On Campus: Sherando quartet finishes stellar season at Shepherd

Shepherd University’s baseball team enjoyed a solid season, and several Sherando graduates played a role in the team’s success this year.

Tre Porter (Sherando ’12), John Bentley (Sherando ’13), Jacob Carney (Sherando ’13) and Chase Smallwood (Sherando ’14) were part of the Rams’ success.

Porter led the team with 19 home runs, 45 RBIs and a .369 batting average (66 for 169). The senior started 51 games and scored a team-best 66 runs. Porter also had 21 stolen bases and drew a team-best 43 walks.

Carney hit .364 (76 for 209) and started all 54 games. The junior had seven doubles, one homer and 27 RBIs. Carney scored 53 runs and had 14 stolen bases.

Smallwood played in 10 games and one double and one RBI.

Bentley had a 7-3 record on the mound. The junior had a 4.29 ERA and pitched four complete games. Bentley appeared in 14 games, including 12 starts. He pitched 86 innings and struck out a team-high 66 batters. He also had one save.

Porter was recently named to the 2016 National Collegiate Baseball Writers DII All-America Team. He was a third-team selection. Porter was the Mountain East Conference Player of the Year and the 2016 American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings All-America Division II Atlantic Regional Player of the Year.

Carney was named to the 2016 NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional All-Tournament team. Carney hit .375 (6 for 16) in the tournament. He scored one run and had two RBIs.

The Rams finished 39-15, including 24-8 in the Mountain East Conference. They advanced to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional in West Lawn, Pennsylvania and went 2-2. They lost to Mercyhurst University on May 22, 4-1, to end their season.

Freshman success: Radford University’s baseball team is playing in the Big South Conference tournament this week, and freshman Adam Whitacre has done his part in helping the team.

Whitacre is batting .220 (18 for 82) and has one home run and six RBIs. He has played in 41 games, including 21 starts. He also has one double and has scored nine runs.

In a 7-5 loss to Coastal Carolina on Tuesday, Whitacre went 1 for 2 and scored a run. He followed that up with another 1 for 2 performance against Presbyterian on Wednesday. He also had an RBI in the 16-8 victory. Both games were Big South Tournament games, and he started for the Highlanders in each game. The tournament is being held in Lexington, South Carolina.

The Highlanders are 18-30 on the season.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com