May 31 2013
LB Dantzler of South Carolina leads Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team
2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® Baseball Teams release dates:
College Division Team: Release
NCAA Division III Team: Release
NCAA Division II Team: Release
NCAA Division I Team: see below
Note: The four divisional Capital One Academic All-America® softball teams were announced last week.
• Capital One Academic All-America® website
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TOWSON, Md. – Senior first baseman LB Dantzler of the University of South Carolina leads the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I baseball team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A sports and entertainment management major with a 3.64 G.P.A., Dantzler
has been selected as the winner of the Academic All-America® of the Year award for the Division I baseball.
The Winter Haven, Fla., native has been a key player for South Carolina (39-18), one of 16 NCAA Division I regional hosts this weekend. The Gamecocks, who have won two national titles in the last three years, will host a regional at Carolina Stadium in Columbia. South Carolina finished second in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division and fourth overall with a 17-12 record.
Named to the 2013 Golden Spikes Award Watch List in May, Dantzler leads the No. 12 Gamecocks with a .332 batting average. He also leads the team with 15 home runs and 48 RBI’s. Dantzler is tied for the SEC lead in homers and ranks second in slugging percentage (.648). He is also fourth in total bases (125), fifth in walks (36) and sixth in on-base percentage (.445).
A finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award ®, Dantzler is South Carolina's 2012-13 male candidate for the SEC's H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Off the field, Dantzler has volunteered more than 50 hours at the Epworth Children's Home, working on various projects. He also helped organize a fundraising effort for the orphanage through an area restaurant and has made speaking appearances for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Dantzler is one of four players on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I first team who will play in the NCAA Regionals this weekend. In addition to Dantzler, third baseman Zach Fisher of Towson University, shortstop Tyler Vaughn of Troy University
and right fielder Derrick Workman of Mercer University
will play in the 64-team NCAA Tournament.
Junior Tim Colwell of North Dakota State University
is the only repeat first team selection on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I baseball team. Senior Shane Basen of Charlotte
was a second team pick in 2012. Fisher was a Capital One Academic All-America® third team choice in 2012 while designated hitter Benjamin Packard of Northern Colorado
was named to the third team in 2011.
North Dakota State University
was the only school with more than one player on the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I baseball first team. Colwell was joined on the first team by pitcher John Straka
Pitcher Joe Burg of Hofstra University, catcher Collin Slaybaugh of Washington State University
and rightfielder Jeff Keller of Dartmouth
complete the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I baseball first team.
The 11 members of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I baseball first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.94. Burg, Slaybaugh, Colwell and Workman all have perfect 4.00 G.P.A.s.
An M.B.A. candidate who graduated in May 2012 with a 3.94 G.P.A. in economics, Fisher
led Towson to a 29-28 record, the Colonial Athletic Association championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament. The Baltimore native was the CAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as he batted .476 with five runs scored, a double, three home runs and 10 runs batted in. The Tigers, who won their first CAA title as the number four seed, are the No. 3 seed in the NCAA regional hosted by No. 1 North Carolina in Chapel Hill. An All-CAA second team pick, Fisher is hitting .322 with three home runs and 40 RBI’s and is part of a defense that leads NCAA Division I with 79 double plays. He was named as the CAA Player of the Week in mid-April and was named as the 2012 CAA Scholar-Athlete for baseball.
, a junior chemistry major with a 3.91 G.P.A., led 21st-ranked Troy (40-18) to the Sun Belt Conference regular season championship and a No. 3 seed at the NCAA regional in Tallahassee, Fla. The Murphy, N.C., native ranks second in NCAA Division I with 70 runs scored. He is batting .339 with 19 doubles, nine stolen bases and a .411 on-base percentage as Troy’s leadoff hitter. A first team All-Sun Belt Conference selection at shortstop, Vaughn has committed just five errors and is the second toughest player in the country to strikeout - just once every 26.9 at-bats (nine strikeouts in 242 at-bats).
A junior communications major with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A., Workman
led Mercer to a 43-16 record and the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championship. He also helped the Bears earn only the second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. Mercer opens regional play at Mississippi State. A native of Acworth, Ga., he was named first team All-Atlantic Sun Conference after hitting .345 with nine home runs and 48 RBI’s. Named to the 2013 Golden Spikes Award Watch List, Workman is a valuable part of the NCAA’s top-ranked defensive team (.982). The Bears’ rightfielder, he has five outfield assists with only two errors in 119 fielding chances.
A junior university studies major with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A., Colwell
hit .310 with one home run and 28 RBI’s as he led North Dakota State to a 26-27 record and a berth in the Summit League championship game for the second straight year. The Shoreview, Minn., native, the centerfielder had a team high 12 doubles while leading the league in base hits (66) and runs scored (40). He earned All-Summit League honors for the second straight year.
, an exercise science major with a 3.89 G.P.A., completed his senior year for the Bison with an 8-2 record, a 1.67 E.R.A., six complete games, three shutouts and one save. A native of Chaska, Minn., he was a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award and served as the NDSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council president. A three-time All-Summit League pitcher, Straka finished his career by setting school records with 312.2 innings pitched and eight shutouts. He also finished second in school history with 22 victories and 253 strikeouts.
A senior accounting and finance major with a 3.97 G.P.A., Basen
led Charlotte to a 37-23 record and a share of the Atlantic 10 Conference regular season title. He also helped the 49ers finish as runner-up at the A-10 tournament. A native of Waxhaw, N.C., he is a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. One of two 49ers to start all 60 games, Basen batted .307 with four home runs and 49 runs batted in. He was 16-for-18 in stolen base attempts and scored 45 runs. He also added nine doubles and a pair of triples.
, a graduate student in biological sciences (chemistry) with a 3.97 G.P.A., was an inspirational leader for Northern Colorado. He led Northern Colorado to a 33-24 record and the Great West Conference regular season title. Packard overcame three back surgeries and two elbow surgeries during his career. He graduated summa cum laude in May, 2012 and will attend Creighton University Medical School. A native of Niwot, Col., he batted .306 with one home run and 12 RBI’s. He had an 0-1 record on the mound with a 3.60 E.R.A. and one save. An All-Great West first team pick in 2011, he was a Capital One Academic All-America® third team selection in 2011.
A senior with a double major of physics and mathematics and a 4.00 G.P.A., Burg
was one of six finalists for the 2013 Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship. He was also was Hofstra’s second finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship in 2012. The Lindenhurst, Ill., native was the recipient of Hofstra's James M. Shuart Award as the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was also a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. Burg posted a 3-4 record with a 5.49 E.R.A. He struck out 37 and walked 26 in 62.1 innings pitched. The Pride had a 26-27 overall record.
, a junior movement studies major with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A., was a Pac-12 All-Academic first team selection for Washington State last year. As a junior catcher, he helped the Cougars finish the season with a 23-32 record. A native of Puyallup, Wash., Slaybaugh batted .304 with six doubles and 14 runs batted in. He scored 31 runs and stole 11 bases in 14 attempts. Defensively, he had a .988 fielding percentage with three errors in 239 chances. Slaybaugh threw out 39.2 percent of base runners attempting to steal and also picked off two runners.
A junior economics major with a 3.97 G.P.A., Keller
has already been named as Dartmouth’s co-captain again for the 2014 season. A first team All-Ivy pick, he led Dartmouth to a 32-9 record and a berth in the Ivy League’s championship series after winning the Red Rolfe Division title. A native of Atherton, Cal., Keller hit .369 with six home runs and 41 RBI’s in 2013. He broke a 25-year old school record with 21 doubles and led the nation in doubles per game. Combined with the four triples, he finished with 31 extra-base hits and 99 total bases for a .702 slugging percentage that ranked fifth nationally.
Comprising the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Baseball second team
are: pitchers Kolt Browder of Baylor University
and Pat Christensen of La Salle University
along with catcher Scott Sarratt of Georgia State University
. The second team infielders include Michael Bass and Ryan LaGrange of UNC Wilmington, Kevin Brown of Bryant University
and Drew Dosch of Youngstown State University
. Outfielders Ben Hammer of the University of Toledo, Brooks Klein of the University of Nevada
and Troy Larson of the University of Minnesota
join designated hitter David Olson of Campbell University
to round out the second team.
Pitchers Gavin Guarrera of North Carolina Central
and Haden Hinkle of the University of San Francisco
are Capital One Academic All-America Division I third team
selections while catcher Alex Mortensen of the University of Nebraska-Omaha
is the third team catcher. Infielders Justin Creel of Coastal Carolina University, Carlos Lopez of Cal State Fullerton, Kevin Swick of the University of Southern California
and Brad Zebedis of Presbyterian
were also honored.
Outfielders Alex Mendez of the University of South Florida, Brandon Thomas of Georgia Tech
and Paul Ritzheimer of Murray State
join designated hitter Ryan Prinzing of the University of Alabama at Birmingham
to complete the third team.
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About the Capital One Academic All-America® Program
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
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