Haburjak, Pfeuffer named 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athletes
June 8, 2010
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University baseball players Brandon Haburjak and Bryce Pfeuffer were among the 196 individuals named 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athletes. The announcement came last week during the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
The NAIA Scholar-Athlete award is the highest academic honor handed out by the NAIA, and it is presented to student-athletes who maintain at least at 3.5 cumulative grade-point average, are at least a junior in academic standing and who have been at their nominating institution for at least two years or at least one year if they are a transfer.
Haburjak (pictured left, top), who served as a team captain in his recently completed senior season, is a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Central Catholic High School. This is the second consecutive year that he has earned the NAIA Scholar-Athlete honor. Haburjak is a catcher who graduated with a 3.58 GPA as a biology major.
Haburjak is just the third Point Park baseball player to become a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Denny DiPasquale (2006 and 2008) and Gino Moio (2008-09) are the only other baseball players with that distinction.
Haburjak hit a career-high .309 this past season, although he was limited to 21 games due to injury. A hand injury shortly before the start of the season kept him out for much of the early part of the schedule.
Pfeuffer (pictured left, bottom) is a junior second baseman from Montour and Montour High School. An elementary education major, Pfeuffer carries a 3.73 GPA into his senior year. He earned the NAIA Scholar-Athlete award this year in the first season that he was eligible.
Pfeuffer had a breakout season in 2010 as his team-leading batting average of .375 (48 for 128) allowed him to be named the second baseman on the All-American Mideast Conference first team. The junior from Montour also had a strong showing in the field with only four errors in 140 chances for a fielding percentage of .971.
During the 2009-10 school year, Point Park’s 11 varsity sports teams combined to have a total of 14 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. That is just two shy of tying the school record for a single academic year, which was 16 set during the 2008-09 year.