Guilford Trio Earns All-South Region Baseball Honors

Greensboro, NC --  Guilford College's Andrew Lerner (Tallahassee, FL/Florida State University School (Florida Tech)) earned a spot on the 2005 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division III Second Team All-South Region Baseball squad Thursday. Junior Rob Bittner (Wilmington, DE/Salesianum) and sophomore Chad Boone (Winston-Salem, NC/W. Forsyth) earned honorable mention recognition. The announcement marked each player's first regional honor.

Lerner was an honorable mention All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) performer. He batted .344 with three homers and 25 RBIs and led ODAC catchers by throwing out 20 of 48 potential base-stealers. Lerner went a career-best 6-for-6 from the plate, including a home run, with two runs scored and four RBIs versus league-rival Lynchburg (3/7). Off the field, he was an Academic All-ODAC selection.
Additionally, Lerner was a member of Guilford's Fall and Spring Student-Athlete Honor Rolls and a dean's list member both semesters.

Bittner, a first baseman, also received all-state recognition from the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) and honorable mention All-ODAC honors this spring. He shared Guilford's 2004-05 Best Undergraduate Male Athlete Award with golfer Colin Clark and won the baseball team's Most Valuable Hitter and Most Valuable Player prizes. Bittner had at least a share of the team lead in every offensive statistical category, save runs scored, doubles and triples. He hit a career-best .403 with an ODAC-leading 10 home runs and 45 RBIs, which ranked fourth in the league. He had 17 multi-hit games, including a 5-for-5 performance with three runs scored and two RBIs against Piedmont Feb. 26. Bittner ranks sixth in school history in career-home runs (19) and 10th in career-RBIs (99).

A left-handed hitter, Bittner batted .310 in 29 at-bats versus southpaws in 2005. Additionally, he batted .450 with runners on base and upped that mark to .467 with runners in scoring position. Defensively, in 377 chances Bittner posted a .984 fielding percentage, tops among Guilford's regulars.

Boone, who batted .333 in 40 games, led the team in triples (3) and RBIs (45) and finished second on the club in home runs (8) and slugging percentage (.573). He opened the season with an eight-game hitting streak, posted a 10-game streak late in the year, and finished the season by hitting safely in 16 of his final 17 games. Boone enjoyed his best game of the season against Eastern Mennonite (4/3) when he went 5-for-6, with five runs, four RBIs, a double and two home runs. He also had a five-hit game versus Bluefield State (4/25). Off the field, Boone was a member of Guilford's Spring Student-Athlete Honor Roll and also made the dean's list.

Coach Gene Baker's squad finished with a 24-17 overall record, the ninth-highest win total in Guilford history and its fourth straight 20-win season, a school record. The Quakers matched the Guilford standard with a 12-6 ODAC mark. Baker expects 23 returning letter winners next year.