AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Two Amherst College scholar-athletes were named to the GTE/CoSIDA College Division Academic All-District I Teams in baseball and softball. All regional selections move on to the national ballot, which will announce Academic All-Americans on June 2 (baseball) and June 4 (softball).
Greg Berchelmann (St. Louis, MO) repeats as Academic All-District after concluding his junior season with a .349 average as the Lord Jeff designated hitter and compiling a 3.38 GPA as a computer science major. He has served as a teaching assistant for introductory computer science courses, and he co-leads a Bible study for Amherst Christian Fellowship. Berchelmann was named to the NEIBA All-New England Third Team as a sophomore, and he currently helps maintain web pages for the Amherst College library and baseball team. He will return for his senior season after hitting .357 over the last three seasons. Amherst College baseball concluded the 1998 season with a 21-9 record.
Senior Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) makes her first appearance on the Academic All-District Team after closing out her career as one of the first two women ever to play four years of varsity softball at Amherst College. The co-captain led her team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament, where the fifth-seeded Jeffs fell, 1-0, to hosts Bridgewater State College in the New England Championship game and closed out its finest season ever with a 31-8 record. Rinaldi compiled a 3.38 GPA as an English and Spanish double major, and she holds every career hitting record, including 84 RBI, 49 stolen bases and seven home runs over four years. Named to the 1997 and 1998 All-NESCAC softball teams, Rinaldi is also a tri-captain of the 1997-98 women's basketball team and active in SHAPE, a peer group concerned with body image and eating disorders for the Amherst College community.
Both Berchelmann and Rinaldi are Academic All-NESCAC squad members.
1998 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District I Baseball TeamP Tim Hinckley Rensselaer Sr. Clinton, NY 3.70/Management P Will Nielsen MIT Sr. Concord, GA 4.7(5.0)/Mechanical Engineering C Aviv Kaufmann WPI Sr. Shrewsbury, MA 3.35/Electrical Engineering IF Kris Barcomb Clarkson Jr. Cadyville, NY 3.93/Elec. & Computer Engineering IF Nicholas Clark Adelphi Jr. West Babylon, NY 3.44/Physical Education IF Roger Hill Bentley So. E.Bridgewater, MA 3.71/Finance IF Joel Morales MIT Jr. Corpus Christi, TX 4.2(5.0)/Chemical Engineering OF Matt Nachman Clarkson Jr. Johnson City, NY 3.84/Civil & Environmnt'l Engineering OF Mike O'Donovan Ithaca Jr. Collegeville, PA 3.55/Finance OF Jon Venditte Rensselaer So. Niskayuna, NY 3.76/Engineering DH Greg Berchelmann Amherst Jr. St. Louis, MO 3.38/Computer Science
1998 GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District I Softball TeamP Stephanie DeLucia Assumption Jr. Franklin, MA 3.34/Psychology P Leslie Lance Cortland Jr. Johnson City, NY 3.35/Elementary Education C Denise Haselwood LIU-CW Post Jr. Centralia, WA 3.84/Physical Education IF Kara Creutz LIU-CW Post Jr. Gales Ferry, CT 3.82/Elementary Education IF Stephanie Martin Assumption So. Arlington, MA 3.20/Management IF Tricia Purcell Rochester Sr. Hooksick Falls, NY 3.88/Political Science & Economics IF Cheryl Wah Ithaca Jr. Lancaster, NY 3.96/Sports Management OF Allison D'Ambroisio LIU-CW Post Gr. Coplague, NY 3.72/Biology OF Erin Callihan Pace Jr. York, PA 3.66/Journalism OF Sarah Rinaldi Amherst Sr. Washington, DC 3.38/English & Spanish DP Margo McGowan Ithaca Sr. Oxford, NY 3.53/Health & Physical Education # # # 5/18/98