Mason Named CoSIDA Division III Baseball Academic All-American of the Year
From Sports Information Director, May 28, 2014 | Baseball
by Dan Lukes, email@example.com, (920) 403-4077
DE PERE - St. Norbert College senior infielder Travis Mason tops the 2014 Capital One NCAA Division III Baseball Academic All-America team, presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Mason, who was named first-team Academic All-America for the second consecutive year, was also named the Academic All-America of the Year for Division III baseball. Mason is the school's first-ever Academic All-America of the Year honoree. Academic All-America of the Year selections are made from the 11 first-team Academic All-America recipients in Division III baseball.
"Travis exemplifies what St. Norbert College stands for in the classroom and athletically," St. Norbert College athletics director Tim Bald said. "I am pleased that his efforts on and off the field are being rewarded with such a high honor."
Mason, a De Pere native, graduated earlier in May with a perfect 4.00 grade point average while majoring in business administration. Mason finished the 2014 season with a .355 batting average while hitting five home runs with 32 runs batted in. Mason, who was selected first-team All-Midwest Conference for the third consecutive season, was a third-team All-Central Region choice by the American Baseball Coaches Association. In 2013, he was second-team All-Central Region by D3baseball.com and the ABCA. Mason shared the team lead in doubles with eight and triples with three for the Green Knights, who finished 24-16 overall and won the Midwest Conference championship. St. Norbert went on to finish fourth at the six-team NCAA Division III Midwest Regional in Whitewater.
Mason was a team captain the past two seasons. He has earned the Financial Executives International Student Achievement Award, which is awarded to the top finance student at St. Norbert College. St. Norbert also bestowed him with the Malcolm E. Schuldes Award for Excellence in Business Administration. He is also a volunteer with Green Bay Black Knights youth baseball, the Pink Flamingo charity softball tournament in De Pere and Bowl for Kids Sake.
Mason is the Midwest Conference's second Academic All-America selection this school year and just the fourth in league history. Lake Forest College's Mahir Mameledzija earned the honors this past fall in men's soccer. Ripon College's Aris Wurtz was selected in men's basketball in 2012, and Grinnell College's Steve Diekmann was that sport's choice in 1994.
Mason's award is the 56th time among 41 recipients a St. Norbert student-athlete has received Academic All-America mention.
To be eligible for Academic All-America selection, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.0, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director. The Academic All-America team is selected after All-District teams are picked from eight geographic regions nationally. All first-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America ballot.
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