For the second consecutive season, IPFW junior shortstop Greg Kaiser has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, announced on Thursday afternoon.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second-, and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Kaiser leads IPFW in batting average (.375), and leads the Summit League in slugging percentage (.663) and home runs (8), and is tied for the League lead with four triples. He has driven in 38 runs, while scoring 33 times in 42 games. His 14 doubles are second on the team and fourth in the Summit League. After Wednesday’s game against Ball State, Kaiser ranks 17th in NCAA Division I in slugging percentage – highest among all shortstops – and 35th in batting average.
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 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
PREVIOUS IPFW BASEBALL ALL-DISTRICT SELECTIONS: Greg Kaiser (2014), Markus Kalber (2013), Nate Thomas (2011)
PREVIOUS IPFW ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS: Ingrid Ballus (2nd team, women’s at-large, 2011); Amanda Hyde (2nd team, women’s basketball, 2013); Amanda Hyde (1st team, women’s basketball, 2014); Claire Jackson (2nd team, women’s volleyball, 2006); Patrick Kelley (3rd team, men’s at-large, 2008); Patrick Kelley (3rd team, men’s at-large, 2009); Colin Lundeen (2nd team, men’s at-large, 2007)