Stars of the Diamond Sparkle in Classroom

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 1st, 2015


(Left-right) Russell Harmening, Taylor Martin, Steven Pollex.

(Left-right) Russell Harmening, Taylor Martin, Steven Pollex.

Three Westmont Baseball players have received accolades for their performances in the classroom. Junior pitcher Russell Harmening of Oceanside has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Baseball Team for the second year in a row. Last season, Harmening was named to the second team, this year he is one of two pitchers selected for first team honors.

Additionally, Harmening, senior pitcher Taylor Martin of Huntington Beach and senior left-fielder Steven Pollex of Henderson, Nevada have all been named as both NAIA Scholar-Athletes and Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Scholar-Athletes.

Harmening, a mathematics major with a GPA of 3.77, is a three-time Dean’s List student. The Presidential Scholar was the winner of the Golden Eagle Award and the Cliff Hamlow Character Award. Harmening solved and published two problems in the Mathematical Association of America‚Äôs College Mathematics Journal.

On the mound, Harmening is the winningest pitcher in Westmont history with 28 career victories against 10 losses. This season he was 10-3 and posted the third best single-season ERA in the Warrior record books at 1.59, which is the best since 1966. In 113 innings of work, Harmening struck out 95 batters and surrendered just 17 walks. Opposing batters were held to a .173 batting average against him. Harmening was named the GSAC Pitcher of the Year for 2015 after winning the same honor in 2014. In 2014 he was also honored with NAIA All-American honorable mention recognition.

Martin is a computer science major with a GPA of 3.72. Martin was a research participant in Dr. Wayne Iba’s work on the Power of One – a study into the power of influence of a single individual upon the collective of which it is a part.

Martin made 12 pitching appearances for the Warriors in 2015, all in relief, posting a record of 1-0 and an ERA of 4.76.

Pollex is an Economics and Business major with a GPA of 3.67 and is a recipient of the UPS Business Scholarship for the Southern Nevada Region.

Pollex made 45 starts for the Warriors and played in 55 games. He posted a batting average of .245, tallied 38 hits, 20 of which were for extra bases (12 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs), and drove in 30 runs.

The Capital One Academic All-America program is administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Student-athletes must have a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA, be a starter or significant reserve and be at least a sophomore in academic standing. The Academic All-America award is competitive in nature and is limited to 33 individuals nationwide (11 each on a first, second and third team).

The NAIA and GSAC Scholar-Athlete Awards are given to student-athletes who attain a 3.5 GPA and are at least a junior in academic standing.