Sophomore outfield Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) of The University of Scranton baseball team is enjoying a phenomenal season on the diamond this year for the Royals. His work in the classroom has been just as impressive and, as a result, he has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® Baseball Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A First Team selection, Harding becomes just the fifth player in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades and the first since Chris Stallone and David Giglio were named to the First Team in 2011.
Harding was honored for the District 4 region which includes Division III program throughout Pennsylvania. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America® honorees to be announced in June.
Harding boasts a stellar, .458 batting average this season with 66 hits including eight doubles, eight triples, and three home runs. Also sporting a .509 on-base percentage and a .688 slugging percentage, he has scored 44 runs while racking up 34 RBI. Harding, who has also walked 18 times this season, is 14-for-17 on stolen base attempts.
In addition to breaking Scranton's single-season records for hits and triples this spring, Harding currently ranks fourth in all of NCAA Division III in triples, eighth in batting average, and 18th in total hits.
Defensively, he has recorded just three errors in 102 chances for a .971 fielding percentage. Additionally, his impressive range and athletic ability has saved numerous extra-base hits for the Royals.
A standout in the classroom as well, Harding sports an impressive, 3.95 cumulative grade point average while majoring in business administration.
Harding and the Royals, who went 17-20 (9-9 Landmark) during the regular season will open the Landmark Conference playoffs today against top-seeded Susquehanna starting at 3:00 p.m. at Volpe Field.
To view a complete list of the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District Baseball Teams, click here.