Owls Earn Three Spots On Academic All-District Team
FULTON, MO -- Three members of the William Woods University baseball team were selected as CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District College Division honorees, it was announced Thursday. Matt Thomas, Derek Fletcher and Jacob Harrison were all tabbed for the District 5 team, which comprises NAIA and NJCAA institutions in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
To be eligible for nomination, student-athletes must have completed a full year at the institution, must have a 3.3 GPA or better and must be a solid contributor to the team. With their selection to the all-District team, all three are eligible for national balloting.
Thomas was a double all-AMC selection, earning first team honors as a relief pitcher and honorable mention status as an outfielder. On the mound, he was solid in relief, posting a team-best 1.54 ERA (minimum of 5.0 IP) en route to a 6-1 record and seven saves - 20th best in the NAIA - on the year. As an outfielder, he was also solid, posting a batting average of .333 on the year and a slugging percentage of .424, with seven doubles and two home runs in his 48 hits on the season. He added a team-high 40 RBI on the year. In the classroom, the sophomore physical education major has compiled a 3.61 GPA.
Fletcher was an honorable mention all-AMC selection at catcher and was tabbed to the AMC Gold Glove team for 2012 as well. The two-time all-AMC selection (2011 first team) batted .308 on the 2012 season, including 12 doubles, a triple and four home runs for a .486 slugging percentage. He collected 26 walks on the year adding eight hit-by-pitch for a .429 on base percentage as well. He was credited with a team-high nine runners caught stealing and allowed just one passed ball on the year. The sports management major is also a two-time Academic All-AMC selection, carrying a 3.42 GPA.
Harrison rounds out the trio and was second on the team with a .362 batting average and was the second-leading scorer on the team with 68 runs. He picked up 23 RBI on the year and led the team in sacrifice hits with 13, adding one sacrifice fly as well. He was speedy on the basepaths as well, stealing 15 bases in 20 attempts, most on the team in both categories. A two-time first team all-AMC honoree, the junior infielder boasts a 3.79 GPA as an exercise science major and is a three-time Academic all-AMC selection.