Heller Earns All-MIAA Honors in Baseball
2018 May 9
Trine University junior baseball player Jacob Heller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Prairie Heights) has been selected to the All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Team as a second-team pick for his individual efforts this season.
Heller capped a standout season with his first All-Conference selection after leading the team in batting average at .444 with 60 hits in 135 at-bats. His .444 average was also the best in the MIAA. Heller also led the team in doubles (12), runs scored (36), on-base percentage (.513), slugging percentage (.556), was tied for the team lead in stolen bases (six) and was second in RBI (29). Heller recorded 18 games with multiple hits that included three games with a season and career-tying high four hits. He also posted 11 games with two or more RBI and scored a career-best four runs in a win against PSU-Altoona.
In addition to leading the conference in batting average, Heller ranked in the top-10 in several other statistical categories including plate appearances (165 - 8th), runs (36 - 4th), doubles (12 - 3rd), RBI (29 - 9th), total bases (75 - 5th), on-base percentage (.512 - 2nd) and slugging percentage (.556 - 4th).
Heller already ranks in the top-10 in the Trine record books in several categories that includes batting average (.403 - 3rd), slugging percentage (.522 - 6th), on-base percentage (.490 - 1st), runs scored (94 - 5th), hits (140 - 9th), doubles (28 - t-4th) and RBI (67 - 10th).
As a team, the Thunder finished one win shy of the 20-win plateau (19-21 overall) that included a four-game sweep against Hope (Mich.) College, marking the first time in program history Trine has won four straight against the Flying Dutchmen. Trine also recorded a fourth-straight season with 15 or more victories.