Jeff Lavin and Jeff Wine, two members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College baseball team, were recently selected to the GTE Academic All-District IV Second Teamę for their achievements on the baseball diamond and in the classroom.
Lavin, a senior catcher from Mercer, Pennsylvania, batted .311 for the Cougars while catching 43 games. The former standout at West Middlesex High School compiled 41 hits, seven doubles, four home runs, nine runs scored, and 21 runs batted in. Lavin also threw out nine baserunners trying to steal.
A Biology/Secondary Education major, Lavin has posted a 3.683 grade point average. He has been named to the MVNC Dean's List seven times, and he was an NAIA and National Christian College Athletic Association Academic All-American last year. He has also been the president of the MVNC chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes for two years.
Wine, a junior outfielder from Bourbonnais, Illinois, batted .343 this season while being the only player on the team to start and play in all 49 games. The former star at Bradley-Bourbonnais High School recorded 59 hits, a team-high 12 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 23 RBI, and a team-high 51 runs scored. Wine also stole 17 bases in 19 attempts and led the team with four outfield assists.
A Biology/Pre-Medicine major, Wine has posted a 3.568 grade point average. This is the second straight season that he has been named to the GTE All-District IV Second Teamę. Wine has been named to the MVNC Dean's List four times, and he is a member of the campus chapter of FCA.
The Cougars recently completed their season with an overall record of 29-20. MVNC finished as the runner-up in the NAIA Region IX Tournament after entering the tournament as the fourth seed.