Heath Begins Claiming Postseason Honors
While the Penn State baseball team’s season came to a disappointing end a couple weeks ago, not all of their efforts have gone unnoticed. Junior catcher Ben Heath was the first Lion to be honored nationally as he was named a second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Heath had a stellar season, batting .369 with 19 home runs (a new Penn State record) and 57 runs batted in. He also led the team in almost every other batting statistical category. This led him to being named first team All-Big Ten this year. Teammate Steve Snyder joined him on the third team.
The awards could keep coming for Heath. He is a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy which honors college baseball’s best player and the Johnny Bench Award which is given to the best catcher in the sport. The Howser Trophy may be a long shot, but he should be considered a legitimate threat to win the Johnny Bench Award.