SHC's Howard, Robbins named NAIA Scholar Athletes

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:15am

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.