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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 30, 2003

 

Cranston’s Andy Barron to Receive Rhode Island College’s
John E. Hetherman Award

 

Providence, RI—Rhode Island College senior Andy Barron (Cranston, RI) has been chosen to receive the John E. Hetherman Award, signifying him as RIC’s top male, senior student-athlete, at the College’s annual Cap and Gown Day on Wednesday, Apr. 30 at 12:30 p.m.

 

The awards are based not only on athletic prowess, but also value community and campus involvement. The Hetherman Award was established in 1958 and sponsored by the RIC class of 1940 to honor its classmate, Jay Hetherman. Mr. Hetherman, while a student, played varsity basketball and baseball for two years. He was also active in the drama club and took part in all “stunt night” activities and major productions. During World War II, Hetherman became a naval aviator, receiving his wings in Jacksonville, FL in 1942. Approximately one year later, while returning from flying a rescue mission in the South Pacific, Lt. John E. Hetherman crashed and lost his life, leaving an enviable college and service career behind him.

 

The student who receives the Hetherman Award must be a male student-athlete who participates in intercollegiate athletics, a good student and have demonstrated interest and participation in campus activities.

 

Barron, an elementary education major, finished his baseball career in 2001 and has stayed actively involved with the athletic department since that time while concluding his studies at RIC. He was named a Distinguished Student-Athlete by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education in 2001.

 
Andy Barron playing second base during his senior year
 

He played in 116 career games, starting 110 of them. He posted a .296 career batting average with 59 runs, 120 hits, 53 RBI, 23 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 173 total bases, 41 walks and 11 stolen bases. He recorded a .427 slugging percentage, a .376 on-base percentage and a .928 fielding percentage for his career. He is fifth in career at-bats, seventh in doubles and is second with 272 assists. Barron also played third base and shortstop during his career.

 

As a senior in 2001, Barron played in 24 games, starting all of them. He batted .255 with 24 hits, ten RBI, 13 runs, three doubles, two home runs and two stolen bases. He owned a .372 slugging percentage, a .352 on-base percentage and a .925 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2000, he played in 28 games, starting 26 of them. He batted .292 with 96 at-bats, 11 runs, 28 hits, 12 RBI, six doubles, two stolen bases and 34 total bases. He registered a .354 slugging percentage, a .327 on-base percentage and a .912 fielding percentage. Barron was third on the team in batting.

 

As a sophomore in 1999, he played in 30 games, starting 27 on the year. He began the year at third base, but made the switch to second base. He batted .310 with 18 runs scored, ten RBI, six doubles and four stolen bases. Barron had a .370 slugging percentage and a .415 on-base percentage. He had at least one hit in 20 games and recorded eight multiple hit games on the year.

 

As a freshman in 1998, he played in 34 games, starting 33. He was third on the squad with a .322 batting average. Barron led the team with six home runs. He had 21 RBI, 17 runs, eight doubles, three stolen bases and two triples. He had a team-high 67 total bases and a .583 slugging percentage. He was third on the team with 14 walks and was hit by three pitches. He had ten multiple hit games.

 

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