Two Mount Vernon Nazarene College baseball players were honored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics when the 1998 All-American and Academic All-American Teams were announced.
Andy Heimbach, a sophomore pitcher from Wheelersburg, Ohio, was named an Honorable Mention All-American after posting an 11-2 record with a 2.16 earned run average. Heimbach tied his own school record by tossing five shutouts and became MVNC's career shutouts leader with 10 after just two seasons.
In 91 2/3 innings of work, Heimbach allowed just 62 hits and 30 walks while recording 84 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .194 against him and he tossed 11 complete games in 13 appearances.
Jeff Lavin, a junior catcher from Mercer, Pennsylvania, was selected to the 1998 Academic All-American Team. Lavin, a Biology major, has compiled a 3.57 grade point average so far.
Lavin appeared in 25 games for the Cougars in 1998. He posted a .320 batting average with 16 hits in 50 at bats. He also recorded two doubles, one homerun, eight runs scored, and eight runs batted in.
MVNC finished the season with a 37-12 overall record. The Cougars also won their fourth straight Mid-Ohio Conference regular-season title and their ninth overall.