UHV’s Longoria earns All-American honor

John Longoria

University of Houston-Victoria junior outfielder John Longoria has been selected to the 2011 NAIA Baseball All-Americans honorable mention team.

Longoria, of Spring, was one of 36 players selected to the honorable mention team, while 17 players were selected to each the first and second teams.

Longoria started 55 games for the Jaguars and paced the team in nearly every statistical category. He compiled a team-leading .374 batting average going 70-for-187 at the plate with 50 RBI, 38 runs, 23 doubles six home runs and four triples. He compiled a .636 slugging percentage and a .414 on-base percentage, while drawing 12 walks and stealing 14 bases.

Playing mostly in right field and at first base, he finished the season with a .976 fielding average committing five errors in 211 chances. He had 192 putouts and 14 assists.

Longoria becomes the first UHV player to earn All-American honors since Ray Maldonado and Zane Williams earned second-team honors in 2009.

Oklahoma City’s Kirk Walker was named to 2011 Rawlings-NAIA Player of the Year.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Ashley Walyuchow