OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Me. The USCAA has announced that Southern Virginia Baseball team members, Jake Johnson, and Andrew Snider, have been named to the 2010 All-American First Team. The duo helped lead the Knights to the best season in program history, and an eventual #3 seed at the USCAA National Tournament.
Johnson, a senior from Phoenix, AZ., was one of the team leaders in batting average this year. He led the team in doubles with 18, with a .375 BA. He added 3-triples and 7-homeruns to the total. Johnson also stole 11 bases, getting caught only once the entire season. He added to the season by helping pitch in certain games, and won 4 of the 7 games he played in. Johnson was looked to for senior leadership, as the Knights were young this past season.
Snider, from Lancaster, CA., was a transfer from Antelope Valley College. He hit .405 for the season, and led the team in homeruns with eight. He racked up nine doubles, and led the team with four triples. Snider also stole 11-bases, getting caught only once, like Johnson.
The USCAA also announced The Academic All-American Team. SVU was able to have one player nominated to the team. A USCAA Academic All-American needs to have a 3.5 GPA, and be a sophomore or higher.
Derek Snider was honored as an Academic All-American for baseball. Snider, from Lancaster, CA., was one of the senior pitchers the Knights used to get back to the tournament for the first time since 2005. Snider won seven games, with 37-strikeouts for the year. He also hit .301 with 31-hits and 13-RBI's. Snider rebounded after not playing all of 2009 with an ACL tear.