Messina named to All-American team
Junior outfielder Ryan Messina (St. James, NY/Smithtown East) of the Shepherd University baseball team has been named to the 2013 Daktronics NCAA II All-America Baseball Team.
Shepherd has had a Daktronics first team representative for the third consecutive year as Nathan Minnich garnered first team honors in 2011 and 2012.
Messina ranked third nationally with a .444 batting average. He also ranked third in slugging percentage (.781), sixth in both home runs (14) and home runs per game (0.29), and seventh in total bases (132). Messina had 55 runs batted in and 46 runs scored. He also belted 13 doubles, a triple, and 14 home runs on the year. Messina added a .515 on-base percentage. He also gained NCBWA National Hitter of the Week honors and similar accolades from D2BaseballNews.com in mid-April.