USCB's Heesch among NAIA All-American picks

info@islandpacket.comJune 5, 2012 

In a breakout year for USC Beaufort's baseball program, senior left-handed pitcher Michael Heesch has become the program's first All-American.

The southpaw was named a second-team NAIA All-American, adding to a long list of awards that included the Sand Sharks' first Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year honors.

A native of Crystal Lake, Ill., Heesch pitched the final two seasons of his college career at USCB and went 14-8 with a 2.81 ERA in 34 games (30 starts). He struck out 196 and walked 34 in 198 2-3 innings.

Heesch was especially dominant during his senior season, going 9-3 with a 2.21 ERA and a school-record 118 strikeouts to help the Sand Sharks advance to the Avista-NAIA World Series for the first time. He threw five complete games, including one shutout, and allowed only 13 walks in 122 1-3 innings.

Heesch could be selected in this year's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which runs through Wednesday.

USCB GOLFERS HONORED

Two USCB golfers were third-team selections for the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America College Division at-large teams announced Monday.

Men's golfer Mark Phillips and women's golfer Adriana Saavedra were named to the team.

Phillips, a senior from Bermuda, was one of USCB's most consistent players all season and claimed his first collegiate victory at the Sand Shark Classic in March.

Saavedra, a senior from Cochabamba, Bolivia, wrapped up her impressive USCB career by earning All-Sun Conference honors and claiming the individual title at the SCAD Spring Invitational.

Both USCB teams finished in the top 15 at the NAIA National Championships and ended the season ranked in the top 15 in the national rankings.

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