July 15, 2011
2011 CollegeBaseballInsider.com All-America Teams
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Post-season accolades for Western Carolina rising senior Ross Heffley were concluded this week as the Catamounts' second baseman garnered second team All-America honors from CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
Heffley was one of four recognized from the Southern Conference joining first team selections Matt Leeds (CofC) at third base and Victor Roache (GSU) as the DH. Charleston's Daniel Aldrich (OF) joined Heffley on the second team.
Heffley had a tremendous junior season, leading the SoCon in both batting average (.419) - the only player above the minimums in the league to crest the .400 average mark - and in on-base percentage at .483. A first team All-Southern Conference selection this year, the Snellville, Ga., native became the first Catamount since 2007 - and just the 14th since 1961 - to win the school's Triple Crown for leading the team in batting average, home runs (11) and RBI (65).
He additionally reached base safely (H, BB, HBP) in 51 of the 53 games in which he played including a stretch of 38-straight games to conclude the season.
This off-season, Heffley was named Louisville Slugger first team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper as well as first-team plaudits from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). He was also named to the ABCA All-Atlantic Region team following the 2011 campaign.