YORK, PA – The York College baseball team was well represented on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Baseball squad as announced by Co-SIDA on Wednesday afternoon.
Seniors Colin Porter (Hanover, Pa./South Western) and Andrew Hershey (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) were two of just 34 players to earn the national recognition. Porter was a second team selection while Hershey earned a berth on the third team. They were the only two players in the Capital Athletic Conference to earn the honor while it is also the first time in school history that two players on the same team earned national Academic All-America honors.
Porter is a criminal justice major who finished his Spartan career with a 3.88 GPA while Hershey graduated with a 3.61 GPA as a nursing major.
The academic award is the second big honor for Porter as the Spartans' shortstop earned the William DeMeester Male Scholar-Athlete award last week. That award signifies the York College four-year male student-athlete with the highest GPA in the department.
Porter finished his senior year hitting .352 with 40 RBI, 33 runs scored, nine doubles and two home runs. He led the squad with a school-record 37 walks as he notched a .484 on-base percentage and a .458 slugging percentage. Porter recorded seven stolen bases and had a .946 fielding percentage in 224 chances.
Porter finished his career with 133 hits, a .285 batting average, 94 RBI, 84 runs scored, 21 doubles and four home runs. He played in 151 career games with 142 starts.
"Colin had a very good year," said 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Mike Scappa. "Colin has been a consistent performer in the classroom. He sets high goals and standards for himself and he is determined to reach those goals. Colin did a great job of balancing all his academic and athletic responsibilities during his career."
Hershey finished the year hitting .358 with a conference-leading 57 runs scored, 26 RBI, nine doubles, two triples, and four home runs. He stole 13 bases and was hit by a team-high 18 pitches. He owned an on-base percentage of .432 and a slugging percentage of .500.
Hershey finished his Spartan career with a .332 career average with 140 hits, 100 runs scored, 66 RBI, 26 doubles, five triples, and six home runs. Hershey played in 122 games with 111 starts.
"Andrew had a great year for us both on the field and in the classroom," said Scappa. "He had a very challenging semester and being able to manage his time with his commitments to his nursing responsibilities and being a team leader was impressive. It's rare to have an athlete so dedicated to the process. He set himself up to be very successful in his career endeavors."
Porter and Hershey are the first Spartan baseball players to earn national Academic All-America honors since outfielder Mike Welch earned the honor in 2005. Porter and Hershey join Ed Fuller (1986), Aaron Myers (1998) and Welch as the Spartans all-time Academic All-America award winners.