OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine—The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced its All-American and Academic All-American selections for the 2011 baseball season honoring six members of the Southern Virginia University team.
Senior utility player Jake Johnson headlined the Southern Virginia selections becoming the first player in the program's 12-year history to earn First Team All-American honors four consecutive years.
Johnson led the Knights this season in batting average (.504; first all-time), hits (66; first all-time), doubles (17; second all-time), RBI (41; second all-time), total bases (123; first all-time), slugging percentage (.939; first all-time) and on-base percentage (.547; second all-time).
Johnson also had a solid defensive season in his senior campaign finishing with a .981 fielding percentage and 89 putouts while playing center field, first base and pitcher for the Knights. In four starts on the mound this season, Johnson went 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA.
From Phoenix, Ariz., Johnson will finish his Southern Virginia career as one of the most accomplished athletes in school history. Johnson played in 124 games for the Knights—more than any other player—and ranks first all-time in nearly every offensive category, including hits (215), doubles (56), triples (8), home runs (32), runs (159), RBI (157) and total bases (384). Johnson ranks second all-time in career batting average (.408) and slugging percentage (.741).
Junior outfielder Andrew Snider, from Lancaster, Calif., was also selected to the All-American First Team for the second consecutive season. Snider and Johnson both hit 12 homeruns apiece in 2011, which is the most during any single season in Southern Virginia baseball history.
Snider—the only Southern Virginia player to play in all 36 games this season—led the Knights in runs (45) and triples (3), was second in RBI (37), total bases (99) and slugging percentage (.723), and finished with the team's third-highest batting average (.358).
Snider was also honored as an Academic All-American along with teammates Ed Greenhalgh (sophomore pitcher from Roy, Utah), Trager Hintze (sophomore third basebeman from St. George, Utah) and Ryan Sloan (sophomore catcher from Albuquerque, N.M.). Greenhalgh also received Academic All-America honors in Mar. 2011 as a member of the 2010-11 men's basketball team that won Southern Virginia's first USCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.
Josh Linn, sophomore first baseman from Muskogee, Okla. rounded out the awards for the Knights receiving Honorable Mention All-American honors despite missing thirteen games in his first season at Southern Virginia due to a hamstring injury.
Linn had the Knights' second highest batting average this season (.408) and third highest slugging percentage (.618).
"We've had a very successful season," said second-year head coach Logan Mann. "It's great to see our players recognized for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom."