Former Irvine Valley star baseball player Matt Ivanoff was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Avista-NAIA World Series after he helped lead Concordia University in Irvine to the World Series title recently in Lewiston, Idaho.
Ivanoff, a senior center fielder, hit .417 (10 of 24) with seven runs scored, two doubles, two triples and eight RBI at the World Series.
Ivanoff was joined on the winning Eagle squad by another former IVC standout - senior pitcher Dean Persinger.
Persinger won a game at the World Series for Concordia, going into the eighth inning and striking out 10 in his start.
Concordia became the first Golden State Athletic Conference team to win the NAIA World Series in the 55-year history of the event.
Concordia defeated Lubbock Christian of Texas, 9-3, in Idaho to take the crown.
The Eagles, who finished in fourth place in their conference during the regular season, turned the season around in an historic way, and capped a streak of 25 wins over a span of 28 games with their first title in program history.
Ivanoff, Concordia's lead-off hitter was 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI in the title game victory. Concordia ended the season with a record of 43-19 overall.
For the season, Ivanoff batted .343 with 12 doubles, 55 RBI and a team-high 60 runs scored. Persinger had an 8-4 record with a 3.84 ERA on the mound. In 15 appearances, he threw three complete games. Persinger struck out 73 batters in 84 1/3 innings pitched.
Ivanoff and Persinger were part of a special 2008 team at Irvine Valley. They helped the Lasers reach the Super Regionals for the second time in school history that year. Persinger was named an All-American for IVC in 2008.