Tiffin, Ohio – May 6, 2010 – Success on the diamond and in the classroom is an expectation for the Heidelberg University baseball team and this season has been no exception. Four members of the nationally ranked team have landed a spot on the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 4 College Division Team.
Junior shortstop Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) was named to the first team, while senior catcher Steve Decker (Maumee, Ohio / Springfield), junior pitcherAndy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) and junior outfielder Andrew Buelow(Marysville, Mich. / Marysville) were selected to the second team.
The first and second teams for District 4 recognized 22 student-athletes. Heidelberg led the entire division with its four honorees, and was one of four Ohio Athletic Conference institutions represented. Following Heidelberg’s four selections was Division II Wayne State University with three. District 4 is comprised of NCAA Division II, III and NAIA institutions from the states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.
To be eligible for academic district honors one must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or important reserve in at least his sophomore season. The award is voted on by members of the College Sports Information Director’s of America (CoSIDA).
Picking up his second straight academic all-district nod is Lash. In the classroom Lash boasts a grade point average of 3.57 while studying chemistry. A year ago, Lash also earned a spot on the All-OAC Academic First Team. He is a three-time recipient of the Heidelberg Landess Scholar-Athlete Award as well. On the field this year, Lash is tied for third on the team with 58 hits, while standing third with 42 runs batted in and fourth with a .389 batting average and 39 runs scored.
Joining Lash as a multiple honoree is Decker. Decker carries a 3.55 gpa while studying business administration and sport management. Currently Decker is the Scholar-Athlete of the Month for the OAC and was a 2009 Academic All-OAC selection. He is a four-time Heidelberg Landess Scholar-Athlete Award winner and he is set to graduation this weekend. Decker calls the pitches behind the plate for the Berg and is also having one of his best seasons at the plate. He is hitting .408, which ranks third, while being tied for third in hits (58) and is fourth in RBI (41).
Earning his first district academic honor of his career is two-time All-American and reigning OAC Pitcher of the Year Andy Lowe. Lowe is studying accounting and has a 3.56 gpa, while being tabbed a Heidelberg Landess Scholar-Athlete on three occasions. On the mound he is 3-1 for the year with eight saves, which is one away from tying his own single season record for the third consecutive year. He has 33 strike outs and owns a 2.79 earned run average in 42.0 innings of work.
Rounding out the list of honorees for the Berg is another first time district academic selection in Buelow. Buelow has overcome adversity to become successful in multiple areas over the course of his three years at the Berg. In the classroom he is studying health and physical education, along with sport management. He carries a 3.87 gpa and is a three-time Heidelberg Landess Scholar-Athlete. Buelow starts in the outfield for the Berg and is hitting .272 with 22 hits and 27 runs scored.
Heidelberg stands at 32-6 overall and 13-3 in the OAC. On Wednesday the Berg clinched at least a share of its fourth straight, fifth overall, OAC Regular Season Championship. Tomorrow the Berg travels to Mount Union College on a quest to win the title outright
Heidelberg stands at 32-6 overall and 13-3 in the OAC. On Wednesday the Berg clinched at least a share of its fourth straight, fifth overall, OAC Regular Season Championship. Tomorrow the Berg travels to Mount Union College on a quest to win the title outright.