Johnson, Snider Named to VaSID All-State Team

Johnson, Snider Named to VaSID All-State Team

Written by Chris Pendleton and Sean Dahlin

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Southern Virginia University senior Jake Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.) and junior Andrew Snider (Lancaster, Calif.) today were named to the 2011 VaSID College Division All-State Second Team as voted on by the association of Virginia Sports Information Directors.

With the selection, Johnson and Snider become only the second and third Southern Virginia baseball players in the program's 12-year history to earn VaSID All-State honors—Derek Snider was also selected to the second team in 2008.

Johnson, a four-time USCAA all-american and one of the most accomplished athletes in school history, made the VaSID All-State Second Team as a utility player. Johnson led the Knights this season in batting average (.504; first all-time), hits (66; first all-time), doubles (17; second all-time), home runs (12; tied for first all-time), RBI (41; third all-time), total bases (123; first all-time), slugging percentage (.939; first all-time) and on-base percentage (.547; first 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. On the mound, Johnson was one of Southern Virginia's most successful pitchers going 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA (second-lowest on the team). He recorded 26 strikeouts and only three walks in 26 innings, while holding batters to a .213 batting average.

In addition to his single-season records, Johnson ranks first all-time in nearly every Southern Virginia career 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).

Snider, a two-time USCAA all-american and one-time USCAA academic all-american, was selected to the 2011 VaSID All-State Second Team as an outfielder.

Snider tied Johnson by launching 12 homers last season, which was a Southern Virginia single-season record. In addition to home runs, Snider led the Knights in runs (48; second all-time) and triples (3). He was second in RBI (38), total bases (106; second all-time) and slugging percentage (.697; fourth all-time) while finishing with the team's third-highest batting average (.362). 

In their two seasons as teammates, Johnson and Snider helped the Southern Virginia baseball program to a 52-31 record, including a program best 30-10 record this season and second-place finish in the USCAA Small College World Series.