SHC's Howard, Robbins named NAIA Scholar Athletes
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Wednesday afternoon that Spring Hill College baseball players Jack Howard and Andy Robbins were named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Jack Howard, a junior starting pitcher from Decatur, Ga., is a psychology major and a two-time member of the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Academic Team. He started 13 games in the 2014 season with a 5-4 record. Howard finished the year with a 3.01 ERA in 80.2 innings pitched and struck out 51 batters.
Andy Robbins, a junior outfielder from Kirkwood, Mo., who majors in pre-health, hit .207 in 40 games played with 27 starts this season. He hit two doubles and a triple with eight RBI. On the base paths, he scored 13 runs with two stolen bases. Robbins fielded his centerfield position at a .925 pace with five assists and started two double plays.
Since the award was introduced in 1979, a total of 182 SHC student-athletes have received Scholar Athlete recognition from the NAIA.
This year the NAIA named a total of 257 baseball players as 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.