May 28, 2010

Christenberry Named ABCA Division III All-American

YORK, PA  - York College senior pitcher Jason Christenberry (Yoe, Pa./Dallastown) has been named an American Baseball Coaches Association (A.B.C.A.) Third-team All-American as announced by the organization at the 2010 NCAA Division III World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Christenberry is the first Spartan All-American since former outfielder Mike Welch earned the honor after the 2004 campaign. The Spartans have had four All-Americans in the last ten years as fomer shortstop Matt Day and outfielder Travis Gaidos also earned the award.

Christenberry, an All-Capital Athletic Conference first team selection, finished the season 9-3 with a stellar 2.57 ERA as he made 13 starts and 14 appearances for the year. In 91 innings, Christenberry held opponents to a .232 batting average as he struck out 78 and walked just 26 in his time on the hill. Christenberry led the CAC in ERA, wins, strikeouts, innings pitched while he was second in opponent's batting average.

Spartan head coach Paul Saikia was thrilled to see his senior ace rewarded for such an outstanding season.

“Jason was a mainstay for us for four years. His numbers and his rank among so many of our all-time records give a pretty good look at just how good he was. I was pleased to see him finish with such an impressive season. I am really happy for Jason and the program that he has been recognized as one of the best in the nation.”

For his career, Christenberry posted a record of 25-13 with a 3.41 ERA in his 56 career appearances. He finished tied for second in school history in career wins, third in appearances, second in innings pitched (309.0), and second in strikeouts (223).

Christenberry was a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference selection including earning the 2007 CAC Rookie-of-the-Year award.

He recently graduated from York College with a degree in accounting.