Putnam, Donovan are All-Americans
WHITEWATER UW-Whitewater’s baseball team will head into the NCAA Division III World Series with a pair of All-Americans.
Daniel Putnam, the Warhawks’ senior right fielder, has been named to the D3baseball.com All-America third team. Jeff Donovan, a senior pitcher and first baseman, has made the third team as a utility player.
Putnam was batting .453 with 54 runs scored and 27 stolen bases at the time of the balloting. As an All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-team pick, he led the league in hits, walks, on-base percentage and stolen bases.
Donovan’s marks at the time of the voting included a .401 batting average, six home runs and 44 RBIs. He combined with a 9-0 pitching record that included a 3.69 earned run average.
In receiving All-WIAC recognition as a pitcher and first baseman, Donovan completed a conference career that saw him gain first-team honors six times in four years.
Putnam and Donovan have led Whitewater to a 36-11 record and the school’s fifth berth in the World Series. The Warhawks play Buena Vista (Iowa) at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.
Donovan, a Wauwatosa East High School graduate, also was on the 2008 Whitewater team that finished third in the Division III World Series. He also was the starting quarterback on the Warhawks’ 2009 national championship football team.