SPRINGFIELD, IL.- The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) announced its 2012 All-Americans today, May 6. Seniors Alex Hacias (Sterling Heights, MI/Macomb CC) and Ryan Chipka (Waterville, OH/Anthony Wayne) earned First Team honors, and junior David Woodson (Vallejo, CA/Vallejo) received Honorable Mention honors. Andrew Baumgartner (Muskegon, MI/Muskegon CC), Chipka, Hacias, and Tom Verdura (Sterling Heights, MI/Dakota) were all named Academic All-Americans.
In the Illinois Banquet room of the Hilton Hotel in Springfield, Il, The USCAA held its annual banquet before the start of the 2012 Small College World Series. Chief Operating Officer of the USCAA Matthew Sims announced the 2012 All-Americans, in which six Warriors were honored. Alex Hacias was named a first team All-American after a record setting senior season at Rochester College. Hacias set the Warrior record for most hits in a single season back in late April. Hacias leads Rochester College in five offensive categories, including a .434 batting average, 62 hits, and 39 RBIs. Hacias currently is eighth in the USCAA for batting average, second for hits, and sixth in RBIs.
"The numbers speak for themselves," said Head Coach Jordan Ackerman. "Alex was as consistent as he could get throughout the season and he is the best pure hitter that I've seen at Rochester in my time here."
Ryan Chipka continued to be a dominant role player this season, batting .329 out of the lead off position. He was second on the team this season with 31 RBIs, and has 53 hits. Although his numbers are down from previous seasons, Chipka is the career record holder for Rochester College in several categories, including most career hits, most assists, most consecutive starts at 151, and most career starts at 166. He is currently seventh in the USCAA for hits.
"Ryan has worked his tail off for the last four years here," said Ackerman. "He has been a leader on and off the field and we will have big shoes to fill next year at the shortstop position."
David Woodson started this season off a little bit slower than in previous years, but caught fire in April. Woodson leads the team with 17 extra base hits, and has 1 homerun this season. He currently is batting .340 on the season, and is third on the team with 52 hits. Woodson is fourth in the USCAA for triples and eighth in hits.
Senior Caleb Tift will be representing Rochester College later this afternoon for the Home Run Derby. The Warriors open up tournament play tomorrow night, May 7, against Penn-State Mont Alto at 6:30PM.