Four Youngstown State baseball players have been named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team for the 2017 season, the conference office announced on Friday. The teams were voted on by the conference's faculty athletics representatives.
The four Penguins on the team are seniors Nico Padovan and Anthony Rohan, junior Andrew Kendrick and sophomore Web Charles. YSU tied for the most selections in the league with regular-season champion UIC, and the four selections are the most by a Penguins team since 2010.
Padovan led YSU in hitting as a senior with a .284 batting average while starting a team-high 54 games in 2017. The third baseman from San Pedro, Calif., added career highs with 58 hits, 204 at bats, nine doubles and five stolen bases. He has a 3.90 grade-point average in general studies.
Rohan was a full-time starter for the first time in 2017 and responded to bat .278 while leading the team with 60 hits. He added 11 doubles, a team-high four triples, three home runs and 20 RBIs as the Penguins' everyday left fielder. He holds a 3.69 GPA as a mechanical engineering major.
Kendrick was one of the top home run hitters in the country in 2017, ranking 14th in Division I total home runs and 12th in home runs per game. His 17 home runs set a new school record, and added team highs of 36 runs and 43 RBIs. Kendrick has a 3.42 GPA as a general studies major.
Charles was one of two players to appear in every game this season for the Penguins, and he started 53 as a middle infielder. The sophomore batted .276 with 24 runs scored, and he tied for the team lead with 13 stolen bases. Charles posts a 3.78 GPA as a mechanical engineering major.
To be eligible for All-Academic Team consideration, student-athletes must be a starter of important reserve for their team, have completed at least 24 semester (or 36 quarter) hours at their institution and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2.