Four Knights Earn USCAA Honors

Written by Sean Dahlin

BUTLER, Pa.—The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced its 2013 baseball All-American and All-Academic selections honoring four members of the Southern Virginia University baseball team.

Junior Mitch Stevenson (Muskogee, Okla.) headlined the Southern Virginia selections as the starting shortstop was selected to the USCAA All-American First Team after leading the Knights so far in batting average (.472), hits (54), runs (37), slugging percentage (.676), on-base percentage (.504) and doubles (15). 

"This is a great honor for Mitch and he's definitely deserving of the award," said fourth-year Head Coach Logan Mann. "He's had a phenomenal junior year not just offensively, but also as a leader for the team."

Southern Virginia's batting average leader for the second straight season, who will play for the Rockbridge Rapids this summer, was also second on the team in RBIs (28) and third in stolen bases (8) throughout the regular season. Stevenson also currently holds the program's third-highest career batting average (.393).

Stevenson was joined on the All-American team by senior left-handed hurler Ed Greenhalgh (Roy, Utah), who earned Honorable Mention honors. 

Heading into the Small College World Series, Greenhalgh—USCAA Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 26—is leading the Knights' pitching staff so far in wins (4), innings pitched (38.0) and opponents' batting average (.253) while ranking second in strikeouts (27) and third in ERA (4.26). 

"I'm proud of Ed for his accomplishment in being named an All-American," said Mann. "It's been great to see him progress throughout his four years here and have a solid senior season." 

Greenhalgh also earned USCAA All-Academic honors for the third consecutive season and was joined on the All-Academic team by junior left-handed pitcher Tyler King (San Ramon, Calif.)—who will be Stevenson's teammate this summer for the Rockbridge Rapids—and CoSIDA Academic All-District member sophomore C.J. Andrus (Federal Way, Wash.). 

"In our program best fourth-straight .500-plus season, it's good to see our players being recognized," said Mann. "I'm also excited for our scholar-athletes for representing our university well for what they accomplished in the classroom."