

McHugh's offense and Watson's pitching were key in helping UW-Stevens Point to a 32-13 overall record and a spot in the McMinnville Regional Championship in 2014.
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