Three Knights Receive USCAA Honors

Three Knights Receive USCAA Honors

Brandon Alexander Written by Chris Pendleton

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced its All-American and national academic selections for the 2012 baseball season honoring three members of the Southern Virginia University baseball team.

Senior center fielder Andrew Snider (Lancaster, Calif.) headlined the Southern Virginia honors earning his third consecutive All-American selection since transferring from Antelope Valley College as a sophomore in 2009.

Snider, who was also named to the 2012 USCAA Small College World Series All-Tournament Team, ended the season tied with sophomore Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) for the team's highest batting average (.387).

Despite only three years as a Knight, Snider finishes his career as one of the most accomplished players in Southern Virginia baseball history ranking second all-time in hits (166), doubles (34), homeruns (28), runs (115), RBI's (120) and total bases (302).

He also ranks first all-time in triples (9) and has the program's third-highest career batting average (.390) and slugging percentage (.709).

Perhaps Sniders most impressive accomplishment is not a personal stat, but the fact that Southern Virginia qualified for postseason play during each of his three seasons—the longest streak of tournament appearances in the program's 13-year history.

Snider was joined on the All-American team by right fielder Brandon Alexander (Oakley, Calif.), who had one of the best power-hitting seasons in Southern Virginia baseball history.

As a sophomore, Alexander led the Knights in homeruns (11), RBI's (44), on-base percentage (.454) and slugging percentage (.732).

Alexander's 44 RBI's tied the single-season record set by teammate Tyler Cox (Forest, Miss.) last season and his 11 homers rank second all-time behind the single-season mark set by both Snider and Jake Johnson last year.

Along with his third consecutive All-American selection, Snider also earned national academic honors for the second straight season.

Junior pitcher Ed Greenhalgh (Roy, Utah) also earned national academic honors for the second straight time after also earning back-to-back national academic honors as a member of the men's basketball team.