HADLEY, Mass. – Four Amherst College baseball student-athletes have been named to the 2017 All-NESCAC team, as announced Tuesday by the league office.
Junior shortstop Harry Roberson and senior centerfielder Yanni Thanopoulos garnered First Team praise, while senior outfielder Anthony Spina and senior right-handed pitcher Jackson Volle landed on the Second Team. A total of 24 student-athletes earned the honor, with 11 players landing the First Team and 13 players compromising the Second Team.
Enjoying the best season of his career at the plate, Thanopoulos concluded the year ranking inside the top-5 in the NESCAC in nearly every offensive statistical category en route to becoming the program's all-time career leader in hits (190). A cornerstone of the Amherst offense, the senior captain posted conference high numbers in hits (60), doubles (14) and batting average (.417), in addition to recording 41 RBI to rank second in the NESCAC and a .465 OBP and .535 slugging percentage to finish fifth in the league in both categories. An all-around player, Thanopoulos also posted solid numbers in the field, logging a .987 fielding percentage with 78 putouts at center.
A 2016 Second-Team honoree, Roberson captures First Team accolades after an impressive junior season in which he appeared in all 36 games. Second in the league with 18 extra base hits, including 12 doubles and four triples, the Arlington, Mass. native finished 2017 ranked third in the NESCAC in runs and hits with 40 and 52, respectively, to secure a .359 batting average, .418 OBP and a team-leading .538 slugging percentage. A force on the base path as well as in the field, Roberson stole nine bases this spring and registered a .913 fielding percentage.
Spina earns Second-Team recognition for the second straight year after a stellar season at the dish in which he ranked inside the top-3 on Amherst in batting average, OBP and slugging percentage. Boasting a .351 BA (11th in NESCAC) and a .522 slugging percentage (8th in league), the outfielder also racked up 31 runs, 47 total hits, and 28 RBI to finish 11th, fourth and tied for ninth in the conference, respectively.
Capturing the second all-conference honor of his career, Volle lands on the All-NESCAC Second Team after earning First Team praise a season ago. Fifth in the league in wins and tied for first in complete games (4), Volle recorded a 5-1 record on the year in eight starts for the Mammoths. Ever reliable on the mound, the right-hander led the team in innings pitched for the second consecutive season to rank 12th overall in the NESCAC (47.2). Owning a 6.80 K/9 average and a 3.02 ERA to finish 15th and 10th in the conference, respectively, Volle allowed just 45 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 36 batters in his senior season.