Altoona baseball student-athletes named to CSC Academic All-District Team

Penn State Athletics Symbol
Credit: Penn State

GREENWOOD, Ind. — Penn State Altoona baseball’s second baseman Alex Hlivia, of Pennsylvania Furnace, and first baseman Jonathan Rauch, of Pittsburgh, were recognized for their academics on June 4 when both student-athletes were named to the College Sports Communicators’ NCAA Division III Academic All-District team.

To be eligible for a spot on the Academic All-District team, student-athletes must meet certain academic and athletic requirements. Academically, student-athletes must be at least sophomores while holding cumulative grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Athletically, players must have competed in at least 90% of their team's total games or started two-thirds of the contests. Pitchers must have made 17 appearances or totaled 25 innings pitched. Nominators could submit up to five qualified student-athletes per team.

Hlivia played in and started 35 games for the Lions this season. He hit .239 and compiled a .328 on-base percentage while totaling 26 hits, 19 runs scored, 18 runs batted in, 14 walks, and six stolen bases. In the field, Hlivia ranked fourth among all players in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in double plays (18) while being 11th in assists (76), 37th in put outs (72), and 39th in fielding percentage (.974). He is a kinesiology major at Penn State Altoona.

Rauch appeared in 34 games with the Lions, including making 33 starts. He was a third-team All-AMCC selection and finished sixth in the conference in home runs (4), eighth in slugging percentage (.523), 14th in doubles (9), 16th in on-base percentage (.426), 18th in RBI (28), and 21st in batting average (.333). Rauch also ranked sixth in the league in double plays (17), seventh in put outs (184), and 36th in fielding percentage (.975). He is majoring in kinesiology at Penn State Altoona.